28 - “Signing off for the last time”, why we started the podcast, and why it’s (temporarily) ending

March 14, 2019

We are saddened to say we're losing 1/3 of our beloved team, likely the most valuable member. Kathy has hung up her journalistic cleats and is no longer embedded in the exciting world of tech startups. In similar fashion, she is hanging up her MSP On Deck podcast cleats as well.

In this episode we run through the early days of the podcast, highlight the top episodes, ask Kathy questions she couldn't answer before, talk about what's next for MSP On Deck, and give you our deepest dares yet.

27 - Patrick Meenan on how to invest with conviction, who Arthur is, top tech stories of 2018, and 2019 predictions

January 3, 2019


Special Guest: Patrick Meenan, Managing Partner of Arthur Ventures

Riffing points

  1. Why 2018 was Arthur Venture’s biggest year.
  2. Why recruiting and HR matter a ton in a startup.
  3. Patrick’s take in the Twin Cities vs other cities.
  4. Our commentary on 2018’s top stories that include Bite Squad, Bright Health, Bind, Total Expert, Flip Grid, and Andy Slavitt.
  5. Our ridiculous predictions for 2019.

26 - Bright Health raises another record breaking round of funding, Sezzle lines up a cushion of cash, and MN startups to buy your gifts from

December 12, 2018

Riffing points

  1. Bright Health raises an eye popping $200m round.
  2. Sezzle lands a $100m credit line to fund easier online buying.
  3. Holiday gifts you can buy from Minnesota startups:











25 - How to get your startup funded by students, current junior developer supply and demand, and we share our real life interesting conversations

November 12, 2018
  1. Young MN VCs -- Atland Ventures, the 1st student run VC firm in Minnesota.
  2. The state of junior developers and the jr. dev landscape in MN.
  3. Our most interesting, recent conversations with local founders.

24 - Total Expert raises 20 mil, why funding rounds sometimes aren’t, and Paul’s scoop on TC Startup Week

October 22, 2018

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Riffing points

  1. TotalExpert, MN’s fastest growing startup, raises $20m more.
  2. Why a SEC filing does not necessarily equal a funding round.
  3. Paul’s post game analysis of Twin Cities Startup Week.
  4. Enterprise HRtech company Ascentis’s ascendency and path to IPO.
  5. The robust HR technology landscape of Minnesota hrtech.

23 - Sentera raises more funding for dronetech, where you can put dead people, Paul takes us to Twin Cities Startup Week school, and the current state of MN tech news

October 5, 2018

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Riffing points

  1. Sentera raises $14m in new funding.
  2. Evolve, the Minnetonka plastics printer, raises 19m in a fresh round of VC.
  3. Omnia Fishing raises $1m for anglertech startup.
  4. Paul gives you an epic 80/20 of Twin Cities Startup Week 2018.
  5. Novel Coworking buys it's way into dowtown Minneapolis.
  6. Techdotmn and the state of startup news coverage in MN.
  7. MN named top 10 rising cities by Rise of the Rest and Paul has opinions on it.

22 - Foodbsy orders a serious round of funding, the toughest hires for startups, and MN IPOs waiting to pop

September 11, 2018


Riffing points

  1. Foodsby raises $13.5m to feed people nationally
  2. Sansoro Health hauls in $8m in new funding
  3. The MN tech companies that still might IPO
  4. Our latest list of the hardest roles to hire for in a tech startup
  5. Paul’s panel on Sep 19th on recruiting talent to MN --> www.mntrn.org
  6. Casey’s launches a live interview series --> www.candor.live
  7. New startup job fair @ WeWork Minneapolis Sep 20th --> https://startupjobfairproductedition.splashthat.com

21 - Dispatch raises funding, Doug Berg announces his new startup, Minneapolis loses a coworking space, and Paul talks about the future of TC hiring

August 13, 2018

Riffing points

  1. Dispatch raises a $2.6m oversubscribed funding round
  2. Doug Berg launches ZAPInfo, raises over a million dollar seed round
  3. ClickSwitch raises $3.5m in funding from serious fintech investors
  4. Assemble becomes the first bigger downtown coworking space to shutter
  5. Paul gives the skinny on the brand new Spaces Coworking space in North Loop
  6. Recruiter recruiting is through the roof because companies are hiring like crazy

20 - Kyle Coolbroth on the future of Fueled Collective, the blurry evolution of coworking, and Structural’s new funding

June 20, 2018

Special Guest: Kyle Coolbroth, Cofounder and CEO of Fueled Collective, formally CoCo Coworking

Riffing points

  1. Structural raises $2.5m more in seed funding.
  2. Kyle Coolbroth’s take on WeWork and its rapid rise.
  3. How CoCo became Fueled Collective and the big expansion plans it has.
  4. A Leadpages/Drip competitor AutoPilot sets up shop in Minneapolis too.

19 - Gravie continues to grow and raise VC, why Redbrick’s acquisition was a surprise, and what recruiting activity has to do with recessions

May 30, 2018

Riffing points

  1. Minnesota tech's newest IPO pipeline and who could pop.
  2. Startup Gravie continues to raise VC cash.
  3. Reeher has a great exit after Blackbaud’s acquisition.
  4. How often do startups shut down quickly like One20 did?
  5. Redbrick’s acquisition an whether the founders and early employees made money.
  6. Paul on companies hiring recruiters, where it’s trending, and what it means for where our economy is headed.