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.

18 - Ability Network’s giant acquisition, Sezzle + Dispatch are cruising, and Amazon is eating the Minneapolis world

May 9, 2018

Riffing points

  1. Paul’s State of Tech Events Report: Tech Cities, MinneBar, Enterprise Rising Conference
  2. Ability Network has a huge exit
  3. Enterprise healthtech + health IT continues to thrive in Minneapolis
  4. Connexio and K12 companies still have an edtech stronghold in MN
  5. Sezzle raises an ever growing chunk of cash and is hiring full throttle
  6. Local MN startup Dispatch is killing it
  7. Arthur Ventures and Rally Ventures on the fundraising trail
  8. Amazon Minneapolis office keeps growing and growing
  9. Follow us at www.twitter.com/mspondeck where we will never tweet about Stormy Daniels.

17 - Bind hauls in a massive series A, Minnesota startup mafias, and why measuring recruiter hiring matters to everyone

March 5, 2018

Riffing points

  1. Bind Benefits lands $60m series A in funding.
  2. The Definity Health Mafia and the startups that its ex-employees have created.
  3. HelpSystems at $160m in rev is acquired by another private equity firm and valued over $1b.
  4. Casey displays a company-crush on Help Systems’ outlier Glassdoor rating.
  5. Paul shares the state of recruiting recruiting and most people will want to hear it.
  6. Ping.mn emerges to be a source for all things Minnesota tech and seeks contributors.
  7. Venture backed SaaS startup Icertis, HQed in Seattle, is opening an office in Minneapolis.

16 - Jenna Pederson on Upsie’s funding, the changes in the MN tech community, and what being involved with Minnestar is like

February 21, 2018

Special Guest: Jenna Pederson, Minnestar board member and Hack the Gap cofounder

Riffing points

  1. Upsie closes $1.7m seed round funding
  2. Two MN tech startups, SparkDJ and Players Health, leave MN to join Techstars programs in Los Angeles and Boulder
  3. Casey’s rant on startup moving away
  4. Tech ecosystem observations from Jenna Pederson
  5. What Minnebar is and what’s in store for 2018