5 - Scott Burns on hiring and fundraising, rise of Osborn370, and how the St. Paul tech startup scene is rapidly shifting

September 19, 2017

**note there is a 20 sec gap of silence @ 5:04. Please skip or just keep listening.**

Riffing points
Podcast guest: Scott Burns

1. Scott’s new startup Structural.com -- with Chip House, for more see: news on Structural
2. The origin story of Osborn370 -- for more see: news on Osborn370
3. Why the time is finally right for downtown St. Paul to be a startup neighborhood 
4. The surprising type of offices that many B2B tech startups crave
5. Scott Burns on recruiting and hiring
6. ArcServe moves HQ to Eden Prairie -- for more see: news on ArcServe
7. Scott Burns on fundraising and seed capital
8. Follow us at www.twitter.com/mspondeck posthaste

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4 - The newest MN VC firms, WeWork and it’s pending impact on Minneapolis, and corporate VC

September 19, 2017

Riffing points:

1. New startup fund Capita3 -- for more see: news on Capita3
2. The state of the State (of Minnesota’s) VC ecosystem
3. WeWork comes to Minneapolis, new details about it, and Casey’s dire prediction -- for more, see WeWork on MSPBJ
4. Why Osborn370 won’t have your average coworking space -- for more about Osborn 370, see: recent news on MSPBJ
5. New news in Minnesota corporate venture capital and details of Target’s deal -- for more see: recent news story about Target and Casper on MSPBJ
6. Why Casper probably has the best board meetings in the universe

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3 - MN unicorns, Angel Tax Credit, and the new news kid on the block

September 19, 2017

Riffing points:

  1. Bright Health and their massive funding round -- for more see: Bright Health on MSPBJ
  2. Should the Angel Tax Credit have been killed? -- for more see: ATC on MSPBJ
  3. A new startup media startup comes to town -- for more, see MinneInno and Maddy Kennedy on MSPBJ
  4. DealerTeamwork crushing it -- for more, see: Dealer Teamwork on MSPBJ
  5. Nerdery sends some employees packing and you are not bullet-proof -- for more see: recent news at The Nerdery on MSPBJ
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2 - Interning at startups, joining startup boards, and when to avoid startups entirely

July 1, 2017

Riffing points: 

  1. Is it a big waste of time for tech startups to hire interns? -- for more see: programming bootcamps Software Guild and Prime Academy.

  2. Are coding bootcamps worth attending if you want to be a software developer?
  1. How should you decide if a startup or if a big company is the best fit for you to work at?
  1. What’s the deal on taking startup equity if you’re an employee?

  2. Chip Pearson and others joining startup boards -- for more see: recent news, including Chip joining When I Work’s board of directors, at Chip joins WhenIWork’s Board.
  1. Jump Technologies funding -- for more see: recent news, including Jump Tech funding, at Jump Tech on MSPBJ
  1. Kidizen funding -- for more see: recent news, including Kidizen funding, at Kidizen on MSPBJ
  1. Petchatz / Anser Innovation seeking funding  -- for more see: recent news, including Anser SEC filing, at MSPBJ
  1. Bitesquad funding -- for more see: recent news, including BiteSquad funding, at BiteSquad on MSPBJ
  1. Arthur Ventures busy raising a new fund -- for more see: recent news, including Arthur Ventures fundraising, at Arthur Ventures on MSPBJ
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1 - Death of RetraceHealth, state of MN startup conferences, and top funding rounds

June 1, 2017

Riffing points: 

  1. What is the vibe after Beta.mn + Enterprise Rising events? -- for more see: beta.mn and Enterprise Rising Conference 2017 which happened the same week in March, 2017.
  1. RetraceHealth hitting the deadpool -- for more see: VC Backed RetraceHealth Shutting Down
  1. Public startup talks about startup failure or failing -- for more see public talks online by Thompson Aderinkomi previously of RetraceHealth, Justin Kaufenberg of Sports Engine, Carson Kipfer of Sports Engine
  1. Sports Engine exit acquisition amount -- for more see: recent news, including NBC Sports' acquisition of Sports Engine, at Sports Engine on MSPBJ.
  1. Bright Health possible funding -- for more see: recent news, including Bright Health funding, at Bright Health on MSPBJ
  1. Mednet funding -- for more see: recent news, including Mednet funding, at Mednet on MSPBJ
  1. When I Work funding -- for more see: recent news, including When I Work funding, at When I Work on MSPBJ
  1. Equals3 funding  -- for more see: recent news, including Equals3 funding, at Equals 3 on MSPBJ
  1. Bitesquad funding -- for more see: recent news, including BiteSquad funding, at BiteSquad on MSPBJ
  1. Arthur Ventures busy raising a new fund -- for more see: recent news, including Arthur Ventures fundraising, at Arthur Ventures on MSPBJ
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