Episode 147: From the Edge with Tiffany and Traci

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This week on the podcast we listen in to our latest in the “From the Edge” podcast series talking trends in entrepreneurship. This week we’re joined by Tiffany Piotrowicz, Owner of TerraLoco, and Traci Downs, Co-Owner of Café Steam and Executive Director of the Collider Foundation.

 

On the podcast today we talk about:

  • Collaborations and other emerging opportunities for local businesses, including TerraLoco’s $5 5Ks.

  • The value of getting out of your normal working environment to foster sometimes unexpected collaborations.

  • Being part of a community and the importance of personal connections to instill a sense of belonging.

  • Growing momentum in the Rochester business community, especially with the emergence of new pitch competitions and education.

  • Reframing failure.

  • The importance of not building a startup alone.

 

Links from the podcast today:

TerraLoco:

Website: https://www.runterraloco.com/

Facebook: @terralocomn

Instagram: @terralocomn

 

Café Steam:

Website: http://steam.coffee/

Facebook: @cafesteam

Twitter: @cafesteamMN

Instagram: @cafesteam

 

Collider Foundation:

Website: https://colliderfoundation.org/

Facebook: @colliderfoundation

 

Managing Wellness as an Entrepreneur: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-wellness-as-an-entrepreneur-tickets-75341304871

 

Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is sponsored by:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

Episode 146: Kayla Fjelsted with Swoon Lash + Beauty Lounge

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On the podcast today with chat with Kayla Fjelsted, Owner and Founder of Swoon Lash + Beauty Lounge. This Rochester native opened up shop on Broadway Avenue this June with Swoon, a beauty salon specializing in eyelash extensions, eyebrow tinting, and eyebrow waxing. She also has a second business location in Edina.

 

One the podcast today we talk about:

·      How Kayla started the business out of her basement.

·      Marketing tools that have been useful to spread word about Swoon locally.

·      Opening of the Swoon location in Rochester in mid-June.

·      How her family worked together to get the space ready for business.

·      The relationships Kayla gets to make with her clients.

·      Her passion to do things differently and prove that you don’t need a bachelor’s degree to be successful.

·      Her determination to put in the hard work.

·      The value of taking your time to figure out what you love doing in life.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Swoon Lash + Beauty Lounge

Website: https://swoonbeautylounge.com/

Facebook: @swoonbeautylounge

Instagram: @swoon_beautylounge

 

Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

 

Today’s podcast is sponsored by:

Alsbrook Accounting

Website: https://www.alsbrookaccounting.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alsbrook-Accounting-PC-188399485212470/

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 145: Cindy Clayton and Healthy Start

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(From left to right) Cindy Clayton and Judy Vogelsang at Healthy Start in Byron, MN.

This week on the podcast we record on the road with Cindy Clayton, Owner and Health Coach at Healthy Start in Byron, MN. Healthy Start offers meal-replacement shakes, aloe, tea, and energy drinks. The business opened its doors on January 17th in Byron Town Square.

 

On the podcast today we talk about:

  • The market opportunity Cindy saw for a health business in Byron.

  • Cindy’s passion to help people meet their health and fitness goals.

  • Cindy’s own weight loss journey to shed seventy-seven pounds.

  • The research and decision to open Healthy Start in Byron.

  • The learning opportunity Cindy had at Healthy Impact in Faribault as a model for her business.

  • Important lessons learned, including the value of getting involved in the local business community.

  • Cindy’s favorite part of the business (meeting people) and her least favorite part of the business (the bookkeeping).

  • The value of social media marketing in spreading awareness of Healthy Start.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Healthy Start

Facebook: @HealthyStartByron

 

Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 144: Sheryl and Vincenzo with Love in a Tuscan Kitchen

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This week on the podcast we get to chat with local innovators Sheryl Ness and Vincenzo Giangiordano. Sheryl, a native of the Kasson area, grew up a local farm girl and amassed over thirty years of experience as a nurse at Mayo Clinic. Vincenzo, a native of a town called Abruzzo in rural Italy, is a trained chef and worked all over Italy learning traditional Italian cooking before settling in Tuscany. Vincenzo lived in this region of Italy for fifteen years running a restaurant with two other business partners.  Today he makes the fresh pasta at Terza and runs his own business, called VinChef Cooking, providing cooking classes, private dinners, and other chef services. Today on the podcast we talk about the major risks this husband and wife team have taken in their careers to live out their dreams. We also chat about Sheryl’s book Love in a Tuscan Kitchen describing her travels and life in Italy as she made some major decisions in her career and met and fell in love with Vincenzo over his chocolate cake!

 

On the podcast today we talk about:

·      The universality of food.

·      How Sheryl took a chance on love and moved from Rochester to Tuscany, where she lived for six years.

·      The difficulties and hard work Vincenzo and his business partners put into their restaurant in the Chianti region of Tuscany to keep it running and pay their taxes.

·      Vincenzo and Sheryl’s move back to Minnesota to be closer to Sheryl’s family and Vincenzo decision to leave his restaurant.

·      Sheryl’s book Love in a Tuscan Kitchen describing her relationship with Vincenzo and the people, food, and traditions of the medieval Tuscan village, called San Gusme, where they met and lived in for several years.

·      The intentional risk taking and unexpected choice making by both Sheryl and Vincenzo to create a better life for themselves.

·      The value of following your heart.

·      The process of getting a book published and how Sheryl and Vincenzo are currently promoting her book.

·      The Rochester restaurant and pop-up food scene.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Love in a Tuscan Kitchen

Website: https://www.loveinatuscankitchen.com/?fbclid=IwAR1wpnxr77396dM_ERO5r64EdhNFPQHl0PcC4qoyOmt3T5wefNiPSJzz7zU

Facebook: @loveinatuscankitchen

VinChef Cooking:

Facebook: @vinchefcooking

Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

Episode 143: From the Edge with Matt and Jamie

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This week on the podcast we share the latest in our “From the Edge” series talking trends in entrepreneurship. This month we’re joined by local corporate and patent attorney Matt Smyth and Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager of Collider Coworking.

 

On the show today we chat about:

·      The sharing economy and the sustainability of these platforms.

·      Trends toward slower and more steady business growth.

·      Changing office environments.

·      The reality of working with remote teams and how to effectively communicate when not in the same location.

·      Keys to successful work groups.

·      The importance of physical proximity for working relationships and collaboration.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Headland Law & Strategy

Website: https://www.headlandlaw.com/

 

Collider Coworking

Website: https://www.collider.mn/

Facebook: @collidercoworking

Instagram: @collider_mn

Twitter: @collider_mn

 

Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

Alsbrook Accounting

Website: https://www.alsbrookaccounting.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alsbrook-Accounting-PC-188399485212470/

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 142: Shari Mukherjee with Spiced up Mom and MasterChef

Photo courtesy of Shari Mukherjee/MasterChef.

Photo courtesy of Shari Mukherjee/MasterChef.

This week on the podcast we chat with local food innovator Shari Mukherjee. Shari runs the food blog Spiced up Mom and is currently in the top seven of Season Ten in FOX’s MasterChef. On the show today we talk about: 

  • How marrying her husband ten years ago sparked Shari’s passion to learn traditional Indian cooking.

  • Her experience with food blogging and journey to learn cooking.

  • Some of Shari’s worst cooking disasters.

  • The value of learning from mistakes.

  • The use of Shari’s food blogs My Fancy Pantry and Spiced Up Mom to share her cooking experience and lessons learned.

  • Her decision to try out for Season Ten of MasterChef and journey to the top seven.

  • The friendships she’s created on MasterChef.

  • How the MasterChef experience has taught Shari that she can do difficult things and how she’s dealing with negative feedback from the show.

  • Shari’s future plans, including potential pop-up shops at Figue.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Spiced up Mom

Website: http://spicedupmom.com/

Twitter: @SpicedUpMom

Facebook: @spicedupmom

Instagram: @spicedupmom


Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Episode 141: Adam & Bryan of Almond Eye Productions

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This week on the podcast we chat with Adam Helwig and Bryan Lemke, owners of Almond Eye Productions. Almond Eye Productions is a local full video production company, performing field production, post production, and marketing services for a variety of industries. The business was launched in 2017. Both western Pennsylvania natives, Adam and Bryan met while working for the Outdoor Channel and have won multiple awards, including the Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Award, for their work.

 

On the show today we chat about:

  • The value of being self-taught and thinking intuitively.

  • Local marketing trends, including the emergence of video content in the branding and marketing scene in Rochester.

  • Re-locating to the Rochester area.

  • Initial discussions to start their business and early diversification of Almond Eye Productions.

  • Sacrifices associated with entrepreneurship.

  • Internal drive to be an entrepreneur.

  • Navigating the more challenging moments of business growth.

  • Time management.

Links from the podcast today:

Almond Eye Productions

Website: http://almondeye.net

Facebook: @almondeyeproductions

Instagram: @almondeyeproductions

 

Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

Episode 140: Linda and Amy Lorber of Figue

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This week on the podcast we welcome the mother and daughter team of Linda and Amy Lorber! This pair owns and runs Gardenaire, a business that uses organic products to produce and sell teas, spices, syrups, shrubs, drinking chocolates, and marshmallows. The Lorbers are now expanding into a retail space to celebrate food with their latest endeavor, Figue.  

 

On the podcast today we chat about:

  • Amy’s first foray into entrepreneurship with a jam company.

  • Childhood memories of food.

  • Organic growth of Gardenaire and the challenge of finding commercial kitchen space in Rochester.

  • The goal of Figue to allow people to celebrate food through local food products and cooking classes.

  • The wealth of food knowledge housed in Rochester.

  • The canine business mascot Mr. Rusty Buckets.

  • Local resources and tools useful for growing a business in Rochester, including the SBDC and peer groups through the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and the Rochester Farmer’s Market.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Gardenaire

Website: https://www.gardenaire.co/

Facebook: @thegardenaire

Twitter: @thegardenaire

Instagram: @thegardenaire

 

Music Attribution: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

Alsbrook Accounting

Website: https://www.alsbrookaccounting.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alsbrook-Accounting-PC-188399485212470/

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 139: From the Edge with Cassandra and Marty

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Today on the podcast we share our latest in the “From the Edge” podcast series talking trends in entrepreneurship with local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. Today on the show we’re joined by Marty Walsh, community and economic development specialist with CEDA, Cassandra Buck, local artist and owner of the store Clover & Rose, and as always Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager of Collider Coworking.

 

We have an engaging, thought-provoking chat today covering many topics including:

  • Emerging methods of collaboration, including shared products and space.

  • How to encourage community collaboration through spaces that foster connections.

  • Bottom up growth of communities and the value of starting something to bring people together organically.

  • The true utility of social media for both business and connection.

  • Facebook Marketplace.

  • Artisan manufacturing.

  • Advanced manufacturing.

  • The shrinking gap between manufacturing and art.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Cassandra Buck Art/ Clover & Rose

Website: http://cassandrabuck.net/

Facebook: Clover & Rose

Instagram: @cloverrosemn


Marty Walsh

Twitter: @serialhobbyist1

 

Collider Coworking

Website: https://www.collider.mn/

Facebook: @collidercoworking

Instagram: @collider_mn

Twitter: @collider_mn

 

Investors and Innovators Forum

Website: https://web.cvent.com/event/43b7a103-156f-4fc9-b9c9-4038d10e17fe/summary

 

Music: Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 138: Dustin Walker and Revision2

Photo courtesy of Revision2.

Photo courtesy of Revision2.

Today on the podcast we chat with local innovator Dustin Walker, Founder of Revision2. This solo entrepreneur has created a working prototype of a tubular, aerodynamic solar panel that can be mounted directly onto utility poles. The prototype is sixteen feet long and contains 148 solar cells.

 

On the podcast today we chat about:

·      Residential, commercial, and utility scale solar panel use in Minnesota.

·      The focus of Revision2 on clean energy, clean living, and emerging industry opportunities.

·      How becoming a parent and a challenge from his 7-year-old son launched Dustin’s journey into clean energy innovation.

·      Aim of the startup to source manufacturing and supply chain and gain traction with local utility companies.

·      Dustin’s use of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for business advice and mentorship.

·      His goal to build out the team and land funding in order to obtain some purchase orders of the solar panel over the next year.

 

Links from the podcast:

Rochester Rising Communication Session, Mental Health: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437009946576323/

 

Music Attribution:

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 137: Brad Vigesaa and NerdinOut

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This week on the podcast we record on the road during a visit to NerdinOut on 2nd Street SW! Today on the show we sit down with NerdinOut founder Brad Vigesaa to chat more about this two-year-old business, which just had a grand opening celebration at their new location this June, and how he and his team are meeting customer needs to grow. NerdinOut is a retail store- and more- that buys, trades, and sells comic books, toys, collectables, and video games.

 

On the podcast today we chat about:

·      How Brad’s sales and customer experience prior to NerdinOut has helped to increase the efficiency of the business and enhance the bottom line.

·      The philosophy of “nerdinout” and how that relates to the business.

·      Move of the business from Elton Hills to their new location on 2nd Street SW.

·      Nitro coffee, Barbies, and other new products.

·      The addition of an adult-focused laser tag to the store’s offerings this summer.

·      The upcoming Nerdinout Con 2019 taking place this August.

 

Links from the podcast:

NerdinOut

Website: https://www.nerdinout.com/

Facebook: @Nerdinout

Twitter: @the_nerdinout

Instagram: @nerdinout_com

 

Rochester Rising Communication Session, Mental Health: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437009946576323/

 

Music:

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

Episode 136: From the Edge with Beth and Kathleen

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Today on the podcast we share our latest in the “From the Edge” series discussing trends in entrepreneurship. For this chat we’re joined by local entrepreneur Beth Fynbo, Founder of Busy Baby Mat, Kathleen Harrington, President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and as always Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager of Collider Coworking.

 

On today’s show we chat about many different trends we’re seeing on a local and national scale including:

·      Collaboration between entrepreneurs, even those in direct competition.

·      A local increase in minority and women entrepreneurs.

·      The presence of collaboration within healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems.

·      The value in “putting yourself out there” as an entrepreneur.

·      What is an entrepreneur?

·      Simple ways that everyone can give back to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

·      The value of an entrepreneurial ecosystem to reduce loneliness and to accelerate early stage companies.

·      The value of small businesses as economic drivers.

·      The strength of shopping local.

 

Tune in to the show today to not miss out on this great conversation.

 

Links from the podcast:

Busy Baby Mat

Website: https://busybabymat.com/

Facebook: @busybabymat

Twitter: @busy_baby_mat

 

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Website: https://www.rochestermnchamber.com/

Facebook: @RochMNChamber

Twitter: @rochmnchamber

 

Rochester Rising Communication Session, Mental Health: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437009946576323/

 

Investor & Innovator Forum: https://web.cvent.com/event/43b7a103-156f-4fc9-b9c9-4038d10e17fe/summary

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

Alsbrook Accounting

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Facebook: Alsbrook Accounting PC

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 135: Jim and Crystal Whitmarsh of Trail Creek Coffee Roasters

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This week on the podcast we sit down with husband and wife team of Crystal and Jim Whitmarsh, owners of Trail Creek Coffee Roasters. Trail Creek Coffee Roasters is a small business that started out of a garage and has recently transitioned into a shared commercial space in downtown Kasson. The business aims to provide small batch specialty coffee roasts and has a passion for connection, community, and global impact.

 

On the podcast today, we chat about:

·       The value Jim and Crystal found in working with the local organization Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA).

·       How the pair took advantage of Minnesota’s Cottage Food Exemption act to sell their product for several years and build up a customer base before pursuing a commercial space.

·       How the pair was set up on a blind date over 15 years ago during college and spent much of their early relationship in a coffee shop, which fueled their dreams to one day own their own coffee business.

·       How Jim taught himself to roast coffee with online videos and a vintage popcorn machine.

·       The transition to being “all in” in the business.

·       The need to budget more time and money than expected when building out commercial space.

·       The value of growing a business in a sustainable manner.

·       How they’re dealing with fear of failure.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Trail Creek Coffee Roasters

Website: https://www.trailcreekcoffeeroasters.com/

Facebook: @trailcreekcoffee

Instagram: @trailcreekcoffeeroasters

 

Investors and Innovators Forum

Website: https://web.cvent.com/event/43b7a103-156f-4fc9-b9c9-4038d10e17fe/summary

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 134: 1 Million Cups Rochester with Live.Give.Save. and Jeb Taylor Knives

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This week on the podcast we listen in to some storytelling from the June 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is an event that occurs every Wednesday across the nation to caffeinate entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups Rochester takes place the first Wednesday of every month at 9AM in the Bleu Duck Kitchen event space. This month we heard from two great entrepreneurs: Susan Langer, CEO of Live.Give.Save and Jeb Taylor, Founder of Jeb Taylor Knives. This was an amazing display of the very diverse entrepreneurship taking place in our city, so listen in to learn more!

 

Links from the podcast today:

1 Million Cups Rochester

Website: https://www.1millioncups.com/rochester

Facebook: @1MCRochester

Twitter: @1MillionCupsRST

Instagram: @1millioncupsrochester

 

Live.Give.Save.

Website: https://livegivesave.com/index.html

Facebook: @spavenow

Twitter: @livegivesave

Instagram: @spavenow

 

Jeb Taylor Knives

Website: https://jebtaylorknives.com/

Facebook: @jebtaylorknives

Instagram: @jeb_taylor_knives

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/


Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

LiveAtom

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Facebook: @liveatomnow

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Episode 133: Heart of the City with Patrick Seeb

Photo courtesy of DMC EDA/White Space.

Photo courtesy of DMC EDA/White Space.

Today on the podcast we sit down with Patrick Seeb, Director of Economic Development and Placemaking with the Destination Medical Center EDA to chat about Heart of the City. Heart of the City is one of the six DMC subdistricts, each encompassing a different geographic location in downtown Rochester. On the podcast today we chat about the mission and goals with Heart of the City and several projects currently taking place within that subdistrict including the Chateau Theatre and renovations to the Peace Plaza, 1st Avenue, and Alleyways.  

“Rochester has gone through change in the past. But I think it’s never been more important for community to help shape the change that’s going on.” -Patrick Seeb

 

Links from the podcast today:

Destination Medical Center (DMC)

Website: https://dmc.mn/

Facebook: @dmcmn

Twitter: @dmcmn

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

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Facebook: Alsbrook Accounting PC

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 132: From the Edge with AJ, Jan, and Shanna

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Today on the podcast we share our latest in the “From the Edge” podcast series where we sit down with different innovators in the community and talk about trends in entrepreneurship. This month we chat with Jan Hagenbrock, Founder of LiveAtom a business that helps small businesses grow through website development and lead generation, Shanna Lunasin, a nonprofit entrepreneur who also manages the MBA program at the University of Minnesota in Rochester, and AJ Montpetit, Founder of WRKSHOP, a healthcare marketing business. We talk about many topics on the podcast today including minimalism, over commitment, the basis of the 8-hour workday, and outcomes-based work. We had a great conversation on the show, so take some time to listen in!

 

Links from the podcast today:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

 

University of Minnesota-Rochester Labovitz MBA Program

Website: https://lsbe.d.umn.edu/mba-programs/rochester-mba

Shanna’s personal website: http://www.becauselovewins.com/

 

WRKSHOP

Website: http://www.wrkshop.com/

Twitter: @wrkshp_mn

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 131: Scott Snyder, CEO of Geneticure

Photo courtesy of Geneticure.

Photo courtesy of Geneticure.

This week on the podcast we sit down with Rochester native Scott Snyder, CEO of Geneticure. Geneticure is a precision medicine startup that works to reduce the trial and error associated with treatment of hypertension patients. The business was founded by brothers Eric and Scott Snyder four years ago. On the podcast today we talk about the growth of Geneticure from the cofounding team of four to their current twelve-member organization. We also talk about Scott’s leap from executive positions in Target to running a startup with his brother, what opportunities he’s seeing in Rochester’s entrepreneurial scene today, and much more about the reality of entrepreneurship. Geneticure was one of the first interviews I ever did over four years ago, so it was fun to sit down and catch up and learn how both organizations have grown since our first meeting.

“And it got to the point that the promise was so big with what we could do, that the risk for not doing it outweighed the risk for doing it, by a mile. There was no choice. I had to do it.”- Scott Snyder, CEO of Geneticure

 

Links from the podcast today:

Geneticure

Website: https://geneticure.com/

Facebook: @Geneticure

Twitter: @geneticure

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

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Episode 130: Leah, Eileen, and Tyler with Canvas and Chardonnay

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Today on the show we sit down with the owners of Canvas and Chardonnay Leah Joy Bee, Eileen Bruns, and Tyler Aug. Canvas and Chardonnay, located in the heart of historic downtown Rochester, is an “art and community space where people of all ages, however you identify, are welcome.” The space offers numerous art classes, live music, yoga, a book and crystal emporium, and much more. On the podcast today we talk more about Canvas and Chardonnay, discuss how the business has grown since this trio purchased it last May, talk about plans for the future, and learn what current initiatives taking place in Rochester’s innovation community these entrepreneurs think everyone should know about.  

 

Links from the show today:

Canvas and Chardonnay

Website: https://canvasandchardonnay.com/

Facebook: @CanvasandChardonnay

Instagram: @canvasandchardonnay

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 129: Sam, AJ, and Ahmed with SkyWorks

From left to right: Sam Barsness, Ahmed Makkawy, and AJ Hawkins. Photo courtesy of SkyWorks.

From left to right: Sam Barsness, Ahmed Makkawy, and AJ Hawkins. Photo courtesy of SkyWorks.

Today on the podcast we sit down with SkyWorks team members Sam Barsness, AJ Hawkins, and Ahmed Makkawy to learn more about this emerging Rochester business. SkyWorks is a software company creating a tool to help commercial real estate brokers transact deals more efficiently and to create better agreements for their clients using automation and AI features. On the podcast today the team shares the startup story of SkyWorks, the power of putting together a strong team to bring forward an idea, and the time SkyWorks spent in the accelerator program the Austin Startup Factory in Austin, Minnesota.

 

Links from the show today:

SkyWorks

Website: https://www.skyworks.co/

Facebook: @Skyworks.co

Twitter: @SkyworksCo

Instagram: @skyworks.co

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Episode 128: From the Edge with Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas

Photos courtesy of Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas.

Photos courtesy of Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas.

Today on the podcast we listen in to the latest in our “From the Edge” series. On “From the Edge” we invite two guests involved in Rochester’s entrepreneurial ecosystem on the show to talk about trends we’re seeing in entrepreneurship. This month we’re joined by two early stage entrepreneurs: Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas. Solomon is CEO and Developer at FAVR Inc., a peer to peer platform that allows customers to request tasks at their own price. Zach is a Cofounder at LEAH Labs, a Rochester biotech startup working to bring modern healthcare to the veterinary space. And as always we’re also joined on the podcast by Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager at Collider Coworking.

We cover multiple topics on the podcast today including:

·      mental health in entrepreneurs,

·      the importance of managing your own health as well as the health of your business,

·      a potential biotech bubble,

·      approaching startup funders and how to deal with “no”s,

·      and the attractiveness of Rochester to early stage entrepreneurs.

  

Links from the show today:

FAVR Inc.

Website: https://askfavr.com/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/askfavr/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/askfavr

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askfavr/?hl=en

LEAH Labs

Website: https://www.leahlabs.com/

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/