From The Edge

Episode 122: From the Edge with Janessa Nickell and Tiffany Alexandria

Photo by AJ Montpetit.

Photo by AJ Montpetit.

Today we listen in to our latest in the “From the Edge” podcast series where we discuss current trends taking place in the entrepreneurial community. This week on the show we welcome Janessa Nickell and Tiffany Alexandria. Janessa is a business strategy consultant turned entrepreneur with the launch of her new self-care business Sacred Circle Community. Tiffany is a former window display designer turned content creator and food blogger. Tiffany currently runs the Taiwanese food blog CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW. Today on the show we cover of variety of topics including a return to our authentic cooking roots, the changing food and food community scene in Rochester, the importance of shopping local, diversity and inclusion, gender gaps in entrepreneurship, and the value of inspiration capital.

Join us for this engaging talk as part of Women’s History Month 2019!


Links from the show:

Rochester Rising’s Mental Wellness: Goal Setting and Time Management Workshop

Sacred Circle Community


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Episode 119: From the Edge with Courtney Bergey Swanson and Nathan Wiedenman


This week we launch our second “From the Edge” show in this new podcast series! On the show today we sit down with Nathan Wiedenman and Courtney Bergey Swanson. Nathan spent time in the entrepreneurial community in Boston before moving to Rochester about one year ago and brings valuable insight to our community. Courtney is the Director of Community Engagement with Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) and facilitates business development in rural communities in southern Minnesota. We cover a lot of ground on the show today with very diverse perspectives brought to the table. On the show we talk about the current Silicon Valley venture capital model, especially in software, focused on rapid development and exits and how this model is starting to change. We also compare growth of businesses in rural communities with mid- to large sized cities and discuss growing trends of young entrepreneurs moving back to their hometown to start a business to make their community a better place. We wrap up by taking about inclusivity barriers to the entrepreneurial community here in Rochester.


Links from the show today:

Rochester Rising’s Mental Wellness: Goal Setting and Time Management Workshop:


Collider Coworking


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Twitter: @collider_mn

Instagram: @collider_mn




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Episode 114: From the Edge with Chris Peterson


Today we launch a brand-new series on the Rochester Rising podcast: From the Edge. For this series we brought on a co-host, Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager of Collider Coworking. We also welcomed Chris Peterson, CEO of PayGo, a Rochester company creating retail software, to the podcast as our first guest for this series. On the show today, we asked all the guests to bring one trend taking place in the Rochester community to the podcasting table to enable a low key, sometimes humorous, chat about the culture of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. We covered a lot in our first From the Edge podcast including the value of giving honest and open feedback to businesses, the exit of old businesses and entry of new businesses into our ecosystem, and the many developments that have already taken place this calendar year. There was also some talk about a new Sasquatch-based VR/AR ad system. You pretty much just have to listen in.

Links from the show today:

PayGo: website (;

Facebook (@paygopos)

Twitter (@paygopos)

Instagram (@paygopos)


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