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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/


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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/

 

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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

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 108: GEW and the Founding Story of Sonex Health

Sonex Health founding member Dr. Darryl Barnes.

Sonex Health founding member Dr. Darryl Barnes.

This week on the podcast we take one final peek back at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and recap one of the best kept tales of Rochester, the founding story of Sonex Health. Sonex Health was launched in 2014 by local physicians Darryl Barnes and Jay Smith alongside business operations expert Aaron Keenan. The company was founded to improve patient outcomes, enhance the patient experience, and increase practice efficiencies, especially in the field of ultrasound guided surgery. Sonex Health addresses compression neuropathies, with specific focus on carpal tunnel syndrome. Their solution, the SX-One MicroKnife with Meerkat Technology, allows physicians to treat carpal tunnel patients in their office, with local anesthetic and 5-millimeter incision in a “walk in, walk out” procedure. This allows patients to recover in 3-6 days instead of the normal 2-6 weeks seen in the current gold standard surgical carpal tunnel practice.  Sonex Health has raised $1.87M in seed funding and $2.5M in a convertible debt round. They are now looking to raise Series A funding to commercialize their product.

Founder Darryl Barnes said the Sonex team was one of the biggest reasons for the success of the company.  He explained, “I think if there’s anything I would say if you’re going to do this is to really partner with people who have a passion for what they do and are able to share the vision.”

Episode 45: Emerge 0 with Chris Lukenbill

Photo courtesy of Jamie Sundsbak.

This week on the podcast, we listen in to some audio from our very Facebook live video in a new #Emerge series. As in all things related to entrepreneurship, this is an experiment and a work in progress. On our first episode, we talked with local entrepreneur Chris Lukenbill. Chris was the Founder of Able.ag, a software branch of the vertical farming technology company Bright Agrotech. Able.ag built software for farmers by farmers, to pass down knowledge and assist farmers serving their communities. Just last week, Bright Agrotech was acquired by the Silicon Valley company Plenty. As part of this process, Able.ag will be shut down and the team is going in separate directions. In this episode, Chris talks about his new direction and a brand new local startup that he wants to build in a unique manner.

“I always like the idea and I always tell people, when you’re going to start something, tell everybody about it.”- Chris Lukenbill

Join us on Thursday at 5PM as the community celebrates the life of Able.ag.

Episode 15: Chris Lukenbill and Able.ag

Featured story:  New Initiative to Gage Interest in Shared Community Kitchen Space in Rochester

Episode 42: Minnesota Life Science Business Pitch Competition Walleye Tank Travels to University of Minnesota- Part 2

This week on the podcast, we wrapped up the pitches from the latest Walleye Tank. Walleye Tank is a life science business pitch competition in Minnesota. The competition originated in Rochester and took place for the very first time on the University of Minnesota campus this April. Early stage startups compete in two categories: a student “junior angler” division and a more experienced “professional” division. Student and professional division winners received a semifinalist entry into the Minnesota Cup. This Walleye Tank was organized by Dr. Stephen Ekker, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic, and Carla Pavone, Associate Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. Startups were judged by the “Walleyes,” a group of seasoned life science entrepreneurs and investors.

In this podcast, we wrap of the pitches from the Professional division. Check in with podcast Episode 41 for part one of our Walleye Tank coverage.

Episode 31: The Rochester Startup Part 12- Ambient Clinical Analytics

This week on the podcast, we continue with “The Rochester Startup” series and speak with a tenant of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, Ambient Clinical Analytics. Ambient Clinical Analytics is a healthtech startup that is developing a clinical decisions support suite of tools based on Mayo Clinic analytics. Their flagship products, AWARE and the Mayo Clinic YES Board, are tools that could be the centerpiece of total quality improvement within a healthcare facility. Today we speak with Ambient Clinical Analytics CEO Al Berning and CTO Drew Flaada, two entrepreneurs who spent several years working at IBM before striking out on their own.

“Our products really are focused in on error reduction, eliminating errors by better presentation of data, improving the efficiency of the care team, improving satisfaction of the care team and the patients that are being cared for, and ultimately providing better patient care.” –Drew Flaada

 

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Episode 26: 1 Million Cups Finally Arrives in Rochester

1 Million Cups has finally arrived in Rochester. The inaugural edition of 1 Million Cups Rochester took place this morning at 9AM. The event will be held the first Wednesday of every month, at 9AM, in the Bleu Duck Kitchen event space. 1 Million Cups is a national, educational event for entrepreneurs that is based out of the Kauffman Foundation.

Here’s how to keep in touch with the 1 Million Cups Rochester community:

1 Million Cups Rochester Page

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Featured Rochester Rising story: Two Mayo Graduate Students Developing Automated Solution for Cell Culture

Episode 25: COVR Medical

From left to right: Romeo Catracchia, COVR Medical CCO; the author; Bruce Levy, COVR Medical CEO and Founder.

This week, we speak with COVR Medical, a life science startup based out of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator. COVR Medical was built within the Mayo Clinic Emerging Entrepreneur Program, a partnership between Mayo Medical Ventures and the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator. The COVR Medical team created medical garments that raise the standard of care and improve patient privacy by covering the groin area during surgery and other medical procedures. The startup was established in 2014 and is currently gearing up for commercialization. The team recently won the professional division of Walleye Tank, Rochester’s first life science business pitch competition.

“I think there’s more to being a successful entrepreneur than just having a good idea and being able to do a lot of hard work, although that’s certainly a good start. I think what you need to do is surround yourself with a competent team…that can really help develop the company.” –Dr. Bruce Levy, COVR Medical CEO and Founder.

Rochester Rising featured article: Local Entrepreneurial Experts Predict Momentous 2017

Episode 23: How Artificial Intelligence could Disrupt Healthcare

This past week, the Rochester entrepreneurial community got to host our good friend Pete Kane and his group Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence (SVAI). SVAI is the largest artificial intelligence (AI) community in the Silicon Valley area. Members of the group made a special trip to Rochester to strengthen the relationship between their strong AI hub and the engrained medical and research community in Rochester.

The original concept of AI began in 1950. Today AI is all around us in things like video games, in speech recognition tools like Siri and Alexa, and in driverless cars. AI is particularly poised to impact healthcare. Ninety healthcare startups currently utilize AI and several of the major tech players, like Google and IBM, have some major skin in the game.

Rochester Rising Episode 13: Sansoro Health with CEO Jeremy Pierotti

This week, I got to speak with Jeremy Pierotti, CEO of Sansoro Health, a software company based out of Minneapolis. Sansoro Health’s primary product, Emissary, makes it easier for applications to exchange data with core Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platforms. Jeremy will be speaking next Wednesday October 19th from 6-8PM at the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

  • EMR is a system that tracks patient activity in most healthcare systems, provider offices, and nursing centers. It is basically the digitized version of the paper patient chart.
  • Sansoro Health began in 2014 with 4 co-founders with expertise in healthcare and healthcare technology. The company has rapidly expanded over the past few months and currently employs sixteen people.
  • ·Sansoro Health’s core product, Emissary, is a piece of software that functions as a bridge for data. Emissary enables data to be exchanged in real time by different healthcare applications to provide an improved workflow.
  • Emissary is a middleware solution that integrates any major EMR with any application to quickly and securely unlock the data, allowing for increased patient engagement.

“A great team and keen focus, those I think are two cornerstones of what we’ve been able to do with Sansoro Health in just a couple of years.” –Jeremy Pierotti  

Rochester Rising Episode 6: Launching a Genome Engineering Startup with Jake Bergren

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“Forming a business is out there with like performing surgery or something like that. I had no idea how that worked before I came [to the Mayo Clinic]. And I think I got really lucky with the lab I was placed in because my boss, Dr. Ekker over here at Mayo, he … formed a group about a year ago called Byolincs. And that group has been really integral to not only helping me find a passion for entrepreneurship but also begin to understand and process and learn all these different skills that are crucial for business development, entrepreneurship, and all these things.”- Jake Bergren

What is genome engineering? Take a peek at this video from Kurzgesagt.

Anyone with questions or comments about genome engineering, please contact the Genome Writers Guild at GenomeWritersGuild@gmail.com.

Rochester Rising Episode 3: Rochester Entrepreneurial Panel Part 2

A few weeks ago we sat down with some of Rochester’s entrepreneurs for a roundtable discussion about the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Rochester, where the community is headed, and what it will take to get there.  This is part two in a three article series covering the conversation. 

Our esteemed entrepreneurial panel:

  • Mike Rolih, Founder and CEO of GoRout, a sports wearable display and sensor company and recent graduate of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator.
  • Xavier Frigola, Director of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator that houses twenty-two life science companies.
  • Nate Nordstrom, Founder of BrandHoot, a company that designs websites, mobile applications, and additional products.
  • Hunter Downs, Founder of Area 10 Labs, a hardware and software product development company, and Co-owner of Café Steam.
  • Chris Lukenbill, Founder of AbleBright Agrotech software to connect produce farmers that have the passion grow, with the knowledge they need to be successful.
  • Jamie Sundsbak, Founder of BioAM and Program Director at a new coworking and business incubator space called Collider.

Rochester Rising Episode 1: Rochester Entrepreneurial Roundtable, Part 1

A few weeks ago we sat down with some of Rochester’s entrepreneurs for a roundtable discussion about the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Rochester, where the community is headed, and what it will take to get there.  This is part one in a three article series covering the conversation. 

Our esteemed entrepreneurial panel:

  • Mike Rolih, Founder and CEO of GoRout, a sports wearable display and sensor company and recent graduate of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator.
  • Xavier Frigola, Director of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator that houses twenty-two life science companies.
  • Nate Nordstrom, Founder of BrandHoot, a company that designs websites, mobile applications, and additional products.
  • Hunter Downs, Founder of Area 10 Labs, a hardware and software product development company, and Co-owner of Café Steam.
  • Chris Lukenbill, Founder of AbleBright Agrotech software to connect produce farmers that have the passion grow, with the knowledge they need to be successful.
  • Jamie Sundsbak, Founder of BioAM and Program Director at a new coworking and business incubator space called Collider.