Author: Jeff Bennett

Sacramento Innovators: apiNXT Cofounders Henry Chang and Charlotte Danielsson

50% or more of the tech work force in Silicon Valley and Northern California is comprised of Asians. Yet this prominence doesn’t carry over into management and executive levels. One of the reasons for this is that APIs (Asian and Pacific Islanders) lack vital established networks due to only 2% of APIs being in executive positions. apiNXT is a nonprofit organization cofounded by Henry Chang and Charlotte Danielsson who are dedicated to breaking down the bamboo ceiling. I met with Henry and Charlotte to learn more about their organization, how they are working in Sacramento to get more APIs involved in...

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Sacramento Innovator Profile: Niki Peterson, Senior Program Manager UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

UC Davis is recognized as a national center for new, creative, & innovative ideas and is ranked 16th highest in research funding. The UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a key component of the innovation powerhouse at UC Davis, with programs like the Big Bang! Competition and several Entrepreneurship Academies. Niki Peterson is the Senior Program Manager for the institute and oversees these programs. In this podcast episode I chat with Niki about the various programs of the institute and how the greater Sacramento startup and innovation community can get involved and participate in these programs. Watch...

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Sacramento Startup Founder Profile: ProPlanr Cofounder Brenda Tello Horton

Brenda Tello Horton was organizing and planning a fundraising event for a Northern California children’s non-profit. The event had a lot of moving parts and logistics to coordinate in the planning process with her team. Using a set of disjointed tools she grew frustrated with the set of tools available. Like the origins of ideas for a lot of startups, she thought that there had to be a better way. So she and her technical cofounder created Proplanr, an integrated planning and collaboration task management system for teams. In this interview I chatted with Brenda about the origins of the...

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Sacramento Startup Founder Profile: Fantag CEO Brian Dombrowski

At a bustling press conference in January at I/O Labs’ new space on J and 7th with the Sacramento economic development power elite, Fantag CEO Brian Dombrowski took the stage, addressing multiple film crews and scores of Sacramento’s movers and shakers to introduce his young startup to the community, celebrate their relocation from the Bay Area, and talk about their pioneering mobile video technology that enables people at live events to capture, replay, and share their favorite moments, with a simple tap on their mobile phones. Fast forward several months to a much quieter venue, a podcast studio at the headquarters...

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StartupSac Happy Hour with Trifecta Cofounder Greg Connolly

StartupSac Happy Hour returns on Thursday, April 27 with another guest entrepreneur ready to answer your startup, innovation, and entrepreneurial questions. April’s guest startup veteran will be Greg Connolly, Cofounder of Trifecta Systems. Greg is the 33-year-old Founder of Trifecta – America’s largest ‘all-Organic’ meal delivery service. Though only 19 months old, Trifecta has grown over 15,000% and they are now in the multi-millions of dollars in sales. They also recently won the Kings Capitalize event, and are now raising a Series A to take them to the $100M in gross sales range, which they project to hit by early 2018. During...

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What’s up at 1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups Sacramento continues to bring out good presenters and good attendance at the weekly Wednesday morning events. Last Wednesday we heard from BarProse and eHarvestHub.  Check them out  below. This Week’s Startups at 1 Million Cups This Wednesday’s edition of 1 Million Cups Sacramento will feature ProPlanr and Teen S Team + Afterschool STEAM Program. Proplanr is a planning and collaboration task management software system for teams. Teen S Team+ After School STEAM Programs works with Teen, work in Teams, encourage greater self-S-teem and provide STEAM education Each presentation lasts 6 minutes followed by a 20 minute Q&A with...

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March for Science Sacramento

StartupSac is dedicated to fostering and growing the startup and innovation community in the Sacramento region and primarily focuses on technology startups. Technology, it should go without saying, is a direct result of science. So it should come as no surprise that StartupSac supports science and policy decisions based on science, evidence, and logic. With that in mind, we’re pleased to help spread the word about March for Science Sacramento on Saturday April 22, 2017. What is March for Science? The Sacramento March for Science is a march in solidarity with the national March for Science in Washington, D.C....

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The Urban Hive Announces Plans To Open Premium Flagship Location at Historic Cannery Building

The Urban Hive, the rapidly-growing coworking community and professional gathering space founded by Brandon and Molly Weber, has announced plans to open an expansive flagship location in the historic Cannery. Home to hundreds of independent workers, entrepreneurs, creatives, consultants, and startups, The Urban Hive recently signed a lease for approximately 14,000 square feet–along with an option to expand into the adjacent 9,000 square feet–as a key tenant in the 275,000 square foot campus being created by local developer Mark Friedman. The Urban Hive was one of the earliest coworking ventures in the nation when it opened its first location...

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KVIE and Eskaton to Host Aging2.0 Global Startup Competition

As part of the Aging2.0 Global Startup Search, the Sacramento chapter is hosting its third annual competition on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at 2030 W. El Camino Ave. Companies focused on using technology to better the lives of seniors will each have five minutes to pitch their product or service to a live audience and panel of judges. “The startup scene in Sacramento is heating up,” said Rich Forman, Founder and CEO of Apptology. “There is a lot of opportunity in the senior market. Aging2.0 is a good way to get some of these ideas in...

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Launch Festival 2017: Random Ruminations

Launch Festival, the world’s largest startup event, just took place last week at the Innovation Hangar & Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco with an estimated crowd of over 10,000 entrepreneurs and investors in attendance. As a first timer to the event, or any startup conference outside of Sacramento for that matter, I really had no idea what to expect. Though I was able to score a free “Founder” pass as founder of StartupSac, my situation there as a startup community builder is no doubt different than most in attendance and throughout the conference and the ride home I’ve...

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