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The Sacramento Innovation Awards Organizers at Stoel Rives

The Sacramento Region Innovation Awards is an annual program designed to celebrate and spotlight the Sacramento’s region’s vibrant innovation community, from startups to established companies. Founded in 2016, the program is organized by Stoel Rives with support from the Sacramento Business Journal and Moss Adams. In this episode of the StartupSac podcast I met with Jennifer Forester, Melissa Jones, and Chris Russell of Stoel Rives to learn more about the program as well as their thoughts on the progress of innovation in our region. file | Play in new window | Duration:...

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Magilla Loans Co-founders Chris Meyer & Dean Sioukas

As a businessman applying for several loans over the past decade, Chris Meyer, like a most people, found the whole process onerous and time consuming. This pain point sparked the idea that there had to be a better way. After failing to find one, he reached out to his friend, and soon-to-be-cofounder, Dean Sioukas, to see if he could find a solution. Like Chris, Dean also came up empty on his search. So, like many entrepreneurs, they decided to create the better way on their own, launching Magilla, a marketplace for loans, matching borrowers with prospective lenders. In this...

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Co-founder of Skyslope, D.J. Stephan at StartupSac Happy Hour

For this episode of the StartupSac podcast, I recorded co-founder of Skyslope, D.J. Stephan, at StartupSac Happy Hour answering questions from the audience about his entrepreneurial journey, the origins of Skyslope, insights into their business model, advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, and thoughts on the Sacramento startup ecosystem. file | Play in new window | Duration: 55:07 | Recorded on May 31,...

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Founder & Innovator Mariah Lichtenstern on Founder Institute in Sacramento

Not only is Mariah Lichtenstern the founder of a startup, Cineshares, a motion picture marketplace to connect filmmakers and stakeholders, she’s also co-founder and Managing Director at DivereCity Ventures, an impact-oriented micro-VC firm. As if that weren’t enough to have on her plate, she’s also one of the key people involved with bringing Founder Institute to Sacramento. Founder Institute is a premier idea-stage accelerator & startup launch program for entrepreneurs that’s exploring bringing their program to Sacramento with a series of events throughout the coming summer. In this latest episode of the StartupSac podcast I met with Mariah at...

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CupAJoy Founder Shell Mendelson

Shell Mendelson woke up one morning want to give a gift of coffee to a friend and to do it just by texting them or sending them an email that would allow them to go pick up their coffee at an independent coffee house. After failing to find an existing way to do this and asking her friends about the idea, she realized she had an idea for a startup. In this episode of the StartupSac podcast I met with Shell to talk about the resulting startup that she founded, CupAJoy. file | Play in new window | Duration:...

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tCubed Founders Chris Sprague & Liv Hoversten

In this episode of the StartupSac podcast, I met with Chris and Liv, cofounders of tCubed, to talk about how they invented a classic game with a strategic twist for groups on the go, the origins of their game and how they’ve bootstrapped and gone from concept to paycheck. file | Play in new window | Duration: 26:42 | Recorded on May 3,...

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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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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.

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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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Fantag CEO Brian Dombrowski

Brian Dombrowski, CEO of Fantag, relocated his young tech startup to Sacramento recently amidst much fanfare from the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council and the City of Sacramento. Fantag’s pioneering mobile video technology enables people at live events to capture, replay, and share their favorite moments, with a simple tap on their mobile phones. Brian joined me in the podcast studio at the headquarters of another Sacramento startup, Trifecta Systems, where he  talked about the origins of Fantag, new developments for the young startup, and settling in to the Sacramento startup community. file | Play in new window | Duration: 24:25 | Recorded...

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