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Founder of Free Form Factory, Jordan Darling

As a mechanical engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology, Jordan Darling created a new plastic for use in jet ski hulls that’s stronger and more durable than traditional fiberglass, then launched his business, Free Form Factory, based on that innovative technology. Faced with the challenge of growing his fledgling personal watercraft business in upstate New York, Jordan relocated Free Form Factory to the Sacramento area with the help of Barry Broom and The Greater Sacramento Economic Council. In addition, Jordan’s company took home one of the 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards in the Advanced Manufacturing category at last year’s...

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Tapp That App Founder Charlie Hinojosa

Charlie Hinojosa is passionate about finding great apps, but knows it can be difficult. So he set out to solve the problem of mobile app discovery by combining social networks with app marketplaces. In 2016 he founded Tapp That App, a new social, app discovery platform that allows you to see the favorite apps of people you follow on social media. In this episode of the StartupSac podcast I met up with Charlie to talk about how his startup is doing and what’s in store in the future. file | Play in new window | Duration: 20:03 | Recorded...

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Spotlight on 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Award Winners: Sierra Energy’s Rob White

It’s Sacramento Region Innovation Awards time with submissions for the 2017 awards open through the end of July. To help celebrate innovation in our region, the StartupSac podcast will feature a series of podcast episodes on the awards program, including interviews with last year’s winners. In the previous episode of the StartupSac podcast I met with the Stoel Rives organizing team – Jennifer Forester, Melissa Jones, and Chris Russell, at the Stoel Rives offices downtown to learn more about the program. In this episode, I met up with Rob White, Chief Strategist at Sierra Energy, last year’s winner in...

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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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