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Le Thuy Vuong, M.B.A., Ph.D. CEO/Founder The Redmelon Company

Le Thuy Vuong is the founder and CEO of The Redmelon Company, formerly known as Fishrock Laboratories. As part of her PhD thesis she discovered that a fruit indigenous to her native country of Vietnam has the potential to help tackle Vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. In this episode, I sat down with Le to learn about her work on her thesis and research in Vietnam to discover the unique aspects of this fruit and how she developed a method to extract the oil from the fruit so that it can be more easily used year-round. Also hear...

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A Discussion on Diversity in the Sacramento Startup & Tech Community

Inspired by Victor Patton’s recent article in the Sacramento Business Journal on diversity, I had the idea to organize a roundtable discussion on diversity for the StartupSac podcast. The main purpose in my mind was to get a group of Black entrepreneurs together in the studio to discuss the issue of diversity from their perspective and get a dialogue going in our community to address the issues, gain insight, and explore ideas about how we can become a more inclusive community. In this episode entrepreneurs and innovators from Sacramento’s Black community discuss diversity in our tech and startup community....

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Beata Adamczyk & Patrick Guderski Co-founders of Beekwee

During the third trimester of her pregnancy with her daughter, Beata Adamczyk was frustrated and alarmed by how difficult it was to find reliable and affordable products. Having worked with tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, she had the drive to launch her own solution to address the problem. She met her technical co-founder Patrick Guderski, a developer with a passion to do something that made a difference in the world, through the Polish-American community, and together they launched Beekwee. In this episode, hear about the origins of their startup and their challenges and wins they’ve had so far along the way....

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Kyle Kaneshiro from Sacramento’s Small Business Development Center

Mentors and advisors play a key role in any startup ecosystem. The knowledge and experience that veteran business people can share with entrepreneurs is incredibly valuable. Kyle Kaneshiro spent nearly 30 years working for Intel in Folsom, most recently as Director of Strategic Planning. About a year ago, Kyle retired and he now spends much of his time as an advisor for Sacramento’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) advising and mentoring entrepreneurs. He’s also a regular at 1 Million Cups Sacramento events where he shares valuable insight and suggestions to the startups that are presenting. I recently sat down...

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Cinde Dolphin, Founder of KILI Medical Drain Carrier

For patients recovering from surgery, medical drains are a necessary yet uncomfortable and awkward part of post-op recovery. Medical drains like a Jackson Pratt® (JP) drain collect fluids from the surgical area. Most medical teams only offer safety pins to suspend and manage these drains. Experiencing this firsthand, Cinde Dolphin thought there had to be a better way and set about to create one. She created the KILI Medical Drain Carrier, a way to suspend drains painlessly, that allows bathing, improves mobility and accelerates recovery. I sat down with Cinde at Outlet Coworking in midtown to chat about the...

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Co-founders of Two Wires Lab, Stephan & Criss Come

Stephane Come and Criss Come have created a STEM educational comic book series called PodPi for kids 9-14 as a series of story-based monthly adventures that teaches kids electronics and JavaScript coding by building their first simple circuits to WiFi enabled devices and the Internet of Things, all in comic book format, on a mythical island called PodPi and delivered to your door. I met with them in their lab to learn about the origins of their startup, their product, how they’ve pivoted a few times already to meet the needs of their market, and lessons-learned along the way...

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Spotlight on 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Award Winners: Riskalyze

Open submission for the second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards wrapped up recently and the judging committees have begun reviewing submissions. Judges will include several winners from last year’s Innovation Awards, including last year’s winner in the software category, Riskalyze. Riskalyze believes that everybody has a Risk Number, a measurement from 1 to 99, that indicates the amount of investment risk an individual can tolerate. Based on a Nobel Prize-winning framework, the complex algorithms and user experiences work to calculate the individual risk fingerprint of each and every investor. The patented Risk Number technology empowers investment advisors to capture...

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Elizabeth Dodson, Co-founder of HomeZada

Elizabeth Dodson is the co-founder HomeZada, a platform that gives homeowners a valuable tool to manage their home and the assets and possessions in it. I met up with Elizabeth in the wilds of the Sacramento startup scene at Old Soul Weatherstone in Middtown to learn more about her experiences in entrepreneurship. Old Soul was packed with entrepreneurs and freelancers, working on their laptops, enjoying breakfast or coffee, and the interview is full of the sounds of the Sacramento startup scene. So grab a seat along with Elizabeth and myself at Old Soul Weatherstone for a chat about her startup,...

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Deema Tamimi, Co-founder of Giving Garden

Deema Tamimi is the co-founder and CEO of Giving Garden, a local food & gardening social network launched last year when she and her team won the 2016 Apps for Ag hackathon. She’s also the key organizer of this year’s Apps for Ag hackathon. I met up with Deema at Old Soul Weatherstone in Midtown for some coffee and learned about her experience creating Giving Garden at last year’s hackathon, where it’s at now, along with some details about the upcoming Apps for Ag hackathon that will take place at The Urban Hive. file | Play in new...

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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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