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Square One Clubs Founder Nathan Allshouse and the Sacramento Game Community

Nathan Allshouse, an avid computer game fan, started developing his first game after getting hooked up with the local chapter of IGDA. He got his game to a point where he needed some business help and that inspired the idea of  his startup Square One Clubs. Square One Clubs is a software and game developer business accelerator made up of game developers and organizers wishing to give back to the emerging game development community in Sacramento. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3488/square-one-clubs-founder-nathan-allshouse-and-the-sacramento-game-community.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 13:37 | Size: 18.7M | Recorded on January...

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Renter, Inc. Founder Vitaliy Merkulov, a Sacramento Startup Profile

Like many entrepreneurs, the inspiration for Vitaliy Merkulov’s startup came from a need to solve a problem he had experienced. Vitaliy, a landlord, went through a very costly process of evicting a tenant. That problem motivated him to start asking around for better ways to predict bad tenants and not finding a solution, he launched Renter, what he has dubbed “Carfax for landlords.”  Renterinc.com lets landlords search and review their tenants. It’s free and legal. It’s as easy as posting a review on Yelp. Vitaliy presented his startup at 1 Million Cups Sacramento on January 4 at HackerLab. Afterwards,...

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Sacramento Startup Profile Podcast: Sofiia Co-founder Tracy Saville

Humans, we’re complicated beings even as just individuals in isolation. Factor in interactions with family, friends, coworkers, and others with differing values, beliefs, and biases (conscious or unconscious) and you’ve got an incredibly complex tangle. It’s no wonder that we live in such tumultuous, contentious times. But imagine if we had a way to augment and enhance not only the understanding of ourselves but also those with whom we interact. Wouldn’t that enable profound insights and improvements in how we communicate, interact, and engage with each other? Making that a reality is the vision of one ambitious Sacramento entrepreneur. Tracy Saville is the cofounder of Sofiia AI, Inc., a company dedicated to the idea that quality relationships and human understanding are what drive human innovation, progress, and happiness. In this Sacramento Startup Profile Podcast episode Tracy chats about her startup as well as some insight into what to expect from the mentoring program for female tech entrepreneurs. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3291/sacramento-startup-profile-podcast-sofiia-co-founder-tracy-saville.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 42:03 | Size: 30.3 MB | Recorded on December 30,...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Foodfully Founder Brianna McGuire

Every year Americans throw away more than 74 billion pounds of food. According to Brianna McGuire, Founder of Davis startup Foodfully, this is mostly because they have either forgotten about what food items they had or they’re not really sure how to cook something they know they have. She and her team have developed an app-based hardware and software solution called Foodfully that helps to eliminate household food waste. I reached out to Brianna for an interview, and even though she’s visiting family in North Carolina for the holidays, she graciously took the time for a phone interview to talk about the food waste problem, her background, what it’s been like developing her startup, as well as some thoughts about supporting female founders here in the Sacramento region. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3232/sacramento-startup-profile-foodfully-founder-brianna-mcguire.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 35:34 | Size: 25.6 MB | Recorded on December 23,...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: GoHalfway

I sat down with Sean Barry and his fellow team members from the new Sacramento startup GoHalfway, Donte Morris and Drew Peterson to chat about their experience of Startup Weekend and the challenges and rewards they’re seeing as the continue to pursue the project on a part time basis. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3230/sacramento-startup-profile-gohalfway.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 24:13 | Size: 34.9 MB | Recorded on December 13,...

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Square Root Academy: Training Sacramento’s Next Generation of Innovators

Square Root Academy, trains the next generation of engineers and scientists coming from underserved areas in the very communities this demographic resides in. It ensures that this program is accessible to those who need it most at no cost at all to the students using a hands on STEM-based curriculum, in-class mentors connect the mathematical and scientific theories taught in the classroom to real life applications. I met with Nicholas Haystings, co-founder of Square Root Academy, to talk about their program, the positive effects it has on the lives of the participating kids, as well as working together as a community in Sacramento to support and leverage their efforts. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3228/square-root-academy-training-sacramentos-next-generation-of-innovators.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 16:09 | Size: 23.3 MB | Recorded on December 14,...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Splor Founder Mike Mendelson

In his book, ‘The Lean Startup,’ Eric Ries states, “I’ve come to believe that learning is the essential unit of progress for startups.” The concepts of learning in general as well as validated learning as a core metric for startups in particular, was the common thread in the conversation I had with Sacramento startup founder Mike Mendelson of Splor. Hear about this in more detail along with why they pivoted from K-12 classroom learning to focusing on adult learning and corporate training in the wireless retail market, Mike’s thoughts on the Build – Measure – Learn component of Lean Startup, as well as thoughts on entrepreneurship. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3226/sacramento-startup-profile-splor-founder-mike-mendelson.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 18:56 | Size: 27.3 MB | Recorded on December 7,...

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Sacramento Startup Spotlight: Gabe Gomez & Nicholas Trosko of GymHit

The overarching problem in the fitness industry is how disjointed and antiquated it is from a business management perspective. Businesses of various sizes in the fitness industry are forced to use cobbled together solutions to meet their business needs. Sacramento startup GymHit is the only integrated communication, booking, billing and marketing platform designed specifically for the fitness industry. I met with Gabe Gomez and Nicholas Trosko, co-founders of GymHit, at The Academy Training and Performance Center on F Street in Sacramento to chat a bit about their startup, their entrepreneurial path, and the Sacramento startup community. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3224/sacramento-startup-spotlight-gabe-gomez-nicholas-trosko-of-gymhit.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 21:37 | Size: 31.1 MB | Recorded on December 5,...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Clare Price & Lacye Martini from Octain

Freelancers spend too much time and money hacking together independent apps to manage the administrative duties of business. One local startup, Octain, is building an integrated, automated book-to-bill platform that helps consultants save time, earn more money and optimize their lives. I sat down with Octain’s two female founders, Clare Price and Lacye Martini to chat a bit about their startup, their entrepreneurial path, and the Sacramento startup community. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3222/sacramento-startup-profile-clare-price-lacye-martini-from-octain.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 11:18 | Size: 16.3 MB | Recorded on November 16,...

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Interview with Thomas Hall of CleanStart

I had a chance after 1 Million Cups event to sit down with Thomas Hall, Executive Director of CleanStart, and chat about the CleanStart program. CleanStart is accelerating the development of clean technology ventures within the Greater Sacramento Region. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes http://startupsac.com/podcast-player/3220/interview-with-thomas-hall-of-cleanstart.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 5:33 | Size: 8 MB | Recorded on November 16,...

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