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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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Hoop Maps Cofounders, Twin Brothers Dominic & Donte Morris

Twin brothers Dominic and Donte Morris wanted a better way to find pickup basketball games. Being entrepreneurial-minded they created a mobile app called Hoop Maps that allows users to find pickup basketball games near them. It’s an app that is already getting some pretty impressive media attention. I met up with Donte and Dominic in the podcast studio of Sacramento startup Trifecta to chat about their app and their experiences in creating their new startup. file | Play in new window | Duration: 17:22 | Recorded on March 28,...

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CarbonBLU Founder Sedale Turbovsky

Sedale Turbovsky’s startup, carbonBLU, helps fleets analyze and explore options for improvement and optimization, without the costs associated with hiring technical staff and additional personnel. Their software empowers fleet managers to purchase the right vehicle for the job, integrate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology into fleet operations and even improve energy use at their facilities. I met with Sedale after his presentation at 1 Million Cups and chatted with him about CarbonBLU and his experience as a startup founder. file | Play in new window | Duration: 16:47 | Recorded on March 22,...

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Cofounders of Trifecta, Greg Connolly & Elizabeth Connolly

In the summer of 2015, the brother/sister cofounders of Trifecta saw an opportunity to address the obesity epidemic in the US with their idea to ship fully cooked organic meals directly to customers’ doorsteps. In this episode of the StartupSac podcast I met with Greg Connolly and his sister Elizabeth in their new podcast studio at their West Sacramento office where they shared the origins of their startup along with valuable insights and advice on marketing, MVPs, fundraising and other aspects of launching a startup. file | Play in new window | Duration:...

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An Interview with Jesse Day, Cofounder of Text to Ticket

Text to Ticket aims to help make roads safer by reducing distracted driving. Through their app, their company will pay users to submit videos that catch texting and driving in the act. They were recently accepted into 500 Startups batch 20 and were also selected as one of the four finalists in the Kings Capitalize competition. I sat down with Jesse Day and Steve Nguyen during the Kings Capitalize event while the judges were deliberating and chatted about their startup. file | Play in new window | Duration: 13:02 | Recorded on March 2,...

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Benjamin Dorsinvil, Founder & CEO of SellBig

  For Benjamin Dorsinvil, growing up in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, being entrepreneurial was not just about starting a business, but a necessity of survival. In his community, “there was always a sense of survival and a spirit of entrepreneurship that kept everyone alive in the gruesome face of poverty.”  Benjamin launched his startup SellBig because he believes in the idea of creating a brighter future where anyone can start a business small, grow it and contribute to their community. SellBig is an online selling platform that focuses on solving the growth problems of small businesses and lets them sell...

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Venita Sivamani Founder of Dermveda

Venita Sivamani is the founder and CEO of Sacramento startup Dermveda. Dermveda’s mission is to improve health from the skinside out. As an online skin care education resource, Dermveda allows people to create a personalized skin health experience on their website, In this chat, Venita talks about the origins of Dermveda, her focus on gathering the right team and advisors, market validation for her idea as well as challenges and lessons-learned as a non-technical founder. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes file | Play in new window | Duration: 12:36 | Recorded on February 8,...

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Sonny Mayugba Q&A at StartupSac Happy Hour

Sonny Mayugba, serial entrepreneur, former budding rock star, skateboard & snowboard thrasher and publisher, founder and co-owner of Red Rabbit, founder of Requested, alum of Launch accelerator, and now CMO of Waitr spent an hour and half answering all kinds of questions from Sacramento startup founders and entrepreneurs at the inaugural StartupSac Happy Hour at The Golden Bear in midtown Sacramento. Subscribe to the StartupSac podcast on iTunes Note: This audio recording contains some colorful adjectives sprinkled into Sonny’s stories. file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:36:33 | Recorded on January 31,...

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