Kellie Markey, Founder and Executive Director of Dorothy’s House, was the speaker at the March Square One DSM Startup Stories event. Dorothy’s House provides a safe place for the practice of life for teen and youth girls whose lives have been interrupted by sex trafficking and related exploitation. Markey told a compelling story about her time working at eBay and discovering her calling by founding Dorothy’s House in 2014. Below are five takeaways from the presentation: Know how to assemble your own chair Markey recalled that as one of the early employees at eBay, she had to assemble her own … [Read more...]
Startup Stories is a combination network and interview event.
By Mike Colwell, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives at the Greater Des Moines Partnership You own a startup company. Your great idea is becoming a product. It could revolutionize the world — or at least come up with solutions that help businesses or consumers. There’s only one problem: You just need more money to get this product, and your company, growing. This is a scenario many entrepreneurs face. They have a great idea and intricate knowledge of the product they are trying to build or problem they are trying to solve. What they need is help raising capital to help their … [Read more...]
Casey Niemann, Founder of AgriSync, was the guest for February’s Square One DSM Startup Stories Event on Wednesday, Feb. 15. AgriSync is a software-as-a-service provider focused on business-to-business support and service enablement in the agriculture sector. Niemann founded AgriSync in 2014. He spoke about his transition from working in the big tech company of Microsoft to now running a startup focused on the ag tech space. Here are some lessons Niemann shared with the audience. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice How did Niemann, a “farm kid” from Kansas, get his start at Microsoft, one of … [Read more...]
Startup founders are encouraged to attend the Raising Capital Seminar on Thursday, March 30, to learn how to successfully secure equity funding for their startup business’s growth. This event will allow startup founders to learn from other entrepreneurs who have gone through the process of raising equity capital, and learn from angel investors who are actively looking for startup companies to invest in. Many startup founders have an intricate knowledge of the product they are trying to build and the problem they are trying to solve, but may not know how to secure significant equity capital to … [Read more...]
Chris Augeri, CEO of Drive Spotter, was the guest for January’s Square One DSM Startup Stories Event on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Drive Spotter is a software company that uses dash cam video and machine learning to provide insights to enterprise fleets. Augeri’s two-year-old startup experienced a near-vertical growth curve in late 2016. Augeri credited much of the success to his experience in the Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator and the Techstars Mobility accelerator in Detroit. Augeri shared some lessons learned with the audience. Feedback is crucial Augeri received feedback from … [Read more...]
“So, you have obviously found the drug and are fully hooked on it,” joked Mike Colwell, Executive Director of Square One DSM, as he introduced Gabriel Glynn, CEO of MakuSafe and Colwell’s guest for the final 2016 edition of Startup Stories. The drug in question, of course, being entrepreneurship and Glynn, being a habitual offender, with no less than six businesses to his credit. “About 10 years ago I had been working a career in retail, but I got tired of missing holidays including every Thanksgiving since I was 14 years old.” This explained his decision to seize upon an idea his father … [Read more...]