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 Stories is a combination network and interview event.
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...]
“It’s an interesting journey that led me to being an entrepreneur. I really didn’t understand how the process worked,” confessed Dr. Jonathan Fialkov, President and Founder of Rational Surgical Solutions LLC, and guest at the October rendition of Square One DSM’s Startup Stories hosted by Mike Colwell. The practicing urologist knew what he wanted in the form of a software application, but was woefully unaware of the path from idea to product. “I thought if I just patented this idea, someone would come along and buy the patent and develop the software with me on the development team,” he said … [Read more...]
“We thought a great idea turned into a business right away, and we learned over 16 years, that is not the case,” recounts Laird Hedlund Nossuli, CEO of iEmergent, as she began to relate the Startup Story begun by her late father Dennis Hedlund in 2000. Hedlund, a man of keen insight and intellectual curiosity, had the visionary idea to apply sophisticated forecasting techniques to the mortgage industry. He created a tool that would identify where the market opportunities would develop, allowing banks and other mortgage lenders to train their resources on those tracts. While moving from an … [Read more...]