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...]
Startup Stories is a combination network and interview event.
“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...]
“When I see a problem I start thinking of solutions. In fact, I get a little OCD about it,” explains Dr. Jonathan Fialkov, President & Founder of Rational Surgical Solutions LLC (RSS), and October guest at Square One DSM’s Startup Stories. “During my 14 years as a practicing urologist, I saw ways to improve the quality of care and I pursued them. That’s really the story of my startup.” The episodes of OCD that led to Fialkov’s entrepreneurial adventure were at the end of a long and somewhat circuitous journey, both professionally and physically. Born in South Africa, Fialkov came to the … [Read more...]
“One of the really interesting things about these guys and Rocket Referrals is that there was no grand idea,” shared Mike Colwell, Executive Director of Square One DSM by way of introducing Torey and Carl Maerz, Co-Founders of Rocket Referrals and guests at the August edition of Startup Stories. Truth be told there was a grand idea, just not one that involved a product or a service per se, at least not yet. “Rather than thinking about what we were going to do, we opted to think about who we were going to do something for. So rather than brainstorming ideas, we brainstormed markets,” recalls … [Read more...]