Jan 28, 2020
On Episode 22 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, Community Manager for tech.mn, welcome Adam Choe, Co-founder of Yonder, on a special TCSW edition of The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about the Minnesota tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. *Note* Since recording Adam has left his role with gener8tor to work on his company Yonder full time.
Adam gives us the rundown on gener8tor and shares his story of rising through the ranks from intern to managing director. We chat about balance in Minnesota, bringing the accelerator model to large companies, and mentors in the tech and startup space.
Adam introduces us to the hands-down cutest business mascot out there - Mimi the Hippo. He shares the origin story of Yonder, an app that allows families to walk through dental experiences help reduce anxiety and prepare kids for dental visits. We also chat about his new role on the board of Launch Minnesota.
Thank you to Arthur Ventures for sponsoring the Twin Cities Startup Week Live tech.mn podcast booth. Arthur Ventures invests in B2B software founders beyond Silicon Valley and takes a partner approach to venture capital. They support tech entrepreneurship in Minnesota. You can learn more about them at their website and hear about their latest raise here.
Mimi the Hippo
16:24 “I meet people all the time that say, ‘I don’t know if I’m mentor material,’ and I always say to them, “The fact that you’re meeting with me for 30 minutes or an hour to understand if you fit in, I don’t care about your background per say, I care about your interest in helping others.”
24:05 “We essentially feel as though kids need everything that we can provide them to make sure growing up is easy, and a big part of growing up is getting good healthcare.”
38:37 “I just want to be able to say that, when it’s all said and done, something somewhere that I did helped somebody.”