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Episode #2 – Desiree Vargas Wrigley (Pearachute)

In this episode we talk with a well known entrepreneur who is building her second company, Pearachute.

Desiree has been named Inc’s 30 Under 30, Crain’s 40 Under 40, one of Parents Magazine’s Most Inspiring Moms, one of Forbes Women to Watch, and has appeared on Shark Tank, closing one of the largest deals on the show to date.

Desiree has also previously participated in TechStars and raised money for both of her companies from multiple venture capital firms across the U.S.

In this episode, we explore her journey and how she went about starting, funding and growing her companies.

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Episode #1 – Amos Schwartzfarb (Techstars, Sell More Faster)

In this episode, we talk with Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director of Techstars in Austin, TX.

Among the many things discussed in this interview are Amos’s investment strategy, what it takes to get product-market fit in your startup, what he looks for in his Techstars investments and his recently authored book, Sell More Faster.

On a personal note, Amos is big into fitness and mental health in entrepreneurship. He’s also determined to live to 150 years old and is on a mission to make it happen.

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Brad Feld

60 Sec Skinny with Brad Feld

The content for this interview was taken from our Kansas City show in October, where our Founder RJ Pahura led a fireside chat with Brad Feld. Get the skinny on how to build a successful startup community, celebrate your successes and failures, and maintaining your mental health in entrepreneurship.

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60 Sec Skinny with John Fein

In this 60 Sec Skinny you’ll get the inside scoop from John Fein on how Firebrand Ventures and other organizations are driving the entrepreneurial community forward. Plus, you’ll never guess what John was working on before he started making waves in the venture ecosystem.

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60 Second Skinny with Zach Pettet

In this interview with Zach Pettet you will get the inside scoop on NBKC Bank and Fountain City Fintech. See how they are on the road to success, solving real problems, creating healthy initiatives, and redefining the way entrepreneurs bank.

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FUND Conference Partners With Kansas City Startup Foundation

FUND Conference is excited to announce an ongoing partnership with the Kansas City Startup Foundation, a leading organization pushing economic development in and around Kansas City. This organization is quite a unique and valuable entrepreneurial ecosystem that boasts a valuable and diverse platform of programs that make a collective impact on the community from a content, publication, and event angle.

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FUND Conference Partners with StartUp Health

We’re excited to partner with StartUp Health to further drive innovation and Digital Health forward. In this partnership announcement you will get to learn about Startup Health’s moonshot vision and how their global army is solving the world’s biggest health challenges.

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Iowa AgriTech Accelerator Partnership Announcement

We are excited to announce that the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator will be a partner with FUND moving forward into the future. The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is a mentor-led program that allows startups to collaborate with agriculture industry leaders and present their solutions to refine product-market fit, perform customer discovery within the industry, and build strategic partnerships.

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7 of the best incubators in the Midwest

From Chicago to Missouri to Iowa, the Heartland is not just a place to ‘flyover’ but a place where innovation meets opportunity. More and more businesses are setting up shop in the Midwest and it’s clear to see why. From a lower cost of living to a booming tech industry, the heartland is giving the West Coast a run for its money. When looking for an Incubator, don’t leave these seven companies off your list.

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