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Sioux Falls’ Startup Ecosystem is Stronger Than Ever. Here’s Why.

Developing a healthy startup ecosystem is important for any community because it provides entrepreneurs, startup founders, and small business owners critical business resources in the earliest stages of their businesses. It’s not always clear which startup will become the next major employer in town, but by offering resources to all of them, we can be …

MarketBeat is Hiring for Three Additional Positions

MarketBeat’s growth has been strong in 2021 since we added three new staff positions in March. In order to continue our growth strategy, we are expanding our team once again and adding three new positions. As our premium subscriptions grow and as our website traffic is picking up after a brief summer slowdown, now is …

My Quarterly Update: Q3 2021.

We have just eighteen summers with our children before they head off to college or into the working world. Over the course of a life, this is a small window to make memories with our little ones before they are not so little anymore. Summer 2020 was unique for many given that everyone’s schedules suddenly …

Four Opportunities to Make Community Philanthropy More Effective

Giving back is a major responsibility that businesspeople have to the communities that helped make them successful. I owe a lot of my success to my parents for the opportunities and access to technology they provided me as a child, to Dakota State University which provided me with a world-class computer science education and the …

How MarketBeat Went 13 Years with No Employee Turnover

One of the things about MarketBeat that I am most proud of is that we have never had any employee turnover in the company’s 13-year history of incorporation. We have only ever hired 12 people over the last decade, but we never had anyone quit or otherwise leave the company until last week. Our first …

How to Find and Pitch Investors for Your Startup

Raising money for a small business or startup is perhaps easier now than it ever has been. There’s still a significant learning curve when it comes to identifying potential angel investors, getting a meeting with them and pitching your startup. Nick Horob from Harvest Profit and I recently did a webinar for Startup Sioux Falls …

My Quarterly Update: Q2 2021

If you were to tell yourself from two years ago that you would be wearing masks whenever you are out in public, that people would be migrating to different parts of the country because of public health lockdowns, and that your biggest hope for 2021 will be to get a new vaccine that was just …

The Future of Seed-Stage Startup Capital in the Dakota’s

During our last Falls Angel Fund meeting, we heard investment pitches from three high-growth startup companies that are based in the Dakota’s. One company was a software and services business that we had invested in an earlier round. One was a new software company seeking capital for the first time. The third was an early-stage …