Upstart companies face a number of challenges, from raising capital and hiring a talented team, to attracting customers. Despite these challenges, Minnesota startups have experienced great success in the last few years. Hear from some of today’s most successful startups and learn what it takes to grow your next venture into a successful company.
- Ryan Broshar, Matchstick Ventures, Target Techstars, Moderator
- Jerry Mattys, Tactile Medical
- Carson Kipfer, SportsEngine
- Chad Halvorson, When I Work
Ryan Broshar, Matchstick Ventures, Target Techstars, Moderator
Ryan Broshar is the Managing Director of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target and the Founder and Managing Director of Matchstick Ventures, an early-stage tech VC based in Minneapolis. He is also the co-founder of Beta.MN and Twin Cities Startup Week locally.
Jerry Mattys, Tactile Medical
Gerald R. (Jerry) Mattys joined Tactile Medical in January 2005 as Chief Executive Officer. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Mattys was Chief Executive Officer of Medisyn Technologies, Inc., a development stage biotechnology company. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Mattys served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Timm Medical Technologies, Inc. where under his leadership, Timm Medical completed three strategic alliances and was successfully sold to Endocare, Inc. Mr. Mattys also held a variety of division management positions with Mallinckrodt, Inc. and Nellcor Puritan Bennett, Inc., most recently as Vice President and General Manager of Mallinckrodt’s Alternate Care Business (a $300 million division). He currently serves on the board of Tactile Medical and as an advisor to Augustine Biomedical and Design, LLC.
Tactile Medical (formally Tactile Systems Technology Inc.), headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in lymphedema and venous ulcer therapies, serving tens of thousands of patients throughout the U.S. The home therapy device company manufactures and provides products for patients with chronic edema, including the Flexitouch® system, an advanced pneumatic compression device. Tactile Medical also offers the ACTitouch system, an ambulatory, dual-compression device for treating patients with venous leg ulcers. Tactile Medical’s mission is to advance the standard of care in at-home therapies for chronic diseases and improve patients’ health and quality of life. Visit www.tactilemedical.com for more information.
Carson Kipfer, SportsEngine
Carson Kipfer is Principal Designer at SportsEngine, which he co-founded in 2008. Carson leads the product design vision and inspires holistic design alignment across the organization. He is a passionate advocate of user-centered design. He evangelizes the SportsEngine cause and core values through communication, events, and experiences and works tirelessly to to preserve and enhance SportsEngine culture. Carson holds a BFA in graphic design from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated with honors. He is a board member of Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota.
Chad Halvorson, When I Work
Chad Halvorson is the Founder and CEO of When I Work. Chad has successfully built 3 multi-million dollar companies, all of which are still operating today. When I Work is an employee scheduling app that more than 50,000 business locations and over half a million people rely on for employee scheduling, time clock, and communication. When I Work leverages the web, mobile apps, text messaging, social media, and email, to make business owners and their teams more efficient, more accountable, and better prepared. Over the past five years Chad has received numerous awards recognizing his hard work and dedication to his company and community, including spots on Inc Magazine’s 35 Under 35, and the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.