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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Paul Jirovetz and Michael Terrill for DevCodeCamp

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Paul Jirovetz and Michael Terrill for DevCodeCamp, a program teaching people software development skills. Terrill is the director of instruction for the program, and says individual class sizes vary from just a handful of people to larger groups. “With the larger classes, you can get nice group projects going as well,” Terrill said. “You get that individual experience, but you also get that collaboration experience… When you go on a job, you’re not going to be working by yourself. You’re going to be working on a team of people.” Jirovetz (pictured here) is vice president of operations for DevCodeCamp. He says employers keep coming back to hire more of the students, as they’re more industry-ready than some coming out of universities with computer science degrees. “At the end of the day, we’re forcing them to think and problem-solve. We’re forcing them to be okay with making some mistakes and getting out of their ...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Paul Jirovetz and Michael Terrill for DevCodeCamp

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Erin Tenderholt, co-founder of Blexx

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Erin Tenderholt, founder of a Madison-based startup called Blexx. Tenderholt has created a new patent-pending technology in hopes of improving how people dispose of hypodermic needles. “This cost is bigger than you imagine. Ask a nurse, ask a tattoo parlor, ask a funeral home director about their experience with hypodermic needles,” she said. “The time to change this is now.” She notes that Americans go through 7 billion hypodermic needles each year. The current method of disposal requires several logistical steps, including a disposal unit, transportation and storage resulting in incineration off-site. “This long process is costly, unsafe and terrible for the environment,” she said. To improve that process, Tenderholt has created a prototype device -- about the size of a large water bottle -- which can sanitize and destroy needles within seconds. “We make needle disposal safer by having less people come in contact...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Erin Tenderholt, co-founder of Blexx

WisBusiness: The Podcast with AkkeNeel Talsma, CEO and founder of Melius Outcomes

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with AkkeNeel Talsma, CEO and founder of Melius Outcomes. This Milwaukee-based startup has a quality improvement software platform for hospitals and other care facilities. It was built with technology developed at the University of Michigan. The company has raised $150,000 to date, according to an info sheet from the Wisconsin Technology Council. Talsma is currently seeking $3 million in capital financing, to support further growth efforts. As of now, she has a “functional prototype” of the software, which is ready for implementation. “We did a pilot study with 25 hospitals and had incredible outcomes,” she said. “We’re able to demonstrate good outcomes in terms of mortality, sepsis, as well as satisfaction by the users.”

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with AkkeNeel Talsma, CEO and founder of Melius Outcomes

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Wes Schroll, founder and CEO of Fetch Rewards

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Wes Schroll, founder and CEO of Fetch Rewards. This Madison-based startup has thousands of brands listed on its app, which lets consumers scan receipts from grocery and convenience stores for coupons while they peruse the shelves. Schroll is originally from Massachusetts, and came to UW-Madison for his undergraduate education. He studied entrepreneurship at the UW-Madison School of Business, where he came up with the idea for his company between his freshman and sophomore year. “It really stemmed from going to as many different grocery stores as I did,” he said. “I had just moved out of the dorms into an apartment in the real world where I needed to actually go grocery shopping.” He was feeling worn out by all the different stores offering separate loyalty programs, and saw the need for a centralized application for shoppers which rewards loyalty to brands, rather than individual stores. “We’re going to have a big ye...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Wes Schroll, founder and CEO of Fetch Rewards

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Sherry Zhang, CEO and founder of GenoPalate

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Sherry Zhang, CEO and founder of GenoPalate, a Milwaukee company that provides healthy eating guides based on genetic analysis. The startup analyzes saliva samples, which are collected in small plastic tubes and mailed to the company. If a customer has already had their DNA analyzed by another genetic analysis company, the GenoPalate test is less expensive. “To me, DNA is the most precious, personal thing we possess. We take the highest caution in managing everything that comes into our management,” Zhang said. “Everything that we collect will travel in our very lengthy, complex system for analysis and reporting in a deidentified way.” She says some foods have better profiles for certain people than others, based largely on what their ancestors ate. The GenoPalate test can give a sense for what an individual’s body may need more of -- whether that’s cholesterol, saturated fat or a number of other nutrients.

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Sherry Zhang, CEO and founder of GenoPalate

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Chris Roche of RecruitChute

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Chris Roche, founder and CEO of RecruitChute. This Whitewater startup connects promising high school soccer players with college programs, giving each a chance to create their own pages and search for potential matches. After nearly two years of growing a pilot platform, Roche is planning to launch a commercial version of the product on Dec. 15. “It works; it beats other companies,” he said. “People tend to appreciate that we’re soccer exclusive.” Roche explains that the recruiting process for sports like football, basketball and baseball is very different from soccer. Rather than looking at different sports, Roche decided to take the company international. “We just signed a contract yesterday with a company that’s going to be taking us to all the professional clubs in Europe,” he said Thursday. “They will be using RecruitChute as a way to help their athletes come to America and play college soccer.” Roche, who ...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Chris Roche of RecruitChute

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Tobias Zutz, founder and CEO of Gregor Diagnostics

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Tobias Zutz, founder and CEO of Madison-based Gregor Diagnostics. He’s developing a method to test seminal fluid for signs of prostate cancer. Zutz is a former employee of Exact Sciences in Madison, which has a similar test for colorectal cancer which relies on stool samples. “My background has always been R&D,” Zutz said. “I’ve been a bench-level scientist and worked there, so transitioning to more of a business-focused role, putting together a business plan, pitching to investors and getting money -- that was all brand new to me.” The startup has a license agreement with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and completed a $900,000 funding round earlier this summer. Gregor Diagnostics recently moved from the 100state coworking space into the pilot space for Forward BIOLABS, and hired several employees.

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Tobias Zutz, founder and CEO of Gregor Diagnostics

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Benjamin Morales, CEO of LatinoPro

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Benjamin Morales, CEO of Milwaukee-based startup LatinoPro. Morales is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and developed his business plan through the school’s Launch Pad accelerator program. “We allow companies to get equipped with the finest Spanish-speaking talent depending on their specific needs,” he said. He emphasizes the social impact of his company’s work, saying “we want to provide Spanish speakers with career and financial paths… [so that] they look in retrospect and really realize the value that we have.”

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Benjamin Morales, CEO of LatinoPro

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Byron Reese, author and tech entrepreneur

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” features Byron Reese, author of the book, “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity.” Reese will be a keynote speaker for the upcoming WARF Innovation Day, planned for Oct. 17 at the Discovery Building in Madison. He writes optimistically about the future, touching on artificial intelligence and other technological developments. “Technology is this trick we learned as a species that multiplies what we’re able to do,” he said. “With that trick, we’re going to be able to solve all kinds of technical problems. We’ll be able to end hunger, disease, poverty and much more.” WARF Innovation Day will also feature quick pitch presentations from scientific investigators studying topics like cancer therapies, protein analysis and 3D metal printing applications.

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Byron Reese, author and tech entrepreneur

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Roxie Hentz for CEOs of Tomorrow

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Roxie Hentz, founding executive director of CEOs of Tomorrow. This Madison-based nonprofit teaches social entrepreneurship to students, using market principles and bright ideas to bring about positive change. The end of 2017 marked its first full year, in which youth participants -- from fourth grade through high school -- piloted several revenue-generating business ideas. These projects addressed problems like homelessness, childhood cancer, childhood hunger, animal abuse, disabilities, racial inequities in education and more. Each was profitable, and earnings were passed directly to those participating kids. “They start with an idea, and they have opportunities to further iterate those ideas based on customer feedback,” she said. “Last year, there were 12 businesses launched; this year, we’ve already exceeded that number.”

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Roxie Hentz for CEOs of Tomorrow

Latest Episodes

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Paul Jirovetz and Michael Terrill for DevCodeCamp

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Paul Jirovetz and Michael Terrill for DevCodeCamp, a program teaching people software development skills. Terrill is the director of instruction for the program, and says individual class sizes vary from just a handful of people to larger groups. “With the larger classes, you can get nice group projects going as well,” Terrill said. “You get that individual experience, but you also get that collaboration experience… When you go on a job, you’re not going to be working by yourself. You’re going to be working on a team of people.” Jirovetz (pictured here) is vice president of operations for DevCodeCamp. He says employers keep coming back to hire more of the students, as they’re more industry-ready than some coming out of universities with computer science degrees. “At the end of the day, we’re forcing them to think and problem-solve. We’re forcing them to be okay with making some mistakes and getting out of their ...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Paul Jirovetz and Michael Terrill for DevCodeCamp

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Erin Tenderholt, co-founder of Blexx

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Erin Tenderholt, founder of a Madison-based startup called Blexx. Tenderholt has created a new patent-pending technology in hopes of improving how people dispose of hypodermic needles. “This cost is bigger than you imagine. Ask a nurse, ask a tattoo parlor, ask a funeral home director about their experience with hypodermic needles,” she said. “The time to change this is now.” She notes that Americans go through 7 billion hypodermic needles each year. The current method of disposal requires several logistical steps, including a disposal unit, transportation and storage resulting in incineration off-site. “This long process is costly, unsafe and terrible for the environment,” she said. To improve that process, Tenderholt has created a prototype device -- about the size of a large water bottle -- which can sanitize and destroy needles within seconds. “We make needle disposal safer by having less people come in contact...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Erin Tenderholt, co-founder of Blexx

WisBusiness: The Podcast with AkkeNeel Talsma, CEO and founder of Melius Outcomes

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with AkkeNeel Talsma, CEO and founder of Melius Outcomes. This Milwaukee-based startup has a quality improvement software platform for hospitals and other care facilities. It was built with technology developed at the University of Michigan. The company has raised $150,000 to date, according to an info sheet from the Wisconsin Technology Council. Talsma is currently seeking $3 million in capital financing, to support further growth efforts. As of now, she has a “functional prototype” of the software, which is ready for implementation. “We did a pilot study with 25 hospitals and had incredible outcomes,” she said. “We’re able to demonstrate good outcomes in terms of mortality, sepsis, as well as satisfaction by the users.”

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
WisBusiness: The Podcast with AkkeNeel Talsma, CEO and founder of Melius Outcomes

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Wes Schroll, founder and CEO of Fetch Rewards

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Wes Schroll, founder and CEO of Fetch Rewards. This Madison-based startup has thousands of brands listed on its app, which lets consumers scan receipts from grocery and convenience stores for coupons while they peruse the shelves. Schroll is originally from Massachusetts, and came to UW-Madison for his undergraduate education. He studied entrepreneurship at the UW-Madison School of Business, where he came up with the idea for his company between his freshman and sophomore year. “It really stemmed from going to as many different grocery stores as I did,” he said. “I had just moved out of the dorms into an apartment in the real world where I needed to actually go grocery shopping.” He was feeling worn out by all the different stores offering separate loyalty programs, and saw the need for a centralized application for shoppers which rewards loyalty to brands, rather than individual stores. “We’re going to have a big ye...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Wes Schroll, founder and CEO of Fetch Rewards

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Sherry Zhang, CEO and founder of GenoPalate

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Sherry Zhang, CEO and founder of GenoPalate, a Milwaukee company that provides healthy eating guides based on genetic analysis. The startup analyzes saliva samples, which are collected in small plastic tubes and mailed to the company. If a customer has already had their DNA analyzed by another genetic analysis company, the GenoPalate test is less expensive. “To me, DNA is the most precious, personal thing we possess. We take the highest caution in managing everything that comes into our management,” Zhang said. “Everything that we collect will travel in our very lengthy, complex system for analysis and reporting in a deidentified way.” She says some foods have better profiles for certain people than others, based largely on what their ancestors ate. The GenoPalate test can give a sense for what an individual’s body may need more of -- whether that’s cholesterol, saturated fat or a number of other nutrients.

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Sherry Zhang, CEO and founder of GenoPalate

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Chris Roche of RecruitChute

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Chris Roche, founder and CEO of RecruitChute. This Whitewater startup connects promising high school soccer players with college programs, giving each a chance to create their own pages and search for potential matches. After nearly two years of growing a pilot platform, Roche is planning to launch a commercial version of the product on Dec. 15. “It works; it beats other companies,” he said. “People tend to appreciate that we’re soccer exclusive.” Roche explains that the recruiting process for sports like football, basketball and baseball is very different from soccer. Rather than looking at different sports, Roche decided to take the company international. “We just signed a contract yesterday with a company that’s going to be taking us to all the professional clubs in Europe,” he said Thursday. “They will be using RecruitChute as a way to help their athletes come to America and play college soccer.” Roche, who ...

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Chris Roche of RecruitChute

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Tobias Zutz, founder and CEO of Gregor Diagnostics

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Tobias Zutz, founder and CEO of Madison-based Gregor Diagnostics. He’s developing a method to test seminal fluid for signs of prostate cancer. Zutz is a former employee of Exact Sciences in Madison, which has a similar test for colorectal cancer which relies on stool samples. “My background has always been R&D,” Zutz said. “I’ve been a bench-level scientist and worked there, so transitioning to more of a business-focused role, putting together a business plan, pitching to investors and getting money -- that was all brand new to me.” The startup has a license agreement with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and completed a $900,000 funding round earlier this summer. Gregor Diagnostics recently moved from the 100state coworking space into the pilot space for Forward BIOLABS, and hired several employees.

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Tobias Zutz, founder and CEO of Gregor Diagnostics

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Benjamin Morales, CEO of LatinoPro

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Benjamin Morales, CEO of Milwaukee-based startup LatinoPro. Morales is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and developed his business plan through the school’s Launch Pad accelerator program. “We allow companies to get equipped with the finest Spanish-speaking talent depending on their specific needs,” he said. He emphasizes the social impact of his company’s work, saying “we want to provide Spanish speakers with career and financial paths… [so that] they look in retrospect and really realize the value that we have.”

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Benjamin Morales, CEO of LatinoPro

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Byron Reese, author and tech entrepreneur

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” features Byron Reese, author of the book, “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity.” Reese will be a keynote speaker for the upcoming WARF Innovation Day, planned for Oct. 17 at the Discovery Building in Madison. He writes optimistically about the future, touching on artificial intelligence and other technological developments. “Technology is this trick we learned as a species that multiplies what we’re able to do,” he said. “With that trick, we’re going to be able to solve all kinds of technical problems. We’ll be able to end hunger, disease, poverty and much more.” WARF Innovation Day will also feature quick pitch presentations from scientific investigators studying topics like cancer therapies, protein analysis and 3D metal printing applications.

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
WisBusiness: The Podcast with Byron Reese, author and tech entrepreneur

WisBusiness: The Podcast with Roxie Hentz for CEOs of Tomorrow

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Roxie Hentz, founding executive director of CEOs of Tomorrow. This Madison-based nonprofit teaches social entrepreneurship to students, using market principles and bright ideas to bring about positive change. The end of 2017 marked its first full year, in which youth participants -- from fourth grade through high school -- piloted several revenue-generating business ideas. These projects addressed problems like homelessness, childhood cancer, childhood hunger, animal abuse, disabilities, racial inequities in education and more. Each was profitable, and earnings were passed directly to those participating kids. “They start with an idea, and they have opportunities to further iterate those ideas based on customer feedback,” she said. “Last year, there were 12 businesses launched; this year, we’ve already exceeded that number.”

6 MIN2018 DEC 12
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WisBusiness: The Podcast with Roxie Hentz for CEOs of Tomorrow
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