The State of Startups

by Jeff Pesek, Mike Bollinger, Ryan Broshar, and Patrick Meenan | at MinneBar 10 | 11:15 – 12:05 in Minnetonka | View Schedule

Let's have a real conversation about the startup culture in Minnesota!

Who are the makers vs. the takers?

What are our strengths and weaknesses?

Where is the action happening?

Why are we mediocre?

How can we be better?

All levels

Jeff Pesek

Co founder, TECHdotMN.

Mike Bollinger

Explorer and entrepreneur. Founder & CEO at Livefront.

Ryan Broshar

Ryan serves as Managing Partner for Confluence Capital and is one of the co-founders of Beta.MN. Founding Confluence in 2013, Ryan created a vehicle to support and interact with fellow entrepreneurs by providing early stage venture capital finance. In addition to his work at Confluence, Broshar is Founder and CEO of – a social commerce platform for graphic design artists to sell their artwork on products to families. Ryan is a previous MN Cup student division winner with University Guide, LLC – a university-based publication business – that was eventually sold in 2008. Ryan received his BSB from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and his MBA from University of Colorado-Boulder.

Patrick Meenan

I'm a Partner at Arthur Ventures here in Minneapolis. Our goal at Arthur Ventures is to be the first capital partner to the fastest growing SaaS businesses outside the valley. My favorite time to get involved with founders is when they are seeing the first signals that what they are working on is bigger than anybody else realizes and they believe capital can help accelerate their customer acquisition. We invest all over the country, but some MN companies we've partnered with include LeadPages and WhenIWork.