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Atif Siddiqi set out to simplify schedule changes for hourly workers and hit upon a larger mission to improve the financial welfare of employees who don't have a safety net and, in turn, help companies improve employee satisfaction and retention.
Created in a St. Olaf College dorm, Jonny Pops, makers of smoothies on a stick, is now a national frozen foods brand on the rise. CEO Erik Brust describes his transition from founder to leader, and what's next for the company.
Nineteen years after mortgaging their home to open a neighborhood ice cream shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, the founders of Izzy’s are poised to take their ice cream national. “Our vision is to compete directly with Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s.”
Larissa Loden is a jewelry designer whose line is now sold in more than 800 stores nationwide including high profile names like Modcloth and the Smithsonian Museum. And only four years ago, jewelry was a side hustle to her day job as an art teacher in the Minneapolis public schools.
Fitness wasn’t a career path when Chris Freytag attended college, but she turned passion into her profession to become a national fitness expert and founder of the subscription workout platform Get Healthy U TV.
We talk endlessly about diet and exercise. But what about sleep? There’s no class in school, and in the workplace, there’s often a stigma around admitting fatigue. That’s where Sarah Moe saw her opportunity. "I tell people: I work in sleep medicine. That's a real job."
Maurice Blanks and John Christakos, founders of contemporary furniture brand Blu Dot, discuss the business of design. "We see everything as a design opportunity... Business decisions are design decisions."
LinkedIn meets Airbnb for medical students and hospitals—that's how Katrina Anderson describes her fast-growing Minneapolis-based startup, Clinician Nexus. Hear how she got the idea, and where she plans to take it.
"I always relentlessly pursue the target." Serial entrepreneur Fred Haberman, founder of U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, Urban Organics and Freak Flag Organics, talks about balancing passions and profits.