By All Means

Leadership. Innovation. Purpose

What does it take to build a business? Change an industry? Lead with purpose?
Twin Cities Business sits down with entrepreneurs and leaders who make business work in Minnesota—and beyond. Learn the stories behind some beloved brands, and the ones you’ll want to know next. Discover how they got started and gain insights to apply to your own ventures. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Player.FM, iHeart Radio, and SoundCloud. Subscribe now and you’ll be first to know when a new episode launches.

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Maria Burns Ortiz

Maria Burns Ortiz

7 Generation Games Co-Founder/CEO

Having reached her ultimate career goal before age 30—New York Times best-selling author; staff writer for ESPN—Maria Burns Ortiz turned her attention to a new challenge: promoting equitable education. She’s
Alex French

Alex French

Bizzy Coffee co-founder/CEO

Bizzy Coffee isn’t like most other coffee brands. No coffee shops. No single serve bottles or cans or pods. Bizzy founders Alex French and Andrew Healy are singularly focused on
Charlie Youakim

Charlie Youakim

Sezzle Founder/CEO

Perhaps you’ve noticed when you hit the checkout button on your online purchases there’s often an option to buy now, pay later. It’s reverse layaway—you get the goods now, and
Yu Sunny Han

Yu Sunny Han

Fulcrum Founder/CEO

Growing up in and around computer labs, with a mother who was a trailblazer in computer sciences, Yu Sunny Han developed a knack for solving problems through technology. He built
Jules Porter

Jules Porter

Seraph 7 Studios Founder/President

“Video games are an amazing covert teaching mechanism,” says Jules Porter, founder of Seraph 7 Studios, a Minneapolis-based video game development studio on a mission to fight racism and build
Betsy Vohs

Betsy Vohs

Studio BV Founder/CEO

Never in modern history has office space been more disrupted than during the Covid-19 pandemic. And as CEOs contemplate how to bring workers back—whether they’ll bring workers back—architect and commercial
Renay Dossman

Renay Dossman

Neighborhood Development Center President

Renay Dossman built her career with Fortune 500 companies, moving from Cargill to Target, where she found her passion in food innovation. But after years of traveling the world for
Tyler Lorenzen

Tyler Lorenzen

PURIS CEO

Behind every plant-based burger, oat milk latte, and protein shake is one essential ingredient: pea protein. Without it, there’s no Beyond Meat. Minneapolis-based Puris, fueled by a $100 million investment
Mary Grove

Mary Grove

Bread & Butter Ventures Managing Partner

After 15 years at Google, Mary Grove made a sharp career turn that baffled many Silicon Valley insiders. She decided to become a venture capital investor—in Minnesota. “We got a
Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace

Peace Coffee Owner/CEO

In the 1990s, when Lee Wallace told business schools she was interested in studying the intersection of mission and money, they steered her into public policy. It was a time
Ashley + Ahmed El Shourbagy

Ashley + Ahmed El Shourbagy

Co-Founders of Dogs of Instagram + Lucy & Co.

Have you ever come up with what you thought was a really clever social media handle, sure to be your key to fame and fortune, only to find it’s been
Jill Blashack Strahan

Jill Blashack Strahan

Tastefully Simple Founder + CEO

“Sales will take you anywhere.” That skill took Jill Blashack Strahan from a small farm town where she ran a café and didn’t dare to dream much bigger to founder
Rosemary Ugboajah

Rosemary Ugboajah

Neka Creative Founder + CEO

“Our vision is to be a role model for inclusion in the industry,” says Rosemary Ugboajah, founder and CEO of Neka Creative, a Minneapolis-based brand development agency that makes inclusion
Rita Katona + Eric Hall

Rita Katona + Eric Hall

So Good So You Co-Founders

It’s a good time to be in the business of selling immunity. Minneapolis-based wellness company So Good So You makes plant-based juice shots packed with probiotics that support the immune
Angie Conley

Angie Conley

Abilitech Medical founder and CEO

Abilitech Medical is on the brink of launching the first-of-its-kind wearable assistive device that makes it possible for patients with upper-limb weakness or injury to use their arms for everyday
Tammy Lee

Tammy Lee

Xena Therapies Founder and CEO

Tammy Lee launched a line of wearable cool therapy medical devices in February, 2020, and one month later, she had to shut her new company down due to Covid-19. It
John Puckett

John Puckett

Caribou Coffee Co-Founder

On Monday March 17, in the face of a national emergency, John Puckett joined Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz at a press conference announcing that restaurants and bars must close to
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