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056: Positioning Your City for Growth - David Nicklaus (St. Louis, MO)

“Don’t think you’re going to get funded right away just because you have a great idea; you’ve really got to hone it and focus it a lot more before you get to that point.” — David Nicklaus Today’s guest is David Nicklaus, Business Columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. David has worked at the Post-Dispatch for 36 years, writing three columns per week on business and economic issues. He also appears on The Bottom Line, a weekly video feature covering business topics, and writes other...


055: Connecting Creatives with Their Communities - Miriam Dorsett (Miami, FL)

“My role is to go out and find people that are… on fire, doing really good things... and accelerate that.” — Miriam Dorsett Today’s guest is Miriam Dorsett, Connection Doctor at Chibur. She is a full-time artist, entrepreneur, and community activator focused on building community, creating connections, exploring how technology can support artists, and highlighting sustainability. Chibur is a Hebrew word that means “attachment” or “connection from heaven to earth.” Miriam is also a...


054: Building Startup Growth in Small Towns - Megan McKisson (St. Louis, MO)

“A person just in their basement working hard is great, and they might have traction and success, but if they do it’s because they’re leveraging past relationships. If you don’t have those relationships, or you need to make new ones, you’ve got to be out in the community doing that.” — Megan McKissen Today’s guest is Megan McKissen, Director at OPO Startups and Founder and Managing Partner at Clustered Economic Development. As Director of OPO (an incubator focused on technology and design...


053: Howard Herring - President & CEO at New World Symphony (Miami, FL)

“In a 10 year stretch, $1 Billion was invested... No other city in the United States has put $1 Billion into cultural infrastructure for 50 years.” — Howard Herring Today’s guest on Innovation City is Howard Herring, President and CEO of New World Symphony. Since 1987, the NWS has been a driving force for culture in Miami. Under Herring’s leadership, the NWS has helped revitalize the cultural and architectural landscapes of Miami Beach, delivering cutting-edge performances both inside its...


052: Jamey Edgerton - CEO of Nvsted and Senior VP at St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

“There’s a lot of focus for non-traditional financiers to invest in these startups, because, quite frankly, the big banks aren’t really doing it.” — Jamey Edgerton Today’s guest is Jamey Edgerton. Jamey is the CEO of Nvsted and the Senior Vice President at St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Nvsted is a St. Louis-centric crowdfunding portal. The Economic Development Partnership, where Jamey is responsible for directing the business development and finance divisions, is the...


051: Uri Fleyder-Kotler - Co-Founder & CEO at Narya Security (St. Louis, MO)

“At the end of the day, all of us are people. People want to help each other.” — Uri Fleyder-Kotler Today’s guest is Uri Fleyder-Kotler, Co-Founder & CEO at Narya Security. Narya helps enterprise businesses solve the damage caused by ransomware with a single click. Uri is an experienced manager and security researcher, previously serving as Manager of the Advanced Threats Research Lab at RSA Security. He also has a top military record from a special technology unit in the Israeli Defense...


050: Robin Rath - Co-Founder & CEO at Pixel Press (St. Louis, MO)

“I believe that we’re all constantly telling stories to each other… and if a student is able to refine their storytelling abilities through technology, because they’re using our product, I think we’re having a very positive impact on the world.” — Robin Rath Today’s guest is Robin Rath, Co-Founder & CEO at Pixel Press. Pixel Press is building the next generation of creation tools for kids to create, share, and play video game-based content by leveraging the integrated power of toys and...


049: Jeff Mazur - Executive Director at LaunchCode (St. Louis, MO)

“This false notion has developed over the years that there are certain people who are born to code… we approach it as a skill that can be learned and taught, like many other job-focused skills.” — Jeff Mazur Today’s guest is Jeff Mazur, Executive Director at LaunchCode. LaunchCode is a growing national nonprofit that is building the tech workforce by providing free, high-quality training and job placement to driven individuals who lack typical tech credentials. Jeff previously served as...


048: Mauricio Ferrazza - Chairperson of Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)

“VR has been here for 20 years… I think that we are on the brink of the whole worldwide community understanding these technologies.” — Mauricio Ferazza Today’s guest is Mauricio Ferrazza, Chairperson of Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at Miami Dade College. Mauricio has over 25 years of experience working in animation production for film and TV. After a 14 year career at Univision, he founded MIA ANIMATION and launched the MIA Animation Conference & Festival, and...


047: Anastasia Mikhalochkina - Founder of Lean Orb (Miami, FL)

“It’s not a business that I’m building for myself. That business builds a community for everybody—it builds a new city—and we’re building it for everyone.” — Anastasia Mikhalochkina Today’s guest is Anastasia Mikhalochkina, Founder at Lean Orb. Anastasia is an advocate for sustainability in South Florida. Lean Orb offers food service packaging made from plant-based materials, with a goal of ultimately replacing plastic and styrofoam with greener, more sustainable options. Anastasia joins...


046: Natalia Martinez-Kalinina - General Manager of CIC Miami & Latin America Lead of CIC Global (Miami, FL)

“Making entrepreneurship accessible… can be an incredible way of driving economic development.” — Natalia Martinez-Kalinina Today’s guest is Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, General Manager of CIC Miami and Latin America Lead of CIC Global. Natalia is also the Founder of Awesome Foundation MIAMI, a micro-grant leader in South Florida, Co-Founder of Aminta Ventures, and she was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Commission on Community Service. She is also the Co-Creator...


045: Mvstermind - Hip Hop Artist (St. Louis, MO)

“Work. Perfect and present your craft. And just keep putting your love into it.” — Mvstermind Today’s guest is St. Louis Hip Hop Artist, Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin. Mvstermind is a rapper, producer and songwriter who is about to take the hip hop world by storm. He’s toured over 20,000 miles; opened for Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper, G-Eazy, and Currency; and played at A3C, SXSW, and Brooklyn’s MCA Day. His breakout video, Mali Moolah, brought him his first taste of national attention...


044: Mark Prendergast - President of AB Mauri North America (St. Louis, MO)

“It starts with a why: why are you doing it? Are you actually passionate about doing it, or is it just a job?” — Mark Prendergast Today’s guest is Mark Prendergast, President of AB Mauri North America. Headquartered in St. Louis, ABMNA is the largest division of AB Mauri, the global yeast and baking ingredients business. AB Mauri is also home to AB Biotek, a yeast innovation startup. Mark has over 20 years in the baking industry and he is also a non-executive director of Bridge Bread...


043: Farzana Chohan - Executive Director at Leadership IN Women (St. Louis, MO)

“The world which women will be leading will look like a harmonious, collaborative, calm, peaceful world.” — Farzana Chohan Today’s guest is Farzana Chohan, DMGT-ABD, Executive Director at Leadership IN Women. Farzana is a futurist and a global leader in nonprofit development, management, and design. A published author, accomplished Toastmaster speaker, and Doctor of Management, Farzana’s work focuses on Mentorship and Leadership. She shares the story of her professional development, what...


042: Genera Moore - Founder of Motorparts Nation (St. Louis, MO)

“If it’s crazy, run for it — do it… You don’t get a lot of crazy visions." — Genera Moore Today’s guest is Genera Moore, Founder of Motorparts Nation. Motorparts Nation is a U.S.-based company that exports aftermarket auto parts to Africa. Genera also took Lexani Motorcars to dealerships in Dubai through the Deals on Wheels program, and recently launched Tano Travel a travel company for tourists visiting West Africa.


041: Dan Lauer - Founding Executive Director of UMSL Accelerate (St. Louis, MO)

“I always say 95% of companies fail, 75% of companies who go through accelerators succeed. That’s kind of the new way of entrepreneurship.” — Dan Lauer Today’s guest is Dan Lauer, Founding Executive Director of UMSL Accelerate. Dan is also the founder of Lauer Toys and the inventor of Waterbabies. UMSL Accelerate is working to change the university’s culture by giving students a way to test and grow their entrepreneurial dreams. Dan sits down with Tyler and Michael to talk about his own...


040: William MacMillan - CTO & Co-Founder of Prattle (St. Louis, MO)

“One of the challenges people face with information and data really is – you kind of don’t know how important things are… and it becomes really difficult to decide where to allocate your attention.” — William MacMillan Today’s guest is William MacMillan, Ph.D., CTO & Co-Founder of Prattle. Bill joins Innovation City to discuss the development of the field of data science, Prattle’s role in bringing attention to under-researched central banks and large companies in countries all over the...


039: Rikki Byrd - Writer, Educator, Scholar (St. Louis, MO)

“Whenever you find that thing that wakes you up in the morning, that thing that you cannot live without, you have to commit yourself to it.” — Rikki Byrd Today’s guest is writer, educator, and scholar, Rikki Byrd. Rikki’s academic focuses include Black studies, visual culture, fashion history, and cultural studies. Most recently, Rikki was a faculty member at Washington University, where she created new courses on the intersections of fashion and race. In the Fall of 2018 she will begin her...


038: Dennis Lower - President & CEO at Cortex Innovation Community (St. Louis, MO)

“It’s all about developing horizontal relationships and creating an innovation community. The buildings will come if you create the community of innovators.” — Dennis Lower Today’s guest is Dennis Lower, President & CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community. Dennis has been involved in technology-based economic development since 1995, planning and developing university-sponsored urban innovation districts in Louisiana and New Jersey before coming to the Cortex. Dennis sits down with Tyler...


037: Sam Abbassi - Partner at BUSHIDO Lab (Miami, FL)

“It’s kind of the idea of what the internet should have been… but now we’re actually building it.” — Sam Abbassi Today’s guest is Sam Abbassi, Partner at BUSHIDO Lab. A software engineer with a background in neuroscience and economics, Sam leads blockchain initiatives at BUSHIDO, where he works with a small team to turn Miami into the epicenter of blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies. He joins us to talk about where blockchain technology is now, where it’s going, and the specific...