MSP On Deck Podcast #15: Loup Ventures 1st Fund, Amazon HQ2 Top 20 Rant, CoCo Pitch Night And Fueled Collective And Non Minnesota VC’s Investing In MN Tech And Startups
We have an awkward beginning to this episode of MSP On Deck. Specifically… Casey and I, mostly me, could not get it together and focus. Kathy says, “OK, 3 seconds” and we’re supposed to be quiet so Casey can add the intro music before he publishes an episode. Except Casey and I, mostly me, could not accomplish this task.
I thought it was hilarious.
I was the only one to think so.
We start this episode talking about Loup Venture closing their first fund. What it means locally and nationally and what being a researched focused VC firm means.
A transition to Amazon HQ2 Top 20 and that Minneapolis/St Paul is not on the list. Which… is something I was hoping we would be on. I didn’t think we would be the home of HQ2 but I did say months ago and still do today that for perception sake we needed to be a “finalist”. As I mention on the podcast I really would like to see what the “restrained” bid looked like. We talk a bit about other finalists and cities in the Midwest. Thanks (again) to Kathy and Casey for tolerating… letting me ramble a bit.