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Kent Lillemoe joins MESA Mentor team

MESA is pleased to welcome Kent Lillemoe as the newest member of our mentor team. Kent is currently Chief Financial Officer at Field Nation; a solution that connects businesses and contingent workers.  Previous successful technology companies that Kent has been involved with include MinuteClinic and Fargo Electronics. To learn more [...]

2017-12-06T21:02:10-06:00December 6, 2017|

Why Mentoring Matters

The Star Tribune recently published an excellent article about the progress and success of the MESA portfolio company, AstroHQ (Read Here).  Founders Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli are doing a wonderful job, and their story is a testament to the power of a collaborative mentoring relationship.  Nicely done team!

2017-03-29T00:08:49-05:00March 29, 2017|

MESA Portfolio Company WorkOutLoud Announces to the World

After 2 full years of imagination and development, early customer incubation, beta releases, and now more than 20 customers that are helping us prove out our idea for a comprehensive customer community platform and the value within... we are announcing our company to the world. It's time to #WorkOutLoud #CustomerCommunities http://www.workoutloud.com/press-releases

2017-02-01T19:16:51-06:00February 1, 2017|

MESA adds more talented Executives to the Mentor team

MESA welcomes John Moroney, Principal - Acumen Management Group, Joe Blauert - Chief Executive Officer, ProcessPro Software, and Troy Thibodeau - Chief Marketing Officer, Sovos Compliance to our most excellent team of Mentors.  They are already engaged and lending their expertise to our portfolio of companies.  Check out their biographies [...]

2016-12-03T17:20:34-06:00December 3, 2016|

Player’s Health joins MESA portfolio

Google Demo Day winner Player's Health is the newest Minnesota start-up to become a MESA portfolio software company.  CEO Tyrre Burks is off to a great start, and MESA is looking forward to coming along side him to become Minnesota's next great success story.  We are pleased to welcome Tyrre [...]

2016-06-20T16:46:39-05:00June 20, 2016|

MESA Welcomes Astro HQ to Portfolio

Astro HQ, creators of Astropad, is the most recent start-up to join the MESA portfolio of software companies.  Winner of the 2015 Minnesota Cup, CEO Matt Ronge and the team are an excellent fit for the Mentoring capabilities MESA has to offer.  We are pleased to welcome Matt to the [...]

2016-05-24T08:38:55-05:00May 24, 2016|

MESA member When I Work (thisCLICKS) raises Venture Capital

Chad Halvorson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of thisCLICKS recently closed a $4 million round of Venture Capital.  "Big thanks to MESA (John Tedesco and Jeff Fritz) for helping me navigate the company to this point. A BIG help!"  Here's the full story: Business Journal

2014-01-09T19:18:59-06:00January 9, 2014|

MESA celebrates two new graduates

MESA recently celebrated the graduation of two of our portfolio companies at our semi-annual reception September 26th.  BIG CONGRATULATIONS go out to Lief Larson, CEO of Workface, and Scott Davis, CEO of QONQR!  Lief and Scott both had phenomenal stories to share with their colleagues in attendance, and both worked [...]

2013-10-29T19:44:01-05:00October 29, 2013|

Minnesota Cup Division Winners

MESA applauds the achievements of member companies Kidblog and When I Work for winning their respective divisions of the Minnesota Cup. Led by entrepreneurs Dan Flies and Matt Hardy, Kidblog was the recipient of the first place prize in the General Division, while start-up veteran Chad Halvorson led When I [...]

2013-09-03T20:16:14-05:00September 3, 2013|

Marty Leestma joins dynamic team of MESA Mentors

Martin Leestma is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO at Forthright Solutions. Marty brings nearly 30 years of top-level strategic business experience to Forthright. His career has focused on large-scale transformation initiatives with various companies and he has deep experience and expertise across the value creation life [...]

2013-01-06T11:54:10-06:00January 6, 2013|

See what books other Software Executives are reading …

No Man’s Land by Doug Tatum.  Contains a great outline and description of the inflection points small companies struggle through in their growth trajectory (or not). Traction by Gino Wickman.  Defines the "Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)" - a practical method for entrepreneurs to simplify their business down to 6 key [...]

2012-12-31T13:10:03-06:00December 31, 2012|

MESA congratulates first-ever graduate!

The Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA) honored Matt Quinn recently at a reception as the first graduate from our program. From Matt Quinn, EmergingSoft CEO: EmergingSoft has benefited greatly from the mentorship, practical business guidance and accountability provided to our organization over the past two years with MESA. We are [...]

2012-12-14T13:27:56-06:00December 14, 2012|

Welcome! John Tedesco to the MESA team

MESA is pleased to announce the addition of John Tedesco to an already stellar team of Mentors. John is an entrepreneur, chief executive and company director with 15 years’ experience building and running venture-backed technology businesses.  He is the founder of three SaaS companies providing information services, financial services and [...]

2012-11-09T12:07:34-06:00November 9, 2012|

MESA welcomes Robert Befidi to mentorship team

We are pleased to be partnering with Robert Befidi as the newest member of our mentorship team. Robert has more than 15 years of domestic and international experience in a diverse set of industries.  He has been involved with companies that range from early stage startups to some of the [...]

2012-10-29T10:33:05-05:00October 29, 2012|

Andy Starks – Co-Founder, Tightrope Media Systems

The MESA program sounded like a great addition to the circle of advice that we had already been listening to, both paid and unpaid. What we experienced was a unique kind of counselling that demanded from us more than a friend or a paid adviser might be able to. The format that [...]

2012-10-15T19:47:28-05:00October 15, 2012|

Jeff Fritz joins the MESA team

Please join us in welcoming Jeff Fritz as the newest distinguished MESA Mentor! As the innovation-centric Chief Executive Officer of Storyworks OnDemand, Jeff Fritz is focused on the successful commercialization of disruptive ideas – typically fueled by technology.  Jeff believes that improving the way the community accesses, shares and uses [...]

2012-09-18T20:09:30-05:00September 18, 2012|