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SeedStories EP 19: Skillshare’s Michael Karnjanaprakorn on Building The Spotify for Education

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On today’s show, we’re joined by Michael Karnjanaprakorn (@mikekarnj), who recently moved into the Executive Chairman role at Skillshare where he has served as CEO since founding the company in 2010. We caught up with Michael last month to hear how Skillshare has moved into the scaling phase over the last twelve months after raising a $12M Series B round in 2016.

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SeedStories EP 18: Rachel Braunstein: Building Advocate Communities & Branded Podcasting

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This past summer we got a chance to sit down and chat with Rachel Braunstein (@rkbraunstein), Marketing Manager for Microsoft’s Partner Network & the host of the Microsoft Partner Network podcast. 

On the heels of Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference a few weeks back, we revisit that conversation in the latest episode of the SeedStories Podcast.

With Rachel wearing many hats with her role within the Microsoft Partner Network, we discuss what partner programs within the Redmond giant may be useful for startups, how she has fostered a passionate community of partners and her thoughts on where venture-backed startups should be spending on digital marketing as they start to scale.

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SeedStories EP 16: Ian Naylor of AppInstitute on Building the ‘SquareSpace for Apps’ & Why They’re More Important Than Ever for Small Businesses

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On the latest SeedStories Podcast we caught up with Ian Naylor, the CEO and Founder of AppInstitute. Our conversation dives into what it has been like building the SquareSpace for small businesses apps over in the UK and how small business operators can leverage apps to drive conversions.

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Scott Miller, Dragon Innovation

SeedStories EP 13: Scott Miller of Dragon Innovation on the Hardware Startup Renaissance

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We’re joined by Scott Miller, the Co-founder and CEO of Dragon Innovation the end-to-end service and software provider to hardware startups and projects. Prior to founding Dragon Innovation, Scott worked on life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney and robotic baby dolls at Hasbro, and the Roomba at iRobot. Our discussion takes a look at renaissance for hardware startups and ‘maker’ companies in the U.S. and how easier prototyping, the growth of shared resources and 3D printing are driving that renaissance, and record investment.

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