Happy Half Hour
Brett Brohl is Managing Partner of Bread ad Butter Ventures. He is also the Managing Director of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, partnered with Cargill and Ecolab. Brett honed his start-up skills as the CEO of multiple companies leading 3 to exit. Prior to the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Brett served as Director of the inaugural Techstars Startup Next Food & Ag in Partnership with Land O’Lakes and as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars Retail Accelerator in Partnership with Target. When he’s not engaging the world’s start-up scene Brett can be found hanging with his wife and kids, driving a lobster boat, or pretending to be a tennis pro. Check out tips and best practices for founders and investors on his Youtube Channel – “Brett’s Brain.”
Mary Grove is Managing Partner of Bread and Butter Ventures. She brings nearly two decades of leadership experience in technology, early stage investing, and startup ecosystem growth. She began her career working on the Google IPO, led new business development partnerships, and served as the founding director of Google for Startups, leading the company’s global efforts to support entrepreneurs in over 100 countries. After her 15 year career at Google, Mary worked as an investment partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she led dozens of investments in a range of sectors including healthcare, enterprise software, fintech and future of work. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit that she and her husband Steve founded in 2013 to help young Minnesotans from underserved communities pursue careers in tech. Mary serves on the boards of Vital Voices, the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Techstars Foundation. She earned her BA and MA from Stanford University.
Rob Weber is a Managing Partner at Great North Labs, an early stage venture fund primarily focused on helping founders launch and scale companies in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Prior to Great North Labs, Rob co-founder NativeX (formerly named W3i/Freeze.com) in 2000. Rob has been a successful entrepreneur since the age of 16 when he, along with his brothers, launched their first startup. By the age of 20 the Weber brothers had their their basement endeavors into a multi-million-dollar business, and Rob became CEO. In 2006, Rob shared the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award with his twin brother and business partner, Ryan Weber. Rob was also named to the 2007 Inc. "5,000 CEOs Under 30" list.
Ryan is the Founder and Managing Partner at Matchstick Ventures. He is also the Founder of the Techstars Retail Accelerator and Co-Founder of Beta.MN and Twin Cities Startup Week.
Andrew is a Senior Associate at the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
Previously, he served as an Associate at Castellan Real Estate Partners, a real estate private equity fund, where he was responsible for sourcing, performing due diligence, and closing commercial real estate transactions. Additionally, Andrew started his career at Barclays, where he was responsible for building the firm’s institutional fixed-income electronic trading platform. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School and was the university Valedictorian at Seton Hall University where he earned his BS in Economics.