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  • Sarah Koebel
    Sarah Koebel
  • Megann Rundell
    Megann Rundell
  • Kiki Koebel
    Kiki Koebel
  • Kenzi Enright
    Kenzi Enright
  • Jack Ebstein
    Jack Ebstein
  • Sam Blakesberg
    Sam Blakesberg
  • Mac Enright
    Mac Enright
  • Mike Batzler
    Mike Batzler
  • James Stuart
    James Stuart
  • Kealy O’Brien
    Kealy O’Brien
  • Tyler McKnight
    Tyler McKnight
  • Caitlin O’Brien
    Caitlin O’Brien
  • Chantel Fernow
    Chantel Fernow
  • Teryn O’Brien
    Teryn O’Brien
  • Nicholas Conrad
    Nicholas Conrad
  • Maggie Joe
    Maggie Joe
Sarah Koebel
Regis University
Marketing & Advertising May 2009

In search of the next big thing? Just look to Sarah, our resident expert on the coolest trends, from fitness apparel to cocktails. A visionary leader for Tulip Strategies, Sarah has a hawk’s eye for spotting upcoming trends and creating viral marketing campaigns. Account Director at Tulip Strategies and Co-Founder of StarterNoise.

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Megann Rundell
University of Colorado - Boulder
Marketing & Advertising May 2009

Whether it’s trendsetters, jetsetters, or the newest sensation to hit the gossip columns, Megann has the scoop on everyone who’s anyone these days. Without Megann around to clue us in on the latest celebrity news and pop culture trends, we would be totally lost (and totally caught in last season’s styles).

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Kiki Koebel

Kiki is a newbie to Denver. She recently completed her Masters in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego. When she isn’t trying to save the world, Katherine is all about trying any and all delicious foods, hitting up the beach but not actually swimming (deathly afraid of sharks), and taking as many hikes as humanly possible.

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Kenzi Enright

Kenzi is a Milwaukee-based social media mogul. She was honored and humbled when awarded with the title “Best Midwestern Blogger of 2015” by one of her aunts on Facebook. Kenzi’s time in the startup world is spent blogging about wine, taking pictures of children on leashes, and FaceTiming her dogs like any other young professional in her field.

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Jack Ebstein

Jack’s motto of “good vibes and high fives” has often gotten him in hot water with the vibe-less/hand-less community. Jack has worked for Robert Downey Jr.’s production company based in Venice Beach. Robert Downey Jr. would go on to say that he’s never seen cleaner toilets in all his days. Jack is now based out of Boulder where he makes a living writing cartoons, unless you’re a woman at a bar, in which case he’s an oil tycoon. In Jack’s free time he’s become an avid supporter of charity work, but in a very abstract way.

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Sam Blakesberg

Sam Blakesberg, although only 23 years old, has a lifetime of experience under his belt, including playing softball in a local Boulder adult league, and accidentally bowling a 180 one time. Bored with the mundane existence of actually working, he decided to become a ‘writer’ mostly to impress people he doesn’t know. Sam has worked for Last Week Tonight and Vice, and some people attribute the success of those shows to his talents. Those people are wrong.

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Mac Enright

Mac is a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student studying advertising and public relations. After a long day of trying not to eat pizza for every single meal, Mac likes to burn a candle, watch The Office and have a slice of pizza. Mac also plays well with other dogs.

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Mike Batzler

Mike has great experience in the areas of Photography, Graphic Design, Videography, Web Design, and Social Media Marketing. He serves as the “Marketing One-Stop-Shop” for several small businesses in the Milwaukee area, and continues to push the envelope with stunning visuals and upcoming trends.

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James Stuart

James Stuart is a failed astronomer, paleontologist, and amateur beekeeper turned writer. Once described as “enervating, but fun,” his interests are varied – including things, stuff, places, and events. He is on a lifelong pursuit to know as much as possible about everything, and will ensure you always have something interesting to talk about at the bar.

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Kealy O’Brien

Down with the chillest vibes and the busiest streets, Kealy‘s got us covered on everything California cool. A former spelling bee champ and aspiring mermaid, she spends her time avoiding cold weather and trying to convince everyone that she’s an adult. Follow her and you’ll always be one step ahead of the game.

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Tyler McKnight

Humility is not his strong suit. He graced CollegeHumor.com with his talents in New York City from 2013-2014. He is self-proclaimed “narcissistically humble” (Has been nominated by Webster’s for ‘Adjective of the Year”). A lover of oxymoron’s but hates morons. Has worked for publications such as CollegeHumor.com in New York City and the PBH Network in Brooklyn.

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Caitlin O’Brien

From the markets of Budapest to the skyscrapers of London, Caitlin is our expert on all things European. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, Caitlin keeps us up-to-date on the European startup landscape, plus culture, food and whatever she finds along the way.

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Chantel Fernow

Chantel Fernow is a former beauty editor of Make-Up Artist magazine. After receiving degrees in creative writing, English literature and philosophy from Colorado Mesa University, she forsook her native Southwest for the Pacific Northwest. She now lives on the Oregon Coast, where she writes, edits, eavesdrops and lies to strangers.

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Teryn O’Brien

After working in publishing at Penguin Random House, Teryn O’Brien went the entrepreneurial route and launched her own business to help organizations and individuals tell their stories through photography, writing, video, and online marketing strategy. Teryn enjoys exploring the startup & entrepreneurial world, mentoring writers & storytellers, and speaking out against injustice in all its forms. She spends her free time hiking Colorado, writing books, and drinking too much tea.

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Nicholas Conrad

Our resident bro, Nick always delivers fresh insight on all things witless and what all the frat guys are into. A new graduate of CU Boulder, Nick has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the land of Sperry’s and stripes. Always amusing, occasionally NSFW

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Maggie Joe

Maggie Joe is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she got her BFA in filmmaking and creative writing. Her long term goals would be writing and directing her own television series, along with self publishing a book of poetry. On any given day you can find Maggie shopping for new skincare at TJ Maxx, preaching feminism at frat boys, and senselessly binge watching whatever is playing on TLC. ​

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Welcome to StarterNoise
We’re here to explore the world of startups. From up-and-coming entrepreneurs to college students, StarterNoise is a site where anyone can discover a realistic, behind-the-scenes look at startup companies about to change the world.

Every startup begins with a person and an idea. At StarterNoise, our goal is to provide true insights, learnings, pitfalls, and accomplishments from the people who have lived them. Founded in 2015, StarterNoise is a space for young, aspiring entrepreneurs and college students to share their stories and give exposure to their ideas. Our audience includes successful business owners, investors, venture capitalists, and other professionals who can take a startup idea to the next level. We want to help make that happen.

StarterNoise offers an honest look at the blood, sweat and tears that go into the fastest-moving startups and forward-thinking businesses that are disrupting the technology, fashion, and entertainment industries. Our contributing authors let their personalities shine through in fun, insightful, entertaining articles. You’ll hear from our resident ‘Tech Guy,’ our experienced and prestigious Entrepreneur, our young and stylish Fashion Guru, the resident Mom, and of course StarterNoise co-founder and trend-spotting expert Sarah Koebel. You’ll have the chance to meet all of our expert authors through intelligent articles that both educate and entertain.

StarterNoise is not a place where we regurgitate industry news and rehash old stories. This is a cutting-edge hub where trend-spotters and hard workers can learn, connect, and share real-life experiences. Visit StarterNoise every day and you just might discover the key to reaching your own goals and take your startup to the next level.

Who is StarterNoise?
We’re entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, mentors, teachers and advisers (sound familiar?) who like to read about startup news.

Backstory
As a junior in college, Sarah Koebel interned for Tulip Strategies, a boutique social media & branding firm in Denver, CO. She worked with several portfolio companies focusing on social media plans, viral marketing, trend spotting, and branding. Tulip Strategies has a deep network and works closely with several VC firms – including Eric Schmidt’s, Tomorrow Ventures. Her internship led to a full time position with Tulip focused on viral marketing and account management specifically focused on young entrepreneurs and edgy fashion startups.

Koebel started keeping tabs on the industry, tech & entertainment trends and began putting together a weekly email for the VC firms she worked with. They enjoyed the “inside scoop” on modern start-ups, the challenges that push them forward, and a peak at the next potential “Mark Zuckerberg”. The email became so popular that it evolved into a newsletter providing behind the scenes insight into the process, hurdles and successes of the most promising new start-ups and the struggles of young entrepreneurs trying to pursue their professional dreams.

As the popularity of the newsletter grew, Koebel sat down with Megann Rundell – friend, mentor, founder & CEO of Tulip Strategies. It was clear that there was a start-up opportunity and business to be developed from the newsletter.

It was the birth of StarterNoise.

The vision was to create a space for young, aspiring entrepreneurs and college students to be able to share their story with investors and other entrepreneurs, and receive press exposure. StarterNoise would be a place to learn about success as well as how to deal with failure. It would be a place for ambitious students and young professionals to connect, create their own networks and share insight from their personal, inspiring experiences.

Koebel and Rundell started a friends and family round. At the same time, the newsletter continued to grow and expand their network of investors and entrepreneurs. This consistent connection was the ever-strengthening foundation for the StartNoise launch.

Everyone who is on board at StarterNoise is excited to see where it goes. We are even more thrilled to share young entrepreneur’s stories by giving an honest look at the blood, sweat and tears that go into the fastest-moving startups and forward-thinking businesses that are disrupting the technology, fashion and entertainment industries.

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