In search of the next big thing? Just look to StarterNoise co-founder Sarah, our resident expert on the coolest trends, from fitness to design to FemTech. A visionary leader for Tulip Strategies, Sarah has a hawk’s eye for spotting upcoming trends and creating viral marketing campaigns. She’s a self-described “healthy lifestyle geek,” is certified in yoga and Pilates, and is a functional nutritionist.
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.
Following a four-year stint as managing editor at a Phoenix-based SaaS startup, Megan is now senior content manager at a full-service digital marketing agency. She’s also a mom, a freelance writer, a native New Yorker, and a diehard indoors enthusiast.
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.
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.
Heather has spent the last third of her 15-year digital marketing career in the rollercoaster that is the startup space. She finds doing branding, social media, and digital marketing for a variety of tech startups to be equal parts creatively fulfilling, exhilarating, and terrifying. A mix of feelings we all know well, hmm? Heather’s degree in English Lit gives her an advantage with content creation (and, admittedly, makes her one of those annoying grammarians).
On the personal side, Heather loves adventuring with her husband and kids (aww), petting all the dogs (sweet), eating all the food (yum!), the Minnesota Vikings (ouch), and the Oxford comma (don’t @ her).
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.
Brandon Fischer has experience in all things tech, (and video games, but mostly tech). He's a former Esports player and total computer expert, and now he's making a name for himself by sharing his expertise, or, "TECHpertise," if you will. Need an expert to teach you what the heck "LOL" means, or how to use a crypto mining rig? Brandon has you covered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High schooler by day, crypto trader by night, our resident high school entrepreneur, Connor Rundell, is ready to take the tech scene by storm. Besides being a badass skier and kitesurfer, Connor wants to shed some light on the startup scene. Connor splits his spare time between being an all-star Lacrosse player and a leader for up-and-coming young entrepreneurs as he trailblazes as an intern for Brilliant Minds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morgan is a student at the University of San Diego majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Entrepreneurship. Not afraid to run a 10k or test out a new product for review, Morgan is our go to for all things spirituality, health, wellness, and the hottest spots to check out in Denver and San Diego. Also a podcast junkie, Morgan can always recommend a killer listen ranging from the newest data on MDMA research to ways we can begin understanding the microbiome.
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.
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 peek 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.