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Twin Cities Podcast Hosts UNPLUGGED, Part 1: Sales


Tim Bornholdt
The Jed Mahonis Group, Partner

Tim Bornholdt is an entrepreneur, software developer, and podcaster.

As co-founder and partner at The Jed Mahonis Group, he works with businesses who need technical expertise in improving their business processes and increasing their bottom line through automation and custom mobile software.

As a software developer, he specializes in delivering custom mobile software with an emphasis on the back end. He still dabbles in Ruby on Rails and SwiftUI, but mostly focuses on strategy, architecture, and user experience design these days.

As a podcaster, he hosts a show called Constant Variables that explains how mobile app development works to people who don't like technical jargon.

Mike Jackson
Black Tech Talent, Founder & CEO

Mike Jackson is the Founder & CEO of the 4x award winning Black Tech Talent. He is also the host of Black Tech Talents podcast "BTT Discussions."

Justin Grammens
Lab651, Founder/ CEO

Justin leads Lab651's team of mobile & web application and data science engineers. He lives at the intersection of emerging technology and leading communities on the Internet of Things and has been building mobile applications and cloud-based software solutions for more than 20 years with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Justin is also both the creator and host of the AppliedAI Podcast and an adjunct professor teaching a graduate-level course on the Internet of Things at the University of Saint Thomas.

Anna Bliss
Women in Tech Twin Cities, Digital Product Manager

Anna Bliss is a Product Manager, podcaster, and community leader. Anna has worked in the tech arena for over 15 years in a variety of roles including technical writing and business analysis prior to moving into product management. A liberal arts major at heart, Anna loves the interdisciplinary nature of the technology world. She is co-founder of the Twin Cities Product Community and co-host of the Women in Tech Twin Cities podcast and co-founded the Women in Tech group where she works.

Kristi Piehl
Media Minefield, Founder & CEO

Kristi Piehl is the Founder and CEO of Media Minefield. She started the company in 2010 following a 12-year career as an Emmy Award-winning television news reporter. Media Minefield is a one-of-a-kind full-service PR agency specializing in earned media, crisis communication and social media. As a messaging expert and storyteller, she has a unique perspective and is on a mission to innovate the public relations industry.

Media Minefield has won numerous Twin Cities awards including Best Places to Work and Best Companies to Work For. The company has also appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America three times.

Kristi launched the Flip Your Script podcast in 2020. She is honored to host the show and interview people who faced a critical turning point in their life and explore how they found the inspiration to move forward and rewrite their own unique story.

Allison Kaplan
Twin Cities Business, Editor in Chief

Ali is vice president of content for MSP Communications’ Owned Media division, which includes Twin Cities Business magazine, where she also serves as editor in chief. In this dual role, Ali oversees digital content for both TCB and sister publication MplsSt.Paul Magazine, contributes to overall strategy and new initiatives for the magazines, leads the Twin Cities Business editorial team, including print and events, and hosts the By All Means Podcast.


This two-part Clubhouse-style event is bringing together Twin Cities podcast hosts to extract what they’ve learned from their conversations with notable guests in the startup realm, corporate world, and tech space.

In Part 1 of this event, host Tim Bornholdt will be flipping the mic on these podcasters to chat about using podcasting as a tool to grow a business, judging the success of episodes, using podcasting for lead generation, preparing for interviews, and more!