The Hatchcast

The Hatchcast

Hatchcast is where Michigan State University innovators and entrepreneurs tell their stories. Through candid conversations with artists and researchers, thought-leaders and creators of all stripes, co-hosts and guests reveal their journeys—stories of failure, success, and a passion for a limitless future.


May 20, 2022 69 mins

In our season 6 finale of the Hatchcast, Diego sits down with Broad Professor Amy Wisner amidst her semester’s work of eliminating grades in the Broad required class: MKT 250. From markers of success and alignment of values to mindfulness and growth, this episode is jam-packed with wisdom. If you want to start working on personal growth but don’t know where to begin, this episode is for you! Don’t miss out on our season finale.

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Danielle sits down once again with esteemed guest Jim Shurter, MSU College of Arts and Letters alumnus and Mott Community College Professor and Program Coordinator, and joining them in this conversation is Will Rowen! Picking up from "Part 1: Fast Design & Challenging the Creative Industry," Jim, Danielle, and Will, discuss what it means to have a designer mindset. Through Jim's professional experience and Daniel...

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April 27, 2022 38 mins

Danielle Tice & Aaryn Richard sit down with the winners of the Burgess New Venture Challenge to discuss the event, their businesses, and future plans. The group reflects on the opportunities they have here at Michigan State University and how the Burgess Institute helped them to prepare for the event. 

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The Innovate State Speaker Series brings both emerging and accomplished Spartans back to campus for a fireside chat-style interview. These 60-minute sessions offer the chance for guests to share their perspectives on a wide array of topics like innovation, startup life, investments, and career paths. Students get the opportunity to hear firsthand about the hard knocks of the entrepreneurship & innovation hustle to maintaining w...

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On this week's executive produced, special 4/20 edition episode of The Hatchcast, "A Joint Decision," Gabe and Aaryn sit down with Doghouse Cannabis's president, Eric Slutzky, to discuss the crazy world of weed today. Join them as they discuss the difficulties of starting a growery, perfecting the craft, dealing with laws and regulations, and much more!!

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In this episode of the Hatchcast, Karina sits down with MSU students and fashion industry entrepreneurs Lia Gabrielle and Olivia Simone to talk all about breaking into the fashion industry… while living in a city that definitely isn’t considered a fashion capital! Today’s guests prove from personal experience that the entrepreneurial mindset can take you far — from creating your own fashion industry jobs and opportunities, to havin...

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Rob Smith, CEO & Founder, The Phluid Project / GET Phluid / The Phluid Foundation has created a brand, combining his retail profession with his passion: a commitment to social justice. 

After graduating from Michigan State University, Rob began a thirty-year retail career orchestrating multi-billion dollar businesses through merchandising, e-commerce, marketing, product development, and supply chain management. 

He worked his way...

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This week, Danielle and Aaryn sit down with MSU College of Arts and Letters alumnus and Mott Community College Professor and Program Coordinator Jim Shurter to discuss “fast design.” Together they discuss Jim's educational experience, creative process, workflow expectations, and the jobs that make every graphic designer tear their hair out. This episode is an attempt to define “fast design.” Join them on this journey of self-d...

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Ashton Keys is a Detroit native and an Experience Architecture graduate from Michigan State University. He is an established professional in technology with experience working in UX design, engineering, product management, and growth marketing. He has held two prestigious entrepreneurship fellowships with Invest Detroit Ventures and Venture for America. He has a background in building digital marketplaces, where he most recently wo...

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We are officially midway through Spring Semester 2022. After chugging along for eight weeks, it’s time for a break.

But before we take a small hiatus for Spring Break Week, we wanted to offer up last week’s Innovate State: Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Edition, featuring Charlotte Bachelor, Madison Marsh, Christian Nderu, and Avery Tilley.

Moderated by Gabe Hales and Jason Jia, the conversation is pa...

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In our final installment of Color of Innovation, Charlotte sits down with MSU alumna and founder of SHIFT Stylehouse, Jasmene Bowdry, and current Spartan and owner of DBN Boutique, Onylah Taggart. The two share their experiences as Black women in the fashion industry, the role of social media in expanding their brands, and how they stay ahead of their industry's trends.

You can follow DBN Boutique @dbnboutique and shop in-perso...

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In the third installment of the Hatchcast’s Black History Month series, Color of Innovation, Charlotte sits down with Spartan, philanthropist, and restorative justice advocate, Leah Ellis. Leah shares how her experiences as a disabled mother fighting the juvenile justice system influenced her brands and the need for spaces for marginalized entrepreneurs within the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Amy Smith is an experienced product leader and operator who has spent most of her career building product-market fit and operational efficiencies in scaling late-stage startups. Her product background is rooted in B2B enterprise and SaaS software development and service implementation optimization. In addition, she has led organization-wide change management programs to align resources and processes for long-term growth.

In her work...

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In this second installment of our miniseries, Color of Innovation, Charlotte chats with Joshua May, a '21 MSU alumnus and owner of Intertwined Entertainment. Josh shares his story on how growing up in Detroit shaped his worldview, how to fund your dreams as a creator, and breaking down stereotypes in the industry.

Keep up with Intertwined on social media @intertwinedent, or stop by the studio at 425 Albert Street Suite #100 Eas...

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In the first installment of the Hatchcast’s Black History Month series, Color of Innovation, Charlotte sits down will Spartan Alum turned co-owner of Patchwerk Studios, Curtis Daniel III. Curtis shares his experience on the MSU football team, the importance of representation, and how creating success on his own terms led to his successful career in the music industry.  

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Hey, Hatchcasters! Today's show brings you this past Tuesday's Innovate State: Defining the World of Digital Health, featuring Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali (or, Dr. B., as he's known across the internetwebs!). Dhaval is a dermatologist and digital health entrepreneur. He has founded several companies, such as HairStim Labs, Aire Health, and Skin Medicinals. He's formulated and co-founded numerous skincare products and c...

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December 20, 2021 54 mins

Phew! We've made it across the finish line. 2021 has brought with it new challenges — elating highs, and overwhelming lows. But across it all, we've been able to embrace our strengths, reimagine our old habits, and cherish the good each day has brought with it.

Today, The Hatchcast team sits down to discuss all we've encountered. We hope you join us!

From all of us here: We wish you and yours the sa...

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In this episode, Karina sits down with Isaiah Johns. Isaiah is a recent MSU grad and the creator of Comma, Concert. Today's discussion focuses on creative innovation and non-traditional entrepreneurship. Karina and Isaiah talk about finding and building creative communities, being able to pivot/adapt to change, and embracing solutions. (Did we mention you’ll get to hear music from Comma, Concert throughout the episode?!)

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Rochelle Gorey leads SpringFour, a Certified B, social impact fintech company that helps the financial services industry limit risk by empowering improved payment performance and increased customer engagement. Trusted by BMO Harris Bank, Capital One, Wells Fargo, Discover, M&T Bank, LendUp, Oportun, and more, SpringFour’s solutions provide financial resources to millions of consumers. 

Rochelle’s more than 25 years of experience...

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After graduating from Michigan State University in 1987, Chris Golec went on to start multiple software companies in Silicon Valley valued at more than $2 billion. Most recently, he founded and led Demandbase as CEO, pioneering the Account-Based Marketing category (“ABM”) over the past 15 years. This feat earned him Top CEO and Marketing Technology executive awards from multiple leading industry organizations.   In 2016, Glassdoor ...

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