New Beta.MN leader seeks a bigger tent for Minnesota startups

Saturday, February 01, 2020

"I always keep coming back to startups and entrepreneurs," Casey Shultz says. 

Casey Shultz has had what she calls “an eclectic career.” Her first job was in wealth management. Then she got in on the ground floor at CouchSurfing International, the precursor to Airbnb. She started her own portable photo-booth business and sold it to move to California’s Silicon Valley. She took a job at Citrix and then was the only woman at Serverless Inc., where she managed business operations. “I always keep coming back to startups and entrepreneurs,” she said. Last month, Shultz was named executive director of Beta.MN, a Twin Cities nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground. She and her husband, a Minnesota native, moved to St. Paul a year ago with their 2-year-old daughter and miniature Goldendoodle.

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