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Michael Metz, Cairn Cross and Pamela Polston: Fearless Entrepreneurism

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03/22/2017

Where do ideas come from? How do you pursue them? How do you keep creativity alive throughout your life? Who in your life encouraged you along the way?  Fran Stoddard, former VPR and Vermont PBS host, explores creativity in entrepreneurism with special guests Michael Metz, Cairn Cross, and Pamela Polson.

Michael Metz is a businessman and entrepreneur specializing in high tech uses of precious and rare earth metals. He serves on the Generator Space Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the build out of their new space in Burlington.  Community-minded and charitable, Metz also serves as a director on at least a half a dozen other for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the Fund.  Cairn is on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday, Budnitz Bicycles and Mamava. He teaches in UVM’s SEMBA program and he is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Windham Grows, a business accelerator program. He created Road Pitch which has grown into a five-day motorcycle tour around Vermont bringing investors and entrepreneurs to 10 towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas. In 2011, the United States Small Business Administration named Cairn its Vermont, New England, and National Financial Services Champion.

Pamela Polston is a journalist, co-founder, co-editor and associate publisher of Seven Days.

Conversation is an annual 3-part series exploring the Spark of Creativity through a lens of Music, Entrepreneurism, and Education. It is co-presented by All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum, Pierson Library, and with media support from RETN. The title of the 2017 series is "The Spark of Creativity."

 

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