Bits & Pieces

Bite-sized bits and thoughtful pieces delivered by team Bust Out.


  • Microgen

    Built in partnership with Protocol Labs, Microgen is an intuitive, open source visual site builder made for Web3 and the decentralized internet. Lead engineer and product designer Tom Benbow presented Microgen at Minnedemo38.

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  • Evaluating Software Startups

    As part of their decision-making process, investors with little or no technology expertise often need to decide whether to invest in a software startup. Jeff Lin, CEO of Bust Out, wrote an article for the Forge North Angel Basecamp that provides guidance on how non-technical investors can evaluate tech startups.

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  • Pennant Featured in the Star Tribune

    In recent months, Pennant, an OTT streaming video platform for performing arts organizations and for performing artists, has been quietly making a name for itself in the Twin Cities tech scene. In June, Jeff Lin, owner and CEO of both entities (Bust Out and Pennant) sat down and shared a taste of Pennant’s origin story with Star Tribune Business writer Nick Williams.

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  • Jul 12, 2022 2 min read

    Bust Out Launches Pennant

    For almost two decades, Bust Out has been brewing up product solutions. Learn how Pennant grew from a clever pandemic workaround, into its own full-fledged OTT streaming service offering.

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  • May 13, 2022 2 min read

    Bust Out at Minnedemo 36

    If you missed Minnedemo 36, you missed some great tech—also—YouTube's poorly timed global outage and how Pennant, the lil OTT platform that could, stepped in and saved the day.

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  • A Rallying Cry for Entrepreneurs

    Founder Jeff Lin discusses everything from diversity in technology to colonial living.

    In this week’s Tech.MN podcast, Bust Out’s founder and CEO, Jeff Lin, discusses business, entrepreneurship, reality TV shows and the oft mistaken Midwestern passivity. A member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Jeff also shares his experience over the last year, highlighting the benefits of this one-of-a-kind community of business leaders.

    Listen to learn more about the incredible local opportunities available for early-stage business builders. Bonus: You’ll also learn how Jeff wound up in seventeen-century America for three months.

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