About Us

You know that empty storefront down the block? Or the one that's constantly turning over? We've always wanted a way to decide what moves in. But when we had that "you know what I wish would open up there?" conversation with our neighbors, it often ended with a deflating question: Do we actually have any way to do something about this? We designed Hoodstarter so we could finally do something about it.

So, got a vision for your neighborhood? Got a business that needs a home? Let's fill some storefronts.

What will you Hoodstart?

Questions? Contact us at howdy@hoodstarter.com.


The Team

Justin Ley
Justin Ley
Co-founder. Husband. Dad. Lives in south Minneapolis. Wants to change things for the better.
David Berglund
David Berglund
Co-founder. From SW metro. Husband, eternal optimist, community builder, & weekend photographer.
Jason Goux
Jason Goux
Chief Collaborator. Hoodstarter's parental supervision. Lives in west metro. Liked by everybody.
Greg Schneider-Bateman
Greg Schneider-Bateman
Writes words. Professor. Rhetorician. Husband. Minnesota's prodigal son.
Tim Drabandt
Tim Drabandt
Designs things. Husband. Dad. Likes fonts. Lives in NE Minny.
Tim Drabandt
Erik Thayer
Creative Developer. Defender of puppies. Hobby farm enthusiast. Lives in Ramsey MN