Q3 2014 Capital Review: 20 Minnesota tech ventures saw $38m+

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5693558-green-tree-growing-currency-with-dollar-sign-on-white-backgroundAt least 20 different Minnesota tech ventures received $38m in financial capital during the third quarter of 2014, according to information collected and analyzed from July 1 through September 30, 2014.

The data includes on the record activity compiled from multiple sources; this proxy of current local funding activity and trends is a worse case scenario as there are always undisclosed transactions not factored.

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Meet a Minnesota [startup] CTO: Mark Brose

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http://www.gravie.com/wp-content/uploads/mark-300x300.jpgThank you to Andcor Companies for underwriting the Meet a Minnesota CTO series.

Mark Brose is the newly named CTO of Minneapolis health venture Gravie.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your background?

I’ve been in technology for over 22 years. I started out in a small company I co-founded configuring desktop computers and building local area networks for small businesses. In 1995 I started helping neighborhood organizations use the Internet and soon after moved into software development, where I spent most of the next 15 years.

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Turning tech teens into dreamers and developers

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By Tom Salonek, Star Tribune

“The tech sector is white hot — on track to grow faster than all but five other industries by 2020 and, among all of them, tech pays the best with the average software developer earning $92,080. Yet interest in the IT field among young people is tepid at best. We need to light a metaphorical fire in the hearts and minds of high school and college students, one that extends beyond simply using cool tech gadgets and software to actually dreaming and developing it. Most importantly, we need to teach kids to code.”

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Wellness startup Novu teams up with Delta Dental on 3m+ members

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Via News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS — Novu today announced that Delta Dental of Minnesota, one of the largest providers of dental benefits in the Upper Midwest, serving 7,500 Minnesota-based employer groups and 3.8 million members nationwide, will leverage the Novu platform to effectively engage their members in their own health through Novu’s combination of technology, community, content and rewards. The new offering will be delivered as a Delta Dental of Minnesota-branded experience. “

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MN’s “Rise of the Rest” startups selected to pitch Steve Case for $100k

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“Washington, D.C. – September 30, 2014 – Today, Revolution, UP Global and Google for Entrepreneurs, the presenting partners of the Rise of the Rest Road Tour, announced the finalists for pitch competitions happening in five Midwest cities: Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City and St. Louis. One winner in each city will receive a $100,000 personal investment from Steve Case and a trip to the 2015 SXSW Startup Village in Austin, TX for a special “Rise of the Rest” pitch competition, where they will vie for additional funding.

Minnesota startups: 75F, Apruve, GreenBook Network, Grumbl, Fresh Vine, Not on My Nickel, Retrace Health, PreciouStatus, Rowbot Systems and Zipnosis.”

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Optum buys MedSynergies, provider of integrated tools for doctors

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“EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. & IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MedSynergies, Inc., which provides physician practice management, revenue management, physician referral management and other business services to physician groups aligned with large health systems, serving more than 9,300 care providers across the U.S. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.”

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Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur: Todd Gardner on Bootstrapping

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ToddGardnerThanks to Split Rock Partners for underwriting the Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur series.

Todd Gardner is the co-founder of TrackJS, a Minnesota tech startup that reached revenue through organic growth on accord of its own bootstraps.

What does TrackJS do?

TrackJS solves a hard problem in a unique way. The last few years have had a tremendous growth in JavaScript web applications—but the tooling to monitor and debug them has not kept pace. TrackJS helps our customers by understanding how their web-apps are running in production; and when an error
happens, make sure the developers have all the information they need to fix it.

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Eden Prairie online retailer Bluestem Brands bought for $565m

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“EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bluestem Brands, Inc. today announced that the company has reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by Capmark Financial Group Inc. Under the terms of the transaction, Capmark will acquire Bluestem for approximately $565 million in cash, subject to various pre-and post-closing adjustments.”

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