Under The Hood with Techspark!

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size_550x415_PPL circleIn October, we introduced Under the Hood to better understand how technology oriented nonprofits in Minnesota function.

This recurring series is made possible by research partner Altrulytics and underwriter Atomic Data.  Over the coming weeks we will publish individual responses, and in the end, compile an aggregated assessment of the landscape with further analysis.

Organization name: Project for Pride in Living (PPL); program is techspark! (formerly BRIDGEdotMN)

Executive Director: Sarah Koschinska

When was it formed and for what purpose?

PPL was formed in 1972 in the Philips neighborhood to support affordable housing. Since then, it has evolved into job skills training in order to help lower income families get on the path to self-sufficiency as well as providing housing stability, employment training, education, and support services.  Our techspark! program came from BRIDGEdotMN, which started in 2010 to provide Twin Cities youth with computers, internet, and technical training.

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Minnesota startup TriggerBox boosts customer feedback

TriggerboxAt a glance, TriggerBox might look like another standard email remarketing tool.

But this one carries a very specific slant — one that cofounder Ryan Lloyd says is “like having a salesperson sitting at the top of the search results page.”

“The Google Review is an underutilized marketing tool,” he explains. “It affects SEO, but more importantly it affects conversion rate.”

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Wearable startup Playtabase swaps CEOs, plans angel round

Minnesota tech entrepreneur Al Baker has replaced Muhammad Abdurrahman as the CEO of Minneapolis wearable tech startup Playtabase.

Both were part of the cofounding team, Baker suggests the change aligns with the strengths of eachothers natural tendencies, Abdurrahman is now the Technology Evangelist.

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Minneapolis’ Medgineering is Vying for IBM Watson Partnership

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Minneapolis firm Medgineering has been selected as one of five emerging companies vying for a partnership with IBM’s Watson, according to Managing Partner Anish Das.

Medgineering was founded in 2009 by University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center Fellow David Amor as a consultancy and is currently developing MyQuickConsult.com — an online marketplace for matching senior level industry leading consultants, start-ups and large med device companies alike.

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GovDelivery Acquires NYC Open Source Software Maker NuCivic

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Via News Release

“ST. PAUL, Minn., December 17, 2014 — GovDelivery, the leading cloud-based digital communication solution for government, has acquired NuCivic, the award-winning company with open source and cloud-based solutions built on Drupal for government, the companies announced today. Financial terms were not disclosed.”

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Plymouth IoT venture Seeonic partners with Interstate Batteries

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SeeonicPlymouth IoT venture Seeonic has partnered with Dallas-based Interstate Batteries on a massive RFID network spanning 2,200 dealers and five distributors from coast-to-coast.

“We believe this is the largest autonomous commercial RFID network ever built in the U.S.,” says Harley Feldman, who cofounded the company and now leads up marketing.

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City of Minneapolis receiving up to $2.7m grant for “Innovation”

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“December 15, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) —Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced today that the City of Minneapolis is one of 12 U.S. cities that Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected to participate in the $45-million expansion of their Innovation Teams program. Minneapolis will receive a grant of $900,000 a year for up to three years to create an innovation team, or i-team, that is initially focused on analyzing whether core City services are delivered equitably throughout Minneapolis.

The Innovation Teams program aims to improve the capacities of cities to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve residents’ lives, by relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges.”

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HelpSystems announces new CEO Chris Heim, CFO Dan Mayleben

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“Minneapolis, MN, December 16, 2014—HelpSystems today announced that Chris Heim, who has served on the Company’s board since 2012, will be joining the Company as its new Chief Executive Officer. Current CEO, Janet Dryer, has decided to retire after 30 years of successful leadership, including 16 years as CEO.

She will continue on the Company’s board, providing guidance and direction as Chairman of the Board. During Dryer’s tenure as CEO, HelpSystems grew from $20M to over $110M in revenue, completed 13 acquisitions, and tripled its number of employees to over 285.”

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MN Tech Startup Retention Hero Debuts Predictive Marketing SaaS

Predictive lifecycle marketing is a relatively new concept for many, based on using analytics to determine customer tendencies and purchasing behaviors so that communications can be sent at the most opportune and effective points in time.

Hans Kuder, a longtime software engineer, has built a product called Retention Hero that helps ecommerce companies leverage this information to get the most out of their customers and incite repeat business.

Kuder’s previous position was with a company called Goodsie.com, which made online store builder software for people who wanted to set up ecommerce shops. He says that one of the biggest challenges he saw with clients was finding ways to effectively market to existing customers.

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