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Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 12.34.53 PMBy Covey Son, Star Tribune

“Year after year, Matt Hardy struggled to spark an itch for writing in his students.

His fourth-graders in Eden Prairie thought it was a “boring and contrived” task. They didn’t see a point, Hardy said, to inscribe something only he, and maybe the class, would ever read. He wanted a space where students could share their work to an audience. But to throw a child’s writing up online and open the floodgates? That seemed too dangerous.”

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Best Buy Set to be First Mainstream Test for VR Products

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Via AdAge

“Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly was sold on virtual reality after he was almost eaten by a shark in an experience he called “mind-boggling.”

Now he’s betting the masses will be enthralled with the technology too. In what’s seen as the first mainstream test of VR products, Best Buy began rolling out demonstrations for Facebook’s Oculus Rift headsets in May and will have them in 500 stores for the holiday-shopping season. The chain also is running 200 demos for Sony’s PlayStation VR, which will be released in October, that rotate between locations.”

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To Stay Competitive, Walmart and Target Turn To Startups For Help

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Target - Techstars AcceleratorBy Andy Meek, Engadget

Ten startup teams are holed up in Minneapolis through next month to use a new retail-focused accelerator there to launch everything from voice-based search technology for retailers to interactive games that help kids learn STEM concepts.

Their workspace is a typical startup bullpen — an open zone filled with things like boxes of food, Apple products, whiteboards with rows of Post-its and signs hanging from the ceiling that mark each startup’s turf.”

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MSP Absent From NYT’s Tech Jobs Growth Report

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“The San Francisco Bay area has long reigned supreme as America’s capital for technology jobs. However, high salaries and soaring house prices are forcing some startups to cast their eyes elsewhere in search of lower costs. That has resulted in the healthy growth of technology jobs in other parts of the country.”

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Ask An Indie: Ashley Godbold, Mouse Potato Games

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Ashley GodboldWelcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.

The Indie: Ashley Godbold – Founder/CEO of Mouse Potato Games & Lead Game and Application Developer Instructor and Minnesota School of Business Richfield.

What inspired you to start making games?

The game LA Noire convinced me to go to school to learn to make the art for games. When I played this game I was in love with the fact that every store you drove by had a fully realized store front with lots of little trinkets arranged in each. Each one was so lovingly made, but it wasn’t terribly likely that you’d ever actually stop and look at each one. I decided that I wanted to do that—be the person that designed beautiful sets that would make the
player feel like they stumbled upon a hidden world.

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Startup Week Offers Free Flights To Lure Talent To Twin Cities

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
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Twin Cities Startup Week will offer free flights to out-of-state job seekers who want to check out Minnesota’s entrepreneurial scene.Event organizers will award vouchers worth $300 apiece to professionals attending Startup Week, which runs from Sept. 19-25. People must apply for the fly-in program online. Startup Week has so far attracted enough sponsorships to cover between 30 and 40 flights, Startup Week Director Nels Pederson said.”

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