Rochester considers city-operated broadband

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By Bryan Lund, Rochester Post-Bulletin

“Vocal dissatisfaction from constituents regarding Charter Communications’ services have led members of the Rochester City Council to consider alternatives to the current system, including the possibility of a municipally run broadband network.

“We get a little bit of a sense for how frustrated the public is when you’re on the city council based on the number of notes that we receive on an issue,” said 2nd Ward council representative Michael Wojcik, “This issue is just off the charts. We had an almost 7 percent levy increase this year, and I can tell you I’ve had 20 times the number of notes with frustrations on broadband than I did with that 7 percent increase.”

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Know this Nerd? Meet Mitchell Nick

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Mitchell NickMitchell Nick is a full stack feelanceweb developer who likes to “Build awesome stuff on the web in Ruby on Rails.”

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

I remember plopping in a floppy disk and having green text flash across the screen. I’ve been hooked since. Jeez, I feel old saying that.

At what age did you write your first computer program? What did it do?

This is embarrassing, but my first real computer program (not just small snippets of code) was written in VBA during an internship. I helped a call center that had high levels of seasonal calls determine how many people to staff and what hours they should
work to have less than a 2 minute hold time at 90% confidence level.
It worked like a charm.

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Under the Hood with Reve Academy

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In 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: Reve Academy

Executive Directors: Brad von Bank & Kristen Pardue (co founders)

When was your organization formed and for what purpose?

Reve Academy was formed in December 2010. Our program started in the summer of 2011. Our mission is to help kids dream with direction and we do this by providing pathways to digital careers. The program couples immersive curriculum with relevant experience to create marketable talent. It is founded on the belief that kids can lead us into the future. By investing in them today, our community will see a better tomorrow.

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Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur: Paul Saarinen on Family

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PSFINALThank you to Split Rock Partners for underwriting the Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur Series.

Paul Saarinen is the cofounder & CEO of Miinome — a Minneapolis startup concerned with genetic sequencing, privacy, and profit.

Of all the topics available, why did you pick “family”?

The biggest misconception is only young, single people have successful startups, and people with families have baggage, responsibilities, and too much to lose. Founders rarely talk about the impact on their spouses or children. It is like have another child, and a second spouse.

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MaxBotix sensing opportunities

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By Alex Harvison, Minnesota Business Magazine

“About 12 years ago, Bob Gross of Brainerd, Minnesota, entered a robotics competition with his 11-year-old daughter. Much to their frustration, they kept having problems with their robot’s sensor — the closest thing it had to eyes. A sensor allows a robot to determine, for example, the distance and angle to a goal post. Competing well without one is next to impossible.

…Today Gross is CEO of Brainerd-based MaxBotix, which makes more than 180 sensors designed to tackle a range of tasks, from distance measurement to proximity sensing. The sensors are deployed not only in robots, but also in security systems and human interfacing devices. “

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Mobile Realty Apps banks $1.8m & changes name to HomeSpotter

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Via News Release

“January 26, 2015 (Minneapolis, MN)—HomeSpotter is now more than a great feature in your favorite home search app. It’s the new name of real estate tech company, Mobile Realty Apps. The company was named Inman News’ Most Innovative Real Estate Startup in 2012, due in part to their augmented reality search feature, called HomeSpotter.”

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JAMF’s Bushel thinks small for Apple device management

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By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press

“Aaron Hormann used to set up his company’s employee iPhones and iPads one by one — a laborious and time-squandering process. Technologies exist for automating a multi-device setup but are typically tailored for larger organizations, such as corporations, government agencies and school districts.

Eagan-based Herregan Distributors, where Hormann works in marketing and does tech management on the side, is not remotely in that league. It has dozens of employees, not hundreds or thousands. But now Hormann has streamlined the set-up of his worker iOS devices just like the big boys, and he has a local company called JAMF Software to thank.”

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