[Podcast] The Virtual Reality Show

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Andreessen Horowitz partner Benedict Evans aptly described virtual reality as “An idea maze of possibilities,” saying “you can divide the world into people who think VR is part of the future and people who haven’t had the demo yet.”

And he’s right. Until you’ve exprienced VR firsthand, it’s difficult to grasp the feeling and appreciate the implications this new era of technology will have on business as we know it.    With that in mind, we gathered four local minds already blazing trails in the world of VR. They were selected based on their demonstrable working knowledge in the space, each with their own angles around incorporating VR into tangible application:

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Scott Litman & Dan Mallin On Their Next Wild Adventure: Equals 3

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Equals 3 founders Scott Litman and Dan Mallin

 
Scott and Dan’s Wild Adventures — or SDWA — as the the next chapter in this story unfolds.  Partners since the mid-90’s, these two perennial entrepreneurs are at it once again with cognitive companion Lucy from Equals 3, an artificial intellicence platform for marketers built in partnership with IBM’s Watson.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Scott Olson, App Data Room

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Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 12.43.23 PMThank you Andcor Companies for underwriting the Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies.

Scott Olson is the CTO of Minneapolis-based App Data Room, an enterprise mobile sales enablement platform for field sales reps.

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

My first professional job out of college was at a ringtone startup in 2004 called MIDIRingtones. We produced ringtones and developed apps for flip phones, back in the RAZR and Sidekick days of mobile phones.

Before that, I studied Computer Engineering with a focus on Embedded Systems at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I have always had a love of technology, from Number Munchers to programming in BASIC, so software engineering was a natural path.

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Mobile Carpooling Startup Who’s Driving Is Raising $500k

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Mobile carpooling startup Who’s Driving is seeking $500k with $150k $200k raised, per this SEC disclosure.

Who’s driving was formed last fall by Anne Cramer & Monica Stuart (no longer particpating) to address the stress of getting kids to their activities by simplifying the act of carpooling.

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Stratasys Has A New CMO

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By Natalie Gagliordi, CNET

Stratasys on Thursday named former IBM veteran Tim Bohling as chief marketing officer. Stratasys says Bohling has experience helping organizations “make and shape markets,” which should come in handy for the Israeli tech firm’s turnaround efforts as the company tries to rekindle growth in its 3D printing business.”

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Bright Health Sets Sights On Colorado And Partners With Centura Health

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 26, 2016 – New health insurance startup Bright Health announced today its first market and care provider partnership with Colorado-based health system Centura Health. The collaboration pairs the pioneering leadership of Centura Health with Bright Health’s innovative health insurance solution to bring a new option to Colorado consumers.”

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Wayzata-Based MPS Is Raising $5.5m For IoT Parking Systems

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Wayzata-based Municipal Parking Services (MPS) is raising $5.5m with $275k closed according to this fresh SEC disclosure document.

The company’s Sentry Meter product is designed for streets, garages, lots and ramps to “revolutionize the parking experience” with customizable broadcasting, emergency alerts, targeted advertising, and POS integration — among other features.

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Land O’Lakes Is Launching A Pre-Accelerator With StartupNext, A Techstars Program

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http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/landolakes_logo_detail.gifLand O’Lakes is launching a new program in partnership Techstars focused on the intersection of food and technology. 

Startup Next Food and Tech, Presented by Land O’Lakes — is a ‘pre-accelerator’ initiative operating under the Techstars brand with support from Arden Hills headquartered Land O’Lakes.

“Think of it as Techstars light,” says program director Brett Brohl, who became an EIR with Techstars earlier this year around the time Ryan Broshar joined the Target/Techstars vertical retail accelerator.

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Uponor Forms Joint IoT Venture With Belkin

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“APPLE VALLEY, Minn., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Uponor Corporation (Uponor) today announced the formation of Phyn, a new partnership with Belkin International. Phyn represents the next wave of the smart home and will create an intelligent water solution that protects family homes and businesses from leak damage, enables mindful conservation, and enhances household water usage with automated and anticipatory controls.”

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