Infinite Campus Wants To Lure IT Workers To Blaine

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

Charlie Kratsch of Infinite Campus is all but cocky about his ability to recruit up to 400 new employees over the next few years to his company located in what he merrily called “the swamps of Blaine.”

That puts him nearly 20 miles north of the hottest area for technology firms, in Minneapolis, and even farther away from the technology cluster in and around suburban Eden Prairie.”

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NE Minneapolis’ FourCubed Buys Poker-Training Site DeucesCracked

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — FourCubed LLC, and industry leading iGaming affiliate, has acquired DeucesCracked.com, a subscription based poker-training site founded in 2007. The acquisition expands an already diverse portfolio in the iGaming space for FourCubed and will provide premium content to its many publishers. The DeucesCracked team will be joining FourCubed and continue releasing scheduled content.”

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Health Rising Conference Launches In Minnesota

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Health Rising Logo TransA new conference for healthtech startups and those who care about them is launching next month in Minnesota.

Health Rising is on Tuesday, September 29 at Worrell Design headquarters in Northeast Minneapolis.

“Minnesota has reached a tipping point in the B2B health IT cluster, it’s undeniably part of the DNA here,” says conference founder Casey Allen.

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Mayo Clinic’s Venture Into Entrepreneurship

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By Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

“When he looks out from his small office in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, veteran Rochester entrepreneur Al Berning says he sees something special going on in his city’s business start-up scene.

CEO of one-year-old Ambient Clinical Analytics, Berning certainly knows his way around a Rochester start-up. After 15 years at IBM, he founded electronics manufacturer PEMSTAR in 1994, leading it through a $115 million initial public offering six years later. From 2007 to 2012, he ran Hardcore Computer/Liquid Cool Solutions, developers of a new type of liquid-cooled computing technology, which by 2013 had raised $18.5 million in venture funding.”

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AstroHQ, LearnToLive, CivicEagle Are 2015 MN Cup Tech Victors

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The largest statewide new venture competition has announced division winners of the 2015 Minnesota Cup. From an original pool of 1,300 applicants, the teams have been narrowed down throughout the summer in sequential rounds.

The review board has now selected one winner from each division, receiving $30,000 in seed capital each. Of the seven divisions, three are topped by tech-based ventures, including:
 

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Now You Can Use Your Phone To Pay For Parking In Minneapolis

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By Peter Cox, MPR News

“The city of Minneapolis is rolling out a new meterless parking payment option: the smartphone.  Customers can use the MPLS Parking app to plug in their parking-spot number and pay through their phone. They can also add more time to their meter while they’re away from the parking spot. The city is testing the app out in 975 spots in the North Loop and Downtown West.”

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Minneapolis’ Sportradar Partners With FanDuel On Fantasy Football Data

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Minneapolis and New York – August 26, 2015 – FanDuel Inc., the largest one-day fantasy sports operator, today announced a partnership with Sportradar [previously SportsData], the leading provider of sports data services globally, to receive the official NFL data feed to power its fantasy football competitions.

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Two Iowa State Grads Launch St. Paul Startup Flamingo

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By Alex Hanson, Iowa State Daily

“As students get settled in on campus for the fall semester, many are waiting to see if professors will require them to use textbooks for their classes, and shelling out hundreds of dollars this semester is something students may dread.

Two ISU alumni are seeking an end to the problem many face by cutting the cost in half and saving students money. The new app “Flamingo” has launched on Android phones and tablets and is awaiting approval in the Apple app store. The app creators, Aaron Hurd, 2006 computer engineering graduate, and Joe Schneider, 2007 computer engineering graduate, said “students deserve a better way to buy and sell textbooks.”

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Visualizing The Inc. 5000 Of Minnesota Tech

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 1.56.15 PMEarlier this month, Inc. Magazine published its annual ranking of ‘America’s fastest growing private companies’ based on 3 year revenue gains.

Minnesota-based tech firms (product & service) fared well this year, earning 48 spots out of a total of 100 statewide companies ranked. We took that information a step further here with some basic visualizations to help see what the data says.

The obvious limitation of this dataset include the basic fact that the Inc. award is opt-in, whereas the company has to apply for consideration in the first place.  Also, these corporate vitals are self-reported and the figures have not been verified by TECHdotMN.

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