Under The Hood With Leonardo’s Basement

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 12.16.56 PMIn 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: Leonardo’s Basement

Executive Director: Steve Jevning

When was your organization formed and for what purpose?

Leonardo’s Basement began in 1998 with a mission to create learning environments for “kids” of all ages to design and build engineering, art and technology projects from their imagination with a vision to “transform people to change the world.”

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Know this Nerd? Meet Caylan Larson

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CaylanLarsonCaylan Larson an iOS and Mac OS developer based Winona, Minnesota.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

I have memories of playing games on a Commodore 64. A distant uncle was a game hacker and he would put arcade games on 5-1/4 floppies. Sadly, the Commodore was our family’s last computer until the summer I turned 15 and saved my lawn mowing and MN State Fair concession stand wages to afford Apple’s new 1998 Bondi Blue iMac.

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

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Minneapolis VC: Seed-Stage Entrepreneurs Have More Confidence In Yourself!

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By Patrick Meenan

“I’ve been seeing entrepreneurs receive and rely on ‘advice’ from ‘advisors’ that have zero business giving said ‘advice’ for about two years now, but for some reason have been seeing more of it than normal lately.

These ‘advisors’ typically have little to no experience working with a company in the stage or market of the entrepreneur’s startup and often times the ‘advice’ given is outside of their core functional area of experience.”

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Like to make stuff? Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire is for you

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By Richard Chin, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“A massive show-and-tell for an eclectic collection of DIYers, geeks, gear heads and others who just like making stuff will hit the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this spring.

Called the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire, the May 29-30 event will feature more than 200 local and regional “makers.” Among them: “tinkerers, coders, woodworkers, crafters, farm hackers, artists, students, designers, chemists, roboticists, entrepreneurs, scientists, food inventors, metalworkers, educators, green technology creators, inventors, corporate designers and bicycle builders.”

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Minneapolis to debut pay-by-phone parking option in May

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By Erin Golden, Star Tribune

“Drivers in some parts of Minneapolis will soon be able to plug their parking meters with a few swipes on their smartphones.

In May, the city plans to begin offering the service at about 500 of its 7,500 meters. More spots will be added to the pay-by-phone system in August and September and the entire city could be linked in by late fall.”

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Insite Software Partners With Dell on Ecommerce Verticals

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Via News Release

Minneapolis, March 24, 2015Insite Software, a leading provider of B2B commerce platforms and data-driven solutions for manufacturers and distributors, today announced a strategic alliance with Dell Services to develop business to  business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) eCommerce solutions for customers in key vertical market segments.”

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Digi-Key & Silicon Labs Launch IoT Contest

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Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), the leading provider of semiconductor and software solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Digi-Key, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced an IoT design contest for pioneering developers who want to create connected “things” that will help make the world a smarter, more connected and energy-friendly place. Co-sponsored by Silicon Labs and Digi-Key, the “Your IoT Connected World” design contest is open to inventors of all skill levels, from professional embedded developers and seasoned makers to electronics enthusiasts.”

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MNvest Survives The Minnesota Department of Commerce

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MNVestThe Minnesota equity crowdfunding initiative for non-accredited investors has escaped the wrath of the Department of Commerce (MNDoC).

SF 138 aka MNvest, was gravely threatened by the State’s securities regulator Mike Rothman last month as articulated in an official document outlining his “major concerns”.

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