How bagging groceries inspired Chad Halvorson to bootstrap When I Work

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By Andrew Warner, Mixergy

“Joining me today is an incredibly successful entrepreneur who got his start by bagging groceries. And when he did, he had this big, giant problem that he couldn’t stand. And that’s where he got the idea for his business. Chad Halvorson is the founder of When I Work, an easy way to schedule and communicate with your employees.”

Former Target Trio Gets Entrepreneurial With IoT Retail Platform Advos

AdvosAs ecommerce continues to grow into a dominating force of the modern retailing world, brick-and-mortar outfits of all shapes and sizes must adapt if they want to be competitive.

While still nascent in application, micro location technology aka ‘beacons’ appear to be one of the most promising frontiers for those seeking to bridge the gap between physical and digital retail.

Brook Oldre, Brandon Johnson and Brett Loney have plenty of combined experience in this arena, as they were all part of the team that developed Target’s mobile coupon program Cartwheel.

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PurchaseBox Selected To Pitch At Collision Conf In Vegas

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MINNEAPOLISApr. 13, 2015 — Minneapolis-based startup, PurchaseBox, has been selected to participate at Collision this coming May in Las Vegas. Collision, a two-day long conference boasting 10,000 attendees from around the world, is a meeting place for people who are both building the companies of tomorrow and managing the companies of today. It’s a gathering of the foremost tech startups in one place to network and meet with high-profile investors.”

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Not afraid to invest from the beginning

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

“It’s not that easy to listen anymore to the whining of an entrepreneur who can’t seem to find any capital here.

Getting capital is never easy, but for technology start-ups it’s no longer all but impossible. There are several Chicago venture capital firms now regularly nosing around for good early stage investments. So are Arthur Ventures of Fargo and Foundry Group from Colorado.”

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Twin Cities Angels Is Raising A Third Fund

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Twin Cities AngelsTwin Cities Angels (TCA) is raising a third fund — aptly named Twin Cities Angels 3 — and seeking local accredited investors to join the fold.

TCA’s inagural fund launched in 2006 and backed 12 companies with “north of 5 million” in capital, says Founder & Chairman John Alexander. The second fund, which is currently wrapping up, also has invested in 12 ventures (around $5m) and could increase before exhausting TCA 2 in the coming months.

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Teams & Nonprofits Announced For The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

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“Minneapolis, April 15, 2015 – The Nerdery has announced the selection of 14 nonprofit organizations and 14 teams of volunteer web pros bound for Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge in the Twin Cities during the weekend of May 2-3. These teams will help the nonprofit organizations create websites they couldn’t otherwise afford, pro bono:”

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High Tech Workstation Startup Walkway Expands To MSP Airport

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Walkway is thrilled to announce that it will be expanding to Minneapolis‐St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Walkway is a new Minneapolis‐based start‐up that energizes public settings with Walkway Workstations: treadmill desks that maximize health and productivity. Walkway Workstations allow users to charge their devices and access the internet‐ without missing a step. Walkway Workstations are free for consumers to use; made possible through a sponsorship model.”

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Minnesota Startup Viewswagen Plans To Sell Ads Inside Uber & Lyft

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By Lauren Johnson, Adweek

“As ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft gain national traction, many have speculated about how brands will tap into the transportation companies’ advertising potential. Already, marketers like Starwood Hotels and Chobani have run experiential promos with the mobile players, but James Bellefeuille [Viewswagen] thinks he has found a more effective business model.”

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