Minnesota’s first IoT Hack Day launches this fall

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 1.06.58 PMInternet of Things (IoT) Hack Day is launching on Saturday, October 18th for creators keen on in making connections between the virtual and physical world.

Held at medical device systems design firm Minnetronix in St. Paul, co-organizer Justin Grammens explains that the event is an extension of the Arduino.MN hack days with a broader and more competitive spirit.

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Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur: Kosh Samuel on Adapting

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Kosh-SamuelThanks to Split Rock Partners for underwriting the Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur series.

Minnesota tech entrepreneur Kosh Samuel is the founder and CEO of Avabar, a startup company focused on “remixing nightlife” through mobile technology.

After launching last April, Avabar experienced a common scenario in the world of consumer tech startups: a go to market launch bump followed by lackluster results.

Since then, Samuel has gone back to the drawing board to reinvent nearly every aspect of the business.  As a result of his ability to adapt, Avabar has found new life full of receptive users and paying customers.

What high level changes were made to the model and why?

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Mankato M2M startup 75F tackles commercial climates

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 12.51.00 PMWith the goal of operating a better business, commercial building owners are constantly seeking greater HVAC efficiency wherever they can.

Mankato-based startup 75 Fahrenheit (75F) goes beyond regulating temperature on a room-by-room basis by incorporating a proactive measure of weather forecasts into its predictive system.

This innovation has made them a finalist in the Minnesota Cup’s Clean Energy division this year.

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Multiple Minnesota tech companies are on the 2014 Inc. 500 / 5000

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 1.56.15 PMInc. magazine announced today this years ranking of “the nation’s fastest growing privately held companies,” ubiquitously known as the Inc. 500/5000.

Overall, 94 Minnesota-based companies earned their place on this years list and roughly 39 are considered to be tech companies (17 product and 22  service).  One stands out (again!) as the top Minnesota tech performer: Field Nation, ranked 445 with 1,073% 3yr. growth and $43.3m revenue last year.

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Beta Byte: Square Share

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Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 12.32.20 PMBeta Byte is a series underwritten by Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

What is the name of the company and/or product? Where is it found online?

Square Share : www.squareshare.it

What problem does this solve?

SQUARE SHARE = SQUARE + SOCIAL MEDIA + EMAIL INTEGRATION = COLLABORATION

Square share allows merchants automatically post what’s popular at your business each day. Send out a monthly email to tell customers what’s new. Collaborate with vendors without cut & paste information from one system to another.

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Healthsense raises another $10 Million for aging tech

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“BOSTON, MA and MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – Aug 19, 2014) – Healthsense, Inc., the fastest growing provider of technology-enabled care solutions for the senior care continuum, announced today that it has closed on $10 million in financing led by Mansa Capital, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare market. Previous investors Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Radius Ventures LLC also participated in the round.”

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Minneapolis HealthIT startup Hunhu Healthcare signs licensing agreement with Mayo Clinic

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“MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 19, 2014) — Hunhu Healthcare, Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of intelligent social wellness solutions, announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Mayo Clinic to develop medical best practices, mobile technology and predictive analytics for recruiting, leveraging and managing its solution for online wellness communities.”

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Emerging startup GroveStreams brings data analytics to IoT

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GroveStreamsMaple Grove startup GroveStreams is the latest ‘Internet of Things’ player to emerge from Minnesota.

The company has created a streaming IoT data platform that accepts information from a large amount of sources and sensors to create custom dashboards which can be visualized, analyzed, and shared to drive smarter decision making.

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