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Under the Hood with Minnesota Computers for Schools

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MCFSLast month 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: Minnesota Computers for Schools; Executive Director: Tamara Gillard

When was it formed and for what purpose?

1997, to work with businesses in Minnesota to take their replaced technology to recycle or refurbish. Refurbished equipment was placed in schools across Minnesota while teaching men at Stillwater Correctional Facility job skills in recycling, trouble shooting and repair.

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DoApp’s mobile real estate tech bought by Corelogic

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Via News Release

“Mobile Technology company DOAPP INC. today announced its mobile real estate platform has been acquired by CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider. The mobile platform is currently the technology foundation for the CoreLogic GoMLS app. GoMLS gives real estate agents and consumers access to in-depth listing and property data using their Apple® iPhone, iPad and Google Android™ devices. The GoMLS has already been downloaded by homebuyers and sellers over 400,000 times.”

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Developers partnering with tech startup to fill retail spaces

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Bu Cali Owings, Finance & Commerce

“What would you like to see on the vacant first floor of Sherman Associates’ newly opened West Side Flats apartment building near downtown St. Paul?

A new website is helping developers and brokers ask that question and fill retail spaces with community-supported ventures. As part of a pilot started last week, Sherman Associates is partnering with the startup Hoodstarter to advertise its 6,000-square-foot space on the first floor of its building at 84 Wabasha St. S.”

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Builders send home buyers online for inspiration

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By Jim Buchta, Star Tribune

“…[Justin] Spoelstra, a software expert who was teaching at Brown College, did far more than that. He took pictures of the property and created software that enabled him to wipe away the previous owner’s decorating and give the house a complete digital makeover. In a virtual way, he was able to paint the walls, install new flooring and replace the cabinets. The ploy worked. Spoelstra got the house — and a new business [Preferred Interactive].”

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St. Paul library on forefront of digital learning and entertainment

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By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press

“St. Paul Public Library cardholders can now be active and engaged without stepping inside a library branch for years, or ever — and library officials are fine with that.  In recent years, the library has rolled out an expanding number of digital services available to its users on the Internet.

Patrons can borrow e-books through OverDrive and Cloud Library, download audio content via Freegal and OneClickDigital, read digital magazines using Zinio, take programming classes via Treehouse, learn a new language by using Transparent Language Online, practice for student and professional tests via Learning Express Library, and more — all for free and from home or work.

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What to know about the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit for 2015

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Last year, the state legislature extended Minnesota’s Angel Investment Tax Credit (AITC) program for 2015 & 2016, creating $30M in additional incentives for investing in certain Minnesota businesses.

Introduced in 2010, the AITC provides a 25-percent credit to qualified investors or investment funds that put money
into qualified companies focused on high technology or new proprietary technology.

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Zipnosis closes $1.5M in seed funding

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By Dan Verel, MedCity News

“Minneapolis startup Zipnosis, which has developed an online software-as-a-service diagnosis and treatment option for minor health conditions, has raised a seed round totaling about $1.5 million.

The company’s lead investor, Arthur Ventures, did not disclose it’s total investment, but the total seed value reaches roughly $1.5 million, according to CEO and co-founder Jon Pearce.”

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