Mindset launches its first product to marry SAP with Google


CloudShuttleMinneapolis SAP specialist Mindset Consulting has launched their first official product to ‘manage data on any device, anywhere, anytime.’

Released during the TechEd && d-code conference in Las Vegas last week, CloudShuttle is targeted towards companies seeking to use SAP with Google for Enterprise simultaneously.

“Our business is about constantly making SAP more user-friendly and accessible,” says Mindset founder Gavin Quinn describing the background behind CloudShuttle.

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U of M sensor + app combo a finalist in XPRIZE challenge


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A University of Minnesota-based team has been selected as one of 11 finalists in the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to develop breakthrough medical sensing technologies that will ultimately enable faster diagnoses and easier personal health monitoring.”

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Eight mobile startups pitching at MobDemo next month


The mobile app startup track for MobCon 2014 announced eight finalists competing for $50k in cash, prizes and recognition in Minneapolis this November.

The first place winner will receive $5k cash + $20k dev credit from MentorMate; second place $15k dev credit and $10k dev credit for third place.  Held three years running, previous MobDemo winners include DoDrinks and At-Scene.

Event attendees will judge the following mobile startups on their technical merit, innovation and potential profitability:

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10 questions for Venture Lake


Remember JumpStart?

How about AccelerateMSP?

Now there’s a new spin on the idea: Venture Lake.  Little is known about this taxpayer subsidized and politically connected nonprofit concerned with entrepreneurship in Minnesota. Considering the track record of secrecy behind these types of things, inquiring minds would like to know:

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Healthcare.com setting up shop in Minneapolis

Healthcare.com LogoHealthcare.com — a brand name, premium domain, and healthcare marketplace for consumers — is establishing office in Minneapolis this fall.

Cofounder and CEO Jeff Smedsrud says the company has three executive employees in state operating remotely, is adding more and settling down in the near term.

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LeadPages lands former HighJump CFO Matt Ouska

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 2.53.11 PMSprawling SaaS tech startup LeadPages has hired its first outside executive as Matt Ouska officially joined the team this week as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Lead Pages, Ouska was with HighJump Software for a decade, acting as their CFO for the latter half of that time.  At HighJump, he was intimately involved with the Accellos merger that resulted in a $150m combined company.

Ouska says he’s number one goal is to continue supporting founders Clay Collins and Tracy Simmons during their phase of hyper growth, naturally acting as the money manager on all fronts.

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MNVest open sources crowdfunding proposal, plans ‘Forkathon’


MNVestMNVest’s campaign to loosen securities regulations around Minnesota intrastate crowdfunding has taken an interesting turn this week.

After posting the v1 bill to a GitHub repository — opening up the draft for inspection, editing and revision — the related meetup group has announced a hackathon of sorts, but instead of code, it’s all about the legalese.

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Minneapolis wearable tech startup Myo-systems is heady

myo-systemsMinnesota tech entrepreneurs Jon Schoen and Thompson Maesaka consider themselves to be lifelong students of the human condition.

Their Minneapolis startup Myo Systems is developing a wearable device for people who want to optimize their cognitive abilities by combing 175+ year old Brainwave Entertainment (BWE) concepts with modern technology advancements.

Myo’s ‘Attention Directing Headphone Device (ADHD)’, branded as Pure Phones, is designed to intentionally calibrate your brainwaves to a situation:

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