Entrepreneurship 101: Be The Change You Wish To See

http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/files/2010/10/1008_WVimmunity.jpgRarely, if ever, do such cries come from real entrepreneurs:

“The lack of startup support structure is letting down an entire generation.”

“Minnesota could do more to encourage, nourish and retain new startups.”

“We don’t have to stay in Minnesota and be blasted with terrible advice and disparaging feedback.”

“The early stage startup community has nothing to give right now except for the promise of Minnesota’s future.”

These expectations…and implied entitlement…are cancerous to the heart and mind of entrepreneurship. Worse, toxic to a community. Just because you wannabe an entrepreneur — because you care and try — doesn’t mean that someone else owes you time, advice, or money.

What successful entrepreneur ever got to where they are with such a perverse view of how business works?

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App Data Room Crosses The Chasm & Sets Up Shop In Minneapolis

Blossoming B2B startup App Data Room has moved headquarters across the river — from St. Paul to Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood.

The namesake product is a device agnostic sales enablment tool that helps businesses build, manage and distribute presentation and marketing content to sales teams in a simple, dependable manner, whether online or off.

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Veritas Split From Symantec Yields Minnesota Hiring Spree


New Veritas LogoAfter a decade of marriage, the $13.5b security and storage mega merger of 2005 is scheduled to split this January.

Veritas Technologies Corporation will again be a standalone enterprise with refocused energy on flagship product NetBackup, rooted in Minnesota, thanks to Control Data and a Seagate acquisition circa 2000.

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TRACK Signals $750k Equity Round

TRACKSaaS startup Track Hospitality Software (TRACK) has filed indication of a new $750k equity raise.

Their product enables management companies (lodges, vacation rentals and resorts) to take bookings, accept payments, track marketing, track calls, and optimize revenue from anywhere, on any device.

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Edina Fintech Startup Argos Risk Is Raising $400k

Argos-Risk_logo_300Edina fintech startup Argos Risk is raising up to $400k debt financing with $200k commited, according to this SEC disclosure filed over the weekend.

Argos launched in 2010 SaaS risk management tool for businesses to monitor the creditworthiness and financial health of their relationships based on ‘Argonomics’.

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