Wearable startup Playtabase swaps CEOs, plans angel round

Minnesota tech entrepreneur Al Baker has replaced Muhammad Abdurrahman as the CEO of Minneapolis wearable tech startup Playtabase.

Both were part of the cofounding team, Baker suggests the change aligns with the strengths of eachothers natural tendencies, Abdurrahman is now the Technology Evangelist.

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Minneapolis’ Medgineering is Vying for IBM Watson Partnership

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Minneapolis firm Medgineering has been selected as one of five emerging companies vying for a partnership with IBM’s Watson, according to Managing Partner Anish Das.

Medgineering was founded in 2009 by University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center Fellow David Amor as a consultancy and is currently developing MyQuickConsult.com — an online marketplace for matching senior level industry leading consultants, start-ups and large med device companies alike.

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Plymouth IoT venture Seeonic partners with Interstate Batteries

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SeeonicPlymouth IoT venture Seeonic has partnered with Dallas-based Interstate Batteries on a massive RFID network spanning 2,200 dealers and five distributors from coast-to-coast.

“We believe this is the largest autonomous commercial RFID network ever built in the U.S.,” says Harley Feldman, who cofounded the company and now leads up marketing.

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Local Real Estate Tech Startup Total Expert Raises $500k Seed Capital

Minnesota fintech startup Total Expert has raised $500k of a $750k seed round according to founder Joe Welu.

The TE PRO platform provides a robust co-marketing suite complete with responsive design, lead generation, landing pages, analytics, and other tools that unite the two key sides
of a residential real estate transaction: real estaste + mortgage agent.

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Mattermark says LeadPages is Minnesota’s fastest growing startup

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Mattermark, a San Francisco research firm focused on tracking private companies like never before, has released its inaugural Startup Traction Report.

This “data driven exploration of the US startup ecosystem” attempts to uncover the fastest growing startups nationwide by “MM Growth Score,” including factors such as: monthly unique visitors, mobile downloads, social media metrics, hiring, and equity financing — from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

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Updated: St. Louis Park Health IT SaaS Startup Luminat Raises $2.3m

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Minnesota Health IT startup Luminat has raised $1.5m $2.3 in equity financing per fresh SEC disclosure + updated article (10/10).

Co founded by doctor Tom Valdivia & attorney Jon Einess, Luminat specializes in planning software for doctors, patients and families to address ‘end-of-life needs.’   This technology for touchy subjects hits close to home for Valdivia, who experienced the painpoints first hand.

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Updated: Minneapolis’ Open Data Portal launch is delayed

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1000pxminneapolislogoMinneapolis’ pending Open Data Portalthe desired outcome of an Open Data Policy passed earlier this year — is not happening as intended.

Per the official policy enacted on July 30th, the portal’s purpose is to serve as a virtual clearinghouse for publicly owned data currently controlled by the City. The corresponding timeline to launch was determined as within 120 days of passage.

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