MNStarter Is The Newest Equity Crowdfunding Portal In Minnesota

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MNstarter has become the third portal opertor approved by the state of Minnesota to host intrastate equity crowdfunding campaigns online.

VentureNear was the first to be approved by the state back in November, followed by Silicon Prairie just last month.

What makes MNstarter different?

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Who Is Rob Walling [Part 2]

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screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-29-14-amRob Walling: serial software entrepreneur. Blogger. Published author. Podcaster. Angel investor. Conference-er. Husband and father.

After the sale of his saas marketing firm Drip to Leadpages last year, Rob Walling and his family since have relocated from the West Coast to Minneapolis.

We sat down for some more random questions to continue learning about him [PART 1]:

What is something you’ve learned about yourself as an entrepreneur since we last spoke?

I’ve learned that I’m more capable of giving up control over certain aspects of the business than I thought I was.

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Techstars + Target Retail Accelerator Opens Application Window For 2017

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Target - Techstars AcceleratorThe application window is open today through April 9th for the 2017 class of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target.

Now entering year two of three, the program kicked-off in 2016 with 11 chosen ones who were in Minneapolis over the summer, from July – October.

Managing Director Ryan Broshar says this year will be run similar to last, with interests ranging from enterprise software, IoT, and supply chain, to the consumer Internet.

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Jeff Fritz Named CEO Of B2B Software Firm Healthtel

jeff-fritz-healthtel Repeat Minnesota tech entrepreneur turned executive Jeff Fritz is the new CEO of Minneapolis-based Healthtel.

Starting this month, he will be leading the 20 person company, succeeding Jason McAthie, Healthtel CFO going forward.

Founded 11 years ago by Daniel Bandt, Healthtel’s B2B software platform helps healthcare organizations execute consumer engagement campaigns from start to finish.

Fritz says he was coming off an integration following the acquisition of his previous company, Storyworks1, and considering a number of different opportunities.

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Q&A With New Seed Stage VC Loup Ventures

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Loup Ventures is a new local seed stage technology investment fund led by longtime Apple analyst from Piper Jaffray, Gene Munster. Together with partners Andrew Murphy and Douglas Clinton, the trio has recently left the safety of their previous posts for the bold business of venture capital.

Despite not having a full $20m fund in hand, Loup has began to invest what money they do have, notably into Boston VR/BCI startup Neurable in late December. We connected to learn more about what’s in store:

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U of M Researchers Form New SportsTech Startup Dexalytics

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screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-11-37-20-amCan two University of Minnesota researchers crack the code of startup success?

Tyler Bosch & Don Dengel of Dexalytics are developing a proprietary system that scores lean muscle, fat, and bone density to determine the correlation between an athlete’s body composition and their performance.

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Minnesota Angel Investor Tax Credits Are Finally Gone For 2016

angel-tax-seal-minnesotaMinnesota’s Angel Investor Tax Credits (AITC) are finally gone for the year, according to Program Manager Jeff Nelson.

In 2016, $15.5 million in credits was available overall with half ($7.5m) in preferential treatment funds for minority-and women-owned businesses, as well as businesses located in Greater Minnesota.

$3.9m of that carve-out was not claimed and reverted back to the general pool at the end of September, since allocated.

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MNvest Portal Silicon Prairie Online Goes Live With Blockchain Tech

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silicon-prairie-online Silicon Prairie Portal and Exchange, LLC — DBA Silicon Prairie Online –has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce as the second MNvest portal ready for intrastate equity crowdfunding.

The twist with Silicon Prairie Online is found around the core technology designed on a blockchain, also known as distributed ledger technology.  This allows for advanced functionality between issuers, shareholders, and regulators.

“Our longtail is putting issuers and shareholders on a their own private ledger to facilitate the issuance, voting, communications and ultimate liquidity,” explains creator David Duccini, a local infosec consultant and technologist with prior experience in the banking, insurance, and retail sector.

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