Sports tech startup row27 rebrands as FanMaker

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FanMakerMinneapolis client service firm row27 has rebranded as FanMaker, a namesake of the company’s original SaaS product.

Cofounded by Jonathan Dusing and Jason Cole in 2007, FanMaker came in 2009 and provides business intelligence solution for sports teams.  The product ties ticket, apparel and concession sales into social media presence for brands to narrow in on fan loyalty promotions. Part of the suite also includes auctions, crowdfunding and photo sharing tools.

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Nagios is St. Paul’s hidden gem

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EthanGalstadIt was ten years into an open source experiment when developer turned entrepreneur Ethan Galstad began to reap a return.

The of University of Minnesota Comp Sci grad initially got his start on Windows 3.1 applications and quickly sought more, thus moving into system administration.

As his experience grew, independent consulting became the next logical extension.

But even that wasn’t enough. So Galstad, freshly married at the time, began putting nights and weekends into creating an open source product all for himself and his sysadmin peers.

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St. Paul startup Elevate lands $500k first round from Confluence & Icon

Elevate Research announced today that it has secured $500k in seed capital led by Confluence Capital and Icon Venture Partners, with participation from local angel investors Rob Weber and Mark Usem.

Elevate is described as “the easiest and most affordable way for restaurants and retailers to survey customers who recently dined in one of their restaurants or shopped in one of their stores.” In functional terms, the B2B app enables real time feedback, analytics and marketing automation.

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Daily deals startup Buzzcut is gaining local ground

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BuzzcutMinneapolis mobile startup Buzzcut has emerged from beta — launching this summer and acquiring 65 restaurants/bars + 650 users for their daily deals iOS app.

Buzzcut’s business platform enables food and beverage establishments to create precisely timed and very specific offers that drive traffic “when they most need it,” co-founder & president Joseph Taralson explains.

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Duluth coworking space Co.Lab is moving out of DeWitt Seitz

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Duluth coworking space Co.Lab is moving out of the DeWitt Seitz building located in historic Canal Park as of July 31st.

“Co.Lab will no longer be operating in the space where it all started,” reads an email from Co.founder Martin Sawinski.

“We were unable to renew our lease for the space we have occupied for the past two years due to the landlord’s desire to utilize the space.”

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Sport Ngin nabs additional $4m strategic investment from Taylor Corp. and Univision

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SportNginMinneapolis startup Sport Ngin has received an additional $4m strategic investment from Mankato-based Taylor Corporation and spanish language television network Univision, according to co founder and CEO Justin Kaufenberg.

Considering the recent close of $25m, this infusion brings their Series D total financing to $29 million and a cumulative $39m of capitalization.

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Twin Cities Startup Week is launching in September

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TCSWThe inaugural Twin Cities Startup Week (TCSW) will commence on Tuesday, September 9th and run through Sunday the 14th, 2014.

Coordinated among Beta.MN, Minnesota Cup, Minne* and TECHdotMN — TCSW is aligning a series of tech related startup events back-to-back for a full week of celebrating entrepreneurs that make, do and create.

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