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’

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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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MNVest wants to bring equity crowdfunding to Minnesota startups

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MNVestRemember the crowdfunding provision of the 2012 JOBS act that was supposed to change the game for startups?

Well that never happened. At least not yet — for a number of reasons (depending on who you ask and believe) that ultimately point to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To put it lightly, crowdfunding remains in a Federal limbo.

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Jingit, TrackIF and other startups pitch retail tech at upcoming expo

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Shopper-Marketing-ExpoThe Shopper Marketing Conference & Expo is coming to Minnesota for the first time and drawing an estimated 4,000 marketers from consumer brands, mass retailers, agencies and suppliers to the Minneapolis Convention Center on Oct 21-23.

Operated by the Chicago-based Path to Purchase Institute (P2PI), an afternoon symposium on Tuesday will highlight emerging technologies related to consumer shoppers.  Eight startups — including Minnesota made Jingit and TrackIF — are pitching various mobile, social, loyalty and big data analytics products.

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VC Chris Smith takes the reigns at NE Minneapolis startup Kipsu

chrissmithFormer Coral Group MD Chris Smith is now the CEO of Kipsu, a Northeast Minneapolis startup focused on customer experience management.

“I’ve witnessed the life cycle of startups and through those experiences I always questioned whether to get in deep or stay on the periphery.  I love this business and Kipsu is on a growth trajectory,” Smith says speaking to the decision to change.

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Microsoft layoffs hit St. Paul, dozens of developers displaced

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MicrosoftCorporate directives from Microsoft’s Redmond, WA headquarters announced in July have come full circle in Minnesota this fall.

Between 30-40 technical positions from within a Microsoft product development office in St. Paul have been eliminated over the past few weeks, according to Doug Olson, Partner Director of Development (AZURE).

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Mankato Startup 75F grabs $100k from Revolution partner Steve Case

During a Minneapolis pit-stop part of a Rise of the Rest Road Trip, VC Steve Case saw pitches from 10 Minnesota tech startups and backed 75 Fahrenheit (75F) on the spot with $100k equity funding.

75F is an M2M venture with a commercial climate control system that’s predictive in nature.  It was only a month ago that 75 Fahrenheit also won the Minnesota Cup grand prize.

“The level of support we continue to receive from the tech community is incredible,” said 75F founder & CEO Deepinder Singh.

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H2O Pro is Minnesota’s latest IoT startup

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H2O-Pro-Logo-SmallWhen real estate investor Colin Hirdman wanted to understand his tenant’s water consumption habits to the penny, he naturally defaulted to entrepreneurial tendencies.

Together with lifelong business partner Josh Becerra, they’ve created H2O Pro — a Minneapolis startup introducing two new IoT water metering products.

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