Silicon Prairie Online Is A Minnesota Moonshot

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Silicon Prairie Online creator David Duccini is poised to change the mechanics of money from Minnesota.

The consummate technologist has kept his eyes glued on two moving targets for the last few years while patiently waiting for that window of opportunity.  Between the maturation of blockchain technology and the legalization of equity crowding, this prophetic entrepreneur sits at the confluence, ready to strike gold.

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Minnesota Medical Analytics Firm Apri Health Lands $500K Debt Financing

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By Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

“Rochester-based medical data analytics firm Apri Health, cofounded by former Mayo Clinic doctor Mark Ereth, landed $500,000 in convertible debt financing as it seeks to expand its market focus.

A Canadian regulatory filing shows the company got the investment this spring from Alternate Health Corp. (CSE: AHG) of Vancouver, a health care holding company connected with Apri co-founder and president Dr. Jamison Feramisco, which is operating in the medical cannabis industry.”

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Outside In With Jason Lehtinen, Flyover Capital

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Outside In: Q&A with tech investors from outside Minnesota

 
What is your name, title, firm/fund and Linkedin profile?

Jason Lehtinen, Mariner Holdings (majority owner of Flyover Capital)

What City is the firm/fund located and what is the founding history?

Our venture capital firm, Flyover Capital is based in Kansas City, and is focused on investing in markets that they believe are generally underserved by venture capitalists relative to the coasts. The founding partners are a group of technology entrepreneurs and business operators that are passionate about building the next generation of technology success stories in the region. Given our backgrounds of being experienced in building businesses, we aim to align our investments in areas where we believe we can help navigate the waters from fundraising to exit.

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Minnesota Tech Investor Turned Entrepreneur Chris Smith: To VC or Not to VC?

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By Christopher Smith

“I am surprised at how often most tech founders assume that to build a high growth start-up requires raising venture capital.

I happen to have a distinct perspective on this. I spent ten years of my career as a growth stage venture capitalist working with a well regarded investment fund. Conversely, I also spent the last number of years building a company that never raised institutional capital nor will it ever need a venture capital financing. I have a decent network in the venture business, and understand exactly how to raise venture dollars. Oddly, I chose not to.”

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Storage Startup Vets Return w/ $8.65m A for Atavium

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Via News Release

“Minneapolis, MN, May 17, 2017– Atavium, Inc, announced that it has closed an oversubscribed $8.65M Series A funding round led by Rally Ventures and Grotech Ventures, with participation from Origin Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Brightstone Venture Capital and G-Bar Ventures. Atavium has created a unique data management platform that has allowed initial customers to mine, categorize, and maximize the value of their data.”

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How I Did It: MN Tech Entrepreneur Jeremy Pierotti On Raising $5.2m

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How I Did It is sponsored by Dundee Venture Capital in support of startups.

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EMR Healthtech venture Sansoro Health raised a $5.2m Series A round last month, led by CEO Jeremy Pierotti.  Here’s how he did it, in his own words:

We have been fortunate to have investors who bring more than money to the table, including: TreeHouse Health, Healthy Ventures, and Bain Capital Ventures.

I think that getting investors is an important milestone and it’s a meaningful accomplishment in some contexts, but it doesn’t equal success. We will be satisfied that ‘we did it’ when we have changed the landscape to better enable secure and robust data exchange — one that leads to better outcomes at lower cost. That’s our why.

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