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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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Brian Walerius, Total Expert

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The CTO: Brian Walerius, Total Expert

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

Technology has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would spend most of my free time in front of a computer. My first exposure to programming was when I was young and I did simple BASIC commands. I received a degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and I have worked in various tech roles utilizing several different technologies, languages, and applications.

What are you focused on right now?

We are heavily focused on growing our team and expanding our solution. We have a very innovative and aggressive roadmap for 2017. We take a lot of pride in being innovative and moving fast. Additionally, our customer growth is ensuring that we constantly focus on the scalability of our software and infrastructure.

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St. Paul and Minneapolis Consider Regulating Airbnb & VRBO

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By Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune

“Strangers occupy Doug Beasley’s retreat-like home, tucked in St. Paul’s northwest corner, for much of the year.

“I love my neighborhood and I love being able share that with other people,” said the photographer, who uses Airbnb to rent his St. Anthony Park house when he’s traveling the world for work or staying at his cabin.

Hundreds of Twin Cities residents use online companies like Airbnb and VRBO to temporarily fill spare rooms or empty homes. These “hosts” have been renting spaces for years without city regulations. That is about to change.”

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Minnesota Startup Yonder Is Using Tech To Protect World Travelers

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Yonder“Are you covered by your health insurance policy when you leave the country?” posits entrepreneur and international traveler Ryan Skoog.

“We found that about 80% of policies don’t provide coverage outside the US while about 80% of people think theirs does. This paradox presents a big problem.”

Together with Terry Boynton, the two were traveling in Nepal on a mission trip when they realized just how fortunate their lives are. Travel is essential to understanding more than just a geography — but to mankind as a whole.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Dave Onnen, Apruve

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The CTO: Dave Onnen, Apruve

How long have you been working in technology for?

I have been working in technology for over 20 years. I learned BASIC as a kid, C/C++ in college, and I have worked extensively with Java and most recently with Ruby on Rails.

What are you focused on right now?

Right now we are expanding our solution from a single product to an extensible open API. We are also working on integrations with a number of B2B eCommerce systems.

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WILsquare Capital Buys Local Fintech Firm DCM

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“ST. LOUIS — WILsquare Capital, a St. Louis-based private equity firm, announced today it has completed the acquisition of Data and Contact Management Solutions, LLC (“DCM”), an industry-leading technology-enabled service provider for estate asset recoveries based in Minneapolis, MN. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”

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Deluxe Buys Fintech Firm RDM For $70m

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“SHOREVIEW, Minn. — Deluxe Corporation (DLX, NYSE) announced today that, through a wholly owned subsidiary, it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of RDM Corporation (RC, TSX) of Canada for approximately $70 million US in cash, net of estimated cash to be acquired.”

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Reeher Helps Colleges Polish Their Fundraising Efforts

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

MOtaIq2a_400x400“The big news among area higher-education fundraisers last week was the $10 million gift to the College of Saint Benedict from an anonymous donor to create an endowment to fund “experiential learning” programs. That includes fellowships, service-learning and study-abroad opportunities, particularly among the growing ranks of St. Ben’s students whose families can’t afford those opportunities.

The news also brought a smile to Andy Reeher. St. Benedict is a client [of Reeher], along with a growing list of 115-plus other colleges across the land.”

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