One year ago this month, Allianz Life tipped us to a venture arm forming in Minneapolis after posting two local positions: one for an Investment Director and another role for a Venture Analyst.
“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.
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.
Via News Release
“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.”
Via News Release
“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.”
By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune
“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 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.
Via News Release
“MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ClickSWITCH, a turnkey solution that simplifies the switch of recurring payments and deposits for financial institutions’ new and existing account holders, announced today that Yobie Benjamin has joined the executive leadership team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), to launch growth, spearhead innovation and lead the technical development team, as the company continues its aggressive US and global growth and expansion.”
Sezzle is a merchant processing platform for businesses to save money on their ACH transactions while consumers receive cash back rewards for purchases. “Works like debit, rewards like credit,” is the motto.