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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Joel Young, Digi International

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Joel Young Digi InternationalThank you Andcor Companies for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies!

The CTO: Joel Young, Digi International

How long have you been working in technology for?

I have been in the technology industry for over 30 years, going back to my college days.

I have an electrical engineering degree and a graduate degree in computer science from USC.  After graduate school I spent 10 years with Bell Labs in New Jersey and did everything from signal systems processing to voice encryption, the works.

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Digi-Key Electronics Is Planning a 1 Million Square Foot Expansion

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logo_dk“THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., March 6, 2017 — Digi-Key Electronics, the Thief River Falls-headquartered global distributor of electronic components, announces that it is reviewing several potential options for a one million square foot fulfillment, value-added manufacturing and warehouse center with an investment value of between $200-$300 million. While multiple options are under review, Thief River Falls would be its preferred location, contingent on both local approvals and legislative changes required.”

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DIGI And NASA Are Working Together On The Internet Of Space

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“MINNETONKA, Minn., March 4, 2017 – Digi International, a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, announced that on Monday, March 6 at approximately 12:20 p.m. C.T. its Digi XBee 802.15.4 modules will be used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of a test program for wireless communications within satellites and payloads from the International Space Station (ISS).”

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Connected Car Venture Zubie Names New CEO Gary Tucker

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Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 6.33.37 AM“MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics provider, today named veteran automotive industry leader Gary Tucker as chief executive officer.

Tucker will guide Zubie’s efforts as it accelerates its growth across the automotive sector while building on a strong position within the insurance and fleet sectors. Growth in these markets will further expand the scale of Zubie’s data insights, which will in turn enhance the value proposition for all enterprise customers.”

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HabitAware Sees Half A Million Investment For Wearable Tech

Local wearable tech startup HabitAware has raised $510k of a $550k round, per recent SEC disclosure.

Co-founded by husband and wife duo Aneela Kumar and Sameer Kumar with partners Kirk Klobe and John Pritchard —  HabitAware’s Keen bracelet is designed to stop bad habits from happening.

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3M Launches ‘Smart’ Hearing Protection

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

Determined to expand its consumer safety offerings, 3M Co. has introduced a “smart” hearing-protection headset for hunters and shooters that automatically measures and cancels out specific gun noises while simultaneously amplifying voices and phone conversations.

3M’s device, the Peltor Sport Electronic Hearing Protector, was introduced last week with positive reaction at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas.”

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Hidrate Spark Founders Work Through Hiccups

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 9.26.49 AM“Young entrepreneur Nadya Nguyen and her three partners at HidrateMe, have discovered that entrepreneurship is not an easy drink of water.

Nguyen, 24, a University of Minnesota graduate, suffered from headaches during her school days, until a medical-school friend suggested she drink more water. Nguyen, a busy, intense young woman who also had to work during school, tried to hydrate more and get more rest.”

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