Minnesota’s ‘Right To Repair’ Bill Would Upend Tech Giants’ Monopoly

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monopoly-man-eric-garland-lZoh03-clipartBy Taylor Danz, CityPages

“If Amanda LaGrange’s Toyota 4Runner needs service, she can take it down the street to an independent repair shop at a fraction of the cost of going to a dealership.

The same isn’t true for an iPhone. Or a PC. Or an old television. For LaGrange, the CEO of Tech Dump, a nonprofit that repairs and recycles old electronics, this is a problem.”

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If A Geek Squad Agent is a Paid FBI Informant, Are Their Computer Searches Legal?

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screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-8-26-41-amBy Tom Jackman, Washington Post

“At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data. Over several years, a handful of those workers have notified the FBI when they see signs of child pornography, earning payments from the agency”

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Perforce Hires New VP / General Counsel From Fredrikson & Byron

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screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-17-08-am“MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 12, 2016 — Perforce Software, a leader in software change and application lifecycle management solutions, today announced the appointment of Sara Kilian as Vice President and General Counsel.  With more than 11 years of corporate legal experience, Kilian comes to Perforce from Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., where she was a partner, and represented private equity companies, closely-held companies, and family-owned companies in various stages of a company’s life cycle.”

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TECHdotMN Seed Docs Session 1.0

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We are creating ‘off the shelf’ fundraising documents for Minnesota tech entrepreneurs to use in first round financing scenarios, specifically related to intrastate crowdfunding MN Statute 80A.461 aka MNvest.

In doing so, we are seeking input from those actively engaged as:

+MN Tech Entrepreneurs
+MN Tech Investors
+MN Tech Lawyers
+MN Tech Accountants

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Paulsen Bill Proposes Tax Advantages For Startups

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Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 10.12.10 AM“Legislation recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) aims to promote employee ownership and encourage innovation at startup companies. The Empowering Employees Through Stock Ownership Act, H.R. 5719, would enable startups to defer taxes on stock options in employee compensation packages to make it easier for employees to exercise those options.”

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Q&A With Uptime Legal Systems Founder & CEO Dennis Dimka

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Dennis Dimka, Founder & CEO, Uptime Legal Systems

If you’re not familiar with Dennis Dimka and his Eden Prairie “Law Firm as a Service” Uptime Legal Systems, you should be now. They were ranked #2,010 on the 2014 Inc. 5,000 list with $2.7m revenue and again #2,033 in 2015 with $4.15m top line revenue.

With consistent double-digit year over year growth, healthy margins and profitability — the company just acquired New York-based JurisPage while Dimka was also recently nominated as a 2016 EY Upper-Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.  Let’s learn more about Uptime’s success in the making:

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‘Law Practice As A Service’ Uptime Legal Buys NYC-Based JurisPage

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Uptime Legal Systems, the leading provider of Law Practice as a Service™ (LPaaS) to small and mid-sized law firms, today announced it has acquired JurisPage, a leading law firm website design, internet marketing, and lawyer SEO company. The acquisition expands the products Uptime Legal can offer to its clients throughout North America.”

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Webster Wins Open Data Court Case Against Hennepin County

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By James Eli Shiffer, Star Tribune

Tony Webster wanted to know whether the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was using newfangled technology to track people through their faces, fingerprints and irises. So in August, Webster filed a public records request with the county seeking contracts, e-mail messages or any other data about mobile “biometric” technology.”

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As MNvest Lags, A New Bill Proposes Extending The Angel Tax Credit To The Masses

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Terri BonoffMinnesota Senator Terri Bonoff and a handful of peers have recently introduced SF 2624 as an amendment to the Minnesota Angel Investment Tax Credit (AITC) that dates back to 2010.

The proposed legislation also builds off another bill that was passed into law earlier this year known as MNvest that has been waiting for nine months at the mercy of Mike Rothman at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.  This rulemaking process itself could take up to two years to complete before intrastate crowdfunding is available in the first place.

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