Apple Analyst Gene Munster Leaving Piper To Launch Mpls / NYC VC Fund

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“Munster, known for an unwaveringly bullish take on Apple, will start Loup Ventures with Doug Clinton and Andrew Murphy, reports Benzinga. Clinton is currently part of Munster’s research team at Piper Jaffray, while Murphy served at the investment firm for nearly five years before leaving in 2012.

In a statement provided to Bloomberg, Munster said he will depart Piper Jaffray at the end of December ahead of Loup Ventures’ launch in January.  “It’s a research driven early stage VC based in Minneapolis and New York,” Munster said. “The focus is virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics.”

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Who Is Rob Walling: Part 1

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screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-29-14-amRob Walling: serial software entrepreneur. Blogger. Published author. Podcaster. Angel investor. Conference-er. Husband and father.

After the sale of his saas marketing firm Drip to Leadpages earlier this year, Rob Walling and his family since have relocated from the West Coast to Minneapolis.

We sat down for some random questions to learn more about him:

When were you born and where have you lived?

I was born in Santa Clara, 1974, went to UC Davis for college. I lived in LA for five years, and have since lived in Boston, Connecticut, Sacramento and most recently Fresno for past seven years. My wife Sherry and our two boys (6 + 10) moved Minneapolis in July after Leadpages bought my company Drip.

What neighborhood did you settle in?

We’re living in Linden Hills – close to downtown and very family friendly.

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Local Fintech Venture ClickSWITCH Names New CTO Yobie Benjamin

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“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.”

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Outside In With Kristin Gunther of Revolution Growth

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screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-8-12-31-amOutside In: Q&A with tech investors from outside Minnesota

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

Kristin Gunther, Vice President, Revolution Growth

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

Revolution is a venture capital firm based in Washington, D.C. The firm was founded by AOL co-  founder Steve Case, Donn Davis and Tige Savage in 2005. Revolution manages both early stage  (Ventures) and later stage (Growth) venture funds. I spend my time working on the Growth  fund.

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Ask An Indie: Andy Korth, Howling Moon Software

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andyrelativelylargesizedphotoWelcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.

The Indie: Andy Korth, lead programmer on Verdant Skies and co-founder of Howling Moon Software.

What inspired you to start making games?

I’ve been interested in game development for as long as I can remember. The creative and development process has always been really appealing to me. Programming feels like playing with Legos—there’s always something new you can create from tiny building blocks. I’ve done other programming work before, like server-side business programming. That can get boring and repetitive, but game programming never does; as a game developer you’re always making something different and you’re on the cutting edge of technology.

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