Proto Labs Founder and Board Chairman Larry Lukis To Retire

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Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 9.13.52 AMVia News Release

“MAPLE PLAIN, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Custom prototyping and low-volume production company Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB) announced today that its founder and chairman of the board of directors, Larry Lukis, has chosen to retire and will not stand for re-election at the company’s annual meeting in May.”

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TempWorks Software CEO Dourgarian On Record Revenue Gains

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Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 1.18.13 PMEagan-based TempWorks Software came out loud and proud, disclosing record revenues of $21m sales and 99% customer retention rate throughout 2016.

We talked with CEO David Dourgarian to hear more about what’s working…

When and how did TempWorks Software form?

My father actually started TempWorks in 1997. Our family owned some ManPower temporary staffing agencies in Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe at the time.

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Eric Martell Is Gener8tor’s New Managing Director In Minnesota

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mw_ey_EricMartellEntrepreneur Eric Martell is the new of face of gener8tor Minnesota, replacing Mark McGuire, who has since co-founded a startup of his own.

As the Managing Director of gener8tor Minnesota, Martell is taking over for gener8tor’s gBeta ‘pre-accelerator’ program and also spearheading the introduction of an actual fund + accelerator in Minneapolis slated for mid-2017

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MN E-Comm Captains: Chris Carey, Modern Automotive Performance

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chriscareyThanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our new MN E-Comm Captains series focused on leaders in the online retail sector.

Chris Carey is the CEO of Modern Automotive Performance founded in 2006 and located in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

In 2011, at age 22, Carey had grown his online retailer to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in America at #403.  Last year, Modern Automotive Performance exceeded $15M revenue, a 35% increase YoY.

He’ll be speaking to his success in person at the next Twin Cities E-commerce meetup 2/28.

What exactly do you sell online?

Automotive performance parts, primarily for two specific niche vehicles – though we also sell parts for other vehicles. Our focus thus far has been on sport compact turbocharged vehicles.

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When and how did you get started in this niche?

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Dave Onnen, Apruve

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Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 1.09.06 PMThank 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: 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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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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Blue Cross Has A New Head Of HealthIT Investments

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“EAGAN, Minn., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced that Tom Vanderheyden has joined the organization’s senior leadership team as president of diversified business. In this new position, Vanderheyden oversees all strategies for expanding diversified businesses investments, bringing new health care products and solutions to market, and commercializing existing products and services.”

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