Silicon Prairie Online Is A Minnesota Moonshot

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Silicon Prairie Online creator David Duccini is poised to change the mechanics of money from Minnesota.

The consummate technologist has kept his eyes glued on two moving targets for the last few years while patiently waiting for that window of opportunity.  Between the maturation of blockchain technology and the legalization of equity crowding, this prophetic entrepreneur sits at the confluence, ready to strike gold.

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Outside In With Jason Lehtinen, Flyover Capital

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Outside In: Q&A with tech investors from outside Minnesota

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

Jason Lehtinen, Mariner Holdings (majority owner of Flyover Capital)

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

Our venture capital firm, Flyover Capital is based in Kansas City, and is focused on investing in markets that they believe are generally underserved by venture capitalists relative to the coasts. The founding partners are a group of technology entrepreneurs and business operators that are passionate about building the next generation of technology success stories in the region. Given our backgrounds of being experienced in building businesses, we aim to align our investments in areas where we believe we can help navigate the waters from fundraising to exit.

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Beta.MN / Byte: Recreogo

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

 

What is the name of the company and/or product?

Recreogo – www.recreogo.com

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

The problem is that there is currently not an easy way for consumers to search, locate and reserve recreational rental equipment online from businesses. Most businesses are using outdated and manual reservation management tools resulting in significant missed revenue opportunities.

Our Recreogo platform provides businesses with a robust tool to help manage their inventory and reservations. In turn, through our platform, consumers can now access the inventory to see what is available and book right online.

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Minnesota Tech Investor Turned Entrepreneur Chris Smith: To VC or Not to VC?

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By Christopher Smith

“I am surprised at how often most tech founders assume that to build a high growth start-up requires raising venture capital.

I happen to have a distinct perspective on this. I spent ten years of my career as a growth stage venture capitalist working with a well regarded investment fund. Conversely, I also spent the last number of years building a company that never raised institutional capital nor will it ever need a venture capital financing. I have a decent network in the venture business, and understand exactly how to raise venture dollars. Oddly, I chose not to.”

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Mobile Startup CheckNGN Connects Drivers With Mechanics

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By Neal St. Anthony Star Tribune

Jake Koelln and two partners this year launched CheckNGN, an interactive car-repair application business that links independent auto repair shops and young people with used cars. “I can change my oil,” quipped Koelln, 33, who drives an 11-year-old Mazda. “But I can’t change my timing belt.”

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Storage Startup Vets Return w/ $8.65m A for Atavium

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Via News Release

“Minneapolis, MN, May 17, 2017– Atavium, Inc, announced that it has closed an oversubscribed $8.65M Series A funding round led by Rally Ventures and Grotech Ventures, with participation from Origin Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Brightstone Venture Capital and G-Bar Ventures. Atavium has created a unique data management platform that has allowed initial customers to mine, categorize, and maximize the value of their data.”

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