Two McNally Smith Music Teachers Tune Into Tech With Corridor App

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CorridorBy Tyler Gieseke

When two Twin Cities educators grew frustrated searching for an online resource to help them teach music theory, they decided to build one themselves.

‘Let’s just make something,’ was the sentiment behind the recently launched Corridor, according to Dan Musselman, a music instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He’s partnered up with Jay Fuchs, another educator at McNally Smith on the app they say is inspired by the popular language-learning site Duolingo.

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Innovation: Dead or Alive?

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Repeat Entrepreneur Mary Meehan Is Working On Her Next Big (Data) Thing

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Mary Meehan, Cofounder and CEO, Metametrix.

“I’ve always had more ideas to work on,” says Mary Meehan, explaining her motivation to start another company.

“It’s like a gift and a curse…this entrepreneurship thing…but I just love solving problems.”

Though Meehan is not a formally trained social scientist, she’s spent over a quarter century thinking like one, and capitalizing on her experiments along the way.

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SportsTech Startup Player’s Health Scores Distribution Deal With US Club Soccer


Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.15.23 AMMinneapolis sports tech startup Player’s Health has partnered with US Club Soccer — a national organization and member of the United States Soccer Federation that aims to advance soccer through the development and support of soccer clubs for all ages and genders.

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The 6th Annual EO RALLY Is For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs


Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 2.22.15 PMWhen it comes to tech events these days, there are plenty of options for the emerging Minnesota tech entrepreneur to consider.

Hosted by the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Minnesota chapter, the sixth annual Entrepreneurs Rally arrives next Wednesday evening in Minneapolis with “no holds barred” speed mentoring for tech entrepreneurs.

The best inputs come from those who practice what they preach, those who have been there before, and can relate firsthand to the realities of entrepreneurship. Even better is advice is backed by results in the form of financial profit – the benchmark of entrepreneurship. Inputs are everything and nothing less will cut it for the entrepreneur serious about success.

The EO Rally promises once again to deliver qualified, tactical advice sourced from the following technology mentors:

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TechStars + Target Retail Alumnus Addstructure Closes $1.4m Led By Dundee



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Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 2.06.29 PM“CHICAGO — ADDSTRUCTURE, a pioneer in rapid natural language search and shopping, today announced a $1.4 million round of seed funding led by Dundee Venture Capital with participation from Techstars Ventures, Best Buy, and Matchstick Ventures.

The Chicago-based company is building a white label voice search system designed to offer major retailers functionality comparable to voice shopping with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, from any device.”

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Minnesota Startup GymPhone Is Dialing Up The Dollars


gymphonePeople with a workout itch call a gym because they are looking for a place to burn calories and run around, not because they’re looking to get the runaround.

But for smaller fitness clubs and franchise locations working on limited payroll budgets, providing the kind of service callers expect and demand is a strenuous challenge.

Too often, potential leads go straight to voicemail. And that, according to local entrepreneur Todd Huna, is a “worst-case scenario.”

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Minnesota Startup Dispatch Is Making A Run At The Courier Industry


Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 7.57.22 AMIt was National Doughnut Day on June 2nd, 2016.

Andrew Leone, then CFO for Johnstone Supply in Bloomington, decided to order some treats for the staff.

Leone also had another thought: he should surprise his wife, at home and pregnant at the time — what a perfect plan he had.

So he jumped online and went through one of the state’s largest courier services, placing his order and receiving an email confirmation. Thirty minutes later, the doughnut delivery showed up to his office.  He sat there waiting for a delighted call from home, popping some holes as an appetizer while surveying the landscape of options before him.

After an hour had passed with no word from his wife, he really started getting nervous. Was it the maple bar?

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