Danish Immigrant Finds Tech Success in Twin Cities

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

Torben Rytt, a Danish computer scientist, was about to quit his job in 2007 at a Copenhagen firm called Site­improve to move to the Twin Cities to woo a Minnesota woman he had met in a Copenhagen bar.

Siteimprove President Morten Ebbesen didn’t want his young, 10-employee company to lose a valuable employee.”

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Not afraid to invest from the beginning

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

“It’s not that easy to listen anymore to the whining of an entrepreneur who can’t seem to find any capital here.

Getting capital is never easy, but for technology start-ups it’s no longer all but impossible. There are several Chicago venture capital firms now regularly nosing around for good early stage investments. So are Arthur Ventures of Fargo and Foundry Group from Colorado.”

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US Internet’s fiber spreads across south Minneapolis

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By Adam Belz, Star Tribune

“The spring thaw shot new energy into the battle for your Internet dollar. Workers drilled holes for US Internet’s fiber optic lines in Lowry Hill. White boxes showed up in Minneapolis’ Como neighborhood. CenturyLink’s fiber plans sent city inspectors in Minneapolis and St. Paul running around issuing permits for its new 1-gigabit service.”

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Minnesota IT officials stay ever-watchful of hacking threat

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By Kyle Potter, Associated Press

“ST. PAUL, Minn. — With an ever-growing trove of sensitive information to safeguard, state officials have taken last year’s string of high-profile hacks into major companies to heart.

Minnesota’s network holds the same kinds of personal information unleashed by hackers at Target, Home Depot and other retailers — and then some. There’s credit card information, social security numbers, tax and health care information, birth records and disease tracking. The list goes on.”

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Code42’s business ‘move’ is focused growth with an eye to an IPO

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Those who suspected there was more to fast-growing Code42’s December decision to abandon a move from Riverplace on the Mississippi River to a planned development in Uptown may have been searching too hard between the lines.

There was speculation about a sale of what has become one of the Twin Cities’ prized software companies.”

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Minneapolis to debut pay-by-phone parking option in May

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By Erin Golden, Star Tribune

“Drivers in some parts of Minneapolis will soon be able to plug their parking meters with a few swipes on their smartphones.

In May, the city plans to begin offering the service at about 500 of its 7,500 meters. More spots will be added to the pay-by-phone system in August and September and the entire city could be linked in by late fall.”

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Mankato’s 75F lands $650,000 from investors

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

Deepinder Singh, the boss at promising 75F of Mankato, reports that the energy-conservation firm that sells climate control systems to small commercial buildings has raised $650,000 from private investors in a first round of equity-capital raising.”

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MN Startup Combines Virtual Reality And Instagram

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By Tyler Gieseke, Star Tribune

“Virtual reality is quickly gaining popularity as the next frontier among technology companies, and one local start-up says it’s ahead of the game with a new app that merges social media and a 3-D, immersive digital environment.

Minneapolis-based Visual is developing a first-of-its-kind social media app for virtual reality where users can scroll through a 3-D floating menu of Instagram photos by simply looking left or right.”

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Sen. Franken Wins His Cause Celebre: Net Neutrality

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By Allison Sherry, Star Tribune

“WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken was elated Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission approved rules that ensure Internet providers treat all legal content equally.

“Last spring, I could not have predicted that we would be celebrating this victory today,” Franken said, on the Senate floor. “The best principles of our democracy have won out. It’s clear that the voices of the American people have been heard. I’ve often called net neutrality the free speech issue of our time.”

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Anthem data breach affects 300,000 Minnesotans

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By Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune

“About 300,000 Minnesotans were affected by the massive data security breach reported earlier this month by health insurer Anthem Inc., the state Commerce Department announced Tuesday.

Indianapolis-based Anthem reported to Commerce that the Social Security numbers of more than 206,000 Minnesotans were compromised, according to a news release from the department.  Commerce says that other personal information from another 100,000 Minnesotans was compromised as a result of the cyberattack on the company in late January. The information included names, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, employment information and income data.”

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