Q&A with ThisClicks VP of Marketing Sujan Patel

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By Todd Nelson, Star Tribune

“Internet marketer Sujan Patel, leaving his former firm if not his heart in San Francisco, is the new vice president of marketing at ThisClicks, a St. Paul labor management tech company.

Patel said he left Silicon Valley to take advantage of the opportunity to join both a rapidly growing start-up and a surprisingly active Twin Cities tech community.”

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The changing face of high tech in Minnesota

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By Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune

“For more than a generation, Minnesota’s high-tech universe could be measured by the distance between the University of Minnesota and a relative handful of companies that for a time made some of the most powerful computers in the world — Cray, Control Data, Honeywell.

Today, the number of high-tech companies and workers in Minnesota is greater than ever, and they stretch across the state. But the decline of the companies that anchored the supercomputing era has masked to a degree the emergence of a bigger, more diverse tech industry.”

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Mednology Solutions of Excelsior has an app for the fast-paced ER

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By Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune

“Every minute counts at a hospital emergency department. But the hectic, unpredictable pace can make it a surprisingly inefficient workplace.   Overhead paging systems bark out tasks that fade into the background when paramedics rush a patient through the doors.  Too often, doctors spend time getting drinking water for a patient – or searching for someone else to get it.

Excelsior-based startup Mednology Solutions [SynapseBLUE] is developing software its founders say improves workflow at hospitals and urgent care clinics so that doctors and nurses can focus on medical care.”

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Target opens office in heart of Silicon Valley

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“Target Corp. wants innovation to be a bigger part of its corporate DNA, so it’s opening an office right in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Minneapolis-based retailer quietly unveiled a new tech hub in Sunnyvale this week, its second major outpost in California. In 2012, it also opened its Technology Innovation Center in downtown San Francisco.

The latter, which has about 20 employees, is more focused on testing and exploring new technologies with start-ups. But the Sunnyvale office will be more geared toward data analytics and engineering for its online and mobile teams, said Eddie Baeb, a Target spokesman.”

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Minnesota loses when tech firms head west

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

Zach Supalla hasn’t always found it easy to explain why the high-potential little company he founded, Spark Labs, just quit Minneapolis for San Francisco. It’s easy to accidentally sound like an elitist jerk.

The decision to head west, concurrent with the company’s first venture-capital financing, has the Twin Cities entrepreneurial community sighing. Spark is in a hot market, the “Internet of things,” and had enough real achievements that it became easy to get excited here about its potential.”

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Minneapolis open data policy heads to the Council

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By Eric Roper, Star Tribune

“Reams of public data addressing everything from restaurant inspections to city spending may soon become easier to access under an “open data policy” under consideration at City Hall.

The policy, which will be presented to a committee this Wednesday, would create a new portal where departments can upload raw public data about different metrics they are tracking. To access that information now, inquiring citizens and journalists must formally request it from the city.”

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New CEO wants to turn Proto Labs into a $1 billion company

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt doesn’t sit still. In her first 11 weeks on the job, she negotiated an acquisition, opened a factory, started two production lines and relocated 175 workers from the company’s Maple Plain headquarters to Plymouth. She also moved herself from St. Louis to the Twin Cities.”

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HighJump Software acquired by rival Accellos

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

HighJump Software, a Bloomington firm that pioneered warehouse management and logistics software, has been acquired by a Colorado-based rival, Accellos Software.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, brings together two leading providers of software that distributors and retailers use to keep track of items in warehouses and in transit.”

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