Appapalooza event features young women pitching mobile apps

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 7, 2014 – Minnesotans are invited to celebrate young women in technology by attending the Technovation[MN] Appapalooza event on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at TIES Training Center, 1667 Snelling Ave. N. in Falcon Heights, MN. This event features young women pitching their mobile app idea as part of the Technovation Challenge, a global technology entrepreneurship program.

Technovation[MN], which is launching the Technovation Challenge in Minnesota, inspires girls in middle and high school to dream up, design, code and pitch mobile phone apps that help their communities. The Technovation Challenge program is designed to attract and encourage the next generation of women technology entrepreneurs.”

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Four local startups demo at Mobile TC + MOJO mixer

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MOJOEarlier this week, four local mobile startups presented at the Mobile Twin Cities + MOJO Minnesota collaborative mixer:

SalesFitness: mobile learning for sales teams.

Famdoo: an app for families to virtually manage allowances.

A Druid’s Duel: strategy game funded on Kickstarter.

When I Work: mobile first employee scheduling software.

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Q & A with MN Tech Entrepreneur Tom Grabowski on the RapidEngines acquistion

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Thomas GrabowskiLocal angel + VC-backed startup RapidEngines was acquired by network management and monitoring firm SevOne last week.  Based in Wilmington, DE, SevOne is now funded by Bain Capital in pursuit of a public offering.

We connected with Co founder and CEO Tom Grabowski to hear more about the deal and its future implications.

What is the gist of RapidEngines?

Jason DeStefano, Joe DeStefano, Pete Jordan, and I started RapidEngines because we knew there must be a better way to analyze streaming machine data. Companies we worked with were getting overwhelmed with data from their applications and IT infrastructure and needed to know what was normal and be able to investigate abnormal events.

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MinneWebCon nails the elusive gender ratio

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MinneWebConAs if Minnesota’s tech community couldn’t get enough over the weekend — between Minnebar and The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge at the same timeMinneWebCon delivered (once again) on Monday.

Now on year seven and sold out, 250 participated in “Grassroots knowledge sharing for people who create, work with and love the web,” held at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center.

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Mayo and Better launch consumer health assistant app

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“PALO ALTO, Calif. and ROCHESTER, Minn., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic today launched a new way for people to navigate the complexity of the healthcare system simply and quickly. Through a mobile device, Better provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information, 24/7 access to the clinic’s experienced and highly-skilled nurses, and a Better Personal Health Assistant who helps simplify and manage people’s care so they can use their time to focus on being well.”

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Healthsense raising $5m for senior care technology

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Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 10.29.37 PMMendota Heights based Healthsense is raising a $5m round with $2m in debt secured, according to a recent SEC filing disclosure.

Healthsense, the fastest growing provider of aging services technology, provides technology-enabled care solutions for the entire senior care continuum. With a full range of remote monitoring, emergency response, and wellness management solutions, Healthsense helps senior care providers reduce costs, increase independence, and enhance caregiver and senior experiences.”

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Video: Piranha Pool Minnebar pitches

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Startup attorney Jeffrey Robbins experimented this weekend at Minnebar with the introduction of ‘Piranha Pool,’ a take on the popular TV show “Shark Tank.” During the 50 minute session, three tech ventures — Elevate Research, FourCubed, Kidizen — had the chance to pitch a panel of judges in front of a live audience for feedback and potential investment:

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Northwest Minnesota embraces drone industry

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By Adam Belz, Star Tribune

“Northwest Minnesotans created the snowmobile industry. Now leaders in the region want to join forces with North Dakota to pioneer the commercial use of drones throughout the nation’s airspace.

With ambitions to develop a drone technology cluster, dozens of representatives from agriculture, aviation and higher education are meeting Tuesday in Thief River Falls with government authorities including Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Collin Peterson to talk about ways to collaborate and promote the region as a center for the unmanned aircraft industry.”

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Former Digital River VP launches new fintech startup ReliaBills

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ReliabillsA former VP of business development with Digital River has taken a quarter century of corporate experience and flipped that on its head.

After graduating from Hamline in 1986, Brant Pallazza spent his professional career with companies like Fingerhut, Western Publishing, Damark, and the aforementioned Digital River – where he previously managed half a billion in e-commerce software sales with a staff of ~100.

The executive turned entrepreneur launched ReliaBills, a product of Tachy Technologies, earlier this year in response to his “Passion for small business and experience with managing software products.”

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