Sports tech startup row27 rebrands as FanMaker

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FanMakerMinneapolis client service firm row27 has rebranded as FanMaker, a namesake of the company’s original SaaS product.

Cofounded by Jonathan Dusing and Jason Cole in 2007, FanMaker came in 2009 and provides business intelligence solution for sports teams.  The product ties ticket, apparel and concession sales into social media presence for brands to narrow in on fan loyalty promotions. Part of the suite also includes auctions, crowdfunding and photo sharing tools.

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Chicago’s Jump Capital is fishing for tech ventures in Minnesota

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JumpCapitalChicago-based venture firm Jump Capital is casting lines into the vibrant waters of Minnesota’s tech scene.

Senior associate and Minnesota native Peter Johnson was in the Twin Cities last week, meeting with startups and investors to test the waters.  We took the opportunity to learn more about Jump:

What is your goal in Minnesota and what interests you about Minnesota startups?

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Minneapolis startup Preventice recognized by US Chamber of Commerce

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“MINNEAPOLIS (July 24, 2014) — Preventice, Inc., developer of the BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System and an innovator in software solutions for remote patient care, was recently named a recipient of the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes 100 small businesses across the country for their professional accomplishments, community leadership, philanthropy, customer service and employee relations.”

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Nagios is St. Paul’s hidden gem

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EthanGalstadIt was ten years into an open source experiment when developer turned entrepreneur Ethan Galstad began to reap a return.

The of University of Minnesota Comp Sci grad initially got his start on Windows 3.1 applications and quickly sought more, thus moving into system administration.

As his experience grew, independent consulting became the next logical extension.

But even that wasn’t enough. So Galstad, freshly married at the time, began putting nights and weekends into creating an open source product all for himself and his sysadmin peers.

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Medicom Health Interactive names new CEO

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“(Minneapolis, MN) – Medicom Health Interactive, a trusted leader in online personal health solutions, announced the appointment of Will Sigsbee as CEO effective July 7, 2014. Mr. Sigsbee brings more than 20 years of leadership in the healthcare industry to his new role having previously served as President of ApeniMED, Inc., a Minneapolis-based health technology company recently acquired by IOD.”

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U of M GIS team wins 1st place at Esri Challenge for solar webapp

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By Jim Lacy, ASPRS Western Great Lakes

“In June 2013 as part of The Climate Action Plan, President Obama announced the Climate Data Initiative, an effort to encourage tech innovators to use data about climate change risks and impacts in compelling ways to help citizens, businesses, and communities makes smart choices in the face of climate change. In an effort to help our President reach this goal, Esri posed this challenge to encourage development of game changing apps that promote climate resilience.

In response to the challenge, the University of Minnesota developed the Minnesota Solar Suitability Analysis app which allows users to identify the optimal location for solar panel installations.”

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State IT Reforms Save Taxpayers $27.4 Million

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“ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton and MN.IT Services Commissioner Carolyn Parnell announced today that the overhaul of Minnesota’s information technology administration and services has saved state taxpayers over $27.4 million to date. MN.IT Services expects to save at least another $7 million under these new reforms by the end of this year.”

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St. Paul startup Elevate lands $500k first round from Confluence & Icon

Elevate Research announced today that it has secured $500k in seed capital led by Confluence Capital and Icon Venture Partners, with participation from local angel investors Rob Weber and Mark Usem.

Elevate is described as “the easiest and most affordable way for restaurants and retailers to survey customers who recently dined in one of their restaurants or shopped in one of their stores.” In functional terms, the B2B app enables real time feedback, analytics and marketing automation.

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