Beta.MN/Byte: OfferingTree

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OfferingTree

Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

 
What is the name of the company and/or product?

The company is OfferingTree, SBC.

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

After more than 40 in-depth user interviews, we uncovered a core pain point: wellness professionals are trained to teach / coach, but they’re not trained to be entrepreneurs. Marketing, business administration, and technology are huge headaches for wellness professionals and they want an integrated, easy-to-use (i.e., no technical skills required), and mobile-friendly solution to simplify the business-side of wellness.

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MN E-Comm Captains: Blair Budlong, DecksDirect

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Blair Budlong Decks DirectThanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our MN E-Comm Captains series focused on leading local online retailers!

Blair Budlong started DecksDirect nine years ago to provide homeowners and builders with a one-stop shop for purchasing premium deck building materials and accessories online.

In a building materials world traditionally dominated by lumberyards and brick-and-mortar, DecksDirect.com is now the largest online retailer of deck accessories in North America with a team of 38 full-time employees based in Northeast Minneapolis.

He’ll be speaking to his success in person at the next Twin Cities E-commerce meetup on 4/26.

What do you sell online?

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Eagan’s ConvergeOne Expands East With NYC Acquisition

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Via News Release

“EAGAN, Minn., April 18, 2017 — ConvergeOne, a leading global provider of state-of-the-art communications and data solutions, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Rockefeller Group Technology Solutions (RGTS), a Unified Communications as a Service pioneer based in New York. Required regulatory and government approvals to complete the transaction will occur in the coming weeks.”

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Can Oregon Trail Creators Do It Again?

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By Greta Kaul, MinnPost

“Conceived for a class at a public school in Minneapolis, “Oregon Trail,” is among the most popular educational computer games of all time. It loaded students in virtual covered wagons and sent them from Missouri to Oregon in a simulation of 19th-century westward expansion, contending with broken wagon axles, cholera, snake bites and river crossings along the way.”

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Thank You Sponsor: Metiix

by The TECHdotMN Team

Metix TECHdotMN SponsorIt is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank You Metiix!

What does Metiix do?

We provide data protection for hundreds of companies, thousands of servers, totaling petabytes of data across the country. We protect servers, endpoint devices, and data with a focus on high availability and near instant recoveries.

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Minnesota Races To Protect Internet Privacy Protections As Trump, Congress Undo Them

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By Judy Keen, Star Tribune

“Legislators in Minnesota and at least nine other states are racing to enact online privacy protections after President Donald Trump signed a law that allows internet providers to collect and sell information about customers without their consent.”

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gener8tor Opens Applications For Summer Accelerator In Minneapolis

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gener8torTech accelerator gener8tor has opened the application window for founders considering an immersive 12 week startup experience this summer.

Operated from CoCo Uptown by new Managing Director of Minnesota, Eric Martell, the program begins in July and lasts through October with a tentative demo day during Twin Cities Startup Week.

They offer accepted startups 90k upfront for 6% equity with an additional convertible note in exchange for hands on guidance in preparation for follow-on funding.

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