BCBS of MN Adds Another Local Healthcare Startup To The Porfolio

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Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 9.30.49 AM“ST. PAUL, Minn., June 22, 2016 — Livio Health Group, a startup company that provides mobile, on-site urgent and primary care to facilities and residences, announced today that it closed an early-stage funding round with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross).”

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New App Helps Travelers Clear Customs Quicker At MSP Airport

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mp_icon.ai_By Tim Harlow, Star Tribune

“With all the grumbling and complaints about long security lines at MSP this spring, here’s something that will help travelers get through the airport faster. On Monday, the airport began using a new app that makes it easier and faster for international travelers coming back into the country.”

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Apple Brings Kids Coding Camps To Minnesota Retail Stores

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By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 12.32.40 PM“Apple this summer is expanding its lineup of Apple Camp sessions to include a new course that teaches children the basics of coding. Aimed at children ages 8 through 12, the new 3-day session will use software from Tynker to introduce concepts of block-based coding and will allow kids to program Sphero robots. These classes will be small – capped at around a dozen attendees – and are opening to registration [MOA, Uptown, Southdale, Rosedale Center, Ridgedale] this morning alongside others in Apple’s ongoing summer camp series.

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Scantron Buys Nebraska Managed IT Provider P&L Technologies

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Scantronlogo“EAGAN, Minn. — Scantron Corporation, a leading, national provider of managed IT and print services, as well as hardware maintenance solutions with its Harland Technology Services (HTS) brand, today announced the acquisition of P&L Technology, Inc., a provider of managed IT services for small and mid-size businesses. P&L Technology’s capabilities complement the more than 40 years of IT solutions expertise currently offered by Harland Technology Services while providing additional scale to meet the ever-changing technology needs of clients.”

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Report Ranks Twin Cities Among Worst Tech Markets For Gender Pay Parity

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VuGr_2VGBy Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“Minneapolis/St. Paul is the second-worst market nationwide when it comes to pay parity for women and men in tech jobs, according to survey results released last week. Salary-information website Comparably surveyed 10,000 workers in 16 markets and found that median pay for female technology employees in the Twin Cities is about $66,000 per year, compared to roughly $100,000 for men.”

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Saurian Closes In On $200k Kickstarter For First Person Dinosaur Game

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By Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

T543ECeF“Some video games are excavated. Others use fossils as their core appeal. In the case of Saurian, a dinosaur survival game from Duluth-based Urvogel Games, the latter is being developed.

Project lead Nick Turinetti is leading a 14-person team of programmers, digital artists and a dinosaur descendant (in this case, an emu) named Gerry. With nearly $200,000 financial backing, Saurian is poised to not only become one of the biggest Minnesota-made games since Oregon Trail, but also the most anatomically correct piece of dinosaur media ever created. (And yes, that accounts for the Jurassic Park movies).”

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Beta Byte: Visible City

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Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 11.12.40 AMWhat is the name of the company and/or product?

Visible City. We are online at www.visible.city and tweet @visible_city.

What problem does this solve?

Cities are constantly changing, and Visible City’s data tools reveal, on a dynamic basis, the ways people are using space in metropolitan areas around the world. For public and private clients, our custom tools and services transform geographic data into insights for making decisions about specific sites, blocks, districts or larger areas. We find, collect, analyze and interpret volumes of fresh data so cities, lenders, brokers, foundations and others make informed choices based on comprehensive, current information.

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Equity Crowdfunding In Minnesota aka MNvest Is Finally Real

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MNvestMinnesota Intrastate Equity Crowdfunding, aka MNvest, is now legitimately ready for use.

MNvest aims to provide wider, cheaper, and faster access to funding for entrepreneurs by offering a new way to access 3rd party capital from the un-accredited masses.

It follows a wave of investor deregulation stemming from the JOBS Act of 2012 and Minnesota now joins over 20 state peers with it’s own localized version of exemptions alongside Title III federal crowdfunding.

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