RedBrick Health Opens Office In Phoenix

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 12, 2017  — RedBrick Health, a leading provider of health and well-being solutions that deliver better employee experience and stronger Culture of Health, has expanded into a second office in Phoenix, Arizona. RedBrick’s newest location, which houses RedBrick coaches and well-being guides, adds capacity to address a growing roster of clients and consumers across the U.S.”

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OneOme Expands Reach To Five More States

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By Burl Gilyard, Twin Cities Business

“Minneapolis-based medical startup OneOme continues to raise its profile in the emerging pharmacogenomics industry. On Monday, the company announced that it had earned laboratory certification allowing it to start offering its RightMed test in five additional states: California, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. OneOme is now able to offer its testing technology in every state except New York, where it is seeking to obtain laboratory certification this year.”

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Techstars + Target Retail Accelerator Opens Application Window For 2017

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Target - Techstars AcceleratorThe application window is open today through April 9th for the 2017 class of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target.

Now entering year two of three, the program kicked-off in 2016 with 11 chosen ones who were in Minneapolis over the summer, from July – October.

Managing Director Ryan Broshar says this year will be run similar to last, with interests ranging from enterprise software, IoT, and supply chain, to the consumer Internet.

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Jeff Fritz Named CEO Of B2B Software Firm Healthtel

jeff-fritz-healthtel Repeat Minnesota tech entrepreneur turned executive Jeff Fritz is the new CEO of Minneapolis-based Healthtel.

Starting this month, he will be leading the 20 person company, succeeding Jason McAthie, Healthtel CFO going forward.

Founded 11 years ago by Daniel Bandt, Healthtel’s B2B software platform helps healthcare organizations execute consumer engagement campaigns from start to finish.

Fritz says he was coming off an integration following the acquisition of his previous company, Storyworks1, and considering a number of different opportunities.

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Q&A With New Seed Stage VC Loup Ventures

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Loup Ventures is a new local seed stage technology investment fund led by longtime Apple analyst from Piper Jaffray, Gene Munster. Together with partners Andrew Murphy and Douglas Clinton, the trio has recently left the safety of their previous posts for the bold business of venture capital.

Despite not having a full $20m fund in hand, Loup has began to invest what money they do have, notably into Boston VR/BCI startup Neurable in late December. We connected to learn more about what’s in store:

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DEED Doles Out $34 Million For Rural Broadband

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“ST. PAUL, MN – Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced grants totaling $34 million for 42 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 16,627 households, 2,240 businesses, and 71 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet. The new state funding will help level the playing field for households and businesses in Greater Minnesota by providing them access the same opportunities available to urban area residents. Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith secured the $34 million to expand high-speed internet access during the 2016 Legislative Session, after first proposing a $100 million investment.”

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Beta.MN + Bust Out Solutions + TECHdotMN = /Byte

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We’re teaming up with Beta.MN to connect our longstanding ‘Beta Byte’ interview series with a new meetup group exclusively for Minnesota’s emerging tech entrepreneurs: Beta.MN/Byte.

The bi-monthly TECHdotMN feature will continue to run as usual, featuring that early stage tech somewhere between idea and traction.   Profiled startups will now have additional opportunities for further exposure and peer feedback at Bust Out Solutions in an intimate environment to connect, learn and grow together.

Onward!

If A Geek Squad Agent is a Paid FBI Informant, Are Their Computer Searches Legal?

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screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-8-26-41-amBy Tom Jackman, Washington Post

“At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data. Over several years, a handful of those workers have notified the FBI when they see signs of child pornography, earning payments from the agency”

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DIGI Makes Its Third IoT Acquisition In 15 Months

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digi-smarttemps“MINNETONKA, Minn.,Jan. 9, 2017 — Digi International, a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced that it has acquired SMART Temps, a provider of real-time foodservice temperature management for restaurant, grocery, education and hospital settings as well as real-time temperature management for pharmacy, blood bank and laboratory environments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”

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Target Leads $3.7m Round In Retail Tech Startup Inspectorio

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-2-38-21-pm“Target Corp. has invested in one of the startups that took part in its Techstars retail accelerator last summer and that has since moved its headquarters to Minneapolis.

Inspectorio, a firm that focuses on helping retailers keep closer tabs on factories through inspections and data analysis, has raised $3.7 million. The seed round of funding, which closed in recent weeks, was led by Target with smaller contributions from Matchstick Ventures, a Minneapolis-based venture capital firm, and Techstars Ventures.”

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