Beta Byte: LocalLedge

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Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 1.28.11 PMBeta Byte is a series underwritten by Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction. 

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LocalLedge can be found at http://www.localledge.com

Open Beta for Android users at https://plus.google.com/communities/104649030195462412878

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Senator Al Franken questions Uber CEO on user privacy

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By John Biggs, TechCrunch

Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Subcommittee On Privacy, Technology, and the Law, has posted a public letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in which he addresses many of the claims made over the past few days that the company has consistently compromised user privacy as a matter of course.”

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The Nerdery’s US expansion continues – next up: Kansas City

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By Rob Roberts, Kansas City Business Journal

The Nerdery, a fast-growing Minneapolis-based technology company, will add 100 high-paying jobs and make a $4.3 million capital investment in downtown Kansas City during the next five years, the firm announced Wednesday.

The company, which develops custom interactive technology to solve clients’ business needs, employs 33 at the Western Union Building, 100 E. Seventh St. It moved to the building a couple of months ago and recently leased the 25,000 square feet on its third and fourth floors to accommodate the expansion.”

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Minneapolis mobile marketer Automotion partners with GM

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Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.58.24 AMMobile app maker for the automotive industry, Automotion, has made a deal with General Motors to be the preferred mobile provider across their nationwide dealer network

“This is a first of a kind partnership for us,” says President Ben Anderson, “Manufacturer’s and OEM’s are the holy grail, it doesn’t get bigger than this.”

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Arthur Ventures adds Zipnosis to portfolio

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“MINNEAPOLIS — (BUSINESS WIRE) –Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on software companies in the healthcare market, has invested in the seed round for SaaS start-up, Zipnosis, a simple-to-use online diagnosis and treatment option for minor health conditions.”

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Eagan’s Jump Technologies scores secret strategic investment

HomeMobile inventory manager Jump Technologies has scored a $1m+ strategic investment from an unnamed healthcare organization.

CEO John Freund declined to comment on specifics of the deal or name the investor, but it prompts a peek inside this quietly growing Eagan company.

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MNvest finds bipartisan support for crowdfunding in Minnesota

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MNvest’s movement to improve securities regulations around intrastate crowdfunding in Minnesota continues.

The preliminary legislation has acquired four early endorsements: Senators Terri Bonoff (D) & Branden Petersen (R); Representatives Joe Atkins (D) & Jennifer Loon (R).

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Northern Girls Who Code club is the first chapter in Minnesota

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By Bethany Wesley, Bemidji Pioneer

“BEMIDJI — Summer Crow was interested the moment she first heard of an emerging computer-programming club for girls.

“I was intrigued instantly,” said the seventh-grader, who attends Schoolcraft Learning Community.  She wasn’t alone. When Jennifer Theisen, a programmer/analyst at Bemidji State University, founded the northern Minnesota chapter of Girls Who Code earlier this year, she initially hoped that maybe 10 girls would be interested in joining. She now maintains a roster of around 50 girls in sixth through 12th grade.”

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