Minnesota Ecommerce Startup Atique Launches A Pair of VR Apps

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screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-36-22-amBy Tyler Gieseke

A jewelry showroom that customers can explore from the comforts of home is a now a virtual reality, thanks to the launch of local startup Atique’s new apps on iOS and Android.

The free apps give online shoppers access to a 360-degree showroom using their smartphones just in time for the holidays. With a Google Cardboard or similar VR headset hardware, they can get the fully immersive three-dimensional VR experience.

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Minnetonka Healthcare SaaS Firm MedNet Solutions Bags $16m

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-05-36-pm“MINNETONKA, Minn., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — MedNet Solutions, an innovative SaaS-based eClinical technology company that supports the entire spectrum of clinical research, is pleased to announce that Arrowroot Capital, a growth equity firm focused on software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Internet-based businesses, has led a new $16.5 million growth investment in MedNet Solutions.”

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Hennepin County Deploys New Data Deletion Policy

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By Tim Nelson, MPRNews

“The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office has started deleting some emails after just 30 days in a move that has some government watchdogs concerned. A new policy of deleting emails that are more than 180 days old will take effect countywide next year, but the sheriff’s office policy already is moving more quickly than that.”

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3M & Mia Award $50k In Art + Tech Competition

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“Minneapolis, MN, November 28, 2016— The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is pleased to announce the winners for the Museum’s 3M Art and Technology Award competitionMolly Reichert and Ben Arcand.

The award, launched in 2015, recognizes artistry and innovation among individuals working in the field of technology. Reichert and Arcand, of the Twin Cities, have been awarded $25,000 in prize money and an additional $25,000 to support the development of their invention, under the working title of “Divining Rods”. The project is a technology-based reimagining of the ancient tools once used to find things of value – such as precious gems or fresh water.”

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RetraceHealth Founders Ousted, Angie Franks Interim CEO

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e_e1ck5sMinnesota tech entrepreneurs Thompson Aderinkomi (CEO) and Steven Bayer (CTO) have been fired from the company they founded in 2013.

RetraceHealth combines video telemedicine with face to face house calls for a blended delivery model designed to lower time and cost associated with the traditional physician-patient process. The venture has attracted investment capital from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), HealthEast Care System (Minnesota), and McKesson Ventures.

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Q&A With Perforce CEO Janet Dryer on the Seapine Acquisition

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By Arnav Joshi

Perforce Software moved corporate headquarters from California to Minnesota over the summer as former HelpSystems CEO Janet Dryer took the CEO role.

Formed in 1995, the company specializes in version management and collaboration software for the enterprise, now with 300 global employees across six offices.

With backing from PE firm Summit Partners Perforce acquired Ohio-based Seapine Software earlier this month; Dryer expanded on the deal for us thanks to our M&A underwriter Franklin Partners.

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How did you get to know Seapine and what was the primary appeal?

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Gophers Football Launches VR App To Up Their Game

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“FusionSports, a leading digital marketing agency that creates virtual reality (VR) experiences for sports brands, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football program (led by Head Coach Tracy Claeys) have partnered to create cinematic VR content to enhance their recruiting efforts. The content will be featured in a custom mobile application launching this fall) custom designed for the football program.

VR has been consistently touted as the next medium for storytelling in multiple industries, but its many uses for sports are crystal clear. Sports are highly dynamic and action-packed, with a multitude of elements that make VR a natural method for effectively capturing on- and off-field experiences to foster a whole new level of engagement.”

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