MESA’s matchmaking has momentum

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MESAWith new mentors, more startups and fresh grads – Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA) has momentum.

Founded in 2011 by Kevin Spanbauer and a core group of senior tech execs keen on “regenerating Minesota’s software economy,” the nonprofit group has steadily marched on over the years, recruiting one mentor and mentee at a time.

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Medtronic showcases new glucose monitoring system for iOS

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By Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews

Medtronic has developed a Bluetooth-enabled continuous glucose monitoring system for patients with diabetes, that will connect to an iOS app, Medtronic Global Program Marketing Manager Samantha Katz announced from the stage at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California.”

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Minneapolis M2M SaaS startup Exosite raising 2.5m

exositeMinneapolis M2M SaaS startup Exosite is raising a $2.5m round of financing with $375k secured, according to a SEC disclosure.

Exosite provides software for connected device systems via platform and white label, simplifying the process of collecting and analyzing data. The technology can be applied to industrial process, embedded systems, agriculture, automotive, manufacturing and mobile devices in both enterprise and consumer environments.

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Minneapolis selects Atlanta vendor Parkmobile for smartphone parking app

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By Sarah McKenzie, Southwest Journal

“A City Council committee approved a request Tuesday morning to allow Public Works staff to negotiate a contract with Parkmobile to develop a pay-by-phone parking meter system.

Parkmobile was chosen over six other companies who responded to the city’s RFP issued in February. It operates mobile payment systems for on- and off-street parking in more than 600 locations across the country, according to its website.”

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Jimmy John’s hit by data breach in Minnesota and nationwide

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By Jim Hammerand, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“Jimmy John’s says customer credit and debit card data were stolen from company-owned and franchise locations in Minnesota and across the nation.

The Champaign, Ill.-based sub sandwich shop said an intruder stole log-in credentials from Jimmy John’s point-of-sale vendor to remotely access the payment systems at about 216 stores between June 16 and Sept. 5.”

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Minneapolis social commerce startup BoomBoom Prints banks $400k

Minneapolis social commerce startup BoomBoom Prints has raised a $400k+ convertible debt funding round, according to CEO Brett Brohl.

BoomBoomPrints is a marketplace that connects consumers with artists, enabling them to establish their own storefronts to  distribute various creations which appeal to the mom demographic.

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Stratasys expands 3D printing pilot with The UPS Store

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“MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd., a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced its uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer will be used by The UPS Store as part of a nationwide expansion of 3D printing services at nearly 100 locations.”

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Amazon will start collecting sales tax in Minnesota next month

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state.

The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm.”

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Google taps career fair for top collegiate talent

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By Parker Lemke, Minnesota Daily

“A familiar name in the computing realm made an appearance on campus last week — for the first time, representatives from Google camped out at the College of Science and Engineering’s career fair.

Besides wooing University of Minnesota computer science students, the company engages in research and participates in other campus-wide events — efforts Google and school officials say reflect the company’s growing presence in recent years.”

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