Top Target Digital Executive Alan Wizemann Is Leaving

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By Jason Del Ray, ReCode

Alan Wizemann, the Target executive who leads product teams for its website and apps, is leaving the company, multiple sources told Re/code. Wizemann announced the move to his team earlier today, these people said. It’s not clear if he has another job lined up. A Target rep declined to comment.”

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Sofia Fund II Oversubscribed With $5.5m For Female Led Startups

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“Today marks a significant achievement in bringing new monies into early stage companies. The Sofia Fund, which invests in women-led, growth companies and is led by a group of experienced investors, has tapped into an investor community passionate about Sofia’s mission”

Investors have responded positively, and voted with their dollars to be a part of the fund. The Sofia Fund II is now closed to investors, oversubscribed, with a total of $5.5M.”

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GovDelivery Acquires Mobile Messaging Platform Textizen

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“SAINT PAUL, Minn., July 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GovDelivery, the leading cloud-based digital communication solution for government, has acquired Textizen, an innovative platform that allows government to reach the public via mobile messaging to promote citizen action, engagement, and behavior change.”

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Stratasys 3d Printers Ramp Up Healthcare Applications

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

“When twins Lincoln and Nolan Potts were born in November, their heads were perfectly shaped.

By April, it was clear that weeks of lying in cribs and strollers had caused a condition known as flat head syndrome. They’d each require a specially fitted helmet to reshape their skulls over a critical 14-week growth period.”

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Beta Byte: RedraftHero

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Beta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

What is the name of the company?

RedraftHero

What problem does this solve?

We felt that when we played daily fantasy sports, it wasn’t nearly as engaging as season long fantasy sports. At the same time, we believed that daily fantasy sports never provided users or just sports fans in general the tools they needed to follow sports, which lead us to our vision.

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Best Buy Makes Apple Watch Distribution Deal

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By Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal

“One month after Apple Inc. started selling Apple Watch at its own stores, the company said it will bring the device to Best Buy stores in August.

Apple said its smartwatch will be available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S., expanding to over 300 outlets before the holiday shopping season. Best Buy will be the first major U.S. retailer beside Apple to sell the device.”

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CEO Clay Collins Has Big Ambitions For LeadPages

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

Clay Collins of LeadPages looks to be that rare co-founder of a technology company who can stay in the top job all the way through an initial public offering or sale that will make pretty much everybody involved rich.

This is a risky call, I suppose, a little like Gophers coach Jerry Kill seeing an All-America linebacker after watching a sixth-grader play flag football. It’s true that LeadPages is still mostly a start-up.”

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Scott Nelson, Logic PD

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Scott Nelson_HeadshotThank you Andcor Companies or underwriting the Meet a Minnesota CTO series.

Scott Nelson is the CTO of Logic PD, a Minneapolis product design and development firm focused on IoT and digital health.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your background?

I have worked in technology for 25 years in both R&D and product development. I am a solid state physicist by training but have worked as a systems person during most of my development years. For the past 15 years or so I have worked as both a business leader and technology leader.

What are you focused on right now?

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Veritas Split From Symantec Yields Minnesota Hiring Spree

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New Veritas LogoAfter a decade of marriage, the $13.5b security and storage mega merger of 2005 is scheduled to split this January.

Veritas Technologies Corporation will again be a standalone enterprise with refocused energy on flagship product NetBackup, rooted in Minnesota, thanks to Control Data and a Seagate acquisition circa 2000.

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