SportsEngine Buys Swimming Software Maker TeamUnify

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SportsEngine, now a part of NBC Sports Group, announced today that it has acquired TeamUnify to strengthen its capabilities offered to swimming organizations. The entire TeamUnify team immediately joins SportsEngine and will continue to grow and support their 4,000 swimming organization customers.”

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Updated: Gravie Raises A Million Dollars From Securian

Minneapolis Healthtech startup Gravie has recently secured a million dollars of equity investment according to this SEC disclosure.

[Updated 7/20 @2pm central: Gravie has partnered with Minnesota-based Securian, who was the strategic investor in this round.  As part of the arrangement, Securian life insurance products are now available through Gravie, in addition to health, dental, vision, and supplemental health aka accident insurance. Sen also says the company is hiring again in product, engineering, and member advisors — currently at 53 employees.]

Founded in 2013 by repeat Minnesota entrepreneur Abir Sen, with partners Jill Prevost and Marek Ciolko — Gravie provides a marketplace for employers and individuals to pick and choose their healthcare insurance plans, a model expanded upon here.

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Ask An Indie: Jason Pfitzer, Northern Heart Studios

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Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 9.09.44 AMWelcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.

The Indie: Jason Pfitzer – Creative Director, Northern Heart Studios

What inspired you to start making games?

It’s something I kind of always knew I wanted to do, but for the longest time seemed like a dream that would never really come true. Video games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I was always a big dreamer as a kid. I used to draw my own dungeons for The Legend of Zelda on pieces of paper and tack them up on the wall. Recently, my parents were digging through some of my notebooks I had as a kid and found some old game concepts I had worked on when I was younger. So, it’s always been on my mind, but just never saw it as a viable career option until recently.

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SportsEngine Buys Trackwrestling

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Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 8.56.01 AMSportsEngine, now a part of the NBC Sports Group, announced today that it has acquired Trackwrestling to strengthen its product solution offered to wrestling events and clubs. As part of the acquisition, the entire Trackwrestling team immediately joins SportsEngine and will continue supporting their over 7,000 wrestling events and customers.”

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Two Former PayPal Execs Join Local Fintech Startup Sezzle

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“Sezzle Inc. announced the engagement of two former PayPal executives to help Sezzle create a next generation payment platform.

Scott Guilfoyle, PayPal SVP and CTO from 2008 to 2012, joins as an advisor to the company. Scott also served as the CIO of LendingTree, CIO of Consumer Products at Bank of America and as the CIO of General Electric. Scott’s vast and pertinent experience in the financial services arena should prove to be a major asset to Sezzle as it builds out its payment platform.”

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