Tiny Candidate, Big Reach

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Tiny CandidateThe last two presidential elections in the United States have demonstrated the growing influence of technology in politics. Barack Obama’s consecutive victories were made possible, in large part, by his campaign’s ability to connect with a demographic of voters through social, local and mobile.

Recognizing a timely need, Burnsville-based developer Tiny Mission created a mobile app specifically designed for political campaigns. Tiny Candidate launched about a year and a half ago, and is quickly gaining international traction.

Their first client for the product was an Australian Parliament campaign.

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Meet a Minnesota [startup] CTO: Steve Smerz

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Thank you to Andcor Companies for underwriting the Meet a Minnesota CTO series.

Steve Smerz is the EVP of Technology, at St. Paul HealthIT startup Novu, charged with bringing the technology to life at scale and overseeing Novu’s dynamic technology team.

Prior to Novu, Steve held technology leadership roles at leading healthcare and technology companies, including ABILITY Networks, Definity Health and Stratyc. Most recently, he served as CIO, VP of Operations at ABILITY Network. He studied aerospace engineering and computer science at the University of Minnesota.

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

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Daily deals startup Buzzcut is gaining local ground

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BuzzcutMinneapolis mobile startup Buzzcut has emerged from beta — launching this summer and acquiring 65 restaurants/bars + 650 users for their daily deals iOS app.

Buzzcut’s business platform enables food and beverage establishments to create precisely timed and very specific offers that drive traffic “when they most need it,” co-founder & president Joseph Taralson explains.

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Online electronics giant Digi-Key outgrowing its Minnesota HQ

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By Jake Anderson, Twin Cities Business

Digi-Key Corporation—which began as a small operation in rural northwestern Minnesota and has grown into a $1.75 billion powerhouse —is quietly growing in Fargo, North Dakota.

Digi-Key’s primary operations remain in Thief River Ralls, where the company was founded and currently employs more than 2,600 workers. Digi-Key is a worldwide distributor of components to designers of electronic device prototypes, and its workforce sends out 16 million parts annually from more than 650 vendors.”

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Duluth coworking space Co.Lab is moving out of DeWitt Seitz

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Duluth coworking space Co.Lab is moving out of the DeWitt Seitz building located in historic Canal Park as of July 31st.

“Co.Lab will no longer be operating in the space where it all started,” reads an email from Co.founder Martin Sawinski.

“We were unable to renew our lease for the space we have occupied for the past two years due to the landlord’s desire to utilize the space.”

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Sport Ngin nabs additional $4m strategic investment from Taylor Corp. and Univision

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SportNginMinneapolis startup Sport Ngin has received an additional $4m strategic investment from Mankato-based Taylor Corporation and spanish language television network Univision, according to co founder and CEO Justin Kaufenberg.

Considering the recent close of $25m, this infusion brings their Series D total financing to $29 million and a cumulative $39m of capitalization.

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HighJump Software acquires UK SaaS maker Atlas Products International

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HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, today announced it has acquired Atlas Products International, a United Kingdom-based provider of Software as a Service (SaaS)-based business-to-business (B2B) EDI integration, secure data transfer, and e-invoicing solutions.”

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EHR analytics startup LogicStream wins another big customer

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LogicStream Health Incorporated, a leading provider of strategic clinical decision support management and analysis software, today announced that Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States, has selected LogicStream’s Intelligence Platform to help optimize their Epic EHR deployed CDS content.”

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