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Stratasys acquires Boston software maker GrabCAD

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“MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held GrabCAD, Inc. in an all-cash transaction.”

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Police Body Camera Pilot Program Advances in Minneapolis

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By Stephen Tellier, KSTP

“Some Minneapolis police officers will soon be protecting the public with cameras rolling.

On Monday, a Minneapolis city council committee approved the outline of a body camera pilot program for police officers, which will officially begin in just a couple of weeks. While approving the program, the council also directed city staff to report back on issues, including how the pilot program will be measured for success and how the study will be independently reviewed.”

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How Field Nation grew 1,073% in three years

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Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 9.59.58 AMMinneapolis tech venture Field Nation is on a tear, growing revenues by 1,073% over the past three years to $43m and earning a spot at #445 on this years Inc. 500.

Field Nation provides an online platform that connects service providers with job opportunities on demand. The company got its start in 2008, targeting the IT sector, and continues to branch into new geographies and industries.

We reached out to founder and CEO Mynul Khan to hear more about what’s working:

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NE Minneapolis enterprise venture IVDesk picks up cash

Northeast Minneapolis firm IV Desk has raised $935k + $1m in what appear to be separate private placements, according to a string of SEC Disclosures. [1][2]  The math indicates that $900k is still open of a larger, $2m round.

IV Desk offers private managed cloud SaaS for SMB’s:
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What’s being built at Startup Weekend Twin Cities 6

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SWTC6Startup Weekend Twin Cities 6 is in full effect as ~100 participants have formed 15 different teams over the past 24 hours to make, do and create.

In anticipation of final pitches tomorrow night at University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, we asked these weekend warriors to share a quick bit about what they are building:

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Know this Nerd? Meet Micah Iverson

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Micah_IversonThank you to The Nerdery for underwriting the Know this Nerd? series.

Micah Iverson is a freelance user interface/experience designer based out of Minneapolis.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

Back when I was in 3rd grade or so (I’m 34 now, you do the math), our local town library had just setup an Apple computer with a dot-matrix printer. Using the paint program at the time I placed some clipart of a snowman and a tiger on a page and printed it out – it was so very cool. I of course had to show my older brother my awesome design skills – which he of course promptly made fun of me for putting a snowman and a tiger together.

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Minnesota Doc goes entrepreneur with QwikLife for healthcare on demand

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QwikLifeAaron Babb spent his entire adult life focused on fulfilling the childhood dream of one day being a doctor. 

Once he got there, everything changed.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree at St. John’s University, the South Dakota native completed medical school at Georgetown and entered intoa with a residency program at the Mayo Clinic.  His path was picture perfect, that is, until he was exposed to the intersection of healthcare and technology in a way that would change his course.

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