Mobile Realty Apps banks $1.8m & changes name to HomeSpotter

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“January 26, 2015 (Minneapolis, MN)—HomeSpotter is now more than a great feature in your favorite home search app. It’s the new name of real estate tech company, Mobile Realty Apps. The company was named Inman News’ Most Innovative Real Estate Startup in 2012, due in part to their augmented reality search feature, called HomeSpotter.”

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JAMF’s Bushel thinks small for Apple device management

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By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press

“Aaron Hormann used to set up his company’s employee iPhones and iPads one by one — a laborious and time-squandering process. Technologies exist for automating a multi-device setup but are typically tailored for larger organizations, such as corporations, government agencies and school districts.

Eagan-based Herregan Distributors, where Hormann works in marketing and does tech management on the side, is not remotely in that league. It has dozens of employees, not hundreds or thousands. But now Hormann has streamlined the set-up of his worker iOS devices just like the big boys, and he has a local company called JAMF Software to thank.”

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Senator Branden Petersen is Standing Up for Minnesotan’s Digital Privacy Rights

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By Yael Grauer

BrandonPetersenMinnesota Senator Branden Petersen has introduced two bills aimed at restoring digital privacy protections in Minnesota:  SF 32 & SF 33.

SF32 is a constitutional amendment for citizen’s right to security from unreasonable electronic communications and data searches.

It would add electronic communications and data to the list of items (“persons, homes, papers, and effects”) that Minnesota state residents are free from unreasonable search and seizure of.

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One of these Local Tech Startups Is Going to Google for Demo Day

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Google-For-Entrepreneurs1CoCo is sending a Minnesota tech startup to Google’s annual ‘Demo Day’ in April.

Before that happens though, there’s a pitch competition on Thursday night, at which point two finalists will be chosen based on popular vote. Ultimately, one of these two will be selected by Google to represent Minnesota in Mountain View.

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Sofia Fund Receives $4m for Women-led Ventures

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“The Sofia Fund, an investment fund run by women and focused on woman-led firms, has received $3.925 million of capital commitments for its Sofia Angel Fund II.

Sofia invests equity in early-stage, female-headed growth companies that operate principally in information technology, clean technology, health and wellness, and business products and services. The fund expects to concentrate its investing in Midwest companies, and plans to bring resources and expertise to help the businesses in which it invests.”

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Minneapolis Analytics SaaS Venture Optimine is Raising More Cash

OptimineMinneapolis analytics startup Optimine Software has picked up another $2.2m, according to disclosure filed earlier this month.

Optimine has raised approximately ~$20m since 2008 inception through a series of rounds from backers like Hummer Winblad Venture Partners + Zetta Venture Partners in San Francisco and Calumet Venture Fund of Madison.  Early known Minneota angel investors include Ryan Weber and Mark Marlow.

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The 2015 Midwest Capital Call is on March 5

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MWCC-shortWe’re hosting the second annual Midwest Capital Call on March 5th in Minneapolis at the Brave New Workshop.

This is an intimate gathering for real conversations about money, fundraising, and the capital markets. It comes from the source: active investors and practicing entrepreneurs who have raised.

Tech entrepreneurs can apply for a quick pitch here; pay what you want for a ticket, 100% of proceeds are donated to Code Savvy.

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