Techstars Is Launching Another Accelerator In Minneapolis, Now With UnitedHealthcare

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“Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and UnitedHealthcare, a leading health care company, today announced the UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars. This new mentorship-driven accelerator will be based in Minneapolis, launching in September 2019. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health care company ranked fifth on the Fortune 500.”

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Minneapolis’ YouSurance Is Betting Big On Algorithms…To Pinpoint When You Will Die

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GWG Holdings / YouSurance CEO Jon Sabes at Minneapolis HQ

 
The secondary insurance marketplace isn’t exactly top of mind when it comes to technology, though that could be changing this year for GWG Holdings – the parent company of a new brand division called YouSurance that’s operated by CEO Job Sabes.

“We’re on a mission to strap life insurance to a rocket ship and launch it into the future,” he says of their cause, without any hesitation or concern for Minnesota’s typical business conservatism. For Sabes and company, this mission transcends their humble Minneapolis headquarters with big risks and rewards at for everyone involved.

Because if they can better predict your mortality, then they stand to make billions of dollars in the process.

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Under New CEO, Nerdery Cuts 10% Of Employees & Shutters KC Office

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“While the overall health of our business is strong, we are cutting costs in order to make strategic investments elsewhere. Nerdery today eliminated 32 positions, including the closure of our Kansas City office. We’ve asked a portion of the impacted employees in Kansas City to remain with the company as part of our work-from-home team. All departing employees will receive severance packages and placement assistance.”

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Local Fintech Venture Homespotter Acquires Open House Tech Spacio

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HomeSpotter, the leading real estate software platform for agents to manage and grow their customer relationships, today announced it has acquired Spacio, the #1 open house lead generation system. The move extends HomeSpotter’s reach within the real estate industry and bolsters its position as a relationship technology leader.”

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Meet A Minnesota Tech CTO: Killian Brackey, Sezzle

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Thank you Tarmac for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota Tech CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies.

 
The CTO: Killian Brackey, Sezzle

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

I have been a tech hobbyist and enthusiast since the first time I got my hands on a personal computer. Throughout my educational history I have spent a lot of time programing, building websites, and testing networks and systems security. I began studying Economics at Columbia University but quickly felt the need to transition back to my passion within technology and moved to Computer Science at both Columbia and the University of Minnesota. I joined Sezzle right out of school and helped us build the team and product we have today.

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Bootstrapped Minnesota Tech Startup Dealer Teamwork Is On A Tear & Only Getting Bigger

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Dealer Teamwork is on a tear right now with no signs of slowing down.

This Eden Prairie SaaS startup got up and running in October of 2016 and has since doubled revenue from 2017-2018 and about to hit the 100 employee milestone.

“There’s no-one in our space in Minnesota, maybe even in the country growing as fast as us without debt or investors,” says Dealer Teamwork Cofounder and CEO Sean Stapleton.

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