We recently embarked on the monotonous yet important task of analyzing and updating a large chunk of Minnesota’s technology companies in the database. This phase of audit was simply intended to clarify which companies were still alive/active and which ones were not/dead, as viewable here.
By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune
“75F is one fairly hot small business based in often-chilly Minnesota. Founder Deepinder Singh, a software engineer by training, started brainstorming 75F a decade ago after he was frustrated with his efforts to control the temperature in the baby’s room of his drafty Mankato house.
He now runs a Burnsville company that has 50 employees, has raised several million dollars from investors and expects to exceed $3 million in revenue this year.”
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What is the name of the company and/or product?
What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?
“This is not your father’s office…because you can’t have lightbulb moments under flourescent lighting,” says Osborn370 — the new name for an old building re-opening in downtown St. Paul this fall.
Purchased from Ecolab on July 1 by a group of investors including local angel John Bergstrom and repeat tech entrepreneur Scott Burns, the 20 story edifice bills itself as a “Perfect for start-ups, freelancers and companies of all sizes and sorts.”
So we connected with Bergstrom and Burns to hear more, in their own words, just what’s in store…
What is a hub, is it any different from coworking, and if so, how?
Osborn 370 will be a multi-tenant building that caters to growth and innovation companies. We already know that several high-growth technology companies will be located in Osborn 370 by the end of 2017. The building is large enough to offer community, density and flexibility to the companies that call it home.
Three to five floors will be dedicated to a mix of coworking, shared tenant amenities, flexible suites and accelerator space. The exact mix is not yet final, but the building will accommodate growth companies of all sizes and types.
As you read the words that form this opinion, know that we have a vested interest in the success of Minnesota’s technology entrepreneurs and the startup community at large. It’s formed with only the longest and strongest views in mind — extending beyond blind, blanket support in any form just for the sake of it. Not all support is created equal as some methods have unintended consequences, moral or practical trade-offs to consider.
Via News Release
“EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Dealer Teamwork has named Jeff Camozzi as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the company. As Dealer Teamwork’s CTO, Jeff will drive strategic development initiatives to maximize the company’s impact on the automotive segment and new market verticals.”
By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard
“On Friday, a jury found that the cop who shot and killed a black man in the summer of 2016 in Minnesota during a seemingly routine traffic stop was not guilty of manslaughter. The verdict prompted thousands of people to protest in the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota.
A hacker calling himself Vigilance decided to seek justice in his own way, by hacking a database belonging to the Minnesota state government, and stealing email addresses and passwords. The hacker contacted Motherboard on Sunday, claiming the hack and providing a sample of stolen data to back up his claims.”
Via Crowdfund Insider
“MNvest has tweeted out an interesting graphic that tracks sector progress for investment crowdfunding in the state of Minnesota. For those not in the know, MNVest is the advocacy group, as well as the name of the law, that helped to make Minnesota’s state crowdfunding exemption a reality. Without MNVest (the group that is) it is arguable little would have been accomplished.”