Minnesota loses when tech firms head west


By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

Zach Supalla hasn’t always found it easy to explain why the high-potential little company he founded, Spark Labs, just quit Minneapolis for San Francisco. It’s easy to accidentally sound like an elitist jerk.

The decision to head west, concurrent with the company’s first venture-capital financing, has the Twin Cities entrepreneurial community sighing. Spark is in a hot market, the “Internet of things,” and had enough real achievements that it became easy to get excited here about its potential.”

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