GoKart’s Annual GK600 Kicks The Hackathon Into High Gear

“How long does it really take to get something done?”

A.J. Meyer recalls pondering the question while chatting with a developer many years ago, in the earlier days of GoKart Labs. What would happen, the company’s cofounder wondered, if you challenged a group of smart, inventive people to conceive and meaningfully develop a brand new idea, under strict time and resource constraints?

With that, GoKart 600 – the company’s annual hackathon-style sprint – was born.

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This Local FinTech Startup is Making Cryptocurrency a Bit Less Cryptic

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The cryptocurrency market is growing at a remarkable rate, but remains stunningly nascent in many ways.

Most of us are familiar with bitcoin, but it’s just one of the more than 1,300 different forms of cryptocurrency that exist in the world, traded across hundreds of different exchanges. It’s a fractured and decentralized system, making investment in this frontier a somewhat mystifying endeavor.

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Meet The Tech Startups Pitching At MinneAnalytics SportCon MMXVIII

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Following last years inaugural victory,  MinneAnalytics SportCon returns on Friday, February 2nd, to defend the title as Minnesota’s premier sports analyics conference.

And like last year, part of the program includes a startup track featuring nine unique ventures making moves in the sportstech arena:

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Local Startup Kwikly Debuts On Demand Labor App For Dentists

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It probably isn’t too hard for you to envision an unsettling scenario at the dentist’s office.  And it probably involves a large and menacing drill.

But allow me to pose a different type of scenario – a pain that frequently happens on the other side.

Say you operate a small dental practice and your hygienist just called in at 6:30 in the morning to tell you she’s ill and won’t make it in today. You have 10 patients scheduled for the day ahead, and more than $3,000 in production on the line. Going it alone isn’t really an option.

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MN SportsTech Venture Hockey Finder Is Navigating The Rinks

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Some startups are born out of deep purpose, the result of a vision brought to fruition. Others are more serendipitous.

Derrik Dyka describes his crossing paths with Don Giroux as a happy accident of sorts. Giroux, a native Canadian who moved to Minnesota to marry a girl many years back, became a friend and tennis partner. The two would go on to form Hockey Finder, a digital resource for arranging recreational games on the rink.

As Dyka watches the venture continue to gain impressive traction, he’s enjoying the ride and recognizing its bigger potential.

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Opinulate’s New Social App is an Ambitious Data Play

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Opinions are like smartphones. Everyone has one, and they’re made for sharing.

Exchanging personal views and preferences is at the core of ‘Pinion, a new iOS app developed by Minneapolis-based startup Opinulate.

On the consumer end, it’s a free download with a sleek interface that puts a fun, fill-in-the-blank twist on social media. On the business end, the app was conceived as a powerful data collection tool with significant long-term potential.

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