Q&A With Sezzle CEO Charlie Youakim On The $100m Raise

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On November 15th, Minnesota fintech startup Sezzle announced a $100m funding round to grow its online retail payments business.

Like PayPal, but with micro-installments, consumers can ‘checkout with Sezzle’ and receive a small denomination interest free loan at the time of purchase, on demand.   So by partnering with Sezzle, ecommerce merchants can effectively make more sales by giving their customers more purchasing power.

Sezzle has previously raised ~$12m in equity (most of which came earlier this May) and now CEO Charlie Youkim explains where things are at following the latest milestone:

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Q&A With Gener8tor, Allianz, And Securian Around The OnRamp Insurance Accelerator Coming To Minnesota

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Last week, it was announced that gener8tor has teamed up with Allianz Life Ventures and Securian Financial to launch the Onramp Insurance Accelerator in Minnesota next year. We spoke with the three respective organizations — Troy Vosseller of Gener8tor, Liz Carraro at Securian, and Emily Reitan of Allianz Life Ventures — to hear more about what’s in store:

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Q&A With Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Projecting Apple’s explosive success years before the iPhone and predicting its move into the living room with the AppleTV six years before its announcement made Gene Munster a legendary figure among tech investors worldwide. But it’s only more recently—after leaving investment firm Piper Jaffray after 21 years and launching his technology-focused research and venture capital firm Loup Ventures in 2017—that Munster has become a fixture in business news as he shares his takes on Tesla, Apple, and the tech industry at large.”

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[UPDATED] The Top 20 VC Backed Tech Ventures In Minnesota

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Updated as of 11/20/18: An examination of Minnesota based technology companies based on the gross amount of investment capital received since inception.  Excluding Private Equity (majority buyout) deals & debt financing, here are Minnesota’s 20 most funded tech firms based on public disclosure and years of archived reporting:

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