BETA Startup Showcase: We Sparkle

by Valerie Lockhart

BETA Startup: We Sparkle Logo The TECHdotMN team would like to introduce you to each of the startups featured in the upcoming BETA showcase. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight each company, so you can get a better idea of the talent, hardwork, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The next company in our BETA Startup Showcase series is: We Sparkle

We Sparkle is a SaaS social enterprise that helps small businesses with their client communications via conversational AI assistant.
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Old School and New School Collide in Post-It/Trello Collaboration

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Old School and New School Collide in Post-It/Trello Collaboration

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In spite of a plethora of digital collaboration software and apps for team to choose from, there are those who have never given up their love of the paper Post-It note. Go to any workplace and you’ll find at least one desk covered in cheerful hues of the sticky notes. Today, 3M announced that its loyal band of followers can enjoy the best of both worlds with a new integration between the Post-It App and digital project management tool, Trello.

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Mobile Startup CheckNGN Connects Drivers With Mechanics

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By Neal St. Anthony Star Tribune

Jake Koelln and two partners this year launched CheckNGN, an interactive car-repair application business that links independent auto repair shops and young people with used cars. “I can change my oil,” quipped Koelln, 33, who drives an 11-year-old Mazda. “But I can’t change my timing belt.”

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Spark DJ App Adds A Professional Spin To Mixes

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By Jackie Renzetti, Star Tribune

James Jones had the problem that every college student wants: too many paid gigs.  While studying engineering and economics at the University of Notre Dame, he DJed three to four parties each weekend, and picked up opening slots for big-name acts like Big Sean. But he started stretching himself too thin, so he built a program that mixed music and took requests. He offered it to customers at a discounted price.”

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[Slideshow] See The Minnesota Tech Appearing At CES 2017

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CES — the largest electronics and technology trade show in the world is happening January 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   2 million+ square feet of space will house over 4,000 exhibitors this year, featuring products—and the companies that create them — for the consumer technology market.

18 different Minnesota-based firms are represented this year (down from 22 lasts year) and in alphabetical order, they are:

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Massage On Demand App Service Zeel Expands Into Minneapolis

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“NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2016 — Zeel, the first company to bring in home massage to your doorstep in as little as an hour, today announces the continued expansion of Massage On Demand into two more cities – San Antonio, Texas and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residents and visitors in these cities can now schedule and enjoy a five-star, spa-quality in home massage from Zeel in the privacy and convenience of their home, hotel, workplace, or event.”

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Who’s Driving Mobile Carpool App Launches Today

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“Minneapolis, MN: The Who’s Driving app, which aims to help parents instantly organize carpools, is now available for both iPhone and Android users. The new app eliminates the need for parents to use group texts, email chains, last minute phone calls and complicated spreadsheets to organize their children’s carpools. Instead, all communications about upcoming carpools exist within one interface in the Who’s Driving App.”

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MUROL Wants To Flip The Screen On Photo Sharing

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Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 11.22.33 AMBy Adrienne Clairmont

There’s a difference between a good photo and a great photo, although the subtleties are often difficult to appreciate in our current mobile environment.

Photo-sharing apps can go so far as to force a user to crop and compromise the integrity of their image so that it will fit within some pre-designated box.

MUROL is a new Minneapolis based startup founded by entrepreneur Henry Amoloja that offers an entirely new photo-sharing experience by presenting full-screen images to the user in landscape mode.

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