Hoonuit Acquires Philadelphia-Based Tembo Inc.

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The acquisition train keeps on a rollin’ for Hoonuit. After making a couple of stops at the snatch-up station earlier in the year, the “data management, analytics, and professional learning solutions in education” company has announced the latest addition – Tembo Inc. The Philadelphia-based public assessment and accountability reporting company will head up Hoonuit’s Community Engagement goal of assisting education agencies in showcasing initiatives to stakeholders.

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BETA Startup Showcase: Pergatech

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BETA Startup: Pergatech LogoThe 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: Pergatech

Pergatech develops innovative computer vision and deep learning solutions for innovative brands to increase efficiency and maximize ROI.
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Startups Prepare for Gener8tor’s Upcoming Premiere Night

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Gener8tor is a Midwestern concierge startup accelerator, with a presence in the Uptown Minneapolis WeWork location. Their mission is to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for high-growth companies who are ready to take their business to a whole new level. Each cohort goes through a 12-week, hands-on program, and receives $100,000 of initial funding.

Next Wednesday night, their latest cohort will be sharing the progress they’ve made over the last three months at the Gener8tor “Premiere Night.” Each of the companies will have five minutes to give their pitch to a room of investors, entrepreneurs, and community members. This type of event is a way for these newer companies to expand their networks, spread the good news of their hard work, and if all goes well, increase their funding to keep going strong.

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TSD Integrates with Zubie to Deliver Advanced Telematics Insights to Rental Car Fleets

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn.July 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — TSD, the industry’s largest rental fleet management software provider, announced its partnership with Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics data insights provider, to give fleet operators a seamless connected car solution.

Through this alliance, TSD’s customers will gain access to Zubie’s full GPS/ geo-fence capabilities, and real-time fuel and odometer readings. These capabilities help TSD customers to save time by expediting routine tasks and improving fleet availability to benefit rental business’ bottom lines.

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Revel Announces Inaugural Healthcare Innovation Conference August 14-15, 2019

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“MINNEAPOLISJuly 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Representatives from Revel, a leading health action platform, announced Rev Up 2019, a new event to be held at the Hewing Hotel in downtown Minneapolis August 14-15, 2019. Rev Up 2019 is designed for change makers, innovators, and thought leaders passionate about making an impact in healthcare and eager to stay current with the changing healthcare landscape. The agenda for Rev Up 2019 will include forward-thinking keynote speakers, panel discussions, and sessions intended to generate healthy collaboration, spur new ideas, and change mindsets around creating healthier action for members, patients, and healthcare consumers in general.”

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DTN and Esri Strengthen Partnership With Expanded Services

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Image result for DTN logo“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, the leading provider for actionable weather insights, today announces its expanded partnership with Esri, the world leader in location intelligence. This growing partnership builds on the success of a three-year relationship and now offers even more comprehensive, highly accurate weather data to Esri customers.”

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Data Analytics Conglomerate DTN Names Steve Matthesen As CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, the leading provider of independent insights, announced today that Steve Matthesen will serve as the company’s CEO, succeeding Ron Sznaider, who will remain with the organization as the Vice Chairman of the Board. The appointment comes during a period of global growth and expansion for the company.

Matthesen brings a wealth of experience in working with organizations who rely on key data and analytics to drive better business decisions. He has a proven track record of driving innovation and growth within organizations.”

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CoreLogic to Close Bloomington Offices, Lay Off 185

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“Analytics firm CoreLogic Inc. is shuttering its Bloomington offices and laying off about 185 workers, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday. The layoffs are slated to start in July and wrap up by the end of the year, according to a company notice filed with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. CoreLogic’s Bloomington offices handle the firm’s appraisal business, says spokeswoman Alyson Austin. The cuts will be affect positions across the board.”

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[UPDATED] State Regulators OK Google Electricity Contracts For $600M Becker Project

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Updated 5/15/19 1:00pm CST: State regulators OK Google electricity contracts for $600M Becker project.

Updated 3/27/19 12:45pm CST: Sherburne County votes to grant Google a tax abatement worth about $7.8 million over the 20-year period.

Updated 2/25/19 9:30am CST:  Google wants Sherburne County and the city of Becker to waive 20 years worth of future taxes, a $15m tax abatement, and a $20m state bond.

Originally posted via Star Tribune on 1/10/2019 titled: “Google Is Looking At Becker, Minn. For A $600m+ Wind-Powered Data Center ”

“Google is looking at Becker to build a giant data center that would cost at least $600 million and be powered by two dedicated wind farms.

The data center, essentially a big building full of servers, was disclosed Thursday in a regulatory filing by Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, which is playing a big role in the project. The Google server farm would create about 50 full-time tech jobs and around 2,000 construction jobs over 18 to 24 months.”

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