St. Paul-Based Securian Is So Innovative Right Now

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By Pioneer Press Editorial Board, Pioneer Press

“As St. Paul strives to create a niche for itself as a home for technology and innovation businesses, it’s worth recognizing that it’s a realm not limited to startups. In fact, a homegrown business — one of our city’s corporate points of pride and downtown St. Paul’s largest private employer — is in the midst of a “tech boom” of its own.

We learned more last week about efforts at Securian Financial Group that involve a digital revolution in how its does business, including creation of a collaborative workspace at its downtown St. Paul headquarters.”

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Solving The Student Loan Crisis By Eliminating The Option

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By Shawn M. Carter, CNBC

“More than 44 million Americans have taken out loans to pay for college and their debt totals $1.4 trillion. For those in their 20s, the average loan debt is $22,135. For those in their 30s, it’s $34,033. And 60 percent of borrowers don’t expect to pay off their loans until their 40s.

Gregory Dehn, founder and chief executive officer of Kaleidoscope, which connects high school and college students with grant and scholarship providers, offers a fix.”

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RentTrack Is Ramping Up

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By Kate Lerette, Twin Cities Business Magazine

“Consumers have historically used credit cards to build their credit, but for some, that method has proven more detrimental than helpful. Identifying the need for an alternative method, Matt Briggs launched RentTrack in 2014, giving residents the option to build their credit history through rent payments.

Based in St. Louis Park, RentTrack is an online payment platform that renters can use to securely pay their rent while building their credit history. It’s the first and only company to report rent payments to all three major credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax).”

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HomeSpotter Intros Boost For Real Estate Social Media Marketing Automation

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By Patrick Thomas, Star Tribune

“The Minneapolis real estate tech company HomeSpotter launched a service Friday that automatically creates advertisements for real estate listings and open houses that can be posted to social media sites.

Called Boost, the service is aimed at making it easier for agents and brokers to generate sponsored posts for Facebook, Instagram and Leadpages, which have become
key to reaching prospective buyers. The online service is available on the HomeSpotter website.”

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