New OnRamp Insurance Accelerator Is Coming To Minnesota

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“MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To invest in the next generation of insurance technology and innovation, Allianz Life Ventures, part of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, and Securian Financial have joined forces with nationally ranked startup accelerator, gener8tor, to establish the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator.”

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Meet A Minnesota Tech CFO: Charles Wyatt, Total Expert

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Thanks to local commercial real estate pros CBRE for sponsoring the Meet A Minnesota Tech CFO series.

The CFO: Charles Wyatt, Total Expert

When and how did you get started in your finance career, specifically within the tech industry?

My finance career started when I was 19 and landed a job as an Accounting Clerk at a life insurance company. Growing up, I had admired my friends dad who was stock broker which got me interested in the field of finance.

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[Updated] Minneapolis AI Startup Travel Labs Raises $500k Seed Round

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Updated 11/2/2018 10:00 CSTTravel Labs CEO Parker Schlank says that they have capped & closed it at $500k, double what the original report noted; Tempore is the name of the product expected to beta in Q1 2018.

Original 4/10/18: A stealthy new Minnesota tech startup called Travel Labs is raising $600k in a first round of convertible debt, with $256k closed as of 4/10. 

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Red Wing Tech Entrepreneur Susan Langer On The Push For Capital & Customers

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Via Star Tribune

“The beta test is done, the app is out and now it’s time to scale. Susan Langer’s Red Wing-based startup Live Give Save has reached that turning-point moment when a startup begins the push for customers. She’s eager for consumers to try the company’s app, called Spave (a melding of spend and save), that lets them direct money into savings accounts and to charities based on a percentage of other spending.”

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Q&A With Total Expert CEO Joe Welu On The $20m Round

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Total Expert is a [B2B FINTECH] software company started by Joe Welu in 2012.  As a former industry insider, Welu launched the company as a vertically focused CRM and has since expanded it into an all encompassing “Marketing OS”.

By 2014 the company was achieving noticeable traction followed by initial investor attention in 2016.   Earlier this year they hit the 100 person milestone and Inc. 500/5000 recognition for ~ 1,500% three year revenue gains.

Just last week, Welu went to the next level with $20 million dollars of fresh venture capital from previous and new investors — launching Total Expert into the top 20 most funded of Minnesota’s tech industry.

Let’s hear what he has to say about it:

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I’m Charlie Youakim, Cofounder & CEO Of Sezzle, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series!

 

Sezzle was formed in 2016 initially to pursue ACH arbitrage, and after a big pivot they found a product-market fit by offering online retailers a ‘reverse layaway’ checkout service that allows their customers to pay with installments.

As a result of traction, they received $10m investment earlier this year to scale the team, now 30+ overall.

At the helm is CEO Charlie Youakim, interviewed here to learn about his habits and the the way he operates Sezzle on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What one word best describes how you work?

Determined.

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Total Expert Raises $20m Series B From Emergence, Rally, And Arthur

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“Minneapolis, MN – October 11, 2018 – Total Expert, the fintech software pioneer powering the marketing behind billions in lender and banker revenue, today announced it has raised $20 million in Series B funding.

The round was led by Emergence Capital with participation from Rally Ventures and Arthur Ventures, bringing Total Expert’s total funding to $34 million.”

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