Meet A Minnesota Tech CFO: Drew Fanberg, ClickSWITCH

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

Drew Fanberg is the CFO of ClickSWITCH

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

I started my career with roles in accounting and finance at two local Fortune 500 companies. During this time, I entered the MBA program at the Carlson School of Management. In addition to focusing on finance, I took quite a few entrepreneurial studies classes. Those classes helped me discover that I’m much more passionate about fast growing, early stage companies, and started looking for finance positions at smaller companies.

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Q&A With Minnesota Blockchain as a Service Startup Banqu

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While most impact initiatives are not setup to scale, Minneapolis startup BanQu is effectively combining capitalism with technology as a force of good.

The for-profit company has a global ambitions to lift 100 million people out of poverty over the next ten years using their blockchain as a service platform.

And after raising $2.5m earlier this year, Banqu announced a pilot with with Anheuser-Busch InBev in Africa last month.

We spoke with Cofounder and Executive Vice President Hamse Warfa to learn more about Banqu’s prospects:

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Q&A With Emily Reitan Of Allianz Life Ventures

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Emily Reitan is the VP of Strategy and Business Development for Allianz Life where she co-leads the investment team behind Allianz Life Ventures — the insurance company’s corporate venture arm based in Minneapolis.

How long have you worked with Allianz Life for?

I’ve been with Allianz Life for 13 years, starting in finance, and also worked with our CEO as Chief of Staff for a number of years. More recently, I have been in corporate business development and strategy, working on ways to expand what the business can look like 5-10 years from now. During that process, myself and a colleague formed the venture team that makes decisions around our venture investments.

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St. Paul HQ Merrill Sells Off Mar-Com Business

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Via News Release

“ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merrill Corporation (Merrill), a global leader in SaaS solutions for M&A, communications and secure business collaboration today announced it has closed a definitive agreement to sell its Marketing and Communication Solutions (“MCS”) division to a subsidiary of Toppan Vintage, Inc.

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U.S. Bancorp Subsidiary Elavon Acquires Virginia-Based ETS

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Via News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Elavon, global merchant payment processing provider and subsidiary of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, has acquired Electronic Transaction Systems (ETS), a financial technology company based in Virginia. The acquisition will allow Elavon to integrate payment processing into ETS’ software, and provide businesses a safe and easy way to access Elavon’s services.”

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St. Paul’s Qwinstar Is Part Of A Private Equity Fueled Fintech Rollup

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Via News Release

“Sidereal Capital Group, LLC announced that it has partnered with industry veteran, Larry McCarter, to consolidate three industry-leading payment solutions and services companies – Qwinstar Corporation, 3 Point Alliance Canada Inc., and CashTech Currency Products Inc. – within an integrated platform. Operating under the Qwinstar name, this combination creates one of the largest, independent, cross-border technical service providers for financial institutions, banks, retailers, cash in transit, and gaming companies in the U.S. and Canada.”

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Fintech Startup ClickSWITCH Banks $3.5m In Series A

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Via News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (August 8, 2018) ClickSWITCH, a turnkey solution that simplifies the switch of recurring payments and deposits for a financial institution’s new and existing account holders, completed $3.5 million in Series A venture.

The investment round was led by Commerce Ventures, a leading early-stage, FinTech-focused firm, Betsy Cohen, founder of The Bancorp, Inc., Daniel Cohen, Chairman of The Bancorp, Inc. and Pete Kight, founder and former CEO of CheckFree Corp. Several Minneapolis-based investors also participated in the round.”

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DealBoard Looks To Become The Uber Of Commercial Real Estate

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Via Star Tribune

“Jim Simpson is a matchmaker. His new website DealBoard.org helps property brokers and potential tenants be matched with office, retail, industrial and other space that meets their needs. The demand-driven site allows brokers and companies to choose their requirements for a space. Landlords can then send them the available properties that meet their criteria.”

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