Blaine Tech Firm SPC Acquired By Convergint Technologies

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Convergint Technologies, a worldwide leader in service-based systems integration, today announced the acquisition of Minnesota-based Security Products Company (SPC).  Founded in 1976, SPC is a full-service provider of physical and electronic security systems, construction management services, IT and cybersecurity solutions, and marketing solutions. This is the 13th company acquired by Convergint in the past two years.”

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MN Tech Entrepreneur Aims To Connect Refugees With The Global Economy Using Blockchain

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“Social entrepreneur Hamse Warfa spent three years in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp in the mid-1990s before arriving to the U.S. and making his home in Minneapolis. He has worked on behalf of refugees ever since and now has created BanQu, a new blockchain app for refugees and stateless people who number as many as 65 million worldwide. Ashoka’s Simon Stumpf caught up with Warfa earlier this week to learn more.”

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TransUnion Acquires St. Cloud HQ eBureau

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“Chicago, Oct. 10, 2017 – TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) announced today that it is continuing to build upon its success as a source of groundbreaking, versatile data and analytics capabilities with the acquisition of eBureau, a leading provider of custom-analytic solutions with both credit-risk and anti-fraud applications.”

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Q&A With Clay Collins On His Cryptocurrency Startup Nomics

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By Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

“Fifty-seven days. That’s how long it took Clay Collins to leave his first startup and announce his second.

Nomics, which Collins co-founded with Masschusetts-based developer Nick Gauthier, aims to fill an unmet need within the market of cryptocurrencies, or digital currency, such as Bitcoin.”

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Clay Collins Is Already Working On His Next Startup: Nomics

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Minnesota tech entrepreneur Clay Collins hasn’t chilled much since stepping down as the CEO of Leadpages on August 1st.

Instead, he’s already moved on to a new venture called Nomics — a fintech firm focused on the cryptocurrency market.

“Nomics will be “Yahoo Finance for Crypto” and the internet’s home page for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.” reads the heading.

The outspoken founder tweeted this teaser Saturday morning:

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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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