Drip’s Founders Leave As The Company Distances Itself From Leadpages

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Readers will remember back in July of 2016 when Leadpages made its first and only acquisition.

Drip was a relatively small marketing software company from Fresno, California that had been bootstrapped into a seven figure business.  Clay Collins, CEO of Leadpages at the time, came across Drip and made an offer to buy and bring the company to Minneapolis.

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Berlin Replaces Boehler As Bellacor CEO

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“Lighting and home décor online retailer Bellacor.com has appointed Jay Berlin as its new Chief Executive Officer.

A results-driven and team-focused e-commerce business leader with diverse product and multi-channel experience, Berlin’s 35 year career has included successful President & CEO roles as well as marketing management positions at Summit Sports Companies, Sportsman’s Guide, UnitedHealth Group, Northern Tool & Equipment and Fingerhut.”

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Former UHG Lawyer Joins Local Wearable Tech Startup BOD

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“Eden Prairie, MINN. (May 4, 2018) – Richard Nigon and Kevin H. Roche, prominent leaders in the Twin Cities medical technology industry, have joined the RxFunction, Inc. board of directors.

RxFunction, Inc. is a wearable technology company that created walkasins® – the first Wearable Sensory Prosthesis (WSP™) – to help improve balance and gait in patients who experience balance problems due to sensory peripheral neuropathy.”

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Growing Automotive SaaS Firm Dealer Teamwork Picks Alex Patty To Spearhead Marketing

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Dealer Teamwork is thrilled to announce the completion of a thorough search for a Director of Marketing. With great excitement, Dealer Teamwork welcomes, automotive professional, Alexandra Patty to the family.

CEO Sean Stapleton comments, “We have been looking to fill this position for a long time, and I’m proud to say we have found the perfect fit for our culture in Alexandra. From the moment we met, I was extremely impressed by her attitude, effort and ethics, and it is a great benefit to bring another director on board with dealership experience and a successful track record!”

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Amazon To Hire Additional 200 People For Minneapolis Tech Office

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“While Amazon did not include Minneapolis on the list of finalists for its second headquarters, the online behemoth is still going to more than double its corporate presence in the city.  Fast-growing Amazon plans to hire an additional 200 engineers and other IT workers for its tech hub in the North Loop where it now employs about 150 people, Amazon confirmed to the Star Tribune.”

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Edutech Startup Reflection Sciences Names Former Capella Exec Jeff Shelstad CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS – April 18, 2018 – PRLog — Reflection Sciences Inc. announced today that it has appointed Jeff Shelstad as the company’s chief executive officer, succeeding co-founder Stephanie Carlson, who will move into the chief science officer role for the company. Shelstad was most recently vice president and general manager at Capella University.”

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DIGI To Layoff 60 In Eden Prairie Under Manufacturing Consolidation

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“MINNETONKA, Minn., April 3, 2018 /CNW/ — Digi International, (NASDAQ: DGII), a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced it will transfer the manufacturing functions of its Eden Prairie operations facility to existing contract manufacture suppliers. The move further leverages the manufacturing strength of its vendors and further focuses Digi on new product introduction.”

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