Thank You Sponsor: Franklin Partners

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It is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank you Franklin Partners for reinvesting!

When and why did Franklin Partners begin?

We were founded in 1994 to provide sell-side merger and acquisition services to owners of companies. Over time, we have grown with partners who have considerable investment banking experience working in firms such as Piper Jaffray, Smith Barney, and Wessels, Arnold & Henderson.

How do you work with technology companies?

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PE-Backed Marco Makes Another Acquisition

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Via News Release

Marco, a leading technology services provider, announced today that it has purchased ETC ComputerLand, a business IT services company headquartered in Quincy, Illinois. ETC ComputerLand has been providing its clients with technology solutions since 1997.

Many of its employees have joined the Marco team and will be serving clients from their current location in Quincy. Marco also has offices in Peoria, Peru and Rockford, Illinois as well as Missouri offices including Jefferson City, Columbia, St. Louis and more.”

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Perforce Software to Acquire Devops SaaS Perfecto Mobile For $200m

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“MINNEAPOLIS and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 8, 2018 — Perforce Software (“Perforce”), a global provider of enterprise-grade DevOps-focused software solutions, backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”), today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Perfecto Mobile (“Perfecto”), a market leader in cloud-based automated mobile and web application test software solutions.”

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Burnsville’s DTN Is Buying Weather Technology Firm WDT

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, an independent source of insights, analysis and decision-support solutions, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT). The acquisition further solidifies and enhances DTN’s weather technology platform and supports the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality and most accurate weather forecasts and insights. The transaction is expected to close following completion of customary closing conditions.”

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Growing Staffing Software Maker Avionte Buys COMPAS Technology

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“Eagan, MN, October 04, 2018: Avionté, a leader in staffing and recruiting software, has announced that it has acquired COMPAS Technology, an innovative provider of recruiting and talent management Software-as-a-Service. COMPAS products will become part of Avionté’s suite of staffing solutions to better serve the combined company’s clients.”

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