New Forge North Council Brings Together Local Leaders to Fuel Growth

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Forge North Leadership Council

Forge North, a strategic initiative of the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region’s economic development partnership, has announced the formation of a new leadership council to help accomplish their ambitious 2030 goal of making the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region the best place for people from every background to start and scale ventures that build wealth by solving global challenges.

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Tech Impact Day Offers Tools and Help for Local Nonprofits

by Valerie Lockhart

Tech Impact Day for Nonprofits

Working in a nonprofit usually means finding alternative ways to make things happen. Employees typically wear multiple hats, and projects are pulled together on a shoestring budget. What normally isn’t lacking are passion and dedication. Tech Impact Day, coordinated by Hands-on Twin Cities, brings together nonprofits that need some kind of technical problem solved, and pro bono technologists willing to help them find a solution. This combination results in techies getting to do what they do best, and nonprofits getting the tools they need, so they can focus on helping more on their mission. Win-win.
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2nd Annual Graveti Summit in Minneapolis Next Week

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graveti summit advertNovember 2, Graveti: MN will be hosting their 2nd annual Graveti Summit. If you’re unfamiliar with the group, it was started by Alex Rodriguez, with a mission to expose underrepresented groups to the tech and startup scene in the Twin Cities. Rodriguez started the group while he was serving as the 2016 Google Entrepreneur in Residence for Minneapolis. Focused primarily on people of color, Rodriguez and his team host monthly meetups which introduce successful entrepreneurs to the larger community, provide pitch event opportunities for members, and give them a chance to regularly connect and network with each other.

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Recap of the 2019 Twin Cities Startup Week Awards

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Twin Cities Startup Week Awards Attending CoupleTECHdotMN is proud to have co-sponsored this year’s Twin Cities Startup Week Awards, held Thursday, October 16th at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The evening was such a great wrap-up to an amazing week of celebrating the innovators, makers, and entrepreneurs of MN. Nancy Lyons of Clockwork was an energetic, hilariously poignant emcee, and SuperBrush427 spun tracks that really set the groove for the evening’s festivities. Announcing and awarding each of the categories were the winners of last year’s “Newbie” award, the Coven, and Dominic Iannazzo of Ernst and Young gave the welcome kickoff. Read More »

NW Minnesota County First in State to Use Video Chat for 911 Calls

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An example of a citizen outreach page of Carbyne's video 911 software.

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Later this month, emergency dispatchers in northwestern Minnesota will be able to get a closer glimpse of what’s happening on the other side of the cellphone during a 911 call. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of installing technology that will allow cellphone callers to stream live video and audio to dispatchers when they call 911 for help.

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Disruptive Payment Solution Sezzle Completes Initial Public Offering On Australian Exchange

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Sezzle“MINNEAPOLISJuly 30, 2019 /CNW/ — Sezzle, Inc. (ASX: SZL), the highest consumer-rated interest-free installment payment solution, today announced it is now a publicly-traded company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The capital raised will fund Sezzle’s continued focus on identifying and capturing future growth opportunities through the expansion of Sezzle’s retail merchant base and product offering, including funding for product development and engineering, sales and marketing, data sciences, merchant and customer support, and general administration.”

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Eagan HQ ConvergeOne Is Doing A Reverse Merger To Go Public On NYSE

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“NEW YORK and EAGAN, Minn., Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forum Merger Corporation (Nasdaq: FMCI) (“Forum” or the “Company”) announced today that Forum intends to transfer the listing of its common stock and warrants to the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) (NYSE: ICE) from the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) following the completion of its announced business combination with ConvergeOne, which is expected to close on or about February 20, 2018.”

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Target Joins Google In ‘Anti Amazon Alliance’

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By Jason Del Rey, Recode

“Google and the country’s biggest brick-and-mortar retailers have one main problem in common: Amazon. Now both sides are acting like they are serious about working together to do something about it.

On Thursday, Target and Google announced that they are expanding what was a years-old delivery partnership from a small experiment in a handful of cities to the entire continental U.S.”

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Best Buy To Increase Spending To $700m In E-commerce Battle

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By Khadeeja Safdar

Best Buy Co. reported another quarter of rising sales but said it would increase spending on its e-commerce operations and supply chain to continue growing its business in a competitive marketplace.

The electronics retailer said expenses were higher in the June quarter and it planned to make similar investments in shipping, compensation and online operations in the next two quarters.”

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Target Is Plotting To Move Away From AWS As Amazon Takes Over Retail

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By Christina Farr, CNBC

Target is struggling mightily to compete with Amazon in retail, but it’s finding other ways to fight back.

The discount retailer is scaling back its use of Amazon Web Services, according to sources familiar with the matter, as the company aims to take greater control over its infrastructure and stop financing its chief rival. Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is the latest sign of how deep the e-commerce giant is moving into all forms of retail.”

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