Fantasy Sports Company SportsHub Continues To Grow

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Via Star Tribune

“Fantasy sports is big business. Players spend more than $30 billion a year on gaming. The companies behind it make $7 billion a year. The leagues are now on their second or third generation of play — growing from 500,000 participants in 1988 to 59.3 million today in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. In other words, the fantasy sports industry is here to stay, said Rob Phythian, CEO of SportsHub Technologies, a growing company in Minneapolis’ North Loop.”

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Minnesota Vikings Owners Intro New Investment Arm WISE Ventures

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“NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Minnesota Vikings Owners Mark & Zygi Wilf and the Wilf Family have formally launched WISE (Wilf Innovative Sports & Entertainment) Ventures, an investment fund based in Manhattan. Focusing on early and growth stage investment opportunities in the sports & entertainment and real estate industries, WISE Ventures has invested in multiple companies to date.”

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Q&A With Prevent Biometrics CEO Steve Washburn

Prevent Biometrics is one of Minnesota’s most ambitious (and well funded) sportstech startups out there.

Led by industry veteran Steve Washburn, the company is based on intellectual property sourced from the Cleveland Clinic to measure head impacts — a major concern right now for just about every contact sport there is.

Last week, the company made a key acquisition with X2 Biosystems patent portfilio tied to a wearable product; this brings us to an interview with Washburn on all things Prevent:

When, why and how did Prevent Biometrics start?

I was the CEO at Shock Doctor from 1994 – 2009 during which I learned a lot about mouth guards and grew the company to a market dominant position before selling to private equity (twice, actually).

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Minnesota Timberwolves Break Into Esports With T-Wolves Gaming

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Minneapolis-St. Paul – In the first-ever NBA 2K League Expansion Draft, T-Wolves Gaming, the Minnesota Timberwolves organization’s NBA 2K League affiliate, last night selected Timothy “oLARRY” Anselimo with the 3rd overall selection and Mihad “I F E A S T” Feratovic with the 6th overall pick. Today, T-Wolves Gaming traded the rights to oLARRY to the Cavs Legion GC in exchange for Brandon “Hood” Caicedo.”

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SportsTech Venture Prevent Biometrics Buys Wearable Concussion Tech

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prevent Biometrics, the Cleveland Clinic spinoff that developed the first accurate, real-time system for monitoring head impacts in contact sports, today announced that it has acquired the head impact monitoring assets of Seattle-based X2 Biosystems.

The transaction brings together the two leading head impact monitoring technologies, Prevent’s Impact Monitor Mouthguard, and X2’s skin patch-based platform.”

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In Conversation With Angelina Lawton, Founder & CEO, Sportsdigita

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Via Sports Venue Business

“In this latest interview, we hear from Angelina Lawton, Founder & CEO at Sportsdigita, who we caught up with at the ALSD International event in London last week. Angelina, firstly, welcome to London and ALSD International. Could you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself, your career journey thus far and your most memorable career highlights to date?”

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Wellbeats Expands Its On-Demand Fitness Classes To Employers

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Remember those cheesy exercise videos from the 1980s and ’90s? Wellbeats is bringing them back—this time to your office. Thankfully, they left the legwarmers and leotards in the past.

Based in St. Louis Park, Wellbeats offers on-demand virtual fitness classes to health clubs, hotels, colleges and universities, multifamily housing complexes, the U.S. military, and now, corporate wellness programs.

“With workplace wellness growing,” says CEO Jason Von Bank, “expanding into the employer market made sense.”

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I’m Todd Larson, The Cofounder & CEO Of TeamGenius, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series!

 
Todd Larson is the cofounder and CEO of Minnesota sportstech startup TeamGenius.

What one word best describes how you work?

Tirelessly

What is your current device/hardware/office setup?

I use a Dell XPS 15 for most development and day-to-day work, connected to a dock with dual monitors. My MacBook Pro is used for mobile development and video production. The Flexidesk adjustable standing desk riser is my newest and favorite addition.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

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