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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Building Automation Startup 75F Ties for First Place in GreenBiz VERGE Accelerate

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“BURNSVILLE, Minn., Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After a video submission, crowd-sourced voting and a judge review process, 75F was chosen as one of 14 finalists to take the stage in the Accelerate Pitch at the GreenBiz VERGE Conference in Silicon Valley. The attendees and live-streaming global audience voted for 75F to take first place (in a tie) at the Accelerate pitch event on Sept. 20th. View the 75F Accelerate presentation.”

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Former Nerdery Recruiter Turns Tech Entrepreneur With Croocial

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“Tired of being recruited? Become the recruiter.”

That’s the motto of new Minnesota startup Croocial which has developed a recruiting platform that’s all about referral networks and bounty hunting.

“Croocial is for those who aren’t necessarily seeking a new job but know others who are,” explains founder James “JD” Dietrich.

The idea first came to him back in 2013 based on previous experience with technical recruiting while at The Nerdery during their heyday.

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Starting 11 Wins The 2017 Minnesota Cup High Tech Division & Picks Up $30k

Three division finalists gathered last night for their moment of truth in this year’s Minnesota Cup business competition.

Judges chose daily fantasy soccer app Starting 11 as the High Tech division winner, topping Extempore (2nd) and Team Genius (3rd).

Formed in and led by cofounder/ CEO Teague Orgeman, the sportstech venture was formed by six core partners in 2015 to bring fantasy sports into the game of soccer, making it more “active and exciting.”

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How Minnesota’s Own VSI Labs Is Steering The Autonomous Vehicle Movement

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Did you know Minnesota is home to a niche company working with the likes of Uber, General Motors, Toyota, and Hyundai on self-driving cars?

 

Founder & Principal Phil Magney talks about the genesis, role, and the future of a global movement:

What is the high level overview of Vision Systems Intelligence, also known as VSI Labs?

We examine the building blocks for autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies. We’re essentially a research and advisory company focused on automated/self driving technologies, artificial intelligence and similarly enabling technologies.

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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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Accessible360 Is At The Frontier Of Making The Web Accessible To All

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By Eillie Anzilotti

“Passed 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Title III of the ADA specifically mandates that all public and private institutions and spaces render themselves accessible to those with sensory, cognitive, and physical limitations–think of Braille on store signs, sound-enabled walk signals, on-ramps carved into sidewalks.

But over the past year and a half, a string of lawsuits filed on behalf of people with disabilities against companies indicates that one crucial space has been bypassed in effectively interpreting the purpose of the ADA: the internet.”

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MN Startup CoreBiome Touts Microbiome Profiling Using Artificial Intelligence

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Newly Launched CoreBiome Touts Microbiome ‘Profiling’ ServicesBy Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

Less than two months after raising $800,000 in a seed financing round, University of Minnesota spinoff CoreBiome Inc. officially announced its launch as a new player in the burgeoning field of microbiome-related research and development.

The firm’s CEO is Dan Knights, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the U’s College of Science and Engineering who has attracted attention as an entrepreneurial innovator. Knights also holds a faculty position with the university’s BioTechnology Institute.”

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[Vote] The 2017 Minnesota Cup High Tech Finalists At A Glance

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Who Should Win The 2017 Minnesota Cup High Tech Division?

  • TeamGenius (51%, 179 Votes)
  • Extempore (43%, 153 Votes)
  • Starting 11 (6%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 352

Three Minnesota Tech Startups are vying for the crown in this years Minnesota Cup competition from the High Tech Division; alphabetically, they are: Extempore, Starting 11, and TeamGenius.

These entrepreneurs will be soon be making their final pitches to judges for a decision that could forever change their trajectory. In anticipation of that, we connected with each respective team for brief interviews (below) and a chance for our audience to cast their vote (above).

They were each given a glimpse of these same five questions moments prior to our on the record interview; take a look at how they answered and cast your vote for the TECHdotMN audience favorite!

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