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Minnesotan’s Launch Facebook Alternative

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Via Star Tribune (Did They Disclose? No)

“Small business owner Jeff Meyer of White Bear Lake and 10 of his relatives and friends are upset with Facebook. So upset that they’ve launched an alternative private social network. We’ve learned through stunning revelations that the $55 billion-revenue company, ostensibly formed to bring the world closer together through online-interest groups, isn’t just a virtual gathering place for people who like peace, pecans or Pekingese.”

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Twin Cities Startup Shooli Brings Shoe Repair To Your Doorstep

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Via Star Tribune (Did They Disclose? No)

“On shoe-boxing and delivery day at Shooli, a Twin Cities startup that aims to revive the art of shoe care and repair, a cobbler is replacing a worn heel. A marketing and design intern from the University of Minnesota is using sponges and solvents to test the best way to make scuffs on sneakers disappear.”

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[UPDATED] OnRamp Insurance Accelerator Picks MD & Dual MPLS + STP Office Setup

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Updated 4/17/19: Pooja Shah has been named the program’s Managing Director and they will split offices between WeWork in Uptown and Osborn370 in St. Paul.  Startup applications are open through 4/28/19.

Bonus: Deep Dive Q&A w/ the three partners.

Original 11/13/2018 Titled “New OnRamp Insurance Accelerator Is Coming To Minnesota” Via News Release:

“MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To invest in the next generation of insurance technology and innovation, Allianz Life Ventures, part of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, and Securian Financial have joined forces with nationally ranked
startup accelerator, gener8tor, to establish the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator.”

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AI Startup Equals 3 Has Doubled Revenues Year Over Year

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Equals 3 is a Minnesota tech startup cofounded by repeat entrepreneurs Scott Litman and Dan Mallin that launched in 2016

Their flagship product is called Lucy — an AI powered knowledge management platform built for the Fortune 1000 and the agencies that serve them.

While the venture has been heads down making that sausage, Litman came up for some air to share the latest on Equals 3:

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Minneapolis Fintech Startup Sezzle Raises $5.6m In ‘Pre IPO’ Round

Minneapolis fintech startup Sezzle has raised a new round of investment with $5.6m closed on per SEC filing.

Like PayPal, but with micro-installments, consumers can ‘checkout with Sezzle’ and receive a small denomination interest free loan at the time of purchase, on demand.

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