Q&A With Doug Berg On The MyAlerts Sale To Think3

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Repeat Minneota Tech entrepreneur Doug Berg has done it again — this time with the start, scale, and sale of MyAlerts to Think3, announced yesterday.

We reached out to hear more about the deal from the source:

Why the decision to sell?

It was a long time coming…we’ve been at it for nearly six years here, I mean not that it was forever, but we’ve been in perpetual fundraising and business building mode for some time…

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St. Paul Tech Startup ilos Pulls Key Execs With Google And Rackspace History

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“ST PAUL, MN — Fast growing interactive video startup ilos videos is recruiting high profile players from Google and Rackspace to lead their executive team. ilos is a leader in the interactive video space. Customers leverage ilos to communicate visual information that is better shown via a screen recording or video message than written out with text. With the platform, users can record their screens or webcams, and then add quizzing, surveys, and comments right on the videos to ensure that the message is communicated successfully.”

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Doug Berg’s VC-Backed MyAlerts Purchased By Austin Firm Think3

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“AUSTIN, Texas, June 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Think3, has acquired MyAlerts Inc., an e-commerce marketing platform used by top retail and consumer sites to capture purchase intent, driving consumers back to sites at a rate of 5-10 times and converting browsers into buyers.”

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10 Questions With Flipgrid CEO Jim Leslie On The Microsoft Acquisition

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Microsoft’s education division announced yesterday the acquisition of Minneapolis’ own edutech startup Flipgrid.

Charles Miller created Flipgrid with the help of Bradford Hosack inside the University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Media Lab in 2012.

In 2015, Miller united with CEO Jim Leslie and director Phil Soran to spin Flipgrid out of the University (originally called Vidku).  Together, they achieved an unusually large and fast fundraise to the tune of “$17 million in 17 days,” as the story goes.

After some time in market, Flipgrid made a deliberate decision that would yield the type of traction necessary to reach meaningful scale: pulling out of the enterprise video market and returning to its classroom collaboration roots.

In the 12-24 months that followed, the fledgling venture matured from some 30k users to 20 million Pre-K – PhD educators, students and families spanning 180 countries around the world.  We asked Leslie 10 relevant questions regarding the Microsoft milestone:

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