Seven Minnesota Tech Projects Live On Kickstarter Right Now

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One minute you’re browsing the web in search of new homegrown tech and the next thing you find yourself in a Kickstarter rabbit hole.  From widgets to wearables, it turns out there’s at least seven Minnesota tech projects live on Kickstarter’s crowdfunding platform right now. Here they are:

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Wearable Tech Startup RxFunction Has A New CEO

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“Minneapolis, MN, November 09, 2017 –(PR.com)– RxFunction announces it has appointed Thomas Morizio as Chief Executive Officer of RxFunction, Inc., manufacturer of walkasins® – the first Wearable Sensory Prosthesis (WSP™) to help improve balance in patients who experience gait and balance problems due to peripheral neuropathy.”

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St. Paul Inventor Brian Krohn Combats Snoring With Soundly

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By Richard Chin, Star Tribune

“St. Paul inventor Brian Krohn has developed brain surgery tools, pioneered biodiesel innovations and briefed members of Congress on how to turn waste oils into energy. But the young serial entrepreneur with some impressive academic credentials also does lots of not-so-serious stuff, like an analysis of the safest place to survive a zombie apocalypse (answer: Borneo).”

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Beta.MN/Byte: Ecommerce Movers and Shakers

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

 
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Ecommerce Movers and Shakers

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

Ecommerce Movers and Shakers is a community of people passionate about ecommerce who want to connect with each other and share experiences and ideas. I want to give ecommerce veterans who have made great achievements (movers and shakers) a platform to share their unique stories of how they became leaders in ecommerce and inspire the next generation of ecommerce entrepreneurs. I also want to help ecommerce leaders and new ecommerce entrepreneurs by providing resources to build, launch, and grow ecommerce businesses.

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Macalester To Host 2017 Macathon This Week

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“St. Paul, Minn. – 110 Macalester students making up 21 teams will work more than 24 hours non-stop during Macalester’s sixth Macathon, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 10, and ending at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 11. Macalester students will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity for feedback from successful alumni entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors. No preparation work is allowed. Everything for the competition must be produced within the 24-hour period.”

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Minnesota Drone Startup QFO Labs Is Suing Best Buy, Target, and Amazon

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QFO Labs, a drone technology licensing firm, announced today it is seeking an injunction in Federal Court (Minnesota District) to protect its patents for handheld “tilt-to-fly” control technology it began developing in Minnesota more than 15 years ago. It seeks to stop the sale of consumer drone products manufactured by France-based Parrot SA at three major retailers that have a presence in Minnesota: Best Buy, Target, and Amazon.”

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Minnesota Tech Entrepreneur Clarence Bethea Alleges VC Discrimination

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By Ben Schiller, Fast Company

Clarence Bethea doesn’t have the standard background for a tech entrepreneur. He didn’t go to Stanford or drop out of Harvard like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. He doesn’t live in San Francisco or Boston. He’s black. And his childhood wasn’t easy: His dad used to come home drunk or high at night and beat his mom, right in front of him.”

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