21 Out Of State Tech Startups Came To Minnesota This Summer…Will Any Stay?

21 unique out of state tech startups landed in Minnesota this summer by way of three different startup accelerators: Gener8tor, Techstars Farm to Fork, and Techstars + Target Retail.

Farm to Fork is only in year one, but we can look back on the facts surrounding the other two programs and get a sense of any gravitational pull these programs may have, while wondering if any / how many of the these 21 will actually stick around after the fact?

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Thank You For Feedback

by The TECHdotMN Team

It’s time once again for us to thank our readers for their ongoing feedback — directly and/or indirectly!

We continuously welcome feedback on stories, subject matter, narratives, data — on how we can better serve Minnesota’s tech community. We maintain a very open comments system, read every email [info@tech.mn], and also accept it anonymously.

Thank you again :)

Thank You Sponsor: MentorMate

by The TECHdotMN Team

It is important we recognize those who financially sponsor TECHdotMN because their direct contribution advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank you MentorMate for reinvesting!

What does MentorMate do best?

Headquartered in Uptown, Minneapolis, our Minnesota office consists of 50 seasoned consultants, architects, designers, and managers. We work with our local clients to turn their business needs into actionable requirements for our 400 Bulgarian technologists.

When/why/how did MentorMate begin?

Björn Stansvik founded MentorMate in 2001 to help businesses create transformative digital solutions. He teamed up with our CTO, Mitko Dobrev, to harness the technical excellence of Bulgaria. Now a proud member of the Taylor family, MentorMate delivers quality software at an international scale.

What differentiates MentorMate today?

Providing a personal touch within an international network of digital experts, MentorMate solves complex business needs by thinking big, designing smart, and developing fast for all screens, projects, and teams.

Why sponsor TECHdotMN?

We value the community connections and daily updates provided by TECHdotMN and want to ensure it continues!

How could Minnesota’s Tech Industry Improve?

The single biggest potential would be in accelerating education of technologists both in existing and emerging technologies across all socio-economic levels.

[REPEAT] Lisa & Klaus Schneegans [2]

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REPEAT is a special interview series underwritten by CliftonLarsonAllen where we take a deep dive inside the minds of Minnesota’s rare repeat technology entrepreneurs.  Repeat means to start a tech company, exit said company, and return start another one.

Lisa Schneegans and Klaus Schneegans are not only unique for their previous start and sale of software company Praxis to SAP in 2006, but also because they operate together in life and in business, married in both respects. Back at it now, their current pursuit is Buzz360, a platform for SMBs, conservative campaigns, and similar organizations who want to connect with constituents. Part 1 can be read here.

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[Updated] Does Minnesota Tech Need More Arbitrary Popularity Contests?

by The TECHdotMN Team

[Updated 7/27/18] – We ran a poll over the past ~10 days to get a sense of what our audience thinks; of 261 overall votes – 187 voted no, 51 voted yes, and 23 said maybe. This is some good feedback to consider that will help shape things going forward, since there’s always more to learn and improve upon as a community.

It would be interesting to hear comments from anyone willing to use their real name and elaborate on why they voted the way they did.

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Target Shifts Cloud Computing Business To Google

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Via Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

Target Corp. is shifting some of its cloud-computing business to Google, a move that follows reports that the retailer wanted to scale back its relationship with Amazon Web Services. Minneapolis-based Target is “migrating three areas of its business to Google Cloud platform,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai during an earnings call Monday. Mike McNamara — Target’s executive vice president, chief information and digital officer — is also a speaker at the Google Cloud Next conference Tuesday.”

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Thank You For Feedback

by The TECHdotMN Team

It’s time once again for us to thank our readers for their ongoing feedback — directly and/or indirectly!

We continuously welcome feedback on stories, subject matter, narratives, data — on how we can better serve Minnesota’s tech community. We maintain a very open comments system, read every email [info@tech.mn], and also accept it anonymously.

Thank you again :)

[REPEAT] Mitch Coopet & Brian Bispala [2]

REPEAT is a special interview series underwritten by CliftonLarsonAllen where we take a deep dive inside the minds of Minnesota’s rare repeat technology entrepreneurs.  Repeat means to start a tech company, exit said company, and return start another one.

Mitch Coopet and Brian Bispala (together with Matthew Dornquast) co-founded Code42 in 2001 after they had met two years prior through industry. Code42 has grown up to hundreds of employees and $135M+ in VC funding, though all three of the company’s original founders have since departed.

Coopet and Bispala have teamed up again on Rambl, enture backed startup focused on AI enhanced sales calls with their product Rambl. Part one can be read here.

What did you start collaborating on when you met back in 1999?

Bispala: We were making money together with a team by providing consulting services for the first few years while we experimented with a variety of products on the side. Eventually, we began working on Crashplan, Code42’s flagship backup product, back in 2005/2006 with a group of about 10 people including Matthew Dornquast who would become CEO.

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