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 :)

I’m Chad Capp, The President of GymPhone, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to CoCo for underwriting our How I Work series!

 
GymPhone was formed in 2013 as an outsourced call center solution for the thousands of fitness centers across the country.  Today, the company counts 22 full time employees based in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

At the helm as President Chad Capp is who cofounded the company with Todd Huna and continues to run it out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  We spoke with Capp to learn about his work habits and the the way he operates GymPhone on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What one word best describes how you work?

ALL-IN (does that count as one or two words?)

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[Slideshow] See The Minnesota Tech Appearing At CES 2018

by The TECHdotMN Team

CES 2018 logoCES — the largest electronics and technology trade show in the world is happening this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. 2 million+ square feet of space will house thousands of exhibitors this year, featuring products—and the companies that create them — for the consumer technology market.

23 different Minnesota-based firms are represented this year, which is up from 18 last year:

Thank You Sponsor: InboxDollars

by The TECHdotMN Team

InboxDollarsIt is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank you InboxDollars for reinvesting!

What does InboxDollars do?

InboxDollars is a rewards program that pays consumers cash for completing activities via our website and iOS + Android mobile apps. Activities include shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, in-store tasks, and more. InboxDollars connects advertisers with consumers in a way that benefits both.

When/why/how did InboxDollars start?

InboxDollars was founded by Daren Cotter in 2000 while attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a broke college student, Daren’s entrepreneurial nature led him to exploring ways to make money online. He found success in the consumer rewards / affiliate marketing industry, and launched InboxDollars to bring a consumer-friendly program to the masses. By the time Daren graduated from college in 2004, InboxDollars was generating more than $2 million in annual revenue. Since then, the company has bootstrapped its way to nearly $30 million in annual revenue and 50 employees.

What is unique about the company?

InboxDollars has a unique culture that attracts new grads and experienced executives alike. Although they’ve been a successful business for over 15 years, they foster an entrepreneurial culture with the distinct advantage of having a strong balance sheet. Lunch-time trivia and epic Ping-Pong battles are daily occurrences. These values have landed InboxDollars a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for 6 years.

Why does your InboxDollars sponsor TECHdotMN?

A vibrant tech/startup community benefits us all. TECHdotMN is a catalyst for this community and InboxDollars is proud to help support their mission.

How Minnesota’s tech industry could improve?

Focus more on what we do well and the assets we have vs. comparing ourselves to other markets. There are many awesome, successful tech startups in MN. Let’s acknowledge and celebrate these success stories!

MoA Partners With Satisfi Labs On Location-Based AI Retail Chatbot

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Via News Release

“BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Dec. 12, 2017 — Satisfi Labs announced today a new collaboration with Mall of America for a unique location-based AI chatbot program to engage with consumers and provide faster customer service to busy shoppers this holiday season. The chatbot will live on Mall of America’s website, mobile app, and Facebook page, as an Amazon Alexa skill.”

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Hennepin Library Launches MnSpin Digital Music Platform Featuring Local Artists

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By Nick Williams, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“In a move to keep up with today’s technology, and lure a younger audience, Hennepin County Library launched a web-based platform that will collect and spin tunes by Minnesota artists.

MnSpin is the library’s new music streaming and download platform, which features more than 50 curated albums by local artists and groups. The platform is mobile-friendly, so users can access the online platform from any smartphone or tablet. Those with Hennepin County Library cards can download music for on-the-go purposes.”

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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 :)

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