10 demos slated for Mobile 3D

Mobile 3DOrganized in conjunction with the upcoming Mobile March, Mobile 3D is a demo showcase dedicated to mobile creations produced in Minnesota.

Each presenter will have 8 minutes to exhibit their product and take a question from the audience.

Held the night of March 16th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, the $20 event includes an evening of dinner, beverages and discussion with fellow mobile developers and enthusiasts.  A list of technologies on the docket was just announced:

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Accel Leads $52.5M Round In Cloud-Based Data Storage And Backup Company Code 42



By Leena Rao, TechCrunch

Code 42 Software, a Minnesota-based online backup company for consumers, businesses and the enterprise, has raised $52.5 million in funding led by Accel Partners with participation from Split Rock Partners.

This is the first major investment from Accel’s recently announced Big Data Fund, which is dedicated to funding infrastructure and application companies in “Big Data.” This is the first round of institutional investing for Code 42.”

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(Radically patient)

(full press release)

MinneDemo presenters announced in anticipation of tomorrow’s sold out show

MinneDemo Winter 2012MinneDemo is a ‘geek show and tell’ where local presenters have seven (power point free) minutes to demonstrate their real, working technology products.

Produced by Minne*, the event is Minnesota’s largest and longest running demo experience.  Dozens of companies and products have come through MinneDemo over the years;  many have tasted success, others not so much.

For those who didn’t catch a ticket, we’ll have a livestream available right here on the homepage starting around 6 when these nine technologies are scheduled to demo in front of a live audience 500 strong:

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CrashPlan releases mobile app suite



Bu Julio Ojeda-Zapata, St. Paul Pioneer Press

CrashPlan, the Minnesota-based online-backup provider, appears to be faring well against stiff competition from the likes of Mozy, Carbonite and iDrive. Until now, though, it lacked a key feature available from rival services: Apps for phones and tablets.

This is important because it permits phone and tablet users to browse the online backups of their computer files and selectively download such files to their mobile devices.  Today, CrashPlan remedies that deficiency. It is releasing apps for iOS and Android devices.”

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Founder of data storage backup firm has a plan: Grow but stay put



By Todd Nelson, Star Tribune

“If Matthew Dornquast, CEO of Minneapolis-based Code 42 Software, ever writes his autobiography he could call it “I Was a Teenage Software Engineer.”

A successful one at that, making thousands of dollars building and selling software to high school classmates and people around the world in those pre-Internet, mail-order days. And that was before he had interned and later worked at Control Data and studied computer science at the University of Minnesota.”

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Code 42: Who Are You?



By David Hill, Network Computing

“Although Code 42 Software provides consumer-based backup software for desktops and laptops, its focus from a money-making perspective is providing that same capability to organizations with a software/hardware appliance or services.

What is intriguing is that Code 42 is a self-proclaimed “most expensive” solution, yet continues to grow rapidly. How can that be?”

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Mozy ends its unlimited backup, local rival gets business



By Julio Ojeda-ZapataSt.Paul Pioneer Press

Mozy, a company that provides data-backup services over the Internet, caused quite a stir this week when it eliminated its unlimited-backup plan.

…One oft-cited alternative is CrashPlan, a Mozy-like service based in Minneapolis.”

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Misleading headline, but a nice nod to CrashPlan nonetheless.

Updated: Presenters Added – MinneDemo is Back on January 13!

by Mike Bollinger


The 9th production of MinnDemo will take place on Thursday, January 13, 6:00pm at St. Thomas’ Schulze Hall.

MinneDemo happens roughly 2-3 times per year to showcase real, working technology products made in Minnesota. In January, ten companies will give 7-minute demos of functional hardware and/or software. In addition to the Minnesota tech buzz, the event is known for facilitating some of the best startup networking in town.

Organizers Ben Edwards and Luke Francl have moved the event to St. Thomas from its previous location at Intermedia Arts in Uptown. “We’ve had such a huge level of interest in this event that we’ve needed to move it around as space has become an issue. We’re always looking for better venues,” said Ben. In the past the event has been held at Chang Mai Tai, Acadia Cafe (before it moved), O’Gara’s, and Intermedia Arts.

Updated 1/5/10 12:45 – The 10 demonstrations include:

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Meet Matthew Dornquast, the radical Minnesota Tech CEO who turns down Venture Capital

by Ernest Grumbles

Matthew Dornquast Code 42 Software
In an earlier post, I raised the question of “Who are Minnesota’s Radical Tech CEOs?”  In it, I proposed that if we want Minnesota to become a (top 5) hub for tech innovation with quality jobs, we need business leaders who get the connection between business, people and place.

I’m happy to report that our first Radical CEO is Matthew Dornquast of Code 42 Software.

Mr. Dornquast has built a formidable Minnesota tech company with rapid growth in the midst of a major economic downturn. Furthermore, he has an express commitment to the Minnesota tech ecosystem – a commitment consistently demonstrated by his actions within the Minnesota tech ecosystem.  In this sense, Matthew Dornquast is a radicalist with true community vision.

Key Facts:

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