Two Minnesota Hardware + Software Startups Partner on Data Security

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“Minneapolis / Rochester, MN – In today’s world of vulnerabilities, leaks and data thefts, Secured2 Corporation and LiquidCool Solutions have partnered to develop an end-to-end unhackable, disaster-proof data security solution. By marrying Secured2’s proprietary data security software and its “shrink > shred > secure” methodology with LiquidCool Solutions’ Rugged Terrain (RT) liquid-cooled, high performance, ruggedized computing system, businesses can be protected from any form of catastrophe whether environmental or well-entrenched hacker groups.”

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MN startup CRAM changes name & direction with $1.2m in fresh funding

St. Paul startup CRAM Worldwide, aka CRAM, has made some core changes in the quest to better secure big data.

What began in 2012 as a hardware device + software system of storing and delivering digital assets for the entertainment industry has evolved into Secured2 — a pure play enterprise product targeted at the healthcare, finance and legal sectors.

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CRAM: The Game Changer in Digital Security

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“Hacked and stolen data has grabbed the headlines. Major corporations and huge government agencies are losing control of precious information — the economic, political, and reputational damage have been staggering. Industry, government, and major public institutions are in a near panic to avoid being the next Target, Department of Homeland Security, or other front page victims of hackers.

…Based in Minneapolis, CRAM WorldWide’s corporate motto is Your Data Is Safe. Period. This bold confidence grows from the company’s revolutionary approach to cloud storage and data security through a product called “Multi-Cloud.”

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CRAM setting sights on $2m second round

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CRAM WorldwideShoreview-based startup CRAM Worldwide recently disclosed intentions of raising a $2m second round of equity financing, according to a document recently filed with the SEC.

The filing states $50k has been procured, as the company is offering “units of membership interest on a best efforts basis to accredited investors” in $5k increments . CRAM closed on an initial round of funding ($600k) earlier this summer while simultaneously becoming a finalist in the Minnesota Cup High Tech Division. From the company’s website:

“CRAM™ is the world’s first portable home entertainment system that uses high-capacity hard drives to deliver libraries of content to your home. The CRAM™ media player gives you hundreds of movies, thousands of songs, entire television series or educational programming like lectures from top Universities. CRAM™ is the ultimate content experience and the ultimate conduit for digital media to the home or on the go. CRAM™ is led by a passionate team of executives from television, technology, software and the entertainment industry who all strive to improve your viewing, listening, and learning options. CRAM™, entertainment meets innovation.”

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CRAM Closes $600k First Round Funding

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Shoreview-based CRAM Worldwide hit a major milestone last week after completing its initial stage of $600k equity funding, according to co founder and CEO Daren Klum.

“CRAM is the world’s first portable home entertainment system that uses high-capacity hard drives to deliver libraries of content to your home. The CRAM media player gives you hundreds of movies, thousands of songs, entire television series or educational programming like lectures from top Universities. CRAM is the ultimate content experience and the ultimate conduit for digital media to the home or on the go,” says the website copy.

But like many startups, the website just doesn’t do it justice;  there’s no images of the actual device or real specifics of the strategy behind the business. However, having recently seen the new device prototype and software interface it’s exciting to see where CRAM is heading.

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The Takeaways of Starting and Growing in Greater Minnesota (Part 3 of 3)

by Rob Weber

Many of my closest friends in the Twin Cities metro tech community ask me for my perspective of what it is like to build a tech business in greater Minnesota.

Founding W3i eleven years ago in St. Cloud has certainly had its advantages and disadvantages.  Rather than answering this question solely based on my experiences alone, I interviewed several other greater Minnesota tech entrepreneurs for their feedback on this subject.

With so much thoughtful input, I decided to answer this question in a three post series: the first examined the advantages, followed by the disadvantages, and this last installment is about different takeaways for both the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota tech communities to consider.

Part III: The takeaways of starting and growing a tech company in greater Minnesota.

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The Disadvantages of Starting & Growing in Greater Minnesota (Part 2 of 3)

by Rob Weber

NetworkMany of my closest friends in the Twin Cities metro tech community ask me for my perspective of what it is like to build a tech business in greater Minnesota.

Founding W3i eleven years ago in St. Cloud has certainly had its advantages and disadvantages.  Rather than answering this question solely based on my experiences alone, I interviewed several other greater Minnesota tech entrepreneurs for their feedback on this subject.

With so much thoughtful input
, I decided to answer this question in a three post series: the first post examined the advantages, this follow-up is on the disadvantages, and the last will focus on how the Twin Cities tech community can support greater Minnesota tech hubs — and vice versa.

Part II: The disadvantages of starting and growing a tech company in greater Minnesota.

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Stealth MN Startup CRAM is Thinking Big

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By Graeme Thickins, Tech~Surf~Blog

“You say you want unrivaled access to movies, music, television, and educational programming at a price you can afford?  Well, Twin Cities-based CRAM™ Worldwide is taking you up on that. I recently interviewed CEO and cofounder Daren Klum (see MP3 link below) to try to learn more about what he’s up to.

His new startup is out to prove it’s possible to unlock the largest content catalogs in the world so you get true, unlimited content anyplace, anytime — free of tethered connections.”

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CRAM™ to Deliver TV, Movies & Music in *Actual* HD

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By Steve Borsch, Minnov8

“It’s not often one meets an entrepreneur who embodies all the elements for a successful venture: a great idea backed up by patents; surrounded himself with a team who will ensure that the idea gets executed; persuaded key players who understand and have contacts and a strategic view of the industries (and how to align incentives within it) to join his board of directors; and exquisite timing by entering at the moment the TV, movies and music businesses are in such huge flux that no one can predict who will win the hearts and minds of the consumer. CRAM™ Worldwide is the company and Daren Klum that entrepreneur.”

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