Q&A with ThisClicks VP of Marketing Sujan Patel

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By Todd Nelson, Star Tribune

“Internet marketer Sujan Patel, leaving his former firm if not his heart in San Francisco, is the new vice president of marketing at ThisClicks, a St. Paul labor management tech company.

Patel said he left Silicon Valley to take advantage of the opportunity to join both a rapidly growing start-up and a surprisingly active Twin Cities tech community.”

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St. Paul tech entrepreneur Chad Halvorson earns Inc. 35 under 35

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By Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Inc.com

Chad Halvorson thought he had it pretty good as far as high school jobs go in the blustery small town of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; he was a bag boy at the local grocery store. One detail irked him, though: having to stop by the store on his days off to check the schedule and, sometimes, request to change shifts.

In 1998, he plunked down $100 of his hard-earned cash to do something about that fact (it was also something that baffled his parents): He registered the Internet domain WhenIWork.com.”

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Veteran software exec John Tedesco joins the board of thisCLICKS

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thisCLICKSJohn Tedesco has started, finished, won, lost and drawn.  This month, he continues making that entrepreneurial sausage as a director with St. Paul startup thisCLICKS.

Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2011, Tedesco has worked with Ovative/Group and most recently he became the COO and Minneapolis startup Sport Ngin.  He’s also a Minnesota Cup mentor, a MESA advisor and board member at Nouvant, a U of M software spinout.

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thisCLICKS spins-out App Data Room into standalone startup

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AppDataRoomSt. Paul-based thisCLICKS has officially released App Data Room into the wild under guidance of CEO Orrin Broberg.

The history dates back to a time when thisCLICKS was pursuing a variety of software development products, one of which involved a project with digital marketing agency Meditech Communications.

While App Data Room showed early promise as a mobile sales tool, thisCLICKS CEO Chad Halvorson was faced with a dilemma of competing interests.  As he focused more on growing When I Work — which went on to see $4m in VC — App Data Room took a backseat.

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Updated: Minnesota tech startups raised ~$50m in Q1 2014

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pile-of-moneyAt least 16 40 Minnesota tech ventures raised $40m+ $50m investment capital in the first quarter of 2014, according to information collected and analyzed from January 1 through March 31, 2014.

The data includes on the record activity compiled from multiple sources. This proxy of current local funding activity and trends is a worse case scenario as there are always undisclosed transactions not factored.    It goes well beyond what you would read in the legacy media [2] — which tends to ignore a lot of startup funding (why?).

Relative to the same period last year, 24 different companies received $28m.  The largest deal of Q1 is Sport Ngin @$15m; median Q1 deal is ~$650k and the smallest deal was Leav’s $22k crowdfunding.

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