Updated as of 5/21/2019: An examination of Minnesota based technology companies based on the gross amount of investment capital received since inception. Excluding Private Equity (majority buyout) deals & debt financing, here are Minnesota’s 25 most funded tech firms based on public disclosure and years of archived reporting:
How long have you been working in tech for and what is your technical background?
I’ve been involved in technology since the early 80’s when I got my first computer, a TI-99, and began programming in BASIC.
After earning my BS in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, I started my career customizing and implementing packaged ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software. From there I worked for a small, post-IPO startup scaling and internationalizing (I18N) their web-based, SaaS e-commerce platform.
After that, I worked in med-tech on FDA-regulated connected care systems for implanted devices; helped transition a hardware-based driver compliance and fleet management system to a cloud-hosted, mobile platform; and even had my own mobile healthcare startup for a while.
Finally, I landed at Zipnosis leading the Security, Product and Engineering teams.
Thanks to local commercial real estate pros CBRE for sponsoring our new Meet A Minnesota CFO series!
When did you start your finance career and within the tech industry?
My first finance role after graduating from college in Denver was with Ernst & Young in 1993. My goal just was to get some public accounting and CPA out of the way but just one year into that I met some people working on SurVivaLink that was seed funded by Medtronic.
I joined as a controller, employee number 10, which was my introduction to the technology industry. In 2013, I left medical device and started doing contract CFO work with AVL Partners, now known as GO Intellectual Capital.
Coming back to that roughly one year later, here are some fresh hiring trends from inside some of Minnesota’s most funded tech firms: Code42 ($137m VC), Jamf ($30m PE), Ability Network ($550m PE), RedBrickHealth ($75m VC), Leadpages ($38m VC), Zipnosis ($20m VC), When I Work ($25m VC), Bright Health ($80m).
By Andre Eggert, Twin Cities Business
“Zipnosis said on Tuesday that it signed a lease agreement to move into T3—the United States’ first tall-wood building located in the North Loop. The move will nearly double the square footage that the Minneapolis-based telemedicine provider occupies. The company currently is located a few blocks from T3 and as of April 2016 had about 30 employees.”
Via News Release
“MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As healthcare continues its evolution beyond the traditional brick and mortar provider facility, Zipnosis announced today that it has hired an enterprise technology leader to further scale its virtual care offerings for a market that is hungry for convenient, quality care at a lower cost. Scott Brown, alumni of Medtronic with 20+ years of experience in building teams and enterprise-scale systems, joins Zipnosis as the company’s new Vice President of Product & Engineering.”