Arthur Ventures Backs Utah Marketing SaaS Startup JJUMPP

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“LEHI, Utah, June 19, 2018 — JJUMPP, a SaaS company that offers a powerful digital marketing platform for small businesses, has completed a $3 million venture funding round from Arthur Ventures. JJUMPP’s marketing platform gives business owners the ability to automate the management and monitoring of customer feedback and engagement, driving more traffic, referrals, and sales to their business. It also saves time by aggregating all the different platforms into a single user interface and automating much of the process.”

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10 Questions With Flipgrid CEO Jim Leslie On The Microsoft Acquisition

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Microsoft’s education division announced yesterday the acquisition of Minneapolis’ own edutech startup Flipgrid.

Charles Miller created Flipgrid with the help of Bradford Hosack inside the University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Media Lab in 2012.

In 2015, Miller united with CEO Jim Leslie and director Phil Soran to spin Flipgrid out of the University (originally called Vidku).  Together, they achieved an unusually large and fast fundraise to the tune of “$17 million in 17 days,” as the story goes.

After some time in market, Flipgrid made a deliberate decision that would yield the type of traction necessary to reach meaningful scale: pulling out of the enterprise video market and returning to its classroom collaboration roots.

In the 12-24 months that followed, the fledgling venture matured from some 30k users to 20 million Pre-K – PhD educators, students and families spanning 180 countries around the world.  We asked Leslie 10 relevant questions regarding the Microsoft milestone:

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Q&A With HelpSystems CEO Chris Heim On New Ownership & Tech Talent

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“CEO Chris Heim took over one of the Twin Cities’ largest software and IT-services firms in 2014. Before joining HelpSystems, Heim was CEO of Axium Software, a Portland, Ore.-based software company that was sold to Deltek in 2014. From 2007 to 2012, Heim was CEO of Amcom Software, which grew revenue from $12 million to $52 million during his tenure. Heim, who earned undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of St. Thomas, started as a college intern in 1986 at HighJump Software. Over a decade, he had a variety of roles before becoming CEO in 1997. HighJump grew from $8 million in sales to about $80 million in 2006, when it was sold. Heim, 54, a veritable graybeard of the software trade, said a key challenge in a strong economy is finding good people.

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Thank You For Feedback

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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 :)

Medibio Develops Apps To Help Detect Early Signs Of Mental Illness

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By Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

“Mental illnesses such as major depression touch millions of lives every year and can lead to catastrophic ends, as tallied in the growing loss of life from suicide seen in recent years in Minnesota.

….Medibio, an Australian company with U.S. headquarters in Minnesota, is working hard on a set of offerings that it says could finally offer an objective way to diagnose a range of mental-health problems without relying solely on subjective assessments by health care practitioners.”

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Thank You Sponsor: Redpath and Company CPAs

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screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-2-07-47-pmIt is important we recognize those who financially sponsor TECHdotMN because their direct contribution advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank you Redpath and Company for reinvesting!

What does Redpath and Company CPAs do?

We like to solve—not sell. To do that, we listen, and then provide, if necessary, certified public accounting services to organizations that value commitment, service, and long-term relationships. Our ears are as sensitive as a greater wax moth, or Galleria mellonella (look it up). So nothing gets by us.

When/why/how did Redpath and Company CPAs start?

The Redpath and Company technology team was created to address a marketplace conversation which indicated that the industry was being underserved. The technology team is dedicated to understanding our clients’ unique positions in the marketplace as well as the dynamics and lifecycles of technology companies. As a firm, we started in 1971 in White Bear Lake, but are headquartered in St. Paul now because we love the visibility and diversity of our fair city.

What is unique about Redpath and Company CPAs?

You get a great experience delivered through a model that places the client’s best interests first. We are approachable, practical, and seasoned. And as a firm that is 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), you’ll have the opportunity to work with people that understand what it means to have a vested interest in the growth and success of a company—just like you. Only a handful of CPA firms can say they are an ESOP. And there’s a reason: it takes a special group of people to understand that succeeding as an individual is great, but succeeding as a team is even greater.

Why do you sponsor TECHdotMN?

The Redpath and Company Technology Industry Team Leader, Tom Hodnefield, lost in a foot race to TechdotMN co-founder, Jeff Pesek. The original stakes involved the loser having to do the cinnamon challenge, but was eventually negotiated down to a sweet TECHdotMN sponsorship.

How can Minnesota tech improve?

Industry, educational, and government leaders need to continue to work together to address the talent shortage in the technology sector. This means developing policies and incentives to attract and retain workforce talent and driving curriculum to provide more visibility to the opportunities in the technology sector—along with the benefits of pursing a job in technology.

To the extent that our local universities can attract and graduate smart engineers, our tech space will have easier or more difficult recruiting. Overall, the technology industry in Minnesota is thriving, and like your wildly eccentric [aunt, uncle, or other particularly quirky relative], it’s not going away anytime soon—more and more people are discovering what a livable, loveable place the Twin Cities are, from in and out of state.

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