Minnesota [E] Commerce Captains: Brett Thoreson, CartStack

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Thanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our Minnesota [E] Commerce Captains series focused on local leadership in e-commerce.

Minnesota SaaS founder & CEO Brett Thoreson started bootstrapping CartStack in early 2012 and brought beta to market by the end of that year.

A few quarters later, the company had hit revenues and hired multiple employees. Now with team of seven, CartStack is at an inflection point as the business continues to scale under Thoreson’s guidance.

He will be speaking to his success, lessons and future at the next TC E-Commerce Meetup at Apruve HQ next week.

What exactly does CartStack do and how does it work?

CartStack is a shopping cart abandonment recovery solution for e-commerce websites and hotel booking engines. After the CartStack customer adds a JavaScript tracking snippet to their website, CartStack “watches” website visitors and will send retargeting emails to visitors that start the checkout process but don’t finalize their order. CartStack customers can set up their retargeting
email sequence and view reports via a web based dashboard.

When, why and how did you get started?

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How St. Paul Startup Ilos Is Optimizing Video For the Workplace

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By Kate Lerette, Twin Cities Business

“When Nick Stokman entered the workforce as a college intern, he didn’t expect to make a discovery that would evolve into a fast-growing company, let alone a company with 3M and General Electric as its customers. Two years after launching, St. Paul-based ilos has over 200 customers, from prestigious universities to Fortune 500s, using its platform.”

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Know This Nerd? Meet Sarah German

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Sarah German is a senior back end developer and local freelancer for hire.

 
What initially sparked your interest in technology?

In 8th grade, I was a guitarist in a band called the Ice Cream Señoritas. If you were into the underground alt-rock scene of Prairie Village, Kansas in 1998, you may have heard of us. Anyways, we were in desperate need of a website, so I made us one on GeoCities.

What was the first programming language you learned?

Learned a little QBasic in elementary school, then took an 11 year hiatus from the whole programming thing and later learned ColdFusion in college.

What do you do now?

Back-end development and tech spec writing for Drupal and WordPress projects. I work with PHP and JavaScript mostly. And spreadsheets.

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Beta.MN / Byte: FUNL

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

 
What is the name of the company and/or product?

FUNL – http://funlapp.cohttps://www.facebook.com/FUNL-117539128851992/

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

Young adults are rapidly shifting away from long-term, committed dating, to casual encounters and hookups that fit into their busy lives and free mentalities. FUNL recognizes the motivation within this population to seek hookup partners, while also acknowledging the many barriers of entry to doing so. By tackling issues from safety concerns to approach anxiety, FUNL is offering a platform that will become an integral part of young adult nightlife.

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Target + Techstars Retail Accelerator Announce The 2017 Class Of Startups

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Via News Release

“We are excited to announce the 10 startups that will be joining us in Minneapolis for our 2017 Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target. We kick things off this week and are looking forward to three months of awesomeness, capped off by Demo Day on October 11.

The focus of these startups ranges widely—from theft to warranties to personalization—and founders come from as near as Minneapolis and as far as Belgium. While in Minneapolis, the startups will have access to a range of mentors who will provide feedback, answer questions and offer advice to foster the startups’ growth and development.”

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Thank You For Feedback

by The TECHdotMN Team

It’s time once again for us to thank our readers for their ongoing feedback, directly and/or indirectly!

We 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!

What Do These Minnesota Tech VCs Have To Say About Due Diligence?

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Earlier this month, reader Kelly Kuhn-Wallace laid out a thoughtful approach for entrepreneurs to consider when vetting new investors, a topic not often discussed.

While there’s definitely room for more input and conversation there, we were prompted to hear from the other side about how investors view their own due diligence. This is generally known as the process of reducing risk by verifying what is being said by the entrepreneur, and the underlying facts about them and their business opportunity as its positioned.

Hear what four different reputable Minnesota tech VCs have to say about due diligence:

Greg Beaufait  – Dundee Venture Capital; Cathy Connett – Sofia Fund; Ryan Broshar – Matchstick Ventures; Patrick Meenan – Arthur Ventures.

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Minnetonka’s Medica Invests $34m In Mass IT Firm HealthEdge

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By Chris Snowbeck, Star Tribune

“Minnetonka-based Medica has invested about $34 million in a Massachusetts IT company that the local health plan hired four years ago to build a new administrative platform.

The IT platform from a company called HealthEdge integrates information from a variety of software systems including those for billing premiums, paying claims and managing care, said Mary Quist, vice president for finance at Medica.”

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Three [BIG] Minnesota Tech Events That Delivered Last Month


Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire


Held on Saturday, June 3rd, the third annual Minnesota maker festival was the largest local tech event of the month by far with just over 5000 people in attendance and 130 Makers exhibiting. This years great change was moving on up to the Grandstand at the State Fairgrounds, providing for a more condensed, centralized and intimate experience for all.

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