Minnesota Serial-Entrepreneur Rockstar Phil Soran Is Now a VC

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News broke today about the founding of a new venture capital firm composed mainly of Minnesota names, including partners from a VC firm with a name familiar to many here in Minnesota that is now being retired. Four Minnesotans, plus a transplanted one, form the core of the new firm, Icon Venture Partners (no web…  [Read More…]

A Minnesota Startup Returns from Silicon Valley, Wiser and Richer

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Well, let’s say nicely funded, anyway — a fully subscribed seed round that fulfills their near-term capital needs. I wanted to write a post to report the latest update on this amazing Minnesota tech startup: Kidblog. You’ve seen me write about these guys before:  earlier this summer … and almost a year ago when I…  [Read More…]

Minnebar 2012: Tech Geek-Out!

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Minnesota’s annual barcamp un-conference, aka Minnebar, returned for a seventh consecutive year on Saturday, April 7, and it was a blockbuster! Held again at Best Buy’s corporate headquarters in Richfield, the event attracted some 1300, the most in its history. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger — and better!  A pre-party the night before…  [Read More…]

More Fuel for NGIN

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TST Media, the creators of the NGIN software platform has scored a round of financing led by El Dorado Ventures. When the ink dried on the agreement last week TST had secured $3.5 million to “grow existing business partnerships, drive software innovations and expand their talent base.” TST Media CEO and co-founder, Justin Kaufenberg noted…  [Read More…]

Workface Lands $900k in Venture Capital

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We were delighted to see that friend of Minnov8, Lief Larson and crew, have landed $900k to accelerate their vision of delivering a platform to maximize sales force and customer service engagement for organizations. The Gang has used Workface’ profiles since the beginning and have watched this startup closely as they’ve continued to execute on…  [Read More…]

Apply for the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit for 2011

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If you are raising capital for your tech startup, get certified for the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit as early as possible this year. The Angel Tax Credit is a huge incentive for investors. It helps them manage the risk associated with new ventures, and it may also indicate that your company is a safer bet…  [Read More…]

Minnov8 Gang 101 – Is Tech a Bubble?

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We discuss a range of topics but the “Gang Mentality” segment covers what some are viewing as a “tech bubble” that is bound to burst. Listen and see if you agree or disagree. Hosts: Steve Borsch, Tim Elliott and Graeme Thickins (Phil Wilson is off this week) Music: Nony Zero & their song “Surfin’ the Blast Wave”…  [Read More…]

In Its 24th Year, Venture Conference Asks If Minnesota Has ‘Lost It’

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We’ll find out Thursday, because I’ll be there to live-blog it all: the proceedings of the annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center, co-hosted as always by the Minnesota Venture Capital Association and The Collaborative. The blue-suit crowd will turn out once more to hash over where, oh, where is venture…  [Read More…]

Making Rain in Bloomington

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Today was the first day of the Rainmaker’s Conference, the 7th Annual event that brings together RAIN Fund members (an angel investment fund), entrepreneurs, investors and sponsors. The intent is networking, education, and exposure to RAIN fund entrepreneurs as well as numerous other startups in order to expose their companies to this key group of…  [Read More…]