Minnov8 Gang 217 – Feet Up, Hangin’ Out


The Gang talks Minnesota stories and then a lot about Google I/O and specifically Google Hangout changes. Hosts: Steve Borsch, Tim Elliott and Phil Wilson (Graeme Thickins is off this week). Music: Rocket Science from Brain Buckit. From the podsafe Music Alley. Discussed during the show… Minnesota Stories Target testing Netflix-like streaming service U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Dips 1.5% on Falling DVD Sales…  [Read More…]

What Comes First in Fargo – the #MidwestMobileSummit or the Spring Floods?


They’re both coming soon! And they may actually be arriving about the same time. But, no worries, the first-year Midwest Mobile Summit will be held April 28-29 in downtown Fargo ND, which I’m told is a pretty safe area of town from the rising waters that come every spring to this city partially bordered on…  [Read More…]

Minnebar 2012: Tech Geek-Out!


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…]

Apply for the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit for 2011


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…]

LiveBlog: “MN Venture & Finance Conference” – 10/14/2010


The Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference, co-hosted by the Minnesota Venture Capital Association and The Collaborative, is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, October 14.  I’ll be in attendance all day live-blogging the event, right here, starting at 7:45 am when the program begins.  For the latest official agenda, click here.  Initially,…  [Read More…]

Minnov8 Gang 85: Are Angels Crying?


After yesterday’s post, “Is Perception the Reality with MN Venture Funding?” we received a lot of email and some comments about the state of angel and venture investing in Minnesota. There is a lot of buzz amongst startups (and wannabees) who feel like this State is risk averse and a place where angels and VCs…  [Read More…]

Dan Mallin Presents MN Science & Tech Committee Findings


Pretty sobering assessment of our state and the future of innovation here….we might not have one if we don’t get moving in a positive direction! Minnesota faces a crisis of competitiveness in attracting high-tech industries, and needs a comprehensive science and technology initiative to remedy the problem. A 16 member committee of experts from the…  [Read More…]

MN Tech Rocks – Last Night Was Proof


If you weren’t at Minnedemo last night, well, you ain’t….  Seriously, for those few of you players in our Internet/IT community who weren’t there, you missed a damn good one.  I tweeted as I left about 10:30 pm (okay, I admit I tweet from my car) that I thought it was the best ever.  There…  [Read More…]

Minnov8 Gang Podcast – Episode 37


Our guest this week is Marti Nyman, a senior business development executive with more than 20 years of success in areas within the Energy, Telecommunications, and Consumer Retail sectors, and, most recently, was responsible for the formation and launch of Best Buy’s Venture Capital practice. Nyman, along with serial entrepreneur John Montague, are off on…  [Read More…]

2008 Investor Fraud Traps


Whether you’re an angel investor listening to startup pitches or an innovator considering funding sources, now is a time to be extra careful with anything related to money, credit, lending or capital of any kind — especially if you’re a participant in a social or affinity network or if you’re transparent with your blog and…  [Read More…]