How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups

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Minnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy […]. The post How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups minnesota startups twin cities

University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013

Steve Blank

Minnesota is a wonderful place to hunt, fish, canoe, raise kids, and pursue lots of interests other than just your job. They struck out across the country and ended up here in Minnesota. I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation.

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University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013

Steve Blank

Minnesota is a wonderful place to hunt, fish, canoe, raise kids, and pursue lots of interests other than just your job. They struck out across the country and ended up here in Minnesota. I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation.

Minnesota Office Furniture: How High-Quality Furniture Helps Productivity In The Workplace

YoungUpstarts

High-quality furniture from Minnesota might cost more money than cheap furniture, but you can maintain productivity, knowing that it won’t break as easily as its cheap counterparts. Several factors affect productivity in the workplace.

Students To Make Biodegradable Plastic Bags A Reality

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Using technology developed by University of Minnesota biochemist Simo Sarkanen from its Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering , the four students started their company after creating a business plan around the technology for an entrepreneurship class.

JonnyPops – Frozen Pops Business Comes Into Fruition

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“ JonnyPops is a homegrown Minnesota company,” says Wray. They hope to rent a trailer to sell JonnyPops at the Minnesota State Fair, in addition to area zoos, museums, restaurants, and farmers’ markets. by Catherine Monson. Coconut Pineapple Paradise.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday of SXSW

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sxsw learning drinking minnesota austinWhat a whirlwind of two days. It feels like I have been here a week and an hour all at the same time. I am writing this as I sit on the… Continue reading on Austin Startups ».

Driving As A Courier Or Delivery Person

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You need to pay out for things such as driving tuition, a Minnesota Permit Practice Test if you live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for example, and the final test before you can take to the road as a fully qualified driver. Wherever you live, learning to drive is not cheap.

What Cities Will Be Hot for Entrepreneurship in 2011?

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Image credits: Minnesota Historical Society (via Flickr ). Here at ReadWriteStart, we frequently profile cities outside Silicon Valley that are thriving hot-spots for tech entrepreneurship.

Does Your Small Business Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

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by Veronica Baxter. Perhaps. Statutory workers’ compensation laws are particular to each state, but in general, businesses having employees that are not large enough to self-insure must carry workers’ comp insurance.

Startup Feature: Security Expert Jay Hart talks Community Safety App MCALERT

The Startup Magazine

We are currently operating in California, Minnesota, New York and Florida and we just launched out new app making it easier for people to sign up — it’s available on both Android and iPhone devices as well as our website.

3 Tips For Creating A Clear Vision To Ensure Business Success

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John Collopy, author of “ The Reward of Knowing “, is the owner and broker of RE/MAX Results and its subsequent 38 offices across Minnesota and Wisconsin. by John Collopy, author of “ The Reward of Knowing “ Running a business is similar to taking a family vacation.

3 Ways To Prevent Employee Fraud And Theft In Your Startup

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In Minnesota, for example, someone convicted of embezzlement will face up to 20 years in jail and/or a maximum fine of $100,000 for items valued over $35,000. Startups are prime targets for fraud.

Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom

Steve Blank

Don then recruited Karl Smith from the University of Minnesota to pilot a class of 9 teams made up of STEM educators. This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience.

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Regulatory Tips for Medical Tech Startups Regulated by the FDA

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For example, in December 2018, Minnesota-based medical device manufacturer ev3 agreed to plead guilty and pay $17.9 Medical tech startups are regulated by the FDA and must abide by strict regulations at all times. For example, all medical devices must be approved by the FDA.

Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

Feld Thoughts

And – if you missed it, Techstars also launched a new program with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota called Techstars++ with the Mayo Clinic. I’m fascinated with Detroit. When I was there in October 2012 with my partners Ryan and Jason to run the Detroit Marathon we talked about the idea of getting more involved there in some way. Jason grew up in Detroit and has lots of stories there. He goes back regularly to visit his parents and Ann Arbor where he went to school.

How One Family Started a Successful Online Halloween Business

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The Fallenstein family started making and renting a dozen Halloween costumes from their Minnesota garage, and the small business sparked a lot of interested in the little town of Mankato. Interested in starting a holiday-specific business?

A Poor Investment? VC Firm Targets the “Underbanked”

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The Minnesota-based VC firm has raised $45 million in funds it plans to use to back startups that give low-income consumers somewhere to go for financial services other than the local check-cashing shop. “We There’s a lot of money in poor people.

Onward And Upward: Your Relocation For Work Guide

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Minnesota. Did your dream job make an offer? It’s everything you want it to be – except it’s in another city, state, or even country altogether. Around 11% of all job seekers in 2018 relocated. The next person to make the big move could be you!

What the Scrambling Quarterback Says About Business Planning

Up and Running

That post on smallbizclub.com was written by Pro football hall-of-gamer Fran Tarkenton, who was famous for scrambling as quarterback of the pro football Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, back in the 1970s.

Power Up For Yourself And Everyone Wins

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A top communication coach and speaker, Roshini has become the go-to person for business executives, authors, athletes and politicos who want to make an impression — clients include the Minnesota Vikings, Wells Fargo, Great Clips, Boston Scientific, and Community Reinvestment Fund.

Can You Track An Employee’s Cell Phone Without Installing Software?

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In some states, such as Texas, Virginia, Minnesota, and Tennessee, tracking company vehicles without the owner’s consent is deemed illegal. Being able to track your employees makes good business sense, especially if they are not tied to a desk or an office.

How to Create a 501(c)(3) Organization

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See this template of the articles of incorporation from Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In the beginning, it’s easier to learn how to create a 501(c)(3) than most people think. Section 501(c)(3) is part of the U.S.

Top 10 Worst DIY Tricks SMBs + Tech Users Take To Recover Data From Damaged Computers, Hard Drives And Mobile Devices

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Jeff Pederson utilizes his strong data recovery engineering background to manage the remote data recovery operations and Minnesota lab team for Kroll Ontrack ( www.krollontrack.com ). by Jeff Pederson, Kroll Ontrack.

Making The Case For Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs

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Rudy Simondi is an experienced retail executive and the founder and CEO of FLIPS, a comfort and fashion-focused flip flop retail franchise with a flagship located at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. By Rudy Simondi, founder of FLIPS and a proud Baby Boomer.

How to Start a Food Shelf in Your Community

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It serves 600 families per year living in the suburbs surrounding Minneapolis, Minnesota. Neighbors assists about 550-600 families per year through its food shelf, which serves seven communities in northern Dakota County in Minnesota. Hunger is a mounting problem in the U.S and abroad.

Leading Choices In Manual And Smartphone Employee Management Tools

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When I Work, a company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is fast growing employee management application founded in 2010. Managing employee schedules and their method of clocking in and out has grown easier and more reliable this year.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

Michigan: Detroit Van Buren Minnesota: Minneapolis Missouri: Kirksville Montana: Bozeman Helena Missoula Pablo Nebraska: Lincoln Omaha Nevada: Las Vegas, /usr/lib, 520 Fremont St Las Vegas, CHSI Technologies, 770 Pilot Rd. One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere.

Start The Learning Journey: Seven Ways To Turn Your “Smart” Kids Into Great Learners

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Another great way to find learning development resources is to search for materials on the websites of reputable education and psychology departments, such as those at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, and the University of Minnesota.

Sponsoring and promoting women and minorities in tech

Austin Startup

Many years ago I was sponsored by a small business owner in Minnesota who believed in me. The other day I saw the following tweet from Lara Hogan and it inspired me to do something about it.

Planning Your Fund Raising — “Measure Twice, Cut Once”

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re talking with a firm that mostly only invests in the San Francisco Bay Area and you’re in Minnesota, you’re probably wasting your time for a seed or A round unless you find somebody at that firm who is from Minneapolis and comes home 2–3x / year already.

[Review] How Children Succeed

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Through research in Minnesota, we learned that early parental care was a more accurate predictor of the graduation rate of students relative to IQ or achievement-test scores. What is the secret to long-term success? Why do some kids do well while others falter as they journey through life?

Twitter, Jobs, Democracy & The US Elections

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The event’s Tweetnote will be Tim Pawlenty at 9.15am PT, who is a candidate for the Republican party and is the former governor of Minnesota. I recently wrote a post about the open nature of Twitter and why I’m long on its future.

Business Owners Share Their 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

Up and Running

Kristi Piehl, founder and CEO of Media Minefield, a communications firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has a great example of how to do this. 2015 is here, and you’ve got plans for your business.

How To Improve Customer Service? Hiring Is Just The Start.

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Here’s a quick example from, in this case, the world of healthcare customer service: The Mayo Clinic is an extraordinary institution that has transformed what would be the middle of nowhere (Rochester, Minnesota) into a Mecca of healing known worldwide.

Naming Your Business: Process and Pitfalls

The Startup Magazine

This is why Minnesota Manufacturing and Mining became 3M in 2002 and why Kentucky Fried Chicken adopted KFC in 1991. Company names like Apple, Amazon and eBay evoke an image of success and cutting-edge technology.

10 Tips for Startups and Small Businesses on Naming Your Company

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One great example is Minnesota Manufacturing and Mining. Initially, the name worked because the business was focused on Minnesota. But once the company grew beyond their industry and the state of Minnesota, they needed to find a new name – 3M.

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12 Questions: Meet Connie Carlson (USA)

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Connie lives and works in Northern Minnesota. My husband of 23 years and 22 year old son and I live in beautiful Northern Minnesota and own a small hobby farm in the country, close to beautiful Lake Superior.

5 Things to Consider When Opening a Car Dealership

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These states are Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York. Opening a car dealership requires careful planning. Aspiring dealers must take into account the specific legal requirements they will need to comply with to open a dealership in their state.

When choosing Austin’s next City Manager, find a tech-forward candidate

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Spencer Cronk is the Minneapolis City Coordinator and previously served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration.

Kevin Durant Could Teach Businesses a Thing or Two

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In Minnesota, Stephon Marbury couldn’t handle making less money than Kevin Garnett. American eyes might have been turned skyward last night as colorful explosions put the stars to shame, but the real fireworks this weekend were going off in the world of the NBA.

Prospecting on LinkedIn: 3 Easy Steps to Finding Your Ideal Clients

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Since we are in Minnesota (the land of hockey), you just might have found a common interest, and could join the group and start building a relationship with not only this particular prospect, but other members of the group.

How to Get Past Cold Calling

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For example, if you own an ice cream shop in Duluth, Minnesota, when people search Google for “ice cream in Duluth,” you want to be the first result. How to Get Past Cold Calling written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing.