Modern manufacturing is a technology-driven enterprise. It’s simply not optional for manufacturers to keep abreast of technological changes pertinent to their industries. Those that do, thrive; those that don’t, struggle. It might be essential, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Read More
Last September, local startup Astro HQ won the MN Cup Grand prize and walked away with $80K in cash. Its app Astropad turns the iPad into a professional graphics tablet for Mac, and the app has been gaining traction in the art community. Read More
Minnesota is fortunate to have bountiful water resources along with a seasoned expertise in water issues and technology. Plymouth-based TonkaWater, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, has leveraged this knowledge to provide customized solutions to water treatment problems across North America. Read More

The founder of Zipnosis talks technology with host Jeff Martin, who interviews tech executives while driving them around in his Prius. Read More
In the disconnect between agriculture and technology, you’ll find Conservis Corp.
“We want to help the business-oriented, progressive farmer, the one who’s concerned with where the world is going and is receptive to new ideas,” says Christopher Benyo, Minneapolis–based Conservis’s chief revenue officer.
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When the Ford Center opened in 1914 in what is now called the North Loop, it was an auto factory where an eventual 600 workers built Model T automobiles. Operated as a vertical assembly plant, the innovative space included a first floor showroom for selling the completed coupes. Read More

Damola Ogundipe (left), Jasmine Russell (center) and Mondo Davison (right). Photo by Tate Carlson

Mondo Davison is taking The Big Step.
After months of planning, the young man who calls himself “The Black Tech Guy” is resigning his day job to pursue his fledgling tech startup full time.
“I call it a leap of calculated faith,” says Davison, 31, who has put in seven years as a project coordinator with St. Paul public schools. “It’s time to give this my all.”
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People seem even more wrapped up than usual in their phones this summer, no? Blame Pokemon Go, the mobile insta-craze behind the distracted walking epidemic. Read More

Eric Taipale, CEO & co-founder of Sentera

When Lockheed Martin closed shop in the Twin Cities in 2010, a group of engineers decided to stay in town. They had worked on military drones for the British Army, but they found their knowledge could be applied to the consumer market. That was the beginning of Sentera, says CEO and co-founder Eric Taipale. Read More