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Minnedemo offers proof that Minnesota tech efforts rock

About 300 tech types gathered last week for schmoozing and updates on such enterprises as great startups, partnerships, product demonstrations and even investment opportunities.

If you weren’t at Minnedemo Friday evening, you missed a good one. I tweeted as I left about 10:30 p.m. (OK, I admit I tweet from my car) that I thought it was the best ever. There was an energy that was not to be denied!

I’m including a few pix here — admittedly blurry as I swung a beer in my other hand. It was some 300 people shoulder to shoulder in an art gallery talking about tech, great new startups coming on in Minnesota, with lots of new relationships being formed, old friendships and contacts being renewed, partnerships being discussed — and, yes, investment opportunities, too. And that was just the schmoozing part!

There were lots of live demos on in the adjoin theater, if you could squeeze in there:

1. ArtsApp — like for artists to submit multimedia (Dejen Tesfagiorgis)

Photo by Graeme Thickins

2. ReliaCloud — a cloud computing platform that allows people to build scalable computing infrastructure on demand (Jason Baker, VISI)

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3. Pedal Brain — advanced cycle computer based on the iPhone platform combined with web-based data analysis (Matt Bauer)

4. MinuteBids — an online bidding platform that makes it easy for property managers/owners to request and get bids for their property maintenance needs from top-rated service providers (Jon Coudron)

5. Pedair — a many-to-many marketplace for people who love bikes (Andrew Korf)6. — Custom-branded MLS home search apps for Realtors on iPhone and Android (Aaron Kardell)

7. MileMarker — helps organizations capture ideas and prioritize them, making it easier to understand what to work on first (Bill Galfano)

8. Live Information Manager for Business — connects employees of an organization to their data and each other from anywhere in the world, all from within a single workspace (Roger Peters)

Photo by Graeme Thickins

9. Mobile Roots — customized iPhone applications for campaigns (Lynn Smith)

10. WebSlide — provides you and your clients with a private, secure, easy-to-use system for uploading, sharing and collaborating on designs without ever leaving your browser (Paul Armstrong)

Kudos to Luke Francl and Ben Edwards and their team of volunteers for pulling off another great Minnedemo! And a shout-out and huge thanks to the sponsors this time:


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