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Three Twin Cities tech stars put their startups on steroids

While tech companies with black founders are still few and far between in the white-dominated startup world, three such firms from the Twin Cities have found some recent success in landing highly coveted spots in a prominent accelerator program.
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Tech firm's success may open doors for Twin Cities black entrepreneurs

The data is downright discouraging: Only one percent of black-owned tech companies are funded by investors.
But Clarence Bethea, founder of warranty app Upsie, is experienced at trampling long odds.
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This Entrepreneur Just Landed Close to $2M for His Business

The founder of Upsie, a platform designed to make purchasing and storing product warranties easy and affordable, just closed a seed round of funding for $1.7 million—a remarkable feat especially for a tech entrepreneur of color...
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The founder of Upsie, a platform designed to make purchasing and storing product warranties easy and affordable, just closed a seed round of funding for $1.7 million—a remarkable feat especially for a tech entrepreneur of color.
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Minneapolis startup Upsie wants to cover your spendy gadgets

With another high-tech holiday nearly in the bag, the founder of a Minneapolis startup that sells protection plans for all those spendy gadgets is gearing up for...
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8 Minnesota Startups to Watch in 2018

Over the last 12 months, Minnesota’s tech and startup scene saw a number of exciting headlines, including several big M&As and record-breaking venture capital rounds. It was an interesting year for the local startup ecosystem. Now it’s time to look ahead to 2018.
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Putting Consumers First in the Retail Warranty Market

Upsie’s creation story is simple: "I had a laptop. I needed to use the warranty, but I could not find my receipt or the warranty. By the time I did, it had expired."
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Last year, the top three executives at workforce management startup Branch Messenger decamped from Pasadena, California–based Idealab, the United States’ oldest surviving technology incubator, midway through their stint there. Their destination: Minneapolis.
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Customers Love This Black Founder’s Company–Where’s The Love From Investors?

Clarence Bethea doesn’t have the standard startup founder’s background and his company isn’t based in a big coastal city. So though his warranty company Upsie is doing well, he’s raised very little money.
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Announcing the 2017 Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target Startups

We are excited to announce the 10 startups that will be joining us in Minneapolis for our 2017 Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target. We kick things off this week and are looking forward to three months of awesomeness, capped off by Demo Day on October 11...
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This Warranty Startup Wants To Compete With 'Greedy' Retailers

While working for a big-box company, Clarence Bethea needed service on his laptop, but he’d lost his receipt, and his warranty was nowhere to be found. Frustrated, he founded Upsie. The Minneapolis-based warranty company now protects thousands of customers and millions of dollars...
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BIT Startup Of The Week: Upsie – Looking To Disrupt the Retail Warranty industry

BIT Startup Of The Week: Upsie – Looking To Disrupt the Retail Warranty industry. Blacks In Technology’s Startup of the Week focuses on spotlighting and promoting Tech based startup companies founded by PoC or have PoC in top leadership positions.
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20 Innovators Shaping Atlanta’s Black Startup Community

Atlanta is one of the country’s top cities for black entrepreneurs. In fact, according to a recent Survey of Business Owners (SBO), distributed by the U.S. Census Bureau, the State of Georgia ranked second (behind New York) for having the most black-owned companies in the U.S....
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Minnesota Business Magazine

Say goodbye to warranty woes

Stop us if you’ve been here before. You’re gazing with equal parts unfathomable hopelessness and unspeakable rage at into the pitch-black (or, perhaps worse, irreversibly frozen) screen of your crashed laptop or smartphone...
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Minneapolis Business Journal

MHTA Tekne Award winners include H.B. Fuller, Upsie and Medtronic

The Minnesota High Tech Association awarded Tekne Awards to 15 companies Wednesday. The trade group's awards recognize innovative technologies developed by Minnesota companies.
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Minnesota Tekne Awards

Fifteen Minnesota High-Tech Innovators Honored at Annual Tekne Awards

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) honored Minnesota companies and organizations committed to advancements in technology and science at last night’s 2015 Tekne Awards. The MHTA selected 15 recipients whose innovations improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the...
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Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Startup Showcase: Warranty-easing app receives recognition in national competition

The Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Mo., and home of the original 1 Million Cups, is in the midst of their first One in a Million startup competition. Out of 377 applicants from across the United States, two 1 Million Cups St. Paul startups have made it to the semifinals.
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Table PC Comparison

Extended Warranty for Your Tablet and Smartphone

I've never bought an extended warranty in my entire life, and until this week I had no plans to start. After all, they are normally a total rip-off, and I'm always suspicious of a salesman who is pushing to get me to sign something.
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