The Gopher Angels are a Minnesota-based network of over 60 investors who seek to invest their capital and expertise from a life in the industry, into early-stage businesses. Since their founding in 2012, investors in the group have sunk more than $6 million into 21 promising startup companies. Read More

Photo courtesy of MNvest.

In our April issue, we took a look at a proposal for equity crowdfunding legislation called MNvest, that at the time, had not yet been passed. That changed this week, when MNvest was signed into law. Read More
Eric Faust, a Stillwater native, dreamed of moving to Duluth and opening a coffee roastery on the shores of Lake Superior. He always had a passion for coffee, and had worked for years as a barista and coffee journalist (yes, that job exists). He also knew that the specialty coffee market in Duluth was virtually untapped; nobody was roasting high-end, single origin coffee beans with care. Read More

It’s rare that an independent bank stays independent. Citizens Independent Bank (CIB) has been the exception — and a longstanding staple in the western suburbs of Minnesota for 65 years. Read More

Ryan Schildkraut. Photo by Joel Schnell

On a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter, it isn’t all that difficult to raise money for, say, developing a new product. Many ventures have used such sites to bring great ideas to life. But what if entrepreneurs could also go online to attract equity investments directly into their small companies, from investors of all stripes? Read More
John G. Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management-U.S.

John G. Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management-U.S., is the author of A Force for Good.

John G. Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management-U.S., is launching a national conversation about how finance capitalism must change to best serve society. Read More
With the U.S. economy on the rebound, imaging specialist Ikonics has been in a proactive growth mode, adding new technology, capabilities, and customers. Read More