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Dreaming of ‘Purple Rain’ on your wedding day? With no live music, First Avenue booking famous stage for private events

The pandemic has forced the iconic Minneapolis music venue to get creative.

MINNEAPOLIS — Whether you dream of a “White Wedding,” or “Purple Rain” on your wedding day, you’ll soon have the rare opportunity to book iconic music venue First Avenue as a wedding venue.

“Lucinda Williams actually got married on stage here,” said First Avenue marketing director Ashley Ryan. “We’ve had a couple of staff get married in the 7th St entry, but normally October, November, even into December, it’s our busiest time of year.”

If booking weddings sounds like selling out, Ryan says that’s the hope. For months, live music venues in Minnesota and most other states have sat in silence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have staff who have worked here for 20-30 years and since mid-March they’ve been out of work,” Ryan said. “So any kind of event that we can do to get people

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The pitch deck timeshare booking startup Koala used to nab $3.4 million

  • Koala, a timeshare marketplace that is attempting to bring Airbnb-style digital marketplace to the old-school timeshare industry, launched in August of this year. 
  • Earlier this year, the company raised a $3.4 million Series A round from real estate investors Ira Lubert and Dean Adler.
  • The company provided Business Insider with a copy of the pitch deck it used to raise that Series A round. 
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Short-term rental startup Koala launched an online marketplace for timeshares in August, hoping to bring Airbnb-style digital transformation to a decidedly old-school form of travel.

The company raised a $3.4 million Series A round in March, which funded the launch. KOALA got the funding just as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the world’s economy, and was led by real estate investors Ira Lubert and Dean Adler, the founders of private equity real estate fund Lubert-Adler.

Timeshares, which

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