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Twin Cities Startup Week 2017


Twin Cities Startup Week


Here we go… Twin Cities Startup Week (@tcstartupweek #tcsw) begins today. Well, technically last night with a kick off party.

This is the 3rd Twin Cities Startup Week… this year with around 150 events up from 100 and 50 in years previous.

A big thank you to Nels Pederson (@nelspederson) for organizing and coordinating this growing event. I don’t know how he does it and I hope that he is taking a vacation or some sort of trip after this is done.

Also a thank you to track leaders, sponsors, volunteers and the venues hosting the events. This is one of those it takes a village kind of things.

My interest in startup week this year is 7 parts:

  • Recruiting
  • Recruiting
  • Recruiting
  • Having conversations about growing the Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota and Midwest tech community
  • Networking
  • Business development, I’m looking for a late Q4 project and thinking about 2018
  • Oh yeah… some more recruiting.

Who am I recruiting for?

Click to see roles with Livefront, The Wildflower Foundation, Branch Messenger and SPS Commerce.

If you see me at an event and want to talk about the Minneapolis and St Paul jobs scene (tech pro or a company hiring) I gladly have those conversations. Don’t be shy.

Some really good news is how the Fly In Program has grown. Last year I was a sponsor of the program with 14 people flying to town to check out startup week. This year last I heard there were 35 flying in. More info on it below.

So far these are the events I am attending for sure (others will likely be added):

Monday

  • Financing a Minnesota Startup
  • Minnesota Cup
  • Women’s Pitch Fest

Tuesday

  • Beta .MN

Wednesday

  • How the Cool Kids are Building Significant Companies Outside Silicon Valley
  • Techstars Retail

Thursday

  • Mobilize.MN
  • Technical Architecture: Building and Scaling
  • St Paul Startup Crawl
  • MinneDemo

Friday

  • Startup Job Market
  • Twin Cities Startup Awards Party

Saturday and Sunday

Here are some links to media coverage

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