MSP On Deck Podcast #7 And #8: Jamf And eBureau Acquisitions, Minnesota Unicorns And Recruiting To Minneapolis


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This is a 2 for 1 podcast post and starting with the latter one first…

Podcast #8 starts with Casey Allen (click EnterpriseRising | LinkedIn | @casey__allen) talking about the Jamf Software and eBureau acquisitions. Then Kathy Grayson, Senior Reporter at Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal(click LinkedIn | @mspbjGrayson) talks about how Minnesota startups can get the attention of business reporters.

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MSP On Deck Podcast #6: Amazon HQ2, Twin Cities Startup Week And Code42 IPO


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The next episode of MSP On Deck Podcast is out and was recorded September 14th.

It starts with Kathy Grayson, Senior Reporter at Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (click LinkedIn | @mspbjGrayson), asking me about my thoughts on the then reported “restrained” bid Minnesota was going to make for Amazon HQ2. I reply with an extended rant on how I think being “restrained” is a horrible idea. Short of me dropping a “f bomb” every other sentence you get a very candid opinion from me.

Casey Allen (click EnterpriseRising | LinkedIn | @casey__allen) tried to give me some perspective and makes really good points but it is clear I was not listening well, much. I was then and still am now very frustrated with how it seems Minnesota is making a pitch.

I still have a blog post to write about how I really feel about all of this.

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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.

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Minneapolis Recruiting IT Pros In Chicago

Minnesota IT Jobs 

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Good Morning Chicago!!!

This morning a number of my recruiter colleagues from Minneapolis and St Paul are arriving for a day of recruiting Chicago tech professionals ending with a 2 hour gathering at Motor Row Brewery on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago.

That’s right… we’re busting out of Minneapolis and knocking on Chicago’s door.

Literally.

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Minneapolis Recruits Chicago

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MSP On Deck Podcast Is Live And Focusing On The Minnesota Tech And Startup Scene

 

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I’ve been waiting for this day all summer.

While not quite Santa Claus arriving, a 7 lb walleye off the dock or the Gophers beating the Badgers for Paul Bunyan’s Axe… it might be next on the list.

The MSP On Deck podcast is live!!!

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #3

 

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2 newsletters in 1 month… I’m on a roll.

This one was sent out last Friday, July 14th.

You can view the email version by clicking Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #3 or below in a simple text format. Want to sign up for it? Of course you do… at the bottom of this post is a sign up box.

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter v3

Friends and Colleagues,

Good Morning and let's start with the obvious... no, I didn't create a new newsletter format and yes, I am still using this MVP (Minimum Viable Product). Good news is most of you seem to be OK with my "minimalist" approach for now.

In this issue I will be talking about:

- Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp

- MinneDemo

- Tech hiring in Minneapolis/St Paul and the Midwest

- Online Chat: Managing your tech and startup career

- Job search webinar

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Online Chat: Managing Your Tech And Startup Career


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Every year at MinneBar I do a presentation called, “Managing Your IT Career - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?). This past spring, 8th year doing this, I had an end of the day speaking time and still had a full room with people sitting on the floor and along the wall. I do wonder how many more people would attend a morning session… part of my group:

Minnesota IT Career Advice 

The past weeks I have been getting a higher than usual number of inquiries from tech, data and product professionals, along with those interested in the Minnesota and Midwest startup scene, asking questions about salaries, Minneapolis and Midwest tech jobs, what code schools to choose, etc.

So I am going to do an online chat… a webinar to answer the current most asked questions and ask attendees to send theirs.

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #2

 

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Why is it so hard to hit “send”?

I sent an email newsletter out this morning and felt a knot in my stomach as I did it. It’s been a long time since I sent one… 3 years. And back then I only sent one. Yeah, my email newsletter game has sucked.

But I am on it now.

Good news is the open rate and click through’s are high. Labeled as Spam is 0. Unsubscribes are higher than average but given the length of time since some would have signed up… I’m OK enough with it.

You can view it by clicking Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #2 or below in a simple text format. Want to sign up for it? Of course you do… at the bottom of this post is a sign up box.

Thanks for reading…

 

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Do We Have Too Many Recruiter And HR Events In Minneapolis And St Paul


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Since announcing the Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp (July 31 and August 1, 2017) online last night and through an email newsletter this morning I have received a large number of supportive messages from friends and colleagues. Those messages are similar with conversations I have had with recruiters, HR leaders, executives and civic leaders in Minneapolis/St Paul and the Midwest over the past months about the need to “amp up” the regions recruiting game.

There’s no doubt there is a need, and demand, for an event like this.

So let’s get to it…

Are there too many Recruiter and HR events in Minneapolis and St Paul?

Hell no.

Let me be more clear… HELL NO.

At a time when surveys say we are near an all time high point that workers are looking for a new job yet most employers are having a hard time hiring…

When a statistic says Minneapolis/St Paul may be 100,000 workers short by 2020 and other cities in the Midwest are struggling to get people to move in the area…

When there is a growing shift of people away from the West Coast…

Our region needs to a better job recruiting and that starts with doing a better job teaching Recruiters, HR pros, Hiring Managers how to source, recruit, market, hire, on board and retain workers.

So do I think adding a new event or group to the mix detracts from the others… hell no.

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Programming Languages Most Used On Weekends


It’s a winter weekend in Minneapolis so after doing some kid craft things and having some free time I decided to work on a couple of work projects. Not sourcing and recruiting ones but stuff I have been meaning to get to like a new landing page and slide deck.

If it were summer I would be sitting on the deck, dock or in the boat.

That’s the thing about weekends… we get to do the things we want to do.

So when Stack Overflow came out with What Programming Languages Are Used Most on Weekends? I was curious… what are my tech friends learning, experimenting and playing with on the weekend? What are they using on their side projects?

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