Minnesota Morning… CoCo NE Open House, Blue Cross Blue Shield IT Layoffs And Gopher Football

With summer winding down (yes it hurts to type that) I have a lot of content and info that I need to get out of my brain so I can get working on some projects and one big event. I may be dropping a lot of random posts here the next week or two related to recruiting, technology, last moments of #LakeLife and because it starts soon… Gopher Football
 

CoCO Northeast Open House

Last week CoCo had an open house showing off their new space in Northeast Minneapolis. The space used to be the home of Sport Ngin who recently moved down the street into a much larger location.

All of the CoCo locations (Northeast, Downtown, Uptown and St Paul) have their own look and vibe to them. I already like Northeast because of how the space feels, the neighborhood with the arts, coffee shops and breweries and that from Downtown during rush hour I am driving against traffic.

There is also a small roof top patio that I have not used but know I will.

Here are some photos from a couple of weeks ago, days after the move in (not everything was moved in yet):

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Midwest Finalists, BushConnect And Minnesota Gopher Football

We had a warm sunny weekend in Minneapolis this weekend until late yesterday afternoon when a hail storm whipped through the downtown area.

It was loud and lasted too long. Here are some photos during, after and then sunset:

Downtown Minneapolis Storm Downtown Minneapolis After The Storm Downtown Minneapolis After Sunset

 
And a short video of the hail falling (no that is not my car):

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Minnesota Morning… Nerdery Layoff, Minneapolis Public School Layoff And March Madness

Depending on the weather person you listen to we are going to get “a little” to “a lot” of snow today. Good, we need the water. Hearing of “flash drought” potential and thinking about low lake levels has me quite OK with whatever happens today.

Last weekend it was 70F with ice melting on area lakes. The forecast has us above freezing… let it snow, it will melt in a couple of days. Spring is here. There I said it.


Nerdery Layoff

Friday afternoon The Nerdery announced it laid off 23 staff members including 15 in Minneapolis. The MSP Business Journal reports in Layoffs at The Nerdery cut workforce by 4 percent that those impacted were in accounting, development, facilities, quality assurance and project management.

While I have been critical of layoffs involving Minnesota companies the past year this one, while unfortunate, I can understand. The Nerdery is working in a fast pace, always changing world. It will not shock me that we see more of these micro staff reductions at companies.

Hopefully they and other groups will do what they can to retrain and keep the folks internally or help them have a soft landing with other groups in town.

NOTE: MinneBar 10 is on April 11th and I will once again be doing a career maintenance Q&A. Click Managing Your IT Career v7 - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?) for details.

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Minnesota Morning… Amazon And Facebook Recruiting In Minneapolis and SportsData Partners With NASCAR

The previous two winters in Minneapolis have not been kind to recruiting pros. Between snow days, wind chill days and school closures interviews were occasionally postponed causing havoc in interview cycles.

A couple of weeks ago I joked with a recruiter in Boston that karma was getting him… he poked fun at me last year about our weather. And now he is dealing with it.

And then karma swung back at me today with the perfectly timed (sarcasm) freezing rain/pellets/hail whatever the heck that was that postponed some interviews today.

I will sit quietly mumbling to myself now…


Amazon Recruiting In Minneapolis

 

This is the third time in the past 15 months that I am aware of with Amazon holding a “job fair” like event. There was this article a couple of months ago:

Amazon’s cloud-computing arm shops for Twin Cities talent

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Minnesota Morning… CameraSlice, HomeSpotter At Mobile Twin Cities and Minneapolis Photos

I am a man of few words this weekend and I am doing my best to not work. So a quick post…


CameraSlice

CameraSlice (@CameraSlice) is featured in this morning’s Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Camera Slice app captures one moment of concerts, games in thousands of photos

It’s some sick technology that I first saw in person at MinneDemo 18 this past September. This is a photo from that night:

CameraSlice at MinneDemo

And this is the video from that night:

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Minnesota Morning… Hacking Dating Sites With Big Data, HomeSpotter News and Minnesota Jobs

When I first heard about the following event I knew it was going to be a big one… MinneAnalytics teamed up with the Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative at the University of Minnesota to host DATE NIGHT! -- How Data Science Leads to “I do.”

Christian Rudder cofounder and CEO of OKCupid, Chris McKinlay How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love, MinneAnalytics, The University of Minnesota Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative 

Panelists were Christian Rudder (@christianrudder) , cofounder and CEO of OKCupid, and Chris McKinlay (@cem3394).

Chris is the guy who while working on his dissertation, reverse-engineered OKCupid’s algorithms in order to match with more potential dates. And met the woman who would become his fiance.

Seriously.

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Minnesota Morning… CoCo Pitch Night Winners And Minneapolis Public Schools No Bid IT Contract

CoCo Pitch Night, Google Demo Day, Minnesota Startup

Above is the calm before the CoCo Pitch Night storm.

A standing room crowd of around 200 attended… I had never seen that many people in the garage before. This photo was taken 20 minutes before we started:

CoCo Pitch Night, Google Demo Day, Minnesota Startup

12 startups from the CoCo community, 10 from Minnesota and 2 from North Dakota, presented:

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Minnesota Morning… IBM Layoffs, JavaScript User Group and Minnesota Jobs

Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those who don’t remember the weird things we had to learn in grade school) is this evening. I have managed to skip all the pre game hype and commercial nonsense.

I am going to sit back, relax, put a pizza in the oven, be sure to take bathroom breaks during the game so I can see the commercials and… likely fall asleep. And then later tonight turn on ESPN to see the highlights and go to YouTube for the missed commercials.

I guess I am picking Seattle.

This has nothing to do with anyone’s deflated balls. Or cheating. Or…

I do need to finish this so I can watch some of Puppy Bowl XI.


IBM Layoffs

Two weeks ago Robert Cringely wrote Next Week's Bloodbath At IBM Won't Fix The Real Problem on Forbes that IBM was preparing to lay off 26% of its workforce, around 110,000 people, with the code name Project Chrome.

IBM freaked out, as one does when their secret big news is now public, saying no way the numbers are that high. The next number floated was 10K - 12K layoffs this year with others saying that many per quarter.

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Minnesota Morning… Ruby.MN, CoCo Pitch Night and Minnesota Jobs

I blinked… and January 2015 is almost over? What happened? Where did it go?


Ruby.MN User Group

Minnesota Ruby User Group

It had been a few months since I attended the Ruby Users of Minnesota meetup so I stopped by the other night. I find myself still saying “Happy New Year” to friends I have not seen since “last year”. Not awkward I hope.

There were two presentations.

The first from Kevin Bullock (@krbullock) who did a DevOps 101 He did a great job breaking it down into what it is, how to do it and managed some conversation on how to avoid pitfalls.

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Minnesota Morning… Minnesota IT Jobs, LinkedIn “How You Rank” And Summer In Minnesota

For those of us in the Upper Midwest when we talk about the Winter of 2014 we say “WINTER” with emphasis. We think it’s funny when family and friends “down south” talk about how cold it was.

We know better. When your snot freezes… THAT’S cold.

Thankfully that is past us now and across the state we had a most beautiful Memorial Day weekend. I posted some #LakeLife photos below…


Minnesota IT Jobs

I had a feeling it was long past time for me to start the and while sure the short term traffic spike is curiosity more than anything else… I think the numerous email I received from recruiter and IT friends is a good sign.

On the first batch of jobs posted there are 17 IT jobs… all full time and a mix of large companies and startups.

Another round of job will be posted later this evening.

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