Minnesota Morning: Kidizen And Foodsby Funding, Minnesota Tech Podcast And TCF Bank Hiring

 

After 13 years, 7 months and 4 days of living in the North Loop of Minneapolis I have moved to the Lake Minnetonka area. The North Loop was a great place to live (and work) and I will continue to be there quite a bit with business activities. The area has changed a lot for the better. I will miss the late night views of  the city, river walks and well… walking everywhere but it was time for new scenery.

For those wondering yes, the quiet of #LakeLife is freaking my senses out. I have not heard sirens (police, fire or ambulance) in the 23 days since I moved. But I am adjusting well :)

Last days in the North Loop:

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First days on Lake Minnetonka:

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Kidizen Funding

I first met Mary Fallon, Dori Graff and Dug Nichols at CoCo years ago and have been able to watch their path. It’s been interesting to watch them build the business and now for it to take a next step. Kidizen announced a $3.2M round of funding with some of that geared towards hiring. Check out Kidizen careers (scroll down).

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Minnesota Morning | Arthur Ventures $50M Fund, Titans Of Technology And Tech Cities 2017


Downtown Minneapolis      St Anthony Main, Downtown Minneapolis Lake Minnetonka      Downtown Minneapolis


OK… I know it seems I talk a lot about the weather but when you get a string of 40F - 60F days you want to talk about it. And take photos, walk and daydream. Yes this is coming to an end with a snow storm predicted for later in the week. That’s OK too. we need the snow (water).

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Minnesota Morning | SWAT Solutions Open House, Twin Cities Startup Week 2017 And 10 Articles To Read


Minneapolis Winter Weather Forecast


Yes… a photo of the extended forecast. If you give me temperatures in mid February that start with a “4” or “5” I am going to celebrate it. Sure we need some snow or rain to get us out of a minor deficit but I’ll take what the next week or two are going to bring.

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Minnesota Morning | Scott Burns, Target Takeoff And Enterprise Rising


Downtown Minneapolis

 

Really sad news this week with the passing of Ray Christensen. Ray was the voice of Gopher football and basketball and his voice is engrained on my brain. I remember jumping into leaf piles with a football listening to games. I was in my cousin’s basement playing floor hockey in 1986 when the Gophers won at Michigan. I had the TV on mute with the radio on when the Gophers upset #1 Penn State.

All of the basketball games... 1,309 of them and 510 football games. I was trying to wrap my brain around how many people over a 50 year career heard this man.

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Minnesota Morning | Clay Collins At Enterprise.MN And Target Kills Goldfish


Lake Minnetonka, #LakeLife


After 13+ years living in the North Loop of Downtown Minneapolis I am trading my #CityLife photos for 2 years to this #LakeLife view of Lake Minnetonka. Now that I have a commute I’ll have to do a much better job of scheduling my work days. Well worth it.


Clay Collins At Enterprise.MN


Enterprise MN, Clay Collins


This months Enterprise.MN was with Clay Collins, CEO and Co Founder of Leadpages. Cole Grolmus always does a great job asking questions of tech leaders in town and getting attendees to ask follow up questions.

If you’re curious about the Leadpages story click the videos below and check out Leadpages Careers… they are hiring.

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Minnesota Morning | Minnesota Engineering Blog, Minnesota Q4 2016 Venture Funding And Snoopy And Charlie Brown For Sale


Mississippi River, Downtown Minneapolis


The photo above was from this past weekend on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge looking east. It was a very calm and quiet evening in Downtown Minneapolis and it was good to take a few minutes and do some “reflecting”.


Minnesota Engineering Blog

I am a big fan of companies that show off their culture be it on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or a company blog. Just as when we recruit we are hoping to find more about candidates… candidates are doing the same with us. They want to check out the CTO’s Tweets, Instagram photos showing events and culture and a blog where one can understand the “voice” of a company.

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Minnesota Morning | phData, Sportradar And US IT Employment


Lake Minnetonka, #LakeLife


Yesterday I was in the Lake Minnetonka area, Minneapolis west suburbs, and found myself day dreaming about #LakeLife summer days. I took this photo imagining it to be 80F and in June. Good news… days are noticeably getting longer now and winter is more than half over.


phData

Tech.mn has an article Minnesota’s Big Data Bros Are Crushing It on Brock Noland and Mac Noland (@mcdonaldnoland) co founders (and brothers) of phData. I have seen, but not yet met, them at CoCo.

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Minnesota Morning | Amazon Hiring 100,000, Best 50 Jobs In America And Minnesota #4 Best State To Raise A Family


Downtown Minneapolis


No rambling from me today… my mind is running in 6 different directions but while typing I saw this shared on Facebook by 10+ of my friends. Seeing that it is not a political post I clicked on it and glad I did:

 

 

Amazon Hiring 100,000 Workers

A couple of weeks ago Amazon made a big splash with an announcement of hiring 100,000 full time with benefits workers in the next 18 months. It was covered by most media outlets including here in Minneapolis. This comes after many retailers have announced layoffs and store closings.

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Minnesota Morning: Hack The Gap, Amazon Minneapolis Office And The Iron Yard Demo Day


Downtown Minneapolis

 

Facebook’s “On This Day” shows me that many years this has been a cold week in Minneapolis… looks like I’ve posted a number of thoughts and photos of very cold days. That seems to parallel a local weather report I heard that this is historically the coldest week of the year. NOT this year. While we have been colder than average for much of the past month, we are experiencing a couple of +40F days and the extended forecast is above normal.

Thank you January Thaw…

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Minnesota Morning | The Iron Yard, MyAlerts Funding And MN Tech Podcast


Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota Headhunter

“The not so glamorous side of #recruiterlife: 12 hour day, caffeine, sandwich in the skyway, Spotify, 21 tabs and a bunch of Chrome extensions. Looking for iOS Dev's #MNtech

I posted that photo yesterday after having a conversation with a HR friend who asked if my day was always full of meetings and events. I said no, there are a lot of phone calls, sourcing and writing too. They said an occasional photo of a normal work day would be interesting. That’s fair… I think a view into what a full work day is like might be interesting including the “boring” stuff and 11 pm sourcing sessions.

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