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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Minnesota Morning… Minnesota Recruiters and WordPress Wednesday

Last week was the Minnesota Recruiters Spring 2014 Conference and the 20th something event since it was started in 2007. I think this was #23.

This event had a couple of “mile markers” for me.

This was the first event that I had no role in since we started it. I went from co founder and coordinator to the advisory board and now a “has been”. My time is up.

It’s been a fun road and Jason Buss is doing a great job with the group.

The other part to this event and more significant to me… this was the first event I missed. I had some family stuff that needed my full attention and so for the first time when the question was asked, “How many have been to every event?” no one raised their hand.

I did watch the #mnrec Twitter stream and picked up some things to think about.

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Minnesota Morning: How Do You Spend Your Jelly Beans?

Jelly Bean

Something big has been nagging me for a long, long time and I had not been able to figure it out. There have been little parts of this over the past year that “clicked” with me like “What do you want” but this bigger thing…

It’s been nagging at me for a year and a half and today I saw the bigger picture.

It happened during the message at Eagle Brook Church this morning. They are doing a series called “Simplify”… well timed with the post holiday craziness.

This weekend’s topic:

Controlling Your Calendar

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Minnesota Morning: Minnesota Headhunter LLC Is One Year Old

Downtown Minneapolis

It’s Friday evening December 20th, 2013 and all day something has been bothering me… like I knew I was forgetting about something important.

That nagging feeling.

Most of the work stuff was done. Holiday activities taken care of. End of the week email sent out.

And then it hit me while I was pulling up the blog and looking out the window…

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Minnesota Morning… A “No Think Zone” Experiment

I have had a few moments today (kind of like a “déjà vu”) where I have stopped in my tracks (literally including while jogging today) and said to myself:

“What are you thinking”

or

“What were you thinking”

And I am reminded that thinking has become a problem for me. I already know this. My friends already know this. This is not news to anyone.

When it comes to friends and colleagues the past months I have found myself saying to them:

“Trust your gut”

And then I think (this time it helps), am I trusting my gut? What’s up with all the thinking, analyzing? You give great advice… you should probably take it.

For me I have always had an “inner compass”. It’s a good one that served me well but at some point a few years ago (around the time of the Great Recession) I swear my DNA changed.

It has not worked for me. Maybe not hurt but certainly not helped.

And there have been a couple of times in the past year when I went full strong on something without much thinking and was burned reverting back to thinking.

Here is some proof…

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Minnesota Morning... InformationWeek Interviews, Kidblog And Spark Edition

Yep... it has been a long time since I wrote one of these and it is yet another attempt at getting back into writing. I think I found one of my “blocks” to this, so much to write and not enough time to do it.

So I decided to write what I can when I can and stop thinking about it.

I hope this time around it sticks.


InformationWeek interviews

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Kevin Casey (@kevinrcasey) of InformationWeek (thanks to Jennifer McClure for the referral) to work on a couple of articles with him.

I need to write up a couple of blog posts to go along with each of these with some additional thoughts I have but for the moment... click these links to see the articles:

IT Job Interviews: 8 Tips To Avoid Disaster

8 IT Hiring Trends You Can't Ignore

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