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


MSP On Deck, Minnesota Tech Podcast, Minneapolis Tech Podcast

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 #5: Scott Burns Of Structural And Osborne370


MSP On Deck, Minnesota Tech Podcast, Minnesota Startup Podcast

Yesterday I mentioned that this summer I have been working on a Minnesota startup and tech podcast with Kathy Grayson and Casey Allen called MSP on Deck. Check out =>

The first 4 podcasts are really good with a lot of “inside baseball” on topics like:

  • #4: The State (of Minnesota’s) VC ecosystem, WeWork, Osborne370 and Minnesota corporate venture capital
  • #3: Bright Health, Minnesota Angel Tax Credit, debut of MinneInno and The Nerdery Layoff
  • #2: Interning at Minnesota startups, Arthur Ventures raising a new fund and Jump Technologies, Kidizen and PetChatz/Anser Innovation funding
  • #1: Startup community mood, ReTrace Health closing, and Sports Engine exit

The 5th podcast… we definitely hit our stride and good timing as we had our first guest, Scott Burns of Structural and Osborn370. Click @smburns and LinkedIn to connect with him.

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

 

MSP On Deck, Minnesota Tech Podcast, Minnesota Startup Podcast

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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Survey: Minneapolis And Midwest IT Hiring To Increase 2nd Half Of 2017


Hiring in Minneapolis / St Paul and around the Midwest will continue to heat up the 2nd half of 2017 according to the latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. The data mirrors the conversations across the region I have been having.

There may have been a plateau to small increase in the winter and early spring as people figured out what the November ’16 election was going to mean for business. In May and June there was a noticeable uptick and it seems to be carrying through the summer months.

I doubt we will see much of a traditional summer slow down.

Here are the numbers from the Robert Half Survey:

  • 24% of CIO’s say they will increase hiring. That’s up 4% from December.
  • 60% will maintain staff by filling vacant roles.
  • 63% say that it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals in today's market

I would have thought that last number to be a bit higher. Maybe the many employer branding initiatives going on are having a good impact.

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


Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp, Recruiter Conference

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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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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Recap: MinneDemo 25


MinneDemo, Minnesota Tech Scene, Minnesota IT Jobs

 

Another fun night at MinneDemo (February 16th, 2017)… one part new Minnesota tech, one part Minnesota tech community reunion and one part networking although for me that last one was mostly nonexistent. More on that later.

MinneDemo 25 was held at The Depot and I am guessing 700+ attended. Here is the crowd at 7 pm not including the folks behind the doors in the atrium socializing:


MinneDemo, Minnesota Tech Scene, Minnesota IT Jobs 


minne* board members Jenna Pederson, Adrienne Peirce and Casey Helbling getting us started:


MinneDemo, Minnesota Tech Scene


I really enjoyed the variety of demos and beginning to end one of the best sets we have had:

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Amazon Hiring Again In Minneapolis Adding 1,000 Full Time Workers

 


Amazon Hiring In Minneapolis

I’ve had a number of conversations with a Minneapolis business reporter over the past 18+ months about what the potential impact would be with Amazon coming to town.

My curiosity started long before that… back when Amazon tech recruiters were recruiting hard here to get tech pros to move to Seattle. Then they had a job fair or two in town and somewhere along the line a recruiting event to hire recruiters.

I said to the reporter, they should just come here. It would be good for Amazon, the local tech scene and the business community. And yes they would disrupt things but I said that was a good thing.

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