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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Event: Minnesota HR Tech And Recruiter Expo 2015

LEHRN Logo

The 2015 LEHRN HR Tech Expo, one of the largest events like this in the country, is set for April 9th at the Marriott City Center in Downtown Minneapolis.

Always a good event to attend and this year it has added a new feature… a Talent Acquisition Track. Or Recruiter Track for those of us easy going types.

MNTRN Logo

LEHRN has partnered with MNTRN who is sponsoring the three presentations.

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Largest Downtown Minneapolis Employers 2015

Minneapolis Downtown Council

Interesting stat from the Minneapolis Downtown Council 2015 annual meeting… the 15 largest employers in Downtown Minneapolis employ 50,583 people. That’s down 1.1% from a year ago.

It needs to be noted that Target is down 20% from last year:

- A large number are now working at the Brooklyn Park campus

- Layoffs and likely this number will drop again this year in part to the Target Canada layoffs

The list with +/- 2014:

  1. Target Corp. 10,000 employees | -20.5%
  2. Wells Fargo & Co., 7,000 | no change

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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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minnedemo 19 Will Have 7 Demos Including ToggleGreen

While prepping to write this I went to the minne* web site and on the wiki at the time was this:

Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter

I learned a few minnebar’s ago to bring a power strip. Not only do I always have my devices charged… I for a short time become a few folks best friend.

minnedemo 19 is next week (Feb 5th) with 7 groups presenting including my friends at ToggleGreen (@ToggleGreen). See this post from last month:

ToggleGreen Adds Paul DeBettignies To Its Advisory Board

I posted this photo a couple of weeks ago and said it was a late Sunday night at ToggleGreen working on a product demo:

ToggleGreen, Minnesota StartUp

I guess that was sort of true… the product demo we were working on was the video submittal for minnedemo. Clearly we did OK.

Besides ToggleGreen here is who is presenting:

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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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Mobile Realty Apps Changes Name To HomeSpotter, Announces Funding

“Hey, do you have a minute?”

6 simple words Aaron Kardell, CEO of then Mobile Realty Apps now HomeSpotter (see the press release below), said to me at the first MobCon late fall 2012… and things have not been the same since.

I knew Aaron from seeing him at CoCo Downtown Minneapolis and I knew of him through tech events in town. I knew he was a good tech guy and this being his third startup (two successful exits) a good CEO.

He said he was going to be growing his team and he wanted to know if I had interest in helping him.

As I remember it I did not let him finish asking the question before I said yes.

Aaron and Mobile Realty Apps have come a longgggg way since then.

They started at CoCo St Paul… I don’t have any photos of them there.

Then CoCo Downtown Minneapolis (12/12):

Mobile Realty Apps now HomeSpotter, Aaron Kardell

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