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MinneBar 7 Minnesota Tech Event

I am not sure how to start this post... do I talk about:

  • How much fun I had
  • That I learned a lot
  • That nearly 12 hours left me completely wore out
  • The conversations I had about recruiting and career maintenance

OK, maybe that is how I start the post.

I had a lot of fun at MinneBar 7 (@MinneBar). I was able to reconnect with folks from the tech, startup, entrepreneur community. I also bumped into an old friend after my second session. We had lunch together and then we spoke for more than an hour after that about life stuff. It was one of those conversations where after the first 20 seconds it was like we had seen each other last week. I hope he sees this and if so, thank you Friend.

1000+ people at Best Buy is quite overwhelming if you think about it. Between coordinating the full day of presentations, breakfast, lunch and post event beers and no hiccups at all during the day… phenomenal.

Thanks to Luke Francl (@lof) and Ben Edwards (@alttext) and Adrienne Peirce (@AdriennePeirce) and their volunteers for putting this together.

Thanks also to the Sponsors and Community Supporters (this list has really grown since last year):

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This is what the crowd looked like moments before getting started (Photo used with permission from Jamie Thingelstad)

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The first session of the morning for me was “Fundraising in Minnesota”. This was a panel discussion that covered a lot of ground and left me thinking that this could be a 2+ hour session in another setting.

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The second session was my own:

Recruiting For Start Ups (Or any Size Company)

I had 50 – 60 folks in the session and it was a mix of “here is what I do” and Q&A. I would like to have had a lot more time and am thinking now more than ever we need a recruiting event for the tech community.

Thanks to Teresa Boardman and Kay Loire for these photos:

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The third session was another one of mine:

Managing Your IT Career: Part IV

No slide deck for this one. I had one and asked if they wanted to see it and 40+ folks said no so we had a free flow conversation with Q&A.

We covered a lot of topics from salary reviews, certifications, job search, career maintenance, working with consulting firms, negotiating salaries and a bunch more.

Then it was lunch time:

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After the previously mentioned chat the next session for me was “Scaling a Startup from 3 to 30 to 300” led by Mark Gritter (@markgritter)

This was a cool session for me to hear how startups are recruiting and retaining employees and not using outside help.

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Final session of the day for me was led by Cliff Robbins (@DeadBigRedDog) “The Secrets of International Talent Acquisition”

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Clearly I paid attention to the recruiting related presentations which was fun because this was the first event there were topics like these not led by me.

I will have another blog post about what I learned during the day about how some tech companies and startups are recruiting. There are a few cool stories but there are many, many unsustainable strategies. I also heard some things that would make an attorney cringe.

While MinneBar is not a bar there is beer when it is over:

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I was one of the last folks leaving the event just shortly before 8 pm:

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Here are some more photos from the day:

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And so ends another awesome MinneBar…

 

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