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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

Kathy Grayson at the Business Journal Tweeted that Amazon is again hosting an “Invitation Only” hiring event next week.

If you go to

Amazon Jobs posted in Minneapolis

And click

Software Development Engineers and Technical Program Managers

You will see who they are looking for.

Knowing that it will be taken down soon, and because I did not do it last time, here is a screen shot:

Amazon job fair in Minneapolis

Facebook Recruiting In Minneapolis

In a less formal way Facebook is also recruiting in Minneapolis. I’ve had a couple of friends receive what looks like a form email from a Facebook recruiter… this one is recruiting iOS Developers.

No way to know if they are focusing on the Minneapolis market or this is part of a LinkedIn keyword search.

The email (I took out the names):

Facebook Recruiting In Minneapolis

So what does this mean?

I posted this back in November and my opinion(s) have not changed:

Thoughts On Amazon Recruiting In Minneapolis

SportsData Partners With NASCAR

Yesterday SportsData (client) announced a partnership with NASCAR that will have SportsData supplying real-time data of NASCAR events.

If you are a racing fan or a data junkie… this is cool.

If not but you are a Software Developer click SportsData Jobs. We are looking to chat with you.

Here is the press release:

NASCAR® Partners With SportsData To Distribute Live Timing & Scoring Data

Real-Time Race Weekend Data To Be Available On Premier Sports Sites & Applications

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 9, 2015) – NASCAR announced today a partnership with sports content provider SportsData, the U.S. subsidiary of global market leader Sportradar, to distribute its live timing and scoring data to third-party digital outlets.

SportsData, which has a customer base that includes Google®, Facebook®, Twitter® and Bleacher Report, will be the first content provider to go to market with data from the NASCAR timing and scoring feed for an entire race weekend.

The real-time data will be available for all three national series (NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM, NASCAR XFINITY SeriesTM and NASCAR Camping World Truck SeriesTM) and allow digital outlets to develop enhanced NASCAR digital products, such as:

-        Live race leaderboard, including driver position, caution data, lap number and more

-        Practice and qualifying leaderboards

-        Official post-race race results

-        Official post-race points standings

-        Weekly entry lists

“Real-time data is imperative to today’s sports fan,” said Colin Smith, NASCAR Vice President, Digital Media. “While we will continue to offer live timing and scoring and other data sets on NASCAR.com, this partnership with SportsData will extend NASCAR’s reach and allow an array of digital platforms to service sports fans more accurately and completely.”

“Sports fans crave results in real time, and this partnership will help place NASCAR’s highly sought-after data into the larger marketplace,” said Rob Phythian, Chief Executive Officer of SportsData. “Our partnership with NASCAR helps deliver on SportsData’s mission of being the premier distributor of sports content, and will help expand NASCAR’s already impressive reach.”


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com  and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR  and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About SportsData

Founded in 2010, SportsData is the fastest-growing sports data provider in the U.S. With a veteran technology team and over 200 data entry analysts, SportsData captures live play-by-play, scoring, and statistical data, and delivers it in real-time to a wide range of companies in the media, technology, and sports industries for use in web, mobile, and second screen applications. As a subsidiary of Sportradar, the leading, worldwide premium partner for the sports betting and media industry, SportsData provides sports coverage for 40+ sports, 800+ leagues, and 200,000+ annual events. For more information, visit both http://www.sportsdatallc.com/ and http://developer.sportsdatallc.com/, as well as follow SportsData on Twitter: @SportsDataAPI.

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