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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:

CoCo Pitch Night, Google Demo Day, Minnesota Startup

A number of the pitches were really, really good.

The Top 2 as voted on by the crowd and who are then forwarded to Google Demo Day for consideration:

Playtabase (Reemo)

CoSchedule

An observation… I did not know or recognize at least 70% of the crowd. I am taking that as a good sign of what is going on in our area.

A few more photos:

Minnesota Startup, CoCo Pitch Night, Google Demo Day, C2Sensor Minnesota Startup, CoCo Pitch Night, Google Demo Day, BoomBoom Prints

Minnesota Startup, CoCo Pitch Night, Google Demo Day, Learn to Live Minnesota Startup, CoCo Pitch Night, Google Demo Day, CoSchedule


Minneapolis Public Schools No Bid IT Contract

A couple of days ago the Minneapolis StarTribune posted this article, Minneapolis schools awarded no-bid contracts to Memphis IT company (may require subscription) and I found a number of things to be odd.

Odd as in I hope someone can spend more time digging in to this:

The Memphis technology company awarded the contract(s) has no website or listed phone number

The then district CIO had worked with them previously in Memphis

What??? => “Valerga said the district couldn’t perform its basic technology functions when he arrived, despite having a $13.7 million annual technology budget and 68 employees.”

What???=> “He identified a lack of trust among employees and staffers who did not want to share key information with him, such as the location of vital software applications.”

And this one has me most curious…

Owner Rinu Agarwal hired local temporary workers

So if they had local IT pros doing the work… what makes them so special that no Minnesota IT consulting group could not do this?

As I said… I hope someone digs into this further.

And yes… the school district is hiring. Click Chief Information Officer for the job post


Quotes

Pursuit of Happyness was on TV this weekend and I watched for what has to be at least the 12th time. I love this quote from the movie:

“Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” Will Smith as Chris Gardner

And these two from Chris Gardner:

“The cavalry ain’t coming. You’ve got to do this yourself.”

“One of the things young people always ask me about is what is the secret to success. The secret is there is no secret. It’s the basics. Blocking and tackling.”

 

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