A fun day last Friday… working at CoCo Downtown Minneapolis sourcing and recruiting DevOps Engineers and Python Developers. At one point I bumped into Mickeli Bedore of Bedore Business Group and had a chat about building sales teams, recruiting, podcasts and of course a mention or three about #LakeLife. I do wonder… which one of us logs more cell phone minutes?
I then saw Sarah Schoolcraft who is the new Employee Experience Advocate at phData. We caught up bit and I look forward to our future conversation about company cultures, hiring teams, onboarding and more.
I ended the day upstairs from CoCo where Prime Digital Academy is. It was graduation day for the UX cohort and it was fun to see them relaxed (for a moment) and meet their friends and families, If you are hiring a junior UX pro I gladly help you with introductions.
The coming weeks I am going to be in Downtown Minneapolis 2-3 days a week. If you want to get together for lunch, coffee or a quick chat… send me a note.
CoCo Launches Fueled Collective
Speaking of CoCo… that name is soon to go away as they had a major announcement last week that they are changing their name to Fueled Collective. They are combining coworking with a social aspect and will be franchising the concept.
This from part of an email to CoCo members:
So, what’s Fueled Collective like?
There’s nothing quite like it. By day it’s a workspace – beautifully furnished and with an amazing ambiance. And it's also a social club! The Cincinnati space features a full-service bar that is open to members starting at 5 p.m. every day, providing the ultimate haven for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The space is also set up to offer private dining and events for groups.
The email goes on to say that for current CoCo members nothing changes but the name.
I like the idea.
You can see more about the announcement from CoCo:
And a few stories too:
- CoCo Rebranding as Fueled Collective in Bid to Franchise Their Concept Nationally - Twin Cities Business
- Work, beer and barre: Fueled Collective offers a new social experience - ABC Cincinnati
- COCO Rebrands to Fueled Collective and Introduces New Co-Working Concept - MinneInno
Minnedemo #28 Presenters
Minnedemo #28 is next week, February 8th at the Guthrie Theater from 6 - 9 PM. The first batch of tickets were released last week and as usual went very fast. The last release is Feb 1st at 7 pm. Follow @minnestar and #Minnedemo for more info and to follow the online conversations
The groups presenting are:
Flyover Country: Mobile app helping you discover the Earth from 30,000 feet up
Kwikly: Kwikly is shifting the dental temping industry with its connective technology platform
Rental Researcher: Leveraging Minneapolis Open Data to help renters in their housing search as well as give visibility to a landlord’s properties and incident history
SafeSpace: Crowd sourcing safety with the SafeSpace app
SportsEngine: SportsEngine.com is a youth sports marketplace that makes it easier than ever to get kids into sports
Thrivors: Empowering cancer survivors to live longer, healthier lives
UR Turn: The Google maps of education road mapping and progress tracking for middle school and high school students (and their families)
A reminder that MinneBar will be Saturday, April 14th at Best Buy HQ’s.
Minnesota IT Jobs
If you missed it I posted 8 new Minnesota IT Jobs yesterday from friends in Minneapolis/St Paul who are hiring. I’ve had a number of conversations with IT pros who have been receiving wayyyy more than usual email and InMail from corporate and search firm recruiters to “woo” them to a new opportunity. This is consistent with the 2018 prediction I made on the podcast in December about how hiring in IT, Data, Product and Digital would increase in 2018:
If you want to chat about job search, networking or career path or are a company that needs some help with any of the following: sourcing/recruiting/hiring, recruiting process/strategy or evangelism/advocacy in the MSP tech scene send me a note.
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