Whatever the motivation — to learn, network, hire, pitch, find inspiration or quench curiosity — over 1,000 Minnesota technology, design and startup enthusiasts passed through the doors of Best Buy HQ over a a 12 hour window yesterday.
Heralded as the largest BarCamp in the US, the latest production of MinneBar (6th to date) was easily the best yet in terms of participation, session breadth / quality, reach and energy. Guided by Minne* catalysts Ben Edwards, Luke Francl and Adrienne Pierce, the unconference was clearly a success on many levels; the message is clear: Minnesota tech has arrived.
“Our crappy weather is a natural productive advantage for us here,” says Best Buy CTO Robert Stephens, referring to our seasonal hibernation. Here Stephens discusses his daily objectives, a vision for teaching programming skills to our youth and how a few key people can make a big difference within a given community.
We facilitated a panel session titled ‘Fundraising from Minnesota’ featuring tech entrepreneurs Jon Dahl, Matt Bauer, Darren Cox and Lief Larson. Building off the facts — tips, tactics, advice and candid admissions ensue! A worthwhile watch for those early-stage entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital in today’s market.
Big thanks to Justin Peck for the steady hand!