“There was a time when a company based in Minneapolis was really here.
In the digital age, it’s not that clear-cut. Warecorp, a Web and software development company, is based in downtown Minneapolis, where its three founders have an office in the old Grain Exchange building. All of its data, including proprietary customer information, is locked in a computer at a Twin Cities data center.
But 50 of Warecorp’s 60 employees live in the city of Minsk, Belarus. Minsk, one of the technology centers of the former Soviet Union, is a place where English is a foreign tongue and automobile ownership is a sign of prosperity. There Warecorp workers program software projects over the Internet, using data that never leaves Minnesota.”