Local Fintech Venture ClickSWITCH Names New CTO Yobie Benjamin

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ClickSWITCH, a turnkey solution that simplifies the switch of recurring payments and deposits for financial institutions’ new and existing account holders, announced today that Yobie Benjamin has joined the executive leadership team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), to launch growth, spearhead innovation and lead the technical development team, as the company continues its aggressive US and global growth and expansion.”

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Derek Rucker, Carrot Health

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The CTO: Derek Rucker, Carrot Health

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I’ve been in technology all my life. My 8th grade science fair project was a rudimentary database and front-end I created on my Apple IIe. My undergrad is in engineering from MIT, and my PhD and MBA are from the University of Michigan. I learned HTML in grad school, made a bunch of websites for friends and family, but chose to continue my studies rather than becoming part of the dotcom boom. Still not sure if that was a good move or a bad one.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Tom Healy

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The CTO: Tom Healy, InboxDollars

How long have you been working technology for and what is your technical background?

I’ve been working in product development for the past 25 years with a focus on front end user experience and backend database performance and scalability.
 

After college I had the option of playing it safe and working at a fortune 100 company but instead rolled the dice with a startup company founded by a few IBM execs that eventually went public. Building upon that positive startup experience, I co-founded a SaaS analytical applications company and eventually landed at InboxDollars where I’ve been since 2008.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Wade Anderson

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Wade Anderson is the CTO of Fision — the makers of digital asset management & sales enablement software.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your background?

Officially I’ve been working in technology for just over 23 years. I started my IT career at the State of Minnesota (DHS) writing and testing software for mainframes, but I first became aware of technology in the late 70s and early 80s with the Atari and Commodore.

My infatuation has only grown since then. Over the years, I’ve also worked for companies like Accenture, Best Buy, Lifetouch, and TrustedChoice.com, alongside a plethora of consulting gigs.

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Meet A Minnesota [Startup] CTO: Brent Kastner

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Brent Kastner is a startup CTO currently with URTURN & Tarmac.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I’ve been serious about technology since middle school where I ran a BBS with some friends. I worked hard to earn enough money in my early highschool years to buy a 486 that could run DOOM.

Those early years helped me understand the hardware side and I eventually got my professional start working with hardware (servers and networks) in 1996. I transitioned into software development in 2000 as I was working at BestBuy on their first ecommerce website.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Rich Baker, Proto Labs

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Rich Baker is the newly named CTO of Proto Labs, a software driven rapid manufacturer of low-volume CNC-machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I started working in engineering and technology when I was finishing my graduate and Ph.D. work at Cornell University in the mid-1990s. At that point, nanomaterials and semiconductors were strong interests of mine. Over the course of my career, I have touched several different STEM fields, including testing equipment, automation and most recently software.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Scott Olson, App Data Room

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Scott Olson is the CTO of Minneapolis-based App Data Room, an enterprise mobile sales enablement platform for field sales reps.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

My first professional job out of college was at a ringtone startup in 2004 called MIDIRingtones. We produced ringtones and developed apps for flip phones, back in the RAZR and Sidekick days of mobile phones.

Before that, I studied Computer Engineering with a focus on Embedded Systems at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I have always had a love of technology, from Number Munchers to programming in BASIC, so software engineering was a natural path.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Andy Grant, VoiceHive

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How long have you been working in technology for and what is your background?

Like many fellow techies my age, I got my start when I was a kid, around 8 years old, on an Apple II. My dad, who at the time was a math teacher, was just getting into bringing computers into the school. He brought one home to work on for the summer, showed me a few simple Apple BASIC statements, and I never looked back.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Britt Morries, Wellbeats

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Britt Morries is the CTO of virtual fitness firm Wellbeats where he leads product development teams for both software and hardware engineering.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your  background?  

I have just over 25 years working in technology. My first Technology gig was at an advertising agency in  Minneapolis. I can still remember hooking up a 56K modem off of a router so that we could access the   Internet.  Then we started to spin up the “Interactive Department” so that we could take advantage of   the WWW as a new communication medium for advertising and marketing.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Travis Emslander, Field Nation

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Travis Emslander is the CTO of Minneapolis-based Field Nation, the on-demand workforce software platform that received $30m in growth equity last October.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I grew up with technology. I started programming BASIC on an Apple IIe when I was 10 and was immediately hooked. The Open Source movement created a ripe environment to explore and learn within.

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