CaringBridge Founder Sona Mehring Will Retire This Year

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By Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune

Sona-Mehring-PhotoSona Mehring, founder of CaringBridge, will retire from the social network she created that hundreds of thousands of people have used to convey their journeys through health troubles and triumphs.

Mehring started the Eagan-based nonprofit organization 20 years ago to help friends share information about a premature baby. Predating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, CaringBridge is now widely seen as a positive space online for people to gather, communicate and coordinate the care of people they love.”

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When I Work Pulls Two New Execs From Silicon Valley To Minneapolis

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“MINNEAPOLIS, MN — When I Work, the easiest way to schedule, track time and communicate with hourly employees, has announced the addition of two new members of its management team, with a goal of enhancing its customer acquisition care and product capabilities.

Ramping for growth after a $15 million round raise last spring, these new executives mark the latest best-in-class talent When I Work has recruited from New York’s “Silicon Alley” and California’s “Silicon Valley” tech hub regions in recent months.”

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Who Is Rob Walling [Part 2]

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screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-29-14-amRob Walling: serial software entrepreneur. Blogger. Published author. Podcaster. Angel investor. Conference-er. Husband and father.

After the sale of his saas marketing firm Drip to Leadpages last year, Rob Walling and his family since have relocated from the West Coast to Minneapolis.

We sat down for some more random questions to continue learning about him [PART 1]:

What is something you’ve learned about yourself as an entrepreneur since we last spoke?

I’ve learned that I’m more capable of giving up control over certain aspects of the business than I thought I was.

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Amazon Just Poached One Of Target’s Rising Stars

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screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-5-18-14-pmBy Jason Del Ray, Recode

“Can’t beat ’em? Join ’em.  Amazon has hired Jamil Ghani, Target’s SVP of strategy and innovation, to run the Amazon Prime membership business in international markets, according to a person briefed on the move. Ghani is expected to report to Greg Greeley, Amazon’s VP of Amazon Prime, and be based out of the company’s Seattle headquarters.”

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Jeff Fritz Named CEO Of B2B Software Firm Healthtel

jeff-fritz-healthtel Repeat Minnesota tech entrepreneur turned executive Jeff Fritz is the new CEO of Minneapolis-based Healthtel.

Starting this month, he will be leading the 20 person company, succeeding Jason McAthie, Healthtel CFO going forward.

Founded 11 years ago by Daniel Bandt, Healthtel’s B2B software platform helps healthcare organizations execute consumer engagement campaigns from start to finish.

Fritz says he was coming off an integration following the acquisition of his previous company, Storyworks1, and considering a number of different opportunities.

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Outside In With Jeff Maters, Network Ventures

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Outside In: Q&A with tech investors from outside Minnesota

 
What is your name, title, and firm/fund?

Jeff Maters, Managing Director, Network Ventures

What is the firm/fund located and what is the summarized founding history?

Network Ventures is based in Chicago but invests across the Midwest. I founded the firm in 2016 after spending several years at Pritzker Group Venture Capital. PGVC has a nationwide focus so I saw the emergence of the New York and Los Angeles tech ecosystems and the rise of seed funds there.

The Midwest is a few years behind those markets but there are some great companies getting built here – capital has not kept up though as there are few true seed stage funds here. My goal is to bring the coastal seed fund model to the Midwest and help companies get ready for the Series A and beyond.

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Code42 Pulls New SVP From Salesforce

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“MINNEAPOLIS ­ Jan. 4, 2017 ­ Code42, the leader in endpoint data protection and recovery, announced that Mike Robbins, former senior vice president of North America commercial business for Salesforce, has joined the company as senior vice president of worldwide sales. Robbins brings his unique experience working with large Fortune 500 companies, such as Salesforce and IBM, as well as startups, including cogniti, Forensic ID and Mezzia.”

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Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016: Cheri Beranek

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Cheri Beranek is our Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016

 
Clearfield’s success this year, with a stock price up ~48%, isn’t a flash in the pan for CEO Cheri Beranek, it’s the culmination of nearly ten years ongoing effort. If CEO of the decade was a thing, then Beranek is built to last.

Growth in the technology sector near and far has been made possible by fiber optical networks to the home, the office, the coffee shop, the hotel room, and everywhere in between.  Connectivity is everything in today’s world: we all want whatever we want whenever we want it. Oh, and make it even faster when there’s money on the line.

The higher level of connectivity, the more productive companies are. The communities where high speed broadband is available are the ones where the jobs are going and staying.  Behind the science of telecommunications, which we tend to just take for granted, is a local business that’s delivering success with the numbers to prove it.

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Minnesota Tech Community Champion 2016: Glafira Marcon

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Glafira Marcon is our Minnesota Tech Community Champion 2016

When Healthcare.MN was formed in 2013 by entrepreneurs and for entreprenuers, it marked a movement in Minnesota at the convergence of healthcare and technology. For two years, group founders — Pete Kane, Thompson Aderinkomi, and Solome Tibebu — built their meetup to fast become the place for health tech startups to gather, to learn, and to launch.

As time passed, so did their leadership. Kane and Tibebu gravitated to the coasts while Aderinkomi went all in on his fledgling startup.  Yet Healthcare.MN didn’t stagnate or wither away throughout these changes, instead, the growing pains have since brought out the best in this community under the new direction of volunteer Glafira Marcon.

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Minnesota Tech Hustler of the Year 2016: Clarence Bethea

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Clarence Bethea is our Minnesota Tech Hustler of the Year 2016

 
The hustle isn’t about overnight success, some quantum leap or even having “made it.” It’s a lifelong attitude of urgency and entrepreneurial perseverance through outcomes unknown for sustained periods of time.

Minnesota tech entrepreneur Clarence Bethea was born in 1980 and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to Minnesota in 2002 to attend Bemidji State University and found his way to tech entrepreneurship as most do: first hand pain, a mindset of opportunity, and the drive show the world what’s possible.

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