Chip Pearson Joins When I Work Board Of Directors


Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 12.19.28 AMVia News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS — April 20, 2017— When I Work, the easiest way to schedule, track time and communicate with hourly workers, announces the appointment of Chip Pearson to its board of directors. Pearson, the chairman, co-founder and current board member of Jamf in Minneapolis, joins Leadpages COO John Tedesco, Drive Capital’s Nick Solaro, cofounder Tom Gieselmann, and When I Work founder and CEO Chad Halvorson on the software-as- a-service company’s board.”

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Hiring Trends From Inside Minnesota’s VC/PE-Backed Tech Firms [part 4]

peopleBetween February [2] and June of 2016, we looked at hiring trends from inside a number of VC/PE-backed Minnesota tech firms using visual data sourced from LinkedIn.

Coming back to that roughly one year later, here are some fresh hiring trends from inside some of Minnesota’s most funded tech firms: Code42 ($137m VC), Jamf ($30m PE), Ability Network ($550m PE), RedBrickHealth ($75m VC), Leadpages ($38m VC), Zipnosis ($20m VC), When I Work ($25m VC), Bright Health ($80m).

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Thank You Sponsor: Metiix

by The TECHdotMN Team

Metix TECHdotMN SponsorIt is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank You Metiix!

What does Metiix do?

We provide data protection for hundreds of companies, thousands of servers, totaling petabytes of data across the country. We protect servers, endpoint devices, and data with a focus on high availability and near instant recoveries.

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Coming Soon: The Ultimate Guide To HealthTech In Minnesota

by The TECHdotMN Team

logo_healthtech_guideThe Ultimate Guide To HealthTech In Minnesota is underway as our next initiative a series of new resources for Minnesota’s technology industry.

It began last year with The Ultimate Guide To Coworking In Minnesota, followed by The Ultimate Guide To Women In Technology In Minnesota, and most recently: The The Ultimate Guide To SportsTech in Minnesota.

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Thank You Sponsor: Coherent Solutions

by The TECHdotMN Team

coherent_solutionsIt is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank You Coherent Solutions!

What does Coherent Solutions do?

Coherent Solutions is a software consulting company that provides custom software development, mobile development, quality assurance, DevOps, and Data Management & Analysis services. We work closely with our customers in cross functional teams providing services across the software development life cycle. Our goal is to help our customers create business opportunities and solve business problems through technology. They bring their business innovations and ideas to the table and we help realize them with commercial grade software.

When & how did Coherent Solutions start?

The company was started in 1995 by Igor Epshteyn. The company operated as a strictly Minneapolis consulting company for the first eight years. Igor is a native of Belarus and he saw an opportunity to leverage the high quality technical talent there. He established the Development Center in Belarus in 2003. The company has about 700 employees. It serves 55 customers across the United States.

What is unique about the company?

While Coherent does most of its work offsite from its customers, our approach to distributed development is very different from a lot of other service companies. We are big believers in Agile development processes, openness, and collaboration between our teams and our customers. Our customers work directly with all of their team members in both the U.S. and Europe. This improves velocity, quality, innovation, and accountability between all parties and is key to yielding the superior results our customers enjoy.

Why do you sponsor TECHdotMN?

TECHdotMN does great work and is read by a lot of people in the Minnesota technology industry so sponsoring it provides a good way to increase awareness of Coherent Solutions. TECHdotMN does a lot to promote the great work being done in our industry locally and we’re happy to play a small role in helping it do so.

How Minnesota’s tech industry could improve from your perspective?

Minnesota’s technology industry is vibrant and growing. Anything that increases the supply of talent in the local tech industry will be helpful long-term. The supply crunch for talent continues to be the biggest drag on tech’s growth in Minnesota.


~3/4 Readers: “Innovation” Is Dead

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 9.38.17 AM220 readers cast a vote over the past two weeks in our March meta poll: Is “Innovation” dead or alive?

71% say “Innovation” is dead, 17% say “Innovation” is alive, and 11% are on the fence about it.

This poll was not about the actual act of inventing/ improving on a new idea, device or method (once a definition of innovation) — rather the abuse of a word in tech that’s become so diluted it no longer has any meaning to it.

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Report Says Minnesota’s Tech Industry Ranks 17th Nationwide By Employment


Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 9.36.20 AMBy Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Minnesota’s technology industry added an estimated 2,226 new jobs in 2016, according to Cyberstates 2017, the annual technology-industry analysis of the nation’s tech industry released Monday by CompTIA, the industry trade group.

With an estimated 140,970 workers, Minnesota ranks 17th among the 50 states in tech-industry employment, CompTIA said. Technology occupations across all other industries in Minnesota – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 170,300 in 2016.”

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High Five For March 2017


The top 5 most popular articles in March by readership, underwritten by CodeSavvy:

Kidizen Raises $3.2m VC Round –  “Kidizen, the marketplace for used kids apparel and clothing, has raised $3.2m in venture capital according CEO Dug Nichols.”


JaredKnow This Nerd? Meet Jared SielingWhen I was real little my dad brought home an Apple II computer, with the big floppy disks, and I’d spend hours going through all the disks, starting them up, and seeing what their programs did.”



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Twin Cities Tech Executives Buy Cypress & Form SkyWater Technology


Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 8.24.37 AMBy Alex Van Abbema, Star Tribune

“A group of Twin Cities technology executives, backed by a local investment group, bought Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s wafer and chipmaking plant in Bloomington, forming a new company that hopes to expand its production.

The plant, a few blocks south of the Mall of America, will continue to produce wafers for Cypress and serve as a foundry, or contract manufacturer, of chips for about a dozen other companies. It employs about 400 people.”

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