The 4th Annual Appapalooza Features Young Women In Tech

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“On May 7, 250 middle school and high school girls will converge at the Minneapolis Convention Center to compete at the 4th annual Appapalooza. Appapalooza is Technovation[MN]’s Regional Pitch Event of Technovation, a global technical entrepreneurship program. The event is free and open to the public, claim your tickets here; in total, 63 teams will pitch their apps at Appapalooza.”

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Alicia Cermak, ArcStone

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Alicia Cermak ArcStoneThank you Andcor Companies for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies!

The CTO: Alicia Cermak, ArcStone

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

I’ve been working in technology professionally for nearly 15 years, and have been interested in computers for almost as long as I can remember. I got started when my dad brought home our family’s first computer (a Tandy 1000 HX) and gave me free rein on it, which led to web design as a hobby in my pre-teen years, web development and computer repair in my teens, and eventually a traditional computer science education.

Professionally, I’ve worked as both a developer and a systems administrator, which I find gives me something of a unique perspective.

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Meet A Minnesota Tech CFO: Jenny Kray, Calabrio

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Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 11.23.10 AMThanks to local commercial real estate pro’s CBRE for sponsoring our new Meet A Minnesota CFO series!

The CFO: Jenny Kray, Calabrio

When and how did you get started in your finance career, specifically within the technology industry?

I started my career in public accounting with KPMG Minneapolis in 1996. I left KPMG in 2000 after responding to a job ad in the Star Tribune for an Accounting Manager role at Microgistix, a software marketing company in the Warehouse District.

Then, in 2002, a former manager from KPMG reached out to me about an Accounting Manager role at Secure Computing Corporation, a network security company where I ended up working for almost seven years. In that seven-year period, I was a part of three acquisitions until we were acquired by McAfee in 2008.

At that point, I knew I had found my niche and wasn’t going to consider leaving the tech space.

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MN E-Comm Captains: Brenda Boehler, Bellacor

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Brenda BoehlerThanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our new MN E-Comm Captains series focused on leaders in the online retail sector!

Brenda Boehler has been in retail for over 25 years and the CEO of Bellacor since 2014.

Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop, Bellacor is an Internet Retailer Top 500 lighting and home furnishings multi-channel e-commerce company with revenues of $40 million and a team of 70.

She will be speaking to her success in person at the next Twin Cities E-Commerce Meetup on 3/29.

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Calabrio Pulls New CFO Jenny Kray From SPS Commerce

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Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 8.31.17 AMVia News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Calabrio, a leading provider of customer engagement and analytics software, has hired veteran finance executive Jenny Kray to serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kray will be responsible for leading the finance, legal and IT teams, with a focus on supporting Calabrio’s business transformation and expansion.”

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Repeat Entrepreneur Mary Meehan Is Working On Her Next Big (Data) Thing

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Mary Meehan, Cofounder and CEO, Metametrix.

“I’ve always had more ideas to work on,” says Mary Meehan, explaining her motivation to start another company.

“It’s like a gift and a curse…this entrepreneurship thing…but I just love solving problems.”

Though Meehan is not a formally trained social scientist, she’s spent over a quarter century thinking like one, and capitalizing on her experiments along the way.

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Reve Academy Promotes Amanda Janssen To Executive Director

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Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 8.27.06 AMMarch 7, 2017 – Rêve Academy, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis, announced today that Amanda Janssen has been promoted to the role of Executive Director.

“Amanda embodies the values of Reve Academy. She believes our students can lead a digital revolution in this country. Her passion for transforming student experiences, as well as her expertise in the educational sector, make her a perfect fit,” said Brad von Bank, who served as the volunteer executive director from 2010 to 2016.

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32 High School Women Honored For Annual Aspirations in Computing Awards

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Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 1.10.06 PM“SAINT PAUL (February 2017) – Advance IT Minnesota, the high-tech Center of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, today announced the names of 32 high school students selected as winners and honorable mentions in the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC). The awards program honors young women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests in technology, and was started to support and encourage young women to pursue careers in technology.”

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