Twin Cities tech startup CEO is moving to San Francisco

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St.Paul Business Journal

Sarah Young, CEO of Twin Cities tech startup Rock Your Block, will move to San Francisco later this summer, partly to take advantage of the city’s thriving entrepreneurial scene.

The move is part personal and part professional, Young said. She’s always wanted to give living in California a shot, and she’s excited about finding new partnership opportunities in San Francisco.”

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Local startup Rock Your Block to demo at Launch Festival

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“MINNEAPOLIS,  Minn.  February,  2013  -­‐  Rock  Your  Block,  LLC,  a  Twin  Cities-­‐based  tech  start-­‐up,  aims  to   reduce  teenage  unemployment  rates  by  connecting  teens  with  opportunities  to  earn  money  within  their   community  by  performing  neighborhood  tasks,  as  well  as  securing  part-­‐time  jobs  and  internships.

Rock  Your  Block  was  recently  selected  to  demo  at  the  LAUNCH  FESTIVAL,  held  at  the  San  Francisco   Design  Center  Concourse  in  San  Francisco,  California  on  March  4  -­‐  6,  2013.”

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Rock Your Block heading to SXSW

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.– Rock Your Block, LLC, a Twin Cities-based tech start-­up, aims to reduce teenage unemployment  rates by connecting teens with opportunities to earn money performing neighborhood jobs and securing part-time jobs  and internships in their community.

Rock Your Block was recently selected as one of 33 start-up companies to be showcased at the Tech Cocktail event as  part of the South By Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin, Texas this March. SXSW is a two‐week conference centered  on emerging technology, music, and film, drawing tens of thousands of participants from an estimated 50 countries. “

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Beta Byte: Rock Your Block

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Rock Your BlockBeta Byte is a new series for the early stage tech that lies somewhere between idea and traction. Equally exciting & raw.  Are you in this phase?

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Rock Your Block

What is the customer value proposition? What business problem is being solved?

Teen unemployment rates in the US are currently at an all-time high, upwards of 25-35%. Multiple research studies indicate that high levels of unemployment during the teen years increase the difficulty of transitioning to part-time and full-time employment in the late teens and early twenties, as well as reduce future wage and earnings potential.

Rock Your Block solves this problem by offering a safe and convenient way for teenagers to find jobs in their community. Teens are given the opportunity to develop skills necessary to become independent, self-sufficient adults: searching for work, building a resume, handling job interviews, and developing good time and money management. Rock Your Block is the first mobile and Facebook-integrated application that leverages teens’ existing networks by providing a platform to search and apply to job postings in their community.

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Young Entrepreneurs Rock the Block

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By Dana Severson, Twin Cities Business

Startup: Rock Your Block

Founded: 2010

Location: Minneapolis

Key players: Sarah Young, founder and CEO; John Hibscher, development director; Sean Canton, senior developer and designer; and Ben Hunt, software engineer

Funding: Self-funded; looking for first-round funding in January 2011

Web site: rockyourblock.com”

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Rock Your Block hopes to help teens earn some cash while helping their neighbors

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By Dan Haugen, The Line Mag

Rock Your Block is the brainchild of Sarah Young, who took the idea to last month’s Startup Weekend event in Minneapolis. The web app will be a place where kids can search for work and advertise their services for things like raking, shoveling or babysitting.

“I wanted to provide a quick, easy, simple way for teens to find odd jobs within their neighborhoods” and avoid the hassle of putting up fliers or knocking on strangers’ doors, says Young, whose income as a kid included pay for things like babysitting and dog walking. There is no Monster.com for these kind of chores, and that’s what Rock Your Block wants to be.”

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Create. Launch. Repeat. Startup Weekend Twin Cities Returns!

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In alignment with Kauffman’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010, Minnesota will join the list of 30+ parallel Startup Weekend events happening  around the world this fall. From Friday November 19 through Sunday the 21, teams of local developers, marketers, designers, and entrepreneurs will get together to pitch, vet, build and demo new products over a single weekend.

Hot off Minnesota’s first Startup Weekend, organizer and COO Shane Reiser said “…the energy, feedback and outcome was so positive that this place is ready for more.” By the numbers, 100 registered for the last weekends hackathon at CoCo MSP and between 80-90 people came out for the initial pitch night on Friday.  In the end,  around 60-70 startup enthusiasts spontaneously collaborated across 13 unique teams. A review of John Sheehan/Twilio’s interview library provides a great sense of what Startup Weekend was like for those who participated.

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