See the Nerdery’s nonprofit website makeover before-and-afters

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By Jim Hammerand, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“More than 300 web professional volunteers spent 24 consecutive hours April 12 and 13 building websites for nonprofits at no charge through The Nerdery’s Overnight Website Challenge.

View a gallery of before-and-after comparisons of the nonprofit websites here.

The Bloomington-based software and app development firm says more than 114 nonprofits have received more than $4 million worth of free professional services since the first Overnight Website Challenge in 2008.”

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Overnight Website Challenge Helps Non-profits Boost Online Presence

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By Cassie Hart, KSTP.com

“A good website can make or break a business sometimes. Dozens of Minnesota non-profits are getting a boost to their online presence, for free this weekend. Mark Malmberg with the Nerdery, an online design company in Bloomington, said the self-described “nerds” form teams of 10 web pros that show up not knowing what non-profit they’ll serve. Eighteen Minnesota non-profits are participating in the Overnight Website Challenge.”

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The Nerdery announces nonprofits & dev teams for Overnight Website Challenge

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Via News Release

“Minneapolis, March 26 2014 – The Nerdery today announced the 30 web development teams and nonprofits bound for a 24-hour blind date during the weekend of April 12-13, during simultaneous community-service nerdathons in Chicago, Kansas City and St. Paul.”

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Transition for the Nerdery complicated by history

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By Lee Shafer, Star Tribune

“For most companies, promoting someone to president would be pretty straightforward, but few companies have had the history of the Nerdery.

First, and depending on when you count, the job of president seems pretty well covered already by the something like 462 co-presidents the company already has. Everyone who works at the place carries a business card that says “Co-President.”

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Which Minnesota tech companies made the 2013 Inc 500/5000?

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IInc5005000nc., the magazine “written for the people who run growing companies” recently released it’s annual ranking list of the country’s top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies with an emphasis on the top 10 percent of the list — the ‘Inc. 500.’

We’ve identified 37 Minnesota based tech companies (depending on that definition – this isn’t an exact science). 6 software, 6 e-commerce, 20 IT services, and 5 misc. tech companies are represented are based on self-reported revenue gains over a three year period.

Field Nation is both the highest ranking tech company and overall across all Minnesota industries, coming it at #44 out of the 5,000 nationwide. With 15 employees, the Minneapolis headquartered firm has grown some 6,031% to $27.7m in revenue. Fitness on Request (255) and Magnet 360 (360 – really?!) rank second and third in the tech segment, respectively.

The information below provides a unique glimpse inside some of Minnesota’s fastest growing privately held high tech companies 2013, according to Inc.. For previous years, see: 2010; 2011; 2012.

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Multiple Minnesota tech leaders make Ernst & Young Upper Midwest Entrepreneur Of The Year finals

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Upper Midwest region. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.”

[Minnesota tech finalists: Apex Information TechnologiesBrian Kueppers; Code 42 SoftwareMatthew Dornquast; Intertech, Inc.Thomas Salonek; JAMF Software, LLCChristopher "Chip" Pearson and Richard "Zach" Halmstad; ReconRobotics, Inc. – Alan Bignall; The Nerdery – Mike Derheim.]

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The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge announces 2013 winners [before & after]

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Over 200 volunteers, nonprofit reps, judges and sponsors gathered tonight in The Nerdery’s Luke J. Bucklin Nerditorium Hall for the outcome of the 6th annual Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.

More than 4,000 hours of pro bono web development were freely given to 18 Minnesota nonprofits by 180 volunteer web pros (nerds) starting the weekend of March 9 & 10 at the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Education Center.

That all culminated today as judges scored teams on three categories: Best Design/User Experience; Greatest Functionality; and Biggest Impact. In addition to Design/UX, Functionality and Impact, teams compete for two more awards: Best in Show and People’s Choice. The top winners were:

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