Where to catch Google I/O in Minnesota

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Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 1.13.47 PMIf you’re like most Minnesotans, chances are you won’t be in San Francisco this week for I/O 2014.

Where’s the next best place to get together with those who share your your curiosity and passion for tech? There’s at least three live streaming meetup gatherings for those in the Twin Cities area who want their feed their fix:
 

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Hack for MN 2014 is coming to the Nerdery this June

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Via News Release

“Hosted by Open Twin Cities,  Hack for MN 2014 will be the second annual gathering of passionate and  engaged citizens given the opportunity to explore and drive solutions for local community needs. Hack for MN is Minnesota’s contribution to Hack for Change, the White House sponsored national event that draws citizens, community leaders, government representatives, designers, and technologists to events in 90+ cities around the country to empower communities via new tools and novel ideas.”

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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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“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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