Ask An Indie: Ashley Godbold, Mouse Potato Games

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Ashley GodboldWelcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.

The Indie: Ashley Godbold – Founder/CEO of Mouse Potato Games & Lead Game and Application Developer Instructor and Minnesota School of Business Richfield.

What inspired you to start making games?

The game LA Noire convinced me to go to school to learn to make the art for games. When I played this game I was in love with the fact that every store you drove by had a fully realized store front with lots of little trinkets arranged in each. Each one was so lovingly made, but it wasn’t terribly likely that you’d ever actually stop and look at each one. I decided that I wanted to do that—be the person that designed beautiful sets that would make the
player feel like they stumbled upon a hidden world.

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Startup Week Offers Free Flights To Lure Talent To Twin Cities

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
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Twin Cities Startup Week will offer free flights to out-of-state job seekers who want to check out Minnesota’s entrepreneurial scene.Event organizers will award vouchers worth $300 apiece to professionals attending Startup Week, which runs from Sept. 19-25. People must apply for the fly-in program online. Startup Week has so far attracted enough sponsorships to cover between 30 and 40 flights, Startup Week Director Nels Pederson said.”

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Best Buy Grows US Ecommerce ~24% In Second Consecutive Quarter

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Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 1.23.33 PMBy Krystina Gustafson, CNBC

“It wasn’t long ago that Amazon was considered to be the death knell for Best Buy’s business. That’s no longer the case. The bricks-and-mortar electronics chain on Tuesday said its U.S. online sales grew 23.7 percent during its fiscal second quarter, marking the second straight quarter of nearly 24 percent growth.”

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B2B E-Commerce Provider Four51 Lays Off ~20% Of Workforce

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four51-logoAfter raising $5m earlier this year to build out sales and marketing, Minnesota e-commerce PaaS firm Four51 has laid-off 14 employees, in a move towards “technology-first and channel approach.”

The group represents approximately 20% of their overall headcount, and comes on the heels of a Minneapolis headquarters relocation last month.

CEO Mark Johnson had this to say about the changes:

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Who’s Driving Mobile Carpool App Launches Today

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Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 7.46.59 AMVia News Release

“Minneapolis, MN: The Who’s Driving app, which aims to help parents instantly organize carpools, is now available for both iPhone and Android users. The new app eliminates the need for parents to use group texts, email chains, last minute phone calls and complicated spreadsheets to organize their children’s carpools. Instead, all communications about upcoming carpools exist within one interface in the Who’s Driving App.”

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Want To Help Twin Cities Start-Ups? Buy something From Them

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By Christopher Smith, Star Tribune

Screen Shot 2016-08-20 at 9.09.00 AM“It’s been a decade since I moved to the Twin Cities from Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the technology world. At the time, my friends and family wondered aloud how this lifelong computer nerd could be leaving all the action in “the Valley” to move to the quieter plains of Minnesota.

I was confident that I could have a successful entrepreneurial career anywhere, and over the last handful of years I helped launch a technology company based here in Minneapolis called Kipsu. We provide a solution that allows service organizations to engage their guests using text messaging and other digital messaging channels.”

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August Update: The Ultimate Guide To Coworking In Minnesota 2016

by The TECHdotMN Team

In April we released version one of our Ultimate Guide To Coworking In Minnesota and since have learned how frequently the landscape changes…there are now 24 unique venues.

We’ll be updating this quarterly going forward, tied to the four seasons that make Minnesota such a great place to be.  A special shoutout goes to Eddie Rymer at Carlson Commercial for underwriting all the effort that this free resource necessitates.  As always, if we missed anything leave a comment, or feedback on how this can be of maximum value to you going forward.

The latest modifications include:

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