Q&A With The Nerdery’s New CEO Tom O’Neill

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Tom O’Neill, President and CEO, The Nerdery

 
In January, Tom O’Neill officially became the chief nerd in a land of 500 nerds, replacing Mike Derheim who cofounded the company in 2003 with partners (Sierra) Mike Schmidt and (Bravo) Luke Bucklin.

O’Neill has been there since the early days. He joined as a programmer shortly after inception and championed the culture from the start, through those formative years, and into the growth phase as he rose through the ranks. From the bottom to the top — we sit down with this vet to hear about the next chapter of this Minnesota tech staple.

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Evine Live CEO Jumps Ship

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By Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune

Evine Live Inc., the online and cable-TV retailer, shook up its leadership and said Monday that its fourth-quarter profit margin would be below its year-ago level.

The company said Mark Bozek stepped down as chief executive and that Bob Rosenblatt, the chairman of the company’s board, would step in as interim CEO while a search for a permanent successor goes on.”

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Gage Partners With Glitch To Serve Minnesota’s Digital Gaming Industry

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MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 4, 2015 — Gage, a Minneapolis-based engagement marketing agency, announced today a strategic partnership with GLITCH, a Twin Cities nonprofit organization that promotes the exploration of digital games in Minnesota as a culture, career and creative practice.”

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Minneapolis HR Analytics Firm Modern Survey Acquired By Aon Hewitt

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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, today announced it has acquired Modern Survey, an employee survey and talent analytics solutions provider that enables companies to more effectively understand their workforce and drive business performance by creating an aggregated, holistic view of the employee lifecycle— from the candidate experience, new employee onboarding to engagement and exit interviews.”

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Hiring Trends From Inside Minnesota’s VC-Backed Tech Ventures

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peopleLinkedIn recently made some changes that are designed to delight job seekers — and sure to ire some employers at the exact same time — by opening up ‘hiring trends.’

Looking back 24 months we can now see the total current headcount, the average tenure and the change in headcount over that period of time.

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NYSE Threatens To To Boot Imation

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“OAKDALE, Minn., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN) (“Imation” or the “Company”) today announced that on February 2, 2016, Imation Corp. (the “Company”) received a written notice from NYSE Regulation, Inc. (the “Notice”) stating that the Company is not in compliance with the continued listing standards set forth in Section 802.01B of the Listed Company Manual of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). Such noncompliance is based on the Company’s average global market capitalization being less than $50 million over a consecutive 30 trading-day period and its stockholders’ equity being less than $50 million.”

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Phoji App Lets You Send Your Own Custom Emoticons

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By Kristen Painter, Star Tribune

“After Jay Coatta’s 16-year-old daughter won a tennis match, he received a text message from her that was filled with smiley-face emojis and other expressive icons.  Coatta was thrilled for her but frustrated. None of the emojis — cartoonish images that come installed on many smartphones — conveyed his daughter’s expressions like her own face could.

When he mentioned that to a friend, Jon Christensen, the two experimented to see if they could build a phone feature to allow customizable emojis. That’s when Phoji — a blended word of “photo” and “emoji” — was born.”

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Local Ecommerce Startup BoomBoom Prints Has Been Liquidated

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Local ecommerce startup BoomBoom Prints has been sold to an undisclosed local buyer for an undisclosed amount, according to CEO Brett Brohl.

Founded in 2013 by Ryan Broshar, BoomBoom specialized in allowing artists to sell items to mothers, a social commerce niche that played along the lines of Etsy.

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Minnesota Tech Transplant TruScribe Launches TruGlyph iOS App

TruGlyphFast growing video production company TruScribe has released its first product, launching TruGlyph today to take their signature style to iOS.

Scribology is the company’s unique method for creating moving graphics that communicate by using hand-drawn whiteboard videos. Here’s a classic example in action that conveys Weird Al Yankovic’s mission statement:

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