Have you caught up with the latest episode of The tech.mn Podcast? John Garry, Associate at High Alpha, speaks on the appeal of midwestern innovation and why the Minneapolis ecosystem is still an underrated gem.
Elyse Ash spent more than a decade as a copywriter in the ad industry working on campaigns for TV, healthcare companies, sports teams, and more. But she couldn’t shake the feeling that she wanted to have a bit more creative control than advertising was affording her.
But Ash found the spark to create something new from a difficult — and familiar to many — experience. From that struggle, her new company was born (along with an adorable baby girl). This is A Workday With Elyse Ash, CEO and founder of Fruitful.
It takes a lot more than a core group of amazing players* to become a successful eSports organization. eSports, just like traditional sports, are propelled by fans first and foremost, and Brett Diamond is clearly bringing that mentality to his position as the chief operating officer of the Minnesota Røkkr. Just days before the Call of Duty League’s massive kickoff event at The Armory in downtown Minneapolis — which is also the Røkkr ‘s debut into the big time —we spoke with Diamond about cultivating a positive and inclusive fanbase, working with the famously foul-mouthed entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, and what it means to finally show the eSports world how we do things here in Minnesota.
(*Thankfully, Røkkr has that part covered, too.)
Anser Innovation and Ōmcare have announced a new addition to its board of directors, Amanda Brinkman. Currently the chief brand office of Deluxe Corporation and the creator, producer, and host of the HULU series “Small Business Revolution — Main Street,” Brinkman is joining the Burnsville IoT company shortly after it was named one of the “hottest healthcare startups in Flyover Tech” by the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.
“Amanda has amassed an extremely impressive marketing, public relations, and business development track record that will allow her to provide critical guidance to Anser Innovation as we move toward the commercialization of the Ōmcare Home Health Hub in 2020,” Lisa Lavin, Founder and CEO of Anser Innovation, said in a release.
Dunwoody College of Technology hosted the 10th Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition (created by the Institute of Navigation) on Jan. 18, and since most of the area is still nursing fresh mental wounds from the recent snow emergency (especially if you got ticketed or towed), now seems like the perfect time to spotlight some brave — and obviously very smart — souls working to improve snow removal for the masses.
The Call of Duty League Launch Weekend at The Armory is just days away (Jan. 24-26), and that means our very own Minnesota Røkkr will be making their (hopefully triumphant) debut very, very soon. With two tough matches in the coveted final slots of both Friday and Sunday and pressure of being the home team, the team’s mettle is sure to be tested.
And that’s without the extra layers of drama sprinkled on top of both matchups.
We caught up with Brett Diamond, Minnesota Røkkr COO, to get the scoop on why both launch-weekend opponents are more than your average Call of Duty faceoff.
“I think the league did a great job of scheduling the matches for this weekend,” Diamond said. “They’ve really created a lot of great storylines between different teams and individuals. Both of the teams we’re going to play have interesting storylines behind them.”
21 | An Outside Perspective with John Garry of High Alpha
On Episode 21, Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and special guest host, Bri McCullough, welcome John Garry, Associate at High Alpha out of Indianapolis, on a special TCSW edition of The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about the state of venture capital. Read More »