Thank You Sponsor: lucidLIFT

by The TECHdotMN Team

It is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank you lucidLIFT for reinvesting!

What does lucidLIFT do?

lucidLIFT’s mission is to elevate the performance of software engineering teams through the proper application of agile principles. We do this through a customized combination of professional services and proprietary coaching and training software. Our software uses artificial intelligence and expert training content to ensure your teams reach their full potential, and continue to perform at their highest level.

When/why/how did lucidLIFT begin?

Paul Carlson and Mark Strange founded lucidLIFT in August of 2016 after seeing a recurring need for affordable and effective agile coaching that can scale. 20 years after the agile revolution, over 60% of agile projects are still either challenged or failed. We decided to build a business around solving this problem.

What is unique about lucidLIFT?

Our software is our secret sauce. Unlike traditional consulting firms that have an interest in staying embedded in your software development organization as long as possible, our goal is for your teams to be expertly trained and truly self-directed as quickly as possible. After a coaching engagement, the software remains, collecting data, setting goals, and providing information and insights. 24 x 7. Not even the best agile coach can do that!

Why does lucidLIFT sponsor TECHdotMN?

Minnesota has a vibrant technology community. We want to contribute to raising awareness of all the great things happening in the Minnesota tech scene.

How could Minnesota’s tech industry improve from your perspective?

The Minnesota tech industry could benefit by funding more speculative but higher-reward big ideas.

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“Minneapolis and Chicago – January 18, 2018 – Sportsdigita, a pioneer in sales enablement software for the sports industry, announced today the completion of an investment round from Chicago-based PEAK6 Sports.

The transaction enables the firm to more quickly grow its technical, sales, and support teams as it begins to target businesses outside of sports. Terms were not disclosed.”

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Updated 1/19/2018: Minnesota is officially out of the running, nullifying Greater MSP’s claim of competitive secrecy.

Updated 12/9 1130 am CST: DEED has replied to PRMs request with two documents:

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If the release of these two documents smells like red herring, you might be wondering: where is the actual proposal?

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[Updated] Which Tech Companies Based Outside Minnesota Have A Presence Here?

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Building off our recent exploration of tech companies coming to and moving around town thiswhich tech companies based outside of Minnesota have a presence here? 

That is the question we seek to thoroughly understand in this running post.

Presence — for the purpose of the article — is defined as two or more employees that consistently work together in a professional office environment (coworking counts since many local expansions do start that way).

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Minnesota’s Top Lawyer Joins 21 Others In Suing The FCC

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By Brian Heater, TechCrunch

“A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission’s recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations.

The filing is led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, who called rollback a potential “disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet.”

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Beyond the Data Teams With MN State Mankato To Teach The Masses About Big Data

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“January 17, 2018 – Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWeb) – Beyond the Data LLC, an innovative new education and advisory organization, today announced it is partnering with Minnesota State University, Mankato to offer a new certificate program that will jump-start working professionals in the Twin Cities into understanding and taking advantage of data & analytics and, in doing so, enhance their careers.”

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