It is important to recognize those who financially sponsor TECHdotMN because their contribution helps to advance Minnesota’s technology industry.
Thank you Code42 for reinvesting and supporting the cause!
1) What does Code42 do and why?
Code42 securely manages and protects the world’s data. We’re best known for CrashPlan, category-leading, cloud-based endpoint backup for consumers, businesses and the enterprise, including many of Minnesota’s (and the world’s) top brands. We also innovated and recently launched SharePlan enterprise-grade file sync and share to facilitate real-time collaboration between employees while enforcing corporate security requirements. We protect data that’s important to users at any level: from family photos and personal documents, to mission-critical data and innovative research.
2) When did the company start, where is it based?
Code42 was founded in 2001 and is based in Northeast Minneapolis.
3) What is something unique about Code42?
Code42 is an incredibly collaborative working environment and celebrates nerd culture. As we continue to expand, we’ve grown and adapted to function as a larger organization while still retaining the beloved aspects of the small company atmosphere we’ve created. Despite our tech leanings, we believe in people working together in person. That’s when the energy is best and the ideas flow; when you’re focused together in the same room on the same issue. An individual’s idea, while important, is not nearly as valuable as two people’s ideas fusing together to create something unique—an entirely new possibility. When each person exerts his or her thoughts and influence, cool things happen. There is no greater resource than people, and we’re lucky to have really good people. In turn, that brings us more good people. And it doesn’t hurt that employees enjoy free parking, yoga, BBQ lunches and other fun activities as a team.
4) Why do you sponsor TECHdotMN?
We believe in Minnesota; it’s our home. Code42 was born here and has seen tremendous growth over the years, and there’s no reason this market can’t develop more technology pioneers. Something we natively have here in Minnesota is a communal mindset. It’s a neighborly attitude, and it’s something we seem to have more than other areas. We want to work with other businesses to ensure Minnesota continues to grow as a haven for technical entrepreneurs with a tech-friendly business climate. For that reason, Code42’s leaders and employees proudly support the growing local technology community—hosting technology user groups and coaching local startups. We further foster, nurture and promote community building among tech-based businesses through associations, sponsorships and groups that share our same commitment and values: including TECHdotMN.
5) How could Minnesota’s tech industry improve from your point of view?
We need to embrace more risk. It could be our Midwest roots, but more risk exists on the coasts. And when the East and West Coasts have come calling, we’ve been too quick to sell because our conservative attitude tells us that’s the “safe” play. Holding out, waiting to see what might happen for the business five or ten years down the road involves risk, and that just hasn’t been something we typically do here in Minnesota.
It’s a cultural change we need to make, and that starts with schools and parents. We need to embrace more risk, specifically encouraging kids to pursue careers at small companies versus large companies. That should be viewed as success and not as failure. The focus right now is backward. Let’s work together to change that perception: you’re not working for a successful company; you’re successfully creating a working company. It’s cultural. We’ve got great human capital in spades here in Minnesota.
6) Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We’re fortunate to have an extraordinary team at Code42, and it’s not something we take for granted. We were very deliberate in building a strong company culture with a never-give-up mentality, even through our rapid growth. This has helped us continue to succeed at a high level, because in the economy and in the context we’re in right now, there is no greater resource than people. When you invest in people’s passions, you drive growth.