NYC Headquartered LearnVest Is Building A Dev Team In Minnesota


New York City headquartered financial planning technology firm LearnVest is creeping into Minnesota as they steadily grow their Android mobile development team out of Minneapolis.

“Let me tell you this: I know how dedicated Minnesotan’s are to the craft of software engineering,” VP of mobile and emerging technologies Mindy Ferguson starts by saying.

“Thet talent in Minnesota is truly something special.”

Ferguson should know, since she is a Midwest native who has spent years of her time in tech on each respective coast when she was initially introduced to Minnesota craftsmanship through ReachLocal. As a former VP of Engineering for the LA-based firm, she became intimately familiar with the scene here through their remote office in the North Loop which employs between 15-20 to this day.

LearnVest was acquired over two years ago for a reported $250m by Northwestern Mutual.  The Wisconsin-based financial planning firm counts over 8,000 global employees, and as part of that ongoing integration and scale, LearnVest offers a pair of consumer mobile applications, which is where Minnesota comes in now.

“I’m a proponent and fan of distributed development,” she explains. “Finding the best team wherever they may be. We needed to get an Android team up and running very quickly so I turned to Minneapolis based on my success there prior.”

Their first local hire, Jared Brogni, has since grown to a distributed team of four people, with four additional open gigs, and more to come in the near term:

Job Location Type
Android Engineer
Minneapolis Full-time
Mobile Test Engineering Lead
Minneapolis, MN Full-time
Senior Mobile Developer
Northwestern Mutual
Minneapolis, MN Full-time
Mobile Architect
Northwestern Mutual
Minneapolis, MN Full-time

In accordance with the plan, LearnVest just signed a colo office deal with forthcoming venue WeWork, which is scheduled to open inside Capella Tower as of October 1st.  Their capacity there, she says, will top out at 11 engineers before she has to think about what comes next.

“This is the starting point for us in Minnesota and once we round out our Android team, we’ll be thinking about Minneapolis more over time.”


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