Recruiting Young Female Minority Talent Has Helped Fuel Growth At Keyot

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Via Star Tribune

“When Laura Kelly launched IT consultancy Keyot with sister Anjie Cayot out of Kelly’s basement a decade ago, she was burned out from travel and fed up making money for big-company employers. The siblings accomplished their first objective in a hurry: establishing a growth company, which this year is projected to reach revenue of $25 million-plus from the work of nearly 200 IT consultants and staff.”

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[UPDATED] TECHdotMN, 26 Letters, and Structural Introduce A Diversity and Inclusion Study Of MN Tech

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Updated 6/7/18: Question framework added.

Original 5/17/18: We’re teaming together with 26 Letters and Structural to research and assess diversity and inclusion (D&I).

This shared pursuit represents a first of its kind scientific approach to holistically and objectively understanding the D&I environment among Minnesota’s technology industry at large.  Some key questions we are seeking to answer include:

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IT-Ready Helps Fill Gaps For Immigrants & Minorities In Minnesota Tech

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Javier Martinez is an important part of the fastest-growing component of the Twin Cities labor force and a critical element in our economic future. Martinez, 26, an immigrant from Mexico as a child, worked as a paper carrier and cleaned houses after graduating from St. Paul Johnson High School.

“I also was pretty good with computers,” Martinez said. “I could fix my personal computer. And I enjoyed troubleshooting and helping friends.”

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App Aims To Reduce The Chance Of Bad Outcomes With Police

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By Emma Sapong, MPR News

“In June of 2016, Mondo Davison was driving on Interstate 94 in St. Paul at 3 a.m. when a police car’s lights began flashing behind him. It was just seven months after Minneapolis police officers had shot and killed Jamar Clark. The deaths of other African-Americans at the hands of police had filled headlines and fueled protests around the country. Davison is also black. “

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Lunar Startups Seeks Applications

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“ST. PAUL, Minn., April 30, 2018 – Earlier this year, American Public Media announced the launch of the Glen Nelson Center and its first program, Lunar Startups. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the new program – dedicated to supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs leading high growth startups – is seeking applications for its inaugural cohort beginning today and lasting until Friday, June 1, at lunarstartups.org.”

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Meet The Man Behind Twin Cities Voter Guide MSP Votes

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By Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

“Sure, it’s a cliche and all, but for Ryan Johnson necessity did breed invention. Johnson is the guy who built and maintains MSP Votes, a data-driven guide to elections created last spring to track the Minneapolis municipal election, and which is now looking to do the same with local races on the ballot this year.”

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