BETA Startup Showcase: ZenLord Pro

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BETA Startup: ZenLord Pro LogoThe TECHdotMN team would like to introduce you to each of the startups featured in the upcoming BETA showcase. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight each company, so you can get a better idea of the talent, hardwork, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The final company in our BETA Startup Showcase series is: ZenLord Pro

ZenLord Pro is a territory based rental management software that provides all the tools a landlord needs to run their rental business in one platform, from marketing vacant units, delegation of showings to local agents, collecting rent, and providing local vendors to schedule maintenance tasks.
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BETA Startup Showcase: Enlight

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BETA Startup: Enlight LogoThe TECHdotMN team would like to introduce you to each of the startups featured in the upcoming BETA showcase. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight each company, so you can get a better idea of the talent, hardwork, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The next company in our BETA Startup Showcase series is: Enlight

Enlight helps teachers better understand their students, so they can provide better differentiated instructions.
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Blacks in Technology Conference (BITcon) Kicks Off Today

by Valerie Lockhart

BITcon Speaker: Steve BuchananToday is the kickoff of the 2nd Annual Blacks in Technology (BIT) Conference, the mission of which is, “setting the standard of cultivating world class technical excellence” and “stomping the divide.” This 4-day, multi-location event is comprised of workshops, panel discussions, lightning talks, startup pitch events, and exhibitor booths, all focused on building up businesses, resources, and networking opportunities for the black community.
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BETA Startup Showcase: 26 Letters

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The TECHdotMN team would like to introduce you to each of the startups featured in the upcoming BETA showcase. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight each company, so you can get a better idea of the talent, hard work, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The first startup to be featured is: 26 LettersStartup: 26 Letters Logo

26 Letters uses data and action to leverage diversity and inclusion to increase employee retention, organization outcomes and market awareness. Read More »

Code Switch Aims for Ideas and Solutions at this Weekend’s Hack-a-thon in St. Paul

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Code Switch Twin Cities

In linguistics, “code switching” is the practice of alternating between two different languages within one conversation. People do this conversationally to try to fit in, or to help the other party understand the context of their message.

In her Tedx Orlando talk, “The Cost of Code Switching,” Chandra Arthur discusses growing up black in America, and how she was taught from a very young age to code switch to be taken more seriously. The tech founder and CEO of an app called Friendish, Arthur explains how this practice, while critical for black people to be seen as a “non-threatening person of color,” is actually a danger to true diversity. People who are societally expected to code switch, spend more time focused on learning how to speak to fit in than they do living, creating businesses, or solving community problems.

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Minnesota Hires Colorado-based Company to Replace Troubled MNLARS System

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Via MPR News

Image result for Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, also known as MNLARS.“Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that the state has hired a Colorado-based technology company to replace the troubled Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, also known as MNLARS.

The state contract with Fast Enterprises will provide the new system, which will be known as Vehicle Title and Registration System or VTRS. The company will use off-the-shelf software rather than build the new system from scratch. Fast Enterprises was the only company to respond to Minnesota’s Request for Proposals in June.”

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26 Letters Acquires Hack The Gap

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Via News Release

“We are excited to announce that 26 Letters has acquired Hack the Gap! We couldn’t be happier about 26 Letters being our new home. One of our main goals in creating Hack the Gap was designing a space for women and non-binary folks to step out of the mainstream tech culture and hack together. We imagined this space to be free of the micro aggressions that women, non-binary, transgender folks, and BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) face in tech everyday. A place to step out and connect with others and realize, “wow, I’m not alone.” An oasis. A reset. A community of people with similar experiences in tech to connect with each other.”

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Rochester Teens Develop App To Help Immigrants

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Via Rochester Post Bulletin

“Alexandra Bancos and Anjali Donthi are both daughters of immigrants who had trouble finding services or simply shopping when they first arrived in the U.S. Bancos and Donthi are also programmers who were looking for a project to submit to the annual Minnesota Cup business startup competition held by the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.”

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