“MINNEAPOLIS – August 13, 2019 – Digital River, the most experienced global ecommerce enabler for established and fast-growing brands, announced today that it has transitioned to a “headless” approach, building out its suite of APIs and microservices. This move enables brands to combine best-of-breed solutions from multiple providers to create a flexible ecommerce offering designed to meet increasingly complex shopper demands globally.”
Via The Verge
“Amazon workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota warehouse plan to strike for six hours during Prime Day to demand safer working conditions and secure jobs. According to Bloomberg, workers across two shifts will leave the warehouse and protest outside the facility; they’ll also be joined by some engineers from the Amazon Employees For Climate Justice group who plan to fly in to support the strike.”
Via News Release
“We know guests count on Target to find products they’ll love without wading through endless options, so here’s some exciting news. Meet Target +™ (Target Plus), a curated assortment of products from third-party sellers on Target.com. It’s an initiative in its earliest stages, designed to complement Target’s current assortment with thoughtfully selected additions in popular areas like home, toys, electronics and sporting goods.”
Via Twin Cities Business
“At the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, media outlets will be able to download photos of Lady Gaga on the red carpet even before she’s told Ryan Seacrest who she’s wearing. That real-time photo identification technology will come from a small start-up far away from the Hollywood limelight—in Duluth.
For years, Duluth-based Runway Manhattan has supplied fashion photos, videos, and copy to publishers worldwide. At the Oscars, the company will premier its new artificial intelligence-based technology called FashionBrain, designed to make it easier for publishers to quickly track down specific red-carpet images.”
Thanks you Irish Titan for underwriting our Minnesota Ecommerce Captains series focused on local leadership in the ecommerce industry.
Matt Johnson is a repeat Minnesota tech entrepreneur. He started, scaled and sold his prior company Contour Innovations in 2014 before launching Omnia Fishing last year.
Omnia is an ecommerce company for the fishing industry with “unique ways of associating data, content, and products with specific bodies of water using machine learning.”
He’s speaking at the next Wednesday at the Twin Cities Ecommerce meetup hosted by Apruve.
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Thank you Tarmac for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota Tech CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies.
How long have you been working in tech for and what is your technical background?
I have been a tech hobbyist and enthusiast since the first time I got my hands on a personal computer. Throughout my educational history I have spent a lot of time programing, building websites, and testing networks and systems security. I began studying Economics at Columbia University but quickly felt the need to transition back to my passion within technology and moved to Computer Science at both Columbia and the University of Minnesota. I joined Sezzle right out of school and helped us build the team and product we have today.