Best Buy’s Former CTO & Chief of Digital Leaves For AT&T

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By Clare McGrane, Geekwire

Best Buy’s chief digital officer, Bala Subramanian, has left the company to serve as the chief digital officer of wireless communications giant AT&T, GeekWire has learned.

AT&T confirmed his addition to GeekWire in an email. A Best Buy spokesperson told GeekWire that Subramanian has been replaced by Brian Tilzer, formerly the chief digital officer of pharmacy giant CVS Health.”

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Minnesota Ecommerce Captains: Frank Jackman, Local Crate

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Thanks you Irish Titan for underwriting our Minnesota Ecommerce Captains series focused on local leadership in the ecommerce industry.

 
Frank Jackman is the cofounder & CEO of Local Crate, which recently raised $1.4m and expanded its service into multiple major markets.

He is a featured speaker at the Twin Cities Ecommerce Meetup next Wednesday, where he shares the story of bootstrapping a million+ dollar e-commerce platform in 3 months.

When and why did Local Crate start?

Local Crate delivered the first Crate in November 2015. While working at Schwan’s Food Company, Mike (Stalbaum) and I saw the future of food…and it was fresh and local. Our desire to making local food accessible launched Local Crate.

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Berlin Replaces Boehler As Bellacor CEO

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“Lighting and home décor online retailer Bellacor.com has appointed Jay Berlin as its new Chief Executive Officer.

A results-driven and team-focused e-commerce business leader with diverse product and multi-channel experience, Berlin’s 35 year career has included successful President & CEO roles as well as marketing management positions at Summit Sports Companies, Sportsman’s Guide, UnitedHealth Group, Northern Tool & Equipment and Fingerhut.”

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[FIELD NOTES] 1 Million Cups Eden Prairie: Running Tap’s Beer Delivery Service

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Filmed recently at 1 Million Cups Eden Prairie is Isaac Tut with Running Tap, an app enabled beer delivery service.

Is your meetup, user group, or conference bringing people together to share knowledge that serves the Minnesota tech community? Reach out to info@tech.mn about our Field Notes network to spread your topics further and grow your audience through our distribution platform.

After Raising $1.4m, Local Crate Expands Service To California

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“Minneapolis – May 15, 2018 – Local-first food company Local Crate announced today that it launched their locally sourced retail meal kits in 200+ California and Minnesota stores, while also expanding its direct-to-consumer business to the state of California, continuing to build out its vision to become the first locally-driven food platform on a national scale.”

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Q&A With Local Crate CEO Frank Jackman On The $1.4m Raise

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Ecommerce meal subscription service startup Local Crate closed a $1.4m seed round last week and now we learn more about that milestone from cofounder & CEO Frank Jackman.

 
What is your objective with Local Crate?

Local food is one of the fastest growing food trends, surpassing that of organic, but without a clear leader in this space since it’s highly fragmented between co-ops, restaurants, family farms, etc.

There is great opportunity in the food system to combine technology for efficiency, freshness, quality, and even cost savings. Today we are meal kits, which is how we’ve identified the need, and from there we will expand.   Our ultimate goal is to become the first nationally recognized local food brand based on a decentralized system.

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