DIGI To Layoff 60 In Eden Prairie Under Manufacturing Consolidation

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“MINNETONKA, Minn., April 3, 2018 /CNW/ — Digi International, (NASDAQ: DGII), a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced it will transfer the manufacturing functions of its Eden Prairie operations facility to existing contract manufacture suppliers. The move further leverages the manufacturing strength of its vendors and further focuses Digi on new product introduction.”

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Ascentis Nabs New CFO From Qumu

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Ascentis Corporation, a market leader in easy-to-use human resources software, online payroll services, and HCM (human capital management) software solutions, recently announced Peter J. Goepfrich as Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Goepfrich has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry primarily serving as Chief Financial Officer for high growth software and SaaS organizations. Prior to Ascentis, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Qumu Corporation, API Healthcare, and Vital Images—all leading solution providers in their respective industries.”

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Kipsu’s Entrepreneurial Hiring Approach Is Scaling

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Minneapolis startup Kipsu is ramping up with a novel approach towards hiring and training in an otherwise challenging labor market.

Clinically called the “Entrepreneurial Leadership Rotation Program” and unofficially abbreviated from this point forward as ELRP, the full-time employment opportunity targets entry-level workers seeking to join a growing Minnesota technology company:

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Wearable Tech Startup RxFunction Has A New CEO

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“Minneapolis, MN, November 09, 2017 –(PR.com)– RxFunction announces it has appointed Thomas Morizio as Chief Executive Officer of RxFunction, Inc., manufacturer of walkasins® – the first Wearable Sensory Prosthesis (WSP™) to help improve balance in patients who experience gait and balance problems due to peripheral neuropathy.”

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Seagate Alum Becomes LiquidCool’s New CEO

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By Sebastian Moss, DataCenter Dynamics

“Liquid cooled server designer LiquidCool Solutions has appointed Darwin Kauffman as its new CEO, effective immediately. Kauffman, who spent years at Seagate’s enterprise storage division, replaces former CEO Herb Zien, who will become a co-chairman of the board.”

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GoKart Labs Hires CFO Angie Swatfager

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — GoKart Labs, an innovation consultancy and digital business incubator, today announced the hiring of Angie Swatfager as the company’s first Chief Financial Officer. Working from GoKart’s main headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, she will be focused on financial strategy and growth opportunities as well as operational priorities.”

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Leadpages Downsizes Staff And Becomes Profitable

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It’s learned that Leadpages laid off a sizeable chunk of their employee base last month.  As further proof that one company buying another doesn’t inherently result in a bigger crew, sometimes the ship simply needs more refined skill sets than sheer hands on deck.

John Tedesco took over as Leadpages/Drip CEO on August 1, 2017 replacing cofounder Clay Collins and had this to say about the development:

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Shivani Stumpf Named CTO At Hoonuit

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hoonuit, a leading provider of analytics and professional development solutions, announces that Shivani Stumpf has been named Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s product management, content development, engineering and IT operations across the product portfolio to help educators maximize student success.”

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Local Software Veteran Rob Juncker Joins Code42 As SVP Of Product Development

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Code42, the leader in cloud-based endpoint data protection and recovery, today announced that Rob Juncker has joined the company as senior vice president of product development. Juncker brings more than 20 years of experience in security, cloud, mobile, and IT management. In previous roles, he helped evolve companies from IT management technologies to security-focused solutions.”

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Minnesota Marketing Tech Org MnSearch Names Jolina Pettice President

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“Minneapolis – September 19, 2017 – The Minnesota Search Engine Marketing Association (MnSearch) announced today it has appointed its first female president, Jolina Pettice. As President, Jolina will help underscore the importance of gender diversity in marketing tech, and aims to inspire other women to get involved in this community.”

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