I’m Andrew Rice, Founder & CEO Of Goals.com, And This Is How I Work


Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series.

Andrew Rice is the founder and CEO of Goals.com, an app-centric service that offers tools, coaching and inspiration for individuals.

What one word best describes how you work?


What is your current device/hardware/office setup?

HP laptop and an iPhone. As for my office, believe it or not, I office in our conference room.  When we moved into our current space about 6 years ago, instead of heading to my office in the back, I setup shop in the conference room. I feel too removed in a private office, I like to be near the action.

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What Is The Difference Between A Founder & Entrepreneur?

by The TECHdotMN Team

Founders are those who have incorporated a for profit company; they have literally laid the foundation of being recognized as a legal entity and are forever recognized as that, regardless of their title or role (if any) related to the company over time.  Founder status is by-in-large irrevocable, and while each company will have it’s own requirements and qualifications, at TECHdotMN, we refer to the above as a guiding definition.

Entrepreneurs generate revenues into the for profit corporation by addressing inefficiencies, explicit problems or implicit need in the market with mutual economic value exchange between the ownership and customers.  This involves sourcing, organizing and allocating the necessary resources, while assuming both the risks and rewards associated with the endeavor. Entrepreneurial success is measured by positive financial Return on Investment (ROI) over time.

Therefore the difference between the two, as you read TECHdotMN may seem semantically subtle, but it’s actually quite significant: commercialization/revenue/income/monetization. Founding a company is the single most important step in the process of entrepreneurship as it relates to a path for remuneration of products and services offered.  Most entrepreneurs are by default also founders, though many founders will not become entrepreneurs.

*There is no right or wrong definitions – this is simply a clear articulation of implied capacity around two important and powerful words often used in sentences and the database architecture :)

Thank You Sponsor: Sezzle

by The TECHdotMN Team

It is important we recognize those who financially sponsor TECHdotMN because their direct contribution advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank You Sezzle!

What does Sezzle do?

Sezzle is a fintech company whose mission is to financially empower the next generation. Our first product is an alternative payment platform that enables shoppers to pay with interest-free installment plans. We help merchants increase conversion rates, basket sizes, and purchase frequency, primarily with young shoppers who lack traditional credit.

When and how did Sezzle start?

Sezzle started in January 2016 when Charlie Youakim left Passport, a transportation payments company he co-founded, to build a solution that catered to Millennial and Gen Z consumers with Paul Paradis, a friend from business school and experienced sales and marketing executive.

What is unique about working at Sezzle?

We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we take our work very seriously. We believe there is a massive disconnect between traditional financial services companies and young adults in the US, and everyone here is energized to solve this problem.

What are some open positions Sezzle is hiring for right now?

Current open positions include: Full-Stack Engineers – Senior & Junior, Android and iOS Developers, Customer Service Representatives, Merchant Success/Development, Sales, and Data Science.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Sezzle is growing very quickly and we are determined to become a major player in the payments industry by focusing on the customer and what they need and want.

After $1.2B IPO, Eagan’s ConvergeOne Is Going Private In Deal Valued At $1.8B


Via News Release

“EAGAN, Minn. and LONDON, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ConvergeOne Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVON, “ConvergeOne” or the “Company”), a leading global IT and managed services provider of collaboration and technology solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of CVC Fund VII (“CVC”) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion.

Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, ConvergeOne expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019. ConvergeOne will maintain its corporate headquarters in Eagan, MN and continue to be led by its current executive team.”

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I’m Cale Johnston, The Founder & CEO Of ClickSWITCH, And This Is How I Work


Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series.

Minneapolis-headquartered ClickSWITCH was formed in 2014 as a B2B technology for financial institutions to provide their account holders with an easy way to switch direct deposits and automatic payments.

At the helm as CEO is Cale Johnston, who founded the company and continues to lead the team of ~25 today after a fresh $3.5m Series A funding in August.

We spoke with Cale learn about work habits and the the way he operates ClickCWITCH on a typical day — inside and outside the office:

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JAMF Signs A Massive Deal With SAP


Via News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS – October 23, 2018 – Jamf Nation User Conference – SAP (NYSE: SAP), today announced that it chose Jamf, the standard in Apple management, to manage its 17,000 Mac, 83,000 iOS and 170 Apple TV devices. SAP is managing these devices together with Jamf Pro to create a native and integrated IT and user experience across all of its Apple devices.”

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Minnesota MusicTech 2018 Is On Oct 30th At IceHouse

by The TECHdotMN Team

Minnesota MusicTech 2018 is where music and technology collide. More than a dozen music & technology companies are based in Minnesota and this is a celebration of them:

Ion Concert Media, Audiofile Engineering, Exogal, Fideliquest, Haulix, Hum, MyMy Music, Pianu, Resonant Cavity, Soundpruf, Spark DJ, Studioso, and Zivix.

This unique event on Oct 30th at IceHouse from 8-10pm features local artists melding hardware and software to push the boundaries of sound:

  • Robot Rickshaw is a platform for the creation, performance, and dissemination of early 21st century semi-nomadic robot herder’s music.
  • Ions & Atrophy is a progressive metal band who incorporate the use of Jamstik’s Smart Guitar MIDI instrument.

Sponsored by: Vemos, Jamstik Smart Guitars, Messerli & Kramer.

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