Best Buy Tries New GeekSquad Tech Support Subscription Service

by Admin

Via News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the first time, Best Buy customers can get help for all their technology and appliances, immediately and easily, no matter where or when they bought them.

Best Buy Total Tech Support Powered by Geek Squad launches nationwide today, bringing Americans the technology troubleshooting and support they need with convenience — and a price — that is hard to beat.”

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Why We Left Silicon Valley For Minnesota

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By Steve & Mary Grove, via Star Tribune

When my wife, Mary, and I started telling people that we were leaving Silicon Valley to move to Minnesota, we were met with a variety of reactions. The most obvious was, “Oh, wow — it’s cold there, right?” Others asked, “What will you do for work?” Perhaps the oddest response was, “That seems really random!”

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Thank You Sponsor: CATS

by The TECHdotMN Team

It is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank you CATS for reinvesting!

What does CATS do?

At CATS, we provide web-based software for professional recruiters. Our applicant tracking system (ATS) empowers recruiters to effectively and efficiently source, screen, and submit candidates for hiring.

When and why did CATS start?

CATS started as Cognizo, a recruiting agency. However, the founders of Cognizo were frustrated at the lack of a useful web-based tool for sourcing, tracking, and hiring candidates, so they rolled up their sleeves and developed what would become a very popular open-source ATS, which they brought to market in 2006.

What is unique about CATS?

As mentioned above, we began as recruiters, so we have a unique inside perspective into what drives our customers as professional recruiters. In addition, there are few companies where you can walk across the office and talk to the owner. Our floor plan and company structure are such that every member of the team is directly involved in the growth and development of our company and product.

Why do you sponsor tech.mn?

We sponsor TECHdotMN because, as a successful tech company in Minneapolis, we believe in paying it forward and reinvesting in the same community from which we grew. The advancement of tech in Minnesota is good for all of us – a rising tide lifts all boats!

How can Minnesota tech improve?

Communities like TECHdotMN and others are doing great things to foster tech growth. Another great way to get more tech companies to think about Minnesota is by courting big tech conferences and events. Once they are up here, tech players won’t be able to help but fall in love with our community and our state.

[REPEAT] Don Smithmier [2]

REPEAT is a special interview series underwritten by CliftonLarsonAllen where we take a deep dive inside the minds of Minnesota’s rare repeat technology entrepreneurs.  Repeat means to start a tech company, exit said company, and return start another one.

Repeat entrepreneur is Don Smithmier, currently leading two tech companies simultaneously: he’s the Cofounder/CEO at GoKart Labs and Founder/CEO of The Big Know; previously, he cofounded two others — BringMeTheNews & Sophia Learning — both subsequently acquired. (Part 1 can be read here).

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Thank You Sponsor: Tarmac

by The TECHdotMN Team

It is important we recognize those who sponsor TECHdotMN because their financial reinvestment advances Minnesota’s technology industry.

Thank you Tarmac for reinvesting!

What does Tarmac do?

Design (UI/UX) + Software Development + DevOps

Tarmac is a custom software development company that designs, builds, scales, and maintains web and mobile apps on AWS. As of today, we have over 80 employees and offices in four different countries; they are: Argentina, Macedonia, United States and Uruguay.

When & how did Tarmac start?

Tarmac started a little over six years ago. Since inception, we have served over 50 clients with the vast majority of those being in good ole’ Minnesota.

The idea for Tarmac came from prior software development experiences with teams in different timezones. Our Founder had previously worked with offshore groups and found it difficult to practice true agile development without having a team that worked concurrently. That spurred a study that looked at every country in Central and South America. The study consisted of 31 different categories and the results were weighted based on importance. The data of the study led us to Uruguay.

What is unique about the company?

We aren’t unique; we are principled. It’s pretty straightforward. Senior Developers that work at the same time as our clients while relying on proven software development processes (agile, GitFlow, peer review and TDD). This lays the foundation to do things that we love like Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment.

Why do you sponsor TECHdotMN?

It’s the epicenter of tech in the Twin Cities / Minnesota. We like nothing more than supporting causes that are true catalysts to the tech community.

How Minnesota’s tech industry could improve from your perspective?

Openness towards software development partners in different countries. We are in a global race to develop IP and should consider all options out there to win.

[REPEAT] Scott Burns [2]

REPEAT is a special interview series underwritten by CliftonLarsonAllen where we take a deep dive inside the minds of Minnesota’s rare repeat technology entrepreneurs. Repeat means to start a tech company, exit said company, and return start another one.

Scott Burns cofounded GovDelivery in 2000 and subsequently sold the software company once and for all in a merger with Granicus in 2016, after selling it to Vista Equity Partners one month prior.  He then returned to cofound Structural — an employee success software firm — in 2017. (Part 1 of our interview can be read here).

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Multiple Minnesota Tech Leaders Named 2018 EY ‘Heartland’ Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists

Eighteen individuals from the state of Minnesota were named EY finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award in the Heartland “Who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.”

Of those chosen finalists, five are Minnesota tech industry leaders:

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[REPEAT] Scott Litman & Dan Mallin [2]

REPEAT is a special interview series underwritten by CliftonLarsonAllen where we take a deep dive inside the minds of Minnesota’s rare repeat technology entrepreneurs.  Repeat means to start a tech company, exit said company, and return start another one.

Partners Scott Litman and Dan Mallin are presently pursuing Equals 3 after decades of documented business success. Together, and in parallel, they also founded the Minnesota Cup in 2005; part 1 can be seen here.

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