General Mills Hires Chief Digital & Technology Officer

by Alex Skjong

General Mills has hired Jaime Montemayor as chief digital & technology officer. The new role was created to increase the company’s digital and data capabilities and will see Montemayor overseeing the IT and Technology Solutions teams.

“Customers and consumers set the pace in today’s hyper-connected world – and they’re moving fast…” Jeff Harmening, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a release. “At the heart of this transformation is the unprecedented availability of data. Jaime has impressive credentials in this space and will help us deepen our connection with consumers through data and ultimately help us win in the marketplace. I’m very excited to add his expertise to my leadership team and our entire enterprise.”

Montemayor previously served as chief technology officer of 7-Eleven and senior vice president and chief information officer, digital innovation, data and analytics for PepsiCo (part of his 21-year stretch with the company).

Montemayor’s role will begin on February, 24, 2020.

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Friday Listening Party: John Garry on The Podcast

by Admin


Have you caught up with the latest episode of The Podcast? John Garry, Associate at High Alpha, speaks on the appeal of midwestern innovation and why the Minneapolis ecosystem is still an underrated gem.

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The Podcast: An Outside Perspective with John Garry of High Alpha

by Jac Stark

The Podcast Episode with John Garry of High Alpha

21 | An Outside Perspective with John Garry of High Alpha

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On Episode 21, Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and special guest host, Bri McCullough, welcome John Garry, Associate at High Alpha out of Indianapolis, on a special TCSW edition of The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about the state of venture capital. Read More »

Weekly Events Roundup – December 8

by Valerie Lockhart

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Looking at the calendar this week, it might just be the week of celebrating women in tech!

Tuesday, December 10th, the Minnesota Women in Tech are hosting a happy hour event at Code42, celebrating this year’s winners of the Pioneer Women in Tech awards. Devan Sayles of General Mills / Aspirations in Computing, Sue Ann Rodriquez of WeCo, and Heide Antholz of Total Expert are being celebrated this year.

After happy hour, you can make your way over to Target Plaza Commons to check out the Hackbright Academy Launch Party. Learn about the admissions process, more about the engineering program—curriculum, meet other women in tech, and enjoy free food and drinks!

Thursday, December 12th, the Women Who Code – Twin Cities group turns 4 years old! Help them celebrate by attending their year-end party at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield. There will be Show and Tell project demos, some hands on craft projects, food, and good conversation.

If you know of any events that just should not be missed, please take a moment to add them to our weekly calendar.

Have a fabulous week!

Weekly Event Roundup

by Valerie Lockhart

If you’re wondering what to do this week, we found some great options for you on this week’s calendar

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Wednesday kicks off the Midwest Architecture Community Collaboration conference, and since that’s a mouthful, we’ll just call it MACC 2019. This year’s theme is “Aligning Architecture and Innovation for Sustained Business Success” and features topics like business architecture, disruptive technologies, managing security and risk, and leveraging data analytics. There are MACC workshops Wednesday and tracks running all day Thursday as well. Read More »

The Tech.MN Podcast: Love, Luck, and a Whole Lot of Fight With Bri McCullough

by Jac Stark


The Tech.MN Podcast Team with Guest, Bri McCullough

9 | Love, Luck, and a whole lot of Fight With Bri McCullough

Find this podcast on Apple, Google, and Spotify.

On Episode 9 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN welcome Brianna McCullough, founder of BriLimitless and Network Systems Engineer at Target, on The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about how following her heart led her to Minnesota and the things that kept her here.

Bri walks us through getting a computer science degree and then teaching herself how to code. We dive into Bri’s journey into becoming a speaker and an advocate for technology and diversity and inclusion (D&I). We get real about how the Minnesota ecosystem is doing and what we can do better. Bri shares the story of brilimitless and living a fearless and transparent life.

We chat about the upcoming event for Graveti, a community focused on building businesses, creating wealth and developing the Tech ecosystem for people of color in the Twin Cities, of which Bri is the events and programs director. The Graveti summit will take place on Saturday, November 2nd. Check it out here!

Hype Time
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Bri gives a shout out to Sam Ndely, consultant at MEDA and Co-founder at Graveti. She also shouts out Yolanda Smith (Lead at Target and speaker) and Steve Buchanan (Microsoft MVP).

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BriLimitless – Bri’s personal website and blog
Arlan Hamilton – We gush over Arlan and chat about her appearance at last year’s Graveti Summit
Graveti Summit – Happening in Minneapolis on November 2nd, Get your tickets now!
Techquity – Bri Shouts out Techquity – a profession platform for African Americans in technology

The Woke Coach Tackles Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Minnesota Companies

by Valerie Lockhart


Seena Hodges believes that racial equity is the defining issue of our time. Not only does she believe this, she has built her consulting company, “The Woke Coach” around the idea of helping other companies ensure their environments are more diverse and inclusive. No matter the industry, including our local MN tech scene, there are inequities in hiring processes and retainment when it relates to marginalized groups, and Hodges aims to change that.

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2019 Twin Cities Startup Week Schedule Promises a Week of Discovery

by The TECHdotMN Team


Kids heading back to school and brisk mornings hint at the impending kick off of the official season of Minnesota entrepreneurs. Nothing is more telling of this than the debut of the 2019 Twin Cities Startup Week calendar today. While the week-long celebration of Minnesota’s startup ecosystem is over a month away the community is bracing itself for over 150 events between Minneapolis and St. Paul between October 9th and 16th.

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Conservis and Foundry Debut Ag-tech Hackathon August 8-9


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Image result for conservis logoMINNEAPOLISAug. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Two leading technology companies with experience collaborating on ag-tech solutions are launching a hackathon, Affect the Cause, focused on solving some of the most pressing problems in food and agriculture technology. Foundry and long-time client Conservis will dedicate two days, August 8-9, to form collaborative teams challenged to solve critical issues involving agriculture and food supply.

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