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).

Thank you to Redpath and Company CPAs. Redpath and Company is geared to best serve established or growing privately-held tech companies and their stakeholders. Visit RedPath’s Website and find out how you can get your business to the next level.

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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


Via News Release

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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CommonGrounds Opens the Newest 27,478 Square Foot Coworking Office in Downtown Minneapolis


“CommonGrounds Workplace opens its newest location in downtown Minneapolis, bringing its next-generation flexible shared office model to 801 Marquette Avenue South.

CommonGrounds is an enterprise-grade Workplace-as-a-Service company that collaborates with office owners to provide flexible space and coworking for companies of all sizes in multiple U.S. cities. It opened a new site in downtown Salt Lake City in March and has signed leases for new locations in Midtown Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. as part of the company’s $100 million Series A funding expansion program.”

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TECHdotMN is Hiring

by The TECHdotMN Team

TECHdotMNSureSwift Capital is a fast-growing investment firm with a diversified digital portfolio that now includes TECHdotMN.

We are looking for freelance writers who have a strong grasp of the English language and availability to deliver at least 2 – 4 articles per month. If you are interested in this role and have a passion for the tech/startup space please check out our job description here.

Product Management Leadership: Danaca Booth, Code42


Thank you to lucidLIFT for underwriting our new Product Management Leadership interview series!

Featuring: Danaca Booth, Code42

What does Product Management leadership mean to you?

When I started out in product, I thought it meant having a vision. But after several years, I now think product leadership is about connecting with people and the problems they’re trying to solve, determining if any of those problems are worth solving in terms of your own business goals, and if so, approaching those problems with genuine curiosity.

For me personally as a PO, I feel I’m doing a good job when I can facilitate cross-functional collaboration in a way that yields a better outcome
for our customers than I could ever dream up on my own.

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Reimer: Why I’m Walking Away From the Product I Spent a Year Building


Via Derrick Reimer

“Here I sit, in a cabin on Lake Superior by the fire, with late-season snow pelting the windows and ominous waves crashing against the rocky shore. Despite the treacherous terrain that surrounds me, I feel at peace with the decision I’ve been weighing. I’ve decided it’s time to take a step back from building Level as a standalone alternative to Slack.”

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