I’m Sahar Ismail, CEO of LegacyArmour, and This Is How I Work

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Thanks to CoCo for sponsoring our new How I Work series!

LegacyArmour is a digital service, which allows you to deliver a secure eVault filled with the information of your choosing (photos, passwords, and stories are all fair game) on a designated date in the event that you are unable to give the information to loved ones yourself.

At the helm as CEO is Sahar Ismail, who co-founded the company and continues to run it. We spoke with her to learn about her work habits and the the way she operates LegacyArmour on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

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Meet A Minnesota Tech CFO: Kim Nelson, SPS Commerce

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Thanks to local commercial real estate pros CBRE for sponsoring our new Meet A Minnesota Tech CFO series!

The CFO: Kim Nelson, SPS Commerce

When and how did you get started in your finance career, specifically within the tech industry?

I started my Finance career in 1989, after graduating from Babson College. After 11 years in the CPG industry, I was looking for a change, a faster paced environment. In 2000, I had the opportunity to work at Amazon and I have been in the tech industry ever since. I can’t imagine ever leaving technology!

What is unique about your role with the technology industry, compared to other industries?

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After Selling Questar For $128m, Jamie Post Candee Takes The Lead At Edmentum

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edmentum, a leading provider of web-based learning solutions, today announced the appointment of Jamie Post Candee to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is a return to Edmentum for Ms. Candee, who previously served in a variety of positions with the company from 2005 to 2014, including Chief Revenue Officer, before joining Questar Assessment as its President and CEO in 2014.

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Know This Nerd? Meet Sarah Marrone

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Sarah Marrone is a freelance front-end developer in Minnesota.

What initially sparked your interest in technology and what was the first programming language you learned?

In my first job out of college, I was eventually tasked with maintaining the website. This was my first exposure to coding and it got me thinking about pursuing it as a career option. HTML was the language.

What do you do now?

Front-end development, using HTML, Ractive, CSS, Javascript

How did you develop the skillsets to get to where you are today? Did you have formal training or were you largely self-taught?

Kind of a combination, in the beginning I took a couple workshops but was mainly self-taught, lots of Googling. Then when I made the decision to switch careers, I enrolled at Prime Digital Academy and completed their bootcamp. That gave me a good jump start, and from there I’ve continued learning on my own and on the job (and there’s still plenty of Googling).

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The 4th Annual Appapalooza Features Young Women In Tech

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“On May 7, 250 middle school and high school girls will converge at the Minneapolis Convention Center to compete at the 4th annual Appapalooza. Appapalooza is Technovation[MN]’s Regional Pitch Event of Technovation, a global technical entrepreneurship program. The event is free and open to the public, claim your tickets here; in total, 63 teams will pitch their apps at Appapalooza.”

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Alicia Cermak, ArcStone

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Alicia Cermak ArcStoneThank you Andcor Companies for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies!

The CTO: Alicia Cermak, ArcStone

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I’ve been working in technology professionally for nearly 15 years, and have been interested in computers for almost as long as I can remember. I got started when my dad brought home our family’s first computer (a Tandy 1000 HX) and gave me free rein on it, which led to web design as a hobby in my pre-teen years, web development and computer repair in my teens, and eventually a traditional computer science education.

Professionally, I’ve worked as both a developer and a systems administrator, which I find gives me something of a unique perspective.

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Meet A Minnesota Tech CFO: Jenny Kray, Calabrio

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Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 11.23.10 AMThanks to local commercial real estate pro’s CBRE for sponsoring our new Meet A Minnesota CFO series!

The CFO: Jenny Kray, Calabrio

When and how did you get started in your finance career, specifically within the technology industry?

I started my career in public accounting with KPMG Minneapolis in 1996. I left KPMG in 2000 after responding to a job ad in the Star Tribune for an Accounting Manager role at Microgistix, a software marketing company in the Warehouse District.

Then, in 2002, a former manager from KPMG reached out to me about an Accounting Manager role at Secure Computing Corporation, a network security company where I ended up working for almost seven years. In that seven-year period, I was a part of three acquisitions until we were acquired by McAfee in 2008.

At that point, I knew I had found my niche and wasn’t going to consider leaving the tech space.

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