Sports Franchises Flock To Sportsdigita

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By Patrick Thomas, Star Tribune

“Working for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Angelina Lawton found herself surprised at the number of professional sports teams who were still using PowerPoint, the PC presentation software, in presentations to potential sponsors.

She hatched an idea for a company [Sportsdigita] that would create customizable presentation designs for sports teams, which, at both the pro and collegiate level, have back offices filled with people ginning up sponsorships, ticketing promotions and fan engagement events.”

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Know This Nerd? Meet Sarah German

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Sarah German is a senior back end developer and local freelancer for hire.

 
What initially sparked your interest in technology?

In 8th grade, I was a guitarist in a band called the Ice Cream Señoritas. If you were into the underground alt-rock scene of Prairie Village, Kansas in 1998, you may have heard of us. Anyways, we were in desperate need of a website, so I made us one on GeoCities.

What was the first programming language you learned?

Learned a little QBasic in elementary school, then took an 11 year hiatus from the whole programming thing and later learned ColdFusion in college.

What do you do now?

Back-end development and tech spec writing for Drupal and WordPress projects. I work with PHP and JavaScript mostly. And spreadsheets.

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An Exit Interview With Glafira Marcon of Healthcare.MN

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2016 Minnesota Tech Community Champion Glafira Marcon has been the leader of Healthcare.MN since the initial founders essentially abandoned their baby in 2015. 

After adopting the group in October of that year, it has grown on all fronts, though last month she stepped down as the lead and moved out of Minnesota.   While still connected through the board, Healthcare.MN is about to undergo evolutionary changes in her absence, as things will not be the same without her.

We reached out for an ‘exit interview’ to hear her retrospective take on Healthcare.MN, and Minnesota’s HealthTech industry; those are our words and these are hers:

When and why did you leave Minnesota – more importantly what does your relationship look like with Healthcare.MN post departure?

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Rochester Teens Develop App to Stop Texting and Driving

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Via ABC 6 News

“Some high schoolers from Rochester are trying to make Minnesota roads safer by targeting one of the leading causes of distracted driving: texting.  According to the CDC, 11 teens die every day from texting while driving. What started as a group of friends wanting to make a difference has transpired into a winning tool to help reduce distracted driving. The team of five girls created an app called “Via.”

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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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Via News Release

“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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