Eden Prairie HQ Parallel Technologies Names Amy Anderson CFO

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“MINNEAPOLIS – August 9, 2018 – Parallel Technologies, an industry-leading reliable data center and intelligent building solutions company, has named Amy Anderson to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

A significant expansion of her previous role as Financial Controller, Anderson now oversees the company’s accounting, internal audit compliance, human resources & recruiting, IT systems, marketing communications and purchasing functions.

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Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur With Amber Gunn Thomas: What I Learned Shutting Down My Startup

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Starting a business is tough, but winding one down after years of effort can be equally challenging.

How do you handle the tough conversation with your customers? Your stakeholders? Yourself?

Amber Gunn Thomas created an online business around the DIY economy.  The Patchery was a marketplace that enabled everyday people to be part of the creative process without having to be an amazing artist, or designer. After being full time on the Patchery for three years, since April 2014, Amber made the decision to cease operations in the spring of 2017.

In this Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur series curated by Sean Higgins and underwritten by Router Ventures, she talks for the first time about lessons learned and what the process was like for her:

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I’m Michelle Chaffee, Founder & CEO of Alska, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to Fueled Collective for underwriting our How I Work series!

 
Michelle Chaffee is the founder and CEO of Alska, a local healthtech startup for reducing rebound admissions and improving communication among care teams.

What one word best describes how you work?

Perpetually

What is your current device/hardware/office setup?

MacBook at home (and everywhere), Mac mini at the office with dual monitors, iPhone 6s. I’m secretly hoping one of the mystery perks at Station F is an iPhone X.

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Lorrie Carr Appointed CEO At Excelera

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“After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the Board of Directors is delighted that Lorrie Carr will lead Excelera as we navigate the dynamic and evolving specialty pharmacy industry,” said Robert Beacher, Chairman of the Board and interim CEO for Excelera.

“Lorrie has a very diverse background within the biopharma and specialty pharmacy sectors, which will allow her to build upon our industry-leading position supporting our Members in caring for complex patients. I have no doubt that she is the right person to lead Excelera into new and innovative growth opportunities.”

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[REPEAT] Mary Meehan [2]

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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.

Mary Meehan co-founded Iconoculture with Vickie Abrahamson in 1992, a consumer trend research firm that raised $12m and grew to 120 employees before a sale to Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in 2010.

Following that, she established Metametrix in 2013 to introduce a scalable software platform for delivering big data to big brands that want know where the puck is going within their target markets. Part 1 of the interview can be read here.

What did you do after leaving Dayton’s to see what you were made of?

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Ask An Indie: Ellen Burns-Johnson

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Welcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.

The Indie: Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer, Allen Interactions.

What inspired you to start making games?

I’ve loved games since forever, but my professional interests have taken me down a path more aligned with learning psychology and human behavior. Several years ago I realized that good learning experiences felt very similar to my favorite games—challenging, evolving, complex, and emotionally engaging.

At what age did you create your first game?

When I was 30! I made a Twine game at the Midwest Game Jam.

What formal training do you have that has helped you?

My background as a learning experience designer has helped me quite a lot in thinking about game dynamics and working with development teams.

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