[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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Apple Valley Coders Advance To Technovation’s Global Semifinals

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By Amy Mihelich, SUN

“Girls at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley are shattering glass ceilings by programming glass screens. Technovation[MN] is part of a global competition that supports diversity in information technology career fields. Through a 12-week program, mentors and coaches help teams of up to five girls brainstorm, create and pitch a mobile app that solves a social problem.”

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Perforce Software CEO Janet Dryer Is Among The Drivers Of Minnesota’s Economy

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Mosaic’s move to Florida, which was announced last week, was expected and not a disaster. A Fortune 500 company, Mosaic, a Cargill spinoff 15 years ago, has seen its local employment diminish by half, to 150. It was evolving geographically to its global mining operations in Florida, where it employs 3,700 employees.”

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A Record Number Of Presentations At Technovation[MN] App Challenge

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By Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune

“Last weekend hundreds of girls gathered to compete for Technovation[MN]’s Appapalooza international app-building challenge.  St. Louis Park-based Code Savvy, a non-profit that encourages kids and teens to explore computer coding, runs Technovation[MN] and the regional competition of the event. They reported record participation with 74 teams presenting their apps this year. “

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Local IT Vet Urges A Less-Technical Approach To Drawing Women To Tech

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“In an economy hungry for tech workers, there’s ever-growing emphasis on science and math education for girls to help fill the yawning gender gap in technology — and opportunity in male-dominated careers.

Catherine Gulsvig Wood embodies another path. Wood is part of a software-architecture duo at consultant Accenture that recently was awarded a patent for “multi-cloud tagging capability” for the Accenture server-cloud platform.”

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