Minnesota Marketing Tech Org MnSearch Names Jolina Pettice President

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“Minneapolis – September 19, 2017 – The Minnesota Search Engine Marketing Association (MnSearch) announced today it has appointed its first female president, Jolina Pettice. As President, Jolina will help underscore the importance of gender diversity in marketing tech, and aims to inspire other women to get involved in this community.”

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The 2018 Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Will Honor Young Women In MN Tech

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“ST. PAUL, Minn., September 5, 2017 – What’s the best way to support the next generation of tech enthusiasts? Recognize their talent and cultivate a community where they can experiment, explore, and thrive. That’s the goal of the sixth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards.”

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Rochester Girls Reach Finals Of Business Competition

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Taylor Nachtigal, Rochester Post-Bulletin

“A group of Rochester girls are finalists in a Minnesota business competition, thanks to an app they created that discourages texting and driving. The team of five from Rochester Public Schools are finalists in two categories of the 2017 Minnesota Cup, a competition for the best new business idea. The girls created the app, which prevents teens from texting and driving, through a separate competition, after they were alarmed to find that 11 teens die daily while texting and driving.”

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Minnestar Names Maria Ploessl As First Executive Director

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Minnestar, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating experiences where the passion and potential of the Minnesota technology community come together, has announced the selection of Maria Ploessl as its new Executive Director.

Maria will serve as the first Executive Director of the organization, working to promote the overall growth and sustainability of Minnestar.”

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Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood Joins 3M Board

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By Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

3M added the chief financial officer of Microsoft, Amy Hood, to its board of directors on Monday.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ms. Hood to our board,” 3M CEO Inge Thulin said in a statement. “She brings her tremendous skill and immense experience to our board, especially in strategic business development, finance, and digitization.”

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I’m Lisa Lavin, Co-Founder + CEO of Anser Innovation, and This Is How I Work

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

Anser Innovation is a pioneer of interactive IoT technologies that enable ‘being there from anywhere’. Their flagship product Petchatz became the first digital daycare system for the stay at home pet.

At the helm as CEO is Lisa Lavin, who co-founded the company and continues to drive it forward. We spoke with Lisa to learn about her work habits and the the way she operates Anser Innovation on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What one word best describes how you work?

Tenacious.

What is your current device/hardware/office setup?

We have an office setting, but we’re all setup so that we can work anywhere at anytime with our laptops. Our team uses the Google Suite for internal communications (especially Google Hangouts and Google Docs for a repository of all of our information). In addition, because we develop a product that needs to work across all platforms, our office has every kind of device imaginable available for testing, but I personally am an Apple user.

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St. Paul Startup Structural Pulls Former Salesforce VP M.T. Ray On Board

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“ST. PAUL, Minn. — (July 27, 2017) — Structural, the pioneer of Employee Success Management, today announced the addition of experienced HR executive M.T. Ray to its board of directors. Ray is currently the vice president of talent at Indianapolis-based venture studio High Alpha. Previously, Ray served as Vice President of Employee Success and Global Recruiting at Salesforce and led Global Recruiting for ExactTarget for over six years.”
 
 
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How CEO Vicki Holt Aims to Take Proto Labs to $1B In Sales

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By Karen Field, Industry Week

“The only thing slowing down Proto Labs’ bid to become a $1B technology company just may be the time it takes for its customers to catch up. Since its inception in 1999, the provider of rapid manufacturing (and inspection services now) of low-volume 3-D printed, CNC-machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production, has leveraged the power of digital information.”

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