UMN Program Tackles Election Cybersecurity

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Via St. Paul Pioneer Press

“At a time when U.S. voting systems have been under assault, an online program at the University of Minnesota is teaching students how to run secure elections and fend off cyber attackers. The 12-credit Certificate in Election Administration program is offered by the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Now in its third full year, the program has expanded its course offerings to include cybersecurity education. Administrators have formed a national steering committee comprising leaders in the field.”

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[Updated] Which Tech Companies Based Outside Minnesota Have A Presence Here?

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Building off our ongoing exploration of tech companies coming to and moving around town is which tech companies based outside of Minnesota have a presence here? 

That is the question we seek to thoroughly understand in this running post.

Presence — for the purpose of the article — is defined as two or more employees that consistently work together in a professional office environment (coworking counts since many local expansions do start that way).

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Mounds View Senior Honors Sister’s Memory With MRI App

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Via Star Tribune

“Michael Cao remembers how brave his sister was as she battled cancer, before she died at age 11 in 2009, but he also recalls the thing that scared her most: the tight confining tube of an MRI scanner.  His sister, Amy, panicked during her first scan, at age 10, and couldn’t finish it. Her terror became an obstacle throughout treatment.”

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I’m Charlie Youakim, Cofounder & CEO Of Sezzle, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series!

 

Sezzle was formed in 2016 initially to pursue ACH arbitrage, and after a big pivot they found a product-market fit by offering online retailers a ‘reverse layaway’ checkout service that allows their customers to pay with installments.

As a result of traction, they received $10m investment earlier this year to scale the team, now 30+ overall.

At the helm is CEO Charlie Youakim, interviewed here to learn about his habits and the the way he operates Sezzle on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What one word best describes how you work?

Determined.

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