- Technical Founders: You Can Do Sales Too!
Connect with leading innovators from across the Twin Cities at Lean Startup Circle of Minnesota. This month's event: Learn how one technical founder got “out of the building” to land $3.2 million in Letters of Intent (LOIs). As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of MatterFab (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRXymDoYoWQ), a venture-backed 3D printing start-up, Dave Warren (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-warren/) was responsible for guiding the technical development of their industry-leading technology platform. But as a Founder he was also responsible for raising the capital necessary to fuel the business and for securing the buy-in of early-adopter customers. Join us as Dave shares his story of how he secured $3.2 million in Letters of Intent (LOIs) to help support the business case for angel investors. In this candid presentation Dave will share how he found customers, learned what they really wanted, and handled the surprises he encountered along the way. Register now to learn: • How to leverage your technical knowledge and enthusiasm to secure commitments from early-adopter customers • The limitations of LOIs in supporting the business case for funding and what else you can do to demonstrate demand to venture investors • What makes senior executives at some of the world’s most recognized brands willing to vouch for a start-up Agenda 6:00 PM - Welcome/Networking (15 min.) 6:15 PM - Presentation (30 min.) 6:45 PM - Group Discussion (15 min.) 7:00 PM - Networking (30 min.) 7:30 PM - Event concludes Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs, Corporate Innovators, Business Development Executives, Product Developers, Product Managers, Product Designers, Business Analysts, Consultants, Investors Past participants at our events include top talent from a diverse set of organizations ranging from of large companies such as Target and U.S. Bank, to growth oriented firms like Kipsu and 75F, to pre-revenue startups. Venue Northeast Bank Walter C. Rasmussen Community Room 77 Broadway Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 We are meeting in the Community Room, which has a dedicated entrance on Marshall St NE (on the West side of the building). You will not be able to use the main bank entrance on Broadway St NE. Free parking is available on the East side of building. Please note that Wi-Fi access will not be available. Free Parking You are welcome to use the bank's parking lot located on the East side of the building. Parking lot entrances are available from both Broadway St NE and NE Main St. Click here (https://www.novelnexus.com/images/northeast-bank.png) for larger map view.
- Careers in Data Journalism
Friday, September 28, 3:30 - 5:30 - UofM - Murphy Hall Conference Center The Minnesota Journalism Center is going to be having a discussion about the need in newsrooms for journalists who can crunch data, imagine apps, visualize information, and crowd source stories. We want to get new journalism students to think about all of the possible kinds of careers in journalism and welcome all Hacks and Hackers with an interest in the topic. Info about the event and registration link here: https://events.umn.edu/022442
- Double Feature! MinnPost News Apps and Kickstarter Crowd-funded Journalism
MinnPost: News Apps Kaeti Hinck, the Director of News Technology at MinnPost (http://minnpost.org/) will be joining us to talk about their growing focus on news applications. She will share experiences they had moving MinnPost to a new Drupal platform, the challenges with taxonomy structures, and how they are blending reporter needs with software capabilities to deliver a great news web site. She will also talk about the importance of open source in their organization, as well as the growing community of news developers that are changing the way we do journalism. Kickstarter: Bring your Crowd-funded Journalism Idea To Life We will also explore Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/), the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter’s Director of Art Program, Stephanie Pereira, will share some insights on how to structure a project, what kind of rewards work best, and other helpful tips and valuable stats. For inspiration, we will also take a look at some favorite journalism and technology projects: Comix Journalism in Afganistan (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tedrall/comix-journalism-send-ted-rall-back-to-afghanista-0?ref=live), Matter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readmatter/matter), NewsMotion (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/842385902/newsmotion) and Speak Out Tunisia (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1924314583/speak-out-tunisia-a-citizen-journalism-training-pr) to name a few! Please come join us for beverages, snacks, and plenty of time for Q&A!
- Newsrooms, Open Source, and the Maker Culture
Hacks/Hackers isn't just sprouting up in the Twin Cities, it's taking hold across the country. Local professor Seth Lewis is doing research on the idea of hacks/hackers as well as the intersection of journalism and technology and how the open source culture can make a positive difference for the future of journalism. The fall Hacks and Hackers gathering will be over at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication (less than a half a block from the Computer Science department...) and will feature Seth Lewis - a professor in the Journalism School, who will be talking about the research he is doing on journalism, technology and entrepreneurship - and his specific project on the Hacks and Hackers organization. Seth C. Lewis is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. His research on news, technology and innovation examines how the professional boundaries of journalism are changing in the digital environment. His work has been published in a number of academic journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Journal of Media Business Studies, and the International Journal of Internet Science, among others. He co-edited the book The Future of News: An Agenda of Perspectives, and he is affiliated with the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. His current research includes a study of computational journalism and emerging connections between journalists and programmers. Previously, he was a journalist for a number of news organizations, including The Miami Herald, and he was a Fulbright Scholar to Spain. He holds a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University, an MBA from Barry University, and a PhD in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Hacked! - Why You Should Care about Privacy in Social Media
Security is always a tradeoff. The more you connect apps, sites and computers to do cool things, the more openings for thieves and spammers. And real privacy is increasingly about your lifestyle and not your security settings on Facebook. Come join fellow hacks and hackers to discuss, argue and brainstorm where we are going with privacy and security in social media and what you can do to create trust - whether you are digging for stories or writing an app or trying to convince folks to reveal all on a social site. We are assembling a panel with experience in the legal, security, privacy and publishing aspects of the issue... and we’ll tap everyone’s stories, fears, hopes and questions in small and large group sessions. Just reveal to us whether you are coming, alone or connected. For the hacks: Learn about why you might want to be more careful in using social media. For the hackers: Learn about user worries and how you can make their experiences better. Our panelists: Kelcey Patrick-Ferree , Principal at the Law Office of Kelcey Patrick-Ferree Kelcey is a business attorney practicing primarily in the areas of internet and technology law. She helps website and company owners comply with privacy and data security requirements; companies and customers reach agreements about product and service purchases; and companies protect their intellectual capital. Ron Schreiner , Pyramid Technologies Ron Schreiner is an IT industry certified professional that has over three decades in computing dealing with various aspects of technology with his primary focus towards various operating systems, networking, and security. He currently works in biometric security by day and owns an IT consulting business which provides solutions to micro-businesses and small businesses for their IT needs. Lukas Dickie , Founder of Gimigo International speaker and privacy expert Lukas Dickie has over 15 years experience growing technology companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Founded Linux Radio (1999, first Linux-oriented community radio show with listeners around the world), YourGig.com (2000, competitor to newly launched MP3.com), Skypify Communications (2004, first business soft phone add-on for Skype, later adopted into Skype's core technology) and Gimigo (learn more at gimigo.com). Julio Ojeda-Zapata , Consumer-Technology Writer at St. Paul Pioneer Press Julio has been on the front lines of the Internet and technology revolutions as a columnist, editor and award-winning reporter for more than a decade. He covers consumer technology the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://twincities.com/) , a MediaNews Group newspaper. His column is at Test Tech Drive (http://twincities.com/techtestdrive) and blogs at Your Tech Weblog (http://yourtechweblog.com/) . He is the author of ‘ iPad Means Business (http://ipadmeans.biz/) ” and “ Twitter Means Business (http://www.amazon.com/twitter-means-business-microblogging-company/dp/1600051189) .” Moderated by Michael Skoler, Vice President of Interactive Media at PRI Public Radio International Skoler made the biggest mistake of his life moving from the French Wine business into journalism. But he made the best of it by writing for magazines like Glamour (where he was the only male on staff), doing a TV standup about gravity waves with a surfboard, covering Somalia and Rwanda as NPR's Africa correspondent, creating the game BudgetHero, and starting the Public Insight Network of citizen sources at MPR. His team at PRI invents ways for people to find their place in the world, connect and make things happen.
- Our first Hacks/Hackers Meetup in the Twin Cities w/ guest speaker Matt Thompson
Welcome! Public Radio International and Minne* are joining forces to launch the Twin Cities Chapter of Hacks & Hackers (http://hackshackers.com/), an international organization that brings together techies and journalists to eat, drink and play together. Our fledgling chapter joins good company with chapters spreading from the Bay Area to NYC, Helsinki to Buenos Aires. We’ll have a kick-off happy hour at PRI’s new headquarters on Friday, April 22 at 5:30pm and we’ve invited Matt Thompson, formerly of the Star Tribune and now at NPR, to talk about data overload, the twilight of news brands and more. Hope to see you on Friday, April 22 at PRI on the top floor at 401 2nd Ave. N, Minneapolis 55401 (a peanut bag’s throw from the Twins stadium.) Michael Skoler, PRI Ben Edwards, Minne* Luke Francl, Minne*