Minnestar Seeks Executive Director

The Minnestar Board is seeking an Executive Director to help the organization with its mission to grow Minnesota’s technology community for everybody. This is an exciting phase for the organization that capitalizes on many years of successful programming and growth. This new staff person will help with all aspects of Minnestar from programming to event planning; advocacy to shaping our strategic direction.

Interested candidates should download the position description which includes information about how to apply.

Minnestar Executive Director Overview

Brand Review, Website Redesign & Development Request for Proposal

Since 2006, Minnestar has been acting as a catalyst for the tech and startup ecosystem in
Minnesota. Our goal is to promote connections that help our community learn from each other, build
their businesses, and start new entrepreneurial ventures. We aim to bridge the gap between
software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, and local companies.

We are sending out this RFP to find a partner to help us review our brand and redesign our website. Please share with anyone who you believe may be interested in working with us.

Minnestar Website and Branding RFP

Jim Dahline, Bil MacLeslie, Jenna Pederson, and Jeff Sellner join the minne✱ Board of Directors

Minneapolis, MN (January 12, 2016) – minne✱, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, instruction, training, and mentorship to Minnesota’s technology community, recently added four members to their Board of Directors; Jim Dahline, Bil MacLeslie, Jenna Pederson, and Jeff Sellner.

Jim Dahline is Director of Marketing at Sport Ngin, a Northeast Minneapolis-based sports technology company serving the coaches, volunteers, administrators, and families of youth sports organizations around the world. During his nearly 15 years of SaaS marketing experience, Jim has led product, marketing communications, and brand building teams. Born and raised in Minnesota, Jim is passionate about connecting young Minnesotans with opportunities in technology through university engagement, mentoring, and networking. Jim holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MBA from the University of Nebraska.

Bil MacLeslie is the CEO of ipHouse and Technology By Design. With over 30 years of online community and internet experience, he is known to have a strong reputation for getting things done. Bil started his online career operating a BBS out of his house from 1984. At the same time he was also working at the University of Minnesota operating networks for the Biochemistry Department. In 1994 he joined Visi.com which led to starting ipHouse in 2004. In 2014, he founded a technical support services company, Technology by Design. Bil also helps monitor regulatory issues relating to telecom and the internet in MN as a member of MHTA Governmental Affairs Committee.

Jenna Pederson is an engineer, a leader, and a catalyst. She is the founder of 612 Software Foundry where she helps small businesses and startups with technical strategy and implementation. She is passionate about creating a welcoming and supportive tech and startup community for everyone. Since early 2014, she has led the Twin Cities chapter of the Geekettes. She facilitates workshops, networking events, and co-founded the Twin Cities’ first all-women hackathon, Hack the Gap. Jenna holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Jeff Sellner is a principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. Since joining the firm in 1998, Jeff’s practice focuses on providing consulting, tax and assurance services to software developers, life sciences, and other high growth businesses. He has experience working with entrepreneurs on various issues including business strategies, profitability modeling, capital planning, intellectual property management, risk mitigation and succession planning. Jeff leads the firm’s technology industry group and has been a speaker on topics such as strategic and business planning, raising capital, entrepreneurship, and starting a business.

“I’m very excited to welcome these new members to our board. Each of them brings an exciting background that will enhance the success of the minne✱ mission,” said Casey Helbling, Chairman of the Board. “We’ve got some big plans for the organization in 2016. Fresh perspectives will be integral to achieving our goals.”

Since 2006, minne✱ has connected Minnesota’s software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The organization hosts many events through the year including a technology BarCamp or (un)conference, MinneBar, and several made-in-Minnesota tech product show-and-tell mixers, MinneDemo.

For more information:
Jeff Sellner

Social Accounts Simplified

minne✱ has had a number of social media accounts, one for each of our events as well as one for the non-profit itself. On Twitter, you have likely always known us as @minnebar, even when you are at a minnedemo event.  We decided it was time to simplify our social media presence, make it easier for folks to connect with us and do that not only on Twitter but also on Facebook and Google Plus.

Going forward minne✱ will only be using one account, minnestar! You can find us on Twitter @minnestar, Facebook Minnestar and Google Plus +MinnestarOrg pages.

Now, have no worries if you were following @minnebar on Twitter before. You are now following @minnestar and will get our updates. Now that we are syndicating to Facebook and Google Plus you also have other channels to get updates.

We will be using #minnebar and #minnedemo hashtags as appropriate for our events and we encourage everyone else to do the same. All services now support this feature.

Thank you for following us and we can’t wait to see you at our next event!

Support minne✱ with AmazonSmile!


AmazonSmile is a program that Amazon runs that allows you to designate a non-profit to support while you shop on Amazon! It doesn’t cost you anything more, and allows you to support organizations you care about while ordering things you were probably going to order anyway! You can designate minne✱ as the organization you support by going to our AmazonSmile profile and designating minne✱. After that, just make sure you go to AmazonSmile before you shop!

minne✱ AmazonSmile page at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3903127.

Casey Helbling and Justin Porter Join minne✱ Board

Casey Helbling and Justin Porter join minne✱ Board of Directors

Minneapolis, MN (October 3, 2013) – minne✱, the nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, instruction, training, and mentorship to Minnesota’s technology entrepreneurs, recently added two members to their Board of Directors, Casey Helbling and Justin Porter.

Helbling is the Founder and CEO of Software for Good, a software development firm that specializes in “building great software for companies doing great things.” He is a web application architect with almost fifteen years experience in design, development, and implementation of web-based software systems. Helbling holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology. “Joining minne✱ is a big honor, and I’m thrilled to help make Minnesota’s tech community the very best it can be,” Helbling said.

Porter is the Venture Center Senior Associate at the University of Minnesota’s Office for Technology Commercialization. His group is responsible for launching start-up companies based on University of Minnesota research. Porter holds a BSB in Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.

“I am excited to join the minne✱ team and help support the growing tech scene in Minnesota,” Porter said. “The minne✱ events get me excited about what we have and what will be developed in the future. Minnesota has great talent and minne✱ provides the forums to showcase that talent.”

Since 2006, minne✱ has connected Minnesota’s software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The organization hosts events throughout the year including a technology (un)conference, MinneBar, each spring, and several made-in-Minnesota tech product show-and-tell mixers, MinneDemo.

MinneDemo 13 Videos Available

The videos for all seven demos from MinneDemo 13 are now ready! You can watch all of them on the MinneDemo 13 video page on the minne✱ wiki.

MinneDemo 13 in Two Minutes

Adrienne put together this cool video from MinneDemo 13!

Save the Date: Minnebar 8 on April 6, 2013!

Fire up your calendar software and block out Saturday, April 6, 2013 for Minnebar 8! We can’t wait to see everyone at the largest technology and software BarCamp in Minnesota, and as far as we know in the entire country. Stay tuned in early 2013 for information on registration and session signup, and in the meantime enjoy the winter!

Board Strategy and Planning Session

On December 17th the minne✱ board will be meeting for an strategy and planning session. The agenda for the session is to put additional clarity around where minne✱ and the events we organize, minnebar and minnedemo, are going. Our goals are to:

  1. Review progress over last two years and plan for the next couple of years.
  2. Figure out how minne✱ needs to evolve and grow to accommodate that future.
  3. Make sure that minne✱ continues to develop into a more durable and sustainable organization.

As we prepare for this session it would be great to hear from any of you in the community. Please add any free form comments below that you think may be relevant, inspirational or just interesting as we work through these topics.