This session will provide an update on the continuing development of the minnestar events and organization and our efforts to insure that great events like Minnebar and Minnedemo continue to catalyze the Twin Cities technical, design and startup communities. Half of this session will provide an update on these goals and the other half will serve as a forum to hear from the community.
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Let me introduce myself. I'm 45 and am married to my amazing wife Tammy. We have two fabulous kids, Mazie and Tyler. I love being a Dad. It's the best thing ever. We have a dog named Chase who thinks he is a lap dog in a black lab body.
I really like to explore new things. The result of that is that I have too many hobbies. I would consider myself an amateur photographer. I'm a fairly avid blogger at thingelstad.com where I write about whatever I feel like. I am fanatical about the Big Green Egg. I am a lucky member of the R/W Book Club. I'm a supporter of the open web and support Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Archive.org and the EFF.
I've been a CTO for a long time. I've learned a lot about serving big, mission critical applications on a global scale. I was the founding CTO for BigCharts. We were bought by MarketWatch and I was CTO there while we did some awesome stuff. Then MarketWatch was bought by Dow Jones where I also then had a CTO role. A lot of changes, all without moving offices. Now I'm CTO for SPS Commerce. I am also a board member at Minnestar, the organization that runs Minnebar and Minnedemo.