Jeff Pulver at Mall of America for #140conf Roadtrip August 29, 2010

Rich Mahn of SMBMSP welcomes Jeff Pulver to the Twin Cities!

Shareology hit the Mall of America August 26 for a tweetup for the #140Conf.  More below:  

Steven Ladin tweeted up an audience!

Steven Ladin IRL!

Graeme Thickins and Jeff Pulver

Follow on Twitter at #140conf  or @JeffPulver or  

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


1,000 geeks + Learning + Shareology = Minnebar! May 26, 2010

Minnebar rocks!   One fun Saturday at Best Buy Headquarters:   

Minnebar  =  Minnesota + Tech + Design + Drinks   

What is MinneBar?   

MinneBar is an (un)conference aimed at getting those in Minnesota’s tech and design communities together to discuss topics that interest them. This spring’s event was held Saturday the 22nd of May at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, MN. Registration from 7:30 to 9am and sessions from 9-5:30. Light Breakfast and lunch provided. After party of complimentary snacks and beverages (Beer & Wine).   

This is Minnesota’s barcamp – an (un)conference where you are the leaders of the discussions and sessions. If you are interested in a topic just sign up to lead a discussion and like-minded folks will seek you out.   

Here’s a bit of the day:   

Morning check-in at #minnebar



Networking these days? It's all about checking out the iPads!


Ivan preps for the day!

Patrick Rhone spends a couple of buck for his iPad holders!

A $3 business card holder props his iPad up!

#Minnebar leaders kick off the day!

Your community catalysts    Ben Edwards and Luke Francl  

@GirlMeetsGeek gets ready to lead her panel on Non-Profits and Social Media

What @MyklRoventine does during his day job!


Standing room only at Curt Prins preso

Pizza Lunch for 600!

JJ Parker develops Passion for Products!



For a building full of development geeks, at least a couple of marketing gurus slipped in!  I’m talking about you, Curt Prins and you, JJ Parker!!  Also, that pizza lunch actually was for 1,000 geeks, up from last fall’s 600 attendees.  

5:45 pm: Happy Hour at Last!


Best giggle of the morning?  The bathroom line was NOT at the Women’s Room door:  it was at the Men’s!!  

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


The Wire…the new age of interactive news & the future of Mobile Marketing. February 19, 2010

Shareology attended the Executive Marketing Guild February 19, where Dan Monfre, New Media Sales Manager at WCCO-TV shared exciting inside scoop of the soon to be launched future of interactive news: The Wire. This new site will primarily focus on local news in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, with a frosting of national  news.  Dan  also took out his crystal ball and shared some of the  exciting future aspects of mobile marketing.    Sierra Bravo worked in conjunction with Channel 4 TV personnel to create this interactive news web and mobile site.  Almost two years in the making, launch date is early March, 2010: you’ve  been warned!!

Dan Monfre sets up his presentation

The Wire: at its most basic

Imagine what Shareology can't show you: Yet!

@Graeme Thickins tweeting at #wccowire

Sini Ross presents Dan with a gift from Executive Marketing Guild

Your early March location:   (There might be a soft opening a tad sooner…)

For more information on Executive Marketing Guild,  go to:

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire



MIMA, the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association, held one of its February events, and Shareology was there:


Social marketing, cloud computing, geo-location, oh my. It’s a new year. In what new technology should we invest our time and energies to stay innovative and connect with our communities? What worked in 2009 and what flopped? How do you know which technologies are hype, and which could make or break success in 2010? Join experts and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, the Minneapolis Start-up Community, and the Fortune 500 Community for a rousing discussion on emerging technologies and predictions for the future of start-ups, tech and integrated marketing.  

We’ll review current predictions for 2010 and review past technology predictions in 2009, including social media’s and mobile’s connection to geo-location and real time, cloud computing, Silicon Valley trends, the start-up community’s pulse and the Fortune 500 mix.  


Kim Garretson (Panelist)
Kim is Partner, Ovative Group, “Realizing Innovation” to your network.  Kim leads the Ovative group in partnership with Dale Nitchke, recent President of and Sev Maynard, recent digital media, entertainment and mobile strategy leader for Best Buy.  Ovative/Group hosts a series of senior executive dialogue events that focuses on “operationalizing” trends presented by early-stage company founders.

Alex Hawkinson – Founder and CEO of Mural Ventures (Panelist)
Alex is Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CloudProfile.  In his career, Alex has started and helped build a few companies and has learned a lot of lessons along the way.  What was most significant was the realization that small businesses need help in embracing the web.  He created CloudProfile to address this problem and to help small businesses leverage the web to be found by and engage prospects and customers.  

Robert Stephens, Founder and Chief Inspector for The Geek Squad.  His goal for The Geek Squad is to achieve complete world domination as the technology services brand.  He has been with Best Buy’s Geek Squad for 16 years.

Douglas Pollei – VP, Internet Strategy and Corporate Development, IKANO (moderator)
Doug is Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development, IKANO Communications.  In his role, Doug develops strategic opportunities for growth with selected vendors, venture capital portfolio companies and industry networks.

Below are some of the photographic memories:  



Sini Ross, Sexton Strategic

Ben Wallace, MIMA Board



Panel: Robert, Alex, Kim Moderator: Doug

Graeme Thickins, an iPhone and a rubber band


After the Panel networking: Kim Garretson and Greg Swan

 Shareology does not pretend to understand everything she hears at MIMA; she can say that the last two MIMA events have been superb ways to find out what’s going on now and in the future.   Way to start the year, Tim Brunelle and Board! 

To follow MIMA, go to  or on twitter at #MIMA or @MIMATweet  

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


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