One of the really cool things about Minneapolis (besides the weather) is how nurturing the startup community is. When I wrote Supertrace, a mainframe tracing system for airlines, in the 1980s and started marketing it (in all the wrong ways), I could never have gotten back on track without the seasoned business leaders that belonged to our state supported high tech business group MHTA who bent over backwards to help me out.
Fast forward almost 30 years and the environment is still just as rich. Mainframes may not be in vogue any longer but software is and especially mobile software as evidenced by all the great sessions this last weekend at CodeCamp, held at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Center, and sponsored by local consultancies Magenic and Nerdery.
One session I attended was on jQueryMobile, an open source platform that we’re doing most of our mobile stuff on at TempWorks. There’s a new release of it out now, dubbed 1.1, that sports among other things a Theme Roller that can make an art class flunkie like myself seem like a design wizard to the untrained eye.
Brad Broulik, author of this jquerymobile book showed me quite a few new tricks…hard to do to a guy who thinks he knows everything.
I’m in awe of the people here in Minnesota who do things flat out because the thrill for them is how much they can give away (share) and not how much they can keep.