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Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Description: Minnesota Innovation in Internet & Web Technology

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Minnov8 Gang 163 – Is Retail Dead?

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The announcement by Best Buy on cutting $800M by FY 2015, closing 50 stores and corporate layoffs of 400 people sparked a lot of conversation on this show about retail and its disruption. Online commerce, mobile devices, easy price-checking, big-box competitors cherry-picking hot product categories to sell and more is causing Best Buy no end of headaches.

Hosts: Steve Borsch, Tim Elliott and Phil Wilson (Graeme Thickins is off this week)
Music:Universal Domain” by Music Alley

Discussed during the show:

  • Overnight Website Challenge: huge lineup of news here
  • The Nerdery releases JSON Accelerator
  • Best Buy reorg stories: Forbes Inside Best Buy, an anonymous store manager’s take on the Best Buy announcement
  • Why Google’s Tablet Store Isn’t the Nexus One All Over Again
  • JAMF Software’s “Everything Apple…managed“

Upcoming Events:

  • April 7th: MinneBar, Best Buy headquarters
  • April 10th: enStratus Cloud Meetup – 5:00-8:00 PM, The Local, Minneapolis
  • April 16-17: MinneWebCon at the U of MN
  • April 21st: SaaS Class: Software-as-a-Service Smarts (SaaS Camp 2012) at CoCo Mpls
  • April 25: MHTA Spring Conference, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • May 21st: Predictive Analytics Forum, Medtronic’s Mounds View Campus
  • June 5-8: eyeo Festival, Walker Art Center
  • Weekly: TechMasters is a new Toastmasters chapter in Twin Cities for tech professionals
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