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  • 12/19/17--09:15: Graybar Innovation Lab
  • Graybar and University of Illinois Announce the Opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (May 1, 2017) – Graybar and the University of Illinois today announced the grand opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park. At this facility, Graybar will collaborate with University of Illinois students and faculty to develop industry-leading digital capabilities that strengthen its position in the supply chain.

    “Graybar has a long history of innovation, dating back to the original founding of our company,” said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, Graybar Chairman, President and CEO. “We’re proud to continue that tradition here at Research Park. The Graybar Innovation Lab will accelerate our digital transformation by combining leading-edge technology with fresh ideas from the University of Illinois’ students and faculty. I’m excited to see how this collaboration will drive supply chain innovation and raise the bar for our entire industry.”

    The Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park also provides a unique opportunity for students to become familiar with Graybar and the wholesale distribution industry, as the innovation lab will provide full- and part-time positions for undergraduate and graduate students. “We’re always looking for bright, energetic individuals to join our company,” said Mazzarella. “This will give students a way to explore potential career paths within wholesale distribution.”

    “We’re excited to welcome Graybar and its new Innovation Lab. This is a great first step in our relationship with Graybar but also clearly reinforces our commitment to working with industry partners,” said Chancellor Robert J. Jones. “By tapping into the broad diversity of talent here, Graybar will offer University of Illinois students new opportunities that will expand their skills and education in ways that go far beyond the classroom.”

    The University of Illinois Research Park is home to innovation centers for multinational corporations and publically traded firms including Abbott, ADM, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Caterpillar, Capital One, CME Group, John Deere, State Farm, and Yahoo.

    About Graybar

    Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 290 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

    Read more coverage from The Daily IlliniSmile Politely, and The News-Gazette.

    View photos from the event here.


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  • 12/19/17--10:14: Backend Developer
  • Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Software & Web Development
    Status: 
    Internship
    Contact Email: 
    contact@wespline.com
    Description: 

    Software Developer (focus on Backend)

    - Knowledge of Python / Django framework

    - Database: SQL / Redis

    - Experience with AWS is desirable (S3, EC2, RDS, Dynamo DB, IAM, Route53, CloudFront, CloudWatch, SES, CloudFormation, Beanstalk, Opswork, e VPC)

    - Experience with Backend-Frontend integration is desirable

     


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    AWARE

    AWARE (Advancing Women and UnderRepresented Entrepreneurs) is now on its third year, and with the combined efforts of Research Park and the Technology Entrepreneur Center, has helped fund and connect women through I-Corps, SBIR, and the Cozad New Venture Competition. This program targets support for women and underrepresented groups in an effort to bring them into the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at Illinois.

    The ultimate goal of the AWARE program is integration. Laura Bleill, Associate Director of the Research Park, explains that, “Our goal is to very much put some effort and intentionality around funneling people into the existing ecosystem and really affect change in the culture of the ecosystem in a way that we can impact. We did that through a little bit of social engineering, but also a little bit of extra opportunity and resources. We want to understand the impediments, challenges and resistance of some people that are clearly well qualified and have the ability and the interest in moving forward with something entrepreneurial.”

    Nina Kshetry, founder of Champaign-based startup Ensaras which received a $100,000 grant from the NSF in 2015, shares that, “The AWARE program and EnterpriseWorks have made me feel part of the local entrepreneurship community, which is important since as an entrepreneur you can often spend a lot of time working solo. The resources and programming through AWARE and EnterpriseWorks have been amazing, and have helped me through the entrepreneurial journey.”

    Over the last two years, AWARE participants have successfully applied for I-Corps and SBIR grants. There is still a lot of room to grow, as Laura Bleill states, “We would like to market to specific people we think would be interested, be much more prescriptive of the programming we offer, and have more resources for not only proof-of concept awards, but also for sending people to training or conferences.”

    To learn more about AWARE, click here.


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    Trudy Kriven KeaneTech

    Trudy Kriven, CEO of EnterpriseWorks Affiliate startup KeaneTech, talks with the News-Gazette about its Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Army Corps of Engineers, geopolymer materials, and the opportunities and challenges of having a technology transition company.

    Kriven’s group philosophy with her company and partners is to nurture each other in a way that encourages every individual to their fullest potential, which she has been able to foster at EnterpriseWorks. Kriven shares that EnterpriseWorks, “is a very valuable asset and resource to this community, to nurture and guide start-up companies.”

    To read more about Trudy Kriven and KeaneTech, click here.


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    Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Software & Web Development
    Status: 
    Full-Time
    Salary Range: 
    Competitive total compensation package
    Contact Email: 
    sophieroney@granular.ag
    Description: 

    Agriculture is not the same as it was twenty years ago, and it won’t be the same twenty years from now. Climate conditions are changing. The world needs more food from the same arable land. Consumer preferences and regulations are evolving. Public expectations are rising and accountability matters more. And farmers need to respond to these changing dynamics - they are at the core of our food system and our planet.

    Granular creates Farm Management Software and land valuation software, AcreValue, that empowers farms to become more valuable businesses, for today and for the future. We take a user-centric development and design approach to develop products that are simple to use that our farmers love! We are a startup funded by top investors (Andreessen and Horowitz, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Tao Capital).

    We are looking for a Senior Fullstack Engineer to join our team full time in Champaign, IL.  You will have the opportunity to be a part of a top San Francisco start-up while enjoying the benefits of living in the Midwest.

    WHAT YOU'LL BE WORKING ON

    • Work closely with other developers, product managers, data science and design to develop a high-performance, scalable web application for enterprise use.
    • Create new and/or optimize existing application pages to be responsive, amazingly fast, and easy-to-maintain by other engineers.
    • Work with raw data for business analytics/data warehousing (of growing size) and present in a user-friendly way for farmers to understand their fields.
    • Designing and building an application our farmers can use in the office and in the field.
    • Create an application that aggregates and analyzes terabytes of data about soils, climate, crop rotations, taxes, interest rates, and corn prices to calculate the estimated value of an individual field.
    • Work directly with the product and design team to create a compelling user experience that is easy to use, and fast to implement.
    • Build a workflow that is simple for our farmers to use, yet captures the complexity of managing a professional farm.
    • Scale the product and team. There is a need, and flexibility for, horizontal and upward mobility.

    WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

    • No farming/agriculture knowledge required!
    • 7+ years of experience developing user-friendly web applications in a fast-paced environment
    • Strong sense for high-quality user experience.
    • Significant experience with a variety of modern web application technologies.
    • Specific experience with or desire to learn technologies including Javascript (including AngularJS), HTML/CSS, Python (including Pyramid, Django), MongoDB and PostgreSQL
    • Experience building scalable web applications
    • Knowledge and experience with DevOps, monitoring, continuous integration, etc. a plus.
    • Excellent software design skills, code quality and attention to detail.
    • Background in analysis and visualization of geospatial data a plus.
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
    • The passion for revolutionizing the agriculture industry with your hard earned engineering skills!
    • B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other technical degree and/or equivalent experience.

    PERKS

    • At Granular, perks are more than free lunches and happy hour (which we have).  We offer a team where you can grow, a professional development path, respect for life outside of work and a stipend for educational conferences.
    • Enjoy frequent trips to our headquarters in San Francisco.
    • Upward movement.  We are growing quickly and need talent who can take on increasingly challenging and rewarding roles.
    • We value diversity and treat every employee with a high degree of autonomy and respect.
    • Have a big impact by joining a small, fast-paced, smart team. We are having fun building a great company and helping one of the most important industries in the world.
    • Competitive salary, commission program, and stock options.
    • Medical, dental, vision and 401(K) benefits.

    Location: Champaign, IL

    Please apply by clicking here


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  • 12/21/17--10:50: Customer Success Manager
  • Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Project Management
    Sales/Business Development
    Status: 
    Full-Time
    Salary Range: 
    Competitive total compensation package
    Contact Email: 
    sophieroney@granular.ag
    Description: 

    ABOUT US

    Granular is the leading farm management software and analytics company for agriculture. We aim to revolutionize one of the world's most important industries by making farmers’ lives easier and helping them make better business decisions. We do this by using the latest cloud technology and data science to improve farm efficiency, yields and profits, all while helping our customers manage their environmental footprint.

    Granular is in a rapid phase of expansion, going from 75 employees to >200 over the next year or so. This is the opportunity to get in while we’re still relatively small and help shape the future of the company.

     

    ROLE

    The Customer Success Manager (CSM) owns the customer relationship at Granular. Successful CSMs are technology-savvy individuals that work directly with farmers to help them improve their business.You'll Engage with large grower clients, plan implementation, capture feedback and help farmers take analog processes into software...it's a big change management challenge and we're looking for folks with the desire and analytical ability to pull it off!

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Own the Customer Relationship for 30-40 large scale farm operations.

    • Lead the Customer Journey, spanning product adoption, business reviews, and renewals. Your goal is to lead your customers to outsized value and create strong brand advocates. Customers that tell the world about Granular are good for everyone!

    • Ensure full retention of your customer base - churn is your key metric.

    • Provide regular business insights by analyzing account data and help your customers improve your business - your role is to not only consult, but to stay right by your customers' side and help drive change in their organizations.

    • Quickly become an expert with Granular's software in order to train and motivate your accounts

    • Become fluent in the competitive landscape so that you fully understand Granular's differentiation and can regularly articulate that to your accounts.

    • As the voice of the customer, you will contribute to the product roadmap and provide regular feedback to the Product Team to ensure that we are driving increasing value to our customer base.

     

    YOUR SKILLSET

    • Ag experience and love for the industry is a must. That means you either grew up on a working farm, studied ag in college, or have worked in the industry

    • 2-5 years of work experience in customer-facing role with a tech company, consulting firm, or other similar organization

    • BA or BS from leading university

    • Track record of academic excellence

    • Detail and process oriented - analytical and structured in your thinking

    • Outgoing, assertive and enjoy working with people

    • Enjoy working with software and analytics and have knowledge of business software applications

     

    BENEFITS

    • Competitive total compensation package

    • 401k match

    • Medical, Dental, Vision

    • Rapidly growing tech startup within one of the world’s most influential agriculture companies

    Location: Champaign, IL office in UIUC Research Park

    How to apply: Please apply through the link here


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    Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Software & Web Development
    Status: 
    Full-Time
    Salary Range: 
    Competitive total compensation package
    Contact Email: 
    sophieroney@granular.ag
    Description: 

    Location: Champaign, IL

    Granular is the leading software and analytics company for agriculture. We are revolutionizing one of the world's largest and most important industries by making farmers’ lives easier and making them more profitable. Our products help farmers get access to land, make more efficient use of inputs, and make better business decisions.  

    We’re looking for a Software Engineer to join the growing team in Champaign, IL. This is a unique opportunity to accelerate your career in a fast-paced environment.  You’ll be part of a rapidly growing company full of passionate, committed people who are excited to transform agriculture. We currently have offices in San Francisco, CA, Champaign, IL, and Des Moines, IA. This is a chance to be a part of a top software company while enjoying the benefits of living in the Midwest.

    WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING

    • Work closely with other developers, product managers, data science and design to develop a high-performance, scalable web application for enterprise use specifically focusing our “financials” product domain.

    • Work with raw data for business analytics/data warehousing (of growing size) and present in a user-friendly way for farmers to understand their fields.

    • Design and build an incredibly complex application that captures all of our farmers' data yet is simple to use and flexible for use on a corn, walnut, or asparagus farms.

    • Deep dive into the agriculture industry understanding the greater environment as well as details that are crucial to our 250+ customers’ success.

    • Create an application that aggregates and analyzes large data sets on soils, climate, crop rotations, taxes, interest rates, and corn prices to calculate the estimated value of an individual field.

    • Work directly with our farmers! Go onsite and attend company led trainings to see first-hand how your code impacts our farmers' lives.

    WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

    • No farming/agriculture knowledge required!

    • Experience with a variety of modern web application technologies.

    • Specific experience with or desire to learn technologies including Python (including Pyramid, Django), MongoDB and PostgreSQL.  

    • Excellent software design skills, code quality and attention to detail.

    • Background in analysis and visualization of geospatial data a plus.

    • Strong communication and collaboration skills.

    • The passion for revolutionizing the agriculture industry with your hard earned engineering skills!

    • B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other technical degree and/or equivalent experience.

    PERKS

    • Have a big impact by joining a small, fast-paced and smart team. We are having fun building a great company and helping one of the most important industries in the world.

    • We value diversity and treat every employee with a high degree of autonomy and respect.

    • At Granular, perks are more than free lunches, a stocked fridge and happy hours (which we have).

    • Upward movement.  We are growing quickly and need talent who can take on increasingly challenging and rewarding roles.

    • Employer paid medical, dental, vision

    • Open floor plan, dog-friendly offices

    • Competitive salary, bonus plan and generous 401(k) match

    How to apply: Please apply through the link here


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    Over the course of four years, 120 NSF I-Corps program teams at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have raised more than $42 million in external funding. These numbers, released by the Technology Entrepreneurship Center, reveal that $11 million has come from SBIR grants, $28 million from venture capitalists or angel investors, and $3 million from other sources.

    Through the EnterpriseWorks Incubator at Research Park, startups have access to the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus. Current EnterpriseWorks startups such as Photonicare, Petronics, Innsight Technology have been provided with the general understanding of business models, the marketplace, and SBIR funding through participation in I-Corps. Leanne Labriola, President of Innsight Technologies, explains that, ““As the course progressed, we were able to conduct an extensive customer need analysis and explore a product market fit which provided important strategic insights for our product development. The ability to present clear business plans to potential investors has offered a clear advantage for our company and changed our trajectory.”

    To learn more about the I-Corps program, click here.


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    Brunswick Illini - Joint Explorations in Technology lab

    Brunswick is first company to move into the Research Park's new Mixed Use Building at 1904 S. First Street, Champaign

    Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) recently celebrated the grand opening of new quarters for what has been known as the Brunswick Innovation Laboratory in the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. But with its new building, the lab also now has a new name - the Brunswick I-JET Lab.

    Inspired by the students and the staff who work there, the facility's new name incorporates the acronym for Brunswick Illini - Joint Explorations in Technology lab.

    The new name fits with the changing times and the Company's evolving business model, explained Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Schwabero, who led a contingent of the firm's top executives who attended the event.

    "Brunswick will mark its 175th year in business in 2020," Schwabero noted.  "You don't stay in business that long without being innovative, agile and resilient.  Technology and innovation have always been important to us, and never more so than today as we see consumers desiring even more in the way of features and connectivity in both marine and fitness."

    "It also is fitting that 'Illini' has a prominent position in our facility's new name," explained Brunswick Chief Technology Officer David Foulkes.  "Obviously, the close ties to the University of Illinois, with its resources, staff and gifted students, are truly unique. These strengths, along with those of other companies within the park, offer an atmosphere conducive to collaboration and learning.

    "Further, the 'JET' portion of the name aptly describes the urgency and energy with which those at the Brunswick I-JET Lab approach their duties and responsibilities," Foulkes said.

    Foulkes pointed out that research and development is a continuous effort throughout Brunswick to drive innovation.  These efforts have been solidly productive as the Company continues to outpace its competition in the introduction of new products to market as well as securing patents on its technologies and features.  In 2016, Brunswick ranked among the top 25 Illinois-based companies in securing patents.

    The Brunswick I-JET Lab works closely with Brunswick corporate and divisional resources to further accelerate Brunswick's progress in areas of high interest, including the Internet of Things, advanced analytics, and a range of human-machine interaction and enhanced user-experience technologies.

    More than 100 companies, including industry leaders such as Abbott, John Deere and Yahoo, have facilities within the 200-acre research park, which is adjacent to the university's campus.

    "It feels good to have a place to call home," Schwabero concluded.  "Our name is on the building and on the door, but what truly excites us is the work that is being done inside by the talented and dedicated researchers and students."

    The newly constructed building is at 1904 South First Street.   Beginning last April, the Brunswick I-JET Lab had occupied temporary quarters. Brunswick is the first company in the Research Park's new growth facility to mark such an event.

     

    (SOURCE: BRUNSWICK)


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  • 12/18/17--12:56: Technical Writer
  • Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Administrative & Support Services
    Status: 
    Part-Time
    Contact Email: 
    hr@photonicareinc.com
    Description: 

    PhotoniCare, Inc. is looking for a technical writer to support the production, regulatory (FDA and other agencies), and usability documentation for a regulated medical device. This is a contract position.

    PhotoniCare, Inc. (www.photoni.care) is a medical device manufacturer located in EnterpriseWorks at U of I Research Park, Champaign, IL. Our mission is to improve child health and reduce healthcare costs by empowering physicians with better information. We are starting by developing technology that will change the standard of care for middle ear disease.
     
    Responsibilities
    • Be responsible for drafting a selected subset of documents for the regulatory submission and production of a medical device
    • Learn the usage of a device, engineering specification and/or manufacturing processes depending on the document type and category
    • Learn and implement regulatory, compliance, and company requirements on documentation
    • Use common language and document design skills to enhance readability and impression of end-user documents such as Instruction for Use, User Manual, brochures, etc

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • BS degree in engineering, communication or related field
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent word processor software skills (MS Word, Google Doc, etc.)
    • Ability to learn new concepts quickly and independently
    • Ability to work in a timeline and milestone driven R&D environment

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in a regulated clinical environment is a plus

    How to Apply: Please respond with cover letter, resume and 2 technical writing samples to hr@photonicareinc.com

     

     

       

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    • 12/19/17--09:15: Graybar Innovation Lab
    • Graybar and University of Illinois Announce the Opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park

      CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (May 1, 2017) – Graybar and the University of Illinois today announced the grand opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park. At this facility, Graybar will collaborate with University of Illinois students and faculty to develop industry-leading digital capabilities that strengthen its position in the supply chain.

      “Graybar has a long history of innovation, dating back to the original founding of our company,” said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, Graybar Chairman, President and CEO. “We’re proud to continue that tradition here at Research Park. The Graybar Innovation Lab will accelerate our digital transformation by combining leading-edge technology with fresh ideas from the University of Illinois’ students and faculty. I’m excited to see how this collaboration will drive supply chain innovation and raise the bar for our entire industry.”

      The Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park also provides a unique opportunity for students to become familiar with Graybar and the wholesale distribution industry, as the innovation lab will provide full- and part-time positions for undergraduate and graduate students. “We’re always looking for bright, energetic individuals to join our company,” said Mazzarella. “This will give students a way to explore potential career paths within wholesale distribution.”

      “We’re excited to welcome Graybar and its new Innovation Lab. This is a great first step in our relationship with Graybar but also clearly reinforces our commitment to working with industry partners,” said Chancellor Robert J. Jones. “By tapping into the broad diversity of talent here, Graybar will offer University of Illinois students new opportunities that will expand their skills and education in ways that go far beyond the classroom.”

      The University of Illinois Research Park is home to innovation centers for multinational corporations and publically traded firms including Abbott, ADM, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Caterpillar, Capital One, CME Group, John Deere, State Farm, and Yahoo.

      About Graybar

      Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 290 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

      Read more coverage from The Daily IlliniSmile Politely, and The News-Gazette.

      View photos from the event here.


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    • 12/19/17--10:14: Backend Developer
    • Company Name: 
      Category: 
      Software & Web Development
      Status: 
      Internship
      Contact Email: 
      contact@wespline.com
      Description: 

      Software Developer (focus on Backend)

      - Knowledge of Python / Django framework

      - Database: SQL / Redis

      - Experience with AWS is desirable (S3, EC2, RDS, Dynamo DB, IAM, Route53, CloudFront, CloudWatch, SES, CloudFormation, Beanstalk, Opswork, e VPC)

      - Experience with Backend-Frontend integration is desirable

       


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      AWARE

      AWARE (Advancing Women and UnderRepresented Entrepreneurs) is now on its third year, and with the combined efforts of Research Park and the Technology Entrepreneur Center, has helped fund and connect women through I-Corps, SBIR, and the Cozad New Venture Competition. This program targets support for women and underrepresented groups in an effort to bring them into the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at Illinois.

      The ultimate goal of the AWARE program is integration. Laura Bleill, Associate Director of the Research Park, explains that, “Our goal is to very much put some effort and intentionality around funneling people into the existing ecosystem and really affect change in the culture of the ecosystem in a way that we can impact. We did that through a little bit of social engineering, but also a little bit of extra opportunity and resources. We want to understand the impediments, challenges and resistance of some people that are clearly well qualified and have the ability and the interest in moving forward with something entrepreneurial.”

      Nina Kshetry, founder of Champaign-based startup Ensaras which received a $100,000 grant from the NSF in 2015, shares that, “The AWARE program and EnterpriseWorks have made me feel part of the local entrepreneurship community, which is important since as an entrepreneur you can often spend a lot of time working solo. The resources and programming through AWARE and EnterpriseWorks have been amazing, and have helped me through the entrepreneurial journey.”

      Over the last two years, AWARE participants have successfully applied for I-Corps and SBIR grants. There is still a lot of room to grow, as Laura Bleill states, “We would like to market to specific people we think would be interested, be much more prescriptive of the programming we offer, and have more resources for not only proof-of concept awards, but also for sending people to training or conferences.”

      To learn more about AWARE, click here.


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      Trudy Kriven KeaneTech

      Trudy Kriven, CEO of EnterpriseWorks Affiliate startup KeaneTech, talks with the News-Gazette about its Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Army Corps of Engineers, geopolymer materials, and the opportunities and challenges of having a technology transition company.

      Kriven’s group philosophy with her company and partners is to nurture each other in a way that encourages every individual to their fullest potential, which she has been able to foster at EnterpriseWorks. Kriven shares that EnterpriseWorks, “is a very valuable asset and resource to this community, to nurture and guide start-up companies.”

      To read more about Trudy Kriven and KeaneTech, click here.


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      Company Name: 
      Category: 
      Software & Web Development
      Status: 
      Full-Time
      Salary Range: 
      Competitive total compensation package
      Contact Email: 
      sophieroney@granular.ag
      Description: 

      Agriculture is not the same as it was twenty years ago, and it won’t be the same twenty years from now. Climate conditions are changing. The world needs more food from the same arable land. Consumer preferences and regulations are evolving. Public expectations are rising and accountability matters more. And farmers need to respond to these changing dynamics - they are at the core of our food system and our planet.

      Granular creates Farm Management Software and land valuation software, AcreValue, that empowers farms to become more valuable businesses, for today and for the future. We take a user-centric development and design approach to develop products that are simple to use that our farmers love! We are a startup funded by top investors (Andreessen and Horowitz, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Tao Capital).

      We are looking for a Senior Fullstack Engineer to join our team full time in Champaign, IL.  You will have the opportunity to be a part of a top San Francisco start-up while enjoying the benefits of living in the Midwest.

      WHAT YOU'LL BE WORKING ON

      • Work closely with other developers, product managers, data science and design to develop a high-performance, scalable web application for enterprise use.
      • Create new and/or optimize existing application pages to be responsive, amazingly fast, and easy-to-maintain by other engineers.
      • Work with raw data for business analytics/data warehousing (of growing size) and present in a user-friendly way for farmers to understand their fields.
      • Designing and building an application our farmers can use in the office and in the field.
      • Create an application that aggregates and analyzes terabytes of data about soils, climate, crop rotations, taxes, interest rates, and corn prices to calculate the estimated value of an individual field.
      • Work directly with the product and design team to create a compelling user experience that is easy to use, and fast to implement.
      • Build a workflow that is simple for our farmers to use, yet captures the complexity of managing a professional farm.
      • Scale the product and team. There is a need, and flexibility for, horizontal and upward mobility.

      WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

      • No farming/agriculture knowledge required!
      • 7+ years of experience developing user-friendly web applications in a fast-paced environment
      • Strong sense for high-quality user experience.
      • Significant experience with a variety of modern web application technologies.
      • Specific experience with or desire to learn technologies including Javascript (including AngularJS), HTML/CSS, Python (including Pyramid, Django), MongoDB and PostgreSQL
      • Experience building scalable web applications
      • Knowledge and experience with DevOps, monitoring, continuous integration, etc. a plus.
      • Excellent software design skills, code quality and attention to detail.
      • Background in analysis and visualization of geospatial data a plus.
      • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
      • The passion for revolutionizing the agriculture industry with your hard earned engineering skills!
      • B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other technical degree and/or equivalent experience.

      PERKS

      • At Granular, perks are more than free lunches and happy hour (which we have).  We offer a team where you can grow, a professional development path, respect for life outside of work and a stipend for educational conferences.
      • Enjoy frequent trips to our headquarters in San Francisco.
      • Upward movement.  We are growing quickly and need talent who can take on increasingly challenging and rewarding roles.
      • We value diversity and treat every employee with a high degree of autonomy and respect.
      • Have a big impact by joining a small, fast-paced, smart team. We are having fun building a great company and helping one of the most important industries in the world.
      • Competitive salary, commission program, and stock options.
      • Medical, dental, vision and 401(K) benefits.

      Location: Champaign, IL

      Please apply by clicking here


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    • 12/21/17--10:50: Customer Success Manager
    • Company Name: 
      Category: 
      Project Management
      Sales/Business Development
      Status: 
      Full-Time
      Salary Range: 
      Competitive total compensation package
      Contact Email: 
      sophieroney@granular.ag
      Description: 

      ABOUT US

      Granular is the leading farm management software and analytics company for agriculture. We aim to revolutionize one of the world's most important industries by making farmers’ lives easier and helping them make better business decisions. We do this by using the latest cloud technology and data science to improve farm efficiency, yields and profits, all while helping our customers manage their environmental footprint.

      Granular is in a rapid phase of expansion, going from 75 employees to >200 over the next year or so. This is the opportunity to get in while we’re still relatively small and help shape the future of the company.

       

      ROLE

      The Customer Success Manager (CSM) owns the customer relationship at Granular. Successful CSMs are technology-savvy individuals that work directly with farmers to help them improve their business.You'll Engage with large grower clients, plan implementation, capture feedback and help farmers take analog processes into software...it's a big change management challenge and we're looking for folks with the desire and analytical ability to pull it off!

       

      RESPONSIBILITIES

      • Own the Customer Relationship for 30-40 large scale farm operations.

      • Lead the Customer Journey, spanning product adoption, business reviews, and renewals. Your goal is to lead your customers to outsized value and create strong brand advocates. Customers that tell the world about Granular are good for everyone!

      • Ensure full retention of your customer base - churn is your key metric.

      • Provide regular business insights by analyzing account data and help your customers improve your business - your role is to not only consult, but to stay right by your customers' side and help drive change in their organizations.

      • Quickly become an expert with Granular's software in order to train and motivate your accounts

      • Become fluent in the competitive landscape so that you fully understand Granular's differentiation and can regularly articulate that to your accounts.

      • As the voice of the customer, you will contribute to the product roadmap and provide regular feedback to the Product Team to ensure that we are driving increasing value to our customer base.

       

      YOUR SKILLSET

      • Ag experience and love for the industry is a must. That means you either grew up on a working farm, studied ag in college, or have worked in the industry

      • 2-5 years of work experience in customer-facing role with a tech company, consulting firm, or other similar organization

      • BA or BS from leading university

      • Track record of academic excellence

      • Detail and process oriented - analytical and structured in your thinking

      • Outgoing, assertive and enjoy working with people

      • Enjoy working with software and analytics and have knowledge of business software applications

       

      BENEFITS

      • Competitive total compensation package

      • 401k match

      • Medical, Dental, Vision

      • Rapidly growing tech startup within one of the world’s most influential agriculture companies

      Location: Champaign, IL office in UIUC Research Park

      How to apply: Please apply through the link here


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      Company Name: 
      Category: 
      Software & Web Development
      Status: 
      Full-Time
      Salary Range: 
      Competitive total compensation package
      Contact Email: 
      sophieroney@granular.ag
      Description: 

      Location: Champaign, IL

      Granular is the leading software and analytics company for agriculture. We are revolutionizing one of the world's largest and most important industries by making farmers’ lives easier and making them more profitable. Our products help farmers get access to land, make more efficient use of inputs, and make better business decisions.  

      We’re looking for a Software Engineer to join the growing team in Champaign, IL. This is a unique opportunity to accelerate your career in a fast-paced environment.  You’ll be part of a rapidly growing company full of passionate, committed people who are excited to transform agriculture. We currently have offices in San Francisco, CA, Champaign, IL, and Des Moines, IA. This is a chance to be a part of a top software company while enjoying the benefits of living in the Midwest.

      WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING

      • Work closely with other developers, product managers, data science and design to develop a high-performance, scalable web application for enterprise use specifically focusing our “financials” product domain.

      • Work with raw data for business analytics/data warehousing (of growing size) and present in a user-friendly way for farmers to understand their fields.

      • Design and build an incredibly complex application that captures all of our farmers' data yet is simple to use and flexible for use on a corn, walnut, or asparagus farms.

      • Deep dive into the agriculture industry understanding the greater environment as well as details that are crucial to our 250+ customers’ success.

      • Create an application that aggregates and analyzes large data sets on soils, climate, crop rotations, taxes, interest rates, and corn prices to calculate the estimated value of an individual field.

      • Work directly with our farmers! Go onsite and attend company led trainings to see first-hand how your code impacts our farmers' lives.

      WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

      • No farming/agriculture knowledge required!

      • Experience with a variety of modern web application technologies.

      • Specific experience with or desire to learn technologies including Python (including Pyramid, Django), MongoDB and PostgreSQL.  

      • Excellent software design skills, code quality and attention to detail.

      • Background in analysis and visualization of geospatial data a plus.

      • Strong communication and collaboration skills.

      • The passion for revolutionizing the agriculture industry with your hard earned engineering skills!

      • B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other technical degree and/or equivalent experience.

      PERKS

      • Have a big impact by joining a small, fast-paced and smart team. We are having fun building a great company and helping one of the most important industries in the world.

      • We value diversity and treat every employee with a high degree of autonomy and respect.

      • At Granular, perks are more than free lunches, a stocked fridge and happy hours (which we have).

      • Upward movement.  We are growing quickly and need talent who can take on increasingly challenging and rewarding roles.

      • Employer paid medical, dental, vision

      • Open floor plan, dog-friendly offices

      • Competitive salary, bonus plan and generous 401(k) match

      How to apply: Please apply through the link here


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    • 12/19/17--10:14: Backend Developer
    • Company Name: 
      Category: 
      Software & Web Development
      Status: 
      Internship
      Contact Email: 
      contact@wespline.com
      Description: 

      Software Developer (focus on Backend)

      - Knowledge of Python / Django framework

      - Database: SQL / Redis

      - Experience with AWS is desirable (S3, EC2, RDS, Dynamo DB, IAM, Route53, CloudFront, CloudWatch, SES, CloudFormation, Beanstalk, Opswork, e VPC)

      - Experience with Backend-Frontend integration is desirable

       


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      AWARE

      AWARE (Advancing Women and UnderRepresented Entrepreneurs) is now on its third year, and with the combined efforts of Research Park and the Technology Entrepreneur Center, has helped fund and connect women through I-Corps, SBIR, and the Cozad New Venture Competition. This program targets support for women and underrepresented groups in an effort to bring them into the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at Illinois.

      The ultimate goal of the AWARE program is integration. Laura Bleill, Associate Director of the Research Park, explains that, “Our goal is to very much put some effort and intentionality around funneling people into the existing ecosystem and really affect change in the culture of the ecosystem in a way that we can impact. We did that through a little bit of social engineering, but also a little bit of extra opportunity and resources. We want to understand the impediments, challenges and resistance of some people that are clearly well qualified and have the ability and the interest in moving forward with something entrepreneurial.”

      Nina Kshetry, founder of Champaign-based startup Ensaras which received a $100,000 grant from the NSF in 2015, shares that, “The AWARE program and EnterpriseWorks have made me feel part of the local entrepreneurship community, which is important since as an entrepreneur you can often spend a lot of time working solo. The resources and programming through AWARE and EnterpriseWorks have been amazing, and have helped me through the entrepreneurial journey.”

      Over the last two years, AWARE participants have successfully applied for I-Corps and SBIR grants. There is still a lot of room to grow, as Laura Bleill states, “We would like to market to specific people we think would be interested, be much more prescriptive of the programming we offer, and have more resources for not only proof-of concept awards, but also for sending people to training or conferences.”

      To learn more about AWARE, click here.


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      Trudy Kriven KeaneTech

      Trudy Kriven, CEO of EnterpriseWorks Affiliate startup KeaneTech, talks with the News-Gazette about its Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Army Corps of Engineers, geopolymer materials, and the opportunities and challenges of having a technology transition company.

      Kriven’s group philosophy with her company and partners is to nurture each other in a way that encourages every individual to their fullest potential, which she has been able to foster at EnterpriseWorks. Kriven shares that EnterpriseWorks, “is a very valuable asset and resource to this community, to nurture and guide start-up companies.”

      To read more about Trudy Kriven and KeaneTech, click here.


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