We create and grow businesses. Here are some examples of our work.
A GoKart Invented social app to help mobile families stay connected. Kinly gives you the platform to manage your family and share the details in private that keep your connections strong.
In a strategic partnership with award-winning journalist Rick Kupchella, we defined, designed and built a hyper-responsive news platform for Bring Me The News — then added on a mobile application, content curation engine and radio newscast distribution platform.
The traditional education model puts one teacher in front of 30 students. We flipped the equation, inventing Sophia, a free social teaching/learning network that lets students choose the online learning experience that works for them.
We created a digital experience that perfectly fit Andrew Zimmern’s persona, letting people choose their own journey through a unique online experience.
We designed and built a completely responsive website to support the release of A New Age, an i.e. network/United Healthcare documentary about aging in America today.
AZ Canteen now delivers truck food info that’s immediate, accurate and fresh off the street, thanks to our tasty responsive site that’s also true to the spirit of the brand.
We helped spread the word about local green initiatives through an interactive touchscreen experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center, supported by a wall filled with good-to-know info.
Our mashup of loyalty strategy, game theory, a powerful digital toolset and an elegant user experience does one beautiful thing: makes a healthy life easy. Novu is all about meaningful lifestyle change, happening in small, purposeful, digitally empowered choices.
We created and maintain a completely integrated experience for Shock Doctor shoppers, finessing brand presence and using performance metrics to drive sales conversion, orders and revenue.
We grow businesses.
Our work sparks ideas, experiences, platforms, and business models.
Informed by data, we invent, design and build digital solutions to human problems. We do this for ourselves, as well as for you.
So let’s make something great together.
Curiosity is at the heart of every GoKart employee. We merge left-brain business savvy, analytics and technical expertise with right-brain intuition, curiosity and aesthetics to incubate, execute and optimize what we do.
A stirred—not shaken—cocktail of cool calculation and wild creativity, Don is the high-beam examination of all things we create, build and release to the world, keeping us on-task, on-budget and all of our work on-point. He’s also a freakishly fine musician, as well as the spark that ignited an online education revolution.
Blazing the cyber trail for over 15 years, AJ broke the seal on many online tactics, techniques and technologies that are now industry standards. His constant analyzing and asking questions is part of his DNA and, by association, has defined GoKart culture; by turning that introspective tendency to interactive strategy and architecture, he maintains his status as a pioneer (minus the Wild-West aroma).
Adam’s ability to make digital things work every time is why he’s a key component of our development team. When he’s not creating simple solutions to complex problems, he can be found playing games, eating sushi, on a two-wheeled vehicle of some sort, or lost-on-purpose in the BWCA.
Hyper-focused on superior user experience and interface design. Completely zen in his approach. Adam greets every UX/IA challenge with a "Namaste," kinetically pushing boundaries and asking a heckuvalotta of questions that make us all go, “Hmmm.” Natural habitat: out and about in our great city, or simply enjoying his back yard.
Annelise anchors our front desk, setting the stage for every day with her bright enthusiasm—no surprise, since she’s also on-course to be director of her own theater company someday. She also juggles calendars, events, and general GoKartian health and wellness—in other words, our very own human Swiss army knife.
Every project makes him curiouser and curiouser, meaning Chad asks lots of questions and leaves no stone unturned. The result: our whole team gains a deep-and-wide knowledge of our business partners, leading us—and our projects—to excellence every time. True loves: friends, family, food, Danish aebleskiver, and the mighty UMD Bulldogs. Not necessarily in that order.
Whether staying ahead on search algorithms, tinkering with flying machines, or playing superheroes with his two toddlers, Chris does it all with infectious enthusiasm. So what’s his secret? Be curious and embrace the weird. That’s what’s kept him at the forefront of digital marketing since the late ‘90s.
For Dan, it really is all about the experience. His days (sometimes also known as “nights”) are spent designing and creating the way things should be, always amazing us with the pure genius of his results. He rides what can only be described as a moto-cyclo-vehicle-thing (it’s won awards, even); his musician side is also looking to put together a new band. Interested, anyone?
We’ll get to DauNae in a minute. First: Ike the Dog. Cutest rescue ever. Welcomed with open arms by DauNae, who swears the easy transition was due to patience and persistence. The same patience and persistence that makes her projects go so smoothly and beautifully.
Gifted with the uncanny ability of navigating between front- and back-end development, Dustin’s passion for vintage Minneapolis maps is only eclipsed by his dedication to creating the best possible user experience. Places to find Dustin, on and off the grid: square dancing at the Eagles Club, snowshoeing or canoeing depending on the season, or biking across our lovely city.
She creates, she shoots (photos), she curates, she mentors, she motivates—oh yeah, and she’s a crackerjack strategist too. Elli’s keen insight fine-tunes the direction of her projects and leads them (and our GoKart teams) to amazing new levels of awesomeness. Along for the ride: kids, Dobby the dog and her All-City bike.
EJ’s team of creative technologists share his love of continuous learning. He masterfully mixes alignment with execution, pairing the right people and technologies for each unique digital challenge. Also another GoKart biker (though his have motors), EJ’s forecasting and planning skills have served him well on his coast-to-coast journeys across the USA.
A heady blend of three-parts strategist and one-part project manager, Jackie moonlights as a yogi and helps keep our collective vibe firmly planted in its zen space. Bubbling with infectious energy, she’s also relied upon to guide on-demand deep breathing exercises to level the mood (or take the edge off a quadruple cold-press buzz).
A thought leader among modern marketers, Jim has been working on the internet longer than you have and has the stories and swag to prove it. A man of diverse passions and interests, Jim could open a restaurant, create its world-class brand, draft the business plan, cook the food, brew the beer, and perform the music opening night.
Every environment that Josh is in—whether it is in the digital space or the real world—is improved by his friendly, on-the-go nature. A short list: volunteering as a Somali youth mentor, fine-tuning user experience, organizing a kickball league, putting his brain up against software bugs, commandeering bike scavenger hunts: he’s one tatted-up, cycle-loving, former-beach-bum of an energizer bunny.
He makes our right-brained heads hurt—in a good way. Mark knows everyone and their brother, and also knows how to keep us disciplined and on-target in our approach to client businesses. When he’s not riding herd and making our clients’ lives better, Mark hangs out with his boys and lovely wife Katie. Yet another GoKart musician, there’s a rumor floating around there’s a video of his band somewhere...
Matthew is a walking bundle of dichotomy: a strategic designer, a metric-driven UA guy, a believer in traditional AND emerging media. He’s an economist and a songwriter, a creative soul who loves numbers, a lover of dogs, a fighter for the arts, and a darn fine cook to boot.
You never know what you don’t know—except that Moses will let you know. He keeps the GoKart engine tuned up and humming at top speed, instinctively knowing when one of the moving parts in our beautiful machine needs a little grease to keep going. How does he do it? He claims it runs in his family... and he’s got Excel on his side, too.
From the Big Sky state, Owen left the mountains behind to tackle data innovation here in the Twin Cities. As your paid search leader, Owen is a master of context. Right audience, right time, right message, right on budget. Put it this way: if your business is the mountain top, Owen is the guide to get people there.
He got his chops in banking, solving industry-specific business problems and creating digital solutions for financial education. Then Paul took a little left turn, following his nose around the world, helping German business clients viz zer English (and earning the nickname “German Paul” in the process). He landed with us, and we couldn’t be happier—and our app and website clients feel the same way.
After 30 years working as an investigative reporter and news anchor, Rick has seen it all—which is why he loves being a part of our mad scientist crew that’s constantly inventing something new. He’s earned numerous awards including more than a dozen Emmys; with a drive to steer media into new, exciting directions, he’s added “tech entrepreneur” to his already impressive job list of author, speaker, and documentary producer.
Rob is our mad genius of Media Strategy, with a borderline fanatical passion for developing meaningful, relevant and branded experiences. Never taking the success of solutions for granted, Rob’s constantly defining new ways to measure and test results. Career capstone: Rob was once on a world-record setting, longest-Rice-Krispy-bar team. Years later, we’re still impressed.
In some companies, you call HR when there’s trouble. At GoKart, you call HR to find the trouble, in the form of Stefanie, built for speed and made of 100% USDA prime fun. She runs, has a huge heart and a bigger laugh, and is an expert in tracking down that rare, special future GoKartian, simultaneously taking care of the flock already under her roof.
Steffin makes stuff. And yes, we need to use that broad of a statement. His laundry list of artistic and professional endeavors centers around the pursuit of knowledge, and he has the full storage locker and basement to prove it.
Tate is a master of her craft and has the mindset of a great director, spotting aesthetic opportunities from miles away. She builds bridges internally and with her clients, but won’t hesitate to kick your ass if she needs to: in the boxing ring, on the roller derby track, in a head-to-head design smackdown, just name the time and place.
GoKart Labs is in the digital experience business. We invent, design, develop, launch, promote and optimize digital strategies, web sites, mobile experiences, applications and businesses for our clients…and for ourselves. We would love to make you a part of our growing team of the best and brightest — smart, curious, creative and passionate people who “like things that matter”.
At our core, GoKart Labs is an agile organization. We believe in open innovation and experimentation while applying data and analytics to constantly improve results and make us all better at what we do.
You know how businesses work and what makes the good ones great. You care deeply about the users and their needs. You’ve taken offerings to market, and value the failures as much as the successes.
You know GoKart’s design, development, and strategic capabilities inside and out. You understand the client’s requirements, even those they hadn’t thought of. Through writing specs, outlining scenarios, and diagraming flows, you tell the story of the user.
Using Google Analytics, AdWords, A/B tests, and other tools, you’ll gather and understand data about our clients’ web traffic, online marketing efforts, and social media presence. Then you’ll report your insights and recommendations to the team.
We’re always interested in meeting smart and curious people. If your talent and passion for the digital realm transcend mere job titles or position descriptions, we’d love to hear from you.