Meet the Candidates Running for the NYTM Board Election
And join us for our Meet the Candidates event on Monday at 6:30 p.m.: http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/events/95143602/
Read more about them below
Since 2007, I’ve been organizing communities and helping people work for themselves in NYC and around the world. That work has manifested most prominently in my role as cofounder and Mayor of New Work City, which arose out of a grassroots effort to establish a dedicated coworking space in NYC. I also help people lead better organizations with the Community Builder Masterclass.
Along the way, I’ve found myself working closely with the NY Tech Meetup in various capacities. I helped to establish NY Tech Responds in the wake of Sandy, and was also a member of the Community Committee in 2009. I also organized the NYTM Afterparty for years before and after it was made official.
In between, I’ve organized happy hours, classes, BarCamps, hackathons, and more. I helped to start Girl Develop It, worked with the Downtown Alliance to build the Hive at 55, and co-authored a book on coworking called “I’m Outta Here: How coworking is making the office obsolete.”
More recently, I released a presi-festo on how we can fix the stupid job crisis ourselves. Going forward, I’ll continue to work to help people here and everywhere in any way I can.
For 29 years Jeff Einstein has been the single most consistently contrarian voice of NYC’s high-tech and digital media communities, dating back to 1984, when he authored the nation’s first major how-to book series on PCs (Einstein’s Beginner’s Guides, published by HBJ) and co-founded Einstein and Sandom Interactive, the nation’s first digital advertising agency (acquired in 1994 by DMB&B) and the first digital shop in what 10 years later became NYC’s billion-dollar Silicon Alley.
Since then, his strategic marketing initiatives have driven the acquisition of two agencies, the global growth of a third, and a high-tech IPO, and have appeared in virtually every major business venue, including two front-page stories in The Wall Street Journal, and cover stories for Red Herring Magazine, George, PC Magazine, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His client list reads like a Who’s Who of great global brands and government agencies.
Mr. Einstein has appeared in national endorsement campaigns for two major computer brands, as featured speaker at more than 200 media/marketing industry tradeshows/seminars, and as a media industry expert on dozens of radio and TV programs, including The Today Show with Katie Couric, CNN’s 360 with Anderson Cooper, and CNN’s Moneyline with Lou Dobbs.
Since 2006 I've been attending the NYTM. Back then we used to boo when we heard the words "San Francisco" at Cooper Union. Now the NYTM is a bellweather for entrepreneurial behavior. My experience has been rooted in two of NYC's core competencies, mobile and advertising products, both at Crisp Media, a NYC based ad platform, and prior to that at Unilever. I hope to work on NYC's next stage of influence, the part where our NYC brand of entrepreneurship is recognized around the world as much as it is in the 5 boroughs.
My experience is to connect entrepreneurs globally. In 2008 I formed a group of NYC early adopters on Twitter to promote the FailWhale artist in Australia, as a show of support that design is crucial to success. I've been an organizer for TechCrunch, training teams for Disrupt Beijing. This year, I wrote for PandoDaily.com to evaluate cities like Singapore as an entrepreneurship hub, and now travel regularly to London where I've taught classes at General Assembly. This summer, I was appointed as NYC Managing Director for FounderDating.com, an entrepreneurship network that started in SF, which drives collaboration between early stage founders in that pre-accelerator or funding stage.
As Founder of NYTechWomen and Senior Data Analyst at comScore, I am equal parts social connector, digital analyst and adult-focused educator. I work to create an open environment that inspires and connects people. My involvement and understanding of current digital trends, events and most importantly the people around me directly ties me to NYTM’s efforts to strengthen the NYC technology community.
I took an orphaned group with just a handful of members and turned it into NYTechWomen, the most active and fastest growing women-centric organization in NY Tech. We just celebrated our first anniversary; in that year, I grew the membership 5x to over 900 members by organizing more than 40 events to more actively engage women in the NY Tech experience.
I pride myself on being an approachable and responsive community leader and I’m always willing to speak with and help people who reach out. I prioritize strong relationships over strong egos and efficiencies over ownership. I would be honored to bring my strong background in group organization and community needs to the NYTM Board of Directors.
Nichelle Stephens is a connector! She is also a blogger, community manager, early adopter, Meetup organizer, mentor and social media strategist. Nichelle is the co-founder of Cupcakes Take The Cake, the most popular blog about cupcakes. She is also the local producer of TECHmunch NY, a food blogging conference. Fun fact: She has been a member of the New York Tech Meetup since Januay 2007.
Her goal is to connect a diversity of passionate people who want to create tech startups and digital media to the New York Tech Meetup community.
I am a career tech entrepreneur with 17+ years of experience both founding and working with startups in software, clean-tech, healthcare and fashion. I have been part of teams that have collectively raised over $22MM in angel, strategic and venture capital. I sold my first startup in 1999 to publicly traded, global systems-integration firm and I am currently helping and advising many tech startups.
I am also a proud member of the NYC tech community and have attended NYTM since early 2010. I recently became a charter “Annual Member” as I believe wholeheartedly in the organization’s mission. And, while always curious, I have never asked “what is your business model” during a Meetup.
Additionally, I have 10+ years of non-profit governance experience as a Trustee of Dickinson College. As a Trustee, I ran the Enrollment Committee for the past 8 years and served on the Finance Committee for 10 years – both with exceptional success. And from 1994 – 2002, I ran the Boston Chapter of the Webmaster’s Guild which later became the Association of Internet Professionals. We grew that organization to national membership of over 10,000 with Boston being both the largest and most successful chapter.
Below is the lineup for the December 2012 NY Tech Meetup.
Can't attend? You can watch the live video stream here.
Backspaces: The best way to tell a story through words and pictures with your iPhone.
Betterment is reinventing the investing industry with a groundbreaking online account that puts you in better control of your money and your life. Betterment achieves this through low cost management, smart financial advice that is tailored to your goals, and behavioral guardrails that guide you to smarter decisions.
Connect Boxee TV to your big screen at home to get major TV channels, Internet streaming apps and a first-of-its-kind cloud DVR, with unlimited recordings and access on computers and tablets from anywhere - all for only $99 bucks!
Glide is a free service that connects your Windows 8 Surface Tablet, Google Android Smartphone and Apple iPad and cloud services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Facebook, YouTube and Picasa for instant and compatible access to all of your personal files and public web content for editing, sharing and publishing to Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
littleBits Electronics Inc.
littleBits is an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning and fun.
MPOWERD is a for purpose technology manufacturer focusing on providing cutting-edge renewable energy solutions and partnering with non-profits to eliminate energy poverty and accelerate positive development outcomes.
rvl lets you author, present and share beautiful presentations, right in your browser.
The Hacker Union is a collective of builders working to sustain and grow a hacker culture through mentorship, activism, and collaboration.
Pling helps people send short audio messages between individuals and groups in a fast and asynchranous way. Its the easiest, fastest and most natural way to communicate online, using your voice instead of text. It works like "push-to-talk" between desktop computers (OSX) and mobile phones (iOS).
Punch democratizes the creation of Apps for smarthphones and tablets with a unique App publishing tool that requires no programming experience.
Guest Post by Mitch Wainer, DigitalOcean
When we started DigitalOcean in the summer of 2011, we had a goal of providing quick and convenient cloud hosting where servers could be spun up, scaled out, and saved, and deleted within minutes. At the time, we were so focused on developing our product, we had no idea how vast the New York Tech Scene, or the startup world for that matter, really was. Having the privilege to present at the New York Tech Meetup played a big part in preparing us for both applying to the TechStars Startup Accelerator and succeeding within the program.
Before attending our first NYTM, we had, of course, attended some tech meetups in the area, but none had highlighted just how strong the energy was in the New York tech community. We witnessed that excitement after attending just one New York Tech Meetup. One month later, we had the privilege of presenting DigitalOcean on the NYTM stage.
Our debut at the New York Tech Meetup was the first time, after eight non-stop months of building DigitalOcean, that we were finally able to show off what we had created. Only testers had seen what we had to offer, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect first audience than the NYTM participants. We built our platform to provide developers and startups with a way to get their product online quickly, and those were exactly the people who filled the auditorium. But NYTM gave us much more than just a venue to build our brand, it gave us an opportunity to validate our MVP (minimal viable product) and build our credibility. The New York Tech Meetup is very selective in the startups it picks—giving us time on stage as one of the few infrastructure provider startups that have been chosen to present helped confirm that there was a demand for what we offered.
The customers we gained from our presentation then provided invaluable feedback, giving us more product feature wishlists, debugging our system, and spreading our name.
Besides the networking aspect of the NYTM, presenting on the NYU stage exposed us to the vast amount of the startups in New York and gave us a taste of what participating in the growing New York tech scene was like. The positive response encouraged us to accelerate our growth and drove us to apply to TechStars Boulder, where we put a strong emphasis on our participation in the New York Tech Meetup on the application. As summer ended, our time in the TechStars Boulder program came to a close. It was time for the Boulder New Tech meetup, and we were more prepared than ever to show off how we had further built out our platform. The experience in Boulder was similar to the one in New York, and after presenting before the vibrant New York community, we were excited to demo once more, this time for the Boulder audience.
We’re proud of the work that we have poured into DigitalOcean but more than that, we are grateful and honored to be part of the vibrant New York tech community, and the startup world at large. Presenting at the New York Tech Meetup gave us our first wide-scale audience, helped us accelerate in the TechStars Boulder program, and allowed us to hit the ground running in our goal to be the world’s simplest cloud hosting provider.
Tonight is our annual academic program, featuring oustanding projects from university students and professors. The event will be hosted by Evan Korth.
For anyone interested in watching remotely, you can view the live video stream here.
SpaceSplitter is forever changing the way roommates manage their household finances and relationships.
RunMyCode: Enabling Reproducible Computational Science
Sugoi Papa Interactive
The world's first and best frankfurter-wearing simulator finally arrives on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch - assembled with the utmost care and attention under the supervision of highly-trained pixel craftsmen, Heads Up! Hot Dogs will tickle your fingertips as well as your taste buds with its rich tapestry of 2D flavors.
Trollnet: A Wifi access point with unexpected consequences.
Mahaya finds the photos, videos and tweets from events to help people see what happened.
GrandMentor connects retired citizens with disadvantaged school children to read ebooks using Skype
We fingerprint physical objects, helping fight counterfeiting.
Bitstillery: Data visualization software and design studio.
Future of Books
NYU Media Research Laboratory
The advent of eBooks provides an opportunity to radically expand the very concept of what a book is, as these demos will show.
Qeexo wants to bring new dimensions of touch to interactive surfaces, and make better use of the natural richness of our hands.
Interaction Group, Disney Research Pittsburgh
Interaction group at Disney Research Pittsburgh invents new sensing technologies that can make everything reactive and responsive.
And three additional demos will be available for viewing at the afterparty:
Scrapyard Challenge Junior Mytropolis SeeMore Technologies