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Ed Finkler

Ed Finkler, also known as [Funkatron](, started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does full-stack work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. Ed is the founder and chairman of [Open Sourcing Mental Illness](, a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to raising awareness and supporting those with mental illness in the tech industry.

He served as web lead and security researcher at [The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University]( for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the [Development Hell podcast]( Ed writes at []( reading

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Nsi Obotetukudo

Nsi (Pronounced in-see) is a serial entrepreneur, creative operator, and people gatherer. Formally trained as a mechanical and electrical engineer his experience spans over 10 years and half a dozen industries. Most recently, Nsi co-founded Alley, a creative real estate and workspace company based in NYC with 1000s of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to transformative startups and entrepreneurs. Nsi is also an avid consultant, advisor, and mentor to various early stage startups in NYC, small businesses, and creative entrepreneurs. Nsi also serves on the board of directors for Minds Matter in NYC and on the advisory board for All Star Code. Both are non-profits that focus on equipping gifted underserved youth with tools and access to achieve success academically, career wise, and then some. Continue reading

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Shayla Evans

After graduating from Providence College, Shayla worked for the auto insurance industry for 6 ½ years, including Progressive Insurance when she relocated back to CT. In addition Shayla was selected to be a member of the WNBA Connecticut Sun’s Solar Power Dance Team for (4) seasons. She began working in the Craft Beer Industry as a Brand Ambassador when she realized Insurance was not her true calling, and decided she wanted to take her natural ability to connect with people and combine it with her expertise in Customer Service and Sales, and became an executive Technology Recruiter where your passion to help people in the digital space continues to motivate her to success.Continue reading

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Laura Meyer

Laura Meyer is a partnerships, sales and client engagement lead for companies, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Her past experience includes IBM, Assist, Colgate-Palmolive, Intelligence Squared U.S. and Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. She specializes in takes complex technologies like IBM Watson and articulating their value to develop and deliver practical use cases for businesses. Laura is fiercely supportive of women’s initiatives in the technology industry in the Bay Area, where she lives.

She’s traveled and studied across the world, from her hometown, St. Louis, Missouri to Santiago, Chile and Hong Kong. Laura received her M.B.A. from Baruch College (CUNY). Continue reading

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David Brown Landron

David Brown is the Associate Director of Email Marketing at Blink Health. He has been working in the tech industry since 2012, joining his first start up in Grad School. He worked on SmartMoney Entrepreneurs alongside Jeremy, and the tech bug hasn’t stopped since. Before working in tech, David graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, and pursued a career in public service. He cherishes the experience he gained making a career change from Public Service to Tech, because it’s taught him an incredible amount of the work it takes to be successful and passionate about this work. Continue reading

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Jeremy Andrews – PreShow

Jeremy Andrews is an accomplished technology entrepreneur who partners with CEOs, executives and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands every day. With an extensive finance and operations background, Jeremy knows what truly drives business revenue and profit. He’s funded and hosted celebrity business events, including How To Get Funding From A Shark 1 and 2 with Daymond John and Brian Cohen, and provides mentorship to young entrepreneurs around the world.

He hosts two podcasts, Diversity and Mentorship in Technology and Open Source ERPS, where he helps businesses large and small focus on making Ecommerce the core of their operations. He also runs a peer entrepreneur group called Revenue Think Tank and enjoys writing and running.Continue reading