Recap: Results of Boston’s Tech Trivia Night

On Thursday, July 17th, Tech in Motion: Boston hosted its first ever Tech Trivia Night with over 75 techies present. As everyone arrived, teams were formed and then it was off to the races! We broke the game into 6 rounds, worth up to 35 points each. If you weren’t able to make it, here are the questions we asked – see how well you would have done!

Round 1- Logos
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 Round 2- Boston Tech                                      

  1. When was MIT founded? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 by William Barton Rogers.
  2. Who is Boston’s new CIO? Jascha Franklin-Hodge
  3. Name one Boston based company which contributed to Uber’s new funding.
    Summit Partners,  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Fidelity, Wellington Management, BlackRock
  4. What Boston based startup has received the most single round funding since the start of 2014. Wayfair — home goods e-commerce site. Raised $157 million in March.
  5. What programming language is Boston.com written in? Java

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Round 3- General Tech

  1. What is an intranet that extends over the Internet called? Extranet
  2. What programming language does Android use? Java
  3. What part of a laptop does the bezel surround? Screen/Monitor
  4. What does HTML stand for? Hyper Text Markup Language
  5. Comprised of Kay McNulty, Marlyn Wescoff, Fran Bilas, Ruth Lichterman, Adele Goldstine (and Betty Snyder), these ladies were the first “computers” working on ENIAC at what University? University of Pennsylvania 

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Round 4- Entertainment and Tech

  1. When was the first iPod sold? 2001
  2. Where was the Nintendo invented?  Kyoto, Japan
  3. What was Mario’s original name? Jumpman
  4. When did the Pac-Man arrive? 1980
  5. Pixar created a 1995 blockbuster hit move using computer animation. What was the title of the movie? Toy Story

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Round 5- History of Tech

  1. What year was the first email sent? 1971
  2. Who did Time magazine name its “Man of the Year” in 1982? The Computer
  3. What was the first ever YouTube video uploaded on April 23rd 2005, by Jawed Karim (one of the founders of the site) entitled? Me At The Zoo
  4. What was the first graphical browser for the World Wide Web? Mosaic
  5. Domain name registration was free until what year? 1995

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Round 6- Social Media and Tech

  1. What is the #1 blogging platform in the world? WordPress
  2. What is the limit for number of friends on Facebook? 5,000
  3. Where did Chatroulette start? Russia
  4. How many hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? 100 Hours
  5. Many consider this site, which allowed users to create their own Web pages, to be the first social networking site. Launched in 1994, Geocities had more than 1 million members by 1997.

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And here are the results!

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Congrats to our winners, Dorchester Globe Trotters, who walked away with $50 in iTunes and Google Play gift cards!

We want to thank our gracious sponsors who helped make this event possible: Jobspring Partners, Workbridge Associates, Microsoft, Boston Globe Media Partners, and Coalition.

So how do you think you would have done? Any suggestions for next time?

Recap: Startup to Success with Tech in Motion NYC

This June, Tech in Motion NYC held an amazing “Startup to Success” panel discussion at NYU’s Global Center with an audience of over 300, which included co-founders, technical professionals, entrepreneurs and more. After settling in, the moderator Kunal Mehta, Author of The Disruptors Book, introduced the panel and guided the flow of conversation throughout the night by asking some great questions to the panelists, who were as diverse as the crowd.

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The panel boasted a lineup of very influential entrepreneurs and investors from the New York startup scene, including: Andrew Yang, Founder of Venture for America; Nihal Mehta, Founder of Local Response & General Parter at Eniac Ventures; Brett Martin, Entrepreneur, currently building Switch, & Co-founder of Sonar Media, Inc., and Anna Khan, Venture Capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners.

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Kunal Mehta started the discussion by asking the panelists to introduce themselves and what they’re currently working on. Each panelist had their own, very unique stories as to how they got to where they are today and what they had to do to get there. During that time, Nihal Mehta explained how he relocated to San Francisco in 2001, right after the dot-com crash, to start a mobile marketing agency. He had essentially been “flying in when everyone was trying to fly out” of the dot-com scene. Life wasn’t the easiest for a couple of years and he grew his business during the day – and paid his bills by DJing and throwing parties at night. Eventually his company, ipsh! raised funds and was later sold to Omnicom in 2005.

Andrew, Nihal and Brett each had opted out of a traditional career in corporate American and were asked why they had chosen to do so. They explained they did so because they didn’t want to be stuck working meticulous corporate jobs their whole lives. For them, the biggest risk of not taking a leap to start a company was ending up doing something they really didn’t want to be doing.

Among the successes, the setbacks and the failures, the panelists discussed what qualities they often see in successful entrepreneurs. Anna Khan searches for the right entrepreneurs to back every day, and said, “I like to back Visionary Operators.” Nihal Mehta explained that it takes “grit” to succeed as a startup and Brett Martin said “resilience,” whereas Andrew Yang said “persistent adaptability.”

Overall, the panelists doled out a lot of really helpful advice about starting your own company and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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After the panel concluded, the event was opened up to an audience-driven Q&A session. So many were eager to ask the panelists questions that even after the talk wrapped up, the panelists stayed late answering one-on-one inquiries from guests.

The evening was a big success and a lot of fun for everyone involved! Big thanks to our continued sponsors who helped make this event a success: Workbridge Associates, Jobspring Partners and Microsoft.

The Future of Mobile (Tech in Motion LA)

Tech In Motion LA recently hosted the Future of Mobile Panel Discussion, which was graciously sponsored by BlackBerry. The panel featured senior developers from Urbanspoon, Beats by Dre, Microsoft and BlackBerry. With the mobile market at an all-time high, the panelists dug into the state of mobile today and talked about what the future may hold.

The event took place at Loyola Marymount University – not too far off from the Los Angeles tech hub, “Silicon Beach.” Before the panel began, we polled a few guests to see what they are most excited to see in mobile’s future. This is what they had to say:

“I’m excited to see advances in the visual design of mobile applications.”

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 – Jesse Brownstein

“I’m interested to see how mobile apps will have the ability to control things around us. Like remotely starting your car, turning on lights in your house, etc.”

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 – Jens Zalzala

“I’m really into fashion and technology, so I can’t wait to see the next big thing in fashion/clothing related apps!”

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– Hillary Creech

All in all, the event was a hit with the crowd of techies, entrepreneurs and mobile tech enthusiasts. The lively discussion ranged from mobile security to cross platform development and kept the attendees attentive throughout the night. The audience Q&A that followed the formal discussion was a great opportunity for developers and entrepreneurs alike to share their ideas, concerns, and questions with some innovative industry leaders.

To get invited to Tech in Motion LA’s next event, don’t forget to join the meetup group. Thanks again to our sponsors: BlackBerry, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates.

8 Great Pieces Of Startup Advice From 4 Silicon Valley Stars Under 30

Twentysomethings have it pretty good in Silicon Valley. To the extent that age discrimination exists, it generally favors the young. It may be the one place in America where a 23-year-old can introduce himself as a CEO and no one bats an eye.

But being a young business leader in the technology industry comes with its share of challenges. Whatever you’re doing — hiring people, raising funding, negotiating compensation — chances are you’re doing it for the first time. Everyone expects you to act like a hyper-entitled Millennial brat. Many of your peers are hyper-entitled Millennial brats, and you have to work with them.

For the past three years, FORBES has been identifying young innovators and game-changers in the tech world as part of our annual 30 Under 30 list.  A few days ago, Tech In Motion Silicon Valley gathered four of our honorees at Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View for a conversation about what it’s like to run a fast-growing tech company while still in one’s twenties.

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The participants were: Steven Eidelman, cofounder of Whistle; Lisa Falzone, CEO and cofounder of Revel Systems; AJ Forsythe, CEO and cofounder of iCracked; and Morgan Knutson, chief product designer at Dropbox. The discussion was wide-ranging and full of hard-won lessons. Here are eight of them:

1. Accept that even your dream job is going to suck sometimes. “I used to be a competitive swimmer,” said Falzone. “I think all good things in life are love/hate for me.”

It may seem obvious that sacrifice comes before achievement, but members of Gen Y grew up hearing the message that work should offer personal fulfillment, Forsythe said. “I think that can get lost in translation as probably not ‘You’re going to work harder than you’ve ever done and it’s going to be s****y work, and the happiness is going to be delayed,’” he said.  “It’s not that you shouldn’t optimize for happiness, but you have to do stuff you don’t want to do.”

2. Hiring good people is too important too rush. “The best people in the world at hiring still only get it about 70 to 80% right,” Forsythe said. “I always find it’s best to wait for the right hire,” agreed Falzone, adding that she once took nine months to hire a head of HR — and would probably have had to fire the candidates she almost hired for the job.

3. Talent isn’t the place to get cheap. For all the talk of fulfillment, “businesses exist to make money,” said Knutson. “They don’t exist for any other reason than to make money. We can misconstrue it as altruism as much as we want, but the fact is we spend our life on wages.” The people you want to hire understand that and aren’t going to accept less than they’re worth. “For me, if this person is amazing, I never want to lose them, and I’m going to pay this person whatever they need,” he said.

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4. That said, just throwing money around can get you the wrong sort of talent. “If someone comes in and there’s already a sense of entitlement because they were making way too much money in the their last job, that’s going to be an issue,” said Eidelman.

“This is advice for everyone: If the first thing out of their mouth in an interview is about compensation, kick their ass out the door,” agreed Knutson.

6. Startups are great places to get experience, but lousy places to get formal training.  Because so many of them are launched by people just out of college, graduates think of startups as good first jobs, but that’s not necessarily the case. “Early stage companies just don’t have the time or the manpower to train people,” said Falzone. “If you just want to pick it up and learn it on your own, then join an early stage company.” If you need a more structured form of experience, big companies are the way to go.

7. Networking is best when it doesn’t feel like networking. “Don’t pitch right away” is Eidelman’s advice to founders looking for backers. He and his cofounder spent two years in private equity before becoming “obsessed” with the idea for Whistle, at which point they were able to go back to people they’d known in their previous lives for help. “A lot of those relationships we leaned on for our first round of funding were people we met right out of college,” he said. “Relationships matter.”

8. Use the power of narrative. Forsythe, whose company repairs shattered screens on smart phones and mobile devices, said he wrote “Tell stories and explain why” on a whiteboard in his office. It’s a message that he uses as a sort of mantra to help him stay motivated and motivate those around him. “It’s always important that you can go back to why you’re doing what you’re doing, and the way you do that is by telling stories,” he said.

Read the original blog post here on Forbes.com by Jeff Bercovici – and don’t forget to RSVP for Sweet Summer Mixer at Tech in Motion Silicon Valley on July 16th.

Interested in more insights from young innovators? Check out the first-ever FORBES Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia this October.