6 Apps to Help You Maintain Your Health & Fitness Goals

If you’re like the better half of America, last month you made the resolution to get fit and stay healthy. With January coming to an end and 2016 beginning to feel like old news, chances are you’ve conveniently forgotten or have given up completely on said resolutions. With the help of the following mobile apps fittingly compiled below, you don’t have to look any further than the palm of your hands to find the guidance you need to help stick to your health and fitness goals.

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  1. VitFitvitfit, $19.99/month (HQ in Philadelphia, PA) – VitFit aims to take the “work” out of your workout by helping you stay inspired and committed to your goals. If you don’t have the time, money, or confidence to head to the gym or use a personal trainer – but still want to get fit – VitFit may be the app you’re looking for. Based on your individual fitness goals, VitFit creates a personalized program and allows you to download an MP3 with your own trainer motivating you in real time. Cool fact: all workouts are created by certified personal trainers, so you’re sure to work up a sweat.
  2. Vea Fitness, Free (HQ in Philadelphia, PA) – Sometimes you need a little motivation to get off the couch and out for a run. Lucky for you, the folks behind VeaFitness agree! While it’s still in beta, when released you can complete runs to unlock rewards through the mobile app. Run 2 miles? Receive 20% off of your next purchase at Nike. Added bonus: Vea Fitness has its own built-in GPS tracking system and logs all of your runs, so no need for multiple tracking apps. Hit the pavement…then the mall.
  3. Fooducate, Free + in App Purchases (HQ in Bay Area, CA) – Fooducate takes theguesswork out of eating healthy. It doesn’t just track the quantity of calories you take in, but also the quality of your caloric intake. Navigate confusing product nutrition labels by scanning a barcode and receiving an easy to decipher A, B, C, or D letter grade. You’ll even get offered healthier alternatives.  If that’s not enough, Fooducate has its own community for feedback and support.foodcuate
  4. FitBliss Free (HQ in Bay Area, CA) – What better way to achieve your fitness goals
    than to promote some healthy competition? FitBliss brings fitness into the workplace with team competitions and challenges while promoting a happier, healthier work environment.
  5. yogaYogatailor, Free in app store and 15 day trial (HQ in Mountain View, CA) – Yogatailor is your custom yoga workout designed to tailor to your health needs. Do you want to sleep better? Do you want to get rid of that back pain? Just put your preferences in the app and let your custom yoga workout magically appear.
  6. DietSensor, $249 handheld molecule scanner + free app (HQ in Boston, MA) – DietSensor is a handheld scanner that can read the molecules in your donut and tell you how many calories are in that bad boy! The sensor sends information directly to an app on your phone. The mobile app not only tells you your pending calorie intake but also offers real-time coaching, a DietSensor community, and an optional scale. The only downside to this phenomenon? It only reads individual food items – so don’t try scanning your chimichanga.

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Want to see companies like this in person? Find a demo event at a city near you.

Your quest for a healthy life is a little more fun when you have a handy gadget or new technology to guide you. Whether it be a customizable fitness app or a calorie scanner, there is something technical out there to try this year. Maybe if you revisit your health and fitness goals with the aid of these helpful technologies, you’ll get the motivation you needed all along.

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Instant Gratification with On-Demand Apps in San Francisco

This summer, Tech in Motion San Francisco gathered at Geekdom to celebrate the companies that make up a huge part of SF’s tech culture–on demand apps. In SF almost anything can be delivered–from groceries to cookies to in-home massages. Tech in Motion dove head first into the newest and hottest apps that give us instant gratification on a daily basis.

Check out a Tech in Motion demo event in a city near you.

Members flooded the space around 6 p.m. and began circling the room to explore the companies demoing. They were pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of apps ready to show off their products.

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The Tech in Motion team made the rounds at the event to explore what each app had to offer. The companies were as follows:

Doorman – Doorman promises to make sure you never miss a package delivery again. They’re working to change the frustrating reality of mail delivery and ensure that you get your packages when you’re home and available. They gave out promo codes for delivery at the event and wowed members with their practicality.

Doughbies – On demand cookie delivery. Doughbies promises homemade cookies within 20 minutes. They deliver to the SF area and are looking to expand as they grow. The company brought homemade cookies to the event and they were quite a hit!

Interested in being a demo company? Contact a Tech in Motion organizer near you.

Heal – Heal is bringing back the house call. They deliver doctors to your home for $100 a visit. The best part? They can schedule appointments up until 8PM so you no longer have to miss work for a doctor’s appointment! They handed out coupons for first appointments at the event.

LiquidSpace – LiquidSpace is the Airbnb for office spaces. They provide on-demand rental for workspaces and have a wide range in size, price and location. They’re located all over the world and headquartered in the Bay Area. In a community of startups and small companies they impressed the Tech in Motion members by giving them an alternative to coworking spaces.

Scoot – Scooter rentals for the Bay Area. Scoot offers instant access to scooters that allow anyone to zip around San Francisco. Each scooter comes with a helmet and classes are offered to teach first timers how to drive their scooter. The highlight of their booth was the full size scooter displayed for members to admire.

Shuddle – Shuddle offers an Uber-like service for kids. The company provides background searched drivers to parents to drive their kids to and from activities. Rides are scheduled ahead of time, can be tracked in real time and each driver has prior experience working with kids.

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Shyp – Shyp is working to make the shipping process easier overall. They will ship anything to any destination. They pick up items and pack and ship them to give a seamless shipping experience. The highlight of their booth was a promo code and exclusive Shyp SF bags.

Social Print Studio – Social Print Studio specializes in transforming Instagrams into printed materials. They give instant access to photo books, magnets and more. They make great gifts for the Instagram lover! Their booth had promo codes and colorful photos of cats in space.

VetPronto – The on-demand service made for pet owners. VetPronto offers house veterinary appointments for animals of all shapes and sizes. Rather than dragging sick animals into the car, the service is delivered to your house when it is convenient for you. The highlight of their booth was branded doggy bags.

Zeel – On-demand massages. Zeel brings hour massages to the home or the office. They do specials at work and home including group sessions and couple massages. They’ve become very popular with the startup scene in SF and even brought a massage table to the event!

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SF Tech in Motion members were impressed with the ten demo companies present at the event. Each app proved to have a different purpose and idea behind them. When a handful of attendees were asked which table was their favorite, the answers were all over the board–every startup was mentioned at least once among the favorites.

As the night came to a close, members gathered up the last of the snacks, drinks and freebies. They traded contact info with the other members and left with new apps on their phone – and a renewed appreciation for the on demand culture. Don’t miss San Fran’s next event August 20th: One Giant Tech Mixer.

Toronto Gamers Unite!

Tech in Motion Toronto sprang into spring with an exciting interactive gaming demo at MaRS Discovery District! Hosting four exciting development companies in the Toronto gaming scene, Gaming Interactive: Demos & Drinks gave Sago Sago, Trompo Games, Throw Away Games and Bluish-Green Productions a chance to show members behind-the-scenes development of their latest games.

On the hunt for a new gig? Check out their job board for a list of open positions.

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As the first “gaming”- themed Meetup since the early days of the chapter in 2013, Tech in Motion Toronto was excited to once again host the local gaming community for a night of free beer, pizza, and of course exciting interactive demonstrations!

Do video games belong in the Smithsonian? Hear what the curator of the largest exhibit there has to say here.

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First to present his dev tools was Max Cranley, Director and Co-owner of Trompo Games. The event was actually the first pre-App-store-release demonstration of Trompo’s newest game, Wormarium – and boy, was it a hit.

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Following Max, Colin McCune – Director of Engineering at Sago Sago Toronto, gave Tech in Motion members an inside look at the methodology behind their children’s mobile app games. At their booth later in the evening, Sago even gave out vouchers for free downloads of their games Friends, Forest Flyer, and more!

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Attend a Tech in Motion demo night near you – find the closest upcoming event.

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Adam Clarke, CEO of Throw Away Games, then gave the audience an overview of the projects they have worked on. In addition to video games like Robo’s World: The Zarnock Fortress and The Stellar Adventures of Cat Damon, that includes cool mobile apps like Pixq and bitgraffiti.

The owner of Throw Away’s collaborator on the game Zarnock, Bluish-Green Productions’ Atilla Branyiczky, then spoke about how he crafted the difficulty curve for the game and his decision to make it bi-directional.

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The interactive gaming focus of this event was popular with the audience. One member, Luis Montecino, summed it up well: “The event was really well done and the companies invited had very interesting projects! Thanks for giving us access to this kind of content!”

Even new members of the Toronto chapter were speaking out about the topic. One attendee, Brad, exclaimed “This was my first meetup! Thanks everyone. Great presentations and lots of fun to meet some cool new people”.

The guests shuffled out at the end of the evening with handfuls of leftover doughy goodness from the #RandomActsofPizza brought to us by our friends and sponsors, Panago Pizza, along with brains full of worms and robots from a truly enlightening night of gaming.

Be sure to join us at our next Tech in Motion event in Toronto! As always, big thank you to our constant sponsorship partner, Jobspring Partners.

Finding Success on Product Hunt: From Bond’s Founder

Written by guest author Manan Rokani, founder of Bond 

To give you a little background about me, I grew up in India, moved to the US about 9 years back. I went to grad school in Chicago, lived there for about 5 years and then moved to California around 4 years back for work. I have lived in different places but everywhere I have gone, I have met amazing people and made really good friends. Also professionally, I’ve met some really smart people at every company I have worked at. But what I realized was that, as soon as I moved or switched jobs, I was not able to keep in touch with the people there. You know how it is sometimes, out of sight is out of mind.

It was my 30th birthday last year. I got lots of calls, texts and Facebook messages from friends and family. I felt guilty that I was no longer in touch with a lot of them; just because we don’t go to the same school or college any more, live in the same city or work at the same company any more. These were all the people that I was really close to at one point but then life happened, we went in different directions and got so consumed in our new lives that we just completely lost touch. I wanted to change that. I started looking for apps that would help me get better at keeping in touch with people but I could not find anything good. I put together a small team and we decided to build one ourselves. The result was Bond.

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We wanted to build something simple with a great user experience. I had the design and the flow in my head so I quickly built the mock-ups and our developers got to work. We got to mvp in 6 weeks, spent another 6 weeks polishing it up and pushed the product to the app store. I only invited a few friends, family and colleagues to help us test the app in beta. Because we were in the app store, we also started getting some organic traffic. I was also going to a lot of meetups here in LA trying to get the word out about the app. I was getting pretty good feedback from everyone who saw the app.

See the lineup of Tech in Motion meetups across the country and RSVP to attend here.

From the initial feedback we were getting, we knew that we had a decent product in hand. But we had to get it validated from a larger audience. We submitted the app to Product Hunt…(Note: Product Hunt is a curation of buzzworthy new products, every day. It started as an email list and evolved into a competitor of TechCrunch and other tech blogs with it’s ability to surface the latest mobile apps, websites, and tech products that everyone’s talking about.)

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We honestly weren’t expecting much. But to our surprise, we were trending as the #1 app on their website the following day. I didn’t realize what that would mean until we looked at our numbers. In the first two days alone we got more than:

  • 13,000 hits on our website
  • 2,000 app downloads
  • Tons of emails with a lot of good feedback, suggestions for features and requests for the Android app.

More importantly, these were founders and CEOs of some famous startups, product managers at some top product companies like Apple and Nike, designers, developers and some other tech influencers. These people build amazing products that we use every day- their feedback really mattered.

Soon, other tech websites and bloggers from different parts of the world started writing about us. ABC7 News did a piece on us too. Now the word is spreading.

Product Hunt gave us an amazing platform to put our product in front of the right audience and it really helped us validate our idea. But there’s a lot of people out there who obviously still don’t know about the app and we want to be able to reach them. So growth is our primary focus right now and at the same time we’re building more ways for people to bond with people in their networks. We’re really excited for everything that’s coming up.

To become a Tech in Motion demo company like Bond, contact the organizer in your city.

Keep in touch with people that matter to you by downloading the app. If you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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About the author:

Manan Rokani, Founder of Bond at www.getBond.co, is passionate about building Internet and mobile technology. With more than 7 years of experience working as a tech consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as an entrepreneur in the start-up environment, he has now founded multiple companies including Bond. Bond is a simple app that reminds you keep in touch with people. There are different ways to keep in touch with different people. The first version of the app had options to keep in touch with people through Call, Text and Facebook, and the new integrates with WhatsApp, LinkedIn and Emails. For each service, simply select the people you wish to keep in touch with and then how often you’d like to contact each one of them. Once set up, the app schedules regular reminders for you. When you get a reminder, just swipe the notification open and you get an option to contact that person right away, leaving no room for procrastination.

Download the iPhone app for free : https://appsto.re/us/ggTu1.i

Sign up here for Android : http://www.getBond.co/android/

San Francisco’s Health and Fitness Demo Event

Earlier this fall, over 250 San Francisco techies gathered at WeWork SOMA to discover the hottest wellness technologies at Tech in Motion’s Health and Fitness Demo event. They weren’t disappointed as the night kicked off with a bang; Demo company, fitmob, started up the event with a Tech in Motion group workout. It got all the attendees moving as top 40 hits bounced off the WeWork walls. The workout got the energy in the room up – everyone was laughing and high-fiving strangers by the time the music stopped.

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After completing the workout, guests were free to peruse the demo booths. There was no escaping exercise that night, because no matter what table members went to, all 12 companies were all about keeping it fit.

Two fitness companies, Vint and Tribesports took over one area with a jointly-led planking contest. The two had worked together before and definitely brought the energy, which is no surprise since they both specialize in community fitness. In addition to the plank contest, Vint and Tribesports handed out freebies to the Tech in Motion members together, all night long.

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The next table included SweatGuru and fitmob. Both companies connect people with workouts and trainers. fitmob showed members how they can make group workouts more fun than the gym while SweatGuru introduced their app and how it can connect members with trainers. The two companies wowed members with their exciting apps and brightly decorated booths.

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Next up was Lumosity and Spire. These two companies appeal to different interests, but together they pulled in a great crowd. Lumosity showed members how to use tech to improve their mind through brain testing activities. On the other end of the table, Spire, showed off a new type of fitness wearable that connects your body and your mind.

As members rounded the corner they were able to check out Fitbit and Fitt. Much like Vint and Tribesports, these two companies have collaborated in the past. Fitbit, a fitness wearable, showed how its different products gather health information like steps, weight and sleep quality. Fitt worked off Fitbit with an app that showed members how to set up challenges against their friends using wearables. The two companies drew a large crowd with their free swag – raffles and t-shirts.

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Another duo of the night was Keas and Runtastic. Keas was the social sponsor for the evening and showed members how fitness can improve the work environment significantly. They gave away free vegetable shaped stress balls while Runtastic demoed their newest wearables.

The last table was Misfit Wearables and FYTNS. Misfit showed off their very popular wearable and got members excited about a raffle of five Misfit Shines at the end of the night. FYTNS introduced members to group workouts and handed out fruit and coconut water at their end of the table.

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As members finished their rounds in the demo room they stopped for food and drinks. They enjoyed a variety of wines, beers and cheeses as they networked with other members. Lighthearted debates over favorite demos filled the air.

The raffle kicked off around 8:15PM and huge prizes were given away. A large handful of lucky Tech in Motion members walked away with Fitbit scales, Fitbit wearables, fashionable Misfit Shines, numerous free workout plans with personal trainers and 3-year-long subscriptions to Lumosity!

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Everyone was a winner that night! Whether it was sniping the raffle or just having a great time, members walked away with smiles on their faces and new apps loaded on their phones. Be one of them by signing up for Tech in Motion SF today!

Recap: Tech in Motion SF’s Panel Discusses The Future of Mobile

This summer, Tech in Motion San Francisco hosted over 200 attendees for The Future of Mobile Panel Event at Tagged HQ, home of the social network for meeting new people.The panel of experts included talented mobile developers from San Francisco and New York: Jeanine Swatton, Technology Evangelist; Bill Magnuson, Co-Founder & CTO at Appboy Inc.; Tom Anderson, Senior Developer Evangelist; and Alex Gaber: Mobile App Technology Developer.

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The night began with a full hour of networking prior to the panel, proving very productive and fun due to the color coded name tags. Name tags were divided accordingly between networkers, job seekers and hiring managers, so everyone had the inside scoop as to who was attending and why.

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With Tagged HQ’s cozy couches, Tech in Motion’s home-made sangria and a keg filled with Hefeweizen, the evening felt like a comfy tech talk at a buddy’s house. Once the moderator Owen Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of ReadWrite at Say Media, kicked off the discussion, the panelists were on point and engaged in talking tech.

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Owen initialized the discussion with the broad yet appropriate question of “what does the future hold for mobile development?”  The overall response was that the future of mobile is clearly seen in the amount of control mobile devices have over every aspect of one’s life.  Controlling your house, your health and even your business are all platforms mobile technology will have substantial advances in over the next years.

“The potential of mobile has just begun,”  claimed Bill, CTO of Appboy, Inc. “Mobile will continue to find new form factors, new populations and enable products and services to touch our lives in unexpected and fantastic ways.”

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He also pointed out how wearable tech is becoming a normal part of life. Simple yet complex gadgets can be worn while doing daily activities – and give data results that have never before been possible. Bill illustrated with the example of racing against friends down a mountain at a ski resort, and being able to track speed, location and video. Wearables and mobile smart phones are the commonalty nowadays. Although everyone has their limits on how many wearables one can wear at one time; Owen joked that the max is three wearables at once.

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Our dependencies and safety are increasingly becoming an even bigger issue as mobile technology advances. The gravity of how much information our devices hold and how we share our information has extreme pitfalls in addition to the extreme advantages.

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Jeanine, a Technology Evangelist, stated a startling truth: “People fear losing their phone more than death itself!” This comment won a shared laugh, as well as a genuine acknowledgement among Tech in Motion attendees.

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“For me, the take away was to remove the limits,” shared Tom, the Senior Developer Evangelist, on his view of breaking limitations in mobile. “People should stop thinking that the future of mobile is tied to the handset. It may be a watch, a TV, a car, a train table, tablet, almost anything you can think of.”

“Mobile is about getting access to your data and performing the tasks you want wherever you are with whatever device you have. Even going so far as to have the devices around you anticipate your needs and wants and perform those actions for you (i.e. a car that reroutes to avoid traffic).”

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With BlackBerry as the headlining sponsor, guests were given the opportunity to win a free device, the Z30 mobile. They were also introduced to the state of the art technology BlackBerry has to offer.

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Sinch acted as the social sponsor for the night and had prizes at their table too.  Sinch understands the needs of developers who want to create the next big thing. Apps are better when they are more social and with their tried and tested SDK, integrating communication features into yours is quite literally a Sinch!

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The guests finished out the evening with a question and answer session, sending the discussion flying. Tech in Motion members played off each other’s questions and concerns about the future of mobile. Each of the panelists stressed the importance of security, especially when building an app. They even incorporated personal stories of triumph and failure.

Tom made jokes about how long he’s been in the tech industry, and how he genuinely holds a strong optimism for this ‘new revolution of mobile technology’ that is happening right now.  Upon closing the formal portion of the night, guests mingled and networked over a final drink before heading home. To read some more live tweets visit MobileFOMO mobile marketing news, titled Tech in Motion Hosts Future of Mobile Panel at Tagged HQ: Recap.

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Don’t forget to check out the Tech in Motion event lineup for a chapter near you, or join San Francisco’s meetup to be at the next event there!

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.

Recap: A Second Edition of From Startup to Success

During a time when so many new businesses fail, Tech in Motion: Philadelphia members had the privilege of hearing the secrets of those who did not on Tuesday, October 22th. A crowd of techies gathered at a co-working space, Benjamin’s Desk, for drinks, networking and the second edition of “From Startup to Success”, a series highlighting local tech companies’ rise to triumph.

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As usual, the night kicked off with an hour of mixing and mingling with CTOs, founders and other technology enthusiasts.  Guests arrived to a full spread of food and libations, with beer supplied by Shawnee Craft Brewing. The amazing smorgasbord of sandwiches from local restaurant, Jake’s Sandwich Board, was a hit with the guests, though the soft Philly pretzels disappeared just as quickly.

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Once the attendees had a chance to meet and chat with the speakers, the educational portion of the evening began. The presenters of the evening were quite a successful lineup:

Ted Mann of Snip Snap kicked it off with the story of how real life circumstances inspired him to build his coupon aggregating mobile app. He urged everyone to “download it so guys like me don’t get benched on the couch.”

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Ross Shanken and Manny Wald presented for LeadiD, giving the audience both the story behind the company and the technology that makes it tick. For Ross, the startup fantasy was a reality; however it wasn’t immediate – it took eleven months to get their first client. “You can change the world,” he said, “but it’s a lot of hard work.”

Manny followed the inspirational tale with a breakdown of the coding that LeadiD uses to run. He touched on the challenges of building scalable, highly-available systems for real-time transactions. The techies in the audience were on the edge of their seats as Manny broke down the technical difficulty of being blind to the context in which his code is executed, when authoring third-party JavaScript.

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Ryan Findley focused on telling the audience about the beginnings of his IT company, while encouraging entrepreneurs of any skill level to “just go for it”. Tim Raybould of TicketLeap also recounted the story of his business, from the perspective of someone who took over a startup after it had reached success. Tim talked tech and his guiding principles for Ticketleap: “Be likable, be innovative, hustle!”

Panel-style Q & A wraps up the night

The night wrapped up with a Q & A session directed at the speakers. Secrets were shared and private details were unveiled. (Who was TicketLeap’s first employee after the founder? His mom.) To become a part of this interactive evening next month, please visit Tech in Motion Philadelphia to join for free.

A big thank you to our speakers for their participation, and to our sponsors for the night: Shawnee Craft Brewing, Benjamin’s Desk, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates.