OC Panel: What is the Future of DevOps?


UCI Innovation Campus was buzzing with energy when the local Tech in Motion chapter hosted their event Tech Panel: DevOps | Driving Productivity and Efficiency on August 25.

The panel was moderated by Max Schnepper, Practice Manager of Workbridge Associates and a subject matter expert on the local DevOps market. The evening’s focus was in response to the community requesting more education-focused events and to provide a space for members of the numerous Orange County DevOps Meetup groups to gather.

Schnepper began with defining some key terms.

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DevOps is a framework for identifying and eliminating constraints, so processes such as software development and deployment run smoothly at a high level of efficiency. Panelist Matt Chung, a Systems Development Engineer with Amazon Web Services in Seattle and founder of the OC DevOps Group said, “DevOps is both technical and cultural. It involves making sure teams such as software developers and the people who administer the resulting systems are co-existing and working together. Technical productivity and efficiency are also part of it. The goal is to eliminate waste and add value to the company.”


“Software is a key battleground and winners and losers are being defined by the way they ship software and interact with customers and users. Shipping software when you need it is key. DevOps is the realization that existing IT systems are too slow. The ROI on DevOps is pretty clear. All organizations can benefit from automation and tooling. Just look at the data. Put the right data in the right environment and you can improve release timelines and gains across all faces of the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle),” responded panelist Jedidiah Yueh, Founder of Delphix and Avamar (sold to EMC).

Panelist Spencer Seebald, Senior Field Technical Solutions Engineer with Puppet, Inc., added, “People are starting to see software, regardless of the industry, as a competitive advantage for business and a way to drive it forward. DevOps people can help move things along more quickly, and that is an advantage. Data shows companies that adopt DevOps move faster in a more reliable and controlled fashion.”


The evening concluded with questions about the future of DevOps and how businesses at different stages can adopt this framework. Chris Ciborowski stated, “With DevOps practices outside of the US such as Europe as Australia; they are already working and running in the cloud, applying these strategies. As these markets see where improvements can still be made, they will also see where the trend moves.” Ciborowski added that, “You cannot buy or hire DevOps” and that businesses, whether they are a startup or enterprise, can benefit because DevOps encourages, “A real understanding of how your business is developing software and how the business maps into the process of future releases and testing. All of these processes go hand in hand.”

Original article  by Hai Truong, UCI Applied Innovation writer


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New Partnership: Verizon Wireless + Tech in Motion

Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. wireless communications service, broadband, and telecommunications company, and Tech in Motion Events, a national event series with over 60,000 members, have recently announced a new arm of their partnership in order to create a short-run, custom event series with the goal of bringing interesting material and speakers to Tech in Motion members across the country.


Taking place in four major U.S. cities between March and June 2016, the two companies are expounding on the relationship between user experience and the digital age. Attendees can expect to learn from executives at local and national companies that offer consumer-facing products.  Kicking off last month in New York City with a tech talk, the event series will travel to San Francisco in May, before concluding with two June events in Boston and Chicago.

See more photos of New York’s UI/UX event on Tech in Motion’s Facebook page.

User experience (UX) is becoming ever-more synonymous with customer experience and this has led many companies to value UX as a very high priority. With this in mind, it made sense to both parties to create UX-focused content in order to educate Tech in Motion members and local tech communities across the United States.


For Verizon, this partnership is a way to increase awareness of the new technologies that the company is working on, clarify what they are doing to increase the ease of in-person and online consumer experiences, gain insight into the brand’s public perception, and finally, help foster these local tech groups across the United States.


“I think the community we’re both trying to foster aligned perfectly and it was a natural fit to build and grow out a series that the tech community really values,” says Phil Burrows, a Verizon external communications coordinator and the person who has spearheaded the long-running partnership. “In partnering with Tech in Motion for the last two years [the experience has] been great. They really understand their audience and deliver highly engaging events which allow us to connect directly with the tech community. It’s hard to get that with other partnerships.”


For Tech in Motion, a partnership with Verizon brings diverse voices together across the nation to discuss the universal effect that user experience has on the consumer. For those not lucky enough to catch these discussions, this partnership also opens the door for additional custom event series with blue chip companies in the near future.


“We are excited to partner with an industry leader in the wireless space that’s making big strides in the user experience industry, and we could not be more excited to have Verizon share their knowledge, insight, and strategies with our membership,” says Mandy Walker, the Senior Manager of Marketing & Events with Tech in Motion.


“In the past, we’ve done these types of partnerships with a few other big names such as Microsoft and Blackberry, and in my experience, our community has responded well and learned a lot. We’re extremely happy to continue these types of partnerships with Verizon and with other large companies moving forward.”


These events will not only touch on all things UX, but will cover a gamut of topics including:

  • the collection and implementation of data in order to improve design
  • the intersection of user experience and network infrastructure
  • a look at the future of UX


Each panel event will include executives with backgrounds in user experience, data science, and/or network infrastructure that work in companies ranging from large corporate to small startups. The panels are aimed to be balanced with knowledge across all areas of discussion and include panelists that are thought leaders in their own respective fields. They are geared for a wide audience and will not be over-technical.

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Cybersecurity and Its Growing Role: Washington D.C. Experts Dive in

Earlier this year, local tech enthusiasts in the Washington DC area congregated at 1776’s downtown location for Tech in Motion’s panel discussion: Cybersecurity And Its Growing Role. The featured panelists included Anup Ghosh (Invincea), Tom Parker (FusionX), Jason Rivera (Deloitte) and Josh Marpet (BiJoTi), with moderation by Bob Stratton, General Partner of MACH37, a Northern Virginia based cyber accelerator.

Before the panel took the stage, sponsor companies Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates thanked everyone for coming and offered to help with any job or talent search. Looking for a new role? Check out open tech positions here.


The discussion kicked off with a look at the cybersecurity industry as a whole. As with any industry, there are notable pros and cons. Anup took the lead by stating that “security problems are not new,” which rings true as we continue to see an ever increasing amount of cybersecurity-related headlines in the media. The most common of these relate to cybercrime and attacks on high profile companies.

“In the last decade, we’ve seen the professionalization of the cyber adversary,” Tom addressed this growing trend in the marketplace.

Jason reinforced this with his point that “Cybercrime is the most profitable illicit business on earth; it is a trillion dollar business.”

This growing trend of cybercrime makes for an increasingly profitable industry as more companies look to reinforce their security measures. However, Anup noted that cybersecurity companies aren’t looking to reverse this trend, “We’re doing a really good job of making a lot of money in the cybersecurity industry but not fixing a whole lot.”

The industry places a larger emphasis on attack detection versus prevention when in fact the opposite is ultimately what is needed to reverse the progression.

In combatting the rapidly increasing presence of cybercrime, the panelists discussed the importance of educating the masses in general best practices. Josh explained, “To bridge the gap between the knowledge and deployment of cybersecurity practices, you must educate the people.”

Anup further addressed the responsibility gap when it comes to protecting company data: “Can’t blame users for bad things happening on sites; [companies] need to give them the right equipment to do their job.”


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Heading into 2015, the cybersecurity industry was at the forefront of national headlines after the data breaches on major corporations such as Target, Sony, and Anthem. As the panelists attested, large corporations are now taking extra precautions to ensure that their network is safe from attackers.

Josh prefaced this topic with a shocking statistic: “In the past year, there have been more records breached than the number of American citizens.”

So where do large companies fall short? “Companies that tend to fail and are breached are those that cannot conceive of themselves being a target,” Jason answered. “The ones that succeed are the ones that are proactive and acknowledge the internet is a part of their business.”

The panelists continued to discuss where the cybersecurity industry fits into the current breach landscape and how it can proactively respond to breaches. In Anup’s opinion, “We should focus on prioritizing detection, that’s how we’re going to change this breaching trend.” Jason added, “Cybersecurity is reactive– what if we were more proactive and made breaches more challenging as well as less profitable?” The speakers all agreed that these breaches have essentially become expected among most in the security industry.

Tom firmly stated, “Unfortunately, it’s going to take more breaches and larger corporations going out of business to make others understand this threat can happen to anyone.” In the meantime, he said, “Businesses should practice ‘good hygiene’ ” and spend money wisely on the appropriate preventative security measures for their network. This includes having your network checked regularly, as well as operating under the assumption that “there are already hackers in it,” according to Josh.

The discussion then transitioned into the panelists exploring both sides of the debate on encryption. Anup started off saying, “With encryption, you have to have reasonable expectations of what it can and cannot do.”

Our panelists all agreed that the value of encrypting company files lies in increased difficulty for hackers looking to access that data. However, it’s important to be realistic in ones expectations; encryption is not the only defense necessary when facing hackers.

When the topic of surveillance emerged later in the discussion, Anup stated that “Encryption leads into a debate about a larger issue of surveillance.” It seems that encryption is almost a double-edged sword: able to bring increased security to one’s network, but not without the risk of increased surveillance.


To bring the evening to a close, Bob opened the floor to the audience for questions. The 30-minute session for questions ranged from tips on the best way for customers to protect themselves against corporate breaches to the panelists’ ideas on how to bridge the knowledge gap within the cybersecurity industry. The questions and audience engagement really drove home the concept that cybersecurity is definitely applicable to everyone.

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Year in Review Panel Discussion: Net Neutrality, Cyber Security and IoT

On Tuesday, January 27th, tech enthusiasts around the Washington metropolitan area braved the snowy weather to gather at 1776’s downtown location for Tech in Motion’s ‘A Year in Review’ panel discussion. Mike Chan, co-founder of local startup ribl and organizer of Startup Weekend DC, moderated the discussion. Panelists included Rob Pegoraro (Yahoo Tech), David Young (VP of Public Policy, Verizon), Lauren Maffeo (Aha! Labs), Patrick Merfert (9Lenses), and Mike Leurdjik (Core Capital).


Upon arriving, attendees were encouraged to enjoy some light networking before taking their seats to listen to the discussion on the biggest tech headlines of the past year as well as predictions for the upcoming year. Before the panel took to the stage to discuss the past year’s tech headlines, a few words were spoken by representatives from event sponsor companies Jobspring PartnersWorkbridge Associates, and Verizon FiOS.

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Mike Chan launched the discussion by making introductions down the line, and launched the conversation by asking each panelist to reflect on one big technology-related headline of the past year. With the annual State of the Net address having occurred earlier that day at the Newseum, Rob and David kicked things off seamlessly with a passionate dialogue about Net Neutrality, with each representing opposite sides and debating the pros and cons of net neutrality, title II, and Section 706. David finished the discussion by summarizing his stance supporting net neutrality rules, but asserted that implementation of title II would be a mistake.

Lauren then steered the conversation towards Fintech, a movement focused on disrupting the banking industry which gained tremendous momentum this past year. As an example, she cited the hugely popular Transferwise which has recently announced a 58M round of funding to expand their offerings internationally.


Almost inevitably, the dialogue turned towards the security breaches of the past year. Corporations such as Home Depot and Target fell prey to credit card hacks, the now infamous Sony hack revealed multitudes of confidential data, and the Central Command Twitter account (@centcom) was hacked while President Obama was giving a speech on the importance of cyber security–all of which served to highlight the growing importance of this industry.

“A scary trend that we have been seeing and will continue to see is data breaches. The size, volume, and sophistication of these attacks are increasing,” Patrick stated.

He spoke at length about cyber security and the seriousness of the problems that it’s presented. Despite these problems, Patrick also highlighted an upside to the issue.

“The silver lining about this is that it’s a great opportunity for security and defense startups,” Patrick noted. “[There is] a ton of opportunity for new entrants and agile startups to tackle these specific types of attacks.”

In a change of pace, Mike Leurdijk observed that the rate of change in the industry has continued to trend upwards over time. Resources are becoming more easily accessible and there is an increase in the amount of disruptors and collaboration occurring in the space.

“This [the rate of change] is something that’s increased from the past few years and it will continue to improve,” Mike stated. “It’s cheap, affordable to become an entrepreneur, there’s a huge amount of opportunity in the enterprise space, you see corporate VCs going further…it’s an exciting time to be here.

Predictions for trends and headlines to look for in 2015 covered a wide breadth of the sector in the conversation. Topics included technology in the enterprise space moving to the consumer level, wearables continuing to tailor their offerings to fulfill the market need for devices that specifically address and target consumer needs, a value shift in startup accelerators and the democratization of angel investing.

Lauren predicted that cyber security and the broader genre of privacy will only increase in importance and relevancy. A recent study by Cisco estimated that 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet and make up the Internet of Things in 2015.

“Global governments will not able to keep up with growing technology demands, therefore it will be up to startups and corporations to promote privacy and trust,” Lauren predicted.


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A topic that was perhaps the most popular in its prediction of continuing to trend from 2014 in to 2015 was the theme of diversity in technology. Mike Chan started things off by discussing how the lack of diversity seen is the black eye of the industry. When speaking on the diversity reports that companies are feeling pressured to release, he asked if these reports were part of a PR stunt.

Rob was quick to point out that of the companies that have actually released reports; their findings don’t necessarily cast them in the best light. An example cited was Twitter’s diversity report that resulted in backlash for not having a single female on their board. The debate then morphed into how to bring about change and increase diversity.

“The idea is to let this diversity happen more organically,” Lauren weighed in. “Once you start talking about setting quotas or things of that nature, that’s when things start to get tricky.”

Mike Leurdijk kept things in perspective when discussing the amount of time that it will take to make that change happen.

“Change needs to start at the bottom. It’s a cultural change that needs to happen. It will take a long time, but keep encouraging that change,” he asserted.


After the discussion came to a close, there was a brief Q&A section. The audience, as ever, was filled with engaged and inquiring individuals who stayed long after the panel came to an official close to network with one another and speak with the panelists before the space, 1776, closed for the night.

1776 is a prominent startup incubator located in the heart of Washington. The startup incubator is a household name in the DC area, known for everything ranging from their Challenge Cup to visits by prominent figure includingg the British Prime Minister and President Obama. The space, which boasts an ultra-modern and comfortable interior, held the 120+ event attendees easily.

Interested in learning more about the DC chapter of Tech in Motion events? Check out the event page and join this rapidly growing membership base. The next Tech in Motion DC event will be a Demos & Drinks on February 24th at the WeWork WonderBread Factory.

Recap: Made in DC Tech Panel

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At one of it’s biggest events to date, the D.C. chapter of Tech in Motion gathered entrepreneurs and tech aficionados alike at the infamous startup incubator, 1776, located in the heart of downtown D.C. The event that brought these groups all together? It was none other than Tech in Motion’s “Made in D.C.” panel discussion, featuring some top influencers and prominent thought-leaders from the local tech community.

As the attendees began to arrive, there was no shortage of eager and inquisitive individuals milling about the tables of Tech in Motion’s featured sponsors, Microsoft and Alarm.com. After a fun demo by Microsoft’s representative, Lisa Abdilova, on the ways to bring your travel plans to life via Bing, OneDrive, Outlook.com and Internet Explore, the panel kicked off. The panelists for the evening consisted of Ghafran Abbas, the Chief Architect at SocialRadar; Chuck Ghoorah, EVP at Cvent; Ian Lotinsky, VP of Engineering at LearnZillion; and Evan Burfield, a Co-Founder at 1776. The discussion was moderated by the Co-founder and COO of Nexercise, Greg Coleman.

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The panel detailed the trials, tribulations and successes from their personal experiences of fostering a company from the ground up in D.C., with a specific emphasis placed on tech companies. The panel kicked things off with the question, “What does D.C. have to offer compared to other tech hubs like Silicon Valley, New York or San Francisco?” The panelists unanimously agreed that D.C. is uniquely and actively looking for solutions to real, substantial quality-of-life issues in such areas as education and healthcare. The startups in D.C. focus on issues that matter, rather than coming up with the next social app like “YO” – and what’s more, the community is proud of that.


The conversation then shifted to address common challenges that startups encounter when looking to get a foothold in the District. Evan stated that the biggest challenge he sees showing up time and time again for any startup in the community “is how fragmented D.C. traditionally is and how to overcome that”.

This fragmentation has proved a big barrier to overcome, with the result that the tech communities local to Virginia, D.C., and Maryland rarely cross paths. Individuals are very supportive of their own communities but show a surprising reluctance to venture out into each other’s spaces and connect; however, as Chuck stated, the willingness to help on another out within the community is astounding. When prompted further, Ian stated that D.C. has not “reoriented all of the available assets in D.C. to focus around this [tech] community,” which continues to perpetuate this lack of resource awareness that prevents startups from thriving.

Ghafran then navigated the discussion towards a more technical focus, expressing that the main challenge facing the tech community and startups in D.C. is a series of disconnects. Ghafran stated that the challenges he’d seen as a developer are two-fold. Many developers find it difficult to connect with non-developers and, in part as a result of this gap, many companies experience difficulty in finding the tech talent they require. Along a similar vein, one of the biggest tech challenges that Ian experienced in his career was finding entrepreneurial engineers and teaching them company culture or vice versa.


The dialogue wrapped up with a nod towards what the future holds for the D.C. tech community. There were two trends that the panelists agreed upon as being a part of DC’s future. The first was a movement of startups geared towards topics unique to D.C. Ghafran stated that D.C.’s future lay “in healthcare, education, and government. It’s what’s unique to D.C. and [we] will see a huge engine of startups come and focus on that in the next ten years”.

The second trend was broader in nature and expanded to include not only D.C., but also the country as a whole. Currently, Silicon Valley is commonly viewed as THE place to be for technology. However, Evan argued that “while Silicon Valley has been viewed as this tech mecca, there will be a diffusion of this to different cities,” which will transition the tech community away from this mecca-mentality.

The dialogue then wrapped up with a brief Q&A section, closing out the event with a tangible buzz of excitement and inspiration in the air. Check back in next month for a recap of the next D.C. event – or just join the DC chapter to be a part of it.

Recap: DC’s Panel Discussion on The Intersection of Government And Technology

On Wednesday, March 26th, our D.C. chapter hosted an expert panel discussion on the “Intersection of Government and Technology” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the District’s lively Chinatown neighborhood. As Washington D.C. is the epicenter of government, passionate representatives from both the private and the public sector delved deep into the impact of technology on government agencies, touching on everything from social media and open data to budgeting and red tape issues.

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Colby Hochmuth, a Tech reporter from FedScoop, moderated the event flawlessly as she asked the panelists intriguing questions about what the Government is doing to be innovative among its employees and to connect with citizens. Early on, Goldy Kamali, CEO of FedScoop, started off the discussion on a strong note.

“We’re scratching the surface with what technologies can do for government agencies,” said Kamali.


Jessica Milcetich, Social Media and Digital Strategist for the United States General Services Administration, (GSA), touched on the topic of how government agencies are using social media, such as Twitter, to engage with citizens. Social media has created a new pathway of connectivity between citizens and the government, where individuals are able reach out through social media platforms to members of the government, rather than searching for a phone number or sifting through a content heavy website.

During the discussion, Gadi Ben-Yehuda, Director of Innovation and Social Media at IBM Center for the Business of Government, referenced his blog post in which he mentions how the Government can improve the Healthcare industry, using the example of open data being a “game changer.” Open data in healthcare (i.e. wearables) allows for more data to be readily available during moments when we make decisions, which in turn, will result in more informed health decisions. Fitbit, anyone?

Each of our panelists shared some great insight when asked what challenges both the government and its employees face when trying to be innovative. Our panelists agreed across the board that agencies are given small budgets yet expected to get more done using the mantra of “do more with less” as a guideline. Some solutions they provided were cloud computing, open data and outsourcing to citizens.

Milcetich deftly tackled this topic, having personally worked around the government’s red tape at the GSA.

“For us working in government, there is some red tape and we have to make sure the tools we want to use are federally friendly,” Micetich weighed in. “To strike that balance it goes back to what your agency’s mission is… if you tie whatever innovation you’re trying to accomplish to your mission, then I think that’s a good way not to run afoul.”

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When it comes to the private sector, Nate Nash, CEO of GovTribe, is a bit of an authority on the matter. When asked about the private sector’s role in government innovation, he remarked that a lot of the innovation in government stems from the private sector. In particular, the adoption of open data allows for a lot of intra- or inter-agency sharing which is not only good for government but also effective for the way it works.

The discussion came to a close with the question “What future technology trends can we expect to see in the government?” presented to each panelist.

“I see the continuation of two trends,” Ben-Yehuda succinctly replied, “More seamless government interaction and a more porous boundary and border between government and citizenry.”


Thank you to everyone who attended and hope to see you at Tech in Motion D.C.’s next event! Join the group to stay up to date on our next meetup.

Recap: Technology Effects on the Entertainment Industry

This past January, Tech in Motion: LA teamed up with Maker Studios to host its biggest meetup yet, a panel discussion exploring the effects of technology on the entertainment industry. The panel featured Maker Studios professionals, as well as entertainment industry insiders, and was graciously moderated by Geoff Plitt, a Comedian and Engineer at Maker Studios. The Maker speakers included Sam Wick (Senior VP), Ryan Lissak (CTO), Ben Collier (VP of Product), and Chris Williams (Chief Audience Officer). The other four panelists weighing in were John Elerick (YouTube Personality, Actor), Kent Speakman (Co-founder at Engageia & Fameus.me, Producer & Entrepreneur), Chris Gore (Writer & Comedian) and Taz Goldstein (Award-winning Filmmaker & Author, creator of Hand Held Hollywood).

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Maker offered to host the event at their amazing space in Culver City. Their space is open and massive, a must-see venue and one of the best that Tech in Motion has had the pleasure of using. If you haven’t heard of Maker Studios, they are the number one producer and distributor of online video. They develop talent, create premium programming and build brands with engaged audiences.

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Like all of our events, the night started off with networking alongside some great food and drinks. The guests at this event ranged from technologists to content creators, which made for a lively discussion.The panel touched on various topics, keeping the diverse crowd interested; however, much of Maker Studios’ work is focused on YouTube, so that is where a chunk of the night’s conversation laid.

The panel explained how consumption and creation of TV and film is increasingly changing due to advancements in technology and the internet. Video monetization and the changing idea of “celebrity” were also hot topics. The general consensus from the panel was that with all the technological advances we’re seeing, more and more content will be uploaded and consumed via the web. Traditional media will have to continue to compete, as there is a new, tech-savvy generation that prefers web-based entertainment.


This event was one for the books, with a record turn out and a knowledgeable panel. Most importantly, the attendees took something important away from the evening. If you missed this panel, don’t you worry – Tech in Motion LA hosts monthly events that you can RSVP for today. Make sure to join the group to receive updates, invites and more!

Recap: Women in Tech in Boston

“Let your freak flag fly!” – Christina Luconi, Rapid7’s CPO. A statement that resonated throughout the event with advice for being yourself, making things work for you, and getting yourself out there. Boston techies left with a slew of tips after the Women in Tech Panel at the NERD Center with Tech in Motion Boston.

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Tech in Motion Boston wanted to celebrate Women in Tech, which is why they brought together a panel of five female tech leaders in the Boston area to discuss the latest trends surrounding women in technology. Moderated by Boston.com’s Business Content Producer, Laura Crimaldi, the panel consisted of:

  • Susan Buck, Co-Founder of the Women’s Coding Collective
  • Dana Artz, Executive Director at Intelligent.ly
  • Annette Arabasz, Chapter Leader at Girl Develop It: Boston and Creative Technologist at Mad*Pow
  • Swati Vakharia, Senior Director of Technology and Development at ESPN
  • Christina Luconi, Chief People Officer at Rapid7

Despite particularly heavy traffic, about 150 Boston Techies made it out to the Microsoft NERD Center to network and hear inspiring stories from the panel. After brief introductions, the panel discussed mentors, the state of women in tech today, and career advice.


The panel unanimously agreed that today’s leaders need to plant seeds for the youth to learn, and that having mentors is a key factor in being successful. Everyone needs someone backing them up and that includes being your own cheerleader. Christina said “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will” and the entire panel agreed.

As far as the state of women in tech, although they had a great year, 2013 just wasn’t quite THE year. “We have traction, but our numbers [in the tech world] are still super low, it’s going to take time for that to catch up,” said Susan Buck of The WCC. One day, the panel hopes that there won’t be a need for panels like this one, and that female technologists can all just be. Annette hopes that one day “It won’t have to be ‘Girl Develop It,’ it can just be ‘Develop It’  and when that happens, we’ll know that women have made it.”

The ladies were full of career advice as well. Some key take away points were:

Be comfortable asking questions and don’t be afraid of asking for more money.

  • “I once accidentally asked for 20% more than what I meant and got it, made me realize how much I was undercutting myself.” – Susan

Network, network, network, it will only help, never hinder.

  • “Just do it, meet a lot of people!” – Dana Artz

If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you need to get one.

  • “People think that employers aren’t looking on social media these days, but they are, we will Google search you, and one of the first things employers DO is look at your LinkedIn.” – Swati

Be open to showcasing your work online so more than just a profile shows up in searches.

  • “Go on stackoverflow, github, and have a blog, it not only showcases what you can do, it shows that you’re an interesting person.” – Annette

Be proactive, constantly learn, and constantly do.

  • “Go make things happen,” “Companies love awesome people and need to be savvy about who will fit with their company, but you also need to decide if the company is a good fit for you.” – Christina

The evening wrapped up with an audience Q&A session, with active members asking relevant and thoughtful questions. As always, there was socializing and networking where new friendships and business relationships were made.

Recap: A Los Angeles Startup Panel

Recently, Tech in Motion: Los Angeles hosted their one-of-a-kind meet-up: a startup-based event that focused on the business and entrepreneurial side of tech start-ups. Hosted at nearby Loyola Marymount University, the evening consisted of a Q&A style panel featuring four successful start-ups in the LA area: Surf Air, CARD.com, Valarm Corp and Sendify! The moderator, a professional from the LMU staff, introduced a few general questions for the panelists to answer. The questions were relevant to marketing, business strategy, finding a business partner, and overall successful tips regarding their experience in their own start-ups.

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The night kicked off with mixing and mingling amongst the Tech in Motion guests. Networking was on the minds of many who attended, and the space allowed for an easy flow for meeting fellow attendees. The large display of catered food was also a huge hit!

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The panelists, not knowing one another prior to the event, were very charismatic and cohesive throughout the night. They seemed to be on the same page and they all offered similar advice, while agreeing with each other during the open dialogue. Ron Lin of CARD.com provided the audience with a unique strategy called the “Bad Idea Friend.” Here, he recommended bouncing an idea off a friend who generally has bad ideas to see whether they approve or not. This humorous approach put the audience at ease, and allowed for a dynamic discussion between panelists and audience members. Their passion for the start-up community was very evident in their thoughtful answers. The most important insight that the panelists agreed on was to make sure you have a thorough and complete business plan – including ample funding – BEFORE finding a business partner and/or team. Wade Eyerly, co- founder and CEO of Surf Air shared his enthusiasm and optimism with the guests in regards to finding an able and willing team.

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At the end of the evening, all four panelists were very popular with the Tech in Motion members, who were eager to introduce themselves and bounce ideas off of one another. This was a very successful and unique event for Tech in Motion LA!

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