2011 Charlotte Startup Weekend Attendees

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Charlotte StartupWeekend May 2011 Attendees (Most Recently submitted on top)

Terri Murray Terri Collins Murray

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Driven to do something big and enjoying the journey along the way. First career as junior founder of a startup financial services company funded by a big parent bank and acquired by an insurance company. Second career in all things entrepreneurial, both on my own and currently as BizDev at a startup tech company with a focus on strategic partnerships, relationships, and revenue enhancing ideas. I find status quo to be a four letter word (obviously relaying heavily on technology to supplement spot math skills). Running list of big ideas. Enjoy connecting people with other people and solutions. Passionate about thinking big and using technology to improve quality of life personally and professionally. Always eager to learn and challenge myself.

Specialties
Strategic and channel partner relationships, client and customer relations, marketing, sales, diverse industry experience, adept at identifying and understanding business pain points and matching technology solutions to address market or user needs.

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Denny Abraham

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I am a bulwark against the rising tide of balderdash

Specialties
Data cubes
Ruby

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Stephen Martin Stephen Martin

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Serial entrepreneur. B,S. in Fiance, J.D. Currently finishing Ph.D. in Business (Finance). 20 years experience in business and startups. Blogger. Finishing a book related to entrepreneurism. I have a lot of interest in mobile development, and am currently working a couple projects.

Specialties
Fiance, Business, Law, Startups, VC & Angel Funding, Business Strategy, Concept Development

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Jim Connolly Jim Connolly

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Just moved to Charlotte in February from cold New Hampshire. Been working in the web industry for over 10 years. Worked in a wide array of technologies, from PHP to Flash.

I’ve been focusing on front-end and UI development the past few years, and am interested in creating great interfaces, visualizations, and uses of data. I dabble in a lot of different technologies as well, and have a ton of ideas.

Specialties
Front-end Development, HTML/CSS, jQuery, PHP/MySQL Design, Joomla, WordPress, Logo Design, Flash, Motion Graphics, Character Animation.

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Russ Hammond Russ Hammond

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Delegating the boring tasks in life at delegnation.com

MBA candidate at Queens University of CLT

Part time farmer

Russjhammond.com for everything else

Specialties
Fund raising

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John Shek John Shek

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Attorney with 25+ year practice based in Boston (not a member of NC bar) – lots of experience representing tech companies and start ups over many years. Founded 1Alpha ID Systems in October – right now picking team for software development, product development, and web reputation strategy. Passionate about start ups, especially M2M/Internet of Things stuff – really excited to see what happens this weekend!

Specialties
All things legal concerning start ups – organization, investment/operations structure, IP policies/trade secrets, best practices in HR, financial, licensing, joint ventures, etc.; Non-legal = systems structure, lean start up stuff, and passion for M2M/IOT, pachube.com stuff.

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Mitchell Abdullah Mitchell Abdullah

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I am a Charlotte native. I am currently a high school senior, soon to attend USC. At 16 I started my first entrepreneurial venture, creating a small company called Big Time Applications. My partner and I created a successful start up creating several entertainment applications for the Facebook platform, which was then sold roughly 9 months later. Currently I am doing freelance logo creation to allow me focus most of my time and efforts towards graduation. I plan on finishing and publishing an informative book on the methods of earning money online over the course of this summer.
Side note: I have recently formed an obsession with infographics, I believe they should be how most if not all data is displayed.

Specialties
Social media!, Pitching new ideas/improvements that haven’t been put on the table yet, Attracting users, Business Management, Improving layout and design, but my absolute specialty is finding ways to create revenue no matter the website or application (even if the app should be to be pirated).

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Max Wallace

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The inventor of Dry Ice Jenga, .NET developer specialized in enterprise scale rapid development and the President of Hackerspace Charlotte. I do cool things with stuff and still have all nine fingers.

Specialties
The inventor of Dry Ice Jenga, .NET developer specialized in enterprise scale rapid development and the President of Hackerspace Charlotte. I do cool things with stuff and still have all nine fingers.

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Natasha Irizarry Natasha Irizarry

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I wish I had some time to write a fancy bio, but I don’t. Sorry guys.

Specialties
Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design things

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Katie Sherman Katie Sherman

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I’m a loud laugher and holder of an MA in English. I’m a social media tactician and enthusiast. I also love to read, edit, volunteer, and dance.

Specialties
Social Media, Editing, Writing

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Jay Radford Jay Radford

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Charlotte area native, hardcore right-brained business artist. I take pride in viewing business problems and opportunities through other lenses. As a result, I think in amalgams and talk in mash-ups, I often compare things by saying, ”Its like…”, thus my Twitter handle.

This is my 1st Startup Weekend, and I am looking forward to it very much.

Specialties
My skills are on the business side; concept feasibility; customer mining & social media best practices.

I established Twitter interaction protocol for Wachovia & Wells Fargo while there. Also founded the companies Social Networking Community of Practice.

Also did pre-launch work for an Alternate Reality Game (#tinag).

I bring an understanding and appreciation of game design and social-game oriented thinking to business. And I’ll bring ideas to the table on Friday that we can discuss and build on, or bury. This is a community event; best ideas win. And then we do.

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Jason McLeod

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I’m the type of dude who loves to figure out how things work. When I see a new piece of technology I immediately start trying to imagine the code that’s driving it. I started programming in high school by hacking qbasic games. I’ve had my hand in a few languages since then. I owned a small web design firm and realized, after 3 successful years, that I enjoy writing code more than i like trying to sell things to people. I have a handful of project going on at any given time. I love meeting motivate people! Open heart. Open mind, open source!

Specialties
JavaScript, PHP, mysql, jquery, nodejs, photoshop

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Jack Dietrich

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JD/MBA student at the University of South Carolina

Specialties
Ideas

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David Moore David Moore

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David Moore is the CEO of Novarus Mobile Technologies. Previously, David was a founder and President of Charlotte Media Group. During his tenure with CMG, David started City Rewards Network, which soon became one of the largest local Internet coupon platforms in the United States with offices in 20 states via a licensing program.

In addition, David currently holds several director and advisor positions at Cerium Capital, Wed3-The Angel Forum of Charlotte, Charlotte Regional Technology Executive Council (CRTEC), Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and the Entrepreneur Leadership Circle at the McColl School of Business.

David’s experience is frequently featured in the Charlotte Business Journal as well as other media as a subject matter expert. He has an MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte NC.

Specialties
start ups,strategy, angel investing

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chris Hart Chris Hart

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Chris is a 14 year IT veteran. He’s worked at three Fortune 50 financial services companies where he has managed global development, testing, architecture, and infrastructure teams. Some of the systems he’s been involved in designing, implementing and supporting support tens of millions of customers and business-critical, regulated financial transactions. He’s also worked at a small Silicon Valley software startup providing data integration technology. Most recently his focus has been on electronic payment systems and resiliency system architecture.

His current side interests are focused on back-end Ruby on Rails development.

Specialties
Ruby,Rails,MySQL,consumer/retail banking technology

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Adam Ferguson Adam Ferguson

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I’m a software developer by trade with an academic background in Economics. Outside of work, I dabble in a number of the newer technologies, typically just to try them out and see what lessons I can gleam from them as well as to consider their possible use cases. I’m particularly excited by development frameworks like Spring and Ruby on Rails as well as newer NoSQL software, such as MongoDB and HBase and have recently started having a number of ideas related to these technologies. I also have a strong interest in design patterns and software architecture.

Specialties
Java, Perl, Android, Drupal (to a certain extent), mysql, several more…

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Max Wallace Max Wallace

Bio
The inventor of Dry Ice Jenga, .NET developer specialized in enterprise scale rapid development and the President of Hackerspace Charlotte. I do cool things with stuff and still have all nine fingers.

Specialties
The inventor of Dry Ice Jenga, .NET developer specialized in enterprise scale rapid development and the President of Hackerspace Charlotte. I do cool things with stuff and still have all nine fingers.

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Jim Van Fleet

image Bio: An experienced software architect, and an expert Ruby on Rails developer, with an advanced understanding of the role of application development of any kind within its operational environment. I am committed to excellence in architecture and absolutely obsessed with preventing crucial system failures.

Specialties: Software architecture, Ruby on Rails development, Sinatra, Cucumber, MySQL, git, MongoDB, chef, Solr, ActiveMQ, monit/bluepill.

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Darin Pope

image Bio: Darin founded PlanetPope, Inc. in late 2005 as a world-class organization to provide expert implementation of enterprise-ready open source software solutions . Throughout his professional career, Darin has focused on creating, marketing, selling and implementing service-based solutions – including both consulting and support services. His experience includes designing and implementing highly available and scalable web site solutions, from requirements gathering to implementing the ongoing maintenance and upkeep. In other words, he constructs the infrastructure that supports millions of visitors and tens of millions of unique page views each and every day.

He also works closely with each client’s internal staff to optimize their development processes to improve quality and reduce time to market. Darin’s unique ability to see beyond the current problems and being able to plan for the future situations mitigates the risk for his clients that what they build today will be obsolete in 6 months.

Specialties: J2EE Architecture, development best practices; iPhone, Android and Blackberry development

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Chris Halligan

image Bio: Chris Halligan is an experienced high tech executive with expertise in sales, marketing, planning and fund raising. He worked for Dell Computer Corporation from 1989 to 1999, ran North America for webMethods from 1999 to 2001, has co-founded several startups, including Mascot Books (www.mascotbooks.com) and Kieden (sold to Salesforce.com in 2007). Most recently, he served as CEO for PokerTek, a publicly traded firm in Matthews, NC.

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Mark Squires

image Bio: My name is Mark, I have been interested in technology since 8th grade when i was playing with DOS on little Pentium 166’s. Since then i have written software in a variety of languages, C++, JavaScript, Pascal, C#, visual basic, vbscript.  I found an intern position at MassMutual Financial Group in Springfield, MA, where i learned a lot about how large businesses function.  After a few years in a large company with that much politics i knew i had to trying out some other things. I’ve always been entrepreneurial so I’ve jumped around from job to job and always had little side projects going on.  I love playing with new technologies and tools. Primarily i do a lot of web based development.  I currently work at LendingTree.com where I am responsible for a number of tasks including architecture, development, analytics software, helping with server infrastructure on Amazon ec2(cloud computing).  In my spare time I am playing around with a lot of ideas and technologies.  I’m currently trying to test SEM marketing and possibly create some LEAD GEN tools to present at a LEADSCON conference.  I like doing everything technical and i don’t mind getting involved in marketing or business management tasks, as I just like to feel like I’m adding value.

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Summer Plum

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Ben Vandgrift

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Matthew Lefevre

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Quincy Acklen

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David Turner

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Harish Yarlagadda

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Flaviu Simihaian

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Bio: I graduated in 2008 with an Economics degree and a yen for IT, having done it on the side throughout my life (I taught high school level AP CS while in college). Since the economics field looked grim, I was lucky to find a great job in IT at UNC Charlotte, and for the 1.5 years since I’ve been learning all I could about the field, and completed my master in Software Design and Engineering this semester.

My job is to administer a Java web application with an Oracle database as well as the technology for supporting Online Programs offered by the UNC Charlotte Continuing Education department.

After getting certified in Java EE, I found Python/django to be a much lovelier alternative that I try to incorporate into my work as well as other web development side-projects. Basically, if I’m developing, I might as well make it as much fun as possible.

So, I am looking to start a small business because I do not want to work corporate. Why? I like to be challenged and learn new things constantly, in a creative environment, and the corporate companies I’ve looked at do not lend themselves to that. I think the weekendstartup is a great event to meet some similar people and learn a lot from them. I can contribute system architecture skills, but also server-side development, as I am a jack of multiple trades, though graphic design takes me forever.

As for hobbies, I played tennis in high school and college, and a little professionally, but quit and now I mostly golf away from the fairway. I also like reading (books and feeds) and grilling burgers.

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Brett Bumeter Brett Bumeter

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I help people build businesses around the world.  A Charlotte transplant from Peoria via Missouri, Monterey, Texas, Boston, Savannah, Boca Raton, Atlanta.  I adapt business plans to the web and help people scale their businesses up and out.  I used to speak at conferences covering topics including wordpress design and configuration, web marketing, affiliate tools and marketing, but gave up the racket as speaker proposals drive me nuts.

I’ve worked in intelligence, bar tending, process improvement, income tax preparation, data processing, home painting, corporate credit for fortune 100 companies, corporate tax, accounting, consumer electronics sales, contracts, business development, web design, copywriting, ghost writing, voice over work, video editing, real estate and more.  I consult for a dozen companies today, and I’m not sure which direction my head is screwed on currently, but I’m pretty certain that I am moving forward.  As one of the co-organizers of Charlotte Startup Weekend, I am passionate about startups.  :)

Specialties
Business Development, Adapting Business Strategies to the Web, WordPress Configuration, WordPress Development, WordPress Optimization, WordPress Training, Accounting, Finance, International Tax, Running, Writing, Some Copywriting, Brainstorming, Dock Office Management
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