Tuesday, July 28, 2009

TechLife Update 7.28.09 - Out and about, Jobs, Events

Our TechLife meetup "tribe" is approaching 1300 members and by this evening will eclipse the 250 event mark since our inception (all I can say is wow) less than 1 year ago. Little did we imagine when we started this meetup that we could have this impact on our community and or members.

Our members have shared stories about how they've been able to grow professionally, build meaningful connections, while having a great time. There is a growing enthusiasm and energy in our tech community, (I've even gotten feedback from those out of town and they see it). Thank you!!

Out and About

- Have a great idea for a iphone or other mobile device app? Want to see it come to life and maybe build a business out of it? If you answered yes to this check out 14ninetytwo – Discovering Columbus Innovation http://bit.ly/AwKep -

Willie Neumann, Columbus serial entreprenuer is in charge of 14ninetytwo. i've known Willie for years and have no doubt that this program will birth some great ideas/business' - 14ninetytwo was formed in response to the need for an early-stage virtual incubator that could help web and mobile startups investigate the viability of their idea, gain insights into the fundamentals of starting a business and, for selected entrepreneurs, transform their idea into a working prototype.

- I recently toured a hosting facility in town where 40 jobs have been created with more to come..can anyone guess who it is? Hint - check out the top left hand logo on my blog

- Had a great time at TechColumbus' tenant appreciation picnic on Friday. Judging from the energy the entrepreneurial is alive and well at Columbus...looks like another 90,000 ft2 of space is getting ready to open up

- Heard that the Dublin Entrepreneur Center is filling up and that Avitae has grown out of their existing offices and is taking over the entire second floor (wow)...contact Sandy Blanquera - sandyblanquera@hotmail.com to learn more about the DEC

- Don't forget to RSVP for this Thursdays IT Martini V in Cinci - John and Aladin are striving to connect IT professionals from across the state - http://www.itmartini.com/?p=92

- Did you know Nationwide is building a $96mm data center in New Albany -to learn more about this and how Back-office operations at data, call centers employ more than 26,000 in central Ohio- check out this recent Dispatch article - http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2009/07/26/Call_Centers_Go_Wild.ART_ART_07-26-09_D1_O9EI8AV.html

- A big shout out to the PanOhio Riders - riding 328 miles from Thurs- Sun of this week to raise money for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges - click here to learn more  - http://bit.ly/GaKNJ

- Have you checked out our wiki and list of IT startups in town -  http://bit.ly/z9im5


Check out these links to over 200 jobs in Columbus - http://columbustech.blogspot.com/2009/07/open-position-s-200-jobs-30-companies.html

Upcoming events

Tues July 28 - PD: AUG Presentation Night- Freelancing and OOP For Designers
Tues July 28 - CIDUG Meeting - three20 open source iPhone UI Components
Wed July 29 - PD: A little bit of Lean with Kanban
Wed July 29 - Central Ohio Linux User Group - Drupal discussion
Thurs July 30 - PD:The journey to scaling agility - Flow, Pull and Innovate software development
Wed Aug 5 - PMOLIG Aug 05 -PMO Role in Realizing the Value of Project Management
Wed Aug 5 - The New Albany Business Development Center Open House

Peace out and have a great week,


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