Morris Tech Meetup at FDU - With Ali Wing, Founder and CEO giggle

We are very pleased to have Ali Wing, Founder and CEO of giggle.   As the founder and CEO of Giggle, Ali Wing is the chief brand architect, creative director & strategist for multichannel retail brand & consumer products company featuring retail stores, www.giggle.com, giggle catalogs & giggle BABY for JCP at JCPenny nationwide.

Before giggle, Ali worked for companies ranging from Fortune 500 NIKE to multi-channel Bay Area start-up Gazoontite, the first-ever retailer of branded environmental control products for allergies and asthma, and later as brand strategist for Gruner + Jahr Publishing (Child and Parents magazines). 

She serves as a parenting resource through both her published works and her speeches, helping new parents navigate the glut of choices out there and find only what they need, when they need it. Because of her extensive product knowledge, Ali is a regular speaker on lifestyle topics for parents for outlets, including Real Simple and Bloomberg Link, has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show as their baby product expert and on Fox Business News as a small business expert. 

Her education includes an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a JD from the Northwestern School of Law.


Agenda for the evening is as follows:

6:30 to 7:00 Pizza & Networking

7:00 to 7:10 Updates

7:10 to 7:20 Audience/Member Announcements and Requests

7:20 to 7:30 Startup presentation #1 

7:30 to 7:40 Startup presentation #2 

7:40 to 8:10 Keynote speaker: Ali Wing, Founder and CEO of giggle

8:10 to 9:00 Networking

After 9:00   Drinks at Vanderbilt's in the Hamilton Park Hotel 175 Park Ave Florham Park, NJ 07932 - Just exit through the Florham Road / Park Ave exit of FDU and you will see the Hotel on the left before you reach Park Ave. 

Directions - Complete directions to the FDU library are available here - http://view.fdu.edu/files/directionstolibrarymonningercenterandorangerie.pdf

Parking - Park behind the library, across from of the dorms or in one of the larger (but further) lots. See the parking map below. 

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  • Pat F.

    Good presenters, good people, smaller crowd than expected.

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Dom C.

      A very interesting and complex business model so from an academic standpoint I liked it. However I felt there was far too much information presented within the allotted time for the speaker. Actionable takeaways would have been far better if it was not presented as a "deep dive" into her segment.

      March 15, 2014

    • John C.

      Hi Dom - She definitely did not deliver the typical startup speech and there was a ton of information - hopefully attendees had a few take aways - (especially around product marketing) that are useful.

      March 17, 2014

  • Mason C.

    Also if you guys are interested in attending Startup Weekend New Jersey the meetup discount is NJSTARTUPS, which gives you $29 off the normal $99 ticket. All seven square meals are provided and it's a truly great opportunity to exercise your entrepreneurial muscles :)

    March 13, 2014

  • Mason C.

    Great speakers. It was refreshing to see a keynote speaker that understands brand marketing so well.

    March 13, 2014

  • Tom L.

    I think I'm going to be stuck in a meeting for the rest of the night. Sorry!

    March 13, 2014

  • Jaconda W.

    Ditto. Call went over. JW

    March 13, 2014

  • Gabriela L.

    Last minute project. Hopefully next month

    1 · March 11, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      Next time! Last minute work project too!

      March 13, 2014

  • Marc B.

    Am so sorry but something came up last minute and I can't make this meetup tonight - looking forward to meeting everyone next time though!

    March 13, 2014

  • Satnam B.

    Sorry, going to be out of town! Next time

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Chris R.

    Young entrepreneur/tech looking to network and to get back into the field I have partnered up before with COMPUCOMUSA, Statefarm, homedepot, Express,

    March 8, 2014

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