Inside the Founder's Studio with Matt Meeker & Kyle Bragger

  • January 20, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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We are fortunate to kick of 2011 with startup lessons from Matt Meeker and Kyle Bragger. As usual, this will be a candid Q&A with a moderator and tons of questions from the folks in the room. Matt is an entrepreneur who has started three companies, including Meetup, and is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Polaris Ventures. Matt began his career with online advertising agency i-traffic in 1998, representing such companies as Disney, CapitalOne, Staples, and others. When i-traffic was acquired in early 2000 by Agency.com, Matt left his Account Director role to start his first company, which never got off the ground. After 18 months of learning lessons, Matt applied those lessons to his second startup, Meetup. From 2002 to 2008, Matt helped build Meetup from an idea to a profitable company serving groups in 60 countries and millions of members. After Meetup, Matt spent time building two different startup companies, Wee Web and OpenSky. Wee Web is a private social networking site for families. OpenSky is a social commerce company with $11 million in venture financing from Highland Partners and Canaan Partners. Matt joined Polaris Ventures in January 2011 as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and is responsible for building Dogpatch Labs in NYC. Kyle Bragger crafts code. He is the founder, lead developer, and head of product at Forrst. He cut his teeth engineering for The Huffington Post and mSnap, and he moonlights as a mentor for the Tech@NYU program. Occasionally Kyle will knock the dust from his knuckles by launching things like Facto and Streakly. He does all of this from within various buildings peppered around New York City.

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  • Robert B.

    The compared experiences of a younger entrepreneur (Kyle) with that of a more seasoned veteran (Matt) were very informative regarding scales of Donig It Yourself. The theme of scaling too fast without building a product strong enough to manage the growth was of particular interest. I felt very encouraged and inspired to start getting product tests out there and receiving real feedback from targeted users. I also thought there was a great discussion on focusing business models through iteration. This was my first meetup with the group and I found the atmosphere very accepting with a heart warming sense of sharing.

    Thank you

    January 21, 2011

  • Roman Fichman E.

    as always great insights

    January 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I learned a lot from listening to Kyle about building community, and met a whole new group of people than are usually at the LSM. As always, the moderating was superb, the guests compelling and the attendees worth meeting. This is one of the best meet ups that I go to and go every month.

    January 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Both super interesting to listen to. Matt is a great storyteller!

    January 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time, Great Stories

    January 20, 2011

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