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.