• Founders' Story - The Untold Version
    Unless you've been living under a rock (even though we know that is not practical), you may have noticed the startup scene in Columbus has actually started to BOOM! Columbus is getting nodes from national publications, seeing growth in accelerator programs, a ton of collaboration spaces, a push for makers, and housing one of the biggest exits in Ohio. With all of the excitement, we’ve heard a lot of Founder Stories ~ You know those stories about scaling, how the idea materialized and how we can be more entrepreneur like. Well, Columbus Web Group is here to highlight some founder stories about the sh*t they don't tell you. Think of this untold story as an episode of "My So-Called Life" without the melodrama and all the inspiration and valuable takeaways: Being your own boss is HARD WORK. You have to sacrifice a lot in order to bring to life a product and idea you believe in. Hear four untold founder stories and join us in a closing panel discussion for our first Columbus Web Group Quarterly. Meet the Founders DISHA SHIDHAM • CEO of Savy Disha Shidham is the CEO of Savy - a B2B platform that helps businesses price their products by leveraging customer willingness to pay data. She’s a hacker, entrepreneur and an enthusiast of scrappiness - building her business by leveraging resources for young entrepreneurs and teaching herself how to code. • https://staysavy.com (https://staysavy.com/) • https://instagram.com/stay.savy • https://facebook.com/thesavyapp • https://twitter.com/staysavy_ DOUG JOSEPH • Founder of Serif Creative Doug is the Founder of Serif Creative, a content studio focused on helping brands discover their core truths through video, branding, and web. Raised in his grandmother's biker bar, an international grappling medalist, former boxer and MMA fighter with a winning record, his gritty journey through entrepreneurship has been anything but easy or ordinary. Today, Serif Creative is a multi-million dollar company serving Fortune 50 companies and local favorites like Wolf's Ridge Brewing. Doug will walk us back in time to the origins of starting the company at his kitchen table in a cramped apartment while working at a factory loading dock. Death threats, bananas, and a lot of heart are all parts of Doug's past and vision to build Serif Creative into a world-class agency. Though Doug’s goal is to put Serif in a category of its own when it comes to world class creative, at the end of the day he believes that the root of Serif is about building community. http://serifcreative.com/work/ • @dcjoseph on Instagram (https://instagram.com/dcjoseph/) NATHALI Bertan • Chief Dreamer at DACA Time Nathali Bertran is a mechanical engineer at Honda R&D Americas and co-founder of DACA Time, a non-profit software start-up that serves immigrants. • www.dacatime.com (http://www.dacatime.com/) RYAN BROSHAR • Founder & Managing Director - Techstars Retail Accelerator w/ Target • Founder & Managing Director - Matchstick Ventures Ryan Broshar is the Founder and Managing Director of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target and the Founder and Managing Director of Matchstick Ventures, an early-stage tech VC based in Minneapolis. He is also the co-founder of Beta.MN and Twin Cities Startup Week. Prior to Techstars, Ryan foundedUniversity Guide, LLC – a university-based publication business – that was started in his dorm room and eventually sold in 2008. • @rbroshar (https://twitter.com/rbroshar) • BrosharBlog (http://www.ryanbroshar.com/) • http://www.matchstickventures.com/ SCHEDULE 5:30pm — Socialize 💃 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:00pm — Q&A Panel💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:30pm — After Party 🎉 Thank you #CbusTech, The Columbus Web Group Team P.S. We'd love to connect with you outside of Meetup, so join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup) or like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/). Also, did you know you can watch and learn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_45TB4_vvGEehnqCkj4waA)from) from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops?

    TRISM

    1636 North High Street · Columbus

    5 comments
  • End-Of-The-Year Mentoring Shindig
    EXACTLY (well not exactly, we're off by one day) one year ago you welcomed the Columbus Web Group Mentoring Program in with open arms. And for that, we thank you. You know what's even more exciting? 🎉 Since launching this program there's been 156 Columbus IT professionals and students, like you, who've joined the Mentorship Program (http://mentoring.columbuswebgroup.com) 🎉 Now, we've made some great connections in the community, paired 68 individuals, opened the doors for new jobs and internships, and cultivated new friendships. Wouldn't you agree there's a celebration in order? We think so too. People enjoying a refreshing beer on a cool fall day at Platform's Columbus taproom. So, come hang with your Columbus tech community at Platform Beer for your final mentoring event of the year. This is a networking event, so we're just mingling and hanging. And thank you for making Columbus a great community to be a part of. Let's continue to grow, build, and learn together. More about the Columbus Web Group: - Join us on meetup: columbuswebgroup.com - Follow us on Twitter: @CbusWebGroup - Like us on Facebook: Columbus Web Group (http://fb.me/ColumbusWebGroup) We'll see you there! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * P.S. Oh… and don't forget to push people you know out of their comfort zone, and bring them out if you think they'd benefit. You never know who you'll meet that might change your life — for the better!

    Platform Beer Co.

    408 North 6th Street · Columbus

    27 comments
  • Question Everything - An Evening of Random Insights from Travis McCleery
    We would all like to be better at something professionally or personally, but where to start? For our presenter Travis, the go-to tool is asking questions and listening closely to the answers. He would like to be better a designer, leader, father, and overall person and has found that the easiest way to learn is through inquiries and conversations that follow. In this presentation, Travis will take us on a journey through his career (and a bit of his life), sharing some of the most notable questions he’s had along the way. With topics ranging from talking to strangers, interviewing, career choices, and trying to get a four year old to understand you, this talk will be a fun retrospective of his life so far. Whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for a while, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Be sure to bring lots of questions, as this talk will include added time for Q&A. What would make more sense after a talk about questioning? 🤓 ABOUT TRAVIS MCCLEERY Travis has a curious mind that craves to know the whats & whys of how things around him work. As a designer, this has led him to far away lands (Evernote, Netflix) and back again (CCO @ Root Insurance (https://www.joinroot.com/)) to create beautiful, problem solving products. As a human, it crafts his relationships by encouraging his peers to push the boundaries and his family to have a love of exploration and imagination. SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:00pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party 🎉 Thank you #CbusTech, The Columbus Web Group Team P.S. We'd love to connect with you outside of Meetup, so join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup) or like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/). Also, did you know you can watch and learn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_45TB4_vvGEehnqCkj4waA)from) from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops?

    Tech Elevator Columbus

    1275 Kinnear Road · Columbus

    24 comments
  • Creating a Human-Centered Culture
    Most of us have learned the hard way that technical projects don’t fail for technical reasons. Politics, egos, misunderstandings... working with people is a messy business. And yet, every experience we create alongside our human clients is intended to make life a little better for a human user. So how do we create an environment where our people can work alongside other people to create exceptional experiences for the people: our users? In this presentation Ben will share a framework for valuable collaboration, discuss the criticality of diversity, and lay out three levels of holistic development for the people you work with—all leading to better retention, better work, and happier teammates and clients. ABOUT BEN CALLAHAN President of Sparkbox (http://seesparkbox.com/) and founder of the Build Right workshop series (http://buildright.io/), Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry (http://seesparkbox.com/foundry/) and other leading (http://webstandardssherpa.com/about/authors/ben-callahan) industry (http://www.creativebloq.com/business/what-responsive-web-design-means-team-organisation-11410353) blogs (http://mobile.smashingmagazine.com/2011/09/26/content-prototyping-in-responsive-web-design/). He’s incredibly grateful for the team (http://seesparkbox.com/team) at Sparkbox as they pioneer new responsive web design techniques and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices. You can find him speaking (http://uxim14.uie.com/workshops/ben-callahan) around (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP20315) the world (http://frontenddesignconference.com/portland), rambling on Twitter (http://twitter.com/bencallahan), tinkering with his personal site (http://bencallahan.com/), or splitting wood in his backyard for next winter (http://instagram.com/p/j7r_TqA1MP/). SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:15pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party 🎉 Thank you #CbusTech, The Columbus Web Group Team P.S. We'd love to connect with you outside of Meetup, so join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup) or like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/). Also, did you know you can watch and learn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_45TB4_vvGEehnqCkj4waA)from) from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops?

    Tech Elevator Columbus

    1275 Kinnear Road · Columbus

    34 comments
  • Be Prepared, Be, Be Prepared
    Have you ever been on a project that wasn't working? And not because the idea was bad, but because the process was bad. There was miscommunication, duplicated work, adjusted-and-readjusted budgets - basically a lot of wasted time and money. Before the first design, before the scrum board, before anything is made, there are certain things you can do to set your project up for V-I-C-T-O-R-Y. Understanding the who, what, when, and where of how the process is going to go will help you save time and costs. From agencies to corporations, waterfall to agile, each process will be different, but they all have certain questions needing an answer. • What teams are needed? • Who is responsible for what? • Who has the final say on these decisions? • What are the constraints? • What needs to be done first? Not only will we discuss these questions and also the MOST common problems with the digital design and development process, but more importantly, how to prevent them from happening to you and your team. ABOUT MORGAN LANDIS Morgan Landis is a professional storyteller, information architect, and design thinker. She's been a UX contractor and consultant for 8 years, doing work on websites, software, and voice recognition systems. Her goal is to make every experience effective, efficient, and engaging. SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:15pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party 🎉 PARKING Like in the Arena District, parking is ticketed, so make sure you bring some cash or your credit card to get your car out. There is on-street parking as highlighted in blue on the map below. As always, tweet at us (http://twitter.com/cbuswebgroup) or message us here on Meetup if you run into any troubles with parking. FYI Before 5pm, parking is valet. After 5pm, parking is by ticket. OR, SKIP THE PARKING: • Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/invited/SEAN210825): Your first ride is FREE (up to $20) with code SEAN210825 • COTA (http://www.cota.com/GetNearby.aspx?lat=39.9697955&lng=-83.00432590000003&maxdistance=0.25): The Cbus is a free bus that stops near Nationwide Blvd • Car2Go (http://bit.ly/car2go2cwg): Use code [masked] for 20 free minutes & the registration fee is waived Thank you #CbusTech, The Columbus Web Group Team P.S. We'd love to connect with you outside of Meetup, so join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup) or like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/). Also, did you know you can watch and learn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_45TB4_vvGEehnqCkj4waA)from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops?

    CoverMyMeds

    2 Miranova Place Floor 11 · Columbus, OH

    6 comments
  • Summer Soirée 2017: Summertime and the Living’s Easy 🍹☀️
    Every once in awhile, you come across a kick-ass IT community event you’d be silly to pass up. And this is one of them. Brock giving his thumbs up of approval during a 2016 Meetup If you were to ask any CWG member who’s been to one of our Summer Social events in the past, we guarantee you they’ll all agree — the only thing more memorable than the party, were the people. Just Imagine: You’ll be hanging out and chilling with the smartest and friendliest people in Columbus, as you’re soaking up the sun at Land Grant (http://landgrantbrewing.com), sipping your favorite summer drink. Just a few usual suspects in Land Grant's lineup of refreshing craft brews Not to mention you’ll be mingling with old friends while making new ones. And once hunger hits, the OH! Burgers food truck will be waiting for you (https://streeteatscolumbus.com/2012/06/11/oh-burgers/) right outside to create the mouth-watering burger of your dreams. Easy. Now, if you want a taste of what to expect, we invite you to look back at our past Winter and Summer Social events, and judge them for yourselves. They won't disappoint. Listen: If you don't attend, you’ll always wonder who you might’ve met. And we don't want you to regret that. An inviting late night shot of Land Grant in Franklinton with people inside chatting until they close So, if you've been waiting for “the right time” to come to an event, well, you've waited long enough. THIS is your sign to RSVP “Yes” today BEFORE we lock down a projected total with the venue and we’re forced to cap attendance. We’ve sadly had to turn people away in the past because of space, and we don't want to do it again. On second thought, why don't you RSVP “Yes” right now instead? It’ll be one less thing on your to-do list, and one more thing to look forward to. Hope to see you crazy party animals there, Columbus Web Group Don’t Forget: If you have a friend, relative, or co-worker who might benefit from coming, do them a favor and invite them as well. It's always better with friends. If you're still not convinced, reach out to us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup), or post a comment below and we’ll answer any question or concern you might have about this event. TL;DR: Party with chill IT peeps at Land Grant, or live to regret it.

    Land-Grant Brewing Company

    424 West Town Street · Columbus

    18 comments
  • Practical Advice on Waking Up in the Job You Love ❤️
    "Do you wake up every morning, looking forward to what you have to do?" Like most people, you want to enjoy your life. You’ve probably noticed that if you’re happy with your job, that happiness flows into the other parts of your life. You don’t want to wake up one morning, fifteen years from now, and have a lightbulb moment that you don’t want to continue doing what you’re doing. So… Brian Sherwin will outline the five practical steps you need to do this week to go from where you are, to actually landing the job you love. And you're not going to want to miss it. In this presentation, Brian Sherwin will cover not just finding any old job... But finding the job you'll love. It may not be something you'll directly get hired for, but you will come away with a strategy to get there from where you are. So whether it's your first job, a career change or just a desire to find more life in your work, you're guaranteed to come away with fresh ideas to change how you look for work. ABOUT BRIAN SHERWIN Brian Sherwin is a Senior Technical Evangelist with Microsoft from Columbus, Ohio, and he's been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years. One of his core passions is helping companies make decisions based on value and not a particular technology. When he's not trying to figure out some new technology, he spends time reading, Scouting, and drinking enough coffee to keep up with his five kids. • Connect with Brian on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bsherwin/) • Follow @bsherwin on Twitter (https://twitter.com/bsherwin) • Read Brian's blog at http://briansherwin.com/blog/ SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:15pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party 🎉 🍻🍴 Note: Food is catered and drinks are cold. Both are completely free 🍴🍻 PARKING Driving down for the event? We made a map for you highlighting the parking garages, lots, and on-street parking (blue lines) in the Arena District. We recommend Garage 1 on the map. Garage 1 Front Street Garage 285 N Front St Columbus, OH 43215 OR, SKIP THE PARKING: • Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/invited/SEAN210825): Your first ride is FREE (up to $20) with code SEAN210825 • COTA (http://www.cota.com/GetNearby.aspx?lat=39.9697955&lng=-83.00432590000003&maxdistance=0.25): The Cbus is a free bus that stops near Nationwide Blvd • Car2Go (http://bit.ly/car2go2cwg): Use code [masked] for 20 free minutes & the registration fee is waived Thank you #CbusTech, The Columbus Web Group Team P.S. We'd love to connect with you outside of Meetup, so join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup) or like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/). Also, did you know you can watch and learn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_45TB4_vvGEehnqCkj4waA)from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops?

    Cardinal Solutions Group - Arena District

    401 N Front St Suite 210 · Columbus, OH

    14 comments
  • 🏗 Building up to Intrapreneurship: Amongst Red Tape and Process 🚧
    Would you agree that people in large organizations sometimes just don't feel as empowered with ownership as they should? Even when it comes to product owners... people whose title's have the word "owner" in them. And if you are a product owner, you might just be new to the product owner role and you simply aren't sure how to show ownership. Now, your ecosystem may not allow you to have sole ownership, and that's ok. But if there was something you could do to get past the red tape and process, would you do it? Well, this April at Cardinal Solutions Group, Laura will make sure you'll leave inspired to take on a new role as an intrapreneur and drive toward successful implementations, regardless of the barriers that come your way. “So, Tell Me About Laura Jackson…” Well, Laura is a product owner consultant at Cardinal Solutions Group (https://www.cardinalsolutions.com) for their Columbus office. With a diverse background in project management and content marketing, she found her passion in delivering valuable products users crave. Laura also is a Co-Organizer for Columbus Web Group and serves as a professional advisor for The Ohio State University's PRSSA Chapter (https://www.ohiostateprssa.com) and Student-Run PR Firm (https://www.osuthepractice.com/about). SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:15pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party 🎉 PARKING Driving down for the event? We made a map for you highlighting the parking garages, lots, and on-street parking (blue lines) in the Arena District. We recommend Garage 1 on the map. Garage 1 Front Street Garage 285 N Front St Columbus, OH 43215 OR, SKIP THE PARKING: • Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/invited/SEAN210825): Your first ride is FREE (up to $20) with code SEAN210825 • COTA (http://www.cota.com/GetNearby.aspx?lat=39.9697955&lng=-83.00432590000003&maxdistance=0.25): The Cbus is a free bus that stops near Nationwide Blvd • Car2Go (http://bit.ly/car2go2cwg): Use code [masked] for 20 free minutes & the registration fee is waived Thank you #CbusTech, The Columbus Web Group Team P.S. We'd love to connect with you outside of Meetup, so join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup) or like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/). Also, did you know you can watch and learn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_45TB4_vvGEehnqCkj4waA)from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops?

    Cardinal Solutions Group - Arena District

    401 N Front St Suite 210 · Columbus, OH

    15 comments
  • Being There: How to Mindfully Work with Others
    We’ve all been there. Juggling too many clients, supporting sales efforts, learning new technologies… Your evening is probably filled with: • Allocating lunches to colleagues and clients • Scheduling an endless set of tech events • Pursuing professional certifications and education goals… Simply slicing out your work time from your personal time is harder than ever. With your demanding work schedule, it’s all too easy to slide into patterns of what looks like multi-tasking but in fact we’re making things worse. This practice can become a serious drain on productivity and life under the false pretense of efficiency. As if that were not bad enough, we often box ourselves so far into corners we lose focus on the immediate job at hand. Including the people involved. In this talk, Jeff will deliver on: • How to be a good communicator while being present • How to stay focused on a given job while kindling your creative drive, and • How, in all cases, doing it with 100% attention to the people around us (including ourselves) Not only that, but Jeff will also go into: • Painting a picture of his own failures and success • Arguing the importance of being present, and… • Helping you find better outcomes for yourself, your colleagues, and your clients ABOUT THE PRESENTER Jeff started his career with Ohio’s premiere wine wholesaler during one of the hottest eras in fine wine sales, all while tackling its IT efforts as well. He dusted off his previous knowledge of development and focused on supporting large infrastructures for wine companies nationwide. Throughout his career, Jeff has delivered a message of being present, staying focused, and giving people around him 100% focus. Today, Jeff is a Solution Architect at Nationwide Insurance Company and lives with his sculptor partner of 25 years along with three cats in their downtown loft… he also watches way too many horror films and never turns down the chance to either have a conversation with a friend or take a nap when the day allows. We recommend following him on Twitter @jbreece33 (https://twitter.com/jbreece33) and reading his blog. (http://jeffbreece.com/) SCHEDULE • 6:00-6:30 – Social/Networking • 6:30-7:15 – Presentation • 7:15-7:30 – Q&A/Discussion • 7:30-8:00 – Social/Networking PARKING Driving down for the event? We made a map for you highlighting the parking garages, lots, and on-street parking (blue lines) in the Arena District. We recommend Garage 1 on the map. Garage 1 Front Street Garage 285 N Front St Columbus, OH 43215 OR, SKIP THE PARKING: • Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/invited/SEAN210825): Your first ride is FREE (up to $20) with code SEAN210825 • COTA (http://www.cota.com/GetNearby.aspx?lat=39.9697955&lng=-83.00432590000003&maxdistance=0.25): The Cbus is a free bus that stops near Nationwide Blvd • Car2Go (http://bit.ly/car2go2cwg): Use code [masked] for 20 free minutes & the registration fee is waived Thank you #CbusTech, The Columbus Web Group Team P.S. We'd love to connect with you outside of Meetup, so join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/). Also, did you know all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops are professionally recorded, edited, and uploaded to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_45TB4_vvGEehnqCkj4waA)?

    Cardinal Solutions Group - Arena District

    401 N Front St Suite 210 · Columbus, OH

    22 comments
  • Why 2016 Cybersecurity Sucked and How You Can Make 2017 Suck Less
    When it comes to cybersecurity, we’re all in the same boat. We all sink or swim together. In 2016 there was an alarming amount of sinking going on. What can we as individuals in our private lives, and as people who work on creating the web, learn from what went wrong? What can we do to move closer to the dream of suck-free cybersecurity? In this talk, Lauren will cover: + Common barriers to cybersecurity + Why cybersecurity fluency is for everyone, not just the tech savvy or security pros + The big stories of 2016 and what we can learn from them + How to work together to overcome the challenges we'll face in 2017 + Kickass resources for personal and professional suck-free cybersecurity ABOUT THE PRESENTER Lauren Kinsey is driven by an altruistic devotion to a healthy internet. She's a budding socio-technical security researcher and an advocate for widespread cybersecurity awareness. She uses the tools of investigative journalism to dig into technical issues. Lauren's presentations leave her audiences inspired and ready for action. She's been invited to speak at venues such as TEDx, OSU, and MIT. She enjoys discussing cybersecurity awareness at all levels, and you'll make her day if you tweet at her about it @LaurenMKinsey (https://twitter.com/LaurenMKinsey).

    Cardinal Solutions Group - Arena District

    401 N Front St Suite 210 · Columbus, OH

    22 comments