- Make Times New Roman Great Again
We're excited (SUPER EXCITED!) to have Kyle Asperger present at this month's Columbus Web Group. Kyle has been hustling hard all across Columbus, you most likely have seen him at an event in town. He's been a great supporter of CWG and it's an honor to have him present! Who this presentation is for: • Typophiles • Design nerds • Anyone that works in a small company and somehow ended up having to do all of the design work because you have a degree in Marketing • Anyone who's ever typed anything, ever • Don't fancy yourself a designer? No problem! This talk is geared to a wider audience. Plus there's food if you get bored. If you can relate...read on my friend: The time is now. Time to resurrect Times New Roman from its grave. When creating brands, designers stereotypically throw shade at Comic Sans (but like all stereotypes, it's based on reality). Lumped in with Comic Sans, you often hear about Papyrus and Times New Roman (TNR for short) as being trite and just terrible all around. That may be true regarding the former two, that said, TNR, as overused as it may be, needs someone in its corner, fighting along side it. Too long has TNR been misunderstood. Times New Roman was originally designed by Stanley Morrison for a British newspaper, The Times, in 1929. Back in the day, the font elegantly served its purpose. What many fail to see is the reasoning behind a font's existence, trivializing typography. Most often, there's a rigid goal that the designer had to achieve. If fonts are handled with the tender love and care that only a designer can give, we could save the world from its impending doom. Typographically speaking, that is. Let's nerd out. Kyle's Goals: • Spark some designerly interest in the no-designer crowd • Show how consistency equates to an overall more professional brand • Bridge the gap between disciplines, designers and developers and project managers...yes they can all play together • Better understanding of design standards • A greater appreciation for Times New Roman • Reaffirmation that Comic Sans still sucks • Typography and how it plays a role in a brand • Kyle's reading list for the discerning typophile About Kyle Asperger Kyle is just the right type of person to be speaking about Times New Roman. He's always appreciated the nuances in life and ligatures alike. As founder of 301 Original, Kyle has been geeking out over fonts since 2010. Because of his extensive knowledge of the creative process, his network, and the simple fact that he gives a damn, he's on a mission build everyone up around him as he continues growing 301 Original. If he's not making brands, hosting Meetups and critiques, out on a photoshoot, building a stronger network, working out, or hosting people at his home office, Kyle can otherwise be seen sleeping. Because that's most of what he does. He's been a user since 1999. Of Times New Roman, that is. SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 - FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED! 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:00pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party 🐦 Twitter https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup 👥 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/ 📺 YouTube http://youtube.columbuswebgroup.com 📸 Photo Credit Blake Needleman • http://instagram.com/bleedles
- Building Relationships ...an introvert’s guide to going beyond “networking”
Communities are made of people, culture is created by these individuals. We're excited to have such a great community with Columbus Web Group, and honored to have Jay Clouse who has been a catalyst for cultural shifts in the community. PRESENTATION DETAILS We've all been there. Going to a networking event with the idea of building new relationships, dreading it, and ultimately leaving without really feeling more connected to anyone. As an introvert, nothing sounds more daunting than a large group of strangers. In this talk, Jay will talk about the strategies he has used as an introvert to go being "networking" and build meaningful, genuine relationships in the community. ABOUT THE PRESENTER Jay Clouse is a writer and entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio. He is currently the founder of Unreal Collective, co-host of the upside podcast, and author for Linkedin Learning / Lynda.com. Jay fell in love with building products through his first software startup, Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. After a stint in product management at a venture-backed healthcare startup, Jay founded Unreal Collective in 2017 to combine his interests in product and community building. Unreal Collective is a 12-week, online accelerator for founders and freelancers. You can connect with Jay or receive his daily email at jayclouse.com. SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 - FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED! 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:00pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party / Kevin Mack's Birthday Party 🎉 🐦 Twitter https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup 👥 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/ 📺 YouTube http://youtube.columbuswebgroup.com 📸 Photo Credit Blake Needleman • http://instagram.com/bleedles
- "Reinventing a Culture of Innovation" with Matt Usher & Tony Gerstenberger
This month, we're excited to have Matt Usher and Tony Gerstenberger from AEP discuss innovation and how their company has continued to innovate over 100+ years. PRESENTATION DETAILS Matt and Tony will share their backgrounds and discuss how AEP is transforming the way they do business. Coupling the rapid pace of technology change with increasing customer expectations to offer reliable, cost effective, and diverse products and services, AEP looks to adopt new and innovative business models to sustain their position as a leader in the electric utility industry. Recognizing the case for change, revolutionizing a culture of innovation and establishing organizational alignment to efficiently and effectively develop, test, scale and deploy technology is the new AEP journey - a journey that may be similar to yours as the accelerating pace of technology is impacting many businesses and industries. Join The Columbus Web Group to hear how AEP is transforming, confronting these challenges, and accelerating innovation to disrupt and grow the business. ABOUT THE PRESENTERS Matt Usher has more than 20 years of experience at AEP in power plant equipment engineering and design. Specific areas of focus have included environmental controls systems engineering, carbon capture & storage (CCS), strategic business planning and new power generation technology development. In his current role as Charge Portfolio Lead for AEP’s Generation business unit, Matt is responsible for interfacing directly with Generation employees, bringing their innovative ideas to the forefront to develop user-centered digital products and solutions in AEP’s new Charge digital innovation hub. Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1998, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Otterbein University. Matt is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, and lives in Clintonville with his wife Marisa, and two daughters Ellee and Natalie. In his spare time, Matt is an avid music lover with an extensive analog and digital collection. He also enjoys brewing and drinking craft beer, and having grown up in KY, he knows a thing or two about bourbon. Tony Gerstenberger is Director – IT Demand Management for American Electric Power (AEP). In this position, he is responsible for providing direction to a team of Business System Analysts working with AEP’s integrated businesses to build and implement business enabling technology roadmaps. Specifically, he encourages partnership with a broad team to identify business technology need, build business case justification, estimate solution requirements, and transition approved project work to AEP’s delivery team for implementation. Tony has over 17 years of wide ranging experience at AEP. Specific experience includes on-site power plant engineer, major environmental equipment retrofit engineer and strategic planning & operational performance manager. Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and a Masters of Business Administration from Capital University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio. In his spare time Tony enjoys visiting with friends and family, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, vacationing and coaching middle school robotics. He and his wife, Kari, have two children and reside in Plain City, Ohio. SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 - FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED! 6:30pm — Presentation 🎁 7:00pm — Q&A 💬 7:30pm — Socialize 🕺 8:00pm — After Party 🎉 EVENT SPONSORS: • Food & Location by American Electric Power • Drinks provided by ComResource • Photography by 301 Original 🐦 Twitter https://twitter.com/CBusWebGroup 👥 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/ 📺 YouTube http://youtube.columbuswebgroup.com 📸 Photo Credit Blake Needleman • http://instagram.com/bleedles
- Columbus Web Group - "So, you think you can agile?" with Brian Link
We're excited to announce details of our 2nd event of 2019. This is a talk that we as organizers are extremely passionate about and are thrilled to have Brian Link speak on this topic. Brian will speak from his experience as an agile coach and delivery manager of agile teams to help attendees understand why the basics are so important to greater agility no matter what your company’s maturity level, how you and your organization can navigate the complicated world of agile transformations and what the future of agile holds as the world begins to understand true Business Agility. Whether your background is a developer, a manager or a consultant, you will learn something about agile you can put to use right away to *be* more agile. ABOUT THE PRESENTER All companies are software companies. And yet today, very few companies have established the mature processes that lead to Business Agility. Brian is an experienced and pragmatic agile coach. He is a public speaker and the author of the book “Agile Misconceptions: Unlearn the Myths to Learn the Mindset”. Brian has led multiple agile transformations and is passionate about coaching agile concepts and instilling the agile mindset not just with technical teams but also with executives and management. Brian has both broad and deep experience with technology, having worked 20+ years in consulting and at both large commercial enterprise software and small startup companies. To learn more: download his eBook AgileMisconceptions.com, explore Brian’s blog, learn about his Practical Agilist Consulting Services or contact him via email to ask any questions. • Brian Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianwlink/ • eBook: http://agilemisconceptions.com/ • Brian's blog: https://medium.com/practical-agilist • Practical Agilist Consulting Services: http://www.practicalagilist.com/ • Email: [masked] ========================= The event will start with networking, continue with a presentation, and wrap up with questions & answers. More details to come! SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 - FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED! 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 👥 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/ Also, did you know you can watch and learn from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops? 📺 YouTube http://youtube.columbuswebgroup.com ================= EVENT SPONSOR Insight (Cardinal Solutions Group) - Space/Location/Food/Drinks • https://www.insight.com
- "Don’t Break Boundaries, Eliminate Them" Presented by Tom Burden
In 2018, we took a bit of a break... but, we're back and we have many great events planned for 2019! We very excited to have Tom Burden present. Tom Burden has spent the past 5 years building his dream. Today, he runs Grypmat, a Columbus-based startup that creates flexible tool mats to solve the problem of inefficient tool accessibility for mechanics. Grypmat started as an idea to a problem Burden had working as an F-16 Mechanic in the US Air Force, it then developed into a solution Tom spent 3 years prototyping in his basement. One year ago, Tom stood in front of 4 Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank and walked away with investment from Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, and Richard Branson. Today, Grypmat has taken over the industries of automotive, aviation, medical, space, and even education--sold to companies such as NASA, Nascar, Virgin Orbit, and Google.The Grypmat was recently named a TIME 50 Best Inventions of 2018. It has also won awards such as the Edison Award. Likewise, Tom himself has received awards including a recent nomination to Forbes 30 Under 30. Tom is often asked questions such as “How did you know it was the right idea?” “How did you get so lucky?,” or Don’t you get burnt out?” These questions hint at common misconceptions about success. Such as the idea that you have to be in the right place at the right time and the notion that success is only available to those who are lucky. Another common misconception about success is that it can only come when you have the RIGHT idea. Thus, many people will explore hundreds of ideas rather than committing to one. Tom is here today to share his experience with success, and the hidden unconventional approaches behind it. In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Tom noted that his idea for the Grypmat is “not a brilliant one, it is a clever one.” But beyond clever, the factors in Tom’s success evolve around his belief that the most obvious route is not always the best one and that innovation involves seeing and doing what others decide against. In order to rise above, you must be willing to stick out from the norm. Today Tom will offer both tangible and practical advice on what it takes to commit to an idea, how to find work-arounds to seemingly unreachable results, and what it looks like to create a life approach that merges both personal and business etiquette and relations. The event will start with networking, continue with a presentation, and wrap up with questions & answers. More details to come! SCHEDULE 6:00pm — Socialize 💃 - FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED! 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 👥 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Web-Group-753472671474796/ Also, did you know you can watch and learn from all of our past Monthly Meetups and Weekend Workshops? 📺 YouTube http://youtube.columbuswebgroup.com 📸 Photo Credit Blake Needleman • http://instagram.com/bleedles ================= EVENT SPONSORS Gravity - Space/Location • https://gravityproject.com/ Root Insurance - Food & Drinks • https://www.joinroot.com 301 Original - Event Photography • https://www.301original.com
- 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?
- 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!
- 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?
- 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?