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Thanks for coming out! Here's a recap of our 50th.

From: Nathaniel P.
Sent on: Friday, October 12, 2018 5:07 PM

Hi hardwarians,

Last night was was the perfect way to celebrate our 50th meetup. A huge "thank you" to our speakers, our host Kickstarter, and to all of you who made it out to Greenpoint. If you couldn't make it, you missed a great series of discussions from hardware founders who successfully took their startups from concept to exit. Here's a quick recap:

  • Ryan Rzepecki, founder and CEO of Jump, gave a personal account of his experience building one the premiere bike sharing companies in the world. Now part of Uber, Jump continues to expand into new cities across the globe. Fun fact: back in 2012, Ryan presented Jump at our very first meetup!
  • Vlad Vukicevic, founder and CEO of Meural, shared his story of building and selling Meural to Netgear, despite having no experience in hardware when he started.
  • Mark Belinsky, founder and CEO of Birdi, talked about Birdi's journey from Big Apps NYC hackathon project to exit in just three years.

We finished the talks with an impromptu panel discussion about the state of hardware in New York and beyond. Everyone loved this part of the evening, so we will definitely be doing it again.

Community Announcements:

We heard from SecondMuse about Futureworks Incubator and Futureworks Shops, two  NYCEDC-funded programs that support New York City hardware startups and entrepreneurs. Applications for their next cohort are open through October 31st.

We'll be posting our November meetup soon, so keep an eye out. Until then, keep building!


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