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Local Biz Women Who Kick Tail w/ Special Guest Alex Blumberg of Startup Podcast

  • Jan 7, 2015 · 6:30 PM

HNY, Starters!!!! We're setting the bar dangerously high with 2015's inaugural Meetup...  we have some amazing local women starters and one internationally renowned entrepreneur/radio host kicking us off for the new year. We're friggin hyped!! :D 

Let's pack the house. We have space for 60 - so RSVP quickly!!! 

We'll start the night hearing from some great local women entrepreneurs including the fantastic Melody Shacter, Jessie Shternshus, and Elizabeth Pampalone who'll share the great highs and woes of working in our fair city.

• Melody Shacter has put together many companies in multiple industries ranging from healthcare to homebuilding. She built these from the ground up, put together great teams, and made an impact on a large part of the local community. You may recognize her from WJCT with some initiatives she helps with or even know her from her campaign for City Council. Either way, she builds great companies and knows how to make things happen in the Jacksonville landscape.

• Jessie Shternshus is the founder of the Improv Effect, which she's been running since 2007. She is known locally as a great networker and hilarious teambuilder, but worldwide she is known for turning some of the best known brands culture on their heads with her workshops. She's worked with Groupon, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Getty Images, and Crayola. Over the past years she's grown a team, business, and a family that all have huge smiles on their faces.

• Elizabeth Pampalone came to Jacksonville 7 years ago as a software developer. She's started multiple businesses such as The Jax Computer Chic, and has a passion to see more businesses succeed by using technology to increase profits. In a recent Jacksonville Business Journal article, she was named "Jacksonville's Networking Queen" so she's someone you definitely need to meet. 

• We'll wrap-up  the evening with a Skype call from Mr. Alex Blumberg; world renowned radio producer for This American Life, Planet Money, and founder of Gimlet Media/Startup Podcast all of which are the top podcasts in the world. He'll be sharing his experience starting up his company and how the podcast is helping startups launch (he has some things in the works for Season 2 of the show - it's not to miss). In the last 3 months he's raised $1.5 million and recorded the whole experience - Listen to the first show where he pitches billionaire Chris Sacca who tears him apart with some awesome advice.

Ignite's Catalyst Program will be sponsoring the beer and pizza this woohoo!!! It should help get the networking and learning juices flowing.

Flow for the night:

• 6:30-7:00 - Beer-Pizza/Networking

• 7:00-9:00 - Speakers

• 9:00-9:30 - Beer/Networking

Come out to Ignite, learn something, and let's help the ones around us.

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  • Anthony C.

    If you want to learn more about the speakers from our last meetup - check out these links:

    Jessie -

    Melody -

    Elizabeth - and one of her newest endeavors:

    See you all next month!

    1 · January 9, 2015

  • Jessie S.

    Had a great time speaking last night. Thanks for the opportunity.

    1 · January 8, 2015

  • Mike C.

    I really enjoyed all the great presentations last night. Thanks to all the presenters and hosts.

    4 · January 8, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun & Valuable - thanks for sponsoring the meetup.

    4 · January 8, 2015

  • Bob D.

    awesome! Well done Anthony Cantenese

    4 · January 8, 2015

  • Alex

    Fantastic event. Can't wait for the next one!

    3 · January 8, 2015

  • Blake K.

    Very impressed. I enjoyed networking with other start ups as well as knowledge of those that have been succesful in their endeavors!

    3 · January 8, 2015

  • Linda

    A very inspirational evening. Thank you for sharing your successes.

    4 · January 7, 2015

  • Elizabeth P.

    Thanks for letting me share my businesses and passions with you all!

    6 · January 7, 2015

  • Frederick

    Nice presentations from the speakers tonight.

    6 · January 7, 2015

  • Natasha

    I have to babysit tonight so I can't make it, sorry :(

    January 7, 2015

  • Anthony C.

    New post on (Google Ventures) "How startup designers can focus on what really matters" - tech startups is the example, but this is the case for any product, service you're trying to create.

    1 · January 6, 2015

  • Anthony C.

    Also, it's free coworking day at Cowork Jax with a happy hour at 5pm - so yeah - knock out all the downtown fun in 1 day!

    January 5, 2015

  • Anthony C.

    Happy New Year!!! Really looking forward to this Wednesday. We're SOLD OUT with people on the waiting list. If you can't make it, please update your RSVP.

    See everyone soon-ish :-D

    1 · January 5, 2015

  • Anthony C.

    We just added two more amazing people to the playbill - Jessie Shternshus from the ImprovEffect and Elizabeth Pampalone from The Jax Computer Chic. Can't wait!!

    2 · December 21, 2014

  • Paige

    January 7th is also Free CoWorking Day at CoWork Jax - get into Downtown early and beat the Art Walk rush, get some stuff done, join us for happy hour at 5PM, easy walk over to Ignite!

    2 · December 19, 2014

    • Anthony C.

      Oh yeah! It's ArtWalk - Come downtown early - spend some time between 5-6:30 getting your ArtWalk on and then come make the community awesome :D

      1 · December 19, 2014

  • Natasha

    I'm requesting Diet Coke because I'm a diva who doesn't hold her alcohol very well.

    1 · December 17, 2014

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