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Sr Technical Evangelist for Startups at Microsoft
Joshua Drew is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft for Startups where he is responsible for the growth of Microsoft Services within the startup ecosystem in Greater Boston. Joshua can provide programs to offset the cost of tools and services for the startups. His technical background in application and cloud development using native languages and hybrid technologies allows him to help startups build and scale their products. As an evangelist, Joshua finds these startups and promotes them in 3 key areas, services & software, support and storytelling.
Joshua has been working in the digital agency field for over 15 years. Whether he was managing a team of developers or developing solutions for an engagement, his client first attitude and willingness to teach provided success in his career. During this time he has helped clients such as Delta Air Lines, Kraft Foods, Lexus Automotive, Wells Fargo, Dunkin Donuts and more, launch digital products and build brands online. Projects include eCommerce sites for Nestle Waters and Readers Digest to Facebook apps for Unilever Brands and CVS Pharmacy.
President, Founder & CEO of The Tech Connection Inc.
Melissa James is Founder and CEO of The Tech Connection, their mission is to connect diverse talent to the innovation economy by disrupting the resume. The Tech Connection not only inspires people to realize their full potential we connect them to high performing companies that will accelerate their growth. The Tech Connection has a strong track record of building high performing teams for elite companies such as Google, Teradata, the New England Venture Capitalist Association, HubSpot, Wayfair, Carbonite, DataXu, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, RA Capital, and Sample6. At the root of her work is a passion for community service. On top of running her business, Melissa is the founder of the Black Tech Boston Meetup, a platform created to celebrate the impact of technology within African American communities. She most recently Co-Founded Hack.Diversity, a intern-to hire program for Black and Latino students to get their first internship in tech. She previously served on the board for Youth Institute of Science and Technology and the Young Black Women’s Society. Melissa has been recognized as a “Woman on The Move” by Boston Business Journal. She has been featured in numerous news outlets such as the Improper Bostonian, Bay State Banner, Boston Herald, and Bloomberg Business.
Founder & CEO SoundbridgeWake Anderson is the founder and CEO of Soundbridge, an audio recording and engineering platform that aims to help any musician create and produce music with audio engineer quality tools - even if they have no previous experience with audio recording software. A MassChallenge 2016 Finalist, Soundbridge was built by and for musicians and the music production platform was created from scratch by the Soundbridge team, which includes overseas engineers managed by Wake from Boston.
Founding Member & SVP of Engineering at clypd
Jeff Walker has 30+ years of software product delivery experience in all aspects: VP of Engineering, CTO, Head of Product, individual contributor, technical lead, development management and product management. Most recently, at clypd, Jeff built the engineering team from the ground up and is a member of the founding team. 4 years later, clypd has 50 employees, 30 in engineering and is venture funded, $30M to date. Jeff is currently the Entrepreneur In Residence at Accomplice Ventures and his product and technology experience include web applications, mobile applications, programmatic TV advertising, multi-channel advertising/marketing, Infrared camera systems, real-time embedded systems, Voice over IP and Video Conferencing.
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