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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 Atlantis Technology
Tom Biggins is the founder of Atlantis Technology, a software engineering consultancy in Concord, MA. Atlantis works with early-stage ventures to rapidly develop their ideas into products. Tom seeks out and supports startups, skunkworks projects, recently funded or bootstrapped, seeking to rapidly produce a minimal viable product or prototype applications. Together with his longtime colleagues, he employs an agile, iterative process that reduces development time, costs, and ‘technical debt,’ while creating practical product foundations and data collection techniques to inform future development. In the last twenty years, Tom has enjoyed his collaboration with over 200 startups with a particular affinity for and focus in SaaS ventures inside of Healthcare, EdTech, IoT, and FinTech. Subsequent to helping rapidly develop and launch products, Tom helps the new ventures continue their growth and success by recruiting, evaluating, and training their internal teams.
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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