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Startup Open Mic Night

  • 16 Jun 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Microsoft Technology Center, One Cambridge Center, in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Pitch your startup to a friendly audience and get feedback from experts. Win prizes. You get 90 seconds. Only catch? NO decks. Hone your message - while "flying without a deck."


Meeting Organizer:

Christina Inge, Founder of ThoughtLight and CEO of Sleek Marketing University, www.sleekmarketingu.com . Twitter: @christinainge, LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/christinainge

Christina is a marketing consultant with over 20 years experience in content creation, web technologies, and project management. She is adept at finding creative ways to maximize the small marketing budgets of startups and nonprofits by using web-based, cost-effective methods. Her areas of expertise include the design of social media  marketing campaigns that boost brand recognition and affiliation. Through best practices SEO, she teaches methods that enhance click-through experiences, improve conversion rates and increase organic search rankings. She helps companies with product go-to-market plans, email marketing strategy and implementation, online lead conversion and lead generation analysis and optimization, and product positioning.

Through Sleek Marketing University she teaches the latest digital marketing techniques to help startups, small businesses, and nonprofits reach new audiences cost-effectively. Subjects addressed include SEO, Google Analytics, social media, marketing automation and many others.

Panel of Judges:

 Chuck Goldstone was founder. CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of !deaworks/!deaCorporation of America and Chuck Goldstone Communications where he has had the ear and trust of senior management at some of America's most prestigious organizations, including Pepsi-Cola, Fidelity, Keurig and more than 300 domestic and global firms in nearly every industry. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of New Venture Institute, bringing story and communications practices to emerging companies.

Chuck is an author, a respected authority on business presentations, corporate storytelling, and communications strategies. His presentation model has been adopted by scores of organizations and was used as a course of study at the University of Massachusetts. He has produced over 1000 video and film programs reaching millions of eyes in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

As a radio and television commentator, Chuck was heard for more than a decade across the country on Monitor and Marketplace. He is a humorist and author of THIS BOOK IS NOT A TOY! FRIENDLY ADVICE ON HOW TO AVOID DEATH AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES (St. Martin's Press. New York). He holds an M.Ed from Boston University in Instructional Design and Technology and has taught at a number of colleges and universities.

Apparao Karri is on a mission to create a customer-centric world. He is the CEO & Co-Founder of Cintell, a marketing technology startup helping businesses understand their customers. With 15+ years of experience in product strategy & leadership roles in the Greater Boston technology ecosystem, he is passionate about entrepreneurship and applying technology innovation to solve business problems. He has Masters in Software Systems (BITS Pilani, India) and an MBA from Babson College. 

Twitter: @ApparaoKarri

Email: akarri@cintell.net

Navah Fuchs.  Navah is part of the Customer Success team at WordStream, with a passion for innovation, and all things data. She brings five years of SEO and PPC experience, helping small to medium sized businesses navigate algorithmic changes like Panda and Penguin, as well as make meaningful strategic decisions. When shes not working on PPC, she blogs about her favorite trends in online marketing, innovation, and finance, with the end goal of making complex concepts accessible to all. 

Bill Koehler is the Dean of the School of Management and Chair of the Business Department at Bay State College in Boston. He has almost thirty years of experience in teaching, research, academic administration, entrepreneurship, and business management. His current scholarly focus is on urban entrepreneurship, especially the role of minority small businesses in social justice and economic development.  He has founded and managed several new small businesses, in consulting, HR management, and education, and consults with small businesses in greater Boston.   He holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.