Bryan Young is currently the youngest Senior Strategy Consultant for Marketo, Inc. based out of San Mateo, CA. He was brought in to help build and lead more strategic offerings to global Fortune 1000 clients. In this role he will work across both North American and International territories to help marketing executives understand how they are making money, saving money or building a more efficient organization through marketing automation. To drive greater value for clients his initiatives are both internal and external within the educational process to help all see the larger picture from both a tactical (technology) and marketing perspective. He's already started building strictly strategic workshop offerings within the team and working with companies like the NBA, Time Warner Cable and Recall Corporation. He is former CEO of BEC Digital a digital marketing firm in which his award winning digital strategies generated over $750 million in revenue since 2013. Before BEC he led the marketing efforts of a logistics company he started at 17 to $5 million in revenue within two years. With no previous Telecom experience, he most recently helped build the digital strategy from scratch for DukeNet Communications, a company acquired by Time Warner for $600MM. At 25, he led the national digital strategy for the Democratic National Convention. Bloomberg Businessweek, Black Enterprise and numerous other publications for his uncanny knowledge on digital marketing and data driven marketing techniques. In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek named him one of the 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs in America for his promising work growing his digital marketing agency BEC. Bryan is also a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee and 2011 Black Enterprise Innovator of the Year.
Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015
Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
American Underground @ Main
201 W. Main Street
CALLING ALL TRAILBLAZERS! - So, you want to be an Entrepreneur...Let's Do This! Problem-solve and discover your startup Genius!
TSW: Trailblazers is a 54-hour experience where participants pitch ideas, collaborate with others who have complementary skill sets, get coaching and produce startups that help solve problems around a variety of topics. Within the Triangle Startup Weekend, AT&T is providing a unique opportunity for developers and others to create new technologies to enhance the lives of people with physical, social, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. Dubbed Connect Ability, TSW participants will be able to receive feedback and assistance with their ideas and for those interested, these concepts can be submitted to participate in a global challenge held by AT&T in July. More on this initiative is here.
Durham-based startup, Trinket, formed at last year’s event and have since raised nearly $400K in funding. It’s time for more successes like this to come out of Triangle Startup Weekend! Who: Passionate educators, students, entrepreneurs, developers, designers and you. When: June 12-14 Where: American Underground @Main in Durham, NC Why:Through collaboration, entrepreneurial thinking, and community building, we can positively impact the world around us.
Friday June 12th
Saturday June 13th
Sunday June 14th
In addition, Ramona does many corporate workshops on Leadership through Storytelling, Finding Your Corporate Story, Team Building and Motivation. Ramona is the CEO and President of Dare to Soar Enterprises, founder and president of the Storytellers Guild of Charlotte, Inc., a member of the National Storytelling Network, and the NC and SC Storytelling Guilds. A winner of numerous awards and recognition as a professional Speaker and Storyteller, Ramona has been a featured speaker at various Literacy and Association Conferences, schools, libraries, corporate meetings, museums, historical sites, Red Ribbon Week, festivals, churches and camps. Ramona also teaches at the University of Phoenix and was honored as Teacher of the Year in Drama for 2001-2002 at Community School of the Arts.
When presenting American Indian Culture, Ramona erases stereotypes and myths concerning the culture and provides programming that covers aspects of daily life in lodging, clothing, survival techniques, artifacts, foods, art, dance, stories, language, music and beliefs from the past to the present. All programs are custom-designed to be age appropriate and curriculum based. Ramona enriches any curriculum subject with her interactive and entertaining storytelling. Participants experience American Indian culture through hands on and engaging activities. Listeners have the opportunity for a question and answer period during each presentation. Ramona also offers programming addressing History, Social Studies, Character Education, Literacy through Storytelling, Drug/Tobacco Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Motivation and Self-Esteem, and Leadership by Storytelling.
She has over eighteen years of experience in launching new high-tech products to the market with a specialization in software, IT, clean tech and telecom sectors. She works with executive management to identify the best market segment for a startup to enter the market, grow, or pivot, and then she develops a comprehensive business plan and strategy.Prior to founding ANAGARD, LLC, Dragana has been in charge of corporate and business development for a number of emerging growth high tech startups (renewable fuels, renewable chemicals, LED lighting, digital signal processing, small wind turbines).Previously, she has been working for 15 years as a product manager and software engineer for IBM and Alcatel-Lucent. She honed her new product development skills with these multinational corporations where she was instrumental in successfully launching dozen of new software, IT and telecom solutions to the market.
The Iron Yard exists to create exceptional value for people and their ideas through code education, startup accelerators and coworking spaces.
Through our broad, deep and growing network of teachers, programmers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, employers and coworking spaces, we have developed a thriving community where serendipity happens en masse.
We are committed to training the highest-quality developers and startups in the world, both in skill and in character. Our mission is to find people who want to pursue the craft and life-long adventure of technology, teach them the tools of the trade, and then release them into the world with the drive and capability to make a difference. We believe that passionate, talented people who love what they do will create great families, jobs, companies and solutions to the world’s problems.
Coaches and Mentors
Amal leads cross-functional team efforts for strategic planning, marketing, and innovative thinking. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion to enable global business expansion and to maximize operational efficiency. For example, by engaging a diverse set of stakeholders, Amal recently led a team focused on improving operational efficiency. Under her leadership, the team realized annual cost savings in excess of $200K.
Her proactive challenge-the-status-quo attitude has encouraged her team to embrace new, innovative ways of bridging the gap between business and science. Seeking another outlet to leverage her science and business skills, Amal joined the TSW: Health in August 2014 and contributed to the winning team’s strategy and marketing ideas. Her experience in TSW: Health and her passion to embrace opportunities for change enables her to provide you and your team the coaching experience for the TSW: Trailblazer.
Dr. Terrance Jackson
Certified Executive Coach, Leadership Development Coach
patents, an author and a world traveler having gone to the last seven
Olympics. She is the co-founder of Vijilent, a company that provides trust
scores for individuals looking to join the sharing economy. Vijilent is
currently in the Durham-based Groundworks Lab Spring 2015 cohort. She is
also Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina where she is a
Chancellor's Faculty of Excellence in Innovation+ Design. Her role within
the Innovation+Design Cluster is to develop curriculum and student-focused
programs that help develop and launch technologies germinating from student
ideas and faculty research, especially those around environmental
sustainability. As an expert in the diffusion of innovations, Dr. Garcia’s
research has focused on how to introduce ‘resistant’ innovations to a
reluctant marketplace. Her recent research and teaching centers on
sustainable innovations and the role of trust in collaborative consumption
communities. Dr. Garcia’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurial marketing
and new product launch. She is author of the textbook, *Creating and
Marketing New Products & Services*.
She has conducted research in several computer performance related areas and was
a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, which consists of the top 1% of IBM's over 250K technical professionals. Dr. Johnson has received numerous technical and professional awards, and is a Master Inventor with over 40 issued and pending patents. She has authored and co-authored over 80 publications and is Editor-in-Chief of the book Performance Tuning for Linux Servers.
Dr. Johnson earned B.S. (summa cum laude), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering, from Southern University, Stanford University, and Rice University, respectively. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She is also an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Engineer.
He has a broad experience base that includes several roles in the consumer packaged goods industry, in higher education and in high growth technology ventures. Before forming The Pioneer Group he worked on sales and marketing strategy for Frito-Lay, marketing initiatives for Betty Crocker baking and called on Target’s headquarters for Colgate-Palmolive. In 2008 he was appointed Director of the MBA program at NCCU and, after leaving higher education, co-founded 2 startups.
In his spare time he is an avid college basketball fan and a passionate fitness enthusiast. Frank holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business and a BS from UNC-CH.
Tia Simpson is a current ThinkHouse Fellow and local entrepreneur with her own design consulting firm called Vibrance Studio. She is very involved in the Raleigh startup community and is NC State's Entrepreneurship Initiative's Garage Manager. The Garage is a prototyping lab for students interested in entrepreneurship, with 3D printers, laser cutter, shopbot, and electrical equipment. She graduated from NC State in Electrical Engineering with a Design Studies minor.
My expertise is in backend web application development, specifically LAMP stack, Java/J2EE, along with frontend frameworks such as Backbone.js, ExtJS and Jquery. In addition to my technical skills I have a wide range of skills developed through the years in planning, design, and managing application development teams.
I have helped startup companies deliver innovative solutions in the areas of knowledge management, search, social networking, social fundraising, and e-commerce.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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