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With founder/CEOs Vlad Shifrin (Ion Card), Kelz Bethel (Recess Labs), Jason Van Anden (Quadrant 2/Jotto), Adam Haber (Trellus), Sandra Nam (Qiqo), Lisanne Fellinger (CTO, Recess Labs), Lucas Cioffi (CTO, Qiqo), Tim Lytle (Dir. Biz Dev, Single Stop).
Mon, Dec 11, 2023 @ 05:30 PM   $20   Civic Hall, 124 E 14th St

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We're thrilled to announce that the next NY Tech Meetup will be hosted at Civic Hall Union Square, the new home of the NY Tech Alliance!

NYTM is our signature event that has been a monthly staple for the NYC tech ecosystem since 2004. It is the world's largest meetup group of its kind who have a common interest in learning from & helping one another. At each event, entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, & their teams demo cutting edge & transformative tech, answer questions from attendees & network with all in a fun-filled, energetic space. Since its creation, over 1,000 companies have participated & have been a driving force of innovation & job creation in NYC & the greater NY area.

It's all about meeting a broad range of people based on your needs & having a "front row seat" to learn of the latest innovations that address market opportunities. This event is also a perfect place to start if you are new to tech, to New York City, or to the New York tech ecosystem.

When: Monday, December 11, 2023 at 5:30pm ET (Doors Open)
Where: Civic Hall Union Square, 124 E 14th Street (@Irving Place by Union Square)


5:30 PM - Doors Open
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome & Tech Demos
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - After Party & Networking

Vlad Shifrin, Founder, Ion Card

Vlad Shifrin, a distinguished IT professional with over 20 years of experience, has successfully led multiple startups, demonstrating an innate ability to navigate the complexities of the business world. Currently running his own IT consulting firm, Vlad actively contributes to the vibrant NYC tech scene, showcasing leadership, industry expertise, & a commitment to driving success. He recently founded ION CARD, an innovative digital business card startup, advancing professional networking with forward-thinking & eco-friendly technology.

Jason Van Anden, Founder, Quadrant 2/Jotto

Jason Van Anden, an artist, inventor, & the creator of Jotto, which taps into the collective wisdom of crowds & redefines how we collect public feedback. Jotto invites anyone to effortlessly share their thoughts with voice, video, or text upon scanning a QR code. This simple process-scan, record, done-eliminates the hassles of cumbersome forms, email exchanges, or password requirements. Jotto transforms this feedback into comprehensive reports, complete with sentiment analysis & key insights, providing both qualitative & quantitative data that seamlessly integrates with existing tools.

Beyond his role as Jotto's creator, Jason is the CEO of Quadrant 2, a software development company celebrated for three impactful public engagement mobile apps dedicated to connecting people & catalyzing social change. Noteworthy among them is "I'm Getting Arrested," a panic button app crafted for Occupy Wall Street in 2011, allowing individuals to swiftly notify loved ones & legal representatives in the event of an arrest. Another influential app, "Mobile Justice," developed for the ACLU in 2012, empowers users to document & report incidents of police misconduct. Additionally, "WorkIt," the pioneering mobile AI chatbot introduced in 2016 for OurWalmart, aids workers in understanding their rights & accessing relevant resources. Jotto's roots trace back to these groundbreaking social justice apps.

Jason's creative endeavors aspire to steer us towards our better selves & have received extensive coverage in prominent publications like Wired, The New York Times, & the Wall Street Journal.

Sandra Nam, CEO & Co-Founder, Qiqo

Sandra Nam, Co-Founder & CEO at Qiqo, a B2B SaaS technology company helping trade associations create dynamic online marketplaces to connect their sponsors & members.
Sandra began her career as a marketing manager in NYC's beauty & fragrance industry working on branding & product development. She then earned a masters degree in landscape architecture & gained leadership experience through designing & managing world-class urban, institutional, & cultural projects across the United States & abroad from the ground up. Sandra's deep respect for small business owners started at an early age by having a front-row seat on the entrepreneurial journey of her Korean-American parents. Sandra co-founded Qiqo with a focus on trade associations to help small & medium-sized businesses drive innovation across industries.

Lucas Cioffi, CTO & Co-Founder, Qiqo

Lucas Cioffi is a West Point grad, software engineer, entrepreneur, & combat veteran. He is CTO at QiqoChat which is a platform for online communities, events, & marketplaces.
Lucas first got excited about the power of hybrid online/offline communities when he co-organized the OpenGov Community Workshop Series in partnership with six federal agencies (NASA, EPA, USDA, GSA, DOT, & Treasury) from 2009-2011. He was hooked once he saw the power of loosely joined professionals to work together once they find a common interest. Lucas served on the board of the 2000-member National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation for three years where he learned techniques for groups to bridge divides & work across differences. Building this collaborative approach into QiqoChat software every day is what he finds to be the most motivating part of his work. He focuses on providing organizations with tools they can customize & combine to enable their members to achieve collective impact.

Kelz Bethel, Co-Founder & CEO, Recess Labs

Kelz Bethel is the co-founder & CEO of Recess Labs. She is a 3 time tech founder, who successfully sold her previous venture before starting Recess. Kelz is driven by her unwavering commitment to creating impactful innovations that revolutionize access to mental health for all. Her passion & expertise in mental health was acquired through her graduate studies in psychology & work in behavioral research.
Kelz has been honored with numerous prestigious awards like the IESE Barcelona Business School Future Female Leaders Award. Being from Trinidad & Tobago Kelz was recognized as one of the region's top entrepreneurs from Latin America, the Caribbean, & Canada by the US Department of State. She actively shapes the future of her region by advising & guiding other Caribbean start-ups, serving on their advisory boards.

Lisanne Fellinger, Co-Founder & CTO, Recess Labs

Lisanne Fellinger is the co-founder & CTO of Recess Labs, bringing a dynamic fusion of neuroscience expertise & a decade-long experience as a software engineer.

Lisanne's expertise in mental health complexities & cognitive processes has been garnered through her published research on the brain's functional connectivity in treatment-resistant depression as well as the role of dopamine in brain regions on cognitive flexibility. In 2013, she made a career transition to software engineering, where she later established & ran her own software development company in Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisanne's background in neuroscience, coupled with her business experience & her passion for backend software engineering, form the ideal combination, empowering her to steer Recess towards a horizon where technology merges with mental health to catalyze positive global-scale impact & change.

Tim Lytle, Director of Business Development, Single Stop USA

Tim Lytle has served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Single Stop since August 2022. Tim's strategic leadership has fueled rapid expansion, scaling efforts, & recruitment initiatives, establishing the company's inaugural strategic partnerships team. Tim has led Single Stop to establishing new partnerships with a foothold in Energy, Healthcare & Human Resources while continuing to scale Single Stop's traditional sectors of higher education & community based organizations. These efforts culminated in an impressive year-over-year growth of 141%.

Before assuming his current role, Tim held the position of Director of Inside Sales at EverCommerce, where he oversaw the growth of various companies within EverCommerce, Tim implemented scalable processes that fostered cohesion across multiple business lines. Before that, he led Updox's explosive growth in Spring 2020, ultimately leading to its acquisition just 10 months later.

Tim began his career in politics & government affairs first as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate as well as providing government relations services for multiple companies.

Adam Haber, Co-Founder Trellus

As a small business owner & entrepreneur, Adam has real experience creating jobs, attracting capital, & managing complex budgets. He had a 22-year career as a commodity options trader, has owned three restaurants (one of which had a Michelin Star), & is a non-operating principal of ScanlanKemperBard, a Portland, Oregon-based commercial real estate merchant bank. Adam is also an active member of the Long Island Angel Network & has invested in & advised multiple startups.

In January 2021, Adam & his partners launched Trellus Same-Day Local Delivery & Marketplace. They recognized that the continued expansion of Amazon & big- box e-commerce giants on Long Island makes it increasingly difficult for local small businesses & downtowns to compete on a digital landscape. Meanwhile, the COVID pandemic has had lasting impacts on the retail industry. Consumers increasingly shifted to online purchasing as delivery wait times became shorter. Adam & his team designed Trellus in response to these challenges & prioritized the best interests of independent small businesses. Trellus provides local businesses the technology platform & reliable network of gig-drivers they need to offer on-demand, same-day delivery. These merchants are empowered to handle their own fulfillment, as the Trellus pricing model doesn't cut into their profits per transaction & makes sense for their bottom line. In turn, local customers can get the items they need faster & more conveniently, from trusted local businesses in their community.

Currently, 90% of Trellus deliveries are completed in under two hours & 100% of deliveries are completed same day. There are more than 425 Long Island & Westchester merchants on the Trellus network, which is growing each day & they have successfully completed 85k+ deliveries. Trellus is planning to the rollout of a new Marketplace platform Q1 2024, where customers & merchants will transact directly.

As CEO at Trellus, Adam works closely with his team & embraces his role as a community developer. He enjoys spending time connecting with local entrepreneurs & looks forward to strengthening NY Metro's small business community for the future.
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