Last name: Beah Burger-Lenehan
Piece: Lansdowne (not Lansdale)
Job: Vice President of Product at Ticketleap
Ancillary projects: Encounter is kind of a side project for Ticketleap, but that’s my main push. Also, teach a Product management course for Girl develop philly and applaud (and learn from) the Philadelphia 76ers.
Philly Tech Week is going to be a little different for me and my team this year. For the past few months, we’ve been working really hard on a new project: an app called Encounter. (Editor’s note: Soft URL.)
Here’s the idea: if you want to build something big, you have to come out from behind your computer screen and go talk to people. Met is a bit like a Fitbit for these connections: it unites your team around this offline practice and, in doing so, strengthens the health of your business. So far, we’ve limited the pilot to a small number of handpicked startups.
But (* drumbeat *) we want to open the beta to all of the early adopters and tech community builders attending Philly Tech Week this year. Here’s why we couldn’t resist the opportunity:
- As a beta tester, you will help improve Met with your feedback.
- Met, as a source of data on how and why we connect with each other, can help improve the tech community in Philly.
- And, most importantly, Met can help you get the most out of your Philly Tech Week by making every connection count.
So if you want to join the ranks of early adopters (sorry, iPhone users only for now), sign up on encounter and we’ll speed up your access so you don’t miss out on any networking opportunities during # PTW15. Or, better yet, come find us at one of the events below and we’ll welcome you there.
(One more thing: if you want to know which Philly people are the best PTW people connectors, follow @metworking. Throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting about the biggest networking accomplishments of our good beta users.)
Events that allow me to walk around and talk to people with a drink in my hand are exactly my speed. (Besides, I want to discover this new Fishtown The Dove which all children love). (Friday April 17, 8 am-10am)
See above. Ticketleap is also one of the hospitality sites. Call us early – doors open at 4pm – then head east towards Dilworth Park for the arcade. Now is a great time to get your shiny new Met (your brave soul) account, then Metwork all night. (Friday April 17, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
There must have been some misunderstanding because somehow I was nominated for an award. Other than that, looks like it’s going to be a pretty cool event; maybe i will meet Dom streater – crossed fingers! My team threatens to turn the tables if I don’t win (which would certainly be worth the price of admission). (Saturday April 18, 7-10 p.m.)
The Girl Develop It gang is the top, right? If you’ve been lagging behind and still haven’t Met on your iPhone, this would be a good opportunity to fix this. (Tuesday April 21, 7 am-9am)
Sarah and Bob from my team are going to hit this one hard (I can’t do it myself). You will recognize Sarah and Bob because they will be the very attractive people wearing the dashing “Have We Met?” »T-shirts. (Wednesday April 22, 6.30 p.m.-8.30 p.m.)
I have been known to visit a Meeting of new technologies in Philadelphia sometimes. This time, I’m especially looking forward to testing Met’s new Meetup integration (Met searches the attendee list for the Meetup you’re in so you can capture your new connection without asking it to spell it the last three times) . (Wednesday April 21, 10 am-6:30pm)
seven. PSL Entrepreneurs Fair
It was one of my favorite events last year; lots of people to talk to and food carts to try. A highlight was showing Mayor Nutter how to create his selfie post – what sport, we should extend his term. (Wednesday April 22, 7-10 p.m.)