Startup Milwaukee March 2013 Meetup

startupmke_logo_Last night saw another successful Startup Milwaukee monthly Meetup. The event was once again held at Translator in the Third Ward and approximately 110 people attended. This makes several months in a row now of more than 100 attendees and it is becoming increasingly clear there is an active and vibrant startup community in Milwaukee.

translatorThe night was kicked-off by a welcome and introduction to Translator by Katie Felten and Cindi Thomas. The Milwaukee startup community certainly owes a big “thank you” to Translator (and the Milwaukee Brewing Company) for their support and for hosting and sponsoring various Startup Milwaukee Meetup events.

Next, Matt Cordio gave an introduction to Startup Milwaukee and made several announcements:

Next up, Anne Nimke of The Good Jobs reminded everyone about their upcomming Launch Party, and Heather of Find My Spot gave a quick introduction to her new apartment search service. Both have very impressive websites that are well worth the visit.

By this time, everyone was ready for the three “keynote” presentations of the evening:

  • LeMarc Johnson of NightStyr talked about Nightstir, a mobile communication platform designed to allow you to “create and share nightlife plans.” Learn more at GetNightstir.Com.
  • Cindy Rahm and Eric Rahm of Brighter12 described their lean approach to developing their web-based application which supports individuals going through a 12-step recovery program (“Your Journey from Broken to Brighter”). The approach included: Establish a mission; Know your audience; Find a niche; Define the problem; Solve that problem; and Solve it better than anyone else.
  • Ryan Konicek of Tappr talked about the experience of the Tappr team at SXSW with a focus on the “Learnings from SXSW” workshop with Steve Blank, Bob Dorf and Startup Weekend. You can find a copy of Ryan’s presentation and more on the What’s on Tap blog.

In all, the Meetup was a whirlwind of very useful real-world experience from Milwaukee-area startups! The Startup Milwaukee organization deserves real credit for putting together an event like this. The fact that they’re doing it every month is amazing!

If you’re interested in startups — or working with others to build your own startup — be sure to register for the next Startup Milwaukee meeting on April 11!


Clint Laskowski is an information security professional, web developer, and technology entrepreneur in Milwaukee. You can follow him on Twitter at @Clint326.