Reaz Hoque is the Founder of The SYNERGY Events and Co-founder of Pulse 24/7. Reaz has nearly 20 years of product development, outsourcing, leadership and branding experience. He has successfully played C level roles at major startups & worked for such companies as Netscape, CompUSA startup, Pepsi, Northrop and built 20+ industry applications & an author of 7 Technology books. He started The SYNERGY Events with only 1500$ and have successfully created huge memorable events in NYC, Paris and London with his amazing team members.
Andy is the COO of SYNERGY Events and Cofounder of Pulse 24/7 a revolutionary new platform democratizes technology for small businesses. As a creative and visionary he has been featured in publications such as Improper Bostonian, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald as well as being awarded by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for visionary impact in his industry. He and Reaz built Synergy together, and share a passion for technology and events. Andy’s wealth of practical experience and creative acumen are the foundation of SYNERGY’s expansion into New York City, Paris, and London creating effective marketing programs and solutions.
Alie Sockol is the Founder and CEO of Brunches International, which was launched in 2016 from her successful Instagram account @BrunchesofBoston. Originally started to chronicle the Boston brunch scene and make it easier for people to identify where to brunch around the city, @BrunchesofBoston gained a fast following and in the summer of 2015 Alie began developing the business plan for what is now Brunches International, a lifestyle brand, content site and events production company with a hyper-local focus on brunch culture. In June of 2016 she left The Boston Globe after a five year tenure in Digital Content, Events and Marketing to pursue her own business full time. In the months since then, Brunches of Boston (the Boston sub-brand of Brunches International) has hosted over 20 events, hired eight editorial writers for brunchesofboston.com, and increased the following on @BrunchesofBoston by a multiple of five. In addition to running Brunches International, Alie has an Instagram consulting business to teach small businesses and food professionals how to use Instagram to maximize their branding and drive revenue.
A serial entrepreneur and technologist, Frederick Townes is the co-founder and COO at Placester. In under 3 short years he has grown a small startup and past Techstars winner to the nation’s fastest growing real estate marketing platform recently featured on Forbes, TechCrunch, and Inman after securing their $27M series C round of financing to further accelerate growth. Previously, Frederick was founding CTO and then senior technical advisor at Mashable, one of the top independent media sites worldwide, as well as founder of W3 EDGE, a web development and marketing agency, and W3 MARKUP, a leading service for user interface development. An influential WordPress developer, Frederick is the creator of W3 Total Cache, a web performance optimization framework with over one million users that powers tens of millions of sites.
Brendan Ciecko is the founder and CEO of Cuseum, a technology startup that helps museums engage their visitors. Founded in 2014, Cuseum works with cultural institutions around the globe, has raised over $1.4M in funding, and went through Techstars. Prior to Cuseum, Ciecko started Ten Minute Media, an agency that specializes in digital media and creative services for the music entertainment industry. Since its official establishment in 2003, Ten Minute Media has acquired a flourishing list of clients including some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Brendan has been featured in numerous publications including Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, New York Times, The Guardian, and the Boston Globe. He has also served on the Regional Leadership Team of Technology for Obama and currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Museum Council at Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
As the Founder and CEO of Paper Airplane, Emily is a dating industry veteran with years of experience in her industry. As a matchmaker and dating coach she realized that her clients were experiencing two main pain points: not knowing where to go to meet someone, and being afraid of approaching a person they were interested in talking to. The name Paper Airplane came to her after working with a client and telling him he could tell if a woman was interested in him at “”paper airplane distance””. Through her career she has worked with hundreds of male and female clients. She has organized and hosted events for some of the largest dating sites in the world, and she created her own coaching and consulting company called Dateover where she gave people the tools they needed to succeed. She has also been featured in numerous magazines, TV shows, radio shows and panel discussions around various dating topics.
Woody is a man on a two-fold mission. By leveraging technology, he’s passionately determined to help college students find part-time jobs that fit their schedules while making lives easier for those who just don’t have the time or energy to do odd jobs at work or home. So much for his degree in economics from Vanderbilt. He’s right back where he started as a high school kid — odd jobbing his way to success. Woody spends his days conjuring up contagious ways to engage ‘Doers and Job Posters’, mapping out expansion plans to launch in new cities, paying bills and thinking of new cities for launching the fast growing – GladlyDo.
Founder of Sumu, a housing discovery and services startup. Daniel Tewfik is at the forefront of technology-enabled real estate, startups, and government. He is the co-founder of Sumu, a tenant relationship management site that lets prospective tenants find sublets, apartment shares, apartments, and housing in the city.
Justin Mott, best known as ‘J. Mott’, prides himself with being an integral part of the connective tissue Boston’s innovation ecosystem is frequently seeking. After graduating from the illustrious Howard University, J. Mott began his tech career in Boston at Silicon Valley Bank. He now leads business development and strategy at Hatch Fenway and actively consults between the millennial point-of-view in tech/diversity and other industries — progressively — wanting to be a part of the action. In his spare time, you can find J. Mott at the MFA, in a classroom with professors from Berklee or Harvard, or in your local coffee shop talking the trifecta – innovation, sports and all things positive. Let’s grab coffee!
Elizabeth Dobrska is Program Director at TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good). Her background intersects the worlds of tech, startup, and nonprofit. Prior to joining TUGG, Elizabeth was Director of Marketing at a venture capital fund where she drove marketing, community and investor relations. Elizabeth is actively involved in community and social impact initiatives. An evangelist for innovation within the nonprofit sector, she is a member of the Boston Foundation’s Innovation Leadership Council. Outside of work, she is a supporter of the arts in Boston, an enthusiastic animal welfare activist, and avid traveller. Elizabeth is a member of the MFA’s Museum Council, on the fundraising committee for Future Chefs, and the Co-Chair of the Animal Rescue League’s Young Professionals Group.
A former professional hockey player and Boston College graduate, Jack played in 5 countries throughout his career. After noticing a need for a healthy pregame boost, he founded Tru Inc. After participating in Copenhagen Business School’s student incubator – CSE, the Startup52 accelerator, and the Food-X accelerator in NYC, Jack launched TruEnergy with funding from SOSVentures, Crimson Capital, and a successful Kickstarter campaign. Disrupting the beverage industry with a new category, their Sport Shot has already been covered by Forbes and Fortune and is making strides in national retailers like the Running Specialty Group.