POPSignal is an occasional networking event that brings together people in the Boston tech community. Founded by Viximo's
Brian Balfour and Jay Meattle of Shareaholic
, they hold occasional giant come-one-come-all shindigs for hundreds of people (often at Landsdowne Street clubs), and also smaller gatherings of founders and investors that they call POPSignal Mix events. These you have to be invited
to, or recommended by someone who is already involved with the group.
Last night was their first Mix event that brought together alumni of the five prior Mix gatherings, at the Enormous Room in Central Square. The room was too dark for decent iPhone photography (see the egregious example above, of Chris Keller from HubSpot and Matt Lauzon from Gemvara), but here's who was there...
founder Alex Grodd,
happy to have landed a second round of funding from the New Schools Venture Fund
... Sean Lindsay
from Viximo... Marginize
founder Ziad Sultan
, who is working on the start-up full-time, and has moved from being an analyst at Longworth Venture Partners to an entrepreneur-in-residence.... Healy Jones
from OfficeDrop (formerly Pixily), a former principal at Atlas Venture who helped William Sulinski
of AccelGolf raise angel funding
earlier this year (the mobile golf apps company has employees now in Massachusetts and Maine)... Anupendra Sharma
from Siemens Venture Capital... Jon Pierce
from Betahouse...and Rob Go
from Spark Capital.
from Youcastr told me that we both once worked for the same management consulting firm, Lochridge & Company (though not at the same time), and we both hail from Miami... Dave Balter
from BzzAgent was in the house, as was Flipkey founder TJ Mahony
, now majority owned by Expedia & reporting in to their TripAdvisor subsidiary... Chris Sheehan
of CommonAngels and Scott Friend
from Bain Capital Ventures... Northeastern student and BostInnovation
staffer Jennie White was scouting for stories, no doubt... but Google exec Rich Miner
told me that a rumor posted to the site earlier in the day, that Facebook has a small development team working in Cambridge, possibly in Google's offices, was not true — though Facebook setting up shop in town would certainly be a good thing.
The aforementioned Lauzon
said his custom jewelry start-up, Gemvara (formerly Paragon Lake) is close to closing a B round of funding, but that Deb Besemer
, who'd joined as CEO
last year, is no longer in that post; instead, she's serving as chairman and coaching Lauzon, who is once again running the company. Guess some hires don't work out.
apparently got a new nickname earlier this month on the trip down to South by Southwest, when friends were mocking him for being the only attendee at that conference to not own a smartphone. (He still uses a Motorola RAZR.) They set up a blog
and Twitter account
to harangue Keller, whom they've dubbed Razrdude.