Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PGH TweetUp at Finnigan's Wake: @NBA_ALZ and @SecretAgentL

PGHTweetUp (@PGHTweetup) organizes a monthly gathering of social media tweeps at local establishments. In February, Tweeters from around Pittsburgh met up at Finnigan's Wake to discuss all things a-Twitter in the city. After we took some time to meet everyone in the room, we discovered each person had something unique to contribute, both online and in person. There were marketers, artists, entrepreneurs, and all-around interesting people. We even got Artist/Songwriter Yung Alz (@NBA_ALZ) to perform for a group of us while accompanied by @SecretAgentL. Watch the video above!

TweetUps allow us to bring life into our twitter handles and get out from behind the computer. They are also a great way to meet new people and promote your work. You never know who might show up or what might go down, everyone is welcome!

The next Pittsburgh TweetUp is March 28th at Piper's Pub - 6:30pm-?

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Startup Success in Pittsburgh: AlphaLab and The Resumator

AlphaLab Information Session

On Thursday, March 1, 2012, I attended an information session to learn about AlphaLab, the Pittsburgh Startup Accelerator. AlphaLab accepts applications twice a year from technology startup companies looking to benefit from local mentorship and investment capital. The companies are given office space while they participate in an intensive 20-week program which includes meeting with advisors to develop their business models. The founders also receive $25,000 in seed-stage funding in exchange for 5% common stock in their company. At the end of the program, each company presents their work at the AlphaLab Demo Day to angel investors, VCs, and press outlets from around the nation. They are currently accepting applications for the Summer/Fall 2012 session until Monday, April 2, 2012. Apply here.

Don Charlton, the CEO of The Resumator, spoke on a panel of AlphaLab alumni at the information session. The Resumator's CEO is an award winning interactive designer, software developer, and public speaker. He created recruiting software inspired by social media and used AlphaLab as a launching platform for his startup back in January 2009. AlphaLab helped him gain clients, investors, and the confidence to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions of turning the notoriously boring Human Resources field into a social, inexpensive, and exciting space.

The Resumator provides Recruiting Software and an Applicant Tracking System now used by over 800 companies, including the recent buzzworthy internet startups: Pinterest, Klout, and Tumblr. The system helps companies save money on job advertisements and resume reviewing. Using social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, companies can quickly and easily promote job openings and collect searchable resumes all from one place. From there, employers can track and evaluate candidates in a collaborative environment. The experience promises to be an efficient and paper free alternative to tiresome email collecting, excel spreadsheet making, and paper shuffling recruitment practices. The Resumator "harnesses the power of the internet" to find the top talent online.

Today, the Resumator has 18 employees and recently moved to an 8,000 square-foot office space north of Pittsburgh. The company plans to continue to hire and double in size to over 30 employees throughout the next 18 months. Check out the Current Openings to apply for a position at a growing successful Pittsburgh startup company.

Photo courtesy of AlphaLab's twitter stream @alphalab