This year, four Capital Entrepreneurs members were named to theÂ InBusiness 40 Under 40 listÂ for 2014. The 40 Under 40 list honors emerging business stars under 40 years of age in the greater Madison area.
Brad Grzesiak, co-founder and CEO of Bendyworks.Â Grzesiak is also very involved in Madisonâ€™s tech scene as an early member of Capital Entrepreneurs and aÂ chair ofÂ Madisonium, a group working to raise Madisonâ€™s visibility as a tech/Internet hub. Recently, Grzesiak was named to the city of Madisonâ€™s Digital Technology Committee.
Max Lynch, founder and CTO of Drifty Co. Â Lynch looks to reinvest in young tech entrepreneurs to â€œbuild software companies focused on profitability and sustainability.â€Â He aims to have Drifty Co. â€œimpact the worldâ€ and â€œput Madison on the map for Internet companies like Mailchimp and 37signals.”
Daniel Neely, founder and CEO of Networked Insights. Â Neely became CEO of Networked Insights at the age of 29 and has since grown the company to over 150 employees. He has also earned a board position with UW Business Schoolâ€™s Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship program.
Ben Raboine, CTO of Optimal Media Group.Â Raboine founded his first company at the age of 21 and is currently an equal partner in six LLC enterprises: Raboine Web Matrix, Optimal Media Group, Custom Offsets, Vistrata Health, Mysteria Games, and SeeMeNow. Raboine hopes to one day become an angel investor to help more fellow Madison and Wisconsin entrepreneurs.
Brad Grzesiak, co-founder and CEO of Bendyworks, was featured in an article in the Wisconsin State Journal last Sunday. Grzesiak, who originally worked designing products to be launched into space, is now working toÂ create software programs designed to meet companies specific needs through Bendyworks, which he co-founded in 2009.
Grzesiak is also very involved in Madisonâ€™s tech scene as an early member of Capital Entrepreneurs and aÂ chair ofÂ Madisonium, a group working to raise Madisonâ€™s visibility as a tech/Internet hub. And recently, Grzesiak was named to the city of Madisonâ€™s Digital Technology Committee. Full story, including a Q&A segment with GrzesiakÂ here.
On Friday, October 25 join developers from Hardin Design & Development and Bendyworks in a civic hackathon to work on projects that make Madison a better place to live. Developers, graphic artists, and tinker’ers are free to team up with anyone present, or work on projects before the event. The Mayor is also willing to meet with any groups after the event, and set up meetings with necessary staff members. It’s free and will be held on the 3rd floor of Central Library from 9 am to 5 pm.
On Saturday, October 26 the third annual CityCamp will bring together local government officials, municipal employees, programmers, designers, citizens, and journalists to share perspectives and insights about the cities in which they live.The focus of the 2013 Camp is rough consensus and running code, with a priority on deploying working systems.
The day will be broken up into two parts. In the morning we will have a series of sessions by members of the Madison community discussing project and initiatives they are involved with that are contributing to the Madison ecosystem. The camp begins with coffee at 9am and the first session starting at 9:30am and will take place at the Central Library. Register (free) here.
The coworking movement in Madison is alive and well, and has seen much activity recently. The Isthmus covered much of what is going on in a recent article on how new coworking space bolsters Madison’s tech scene.
Much of this momentum started with the Horizon Coworking pilot (hosted by Murfie), which began less than 2 years ago. A handful of other coworking spaces have emerged, and there are even bolder plans in the works. Also featured were coworking spaces hosted by Bendyworks and Sector67. Each coworking space offers a different environment and vibe, but ultimately facilitates interaction and community building among its members. Checkout the full article here.
Bendyworks was featured this week in the Isthmus. Bendyworks is a software and web development firm specializing in Ruby on Rails. The article touches on the roots of Bendyworks, where they are today, as well as their visions for information technology companies being the stars of downtown Madison’s 21st-century economy.
“The tech community in Madison is exploding, so is Madison’s entrepreneurial community.” – Stephen Anderson
Check out the full article for their thoughts on creating a “web district” on the isthmus, how they entertain their competitors, and much more.
The Madison Economic Development Committee got a glimpse into the burgeoning Madison startup scene and heard the “State of the Startup” last night. The Madison EDC meeting was devoted entirely to a discussion on “Building Madison’s Tech Startup Community” and featured a panel of Capital Entrepreneurs members Chris Meyer (Sector67), Brad Grzesiak (Bendyworks), Preston Austin (Murfie), Forrest Woolworth (PerBlue), and Bryan Chan (SupraNet).
The panel highlighted many of the great things already happening in the Madison startup community, and outlined roles the city could play to make it even better. Read more about the meeting here.
On Thursday, December 8th, Accelerate Madison is hosting a panel discussion featuring Capital Entrepreneur members, Brad Grzesiak of Bendyworks and Scott Resnick of Hardin Design & Development. Brad and Scott, along with Bob Vanden Burgt of Yahara Software will be discussing local resources for independent software design and development. Theyâ€™ll talk about industry trends and cover a few case studies from their most important clients.
Other topics for the panel:
- Trends in mobile apps
- Going to the cloud
- Taking ideas from concepts to implementation
Registration is free for Accelerate Madison members, and $40 for non-members/guests. Deadline for registration is today, so be sure to reserve your spot before 5PM. If you canâ€™t make this monthâ€™s event, tune into the program via webcast here.
For more information and to register, go here.
Bradley Grzesiak from Bendyworks is the newest member of Capital Entrepreneurs.Â Bendyworks is a software firm focusing on mobile and web application development. They deliver value constantly with a unique process that allows our clients to manage and direct their project at all times.
It’s always fun when more people decide to join, so if you’re an entrepreneur, shoot us an email, we’d love to meet you.