The first New York Tech Meetup of the year was a classic example as to why the event is so well attended: no matter how bitterly cold it may be in NYC in January, tech lovers wait every month to snap up the highly-coveted tickets as they’re released, then make their way to NYU’s Skirball Center for the event. The night was a thorough cross-section of tech, highlighting companies tackling various industries. Many of the founders, consciously or not, were able to parlay their nerdy demeanors into moments of comic self-depreciation.
The night started on a deferential note when, moments into introducing herself and welcoming the audience, NYTM Executive Director Jessica Lawrence informed the room that one of the companies would not be presenting due to tragedy- developers James Golick and Danielle Bessler were killed in a taxi cab accident while vacationing in Mexico. Mr. Gollick and Ms. Bessler were to present Normal Ear. Their slot was left unfilled and a moment of silence was observed to honor them. In memory of James Golick, you can make a donation to The James Golick Grant for Women in Computology. It provides tuition for female students at Bitmakers Labs, a web development education startup.
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