Network Michigan Tonight, IT in the D Updates

Hey, so there’s a Network Michigan event taking place tonight in Okemos (Lansing-ish), our latest IT in the D broadcast is live for you to listen to with our next episode already set and good to go for this coming Monday night…

Network Michigan keeps rolling outside the metro Detroit area with their next casual networking event at Frank’s Press Box East in Okemos, MI.

Taking the principles and beliefs of the group to heart, there are those out there who want to replicate what’s been done for others in other areas.

Come on out and meet Shane and others tonight at 5pm for the Network Michigan October Casual Networking Social for Information Technology Professionals in Michigan.

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From the IT in the D perspective, our next episode is Monday night, episode 17.

Well she was just…seventeen…

And you know…what I mean…

ITinD_blueMapYep, that’s right, Episode 17.  We’re almost legal.

We’ve got some return trip guests this time around, with Erika and Michelle from Girl Develop It – Detroit coming in-studio along with Billy Strawter from Social Co-op.  Erika and Michelle have had a lot of stuff go on since we last spoke with them back in our second episode, so it’s time to play a little catch up.  And Billy’s always got great insights into the worlds of social media and online trends, which is why we keep roping him back in with us.

This past Monday’s episode was pretty solid, too.

IT in the D, Episode 16. Original air date 10/21/2013.

Our guests included Mark Larson, one of the owners of Falling Down Beer Company, Mark Shaftner, COO of Marketplace Homes, and Derek Strate, owner of Absotech LLC.

A great show, all around. Fantastic conversations, awesome topics, and a solid flow between all of the guests.

Full episode:

In our first segment, we handle introductions, and do our usual wander through some of the more interesting stories that have caught our eye. From Google+ using your face in ads to stores tracking your movements through your cell phone’s wifi card, our recent event at Blackfinn and Network Michigan’s event on Thursday night, helicopter drones that use your phone’s GPS to deliver books and food to you bringing us one step closer to Terminator’s Judgment Day and the latest fun with Experian having sold 500,000 full details to an identity theft website and oh so much more.

First segment:

In our second segment, we get right to the fun stuff. Mark Larson of Falling Down Beer Company. Those of you who have been around for a while will remember that we had our February casual networking social event there before they were even really open to the public. Well, they’ve been cranking on their remodeling work and we’re going back for our November event on the 21st. Mark also brought along some of the great beer that they’ve got on tap at Falling Down…but unfortunately we still haven’t managed to get those reuben eggrolls in-studio with us. Guess we’ll just have to stop by and grab some between now and the 21st.

Second segment:

In our third segment, we dive in to all of the cool things that Marketplace Homes is doing, and we’re not just talking about the “hey, we’ll lease your existing home” program that they have going on. Mark Shaftner, COO of Marketplace Homes is in-studio to tell us about some of the ways that Marketplace Homes is using technology to revolutionize the home shopping and home buying experience, and things they’re doing to make the process smoother, easier, and even cheaper.

Third segment:

In our fourth and final segment, we wrap things up with Derek Strate telling us about Absotech. Derek’s a long-time member of our networking group, and one of the folks who has moved on from working for others to starting his own company and now hiring others through our events. Truly a great success story, and Derek’s doing a lot of good things for his clients around the metro Detroit area.

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