#devTO 20: What does it take to find a co-founder And RIM BB10 Development

Wow! What a year! 2012′s in the bag as we’ve wrapped up another #devTO gift for all of you! For those who waited for us to come back in December… sorry, we were too busy doing this, this, and this. For those who came out in the yule tide fashion to the Ye Old Tech Social, The Startup Kids Screening, and hohoto party, with us: thanks for coming out! With 2012 out of the way, #devTO is entering 2013 in a big way!


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If you missed last month’s speakers check them out here. We have Naveenan Murugesu from RIM to speak on BlackBerry 10 development platforms and Eli Aleyner, from Xtreme Labs, speaking on What does it take to find a co-founder. Don’t miss it!  The full details are below! More tickets will be opened at 8pm on January 7th.
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Garett Beukeboom – BlackBerry 10 development platforms

GarettBlackBerry is an open platform that provides a variety of development languages and runtimes designed to fit your skills. Your choice of development language will be based on a combination of familiarity, pre-existing codebase, and the target devices you’re looking to serve.Each application approach (Android™, Adobe® AIR®, HTML5/WebWorks, Native C/C++) is tailored for the developer communities supporting these environments. Whether you are looking to create a tailored BlackBerry experience using Native/WebWorks/Java or wanting to take your application code base cross platform with HTML5/Android/Adobe AIR, there’s a solution for you.

Garett is an Application Development Consultant with the Developer Relations team at RIM with focus on monetization technologies and push. As a member of the Developer Relations Team, Garett manages provides support to the developer community as well as partner developers. Garett’s development background consists of a degree in Computer Science and almost 5 years working with BlackBerry development and developers at RIM.

Eli Aleyner and Mani Fazeli – What does it take to find a co-founder?

Eli Aleyner strongly believe that finding the right co-founder for a venture is one of the most important tasks for any entrepreneur. As an MD for FounderDating in Toronto, Eli has observed how enterprenuers go about recruiting their co-founders. In this short session, Eli wi’ll share some of the patterns that work and also some of the things to avoid when looking for co-founders and launching a new venture.

Eli is one of the Managing Directors for FounderDating in Toronto. Founder Dating is a premier North American network for entrepreneurs to meet co-founders. In this role Eli interacts with hundreds of entrepreneurs and has been able to observe the creation of founding teams in dozens of new ventures.

Eli is also a senior product manager at XtremeLabs where he works with some of the worlds largest brands on their mobile strategy and products. Previously, he held engineering and product positions at Amazon and Microsoft. In his free time (a rarity), he enjoys running, traveling, sailing and skiing.

Mani has co-founded three companies and fostered their growth from inception to steady execution in a variety of industries. He typically holds a technical role while helping address operations, branding, and fund raising needs. Mani graduated from the University of Toronto (M.Sc. Medical Biophysics) and the University of Waterloo (B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering).


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