Intuition, Character and Innovation in Teams, Business and the Digital Economy: Fred Meyers:: What makes a great team? Queensboro.com, a custom logo apparel and promotional products company based in Wilmington, NC, has spent 35 years answering that question – using the work of Peter Drucker, Warren Buffet, Daniel Kahneman, Amos Druhigg, and Sam Walker. Hear what they’ve learned about successful teamwork for their 150 employees.
Data and the Mobile Ecosystem: What’s Next?: Paul Palmieri :: Paul is an entrepreneur and early stage investor. He will be joined by Connect Board President Tom Looney in a fireside chat, covering subjects like Paul’s current investment thesis, as well as his leadership role in helping the Baltimore region update its economic identity from traditional manufacturing to innovation-led traded services and advanced manufacturing.
Fred Meyers is President of Queensboro Shirt Company. He grew up in Connecticut and went to school in New York City. While an undergraduate in the late 1970s, the Lacoste alligator shirt experienced sudden and wild popularity, and Fred had an idea. He thought, wouldn’t it be great if you could get that same great quality shirt with anything you wanted on it? In 1982, Fred ran his first mail-order ad in the back of The New Yorker magazine and invented the custom logo apparel business in the process. He’s been working diligently in it ever since.
Paul Palmieri, Managing Partner of Grit Capital, plays a dual role of investor and advisor to seed- and venture-stage companies. He’s also serves as both the Managing Partner of Grit Capital, a NY and Maryland based seed-stage fund, and as Venture Partner at BlueRun Ventures in Menlo Park, California. BlueRun Ventures is a leading venture investment firm in software and hardware in Silicon Valley. Mr. Palmieri focuses on data and AI based businesses in the areas of consumer software, marketing technology, media, and commerce. Some of his current investments include Pulse8, iFundWomen, Niche.com, Fresco News, Scorestream, Moonlighting. He serves as a board member at Link Labs and Niche.com.
Mr. Palmieri is a successful entrepreneur in the internet space – most notably in the mobile ecosystem. He was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Millennial Media (NYSE:MM) from 2006 to 2014, a market leading advertising technology company. He led the company from concept to several hundred million USD in revenue, operations on three continents, a successful IPO, and through operation and growth as a public company. Prior to Millennial Media, he held management positions at Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Advertising.com (AOL), and Tessco Technologies (NASDAQ: TESS). He has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg Television, as an expert in user data, and the secular trend of mobile computing. Mr. Palmieri is a frequent speaker on marketing technology, digital media and entrepreneurship. He is a past winner and current national judge for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. Mr. Palmieri is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where he serves as a Trustee. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and 2 children.