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Where Are They Now: Jim Van Fleet, Ignite Charlotte 1 & 2

Jim Van Fleet has been a first for Ignite Charlotte: he is one of the only ones who has spoken at more than one Ignite Charlotte series! His first talk was about “Startup Culture in Charlotte“, and his second lap involved the talk, “What is the Cloud“.

After his second Ignite Charlotte talk, Jim jumped onboard with OtherScreen, a mobile startup in Charlotte, and a company that won an NC IDEA grant. He is part of the operating team as its chief technology officer.

Also, he has started a newsletter, one that he said has doubled in size in only six months. Feel free to sign up for his newsletter here.

Ignite Charlotte has helped him branch out of his network of developers and programmers. He also has had the opportunity to represent his tech community around Charlotte, including the Charlotte Chamber.

And, get this – at Ignite Charlotte 1 he met fellow speaker Andrew Gertig, who spoke about mobile phones and technology. Now they are co-workers at OtherScreen. Cool stuff.

Thanks Jim for not only standing in front of your peers once, but twice! Good luck on your ventures!

Where Are They Now: Bermon Painter, Ignite Charlotte 1

Bermon Painter was one of the inaugural speakers at Ignite Charlotte 1 with his talk “Jack of all Trades, Master of Many” on which he shed light on the entire couplet:

Jack of all Trades,
Master of None,
Though oftimes better,
Than a Master of One.

And since giving that 5-minute talk, he is certainly practicing what he was preaching. Since then, he has started the Charlotte User Experience group (CLT UX), Charlotte Front-End Developers, and Charlotte Grok. He has also been influential in organizing a couple of Charlotte BarCamps. Since being in the startup environment, he has a couple of startup ideas in the works, while helping other startups in Charlotte get their legs under them.

Bermon thought Ignite Charlotte gave him a nice push to help make the Charlotte tech community a little bit better and he met a large number of passionate people in the community.

Be sure to check out Bermon’s website to see what he’s up to next. Thanks for growing to be a keystone in our tech community Bermon!