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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: Flaviu Simihaian, Ignite Charlotte 2

Flaviu Simihaian talked at Ignite Charlotte 2 about “Productivity Today” where he highlighted certain activities we engage in each day and how we could make ourselves more productive. For example, never using a to-do list, or keeping nothing in your inbox, and scheduling free time on your calendar, along with your usual appointments.

How has Flaviu been productive since his talk? He has been focusing his time on his startup,, which is an online platform where, as he puts it, “makes online surveys suck less.”

He thought Ignite Charlotte helped him become a better speaker, and he met some awesome people there. He also said that he still works with a couple of folks he met there from time to time.

Take a look at when you get a chance, and be sure to let Flaviu know if he’s making online surveys not only suck less, but more productive.

Thanks for enlightening us on productivity Flaviu!