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The Techli Writing Team:
Edward is the founder and CEO of Techli.com. He is a writer, U.S. Army veteran, serial entrepreneur and chronic early adopter. Having worked for startups in Silicon Valley and Chicago, he founded, grew and successfully exited his own previous startup and loves telling the tales of innovators everywhere.
Caryn is a writer with a passion for all things media. She has her masters in mass communication from SIUE and has been in corporate marketing for 6+ years, working on campaigns for all kinds of products. When she’s not writing, you can find her hitting the trail as an avid runner and general sports enthusiast.
Jesse Bouman is a stubborn entrepreneur and currently the Director of Content Strategy at Xivic Inc. Previously he founded the digital marketing agency Demeter Interactive, which was acquired by Xivic. He’s a self-described budding philanthropist, social media nerd, and technology geek. When not at his desk blogging or tweeting, he can be found at the beach, in a coffee shop, exploring LA’s hidden treasures, or playing a game of dodgeball.
Melissa Brito has a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has spent most of her career in the public sector, specializing in educational technology, communications and public information. Currently the community relations coordinator for a municipality in the northwest Chicago suburbs, Melissa lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters.
Steven G. Bustin is an internet entrepreneur and pioneer, founding two successful internet advertising and marketing startups in the mid 90’s. He has been an innovator and senior executive with each wave of emerging media including; banners, out-of-home display, satellite broadband, Search, and social media. A writer, blogger and book author, he is currently consulting to both startups and Fortune 500 companies. Steven lives in Marin County, California. He can be contacted at BustinMedia
Nicole is the Program Coordinator for the KEEN grant at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. She oversees numerous programs and projects that encourages students to cultivate the entrepreneurial and innovative mindset. She has a background in public relations, writing and marketing and has volunteered her professional skills for the Lupus Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter for many years.
Mark I. Sutherland is an award-winning communicator and published author. Originally from the United Kingdom, he lives and works in the St. Louis area as the Chief Communications Officer of Elasticity and the President of Dunrobin Publishing. He has four published books and writes for the UK Weekly Telegraph and other publications. He also wears his kilt as often as possible and enjoys haggis and Scotch. He is married with four children.
Ashley is a digital marketing strategist who has led marketing, community, and social media positions at Bertelsmann, NCM Media Networks, and various startups in San Francisco and New York. Fascinated by the trends and data in the social media world, she stays on the cutting edge of tech startups, social media emerging trends, and new ways to innovate brand and consumer interactions. A former New Yorker, Ashley now calls San Francisco home. When not blogging or tweeting or Instagramming, Ashley can be found exploring, whether in the city by the bay or adding stamps to her passport.
Michelle stumbled upon the crazy world of entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois, where she worked for the Technology Entrepreneur Center. After hanging out with some U of I alums in San Francisco, she finally understood what this “Silicon Valley” talk was all about. Just like that, Michelle was smitten with the startup world. She spent some time this summer in Chicagoland exploring the depths of the buzzing startup scene before doing a boot-scootin’ boogie down to Texas. Stay tuned on her new adventures in Houston, as she dives into entrepreneurship in America’s next biggest city.
Annie Zaleski is part of the communications team at the Cleveland-based nonprofit venture development organization JumpStart Inc., which provides intensive business assistance and sometimes direct investment to high potential, seed-stage tech businesses to accelerate their growth. At JumpStart, she applies her decade-plus of professional writing and editing experience to thought leadership, blogging, press outreach, social media, client company support and other strategic initiatives. A graduate of Harvard University, she is especially passionate about blogging, social media, content management, branding and rock & roll.
Brianna Smith is a digital marketing specialist, Twitter addict, and social media blogger currently residing in St. Louis, Missouri. She has her Bachelors in Marketing and Management for Tulane University, and has 3+ years of experience in marketing and brand strategy. She can be contacted at BeingYourBrand or on Twitter.
Danyelle came from a land of cornfields and cattle to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she studied advertising and then worked for the Technology Entrepreneur Center. What Danyelle loves most about TEC is meeting inspiring students who are inventing new technologies and working to change the world. Her shining moment with TEC came in Jan. 2013 when she had the opportunity to meet Jeremy Stoppelman’s (co-founder of Yelp, Inc.) dog, Darwin -oh, and Jeremy too.
Fun fact: Danyelle threw discus and javelin for Illinois Track and Field. She still carries her javelin in her car and swears it makes for a great party trick.
Sonali Basak fell in love with the start-up world during her short time in Chicago. She believes small businesses and start-ups are the heart of the American economy. She is a broadcast and business reporter at Medill News Service, pursuing her masters at Northwestern University. She got her Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University in English and Econ. She loves food and sports, and when she’s not writing, she’s running. Find some of her writing here: BasakWrites and fun stuff here: Sonali Basak
Mike is a digital marketing manager at St. Louis based Connectria Hosting. He looks to spread Connectria’s internal knowledge and expertise to better the tech community in St. Louis and beyond. Mike graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia with a Marketing degree.