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Tech & Toast: Succeeding at Failing – January 17

Join us for the upcoming Tech & Toast where Jane Machin will discuss, Kakorrhaphiophobia – the fear of failure. Over the course of our lifetime, we learn that there is a correct and an incorrect answer. We penalize mistakes and the social pressure for success increases as we get older, making the cost of failure increasingly expensive too. We stop suggesting new ideas and stay inside our comfort zones. Unfortunately, this fear of failure hinders creative problem-solving. Companies are increasingly recognizing the value of failure as the key to ultimate success. In this session, you will learn concrete steps on how to fail better and get more comfortable taking risks. 

Our Presenter

Jane Machin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Radford University. She earned her Ph.D. in Marketing at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Jane is an energetic educator with experience teaching advertising, marketing communications, creativity and innovation. Her research, which examines the intersection of decision making, stigma and consumer wellbeing, has been presented at top conferences in the field, such as the Association of Consumer Research and Marketing and Public Policy Conference, and published in top journals, such as the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Appetite and Marketing Education Review. Jane is the recipient of numerous awards for both her research and teaching, including the Thomas C. Kinnear Best Paper Award, the Cengage Pride/Ferrell Innovations in Teaching Competition and The College of Business and Economics Outstanding Faculty Award. Prior to becoming an academic Jane worked in international brand management with Unilever PLC.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time: 7:15 – 9:00am

Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech – Latham Ballroom | 901 Prices Fork Road Blacksburg, VA 24060

Fee: $25.00 Member before 1/12/2019 | $35.00 between 1/13 – 1/16

$50.00 Future Member before 1/12/2019 | $60.00 between 1/13 – 1/16

$10.00 Student

Thank you to our 2019 series sponsor

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Tech & Toast: Cryptocurrency Trends for 2018 – April 19

Join us on April 19th for breakfast and a talk on Cryptocurrency presented by Stan Larimer! Enjoy networking and a meal while learning more about trends in Cryptocurrency for 2018.

On Christmas Eve 2017, Stan Larimer appeared on Coast to Coast AM live for four hours talking about the major trends in cryptocurrencies for the coming year.  Here are a few of them he will talk about at Tech & Toast:

  • TREND 1: The Flight to Safety from Dollar Abuse
  • TREND 2: The Flight to Safety from Crypto Abuse
  • TREND 3: The Dark Side of Trading Freedom for Safety
  • TREND 4: The Great Bitcoin Train Wreck of 2018
  • TREND 5:  Real Time Institutional Grade Blockchains
  • TREND 6:  Easy Adoption and Good Customer Support
  • TREND 7:  Regulation is Dead, Long Live Regulation!

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time: 7:15- 9:00am

Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech – Latham Ballroom | 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Fee: $25.00 Member before 4/14/2018 | $35.00 between 4/15 – 4/18

$50.00 Future Member before 4/14/2018 | $60.00 between 4/15 – 4/18

$10.00 Student

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RAMP Wrap Party – January 4

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the conclusion of our first cohort with a RAMP Wrap Party! Drop by to congratulate the cohort and stick around to network with the companies. Help us wrap up our time with the first RAMP cohort in the New Year!

Date: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Gill Memorial Building | 709 S. Jefferson St in Downtown Roanoke

Additional Info: Free street parking is available after 5pm on Jefferson Street, Day Avenue, Bullitt Avenue, and First Street. Paid parking is also available in any of the various lots on Jefferson.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 2

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TechNite 2017: Registration and Nominations

TechNite is an annual celebration of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region’s growing technology community and is one of the largest networking events of the year with hundreds of influential leaders in business and innovation. Join us as we honor the amazing achievements in technology-focused entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership from across the region!

TechNite 2017 will be held Friday, April 21 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (with after party at The Center in the Square – Science Museum of Western Virginia). This is the biggest technology event of the region and we are excited to have you be a part. Stay tuned and watch for more details in the coming weeks.

Registration Now Open (Early-bird Discounts End March 31 Friday, April 7!)

Registration for TechNite 2017 is open! Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts for both members and non-members (early-bird prices have been extended to Friday, April 7!). Individual and Table registrations are available – get all pricing and details by following the link below:

Register

 

Award Nominations

The evening is highlighted with an awards ceremony, where leaders will be recognized in six categories: Rising Star, Regional Leadership, STEM-H Educator, Entrepreneur, Innovator and People’s Choice. Now is the time to make your nominations (nominations close at 5pm Tuesday, March 28 – see below)! Please note: to nominate in separate categories you will need to refresh the page each time.

Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a local technology company whose “star is rising.” It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

Regional Leadership Award
This award recognizes one of our own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the Roanoke – Blacksburg community in which we live.

STEM-H Educator Award
This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the Roanoke – Blacksburg region that promotes math, science, and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders.

Entrepreneur Award
Entrepreneurs are a different breed. Sometimes it takes nerves of steel to blaze a new path. This award recognizes someone in our community who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

Innovator Award
This award recognizes Innovation in developing or Innovation in applying technology by an individual, a group of individuals, company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective field. By definition, they are doing something new or different, and they are doing it well. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both.

People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award gives the TechNite audience the opportunity to learn more about up and coming companies in the Roanoke – Blacksburg region and vote for their favorite. The highest votes receives the People’s Choice Award.

 


As of March 28 (5pm) Nominations are Now Closed.

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eXperience 2016: Connecting and Empowering Young Professionals – April 7 – 8

The RBTC is proud to once again sponsor eXperience – a dynamic event for young professionals in the Roanoke-Blacksburg, Virginia area. Focused on connecting and empowering young professionals, eXperience 2016 is a unique annual event that showcases the quality of life in the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia as well as highlight the opportunities available to individuals who seek them. Through exciting, robust programming and networking opportunities eXperience is perfect for building relationships with other young professionals, business leaders and the community and to make the most out of our growing region.

Kicking off with an evening reception in Blacksburg on Thursday, April 7  – network with the area’s top level executives and entrepreneurs. You will have the chance to meet and build relationships that could lead to wonderful opportunities for you and the region as a whole.

Then, on Friday, April 8, we’ll get together in Roanoke for workshops and panel discussions held by local entrepreneurs and community leaders from business, government and non-profits. The event will also showcase the quality of life of the Roanoke & New River Valleys to young professionals who may relocate here or those who already live here but are unaware of the many amenities.


To Learn More About eXperience 2016 – Visit: www.experienceyp.com

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Save the Date: TechNite 2016

TechNite is an annual celebration of the Roanoke – Blacksburg region’s technology community – and it’s right around the corner! It’s an opportunity to network with more than 600 leaders in business and innovation. The evening is highlighted with an awards ceremony, where leaders will be recognized in six categories: Rising Star, Entrepreneur, Regional Leadership, Innovation, Educator and People’s Choice. 

TechnNite 2016 will take place Friday, April 22 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Stay tuned for information on registering early and nominating your choices for this year’s awards.

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