The Friday Nooner makes its return after a summer-long hiatus! Besides the cooler N.C. weather—at least as of the last few days—there have been some upgrades since you saw us last. Namely, a cool new intro and the fact that the show can now be streamed on LinkedIn as well as Facebook and YouTube.
In this week’s episode, Joe and Pete comment on everything from the ArchiveSocial-Monsido merger to Epic Games versus Apple and Google to how Covid will change flexibility in an in-person office. Keith Washo, the co-founder of Startup Summit—and former soccer captain at SUNY Oswego—joins the pair towards the end. See more below and in the episode itself on the Startup Summit half-day conference that’s now less than three weeks away (Sept. 22).
Here are some highlights from the episode:
- After showcasing the iconic Bronto dinosaur sign visible behind Pete’s head, Joe and Pete start off by discussing the sometimes depressing reality of Covid, and how the pandemic has changed the desire for flexibility of work and office space. Joe said there is value in having a sense of place from in-office work, but that the physical office itself might transform into something more social. (8:00)
- ArchiveSocial recently announced a merger with Monsido, which is based in Denmark. This comes after receiving an investment from the private equity firm Level Equity two years ago. ArchiveSocial is using that money to grow organically, but also to acquire others companies to put it under their brand (like NextRequest). Pete mentioned the Monsido merger will allow them to be more full-service, as Monsido is a broader web governance service while ArchiveSocial has focused on social media. Joe also recently met the ArchiveSocial CEO, Ray Carey, who swam at the Olympics. (12:30)
- While absorbing some digs about his native upstate New York, Keith shared critical info on the Startup Summit, which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 2-6 p.m. at The Frontier in RTP. (You can register here.) The half-day conference will include two keynote speakers and several panelists. They’ve got giveaways and a Happy Hour (with free beer!), along with coffee and snacks. (around 24:00 and beyond)
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