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The Canton-based software development firm has been occasionally having other tech companies in for lunch to see what they’re working on and trading advice. A recent session featured Wham City Lights. SmartLogic is now formalizing the meetings as a series called Lunch and Learn.
Lunch is on SmartLogic. There’s no set agenda, but companies who sign up should be ready to provide an idea of what they want to get out of the session. That way, SmartLogic can make people from their team available to participate.
In a noontime chat of our own, SmartLogic CEO Yair Flicker and the company’s recently-hired Director of Marketing & Community Engagement LeAnne Matlach said the midday hour is the perfect time to dive into how to manage software development projects. It’s a time where talking in-depth about Trello, Pivotal Tracker and GitHub isn’t getting too deep, and SmartLogic will be ready with code samples and more.
“We love talking about process,” Flicker said.
That talk isn’t coming from someone new to web development, or to Baltimore’s tech community. SmartLogic has been bootstrapping since 2006, putting them in the unique place of starting before the more recent resurgence of Baltimore startups. They did $1.55 million in revenue in 2013. But they’re still looking to learn.
Flicker recently returned from CES, and wants to learn more about wearables. The firm is also looking to build community in Baltimore. Flicker has said Matlach’s hiring and the position she holds is just as much about SmartLogic as it is about the community, and the Lunch and Learn sessions are a prime example of a place where those two interests meet.
With the lunch sessions, Flicker hopes the company can offer advice, and also find out what technology is developing in the community. If it helps drum up some new business, that’s OK, too.
“Most of our leads come from referrals,” Flicker said. “The bigger the network, the more business we get.”