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We’re absolutely elated to welcome Alexandria Pugia to the Upstream team! Alexandria is a talented full-stack developer who will work closely with Michael, Zhanna, & Kazi. Alexandria is warm, generous, funny, and kind. She loves coffee, her cat Theodore, and playing piano. Not only a rockstar developer, Alexandria is also a poignant and prolific writer about her experience as a software engineer.

Alexandria joins us from Acoer where she was a software developer working on COVID-19 solutions for companies like Delta Airlines. Alexandria is energized by helping others succeed and is recharged by classical music and warm baths. …


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I hope you all stayed safe this past week. We are living in some wild times. Grateful for this community and how you are all supporting each other. Personally, I know I could use the human connection more than ever. Hope to see you at an event this week!

We’d love your input on future Upstream events. Who is someone you’d love to hear as a guest speaker? Is there a topic you want discussed? Send us recommendations!

On a celebratory note, today we welcome employee #6, Alexandria Pugia, to Upstream! Alexandria is joining Michael & Zhanna on the dev team and we couldn’t be more excited. We’d love it if you gave her a warm welcome! …


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Welcome back! Excited to kick off the new year with this line-up of rockstar speakers.

Know someone who would be a great speaker or have a topic you want to be discussed? We’d be delighted to get your recommendations!

Is meeting great people one of your 2021 goals? Give us a shout!

For example, community member Danielle Mantich wants to hit 100 events by June 2021; Another community member, Jack Policar, wants to launch the highest quality professional community around sustainability with Upstream, while making new connections for Phood. Have a goal? …


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One last sprint before the holiday slow-down. Hoping everyone will have a real chance to disconnect and rest up.

What You Can’t Miss This Week:

  1. TONIGHT at 8pm ET: Tech Talk with Spencer Lazar (CEO & Cofounder at Apply) about when it does and doesn’t make sense to raise capital from VCs (RSVP here).
  2. Tuesday at 12pm ET: “Everything You Need To Know About…” with Mike Dudas (Founder of The Block) about Crypto (RSVP here).
  3. Tuesday at 8pm ET: Investor Series with Charlie Hanna from Marcy Venture Partners — aka Jay Z’s fund, about moving from the talent/record industry to VC (RSVP here). …

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11 months down, 1 to go. Happy December!

We have three updates for you:

  1. Holiday Mixer: If you didn’t see last week, we released a new event format called the Holiday Mixer. Companies and communities are using it to replace their cancelled holiday parties this year.

2. PetCon — We partnered with PetCon this year to power their virtual Meet & Greets. It was an amazing success (see these adorable photos here, here, and here!) …


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If there has been one unexpected benefit of working from home, it has to be the quality time with our beloved pets (and those of our colleagues and classmates!). Have you really been working from home if you haven’t heard at least one dog bark or had a cat waltz through a Zoom room?

This Saturday, our four-legged friends take center stage with PetCon Digital 2020. PetCon Digital is an action-packed event of insightful panels, fun activations and can’t miss meet + greets with your favorite celebrity pets. …


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“Dangerously festive” has a new meaning this year. In March, we never thought to look out to December for canceling events, but here we are…

A few weeks ago, we realized that all companies and groups will need to rethink their holiday parties this year. These crowded (and definitely not COVID-proof!) annual bashes will be tabled for next year. At Upstream, we believe that we can still celebrate… it just needs to look a bit different.

Introducing the Upstream Virtual Holiday Mixer.

Between the two options of either 1) cancelling your holiday party entirely, and 2) wrangling your team into an exhausting hour-long Zoom with cumbersome breakouts, we present a third option. …


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Hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving!

…And somehow, it’s December tomorrow! We aren’t slowing down into the holiday season. Very excited to share we are releasing a new event format on Wednesday, perfect for all your (virtual) holiday party needs. Look out for a blog post outlining what’s new and a link to sign up your company.

New Series Alert: As you know, the Upstream network is filled with experts, so we are tapping into our collective knowledge with a new event series called “Everything You Need To Know About…”

We’ve scheduled the first three:

(1) Getting Your Company Legally Up and Running with Zach Levin on Dec 1st at 12pm…


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Hey everyone -

Happy holidays! This is a shorter events week with Thanksgiving on Thursday.

One quick announcement: I want to welcome Sarah Wood, our newest employee at Upstream. She will be Head of Growth and Community and today is her first day. Say hi to her on Twitter — @sarah___wood and read the blog post (here).

A quick request: to ensure that you receive these event emails, please add alex@upstreamapp.com, hi@upstreamapp.com, and events@upstreamapp.com to your Contacts list. If this email landed in your Gmail Promotions tab, drag it to the Primary tab (on mobile, select Change Label via the three dots on the top right). …


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We are excited to welcome Sarah Wood to the Upstream team!

She will be the Head of Growth & Community, leading up all things community at Upstream.

Sarah is joining us from Goldman Sachs, where she worked in Firmwide Strategy (looking at how GS should build, buy, invest & partner), on the trading floor (on a multi-asset sales team), and as a Launch With GS Ambassador ($500mm investment strategy rooted in diversity as a business imperative). …

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