Bobby Zappala

NEXT Up features one person’s plans for the coming week. Bobby Zappala is the co-founder and CEO of Thrill Mill, Inc., Pittsburgh’s newest startup accelerator. With more than a dozen startups under his roof, every week tends to be unpredictable. Here are his plans for the week of March 31st.

Tuesday: Heading to Uptown to meet with Dale McNutt to discuss the state of coworking/incubation in Pittsburgh; back to Thrill Mill for a night of Mentor Matching.
Wednesday: Co-hosting an event with AlphaLab Gear, Repair the World and Higher Achievement, to bring disadvantaged middle schoolers to our programs to meet the startups and learn about entrepreneurship.
Thursday: Babs Carryer comes to teach entrepreneurship to our startups. On Thursday night, I am getting together for drinks at The Livermore with John Stivoric of BodyMedia fame and one of our teams from our first class.
Friday: Joining CMU on a “startup tour” of the East Liberty area.
Sunday: Taking my mother out for a belated birthday celebration, probably for brunch at Square Cafe in Regent Square.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.