Oct. 27, 2021 Tandem and Zettabytes.Today present “Don’t break your new things budget: How to push an iOS app with no experience.”

What’s spookier than not having access to reliable childcare? Tandem CoFounders McKenzie Kennelly and Natalie Aimling taught us how Tandem is helping to alleviate that concern with their product, an app that provides the ONLY free marketplace for reliable, vetted childcare.

Vinny and Connor, dressed as Shaggy and Fred from the mystery gang, gave us a humorous cocktail demo for a tasty “Finding Scooby Doo” cocktail. Recipe below!

Then it was time for the main event! Tandem CoFounder McKenzie Kennelly taught us how to create and host an iOS App. She told us their story of launching a MVP (minimum viable product) fast; Then they kept developing to get to where they needed to be.

She heavily recommends having a “new things budget”, where you can use what you know and put aside some funds for learning. They started their journey using Heroku, because that’s what they knew and could get off the ground fast. They advised a mindset of thinking through how you can get off the ground, the “what do you need to know vs what do you know already?”

After some Q&A (there were many questions, get em Rini!) and some spooky monster trivia with Dhruva, Natalie was able to speak to Tandem’s awesome culture! They shared that they believe that they are all active stewards of the environment. That they expect their team to treat each other with respect, vulnerability, and kindness. No matter how long someone has been at the company, all are expected to lead as much as they follow, to learn as much as they teach.

Sounds like an incredibly wonderful and collaborative place to work. 
Interested in learning more?
They are hiring! Visit https://www.join-tandem.com/ and reach out about their exciting opportunities!

Finding Scooby Doo

1 part call Bourbon, like Four Roses (for Mocktail, replace with Ginger Beer)
2.5 parts Good Apple Cider
.3 parts Demerara Syrup (sugar in the raw & water, heated until the sugar has dissolved)
Cinnamon Sugar
Cinnamon Stick, for garnish
Honeycrisp apple, for garnish
A Shaker
A Tall Glass
Line the rim of the tall glass with Cinnamon Sugar. Carefully add some ice. Set Aside. In your shaker, combine your apple cider, bourbon, and syrup with fresh ice. Shake between 20-30 times. Strain over tall glass. Garnish with apple slice, cinnamon stick, and enjoy. Continue reading “Oct. 27, 2021 Tandem and Zettabytes.Today present “Don’t break your new things budget: How to push an iOS app with no experience.””

November 11th – Great time at the Tech Life Takeover with Tech Life Columbus, Tech Elevator, and Zettabytes.Today!

 The Zettabytes.Today team had an absolute blast at the Tech Life Takeover event! 

Tech Life Takeover, hosted by 1487 Brewing and Tech Life Columbus, is a monthly event where the bulk of the proceeds go to a specific charitable organization. This month, we supported ACS PanOhioHope Ride and Union County Special Olympics! 

It was also incredible getting to see the huge turnout from the Tech community here in Columbus, as well as all Tech Elevator students who are gearing up for graduation! 

Bummed you missed out on the fun? Come check out our next event at Land Grant Brewing on December 1st for Vinny Rini Martini hour! Register for the event here: 

See you there! 

Which Martini will you choose? The Rini or the Vinny?

Zettabytes.Today‘s Co-Founder Rini Das and I became fast friends over a variety of topics, but one thing that always brings us together is the martini. Crisp, briny, and ever so boozy, the Martini never fails to satisfy. Moreover, you’ll often find Rini and myself at a Rini Vinny Martini happy hour, where we’ll enjoy martinis and chat about the goings on in the tech community here in Columbus. 

Historically speaking, the birthplace of the martini is unknown, although most stories include the Gold Rush in California and the town of Martinez. The original refined version of the cocktail emerged during Prohibition, which was a gin and vermouth based cocktail. Then, in the early 1950’s and 1960’s, vodka became increasingly popular, and with a little help from James Bond, the Vodka Martini, or kangaroo cocktail, was born. Interested in learning more about the origins of the Martini and its long history? Check out this USA Today article here.

Shocker and spoilers here: Rini and I find ourselves on the opposite ends of the Martini spectrum. While we’re not opposed to each other’s school of thought around the coveted cocktail, we’re strongly committed to our personal spins on each. 

The Rini Martini

Rini prefers a more classic take on the Martini, with good gin and vermouth being the stars of the show. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 

3 parts good Gin (Rini prefers Plymouth, Roku, or Hendrick’s)
1 part Extra Dry Vermouth
1 Lime Ribbon
1 Martini Glass
1 Drinker Shaker

Put your glass in the chiller. 
In a shaker, combine ice, gin, and vermouth. 
Stir for 20-30 seconds(about 20 times around the glass). 
Pour into cold Martini glass. 
Garnish with lime ribbon. 

The Vinny Martini

As is no surprise, I prefer a more modern take on the Martini, which is essentially an extra dry dirty martini.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

3 oz of good vodka, (I prefer Chopin or Ketel One for my Martini)
.75 oz of olive juice
3 Pimento Stuffed Olives, skewered
1 Martini Glass

Fill your Martini Glass with cold water and ice. Set aside. 

In a shaker, combine vodka, olive juice, and ice. 

Stir for 15-20 seconds. 

Discard the water and ice out of the martini glass. 
Pour the vodka mixture into the glass.  
Garnish with olive spear.   

No matter how you prefer your martini, you are always welcome at Vinny Rini Martini! 

Want in on the next one? Meet us at Land Grant on December 1st at 5:30pm to come enjoy one with us! 

You can register for the event and see the details here!

What’s your favorite spin on the martini? We want to know! 

Are you Team Rini (Gin) or Team Vinny(Vodka)? 

Let us know in the comments below! 

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“Vinny Rini Martini” Happy hour December 1st, at Land Grant

Our Zettabytes.today Martini Happy Hour was a smashing success! We had a nice turn out at Land Grant Brewery in the Franklinton District and got to mingle with a very interesting and diverse group – from tech professionals to tech students and everyone in-between!

While we’ve had several virtual events this year, this was our first live, in-person event since the Pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt.

After a few martinis and samplings of Land Grant’s best (the “Tinsel” Holiday brew was my favorite), we ventured across the way to Strongwater Food and Spirits for dinner.

We had a GREAT time! 
You will NOT want to miss our next event, featuring Jyllian Spikes of Black out and Proud and Scott Kirkendall, “Go Be You” coach.

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