Featured on Feb 02, 2011
Adam P. Levin
"Work like you don't need the money."
I work on Meebo's business development team. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English. After college, I gave up books and essay writing to work crazy hours in investment banking at Goldman Sachs for two years. I left banking to get my MBA at Wharton and spent my summer internship during business school working at Silver Lake Partners’ credit hedge fund, where I first became interested in technology and media--and now I'm hooked. I love living uptown and working downtown, am just learning to be a blogger and often make myself laugh.
- Title: Manager, Business Development at Meebo, Inc.
- Age: 27
- Location: Union Square, Upper East Side
- Contact: @adamplevin
You almost made it to your first New York Tech Meetup this past month, but got stuck at the office working late. What kind of startups (any particular industry, technology, etc.) are you interested in learning more about and seeing demonstrated?
Since I spend my days working in a business-to-business defined role, I am always really interested in business-to-consumer startups especially those that alter the way people live their daily lives. One startup immediately comes to mind--Tripit, which was recently acquired; I really admire its social component and seamless user setup. I love learning and reading about companies, which change the way people interact, communicate and travel (since, I'm constantly flying to Mountain View, California to Meebo's headquarters).
When you get into the office in the morning, what are the first three things that you typically do?
When I arrive at the office in the morning, I basically do the same three things every day: first, I respond to emails from my teammates in California from the night before; second, I read over The New York Times and my favorite tech blogs; third, after getting great advice from a experienced salesman, I try to always get in a few cold calls to catch people when they are first settling into their day.
And tied for third over the last couple of weeks, I have been organizing a New York Business Development Meetup sponsored by Meebo on February 8th. We setup a stellar panel to help connect business development professionals in the New York tech community.
Meebo is a great company that has been around since 2005 and is now hiring a lot of positions. Personally, what is your favorite part about working there? What’s your pitch to others who are considering making a move and are considering Meebo?
What I love most about working at Meebo is the culture; it's not easy creating an environment filled with such creative, interesting people, who are really happy coming to work each day. Meebo's senior management has setup a flat structure where junior level employees can take ownership for their work and enjoy the responsibilities they are given. My big pitch to potential new Meebodies is to stress the importance of working at a company where management really believes in the Company's message and in the products themselves. And yes, we are definitely growing; check out the great new jobs on our job board. Contact me, if you have any questions.
Let’s pretend you had a random snow day tomorrow and didn’t have to work at all. What would you do with this free time?
One of my favorite things to do in New York is to go to the City's museums; when I was in high school, I interned at the Met. The idea of getting a free weekday morning to go to the Guggenheim or the Whitney without any crowds is pretty appealing. Afterwards, I'd meet friends for lunch and then maybe take a walk in the snow in Central Park.