About Us

At the outset of the pandemic, getgeeked Media Founder, Barry Myers, reached out to Alfred Poor, a distinguished freelance technology journalist, to discuss the current state of virtual events. 

Barry had been creating events where technology brands could engage all the audiences that are critical to their success – press, influencers, and enthusiasts – for over 15 years. 

Alfred, meanwhile, had been attending technology events for even longer and brought to the conversation an important perspective about the objectives of attendees at these types of events. 

They quickly realized that linear, programming-centric virtual events — ones that require attendees to log in at a specific time to attend a presentation — were a poor replacement for the interactions that brands and journalists rely on from live events.

With their complementary professional experience guiding them, they designed Techfluence to replicate the non-linear, “high-touch,” person-to-person interactions of a live event.

Barry Myers

getgeeked Media Founder Barry Myers has been helping consumer tech brands engage all the audiences that are critical to their success for over 15 years.

In 2002, after five years working as a regulatory attorney in the technology sector, Barry was invited to design the first-ever consumer-facing conference program for Comdex, one of the world’s biggest technology events.

At Comdex, Barry was recruited by a team of experiential marketing professionals to help create DigitalLife, the first major technology expo to incorporate influencers and enthusiasts as attendees. 

Prior to its launch in 2004, DigitalLife was acquired by Ziff Davis Media where Barry served as the Event Director until 2008.

During his time as Event Director, DigitalLife grew from 116 exhibitors and just under 20,000 attendees in 2004 to over 250 exhibitors and over 60,000 attendees in 2008, its final year. 

Following the cancellation of DigitalLife, Barry joined gdgt.com, a startup social network for tech enthusiasts founded by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block, the former co-founders of Engadget. At gdgt.com, Barry created gdgt Live, a product showcase roadshow where brands could connect with tech enthusiasts that drove awareness and membership for the social network leading to its acquisition by AOL in 2012. 

At AOL, Barry was in charge of the Engadget-branded event program, overseeing the transition of gdgt Live to Engadget Live and running the multi-day Engadget Expand event.

Barry left AOL in 2014 to found getgeeked Media with a mission to reinvent the traditional tech industry media event by incorporating influencers and enthusiasts into the attendee community. getgeeked Media’s highly successful getgeeked New York and getgeeked San Francisco events were also among the very first to help companies leverage the potential of face-to-face events as an engine for generating content that could be shared long after the event. 

In 2019, getgeeked Media launched Techfluence, a unique influence marketing service designed specifically to help consumer tech brands engage YouTubers to create viral video content about their products. 

More recently, getgeeked Media launched its first virtual event under the Techfluence brand. Unlike the linear, programming-based virtual events, the Techfluence Virtual Media Event was designed to simulate the high-touch, facec-to-face interactions that marketers rely on at live events to showcase their products.

Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is a technology speaker and writer with an international reputation. Over the past forty years, he has covered a range of industries from personal computers to displays to health technology. He was a Contributing Editor with PC Magazine for more than 22 years and was on the masthead of at least a half dozen other major computer and technology magazines. A graduate of Harvard College, he is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including titles from Microsoft Press and Addison-Wesley. He has built his career on his skill at making complex concepts accessible to people, through the written word as well as on-site and online events.

His background as a member of the technology press played a key role in the conception and design of the Techfluence platform. He helped make sure that the working tech media would want to attend these events, by giving them easy access to the information and the people that are essential to getting their work done.

In addition to partnering on Techfluence, Alfred is also the Editor of Health Tech Insider, a website and weekly industry newsletter that provides curated news and original analysis about wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. The site has already published more than 2,600 original articles and has built a highly-engaged international following.

Alfred is in demand as a speaker at on-site and online events. He was the Keynote Speaker and Honorary Program Chair of The Digital Health Show in Melbourne, Australia. He has spoken at the Digital Health Summit at CES in Las Vegas for the past six years. Among his upcoming engagements, he will be the Summit Co-Host for the three-day NG Healthcare Summit in December and will be presenting an online program for the First Flight Society in December as well. Additional information is available at https://alfredpoor.com.