New arrival from Brooklyn joins Startup Berkeley panel

Kalimah Priforce moved his startup from Brooklyn to Berkeley

Kalimah Priforce describes himself as “a madman on a mission”. Through his startup Qeyno Labs, Priforce works with local partners and schools to bring technology-enabled career discovery into under-served classrooms, using game-like rewards and mentorship from real-life professionals.

Priforce will be joining the panel at Berkeleyside’s Local Business Forum on March 5th to discuss his experience moving his project from Brooklyn — which is a considerable tech hotspot these days — to Berkeley.

“I needed to be tied into the ecosystem out here,” Priforce said. “There’s a lot happening in New York, but there’s no ecosystem there yet.”

He originally thought he’d locate in Silicon Valley or San Francisco, but decided the East Bay would be more fertile ground for his work in under-served classrooms.


Priforce’s view as a new arrival to Berkeley provides a valuable perspective alongside more established entrepreneurs on the panel, including David Hyman, founder and CEO of streaming music service MOGWill Wrightcreator of The Sims and founder of Stupid Fun Club and June Taylor, founder of jam and marmalade company The Still Room.

The Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012 is organized in partnership with Mechanics Bank, and is sponsored by GreenerPrinter and Autodesk. Updates on the Forum will be posted regularly on the Startup Berkeley Forum Facebook page and on Twitter (#BerkForum).

When: Monday March 5th, 7:00- 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm (time before and after for networking).
WhereFreight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. Refreshments, including beer and wine, available to purchase.
Tickets: $10 ($5 for students and seniors), available through Brown Paper Tickets.

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