August 24, 2019
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Thomas College to feature local high-tech startup entrepreneur in Pardon the Innovation

Community Author: MacKenzie Riley Young
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WATERVILLE — Come hear how Derek Myska, of Winslow, Maine, took an idea from his college dorm room all the way to the venture capital firms of California and to the halls of Facebook and Google. Myska’s story will take the audience on an amazing journey through the trials and tribulations of being an entrepreneur in the cutting edge world of high technology and social media platforms.

This event, Pardon the Innovation, is being held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room at Thomas College. The event is sponsored by the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and co-hosted by KV Connect and Cynergy, Waterville and Augusta’s young professional groups respectively.  The event is free and open to the public.

Myska grew up in Winslow, Maine and graduated from Winslow High School. He then attended the University of Maine where he developed a particular interest and skill in digital media and computer programming. After graduating from the University of Maine in May of 2007, with a degree in New Media, a concentration in Information Design and a minor in Computer Science, Myska took a position as a Software Developer with the company InforME. It was from this combination of skill, interest and experience that Myska would then begin to form the origins of a company called ‘PingTank’.

For the rest of this amazing story and an evening of networking and conversation, join Myska and other individuals who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation at the second annual Pardon the Innovation.  RSVP to the Facebook event by searching for “Pardon the Innovation” or visit or email Josh Devou at .    


About Thomas College: Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on students’ academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. In 2017, Money Magazine ranked Thomas 23rd of all colleges and universities in the country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit or MacKenzie Riley Young at or 207-859-1313.