Local startup in growth mode as virtual events skyrocket

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    Alexander Abell found himself in an ironic situation during the coronavirus pandemic: The founder, who had launched an app designed to connect colleagues on their lunch breaks, lost 30 pounds while he ran the one-man show at Lunchpool.

    “I was working so hard with this new opportunity, partially because we went a year with no revenue,” Abell said. “And it was like, ‘Holy cow, we’re making money.’ But it was one of the biggest ironies I saw.”