by Ashley Vanni
Ashley Nicolei attended Startup Social with Startup Monthly last Thursday night at SupperclubSF. Growing up in Silicon Valley, Ashley has always had an appreciation for technology, development, innovative ideas, and orchestrators. When she caught wind of the startup social being held at San Francisco's very own Supperclub, the savvy little writer knew she had to attend.
Successful startups, as they say, do not exist in a vacuum. Oftentimes, a mere idea is transformed into a multi-million dollar startup venture through the simple act of networking. It is Startup Social’s mission to create events that foster this environment of innovation. On Friday, April 12, we hosted our largest event yet, attracting over 1000 entrepreneurs, investors and other professionals.
Set on the water, against the backdrop of the stunning Bay Bridge lights, One Ferry Plaza was the ideal location for this networking social, which featured a products showcase, full-bar, dance floor with DJs and more. The event kicked off with the Startup Showcase, where a selection of handpicked companies presented their products to potential investors and consumers alike, generating valuable feedback and forging lasting partnerships.
by Vadim Slavin
As promised in my last blog entry, I'd like to address the topic of efficient networking and bringing to a close stale conversations. I called it "Knowing your No's".
You've been there, I am sure of it. You're talking to someone new at a networking event. You are eager to identify the threads that connect you only to discover that the two of you have nothing in common. Furthermore, you are sure you cannot bring value to each other and any further interaction is simply a lost opportunity to connect with someone else. We're talking about efficiency here! Worse yet, you have probably been on the other side of that handshake oblivious to the fact that your partner is trying to shake you off.
by Vadim Slavin
The value of networking events cannot be overemphasized. A stimulating conversation can spark a new idea. A thoughtful introduction can create an opportunity. A supportive ear can rekindle the passion in your pursuits. Whatever the benefit an entrepreneur receives, networking events provide a great overall value to the startup ecosystem.
However, with so many events happening seemingly every day in Silicon Valley, attending more than a few every month can be taxing. How does one maximize the utility of these events? Here are 6 tips to taking better advantage of networking opportunities.
Smart$Money is a unique program which informes, educates and prepares foreign business angels and VCs for their future investments in IT startups. Smart$Money enables them to exchange knowledge and experience as well as share, inspire and connect with each other.
Program moderator Pemo Theodore and Startup Monthly team made it a reality.
40+ participants, keynotes, and panelists (among them Steve Blank, Robert Scoble, Buddy L. Arnheim, Christine Herron, Jeff Pulver, Bill Reichert, Greg Kidd, Brant Cooper and more key players in Venture Capital ecosystem) learned about foreign and domestic angel and VC investments, deal-structure, market trends, and the Silicon Valley ecosystem. The participants got connected to leading investors in Silicon Valley, visited successful startups, and got acquainted with various accelerator programs. During the 4-day program, participants visited Facebook, Microsoft, Stanford University and other Silicon Valley companies' offices. Agenda also included keynotes, roundtable discussions, networking events and pitch sessions (5 companies from Startup Monthly Accelerator presented their products to investors).
Each day had special keynotes, themes, mentors and speakers: Ecosystem Day, Angels Day, VCs Day, Investment Day.
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On November 13 Palo Alto's Patio saw one of the biggest Happy Hour event organized by StartupMonthly!
More than 250 ambitious entrepreneurs, investors and startups got together to mingle, pitch and discuss future business opportunities on a Tuesday (!!!) night.
BIG special thanks goes to our sponsor Roger Royse.
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Another big thank you goes out to Softlayer for co-sponsoring this event which enabled StartupMonthly to provide free beer and appetizers to attendees.
And finally, a big thank you to all attendees for coming: we will see you soon at the next Startup Social Party, December 7 in San Francisco! More info here!
We are back in Silicon Valley and energized to launch new workshops and social mixers to help you build better co-founding teams and start new startups.
We finished our journey to Moscow and Vilnius and now our local teams are preparing the ground to start our monthly activities in Russia and Baltics to build Startup ecosystems and help young entrepreneurs to take their ideas off the ground.
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