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.
Matthew Kandler, co-founder of Quixplore, walked new users through the platform’s location-based social exploration platform, showcasing how the website cleanly aggregated popular events from your friends network. Meanwhile, across the room, the founders of WhalePath explained how their platform was reinventing the market, financial and legal research models, by connecting academic students with professional companies. Twyxt, an app for couples to capture their memories (including a direct messenger for two, a shared calendar and lists) took a different approach, encouraging guests to write love notes, later mailed by the founders. During this time, guests also enjoyed a full bar, mingling with old friends and making new connections.
Attendees were also treated to several special live performances – the 2008 US Memory Champion, Chester Santos demonstrated his extraordinary mind talents, while poi dancer, Zaika, entranced the audience with her fire-dancing skills. Once all hands had been shaken and business cards exchanged, the event switched gears into a dance party, with DJs spinning Top 40/Euro beats and keeping the floor packed.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, (we couldn’t have done it without you!)
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