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I’ve finally gotten at least the blog portion together at my new home, Webwallflower.com

I’m not sure how best to move readers over there, how to get SEO up, how to redirect links around the web, etc.  If anyone has any ideas, PLEASE let me know.

But if you came here looking for my weekly tech event updates, startup advice, event advice, or entrepreneurial stories, do please head over to http://webwallflower.com and check out the Upcoming Events and Blog sections there.

The rest of the site is still under repair, so bare with me.  🙂

Thanks Everyone!

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So it is Thanksgiving Week.  My folks are in town, so I won’t actually be going out a lot.  And a lot of people’s folks are in town, or they are out of town, and so the event scene is a bit quite.  That said, here are some things you may want to peak into, if you are around.  🙂

Monday, Nov 23rd
Sorry, Im late on this one.  :\  Its the holidays, cut me some slack.  I’ll try to get next week’s out early, since it is already CRAZY busy!!!
But on that note, have you signed up for Sf MusicTech Summit yet??

Tuesday, Nov 24th

SF NewMedia DrinkUp
6:00 – 9:30pm
Bubble Lounge (714 Montgomery)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170059131234&index=1

Wednesday, Nov 25th
Well I couldn’t find any fun tech events tonight, but this looks fun:

In the Spirit of Giving
9:00pm – 2:00am
The Atmosphere
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220243429672&index=1
Bring a can of food, get a can of Heineken, and enjoy some great Bay Area DJs!

Thursday, Nov 26th

Turkey Open House
1pm – 1am
MIX Manor (2150 Hyde St. #7)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185456477043&index=1
(Orphaned?  Stop by and say hi!!)

 

Friday, Nov 27th

Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
6pm
Well duh, Union Square
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182738692303&index=1
(I’ll be here with my parents, if you are interested in meeting them and meeting up. 😀 )

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I am often surprised at just how rarely I am asked “When should we sponsor an event? Why? and How?”  These all seem like pretty pertinent questions to me, especially when you’re considering investing anywhere from $1,000 – $50,000 at an event.  With advertising, social media, and even customer engagement getting their ROI measured under a microscope, shouldn’t these issues at least be addressed?

And I’ll be blunt.  By not asking them, you are setting yourself up to lose money with almost any sponsorship or event support you do.  Hell, you should be asking them even as an attendee: “When should I attend an event?  Why?  How?” (I do address this somewhat in my post “4 Reasons to Pay to Network“)  You need to know how to best prepare, what to invest, and what type of response to expect from attendees (scrutiny, curiosity, a level 1 understanding of your company, or a level 10? etc.)

So despite not being asked these questions enough by sponsors, I’ve decided to answer them nevertheless:

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So I’m a bit biased this week, as I am one of the hosts of Tuesday’s SF MusicTech Mixer – I hope you can swing down to Roe and check it out.  Otherwise, it is a CRAZY busy week – here are my plans (and for once I actually plan to be at all of them).  Hope you can join me at one!

Monday 11/16

Today is the peak of the Leonid Meteor Shower, so screw any events going on tonight and head to the hills to see this!

Tuesday 11/17

SF MusicTech Mixer
6:00 – 9:00pm
Roe (651 Howard Street)
http://sfmtsmixer.eventbrite.com

Wednesday 11/18
(This is a day of 3 2 events I would like to attend.  This is my order of priority:)

SF NewTech
5:30 – 11:30
Mighty Bar (119 Utah St.)
http://sfnewtech.com

Social Media Club
6:00 – 8:00pm
Citizen Space
http://sfsvnov09.eventbrite.com

Thursday 11/19

Tech The Halls
7:00 – 9:00pm
Varnish
http://www.techthehalls.eventbrite.com

Friday 11/20

Startup Crawl
5:30 – 11:00pm
Various Locations
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169729122953&index=1
Saturday/Sunday
(This totally depends where you are.  But I recommend both)

Startup Sandbox (hosted by Women 2.o)
Friday – Sunday; 6:00pm – 9:00pm; then all day Sat and Sun
Microsoft (835 Market Street (Westfield Center) Suite #700)
http://www.women2.org/startup-sandbox/
(postponed to Feb 5th – 7th)

Startup Weekend
Friday – Sunday; 6:00pm – 9:00pm; then all day Sat and Sun
Hacker Dojo
http://bayarea.startupweekend.org/

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Sorry for the hiatus there guys – was sucked into FailCon last week.  I had a lot of personal pride, time, and money invested in that event, and I think it went pretty well.  You can see press and feedback from it on http://snapsummit.com/press.

But now I’m back in the game!  Here are the events I hope to hit up this week:

Monday

There isn’t a whole lot that leaps out at me today.  Christine Comaford is doing a conference call at 6pm on the 3 most common mistakes entrepreneurs, and there is a con on Enterprise Communications at Moscone Center.  But neither is quite my scene.

Tuesday (Election day!  Vote!)

Kiva Turns 4!
6:30 – 9:30pm
The Hub (2150 Allston Way)
http://kivaatthehub.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday

Nothing really jumped out at me for Wednesday night; I’ll probably play catch-up at work.  Do you know of anything?

Thursday

ChicMeetsGeek
6:30 – 9:30pm
Automattic Lounge, Pier 38
http://chicmeetsgeek.eventbrite.com

Friday

Well mainly, the Droid launches.  I’ll be keeping an eye on the reviews, as I am thinking of setting up a new cell phone plan and getting a new phone.  Once iPhone opens it service to other providers, it would be my first choice, but the Palm Pixi and the Droid are being observed..by Moi.
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Man, a slow week in the tech event world.  Please let me know if I missed something, or you think I need to be somewhere I’m not.  🙂

 

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FEATURED EVENTS & DISCOUNTS:

25% off – SNAP Summit: FailCon! Tuesday, October 27th
Kabuki Hotel, SF
FailCon is the first of it’s kind, and will be one of the most relevent events ever designed for entrepreneurs and startups!  We’re bringing major founders and investors in the online world to talk about mistakes they’ve made, failures they’ve experienced, what they learned, and how they recovered.  Topics include founding team communication, design mishaps, investment mistakes, how not to build a viral app, and many more!  These are talks aimed to leave you inspired and excited to be entrepreneurs today, and get you prepared for what lies ahead.  More information is at http://snapsummit.com and 25% off tickets can be had at: http://snapsummit4.eventbrite.com/?discount=RFoP25

15% off – Virtual Goods Summit 2009
Oct 29th – 30th, 2009

The market opportunity for virtual goods continues to expand as developers and publishers get a deeper understanding of how virtual goods work and how best to maximize the business opportunity around them. The 2009 edition of the virtual goods summit will bring together thought leaders in this space to talk about what’s changed, what’s working, and the key challenges facing the industry.  Register at http://vgsummit2009-failcon.eventbrite.com and use the code FAILCON for a 15% discount on General Admission tickets.

50% off – Innovate09
Nov 3rd – 4th, All Day

PayPals Innovate 09 PayPal’s Developer Conference matches the launch of a new Payment Platform.   Come prepared for dozens of tutorials and sessions on the new APIs to build real monetization and innovative business in all app ecosystem.  The code “SNAPSUMMIT” will give you 50% off the full price of $299. Details at http://paypal.com/innovate2009

The Learning Annex Make Money Expo

November 7th
Moscone Convention Center
All your financial questions will be answered in one day. Where should you invest your money? What do you need to know to start a business? How do you earn more money?
On November 7th, join over 37 money-making experts will teach you how to make 2010 the year that will change your life. See financial expert Suze Orman, Shark Tank’s “Mr. Infomercial King” Kevin Harrington, Rich Dad, Poor Dad co-author Sharon Lechter, PBS tax expert Ed Slott and Beat Wall Street with Harry Dent along with dozens of other business and wealth experts under one roof at The Learning Annex Make Money Expo – all for only $14.95!  Register now at http://www.LearningAnnex.com or call: 1 800 617 0355 with coupon code “SFBETA”

200 Euro Discount – LeWeb
Dec 9th – 10th
Paris, France
Join 1800 participants from 30 countries at this, the #1 European internet event.  LeWeb brings together the best and the brightest people of the web industry from attendees to speakers.  For more information and to get your discount ticket, visit http://www.amiando.com/leweb. html?discountCode=Leweb09

SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS

25% off – SNAP Summit: FailCon!
Tuesday October 27th
Hotel Kabuki, SF
FailCon is the first of it’s kind, and will be one of the most relevent events ever designed for entrepreneurs and startups!  We’re bringing major founders and investors in the online world to talk about mistakes they’ve made, failures they’ve experienced, what they learned, and how they recovered.  Topics include founding team communication, design mishaps, investment mistakes, how not to build a viral app, and many more!  These are talks aimed to leave you inspired and excited to be entrepreneurs today, and get you prepared for what lies ahead.  More information is at http://snapsummit.com and 25% off tickets can be had at: http://snapsummit4.eventbrite.com/?discount=RFoP25

Digital Media Conference West
Oct. 28th

Hotel Kabuki, SF
DMC West is a packed day of in-depth discussions and networking focused on the top business issues impacting digital media companies, including online video, social media, investments, online advertising, mobile entertainment, mobile apps, the future of news media and the relationship between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. The 2009 event includes two tracks, keynotes, panels, breakfast, networking breaks, lunch and reception. This is a “must-attend” event for individuals and companies working at the intersection of content, technology and commerce. Keynote Speakers include Digg CEO and Co-Founder Jay Adelson, Jason Davis, Vice President of the Disney.com Network, Bryan Perez, Senior Vice President and General Manager, NBA Digital and The Funded.com’s Adeo Ressi. Companies represented include YouTube, Google, CBS Interactive, Kyte, Best Buy Capital, Funny or Die, MTV and many more.

Full of Win Book Launch
Oct. 28th 6:30 – 9:30pm

Citizen Space
Come to the Full of Win happy hour to celebrate teh launch of 3 books from the Cheezburger Network based on Icanhascheezburger.com, Graphjam.com, and Failblog.org.  Books and Happycat toys available on site and Ben Huh, CEO of the Cheezburger Network will be there in person to LoL with you.  We’ve also teamed up with the SFSPCA.  Guests who bring cans of catfood, cat toys, blankets or make a donation on site will be entered into a raffle to win a perty new Ipod Nano!  Info at their FB Page!
15% off – Virtual Goods Summit 2009
Oct 29th – 30th, All Day

The market opportunity for virtual goods continues to expand as developers and publishers get a deeper understanding of how virtual goods work and how best to maximize the business opportunity around them. The 2009 edition of the virtual goods summit will bring together thought leaders in this space to talk about what’s changed, what’s working, and the key challenges facing the industry.
Register at http://vgsummit2009-failcon. eventbrite.com and use the code FAILCON for a 15% discount on General Admission tickets.

Lean Startups – Do They Really Work?

Oct 29th, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Cooley Offices

Venture backed high-tech startups are notoriously difficult to manage.  Product development comes in over budget and behind schedule, draining cash reserves and squandering revenue opportunities. Many fail outright. Often times, when customers finally get their hands on the first release, it is difficult to use and full of bugs. Worst of all, the product may work as specified, but there are simply no customers willing to pay to use it.  So, as a startup founder, what can you do to avoid these pitfalls?  Well, the theory goes that lean startups can attain significantly lower development costs, quicker time to market, better quality products in a shorter time, AND deliver solutions customers want, far more effectively than their heavily financed competitors. Whether in fact they deliver on the promise, including providing dramatically higher returns for investors, is not a clear cut case.  So come and hear this lively debate, to understand if the Lean Startup route is for you!

Zendesk Office Warming Party
Oct 29th, 5:00 – 8:30pm

The Zendesk team has recently relocated to San Francisco and we’d love to meet you and have you visit our new global headquarters when we open them to the public for our office warming party.  Please take a moment to register at EventBrite so we can get an accurate estimate for food and drinks – thank you! http://zendeskofficewarming.eventbrite.com/

SF New Media Drinkup
Oct. 29th, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Otis

We are a group of marketing, advertising and entertainment professionals in San Francisco that meet monthly for casual mingling. If you are a brand marketer or work at an ad agency, interactive agency or media company (online or offline) then this is your chance to come and hang out with your peers in a laid-back environment.  Info on their facebook page.

Alphabar: T is for Tonic
Oct. 29th, 8:00p – 12:00m

Tonic Bar

A fun gathering of folk that meets every few weeks.  This time, you can bring a costume!  YAY!

50% off – Innovate09
Nov 3rd – 4th, All Day

PayPals Innovate 09 PayPal’s Developer Conference matches the launch of a new Payment Platform.   Come prepared for dozens of tutorials and sessions on the new APIs to build real monetization and innovative business in all app ecosystem.  The code “SNAPSUMMIT” will give you 50% off the full price of $299. Details at http://paypal.com/innovate2009

Chic Meets Geek

Nov 5th, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Automattic Lounge
Join your BRAVO! friends for a Fall Celebration at the ultra-chic geek Automattic Lounge at Pier 38 in San Francisco. Enjoy beautiful views of the Bay, hosted cocktails, appetizers, and a unique opportunity to mix and mingle with the movers and shakers from both the chic and geek crowds of San Francisco Opera and Silicon Valley tech.  Check out their AMAZING list of VIP guests at http://chicmeetsgeek.eventbrite.com/

Entrepreneur Funding Boot-Camp
Nov 6th, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Learn the ins and outs of the funding process from investors and experts who have successfully helped their clients navigate the funding process. Learn how to develop a compelling strategy and plan, structure a deal, effectively present, prepare for due dilligence, and create an attractive exit strategy.  For more information, check out http://fundingbootcampnov.eventbrite.com/

The Learning Annex Make Money Expo
Saturday, November 7th
Moscone Convention Center
All your financial questions will be answered in one day. Where should you invest your money? What do you need to know to start a business? How do you earn more money?
On November 7th, join over 37 money-making experts will teach you how to make 2010 the year that will change your life. See financial expert Suze Orman, Shark Tank’s “Mr. Infomercial King” Kevin Harrington, Rich Dad, Poor Dad co-author Sharon Lechter, PBS tax expert Ed Slott and Beat Wall Street with Harry Dent along with dozens of other business and wealth experts under one roof at The Learning Annex Make Money Expo – all for only $14.95!  Register now at http://www.LearningAnnex.com or call: 1 800 617 0355 with coupon code “SFBETA”

Web Wine & Wisdom – Innovative Telecommunications
Nov. 10th, 6:30pm

PariSoma Coworking Space
Enjoy a variety of tasty French Wines while getting the latest updates and news from two sought after start-ups from the Silicon Valley Twillio and Digitrad. Sip on two delicious wines from the western coast of France and try some french artisan cheeses as well!  Tickets are available at http://www.faccsf.com/Events/WWWoctober09.htm

NewTeeVee Live: Television Reinvented
Nov 12th, All Day

Come hear what’s on the minds of those leading the changes in television.  The last year has seen an explosion in consumers watching TV online. To meet the demand, the media industry is scaling its delivery and infrastructure technologies and rethinking its content programming strategies. NewTeeVee Live is a timely and informative forum, convening some of the most powerful people leading the change. To make your play, you need to be informed.  NewTeeVee Live is in its third year, and we have sold out our previous two editions. This year, we will focus on fireside conversations with the big leaders of change, to bring out the most salient thoughts from them.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with and learn from the architects of the new television industry.  Register here.

GiveWork Charity Gala
Nov 12th, 7:30pm

Samasource will host the first annual GiveWork Charity Gala at the University Club of San Francisco, bringing together writers, luminaries, and some of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. The event will feature a live auction, with items for bid including a conversation with Nobel Prize laureates George Akerlof and Myron Scholes, a productivity make-over with “The 4-Hour Workweek” author Tim Ferriss, and a date with Bollywood actress Vida Samadzai (Miss Afghanistan 2003).  Information at www.samasource.org/gala

Fearless Women Entrepreneurs
Nov 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Mechanics Institute

Join us for an informative, inspiring and fun evening interacting with a panel of fearless women entrepreneurs who have stepped out on their own. They’ll share their ideas, their experiences and what it took for them to make the leap. You’ll walk away with lots of information, connections and a list full of action items to start your own journey.  More information at http://futurewomenleaders.net

TEDxSF: Creating
Nov. 14th Cal Academy of Science
TEDxSF seeks to develop and leverage the TED experience at a regional level, bringing together innovators and inspirational speakers in the San Francisco Bay Area. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.  Apply for the group at http://www.tedxsf.org/index.html
The Academy Awards of Cleantech
Nov 17th, All Day

“The Academy Awards of Cleantech” are coming and you DON’T want to miss them!  Join us for a showcase of the boldest cleantech ideas.  Watch presentations by the most ambitious entrepreneurs.  Speak with the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.  Hear from the biggest names in clean technology as they discuss the future of green energy.  This event sells out every year, so sign up soon: http://www.cleantechopen.com/ app.cgi/events/view/84

SuperNova 2009
Dec 1st, 2009
Mission Bay Conference Center
Supernova is an annual technology conference organized by Kevin Werbach, in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Focused on the business dynamics of the networked world, Supernova brings together CEOs and bloggers, entrepreneurs and academics, practitioners and visionaries, policy experts and industry thought leaders to share insights and build relationships.  Information at http://www.supernovahub.com

Silicon Valley Rocks!
Dec 9th, 2009
The Great American Music Hall
Tech professionals by day, rockers by night – on December 9 at the Great American Music Hall, they’ll pick up their instruments and venture onto the big stage to let their alter egos shine… for a good cause and the love of music. Silicon Valley Rocks 2009 will bring together the Valley’s tech community – from VCs and entrepreneurs to bloggers and software developers – to raise money for Music in Schools Today (MuST), a Bay Area non-profit that seeks to rescue music programs from budget cuts. The second annual showcase will once again feature Silicon Valley bands and original rockers who will entertain and amuse your entire social graph.  Information at http://svrocks.com/

BAY AREA EVENTS

David Weekly’s Birthday Party!
Oct 26th, 9:00pm – 12:00m

Daly City, CA
Dont you wish you were cool enough to get a birthday party like this?  We’ve closed out Classic Bowling in Daly City. This is the LARGEST BOWLING ALLEY IN CALIFORNIA with SIXTY LANES. A dance floor, a complete bar, everything. And the whole thing is ours for the night!! This is going to be (as Elise would say) CRAZY MADNESS!! We can probably fit 300+ people in here comfortably, so please sign up your friends!!! 😀 Especially your hot friends!  Please ideally come dressed “Mad Men” style in sweet suits and classy dresses…this is CLASSY bowling after all.  RSVP on Facebook.  

SV Monster Mash-Up
Oct 28th, 6:00 – 9:30pm

San Jose, CA

TechKaraoke SV and Silicon Valley Tweet-Up are joining forces for October’s event to bring you an evening of fun, networking and, if you choose, karaoke!  Since this is a few days before Halloween costumes are encouraged — though not required — and we’ll do a costume contest at 8 p.m.  Prizes include products from Cookies by Design, Plantronics, Seagate, and more!  Info at their Facebook Page.  

SIG Cleantech: Green Building Materials
Oct 29th, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Santa Clara, CA

While green building materials geared towards energy efficiency do not have the same appeal as installing solar panels, they often have a more compelling payback and are a much more efficient way of reducing energy usage and achieving our green agenda. Not surprisingly, the building materials retrofit market has grown 22% since 2004 and is expected to accelerate penetration in the approximately 70B sq. ft of office and residential space, presenting very attractive opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.  Join us for a panel discussion presenting industry authorities, investors, corporate buyers and entrepreneurs from successful private companies in the cement, glass, and lighting areas.  Register here.

SDForum’s Collaboration 2.0 Conference
Oct 30th, 9:00a – 4:00p

Santa Clara, CA
Collaboration and Social media tools are opening up innovative opportunities to improve productivity and combine disparate resources around the globe by working together – creating content and building engaging communities. Online collaboration has augmented current knowledge patterns in corporate environments and improved mindshare, transparency, and added a sense of community among coworkers.  Info at http://www.sdforum.org/collaboration

Kiva Turns 4!
Nov 3rd, 6:30 – 9:30pm

The Hub, Berkeley CA

Join 4 community enterprises, Kiva, Hub Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and The David Brower Center, as we celebrate the remarkable achievement of 4 years and almost 100 million dollars in loans that Kiva has realized since its creation. We’re 4!  RSVP at http://kivaatthehub. eventbrite.com

NextGen Conference
Nov 14th, All Day

NextGen is a one-day conference at Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley. NextGen’s mission is to help you succeed, by providing lectures, panels and networking opportunities on areas that are vital in building and maintaining your business. Some of the topics will include how to pitch (what you need to present in your deck and how to be prepared) and the importance of asking for help / mentorship, with plenty more coming! Check out http://www.nextgenconf.com/

Startup Weekend

Nov 22nd – 24th

Hacker Dojo
Join us for 10 Startup Weekend events going on for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this November! Last year they had over 25,000 events, 3 million participants, and over 1 billion media impressions. Startup Weekend is one of the “Featured” events this year!  Meet dozens of entrepreneurs and developers, trade ideas, start a new project, and get motivated by this amazing room of intelligent and inspiring individuals!  More info at http://bayarea.startupweekend. org/


PlugandPlay TechCenter Events
Daily!

So PlugandPlay TechCenter has a ton of awesome events, and it would take an entire newsletter just to share them all.  Skim their calendar regularly to see what they have to offer. http://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/calendar/

SVASE Series
Weekly

SVASE, the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, is the largest and fastest growing nonprofit association in Northern California dedicated exclusively to helping early stage tech entrepreneurs.  They hold events regularly in the peninsula, and occasionally the city itself.  There are too many to name in my brief email, but be sure to check them out for advice on investment, team development, financing, corporate leadership, and much more: http://www.svase.org/

SDforum
Weekly
Not to add another list of events to my list, but SDforum also has something every other day.  Essentially “SDForum is the leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization providing an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community. SDForum provides a venue for engineers, executives, researchers, technology leaders, and venture capitalists to exchange information on emerging technologies and best practices.”  Info on their events at www.sdforum.com.

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