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Loads of events from TechCafe this summer

Over here at TechCafe we’ve been proud to have been a major part in accelerating the Seattle Startup community over the last several years. We started back in 2007 as Seattle Lunch 2.0 and expanded the number of events as demand surged and no one else stepped up to offer great networking events, places for companies to demo their new products, places for people to meet investors, and forums for in-depth conversations about modern programming and business decisions that entrepreneurs and startupers need to make. Not to mention the incredible amount of hiring and job landing that has occurred at our events. We’re still committed to the community and our next TechCafe event is on August 15th!!

You may wonder why so few TechCafe events lately… There are an incredible number of events that have begun to pick out niches in the wide field of events and we’re pretty darn excited to have been foundational to these events getting started and now becoming critical to the community. Events like Poker 2.0, Seattle Tech Meetup, HackerNest, Startup Grind, HackerNews, Ignite Seattle, Startup Weekend, Lean Startup, not to mention all of the events at Eastside Incubator and SURF Incubator the list goes on and on with great events.

With so many great events we are choosing to put on LESS events. We are focusing on GREAT events. We are deciding to find unique startups (like Currently who we are working with on the next one) that we can work with or event concepts that are less of the same thing and address specific needs in the community.

One need that we are focusing heavily on is funding. Early stage funding is a critical component to accelerating companies to find out if they will succeed or fail. To start with we are partnering heavily with the Seattle Angel Conference. If you are a budding entrepreneur looking for funding or a budding angel investor looking to go through our training program – you need to be a part of these events! This is exactly what the Angel Conference specializes in! The conference itself will be in November; however, the investors and startups need to be registered by the beginning of September. Btw, If you are interested in sponsoring a conference full of early stage entrepreneurs and investors please let me know!

So here’s the schedule – advance of most people knowing the schedule of events we’re working on. We’ll post to all the blogs and mailing lists in due time, but since you have been a member of the TechCafe mailing list for all these years, we wanted to share with you before we really started publicizing these.

Date

Speaker

Topic & Registration

Location

Time

8/5/2013

Joe Wallin

Agreements Entrepreneurs Need in Place for Angel Investing

SURF Incubator

3:30PM

8/13/2013

Rudy Gadre

Angel Investing with Rudy Gadre

Think Space Redmond

6:00PM

8/15/2013

Currently, Cairncross, & TechCafe

Pioneer Square Rooftop Social

Cairncross Rooftop

4:00PM

8/19/2013

TA McCann

Data Vault – Entrepreneurs Preparing For Due Diligence

TBD

5:30PM

8/27/2013

Greg Gottesmann

5 Important Things for Angel Investing Term Sheets

Think Space Redmond

6:00PM

9/9/2013

Tolis Dimopolous

How to Pitch to Investors

SURF Incubator

3:30PM

Yes that is A LOT of events!! You’ll notice the specific speakers and topics that are focused on the issues related to funding. Most of these are being put on in conjunction with the Seattle Angel Conference (Yes Josh is assisting behind the scenes with the next conference).  If you miss the old TechCafe events and don’t want to dive deep on funding startups… not to worry – the event on the 15th will have a bit of a profile of Currently and a few words from Cairncross.

As usual, you may want to follow Josh’s blog where more details on the events and investing will be published. All TechCafe specific stuff will still be posted on the TechCafe site. You may also want to start following the Seattle Angel Conference blog as there is a lot of great content there as well.

If you have an idea for an event, want to speak, want to sponsor, etc. Don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always looking forward to connecting with new people and ideas.

The TechCafe Team

P.S. This post is sponsored by KStream Media – stock market education and training. Register for the newsletter – Thinking with Waves.

TechCafe Happy Hour @Appature

If you are counting, this is the first event of the year! We’ve been busy (details on Josh’s blog). We still love putting on tech events in Seattle though!! If you are itching for great events in between TechCafe events you should check out the events at Surf Incubator and Hub Seattle. We feel great that the community is growing here and are honored to be a part of it!

At TechCafe we work with awesome startups and technology companies to offer brilliant technologists a few things for free. Sure you’ll be stuck in Appature‘s slick offices. Yes you will have to participate a little in the technical talk at the event or at least listen to the discussion that Derek Slager (VP of dev at Appature) will lead.

Derek’s talk will explore “Life in the post-jQuery world”, and some of the challenges of evolving a very large client side application. This should be an interesting topic for anybody building modern web-based applications at scale.

You will also meet some other interesting developers, program managers, designers, entrepreneurs, etc. So there is a price to pay to drink the free beer and eat the free food. You will also hear about a job opening or two at Appature… Did I mention that Appature has announced their sale to IMS? Well you’ll likely hear more about this as well.

In case you haven’t been following TechCafe over the years, Appature has sponsored an even EVERY year for the last five years of TechCafe’s existence. That means they have been giving free food and beer to startupers and technologists for years and are doing it again. Over here at TechCafe – we can’t imagine the Seattle technology community thriving without companies like this supporting the community.

So join TechCafe for an early happy hour at Appature to talk tech and meet some great peers in the industry.

Registration details are on the Attend the next event page.

This year, TechCafe is also partnering with the Seattle Angel Conference. If you are a new Angel and are not participating (you should be). If you missed the deadline to pitch to the group – there will be another opportunity in the fall. If you want to attend the conference (May 16th)itself where the six finalists will pitch go sign up . If you are interested in sponsoring a part of the event, there is always room for more sponsors.

If you are interested in hosting/sponsoring a TechCafe in the future, don’t hesitate to reach out. Please forward this invite to great people in the community that you think would be interested in attending or sponsoring in the future, our tech community is growing and you are a part of it.

We are looking forward to connecting with you at this TechCafe event or a TechCafe in the future.

TechCafe Launch Event

Do you have a product… even a minimally viable product that you are on the edge of showing to your peers? Do you want direct feedback from other developers, founders, and startup community members on what you have built, what you are launching?

Maybe you are way past that and have an awesome new version or application that you want to launch with some of the communities best and brightest. The next TechCafe will encompass just that and if you want to get in line to be the next great company to launch your product at a TechCafe Launch event you need to attend the first in the series on September 17th.

The idea comes from the demo series we did a year or so ago, but this time we are looking for people doing an early demo of their minimum viable product or launching a new version/product that is ready for the world to consume. The format will be pretty simple – 10min of launch, 2-3min of questions, and then the next presenter. We are shooting for three launches this time around with Josh Ledgard of KickoffLabs, Praveen Seshadri of 1Track , and Mohammad Al-Abdullah of Moalab. We will also have a special sneak peak of the next great thing from Puzzazz by Roy Leban!

The event will be out at Eastside Incubator’s new space with lots of room for parking, near transit & MSFT campus.

Experiences Attending and Hosting TechCafe

I am updating an older post from my personal blog – joshmaher.net. As the TechCafe events pickup in frequency and the number of new attendees start coming and enjoying the events, I wanted to share my thoughts on the experience of attending and hosting a TechCafe (previously Seattle Lunch 2.0). This is also my way of distilling my thoughts in preparation for planning some new types of events that I am working on. We have come a long way from the growing Seattle Startup Ecosystem of a couple years ago to a robust one with good things happening daily and new resources like StartupRiot, StartupCity,  and the Hacker News Meetups popping up everywhere.

Over the last four years that I have been running TechCafe and have participated in numerous group discussions about how companies grew their startups, leveraged technology, succeeded, failed, and everything in between. When I say discussion, I mean an active audience participation in discussions about what is most interesting to the group at large. The CEO/Founder contributions to the conversations have ranged from “started in college”, to “spun out of Microsoft or other BigCo”, to “had a bright idea coding one day”, to… well, you tell me what situation a company might be spawned in and we’ve pretty much had those kind of developers and founders talking about it – if not let’s have one (I’m serious – contact me).

The great thing is that the intention of these events includes meeting technologists and participating in discussions (a little presentation, demo, or Q&A to get things going) and then discussion and a lot of time to mingle and meet other developers, designers, entrepreneurs, etc.

What do I mean by mingle you might ask… well at a recent one of these events the founder gave a demo and talked a little about the company (10min), followed by another 10-20min discussion/Q&A, then there was the hour of talking to the developers, marketers, founders, and everyone else on the team that is actually required to make a startup function. So I guess it’s a little more then mingling :)

Seriously, just last week we did this over at Glympse. If you didn’t attend – you should have. Brian Trussel talked about how they stayed focused on their location related product despite investor pressure to morph into a foursquare competitor and that focus (combined with an awesome team and vision) equated to now over 3m users and the first of many licensing deals with Mercedes Benz. Brian showed off some of the next release, some of the first slides they used to raise money (I can’t believe those slides were good enough).

These are not – here is a consultant or just the CEO reflecting on the tipping point for their company. These are – meet the team, founders, business model and ask any question you want of any member of the team.

Admittedly, the events are usually a little less formal. Presentation Zen is not required – Demos are fun, panel discussions are fun, heck just having the whole team around to hang out with for an hour or two is fun!! I will also admit that these are not held in nice conference halls or venues – they are usually in trendy facilities – like the offices where these companies spend their time (yes that means co-working spaces, shared offices, lofts in pioneer square – usually w/o AC).

In addition to CEOs/Founders we’ve had speakers that include authors, investors, lawyers, developers, architects, and well… we are open to just about anyone who has something relevant and is interesting to talk about. Keep in mind – the hoster of the event has their whole team there so you are never stuck talking to the CEO, when you really want to talk to the guy/gal that wrote the feature!!

These events also have the free food/beer model – if the speaker sucks (at least the food & drink were worth the time).

A good analogy is a written letter in comparison with… Twitter. The letter is great, has it’s place, it’s norms, it’s value. Twitter – well it’s great too, but in a different way, for different reasons, and it has a different value. Both can get your point across, both can be valuable, but sometimes you need to choose between writing a letter or tweeting and sometimes you need to choose between reading a letter or reading twitter. The value in your message when you write and the value in your information acquisition when you read will vary. Plus we all know which one is more fun…

Of course if you are interested in hosting, sponsoring, or just want to chat – don’t hesitate to reach out!!

See you at the next event…

TechCafe Lunch @Glympse

There’s an interesting start-up success story quietly going on right here in our backyard.  Glympse, the local start-up that pioneered simple and safe location sharing, recently crossed the 3 million user mark for their mobile app and, this morning, announced a partnership with Mercedes-Benz to embed Glympse into the navigation system for the upcoming new Mercedes A-class.

Join us and the Glympse team at the next TechCafe at their S. Lake Union office as they share some of the lessons they learned on the path to the 3 million user mark.  You’ll also get a sneak preview of the soon-to-be released update to the Glympse mobile app and have an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive demo of one of the cool new features planned for the next version.  Details below.

If the ticket registration is not showing up on the upcoming events page, feel free to head straight to the eventbrite page – http://techcafeglympse.eventbrite.com

 

What? – TechCafe with lunch hosted by Glympse

Topic? – 3 Million Users & Lessons Learned

When? – Friday, June 15th from 11:30am to 1:30pm

Where? – Glympse (office in S.Lake Union)

1124 Harrison St.

Seattle, WA 98109

Lunch? – Yep – and beer, too.  Courtesy of the Glympse team.

How to participate in the interactive demo:

On June 15th, when you are on your way to the TechCafe lunch, send a Glympse to party@glympse.com.  Don’t have Glympse on your phone?  You can get it free by visiting http://m.glympse.com/download from your mobile phone.

TechCafe Happy Hour @BlueBoxGroup

Finally! The first TechCafe of 2012!

We have been planning this one for some time and can’t wait to see all the great people in the Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond tech community come out for Happy Hour. Last year was an awesome year for TechCafe events – so awesome we took a few months off from getting geeky with the best startups and technologists in the area – rest assured though we are back and planning a few awesome events. If you are interested in sponsoring or hosting one – let us know!

First up is one of our personal favorites. Blue Box Group! We have been watching this team grow for a while now and it has been a lot of fun, we first had an event with them when they moved to Seattle from Tacoma and now that they are growing and expanding (new east coast datacenter and new offices) we couldn’t wait to get into their new space and hear what all the excitement is about. I know they are hiring, I know they will have loads of free food & drinks, and I know that they will have swag…

 

Click Attend the Next Event for date, time, and registion information —>

 

With facts like that it is hard to avoid the obvious assumption that the event will be awesome! Plenty of cool hackers, startupers, founders, and people in the Seattle area tech community will be attending so if you want to get some free food/drinks, do some networking, and learn more about what is driving this awesome growth of a cool local startup – this is the place to be.

 

Co-sponsoring the event will be Colliers International (p.s. co-sponsored events are always better funded)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you there!

Zero Risk – 32000% Potential Return

I get asked all the time if my full time job is TechCafe. I always blush at being asked about my secret desire that a sponsor like MSFT or GOOG would come along and pick up my financial requirements so I could focus on building great events here in the Seattle area for the startup and tech community – the truth is, that will never happen (I have a full time job). I don’t know anyone that makes a living solely from running events of any kind (at least a living that would support the habits and lifestyle that my family is used to). SFBeta, Seattle 2.0, Hops and Chops, etc – none of these events are supporting a family of four.

So… how can anyone make a buck networking? I mean beyond the free food or the paid hours if you are a recruiter or service provider or the value in finding a job or finding the rockstar employee or partner you’ve been searching for and could only find at a TechCafe event? I am talking about networking in general and specifically ways to profit as a good networker without any previous planning, sponsorship selling, etc. I am talking about the new referral bonuses that two TechCafe alumns have recently announced. SEOMoz is offering US$12,000 to the highest quality networker out there and EnergySavvy is offering US$10,000 for the same thing!! That’s right – one task that you are doing anyway – networking – can lead to a little side cash of $32,000. We are talking what a Seattle Public School teacher earns in an entire year just for being a good networker – so it’s not chump change.

The details are pretty simple, think back through all of the networking events you have attended in the recent past. If you haven’t been to one recently, try to get into Seattle 2.0’s TNT event tonight. As you think through the events and the people you met – even briefly – think about whether they are a software engineer that would meet what these firms are looking for – if they don’t think about whether they might know a software engineer that does meet the requirements.

From there, it is pretty simple – make the recommendation (good or bad recommendation doesn’t really matter – sorry SEOMoz & EnergySavvy) – they are offering $32,000 in cash to throw some new names in front of them and they will gladly pay if the person works out. The risk – $0, the reward – $32,000, so networking offers a return of 32000% that is better than nearly any startup, penny stock, or real estate transaction will ever offer you. Granted the scale is limited, but the risk is zero – so putting a few names won’t hurt.

TechCafe is not getting paid to pump the Tech Hiring Bubble – but if you happen to get any portion of the $32,000 you definitely owe us some beers…

Oh – don’t forget to sign up for the next TechCafe Lunch @Hark on 3/4!!

CrowdMap Profile

Introducing… CrowdMap!

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Date Founded – April 2010
Team Size – 5
Target Market – The mobile consumer who wants to capture ideas with mindmaps and collaborate or brainstorm with a group. This could include conference attendees, students, project teams, journalists, families … the list goes on and on!

Brief Value Proposition CrowdMap lets you build mind maps collaboratively on your iPad or iPhone, syncing data in real time as you work with your friends, classmates or colleagues. Store your maps in the cloud and access them from anywhere at any time, on your iPhone, iPad or browser. It’s a simple and intuitive tool for organizing and sharing your ideas from a lecture, a project, or a brain-storming session.

Product Stage – pre-release (alpha), Beta (public/private), Launched: Launched
Company Stage – bootstrap, friends/family, angel rounds, VC, independantly wealthy: Bootstrap (with dreams of being independently wealthy)
Brief Description about what is interesting about the team or company – The Barking Minds team met at a Seattle Startup Weekend and worked together on a mobile geolocation app that won Best Overall Startup for the weekend. The company has an Agile development process, and the company structure is completely flat, with team members earning cumulative equity based on their contributions toward each product release. Barking Minds is excited about the future of its flagship product, CrowdMap, and plans to continue building mobile apps that can improve the way teams work and learn.

Where Can I Get It!! http://appshopper.com/productivity/crowdmap

What other questions do you have for future profiles or to follow up on with the CrowdMap team?

TechCafe Lunch @Cheezburger w/Bing – TOMORROW!!

In case you missed the email (signup on the right), all of our tweets, the update to the events page, or any of the other methods we used to announce this thing – we are having another lunch tomorrow!! The problem of course is that it is sold out – so if you haven’t registered, I highly encourage you to get onto the mailing list to be notified right away in the future when we get event announcements put together (we have another early stage demo event – TechCafe Presents being planned now for Seattle Geek Week, we also have a few more events either before or after this year). If you’re not into email – keep up with our TechCafe Upcoming Events page for more details!!

For the event tomorrow – we have another great lineup for the event and I wanted to ensure that everyone had a proper idea of where they are going in lower Queen Anne so have included a map (below) from the fine folks @bing… Maybe they’ll sponsor us more permanently in the future and we’ll include more maps to events :)

Of course if you are interested in sponsoring, speaking, or partnering with us in some way – let us know!!

TechCafe Happy Hour @BlueGecko w/Avelle

TechCafe Happy Hour @BlueGecko w/Avelle – June 21st 4:30-6pm
1415 5th Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Register

This will be Blue Gecko‘s second time hosting and this time they are going all out! We’ll be hosting just next door at the Red Lion’s terrace deck and Avelle/ Bag Borrow or Steal, Inc will be giving a talk as will Jeremiah Wilton (who should prove interesting for all you database techies)!!

Of course the event is free to attend and there will be free drinks/food, there will also be great people to talk to and network with, and an awesome talk – we changed the name, but we didn’t change the event.

Jeremiah has worked with Oracle technology since 1994. His main claim to fame is having been Amazon.com’s first database administrator, back in the pre-IPO days. For seven years, he helped Amazon.com survive exponential scaling, and a wide variety of nearly-catastrophic technology failures. Jeremiah owned and ran ORA-600 Consulting for a number of years, until it was acquired by Blue Gecko, Inc., a global provider of remote administration for Oracle, MySQL and E-Business Suite. Jeremiah also teaches the Oracle certificate program for the University of Washington. Jeremiah is an Oracle Certified Master, a member of the Oak Table, and a frequent presenter at industry conferences and user groups. His publications and whitepapers can be found at www.bluegecko.net.

This will be a fun way to kick off the TechCafe event series – we will be opening it up to more creative events as well as trying even harder to show off cool Northwest tech companies (at their offices). There are some great events in the works for the rest of summer and there is a lot more content on the site so be sure to subscribe to the feed and stay on this mailing list for information.

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