April 2012 Startup Events

It seems that the most creative startup teams I know also happen to be the ones to get into the most legal trouble.  The laws have become way too complicated in regards to creative works, and many teams simply don’t have the time to learn them.  I recently learned about a Cogswell Seminar that can help out any founder working on a creative endeavor.  On April 11th, 18th, and 25th, Cogswell is hosting a set of seminars on Creative Commons, creative licensing, and the legal issues you need to know.  Can you use the likeness of a real person – say Bill Gates – in your Facebook Game?  What if he was transformed into a half man/half worm creature?  Depending on how you interpret IP, you might be on solid footing or you might be paying Gates a pretty penny.

To learn more about the legality of turning Bill Gates into a half work creature, or just how to share and protect your creative work, check out Cogswell College’s public lecture series, which is also totally free!  Learn more at http://cogswellcollege.eventbrite.com/

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UPCOMING BAY AREA STARTUP EVENTS
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AnchorEVENT SPECIALS:

10% off Crafting an Online Presence
Apr 17, 6:00 – 7:30pm
pariSoma @ 169 11th Street
This class will discuss how to bring your blog, website, newsletter and social networking together to present a unified brand identity online. It will assume some familiarity and experience, but not expert level with all platforms and will focus mostly on the types of content to post and how to build a strategy that will help you reach and sustain your goals. Receive 10% off at http://socialmediabrandingparisoma-webwallflower.eventbrite.com/?discount=webwallflower

10% off 500 Startup’s MamaBear Conference
April 20th, 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Microsoft, Mountain View
Moms today are economic powerhouses – and like mama bears, are loving, nurturing, and fiercely protective. MamaBear is a 1-day conference for startups, platforms, and thought leaders to explore new technology for moms, kids, and families —from education to safety, and health & wellness to community. Our speakers include folks like LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow), Brooke Chaffin (Disney), Seth Berman (Baby Center), Mauria Finley (Citrus Lane), Mike Greenfield (Circle of Moms) and more!  Learn more at http://mamabeartech.co/ and use code “webwallflower” for 10% off.

10% off – Future of Money & Technology Summit
Monday, April 23, 9:00a-6:00p
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, CA

On April 23rd, the Future of Money & Technology Summit will bring together the best and brightest thinkers in the financial ecosystem, including visionaries, entrepreneurial business people, developers, press, investors, authors, solution providers, service providers, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of cash and commerce. We’ll meet at San Francisco’s Hotel Kabuki to discuss money and technology, in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment. Register for your tickets here today: http://futureofmoney3.eventbrite.com/ and save 10% with the code “zwebwallflower“.

15% off PR DISRUPTED CONFERENCE 2012: food | wine | travel
April 23rd, 8:00am-6:00pm
J.W. Marriott San Francisco

Join top influencers in the travel/food and wine space for a day-long conference focused on bringing you the latest trends, changes and ideas that will make an impact on your business in 2012.  Learn more at http://prdisruptedsf-Cassi.eventbrite.com and use code disrupt for 15% off.

15% Off The 10th Founder Showcase
April 24th, 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
The Founder Showcase is the premier seed-stage startup pitch and networking event, gathering over 500 founders, investors and press to hear talks from prominent CEOs and help launch a promising company to greatness. Guests will be treated to talks from leading startup CEOs (TBA), as well as an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies. Appetizers and drinks will also be served in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in the Demo Table Competition. We are expecting over 150 startup investors in attendance, so purchase your tickets today. Web Wallflower readers get a 15% discount by using the code web_wallflower. For more information go to www.FounderShowcase.com

15% off DevCon5, HTML5 and Mobile App Developer Conference
April 25 – 26th, 9:00a – 5:00p
Network Meeting Center, 5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
For web developers, designers, architects as well as technology leaders and business strategists on how to use HTML5 to create dynamic user experiences and new mobile business models while exploiting the power of this new language. The conference is a three track program comprised of a Gaming/Mobile Track, User Interface Track, and an Animation Track. Register at http://goo.gl/fWyUN/ and use discount code TCHV to receive a 15% discount. Cost: $395 Early Bird, $595 Regular, $795 onsite

15% off – Vator Spark: Got Game? How to Gamify Your Start-up
May 1, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Berkeley Skydeck, Penthouse @ 2150 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Vator is introducing Vator Spark, a series of master classes on innovative and disruptive topics relevant to succeeding as a technology entrepreneur.  If you’re not incorporating gamification into your business processes, you’re not fully engaging today’s consumers. Consumers are playful and want to be recognized. Give them a goal – and you’ll tap into their loyalty. Use the discount code “webwallflower” for 15% off your ticket at http://vatorspark.eventbrite.com/

10% off The Startup Conference
May 2, 2012, 9:30am – 5pm
500 Castro St, Mountain View
Join 600 entrepreneurs for the Startup Conference 2012, one of the largest entrepreneur conferences in Silicon Valley. Discuss how to launch your startup, create buzz and traction, improve your elevator pitch and learn the latest fundraising trends.  More info http://thestartupconference.com. Use promo code “cass” for 10% off

AnchorSAN FRANCISCO EVENTS:

Cloud Nine Workspace Opening
April 11th, 5:00 – 9:00pm
1261 Howard Street (FL 3)
Come have free beer, wine and appetizers at SoMA’s newest co-working space.  5000 square feet of beautiful loft space opening to startups, freelancers and other cool people.  25 total spots available.  More info online at http://rentcloudnine.weebly.com/index.html

PitchKlub Pitch Competition #1 + Cocktails
April 11th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Parisoma, 169 11th Street

PitchKlub is a mobile app that alows speakers to get valuable real time feedback about their speaking and communication style.  This informal pitch competition will focus on people giving 2 min pitches on any topic and getting real time feedback from the crowd.  Great networking and cocktails will be provided.  Register at http://pitchklub.eventbrite.com

Firebase Launch Event
April 12th, 7:00-9:00pm
1 Market St, San Francisco

Join the Firebase team in celebrating their launch. Firebase is an evolution of Envolve.com, they build a Facebook-style chat that is used on 60,000 websites and are now releasing their next product. Come and learn more about Firebase and drink good beer.  Learn more at http://firebase.eventbrite.com

Customer Development Day
April 14th, 9:00a -1:00p
Parisoma 169 11th St
Come to a hands-on event,  filled with practical exercises, totally dedicated to developing a closer relationship with our customers. Lets build confidence together, strengthen our network and our community and gain more knowledge about customer development and about our own products.  Learn more at http://CustDevDay.eventbrite.com

UpOut’s Launch Preparty: Eggs, Sponsored Beer + Bouncy Castle Boxing
April 14, 7:30p – 11:00p
ZSpace, 450 Florida St.
UpOut is an app that helps people discover fun events happening in real time! So, start your Saturday night at our preparty featuring sponsored beer, an adult easter egg hunt and bouncy castle boxing. Come hang out with the founders and meet other awesome techies/locals to have a great night. More information and sign up at: http://www.upout.com/sf/do/eggs-beer-bouncy-boxing-upouts-launch-preparty

U Pick the VC You Want to Meet
April 8 – April 18 Ebay Auction Site
San Francisco, TBD
We’re turning the tables on meeting with Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers. In a fundraiser for LLS, we’re auctioning off meetings with VCs and Founders in the Bay area. No intro required, just be the winning bidder on the auction and the meeting is yours. Currently up for bid are five unique seats to meet with Ron Conway, David Lee, and the SV Angel group, the Godfathers of Silicon Valley.  Coming up in the next few weeks, are auctions for meetings with Draper Fisher Jurveston, a FaceBook VP, 23&me operations manager, and a who’s who list of Silicon Valley. Learn more at http://myworld.ebay.com/celebrityexperienceforlls

RockIT Tech Trivia
April 18, 6:00p – 8:00p
Mars Bar (798 Brannan St)
Tired of having to tell people how smart you are? Come prove it. Join RockIT for our monthly tech trivia. Party starts at 6pm, games begin at 7!  More information at http://www.meetup.com/SF-Tech-Trivia/events/59279012/

10% off Future of Money & Technology Summit
April 23, 9:00a-6:00p
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, CA

On April 23rd, the Future of Money & Technology Summit will bring together the best and brightest thinkers in the financial ecosystem, including visionaries, entrepreneurial business people, developers, press, investors, authors, solution providers, service providers, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of cash and commerce. We’ll meet at San Francisco’s Hotel Kabuki to discuss money and technology, in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment. Register for your tickets here today: http://futureofmoney3.eventbrite.com/ and save 10% with the code “zwebwallflower“.

15% off PR DISRUPTED CONFERENCE 2012: food | wine | travel
April 23rd, 8:00am-6:00pm
J.W. Marriott San Francisco

Join top influencers in the travel/food and wine space for a day-long conference focused on bringing you the latest trends, changes and ideas that will make an impact on your business in 2012.  Learn more at http://prdisruptedsf-Cassi.eventbrite.com and use code disrupt for 15% off.

15% Off The 10th Founder Showcase
April 24th, 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
The Founder Showcase is the premier seed-stage startup pitch and networking event, gathering over 500 founders, investors and press to hear talks from prominent CEOs and help launch a promising company to greatness. Guests will be treated to talks from leading startup CEOs (TBA), as well as an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies. Appetizers and drinks will also be served in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in the Demo Table Competition. We are expecting over 150 startup investors in attendance, so purchase your tickets today. Web Wallflower readers get a 15% discount by using the code web_wallflower. For more information go to www.FounderShowcase.com.

InformationWeek Valley View
April 24, 4:00 pm
UBM TechWeb, 303 2nd St
Valley View is a live streamed, monthly web show hosted by InformationWeek Editorial Director Fritz Nelson and UBM TechWeb Chief Content Officer David Berlind.  Week Valley View captures technology innovation around Silicon Valley, giving audiences insight into of the hottest tech companies with a cocktail reception, media networking opportunities, contests and gift giveaways. This event is free to attend, but please RSVP to Esther Rodriguez at iwkmarketing@techweb.com

Innovation Panel: From Product to Monetization
April 24, 6:30 – 8:30p
RocketSpace, 181 Fremont Street

You have developed a fantastic technology, now you need to answer the million dollar question: how do you transform that product into something more? Shayndai Raice, Social Media and Tech Reporter for the Wall Street Journal will engage in a conversation with five Silicon Valley movers and shakers on taking a technology from product to monetization. Clara Shih, CEO of Hearsay Social, Garth Holsinger, VP of Sales and Business Development at Klout, Jerry Clarno, VP of Major Accounts at Box, Jeff Cavins, Founder and CEO of Fuzebox and Erik Kostlenik, VP of Sales and Monetization at Identified.com will discuss, and answer your questions, on how to strategically develop a sales and hiring strategy that drives real revenue.  More info at http://innovationpanel-esearch.eventbrite.com/?srnk=1

The Future of Mobile and Social Gaming
April 26, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
pariSoma Innovation Loft

Games are rapidly changing the face of mobile and social networks and how we interact with one another.  Where do the opportunities lie in 2012?  Who’s innovating?  What are the next big breakthroughs that will radically alter gaming, monetization and user engagement on your phone and the web?  These are a few of the questions we’re going to answer as we go deep on the latest trends in mobile and social gaming.  Learn more at http://foundersspacesfapril2012.eventbrite.com/

Designers + Geeks Speaker Series
April 26, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Yelp (706 Mission St)

“Clarity” is a survey of the astonishing boundaries of design & technology. What is the polar opposite of minimalism? What does Picasso have in common with Jeff Bezos? Who’s right in the design war between Apple and Samsung?  Kevin Lawler is an entrepreneur and iOS app builder. His apps have appeared in six Apple commercials. Before coming to California he worked on the search team at Etsy.  $5 off for 5 folks: http://designers-geeks-speakers-april2012.eventbrite.com/?discount=FIVER

Spring Fashion Show and Startup Gala
April 27th, 7:00p – 12:00a
Fairmont San Francisco

The historic Fairmont Hotel welcomes you to an evening of technology and Fashion. A celebration of our time featuring the best of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The evening will begin with Startup Pitches, followed by a glamorous fashion show and a monumental party. A fashion and startup networking event at its core, the evening highlights will include Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, raffle, live art, photo shoot, very valuable goodie bags, music, a phenomenal view of San Francisco and the company of men and women leading the world of technology and fashion. You are cordially invited to join this celebration. More info at http://fashionfor.eventbrite.com/

20% off Products Are Hard
May 1, 8:00a – 5:00p
Whitcomb Ballroom, San Francisco

Come together for a one-day, one-track event to share the sorrows and joys of making good products with other product managers, engineers, and designers from companies big and small and industries technical and analog. The focus is on the craft of product creation rather than any particular industry esoterica. Sessions will be a combination of individual speakers and head-to-head moderated discussions with plenty of time for side discussions and collaborations.  Learn more and get 20% off at http://productsarehard.eventbrite.com/?discount=WebWallflower

$5 off Ballmer Peak-a-Thon

Cinco De Mayo (5/5), 4:00 – 10:00pm
PariSoma Innovation Loft (169 11th Street)
Join 100 hackers, engineers, and designers at PariSoma for Originate’s ‘business guy free’ party for engineers.  The Ballmer Peak-a-thon is what would result if a meetup collided with a hackathon. It’s a 5 hour open bar hacking party for fart apps. You won’t build a business, you might need a lift home, and you just might find the Ballmer Peak!  Use code NotaWallFlowerWithBeer for $5 off at www.ballmerpeakathon.com.

FounderDating
May 17th, 7:00p – 9:00p
Downtown San Francisco
FounderDating aims to bring together super talented entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and skill sets to start innovative new companies. FounderDating is for those who are truly committed or ready to commit to starting a company full-time or a very meaningful part-time project to work on. Members are carefully screened for quality and readiness (no recruiters, etc.) Applications and members’ identities are confidential. The network is balanced – 50% engineering & 50% non-engineering. The event is just the beginning. FD is also an invite-only online network of entrepreneurs looking for co-founders around the country you’ll become a part of.  Apply at FounderDating.com

Inaugural Forum on Entrepreneurship
May 18, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
536 Mission St
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What is the current status of entrepreneurship in the Bay Area and what does it take to succeed? Come join the entrepreneurial, educational and civic communities for a series of short pitches from high potential start-ups, words of wisdom from leading investor and entrepreneur panelists and plenty of networking opportunities. Pitch your company, get your questions answered, meet investors and learn about the resources available to entrepreneurs.  Learn more at this free seminar at http://gguentrepreneur.eventbrite.com

AnchorBAY AREA EVENTS:

Hacker Dojo Fundraiser
April 10, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Blackbox Mansion, Atherton
Help saving the Hacker Dojo! Seed accelerator blackbox is hosting this networking event to help the Dojo raise the money they need in order to renovate and meet the fire code and Mountain View zoning regulations. By purchasing a ticket, you are making a donation to the Dojo and getting access to the unique international community of entrepreneurs who are currently attending the blackbox connect program. It is going to be a great mix of the local hacker community as well as founders from all over the world. Special guest: Robert Scoble!  More at http://blackboxhackerdojofundraiser.eventbrite.com/

Mega StartupWeekend
April 13th – 15th
Microsoft, Mountain View

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.  Learn more at http://mega.startupweekend.com

10% off 500 Startup’s MamaBear Conference
April 20th, 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Microsoft, Mountain View
Moms today are economic powerhouses – and like mama bears, are loving, nurturing, and fiercely protective. MamaBear is a 1-day conference for startups, platforms, and thought leaders to explore new technology for moms, kids, and families —from education to safety, and health & wellness to community. Our speakers include folks like LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow), Brooke Chaffin (Disney), Seth Berman (Baby Center), Mauria Finley (Citrus Lane), Mike Greenfield (Circle of Moms) and more!  Learn more at http://mamabeartech.co/ and use code “webwallflower” for 10% off.

Node Boot Camp!
April 21, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Microsoft, Silicon Valley Campus, Building 1, Mountain View

Ready to learn Node.JS? Node Bootcamp is a free event for developers and designers who want to learn Node.JS from the ground up with hands-on instruction from Node experts at Microsoft. No prior Node experience is necessary to attend. At Node Bootcamp you’ll learn how to build your first Node application from scratch, how to work with popular Node.JS development tools and editors, how to work with popular 3rd party Node frameworks like Express and Socket.IO, and how to deploy your applications to production hosting environments. Learn more at http://nodejsatmicrosoftsvc.eventbrite.com/

App Developer Privacy Summit
April 25th, 9:00 – 5:00pm
Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society

Mobile apps and the services they provide have been one of the most exciting areas of innovation in recent years. While they enable consumers to use data to connect, discover and accomplish in new ways, the collection and use of consumer data in the complex mobile environment has caused a rise in privacy concerns. To better understand their respective roles in this new ecosystem, platforms, app developers, carriers, consumers and policymakers are gathering to address current and pressing consumer privacy issues. Learn more at http://appdevsummit.eventbrite.com/

15% off DevCon5, HTML5 and Mobile App Developer Conference
April 25 – 26th, 9:00a – 5:00p
Network Meeting Center, 5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
For web developers, designers, architects as well as technology leaders and business strategists on how to use HTML5 to create dynamic user experiences and new mobile business models while exploiting the power of this new language. The conference is a three track program comprised of a Gaming/Mobile Track, User Interface Track, and an Animation Track. Register at http://goo.gl/fWyUN/ and use discount code TCHV to receive a 15% discount. Cost: $395 Early Bird, $595 Regular, $795 onsite

They Hybrid Factory – Meaningful Conversations
April 25, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Mozilla Headquarters:  Mountain View, CA
The Hybrid Factory is a series of Workshops designed to promote the cross-pollination of UX’ers, Engineers, and Product/Business Strategists.  Join us for our upcoming seminar, Meaningful Conversations.  In the user experience, content is our side of the conversation with people. It’s also the most tangible touch point for the brands and products we’re designing. Content strategy helps set the tone for the experience and the direction of the brand. The Hybrid Factory invites you to join Ann Bishop to come find out why “content is [still] king” and how you can affect greater impact in designing with content strategy.  Register here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2837209169

Under the Radar: Consumerization of IT
April 25-26, 2012, 8:00a-5:00p
Microsoft Campus, Mountain View
Under the Radar Conference is Silicon Valley’s most effective innovation showcase and business development conference. Leading decision makers are brought together with pre-vetted startups that are disrupting the way traditional business is run. Through an intense vetting process, Dealmaker Media selects a handful of the industry’s most compelling emerging startups to present to experts and CXOs looking to partner, buy or acquire new technologies.  Connect with over 300 executives from leading brands and businesses, learn about the latest technology that’s disrupting the way business is done and hear where buyers of technology are placing their bets.  Learn more at http://undertheradarcloud2012.eventbrite.com/ and use code “WWF” for $75 off.

US-India Business Summit

April 26-27th
Rosewood hotel, Menlo Park.

The summit aims to promote business, partnership, and investment between the United States and India – bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, politicians, and business leaders from across the globe – all of whom are invested in the U.S.-India partnership and growth story. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State; Mr. Sanjay Jha, CEO, Motorola Mobility; Vinod Khosla, Founder of Sun Microsystems, Ambassador Frank Wisner, Foreign Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs; Mr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India; and Mr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India.  More information at www.usibc.com

Top 10 Questions Founders Should be Asking Investors
April 27, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Orrick Law Firm, Menlo Park

In order to develop key relationships with the investment community, founders must be prepared to answer plenty of hard questions.  However, the founder-investor relationship is hardly one-sided.  Founders looking for a financing partner must develop the analytical skills to help them judge which relationships make the most sense for their startup.  In this month’s meeting you’ll receive insight from top investors about the type of questions you should be asking as you advance your business.  Learn more at http://foundersspacesvapril2012.eventbrite.com/

15% off – Vator Spark: Got Game? How to Gamify Your Start-up
May 1, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Berkeley Skydeck, Penthouse @ 2150 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Vator is introducing Vator Spark, a series of master classes on innovative and disruptive topics relevant to succeeding as a technology entrepreneur.  If you’re not incorporating gamification into your business processes, you’re not fully engaging today’s consumers. Consumers are playful and want to be recognized. Give them a goal – and you’ll tap into their loyalty. Use the discount code “webwallflower” for 15% off your ticket at http://vatorspark.eventbrite.com/

10% off The Startup Conference
May 2, 2012, 9:30am – 5pm
500 Castro St, Mountain View
Join 600 entrepreneurs for the Startup Conference 2012, one of the largest entrepreneur conferences in Silicon Valley. Discuss how to launch your startup, create buzz and traction, improve your elevator pitch and learn the latest fundraising trends.  More info http://thestartupconference.com. Use promo code “cass” for 10% off.

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/

Founders Space
Founders Space brings together founders, angels, VCs, advisers, and innovators to help start-ups rock the world. You can ask questions, join a Founders Round Table, tell your story, or become an Adviser. Visit http://FoundersSpace.com

 

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