December 2011 Startup Events

Thank you for all of your support during my time of change.  It’s been really fun so far!  I’ve been helping out the SV IGDA as well as Concept Art House, picking up an intimidating pile of books to read (including Extreme Programming Explained and Challenges for Game Designers), and started a Javascript class on Udemy.  I will probably start looking for “real” work in late winter or early spring, just FYI…

We’re into the holiday season, where parties seem to be popping up every night.  I’ve listed some of those I’ve heard about ahead of time, but keep an eye on Plancast and Facebook for updates.  I’ve also got some neat holiday deals from some of our partners, so check below for those.

This may be my last newsletter of 2011, as I have a lot of holiday travel and it’s pretty quiet the last two weeks of December.  But I hope you have a wonderful new year!

-=Cass Phillipps=-
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UPCOMING BAY AREA STARTUP EVENTS
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.HOLIDAY SPECIALS:

AppSumo Holiday Special
FREE Lean Startup Secrets Revealed Video

The guys at AppSumo have lined up a special holiday deal for WebWallflower Readers only; a free copy of an otherwise SOLD OUT video from Eric Ries of Lean Startup.  Eric is normally too busy throwing all these gigantic Lean Startup events all over the country and advising cool startups, but now he’s taken the time to put together a great video covering: Validating Your Idea, How to optimize your idea, How to identify the right strategy, Lessons learned by trial & error, Actually BUILDING out your idea, What can you do right now?….and a lot of other important stuff we don’t have room for here.  Pick up your free copy at: http://appsumo.com/action-video-lean-startup-free/?src=webwallflower

Venntive Holiday Special
20% off for 12 months + December

Email marketing. CRM. Surveys. Social media management. SMS marketing. Event marketing…Shouldn’t we be past having to make dozens of applications work together, and settling for a less-than-wonderful experience that costs time and money? Venntive is a comprehensive digital marketing and relationship management platform that collects all of the necessary information in one place. It delivers sophisticated, easy-to-use integrated apps and saves its users thousands of dollars every month and hundreds of hours annually. Our gift to you this holiday season is a 20% discount for 2012. Sign Up Free today at http://venntive.com and choose WebWallflower in the How Heard dropdown.

Udemy Holiday Special
70% off How To Create an Awesome Demo Video

Videos Rule. If your company’s website doesn’t have them, you are missing out on an awesome way of communicating with your customers.  Unfortunately, many companies let the high costs of professional videos turn them off to the real power of this marketing medium. Some folks even create low quality videos in-house.  As dynamic and powerful as videos can be, bad videos can be just as persuasive… in a totally negative way.  Thankfully, Udemy’s put together this great holiday deal, giving you an incredible discount on this How To series for your demo video.  Check it out at http://www.udemy.com/deal/webwallflower-awesomedemovideos-nov282011.html

5th Annual PITCH: Women 2.0 Startup Competition
Applications Due: December 7th, 2011
San Francisco, CA

Open to early-stage ventures. Applying companies must have a female in the founding team, be in beta stage, and have received less than a million in funding. Bing is honored to sponsor the Women 2.0 PITCH competition and conference for female entrepreneurs as part of its Bing Booster program for startups this year. Bing has seen the shortage and lack of visibility for female startup entrepreneurs in the tech world and would like to give them a boost – in this case, by sponsoring the first 100 applicants to the Women 2.0 PITCH Startup Competition! More information at http://www.women2.org/apply-to-pitch-in-san-francisco-2012-with-women-2-0/

50% off – SecondMarket’s Cocktails & Conversations: What Startup Employees Should Know About Their Equity
December 6, 6:30-9:30PM
Founders Den – 665 3rd Street

Are you a startup employee or shareholder interested in learning more about your rights, liquidity options and the value of your equity or stock options? Please join SecondMarket for an evening of Cocktails & Conversations: What Startup Employees Should Know About Their Equity. For more info, check out www.CocktailsandConversationsStartupEquitySF.eventbrite.com and use discount code “WallFlowerVIP” for 50% off!

25% off - GigaOM Net:Work
December 8, 7:30am – 7:30pm
UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center

The modern enterprise is now a 24/7 global workforce connected by the web. With so many companies still grappling with this change, the opportunity to help with the transition is a booming market worth tens of billions of dollars.
 At Net:Work 2011, GigaOM editors, GigaOM Pro analysts, top business leaders and technology companies such as Box, Citrix, Google, LinkedIn, Jive Software, Rypple will explore the business challenges and opportunities presented by this global culture of work. Read more about Net:Work here: http://event.gigaom.com/network/ with a 25% discount at http://network2011.eventbrite.com/?discount=WEBWALLFLOWER

20% off – Health Innovation Summit
January 18-20th
Fort Mason San Francisco
The Health Innovation Summit is a 3 day event focused on bringing great digital health solutions to market: Learn from experts about needs, opportunities, and stakeholders in the healthcare system, open technical challenges, digital health business models, technology platforms, and how to design great user experiences. Connect with developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and strategic partners including some of the biggest consumer and healthcare brands interested in digital health. Launch your own startup or watch others as they demo new products and services that will change healthcare as we know it today.  More information at http://healthinnovationsummit.com and get 20% off tickets with code “CassPhillipps”

40% off – Startup Exits
January 19th, 5:00 – 9:00pm
RocketSpace, SF

Startup Exits is back and ready to kick some a**. For this round, we’re bringing in M&A pros from Dropbox, eBay, Evernote and Groupon. Jack Abraham (founded and sold Milo.com) will lead our keynote. As a bonus, Aydin Senkut of Felicis VC (20+ exits) will be featured in a fireside chat titled “Thoughts On The Exit From A VC’s Perspective.” As always, we’ll have cocktails, appetizers and the best startup CEO networking around. Come join in the fun! And how about a discount code while we’re at it: WebWallflower40 for 40% off!  More information at http://startupexits.com

.SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS:

TechCentralSF Anniversary Party and Holiday Bash!
December 6th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Rocketspace

Join TechCentralSF, Google, Newspepper (Hermione Way) for our TechCentral holiday bash! We’ll have a special guest DJ, Music, and contest with prizes from Google and TechCentralSF. More information at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2537816678- hope to see you there!

50% off – SecondMarket’s Cocktails & Conversations: What Startup Employees Should Know About Their Equity
December 6, 6:30-9:30PM
Founders Den – 665 3rd Street

Are you a startup employee or shareholder interested in learning more about your rights, liquidity options and the value of your equity or stock options? Please join SecondMarket for an evening of Cocktails & Conversations: What Startup Employees Should Know About Their Equity. For more info, check out www.CocktailsandConversationsStartupEquitySF.eventbrite.com and use discount code “WallFlowerVIP” for 50% off!

Webgrrls Holiday Mixer
December 6th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
TechSoup Headquarters, 525 Brannan, Suite 300

Are you ready to end your year with new connections, new friends, great prizes, and a whole lot of FUN? Then Join SF Webgrrls on December 6 for our Annual Holiday Celebration event. We will start at 7:00PM with beer & wine, some great food, door prizes and drawings from our sponsors.When the SF Webgrrls Community gets together for the Holidays, it is an industry event, not only about revelry but also about the celebration of the achievements of women in technology and business. Please invite clients friends, & colleagues (both male & female)  More information at https://www.webgrrls.com/events/:405

Startup Waffles
December 7th, 8:00a – 10:00a
Sandbox Suites

Come meet exciting startups in mobile, gaming, media and other creative fields in San Francisco’s original coworking spot, Sandbox Suites!  More information at http://startupwafflesf.eventbrite.com/ – tickets are free but you must RSVP.

Winter Wonderland: Learn to Animate with CSS
December 7, 7:00 – 9:00p
Twitter (795 Folsom St – Suite 600)
Improved browser support of CSS3 has allowed us to build a richer web with visual treatments. But with great power comes great responsibility. Just because you can add a skewed animated rainbow with drop shadow to your site doesn’t mean you should. In this session we’ll look at what’s really cool in CSS3 by making snow with CSS3. We take a look at selectors, gradients, rounded corners, alpha-transparency, transitions and transforms, with a deeper dive into CSS3 animation. You’ll have to restrain yourself, though. Yes, we’ll cover transitions, transforms, keyframes and more. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Note that this is similar to the SVCC and OpenWebCamp presentation.  More information at http://www.meetup.com/cascadesf/events/36494052/

Play! Framework Hackathon
December 10th – 11th, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Formspring Offices

Masterbranch is organizing a Play Framework Hackathon in the lovely city of San Francisco. We have been using Play since the beginning, we started using the stable release 4.  Join us in a weekend full of fun, hack a Play Framework app, and drink beer with other geeks.  Playframework is a web framework for Java/Scala that is currently becoming more and more popular. It breaks with the old Java EE constraints, and gives java developers a fresh environment for web sites.  More information at http://playframework-sf.eventbrite.com/

Ideas to Impact 2011
Dec 10, 6:30-10:30pm
pariSoma @ 169 11th St, SF

What if you could marry the innovative spirit of the Bay Area with medical humanitarianism? What if – in the course of one evening – you could receive a crash course on the needs of a war-ravaged country, join with like-minded individuals to brainstorm creative solutions, and then form teams to translate your ideas into action with the help of a dynamic and experienced NGO? Mingle with students and young professionals who share an interest in global health. Hear about the work that the International Medical Health Organization (IMHO) does in Sri Lanka and beyond. Translate your own ideas into real impact overseas by working with the IMHO. More information at http://ideas2impact-parisoma.eventbrite.com/

40% off – Startup Exits
January 19th, 5:00 – 9:00pm
RocketSpace, SF

Startup Exits is back and ready to kick some a**. For this round, we’re bringing in M&A pros from Dropbox, eBay, Evernote and Groupon. Jack Abraham (founded and sold Milo.com) will lead our keynote. As a bonus, Aydin Senkut of Felicis VC (20+ exits) will be featured in a fireside chat titled “Thoughts On The Exit From A VC’s Perspective.” As always, we’ll have cocktails, appetizers and the best startup CEO networking around. Come join in the fun! And how about a discount code while we’re at it: WebWallflower40 for 40% off!  More information at http://startupexits.com
.BAY AREA EVENTS:

Legal Issues Facing Early Stage Tech Startups
December 6th, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Latham & Watkins Office, Menlo Park
Patrick Pohlen, co-chair of the Emerging Company Practice for the global law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP, will discuss key legal issues facing early stage technology startups and entrepreneurs. Patrick will lead a lively discussion about business-entity formation and fund raising.  This is in partnership with the ongoing Mobile Work Week.  More information at http://mobileworkweek.eventbrite.com/#design

Audio and Music Hacking
December 6th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Hacker Dojo, Mountain View

This is an informal hacking meetup for sound-related projects. This is for you if you’re interested in building audio circuits (oscillators/filters, etc), audio programming languages (e.g. PD, MAX/MSP, Chuck), programming audio applications, digital signal processing, building instruments/synthesizers, circuit bending, or other audio/music tech related things.  Get more information at http://events.hackerdojo.com/event/1150012-audio-and-music-hacking

SVNewTech
December 6th, 8:00 – 11:00pm
DLA Piper, Palo Alto

Learn about hot new web technologies and mingle with 200+ fellow entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers, and tech enthusiasts. This meetup fills up quickly, so be sure to RSVP two weeks early each month.  We announce the lineup the day of the meetup, and we always feature four interesting companies.  More information at http://www.meetup.com/svnewtech/events/39487832/

UX Happy Hour
December 7th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Antonio’s Nut House, Palo Alto

Interested in User Experience, or a pro at it yourself?  Be sure to check out what I’ve heard is a pretty awesome happy hour and networking event for the industry.  It’s free, but an RSVP is requested at http://www.uxhappyhour.com/sv

Hackers and Founders
December 8th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
TechShop, San Jose

This is an incredibly popular group of just what it sounds like – hackers and founders – meeting to share some of the newest technology, apps, and startups, get to know one another, and get business done.  Learn more about this and all of their events at http://www.hackersandfounders.com/

everyCircle Holiday Business Mixer
December 8th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Irish Innovation Center, San Jose

Grow Your Business – Network & Meet your NEXT clients (100s of Decision-Makers, Executives, Entrepreneurs, Leaders) in a unique, upscale, approachable & professional environment.  Learn more at http://www.everycircle.com/en/events/2011dec8siliconvalleymixer

PitchCrawl SJ
December 8th. 6:30 – 9:30pm
San Jose

This is your opportunity to network with an intimate group of 30 Investors and 90 Startup Founders.  Elevator pitch your startup to 30 Investors in the format of a crawl through 3 Downtown San Jose startup hubs including NextSpace!  We at Dishcrawl believe that the strongest relationships are built over food, we will be feeding you as well. And it will be delicious.  Tickets online are reserved for Startup Founders only.  More information at http://www.dishcrawl.com/dishcrawl/150

BayThreat
December 9th – 11th
Hacker Dojo, Mountain View

The theme for BayThreat is as simple as black & white: “Building & Breaking Security.” Two tracks, each tackling opposite sides of the security fence. As Security Professionals, it is up to us to take that dichotomy and mold it into the shades of gray we use to protect our environment.  More information at http://www.baythreat.org/

LeanBack by adRise with GoogleTV
December 13, 6:30 – 9:30p
YouTube, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno

adRise is putting together another LeanBack event, this time with GoogleTV at YouTube’s offices. Panelists including executives from Samsung, Roku, Revision3, Comcast, etc. All those interested in Connected TV and advertising are welcome. Please note there is limited capacity.  Learn more at http://adrise.com

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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