February Startup Events

So I’m on the hunt for new game development startups!  I’ve been doing some work with a new accelerator focused on helping gaming companies take off: Game Dojos.  We’ve put together a pretty exciting list of mentors and session leaders to help you meet industry leaders and get your games designed, distributed, and monetized fast.  Applications are open through February 15th, with the class lasting for three months.Learn more at http://gamedojos.com-=Cass Phillipps=-
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UPCOMING BAY AREA STARTUP EVENTS
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.EVENT SPECIALS:

100% off Law and Economics of Aftermarkets

January 31, 12:00-1:30pm
Palo Alto, CA (Venue TBD)
This presentation will introduce participants to the basic concepts of aftermarkets (including platforms and apps). We will survey both the state of the law and some open legal questions surrounding survival as an aftermarket player in the modern economy. The presentation will be of special interest to app and add-on developers, manufacturers of devices with embedded software, and investors, analysts, and attorneys who work in these markets. Presented by Dr.Bruce Abramson of Rimon, P.C. This presentation is approved for 1 hour of California CLE Credit. First 20 people to register using promo code “WebWallFlower” get 100% off the price of a Regular ticket.  More information at http://rimon.eventbrite.com

30% off Quarterly Venture Breakfast

February 7th, 8:00 – 10:00am
Pillsbury Winthrop, Palo Alto

2011 was a confusing year, full of good and bad news. VCs invested roughly $26B, up from $23B in 2010, but VC fundraising was only roughly $14B, so the VCs invested $12B more than they raised in 2011 and $10B more than they raised in 2010, an unsustainable model. Three of the top 4 sectors in 2011 – cleantech, biotech, and medical devices – all face major obstacles and spark much skepticism from many investors. Roughly 50 VC backed companies went public in the US in 2011, down from 75 in 2010, a modest year from a historical perspective. The VC market is in disequilibrium…it cannot stay like this. Will 2012 be better, worse, or the same as 2011? Why are most companies using Pillsbury and PwC? Only our experts know! Come hear the answers!  For more information, check out www.svforum.org/venture-breakfast-series and use code DATA12 for 30% off.

30% off What’s Hot & What’s Not for 2012
February 8th, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Cooley Godward LLP, Palo Alto

Yes, it’s the season to take a look at trends in technology, startups and investing across the complete spectrum- Next Generation, Internet, Clean Tech, Life Sciences, Technology & Media- and peer as far as we can into the future to forecast what might be coming down the pike towards us.  Our illustrious panel of seers and sages will be polishing their crystal balls to give their best interpretations of what they see for 2012.  For more information http://svforum.org/main-event-series and get 30% off using code DATA12

10% off – Content Marketing by Altimeter Group
February 8, 10:00a – 11:00a
Online

Join us in an informal webinar chat and Q&A with Rebecca Lieb, Altimeter Group analyst and author of the recently published book, Content Marketing, and a research report on how enterprises are adapting to the challenges of becoming publishers – not just advertisers.  Each registrant receives a special discount code saving 30% on Rebecca’s Content Marketing book or ebook.  More information at http://digitalcommercerebeccalieb.eventbrite.com Receive 10% off at eventbrite registration using promo code: webwallflower

10% off – The 10th SF MusicTech Summit
February 13, 9:00a – 5:30p
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco

Join us in celebrating the 10th SF MusicTech Summit on Monday, February 13th, 2012! The Summit brings together over 1000 visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment. For more information, check out http://sfmusictech.com and get your discount with the code “promowebwallflower“.

10% off – Women 2.0 PITCH Event
February 14th, 9:00a – 5:00p
Mountain View, CA

Women 2.0 PITCH is a full day of product innovation leaders from Flickr, Facebook, Zipcar, TaskRabbit, LARK and more. Both men and women working in technology (from early-stage startup to corporate) are invited to learn from our speakers sharing best practices, growth strategies and stories of disruptive product development at their ventures. Hear about launching products from concept to cash – and customers! Watch the Women 2.0 Startup Competition finalists pitch live to a panel of investors for feedback and prizes. Network with 800+ members of the Women 2.0 community at our biggest event of the year! To register, visit http://women2.org/conference2012and save 10% with discount code “CASSIE”.

15% off for Employers – Ruby on Rails Employer-Developer Speed Dating
Feb 16, 7-9:30 pm
pariSoma @ 169 11th St, SF

Since our last RoR Employer-Developer Speed Dating event was such a success, we couldn’t help hosting another! We had hot startups like Square, Groupon, & AirBnB there recruiting! This event will give you 15 face-to-face meetings (duration: 5 minutes each) with either top RoR developers or employers. We’ll start and wrap up the event with a free-form social hour where you will be able meet up to 35 more developers and up to 25 employers.

Founder Dating
APPLICATION DUE: February 20th
EVENT: March 1st

Looking for your co-founder? FounderDating is back in San Francisco. What is FounderDating? A great team is the best predictor of a new venture’s success. Great teams are composed of high caliber people with complementary skills, this is where FounderDating comes in. FounderDating brings together super talented, handpicked entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and skill sets who want to start companies. We help them find the right match by giving them access to invitation-only events and an online member network across t. What differentiates FounderDating is the extreme quality of its members and their commitment to start something now! Apply now at http://members.founderdating.com/application/

15% Off – EduTech Mixer
Feb 23, 6:30-8:30
pariSoma @ 169 11th St

pariSoma invites you once again to the latest iteration of the Mixer Series: The EduTech Mixer! Our last Mixer was so successful — with almost 200 attendees and 15 demoing companies — that we couldn’t resist the urge of hosting it again! So come on over to rub shoulders with cutting edge developers, educators, and VCs in our trendy loft. Teams from the hottest EduTech startups will be pitching the next groundbreaking products/services, providing demos and Q&A sessions. Register at http://edutechmixer-webwall.eventbrite.com/?discount=WebWallflower for 15% off.

10% off – Fundraising: Creating the Perfect Pitch for Angels and VCs
Feb 28, 12:30-2pm
pariSoma @ 169 11th St

Due to its popularity, we’re teaching this class for the fourth time!! So bring your lunch and come to learn from Pascal Levy-Garboua’s extensive experience!You have a startup idea, possibly a product, users or paying customers, and now you are looking for money from outside investors. In order to pitch to angel investors or VCs, you will need to be prepared, and this course will give provide you with the necessary tools to be successful! Beyond the typical advice on how and when to approach investors, this class will focus on the actual presentation (pitch deck and demo) and the story you are going to tell your investors. Learn more at http://fundraisingivparisoma-webwall.eventbrite.com/?discount=webwallflower10

30% off AngelHack 2
March 3 & 4th, 9:00a – 10:00p
Adobe Office at 601 Townsend

Do you want to launch your startup on the fast track to success? Join us on March 3-4th for AngelHack, the largest US hackathon competition, where you can build cool shit and win over $50,000 in prizes, including seed investment and co-working space. Compete with the brightest minds on the East and West coast, as you hack the night away and pitch your startup to Angel Investors. Get 30% off when you use discount code ‘WebWall’ @ http://angelhacksf2.eventbrite.com

.SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS:

YetiZen Year of the Dragon Party
January 31st, 6:00 – 9:00pm
601 Townsend Street

Come join us on Tuesday, January 31st at 6PM as we eat, drink, mingle, and party with the smoothest Jedis in the industry – including influential and talented game developers, producers, and gamers alike! We’ll be rocking at the Adobe’s SF Office (address on the top right). As always, we will be providing FREE DRINKS, thumpy music, and invaluable networking time! Best of all, FREE ADMISSION! Space is limited! Hurry and reserve your ticket FAST!  More info at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2775703203

Vator Splash SF
February 2nd, 4:00 – 11:00pm
Cafe Du Nord

The Splash event, hosted by Vator, is a single-track evening event and startup competition.  Splash gathers leading entrepreneurs, innovators and financiers across technology to inspire and energize the audience about entrepreneurship and innovation.  Splash brings together high-caliber speakers who talk about how to build and scale great successful companies, how their industries are changing and the opportunities those changes are creating.  More information at http://vatorsplash.eventbrite.com/

DrinkEntrepreneurs
Feb 2nd, 6:30p – 9:30p
Pete’s Tavern, 128 King St

Wanna drink beers and meet entrepreneurs? This is the 3rd session of this event in San Francisco! Drink Entrepreneurs is a laid back monthly event where entrepreneurs enjoy hanging out with fellow hackers and startupers. Initially launched for fun in Paris – Drink Entrepreneurs is ramping up, and is currently in 30 cities (Paris, London, Brussels etc… ) across the globe. Learn more at http://drinkentrepreneursfeb.eventbrite.com/

Inside Social Apps
February 8th – 9th
The Concourse

What do industry leaders view as today’s most formidable challenges affecting and mobile apps and games in 2012 Inside Social Apps 2012 is our third conference on the future of monetization on social and mobile platforms. Leaders from the industry will share insights on the key opportunities facing social apps Inside Social Apps conferences sell out in advance, so take advantage of early registration pricing and register now.

Hackers & Founders
February 9th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Pedro’s Cantina

This is by far one of the best hacker meetups in the valley; join hundreds of developers and founders as they meet, mingle, and enjoy the tasty eats and drinks of the evening.  Learn more at http://hackersandfounders.com

10% off – The 10th SF MusicTech Summit
February 13, 9:00a – 5:30p
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco

Join us in celebrating the 10th SF MusicTech Summit on Monday, February 13th, 2012! The Summit brings together over 1000 visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment. For more information, check out http://sfmusictech.com and get your discount with the code “promowebwallflower“.

Future of Education – Learn Anything, Anytime, Anyplace through Informal Learning
February 16, 6:00p – 9:00p
RocketSpace – 181 Fremont

Check out this EdTech featuring Sifteo, Udemy, Junyo, GoGoMongo, EdSurge, and Pearson. The panel include the co-founder of Zynga, head of Starup Weekend Education SF, as well as demo of the Sifteo cubes as featured on TED.  More information at http://pearson-future-of-education.eventbrite.com/

15% off for Employers – Ruby on Rails Employer-Developer Speed Dating
Feb 16, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
pariSoma @ 169 11th St, SF

Since our last RoR Employer-Developer Speed Dating event was such a success, we couldn’t help hosting another! We had hot startups like Square, Groupon, & AirBnB there recruiting! This event will give you 15 face-to-face meetings (duration: 5 minutes each) with either top RoR developers or employers. We’ll start and wrap up the event with a free-form social hour where you will be able meet up to 35 more developers and up to 25 employers.

Deal Making: The Workings of Business Development Execution
February 22nd, 6:15 – 8:15pm
Cooley, LLP – 101 California Street, 5th Floor

February’s San Francisco Business Development meet up will focus on best practices regarding deal execution. We will explore suggestions around contracts, negotiation tactics, how to find the right decision makers at partner companies and when startups should be completing business development type deals. The discussion will also focus on how business development teams should approach the deal making process.   More information at http://bdmeetupsffeb.eventbrite.com/

15% Off – EduTech Mixer
Feb 23, 6:30-8:30
pariSoma @ 169 11th St

pariSoma invites you once again to the latest iteration of the Mixer Series: The EduTech Mixer! Our last Mixer was so successful — with almost 200 attendees and 15 demoing companies — that we couldn’t resist the urge of hosting it again! So come on over to rub shoulders with cutting edge developers, educators, and VCs in our trendy loft. Teams from the hottest EduTech startups will be pitching the next groundbreaking products/services, providing demos and Q&A sessions. Register at http://edutechmixer-webwall.eventbrite.com/?discount=WebWallflower for 15% off.

10% off – Fundraising: Creating the Perfect Pitch for Angels and VCs
Feb 28, 12:30-2pm
pariSoma @ 169 11th St

Due to its popularity, we’re teaching this class for the fourth time!! So bring your lunch and come to learn from Pascal Levy-Garboua’s extensive experience!You have a startup idea, possibly a product, users or paying customers, and now you are looking for money from outside investors. In order to pitch to angel investors or VCs, you will need to be prepared, and this course will give provide you with the necessary tools to be successful! Beyond the typical advice on how and when to approach investors, this class will focus on the actual presentation (pitch deck and demo) and the story you are going to tell your investors. Learn more at http://fundraisingivparisoma-webwall.eventbrite.com/?discount=webwallflower10

30% off AngelHack 2
March 3 & 4th, 9:00a – 10:00p
Adobe Office at 601 Townsend

Do you want to launch your startup on the fast track to success? Join us on March 3-4th for AngelHack, the largest US hackathon competition, where you can build cool shit and win over $50,000 in prizes, including seed investment and co-working space. Compete with the brightest minds on the East and West coast, as you hack the night away and pitch your startup to Angel Investors. Get 30% off when you use discount code ‘WebWall’ @ http://angelhacksf2.eventbrite.com

Launch Conference

March 7th – 8th, 9:00a – 5:00pm
The Concourse

Forty cutting edge, and never-before seen, technology companies will debut at this year’s LAUNCH Conference, one of the newest but also most popular startup conferences in the Bay Area!  Learn more at http://conference.launch.is/

.BAY AREA EVENTS:

100% off Law and Economics of Aftermarkets

January 31, 12:00-1:30pm
Palo Alto, CA (Venue TBD)
This presentation will introduce participants to the basic concepts of aftermarkets (including platforms and apps). We will survey both the state of the law and some open legal questions surrounding survival as an aftermarket player in the modern economy. The presentation will be of special interest to app and add-on developers, manufacturers of devices with embedded software, and investors, analysts, and attorneys who work in these markets. Presented by Dr.Bruce Abramson of Rimon, P.C. This presentation is approved for 1 hour of California CLE Credit. First 20 people to register using promo code “WebWallFlower” get 100% off the price of a Regular ticket.  More information at http://rimon.eventbrite.com

The 100 – Year Company: Evernote
February 7th, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Galileo Auditorium, Mountain View

At this special evening event, you’ll meet Phil Libin, who has presided over Evernote’s explosive growth from 3 million users in mid-2010 to more than 16 million today. Sharing the stage will be Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha and Morgenthaler Ventures’ Gary Little, two of the key venture partners who have helped propel Evernote to success. Xconomy San Francisco editor Wade Roush will quiz the trio about Evernote’s unconventional fundraising strategy, its freemium business model, its ambitious effort to build a cross-device technology platform that will attract thousands of third-party developers, and, of course, Libin’s plans for ensuring Evernote’s longevity. As always, there will be plenty of time for your questions. Learn more at http://xconomyxchange3.eventbrite.com/

30% off – Quarterly Venture Breakfast
February 7th, 8:00 – 10:00am
Pillsbury Winthrop, Palo Alto

2011 was a confusing year, full of good and bad news. VCs invested roughly $26B, up from $23B in 2010, but VC fundraising was only roughly $14B, so the VCs invested $12B more than they raised in 2011 and $10B more than they raised in 2010, an unsustainable model. Three of the top 4 sectors in 2011 – cleantech, biotech, and medical devices – all face major obstacles and spark much skepticism from many investors. Roughly 50 VC backed companies went public in the US in 2011, down from 75 in 2010, a modest year from a historical perspective. The VC market is in disequilibrium…it cannot stay like this. Will 2012 be better, worse, or the same as 2011? Why are most companies using Pillsbury and PwC? Only our experts know! Come hear the answers!  For more information, check out www.svforum.org/venture-breakfast-series and use code DATA12 for 30% off.

Leveraging Social Media Partners
Feb. 7th, Mar 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th at 6:30-9:30p
UCSC (2505 Augustine Drive), Santa Clara

Social media networks have become one of the fastest ways to attract valuable partners. This course covers the use of the social landscape – opportunities, platforms, tools metrics and best practices – to find partners and delve into the 3 Ms of partner experience – Manage, Maximize and Measure. Students learn how to use word of mouth advertising, collect vital business and product opportunity insight and harvest Facebook. We ask our students to develop a partner social plan. Components are promotions, lead generation, branding and partner campaigns. Industry guests include @IreneKoehler @kennyair.  More information at  http://www.facebook.com/partnersocial

Tips & Tricks for Javascript & CSS
February 8th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Polyvore, Mountain View
Forget Valentine’s Day, this February we’re showing the love by sharing all of our Tips & Tricks. Two speakers will be sharing their Javascript & CSS favorites and then we’ll open it up to folks in the audience.  Learn more at http://www.meetup.com/startupslide/events/49289332/

30% off What’s Hot & What’s Not for 2012
February 8th, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Cooley Godward LLP, Palo Alto

Yes, it’s the season to take a look at trends in technology, startups and investing across the complete spectrum- Next Generation, Internet, Clean Tech, Life Sciences, Technology & Media- and peer as far as we can into the future to forecast what might be coming down the pike towards us.  Our illustrious panel of seers and sages will be polishing their crystal balls to give their best interpretations of what they see for 2012.  For more information http://svforum.org/main-event-series and get 30% off using code DATA12

10% off – Women 2.0 PITCH Event
February 14th, 9:00a – 5:00p
Mountain View, CA

Both men and women are invited to attend the 5th Annual Women 2.0 PITCH Conference. Meet and network with over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, product managers, marketers, biz dev, etc. at our biggest event of the year! The agenda is packed with top speakers, case studies and dynamic panel discussions on women-led technology solutions from companies like Facebook, Zipcar, Chomp, TaskRabbit, LARK and more. Save 10% with discount code “CASSIE” when you register at http://www.women2.org/conference2012

Startup Grind hosts Pinterest Founder
February 29th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
AOL Headquarters, Palo Alto

Ben Silbermann is a co-founder of Pinterest, an online Pinboard that lets you organize and share things you love. It also just happens to be one of the fastest growing website in the world with more than 5MM active monthly users, and doubling in growth almost every month. Learn some of his tricks at this month’s Startup Grind!  Information at http://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind/events/33435042/

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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