March 2014 Startup Events

Are you reading your calendars for SXSW and the Bay Area exodus that comes with it?  Well don’t you worry, there is still plenty to do here for those of us sticking around (and honestly, I find the events to be better, as they get more intimate and detailed.)  What do you have planned this coming week?

-=Cass Phillipps=-
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15% off RightsCon Silicon Valley
March 3 – 5, 9:00a – 5:00p
Mission Bay, SF

RightsCon Silicon Valley is the only conference dedicated to exploring the relationship between the technology sector and human rights.  With so many of our interactions facilitated by digital tools, the opportunities and liabilities for the tech sector are increasingly at the center of the discussion.  While the rights to information are facilitated by technology, so too are major concerns involving privacy, state surveillance, jurisdictional issues, and accountability.  RightsCon will feature thought leaders, highlight emerging voices, host strategy and implementation sessions, and provide opportunities to showcase new strategies and initiatives.  Learn more at and use code “WW15” for 15% off.

25% off Everything Startups Need to Know About Angel Funding
March 5th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Academy of Art, 466 Townsend St.

This is our much anticipated “Angel Funding” event.  Find out everything you need to know about Series Seed, Convertible Notes, SAFE Financing Docs, and Closing Angel Rounds.  Learn more at and use code 25_PERCENT_OFF

$200 off DocuSign MOMENTUM 2014
March 5th and 6th
Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

DocuSign is hosting their annual conference in San Francisco, featuring presentations by Parker Harris (the technical co-cofounder of, Sanker Akerkar (VP of Microsoft’s Developer and Partner Division) and a panel hosted by Mary Meeker (Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byer).   It will be an opportunity to learn how companies of all sizes transform their business processes with the latest tools and APIs.  There will be sessions on implementing eSignature and paperless processes into your web and mobile applications.  Get $200 off at

25% off Strategic Investors: Funding from Corporate VCs
March 12th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
379 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto

This is Founder’s Space’s annual “Strategic Investors” event.  Find out what are corporations looking for in startups?  Which corporations are the most active investors?  How to negotiate the best terms with a corporate VC?  And ways to orchestrate your own acquisition.  They’ll have three top corporate VCs speaking, plus plenty of food, drink and networking.  Learn more at and use code 25_PERCENT_OFF for just that.

$50 off 500 Startups’ COMMERCISM and Bitcoinference
March 20 and 21
Mountain View, CA

Join the Founders of BONOBOS, STRIPE, MODCLOTH, POLYVORE + WARBY PARKER, AIRBNB, ZAPPOS & more @ COMMERCISM, a 1-day conference about strategies & tactics for building, growing, and dominating online commerce. And for all you Bitcoin geeks, join us the day before (March 20th) for the ultimate meet ‘n’ geek at a half-day bitcoin un-conference. SELL OUT, COMRADES!  Learn more at and use codeWEBWALLFLOWER for $50 off.

20% off Startup Marketing Conference 2014
March 27th 8:30am – 9:00pm
RocketStudios (344 Pine St.)

Introducing the largest social media and digital marketing education event for entrepreneurs and startups. The conference features 7 sessions and discussion panels covering the foundational best practices, case studies and new trends in digital marketing, customer development and growth hacking optimized for startups and small businesses.  Learn more and register with code webwallflower to save 20% off admission at 

SF New Tech presents “6 About to Break” @ Macworld
March 27th, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Moscone North, San Francisco

Macworld/iWorld joins forces with SF New Tech to reveal the next big iOS app, Apple-related accessory, software or utility with the first-ever ‘6 About to Break’ competition. We’re taking applications now and will showcase the final six companies at Macworld/iWorld 2014 where the finalists will demo their hot new products in front of a live audience. To apply for the competition, visit Attend 6 About to Break and score 3-day expo hall passes and 3-day conference passes to Macworld/iWorld (March 27 – 29, 2014) for only $10 & $149, respectively. Register with the promo code SFNT @

25% off SF Uncubed
March 27, 10:00a – 8:00p
The Regency Center, SF

What happens when Dropbox, Evernote, Indiegogo, Factual, & 30+ more of the Bay Area’s hottest startups take over an art gallery?  Grab a beer & a job at SF Uncubed—the city’s most exciting tech conference & recruiting event for programmers, engineers, designers, & senior business talent. Featuring talks & classes with CTOs, Founders, Heads of Product, & other influential speakers, + music, drinks, contests, a live art battle, & more.  Register at and save 25% w/ code FAILCON.

15% off Vator Splash Oakland
May 6 – 7, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Jack Landon Square, Oakland

Vator Splash will showcase 15 promising startups (raised no more than $2M), who get to present on stage in front of an audience of some 1000 attendees.The winner receives sit-down meetings with at least five VCs, including Javelin Venture Partners, plus in-kind prizes.  Register and get 15% off the registration fee, using the promo code “failcon15” Apply to the competition and register to the event here:

20% off Startup Conference 2014
May 14th, 9:30a – 5:30p
Fox Theatre, Redwood City

Join 2,000 entrepreneurs for the Startup Conference 2014, 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. Browse the aisles of the outdoors Startup Fair, free to the public.  Learn more at and use code “cass” for 20% off.

$25 off SF MusicTech Summit XV
May 20, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco

The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem, 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 do business and discuss, in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment. There will be panels, parties, presentations, elevator pitch and speed networking sessions, and tons of opportunities. View our current list of speakers and attendees! For more information, please visit and use code “webwallflower” for $25 off your ticket.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
March 4,  6:00 – 9:00pm
Dorsey & Whitney, 305 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto

Please join us as we address best practices for building an A Team Company, starting with a corporate culture that is shared throughout the organization to achieve excellence.  This should be an event rich in content that will provide practical, real-time strategies for current and future implementation.  Learn more at 

SV Broadcasting Media Camp Mixer
March 4, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Silicon Valley Bank (2770 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park)

Working on a media related tech startup? Want to meet other entrepreneurs, investors and media execs? Come meet the team from Turner and Warner Bros. running Media Camp! Join us for some drinks and appetizers in Menlo Park, and learn about Media Camp, the accelerator for media technology startups. Learn more at

Founder Institute Information Session
March 5th, 6:30 – 9:30pm
WSGR Palo Alto (650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto)

The Founder Institute is the world’s largest idea-stage accelerator. Join us for an informational event where you can meet local Directors, ask questions and learn how you can launch a startup in Bay Area with help from top CEOs, experienced peers and a structured approach. What is it like to be in the Founder Institute? Who are some of the peers that you will be working with? Can the Institute help you build your dream company?  Learn more at

Odd Salon – ROGUE
March 11th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DNA Lounge (375 11th St, SF)

Lurking on the fringes of society, on the wrong side of the law: stories of charming criminals and dashing con men have fascinated for centuries.  The harsh light of truth can change the faces of legendary villains into ordinary crooks, but it can also transform ordinary men into rogues on the right side of history. Join us as we raise a glass to the guilty pleasure of glamorous bandits of yesteryear, to the pirates and highwaymen, carnies, con men and thieves with hearts of gold.  Learn more at

Startup Pitch Bootcamp with Adeo Ressi
March 12th, 6:30 – 9:30pm
WSGR Palo Alto (650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto)

If you have a strong idea that could be pitched more clearly, then join us for the Startup Pitch Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your pitching skills and understand the components of a great pitch. Pitching is a key skill of every successful entrepreneur. How do you communicate your business clearly to employees, customers, and investors? What are some common pitching mistakes that make you look inexperienced? What is the best way to pitch your business?  Learn more at

CoFoundersLab Matchup Silicon Valley
March 13th, 6:30-9:00pm
NestGSV (425 Broadway Street)

CoFoundersLab Matchup Silicon Valley is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns and to build strong, core founding teams. Get started networking now with a potential core team member by creating a free profile on  Sign up now at

The Garage: Mobile User Acquisition 
March 14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Runway San Francisco

In this conference, you will learn how to optimize your game or app ready for massive & distribution and monetization.  How to get your app Google Play & App Store SEO-ready.  How to work get the lower CPI and highest LTV users via mobile ad network.  How to acquire users via Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.  Register now at

Hackfit SF
March 21 – 23, 5:00p – 9:00p
Palace of Fine Arts / Tagged HQ

Hackfit is hosting a very atypical hackathon, and is looking for engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs who are passionate about fitness and health.  Imagine taking breaks from prototyping to participate in 150+ person yoga sessions, rock climbing, boxing, and other intense workouts. If you share our passion for fitness, health, and technology, please register! Thousands in cash and prizes will be given away!  Learn more at

Odd Salon – FAKE
March 25th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
DNA Lounge (375 11th St. SF)

Conned, duped and deceived: sometimes, we only see what we want to see; our eyes guided by clever opportunists, convincing frauds, and our own secret desires.  Hidden amongst ordinary mortals, tricksters have forged masterpieces, entranced audiences and created fabulous new lives from thin air, molding reality to meet their needs.  Accompany us as we unravel the ruses and search for authenticity in the things that aren’t what they seem.  Learn more at

Startup Marketing Conference 2014
March 27, 8:30am – 6:00pm
RocketStudios 344 Pine St. SF

Introducing the largest social media and digital marketing education event for entrepreneurs and startups. Due to unprecedented demand, Startup Socials has partnered with the Online Marketing Institute and leaders growth experts to create an educational event solely focused on user acquisition and retention. Proven digital marketing strategies will be amplified by cases successful in leveraging growth hacking techniques.  Learn more at

Marketing Tools Showcase
March 27, 2014 6pm -10pm
RocketStudios 44 Pine St. SF

In conjunction with the long-awaited Startup Marketing Conference, Markting Tools Showcase is the largest in its class and is dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs and marketing professionals with tools and solutions for today’s startup marketing challenges.  Learn more at

Demo Enterprise 2014
April 3rd, 2014
Mission Bay, San Francisco

Technologies from cloud computing, mobile, and big data to sensor networks, 3D printing, and robotics are changing the competitive landscape for enterprise large and small. DEMO Enterprise will showcase an eye-opening array of products solving big problems for business. Don’t miss this opportunity to be at DEMO Enterprise 2014 as 70 amazing new products launch to the world and potentially change the face of markets such as: mobile computing, big data, commerce, DevOps, cloud, health and more!  Register now at

TYPO Rhythm
April 10th – 11th, 9:30a – 5:30p
Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco

Wondering what the pulse is of the design community?  Join a diverse and inspirational group of international and local creative speakers, professionals, faculty and students at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. With an emphasis on design, society, culture – with a little bit of kerning, the two-day conference adapts one of Europe’s most successful design events with a Bay Area twist.  Learn more at

Founder Showcase
May 15th, 2:30 – 9:00pm
Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, Mountain View

Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading seed-stage startup event, gathering top technology founders and investors to hear and learn from, and helping to launch promising new companies to greatness. The event will feature talks from leading startup entrepreneurs and investors, as well as a series of educational workshops for early-stage founders. Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 6 promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares for a chance to present on stage in the Demo Table Competition.  Learn more at

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

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