May Bay Area Startup Events

Do you know if you’ll be able to make it to our User Experience FailChat with LUXR.co tomorrow?  We’ve got an incredible line-up of speakers, plus time for the audience to share their own stories.  And it’s hosted at the beautiful new work space StartupHQ!  Space is very limited, so be sure to secure a spot at http://failchatux.eventbrite.com – look forward to seeing you there!

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UPCOMING BAY AREA STARTUP EVENTS
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FailChat: UX Comes First!
May 9th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
San Francisco (Precise Location TBD)
User Experience. We’ll worry about that once we have a product, right?”  NO, DON’T DO IT! Don’t wait!  Join User Experience expert Kate Rutter of LUXr, as she shares common mistakes made by founders in the early stages of product design. She’s joined by Ellen Dunne (Lumatic), Jesse Martinez & Edwardo Martinez (Giggo) and Christine Egy Rose & Patty Chang (Scoot & Doodle), all early-stage entrepreneurs who will share how they experimented, failed, learned, tried again, learned more, improved and won. You’ll get the whole inside scoop on what worked, what sucked, and the lessons they learned along the way.  Beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and appetizers are provided throughout the seminar.  Reserve your spot at http://failchatux.eventbrite.com

$300 off – Mobile Gaming USA 2012
May 9-10, 9:00a – 5:00p
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco
Mobile Gaming USA 2012 is a conference with an exclusive focus on the fast-growing smartphone and tablet gaming business. Learn from leaders at companies like GameStop, Gamevil, Atari, Digital Chocolate, Fun Sockets, Playmatics and many others, discussing significant topics such as cross-platform development, PR opportunities and challenges, HTML5 for mobile games, globalization, and much more! Check out the sessions,speakers, Hotel Kabuki venue, registration information and more at http://www.mobilegamingusa.com. Save $300 off on conference passes when using the code “WWF2012”.

15% off FashTech Insight: Data, Style, and Trends in a $500B Industry
May 10, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00pm
RocketSpace, 181 Fremont St

Fashtech Insight will feature startups and companies including Everlane, Polyvore, Sneakpeeq, and Sugar Inc. to learn how they are leveraging data to drive their business and fashion forward. Speakers will provide insight into social commerce, merchandising, production, brand engagement, video, mobile, and more. Demos by startups Fitiquette, an online boutique powered by virtual fitting room technology, and Frenzoo, a 3D fashion and lifestyle gaming company for mobile and the web. A great opportunity for startups, marketers, developers, sales/business strategists, investors, and media to learn about the latest trends impacting the fashion/apparel tech industry. Register and receive a 15% discount at http://sfftstyleanalytics.eventbrite.com/?discount=WEBWF.

10% off User Experience for Lean Startups Workshop
May 14, 9:00a – 5:00p
Luxr Studio (3435 Cesar Chavez, SF)
User Experience is one of the most challenging and least understood aspects of creating a product…and yet it will make or break your product. Join the LUXr team to learn Lean Startup methods that help you both make the right product, and make your product right.  This 1-day workshop covers Lean UX basics, Customer Development interviews and generative research, developing product and interface ideas, and Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation, and all through hands-on experience.  Use Discount Code “WEBWALLFLOWER” when registering at http://lux4leanstartups3.eventbrite.com/

30% off – SVForum Health Tech Conference
May 16th, 8:00am – 3:30pm
Sobrato Center for Non-Profits, Redwood City

Join us as we bring together healthcare, technology, government and communication leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges in the growing field of mobile and information technologies for health. Engage with entrepreneurs and the venture community who are fundamentally transforming healthcare by creating and financing cutting-edge technological innovations.  Come listen to and meet experts in the field.  Learn more at http://www.svforum.org/healthtechconf and use code “DATA12” for 30% off tickets.

20% off NextGen Conference 
May 19th, 10:00a – 5:00p
Parc 55 Hotel
NextGen brings together the brightest entrepreneurs and engineers in one room.  It’s more of an experience than a conference.  Previous speakers and attendees have included: Peter Thiel, Scooter Braun, Kevin Hartz, Travis Kalanick, Ashton Kutcher (attendee), and more.  This conference will sell out.  Sign up while tickets are still available and use code 20off for 20% off at http://nextgen2012.eventbrite.com

10% off Technapex EdTech Investor Panel
May 23, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Roe Restaurant – 651 Howard Street

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that education tech is the hottest trend hitting Silicon Valley. Panelists will discuss the rise of investments in edtech, why investors are interested in this space, the complexities of doing business in edtech, and what types of innovations investors are looking for next. Panelists include Wayee Chu (Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund), Ethan Kurzweil (VP at Bessemer Venture Partners), and Nathaniel Whittmore (Principal at Learn Capital). Come network over drinks and appetizers and save 10% with the discount code “WWFlower10.” at http://technapex-edtech-investor-panel.eventbrite.com/

20% off STRUCTURE, by GigaOM
June 20 & 21, 7:30a – 6:00p
Mission Bay Conference Center

GigaOM presents the 5th annual Structure conference, where we bring together the leaders innovating, shaping and defining the ongoing cloud computing evolution.  Over two days, our workshops and in-depth discussions will provide you access to the people and information you need to learn about the technologies that are powering the rise of cloud computing, internet infrastructure and big data applications. New speakers are being added weekly, and you can see the full list at http://event.gigaom.com/structure/ and use code “Webwallflower” for 20% off!

.SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS:

“Ahead of the Fashion” Tech+Fashion Accelerator
May 8, 5:30p – 9:00p
The Julia Morgan Ballroom, (465 California St)
“Ahead of the Fashion” (AF) is an accelerator program for fashion designers and technology start-ups in the consumer, fashion, and retail industries. The program will feature 7 tech companies (Handbago.com, Combatant Gentlemen, Fold4Me Ltd., LOFT22, Soletron.com, DesignIn, SOLZ) and 4 fashion designers (Boditecture,Christopher Collins, Nigel Who?, and VASILY VEIN). For more information visit http://www.afaccelerator.com/

FailChat: UX Comes First!
May 9th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Startup HQ
User Experience. We’ll worry about that once we have a product, right?”  NO, DON’T DO IT! Don’t wait!  Join User Experience expert Kate Rutter of LUXr, as she shares common mistakes made by founders in the early stages of product design. She’s joined by Ellen Dunne (Lumatic), Jesse Martinez & Edwardo Martinez (Giggo) and Christine Egy Rose & Patty Chang (Scoot & Doodle), all early-stage entrepreneurs who will share how they experimented, failed, learned, tried again, learned more, improved and won. You’ll get the whole inside scoop on what worked, what sucked, and the lessons they learned along the way.   Beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and appetizers are provided throughout the seminar.  Reserve your spot at  http://failchatux.eventbrite.com

Startup.Synergy
May 9th, 10:30a – 6:15p
Moscone West, San Francisco
Just as the Citrix Startup Accelerator is a new investment vehicle for certain startups, Startup.Synergy is a new component and audience for the larger Citrix conference. If you are interested in the companies Citrix is investing in and acquiring, or if you have an early-stage, enterprise focussed startup, this event has been designed for you. The day will include demos from our portfolio, an investor panel discussion lead by Venturebeat, and $100,000 awarded to a new investment. Please use code 150WEDF for our most discounted rate.  Learn more at http://www.citrixsynergy.com/sanfrancisco/hot_topics/startup-synergy.html

$300 off – Mobile Gaming USA 2012
May 9-10, 9:00a – 5:00p
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco
Mobile Gaming USA 2012 is a conference with an exclusive focus on the fast-growing smartphone and tablet gaming business. Learn from leaders at companies like GameStop, Gamevil, Atari, Digital Chocolate, Fun Sockets, Playmatics and many others, discussing significant topics such as cross-platform development, PR opportunities and challenges, HTML5 for mobile games, globalization, and much more! Check out the sessions,speakers, Hotel Kabuki venue, registration information and more at http://www.mobilegamingusa.com. Save $300 off on conference passes when using the code “WWF2012”.

15% off FashTech Insight: Data, Style, and Trends in a $500B Industry
May 10, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00pm
RocketSpace, 181 Fremont St

Fashtech Insight will feature startups and companies including Everlane, Polyvore, Sneakpeeq, and Sugar Inc. to learn how they are leveraging data to drive their business and fashion forward. Speakers will provide insight into social commerce, merchandising, production, brand engagement, video, mobile, and more. Demos by startups Fitiquette, an online boutique powered by virtual fitting room technology, and Frenzoo, a 3D fashion and lifestyle gaming company for mobile and the web. A great opportunity for startups, marketers, developers, sales/business strategists, investors, and media to learn about the latest trends impacting the fashion/apparel tech industry. Register and receive a 15% discount at http://sfftstyleanalytics.eventbrite.com/?discount=WEBWF.

Digital Publishing: The End of Print?
May 10th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Commonwealth Club

The average San Franciscan is more likely to get their media from a screen than from a paper, so it’s no surprise that newspapers and magazines are shutting down all around us; the editorial space and the way we consume news has changed. What will editorial look like years from now? Will curated content really be king? Can non-digital publications stay afloat? Leading digital experts will share their experiences, honest thoughts and predictions for the future of publishing.  More information at http://bit.ly/digpubINFORUM

WeWork Labs SF Launch Party
May 14th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
WeWork Labs, SF

WeWork Labs SF is opening on May 14 and to celebrate we’re throwing a big party. We’re a pre-incubator for early stage tech startups of one, two or three people and others interested in joining or funding them. Come drink, snack on hors d’oeuvres, check out the space and talk tech.  Learn more at http://weworklabs-sflaunch.eventbrite.com/

10% off User Experience for Lean Startups Workshop
May 14, 9:00a – 5:00p
Luxr Studio (3435 Cesar Chavez, SF)
User Experience is one of the most challenging and least understood aspects of creating a product…and yet it will make or break your product. Join the LUXr team to learn Lean Startup methods that help you both make the right product, and make your product right.  This 1-day workshop covers Lean UX basics, Customer Development interviews and generative research, developing product and interface ideas, and Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation, and all through hands-on experience.  Use Discount Code “WEBWALLFLOWER” when registering at http://lux4leanstartups3.eventbrite.com/

SMCSF Presents: Social Media APIs
May 15th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Mashey HQ

Social media’s emphasis on sharing has encouraged developers to create public APIs* so that engineers across the world can create supplemental applications from the API. Our panel will highlight a couple companies which are using APIs to support their customers, extend their brands, and provide all with innovative new products.  Whether you are in marketing, customer service, engineering or accounting, everyone should have an understanding around how APIs work and the potential for developing services to better connect with your customers.  Learn more at smcsfomay2012.eventbrite.com

PushUpCharity
May 17th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Minna Gallery
Come cheer on your favorite startup as they sweat it out on stage in a pushup relay.  Join GitHub, Zaarly, 99Designs, Udemy and HotelTonight as they race for the charity of their choice – first team to 100 pushups wins.  Sponsor a team now and help us raise $10,000 for charity, or reserve one of just 200 tickets to attend at http://pushupcharity.org/

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

20% off NextGen Conference 
May 19th, 10:00a – 5:00p
Parc 55 Hotel

NextGen brings together the brightest entrepreneurs and engineers in one room.  It’s more of an experience than a conference.  Previous speakers and attendees have included: Peter Thiel, Scooter Braun, Kevin Hartz, Travis Kalanick, Ashton Kutcher (attendee), and more.  This conference will sell out.  Sign up while tickets are still available at http://nextgen2012.eventbrite.com

Social Engagement as a Customer Acquisition Strategy
May 23, 6:30 – 9:30p
BarrelHouse, 80 Tehama

This new series of networking events brings you a unique blend of thought provoking discussions with valuable networking opportunities, actionable take-aways, and an open bar never hurts.  Join Startup Spotlight panelists: Onboardly, ecomom, ModCloth, TaskRabbit and talkTech Communications. All are leading influencers who dominate customer acquisition through successful social media strategy. Learn how our experts have successfully identified which social media platforms were the best for customer engagement, hear their social media insights that provide real ROI, and discover the best practices that they have learned along the way.  Reserve your spot at http://spotlightatthebarrelhouse.eventbrite.com/

10% off Technapex EdTech Investor Panel
May 23, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Roe Restaurant – 651 Howard Street

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that education tech is the hottest trend hitting Silicon Valley. Panelists will discuss the rise of investments in edtech, why investors are interested in this space, the complexities of doing business in edtech, and what types of innovations investors are looking for next. Panelists include Wayee Chu (Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund), Ethan Kurzweil (VP at Bessemer Venture Partners), and Nathaniel Whittmore (Principal at Learn Capital). Come network over drinks and appetizers and save 10% with the discount code “WWFlower10.” at http://technapex-edtech-investor-panel.eventbrite.com/

Life 3.0 Augmented Reality

May 31st, 6:30 – 9:30pm
The Fairmont

Life 3.0 is an innovation show by startups that change the way you live.  Life 3.0 is the next era after Web 2.0, when internet comes off the screen and enters our lives. At this month’s Life 3.o you will see by far the most innovative startups in augmented reality. Augmented reality is a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented such that you can walk down the street and see people’s names written over their head, you can see who tweeted what in the nearby building, you can even see a vital wall with message right over the Golden Gate Bridge.  Learn more at http://fundersandfounders.com/life-3-0/

Founders Space Roundtables
June 1st, 8:30 – 10:30am
Consulate General of the Netherlands

For startups, finding the right partner can be the difference between success and failure.  Successful partnering can lead not only to accelerated customer acquisition but an increased value in the eyes of the investor community.  Learn from this month’s experts about how to develop the type of relationships with companies that will support your company’s road to success.  Learn more at http://foundersspacesfmay2012.eventbrite.com/

VC Investing Conference
June 13 – 14
Stanford Court Hotel

IBF organized the first Venture Capital Investing Conference back in 1989 and has continued to unite venture capitalists and limited partners each June.Set in Redwood City, this event is consistently regarded as the most important gathering of its kind, uniting hundreds of venture firms – those who pave the way for the expanded path of the industry. IBF is privileged to celebrate the 22nd annual event, as now more than ever, VC investors and limited partners need to speak to each other and understand the changed landscape for investing.  Learn more at www.vcinvestingconference.com/

20% off STRUCTURE, by GigaOM
June 20 & 21, 7:30a – 6:00p
Mission Bay Conference Center

GigaOM presents the 5th annual Structure conference, where we bring together the leaders innovating, shaping and defining the ongoing cloud computing evolution.  Over two days, our workshops and in-depth discussions will provide you access to the people and information you need to learn about the technologies that are powering the rise of cloud computing, internet infrastructure and big data applications. New speakers are being added weekly, and you can see the full list at http://event.gigaom.com/structure/ and use code “Webwallflower” for 20% off!

.BAY AREA EVENTS:

Getting your Startup Up & Running
May 9th, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Cooley LLP (3175 Hanover St.) Palo Alto

How do you get “your” startup up and running in this new cloud centric climate? You Partner, Partner, Partner with all the key segments. This includes Banking, Marketing, HR, Accounting and Legal. We bring together an experienced group of critical service providers to share their knowledge on what it takes to build a viable company in the current climate, and what advice can be gleaned from past experience?  Learn more at http://www.svforum.org/main-event

Taking the Best of Digg, Wikis, Blogs and Forums to Build StackOverflow
May 11, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
ZURB, 55 North 3rd Street, Suite 100, Campbell
Jeff Atwood, co-founder of Stack Overflow, will get on his soapbox to share with us the hurdles he had to overcome as he built the entire Stack Exchange Network from the bottom up. He’ll also tell us how he and Joel Spolsky conceived the idea for their site from the best parts of Wikis, Digg, Forums and Blogs to make the product that we all use today.  Learn more at http://www.zurb.com/soapbox/rsvp

Mozilla WebFWD Open Work Day
May 12, 9:00a – 6:00p
Mozilla Mountain View + IRC (#webfwd) + AirMozilla

Mozilla’s WebFWD teams will be gathering from around the globe to Silicon Valley for a series of working sessions, including a public event we’re having on Saturday 5/12 – what we’re calling an “open workday” where both techies and biz people can both learn about and participate in our projects.  Learn more at https://webfwdopenworkday.eventbrite.com/

Building a Strong Internal Startup Culture

May 15th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Computer History Museum, Mountain View
The equation for a startup’s success is widely thought of as: idea + talent + market + funding.  But just as important, and often misunderstood, is the role of company culture. What does culture mean? What is a great company culture and how do you build it? As your company grows, how do you ensure the culture evolves with it? We’ve got two amazing founders: Leah Busque (Founder, TaskRabbit) and Julia Hartz (Co-Founder and President, Eventbrite), a small setting so you can get all your questions answered and some fabulous food and drink!  Learn more at http://cultureclubchm.eventbrite.com

30% off – SVForum Health Tech Conference
May 16th, 8:00am – 3:30pm
Sobrato Center for Non-Profits, Redwood City

Join us as we bring together healthcare, technology, government and communication leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges in the growing field of mobile and information technologies for health. Engage with entrepreneurs and the venture community who are fundamentally transforming healthcare by creating and financing cutting-edge technological innovations.  Come listen to and meet experts in the field.  Learn more at http://www.svforum.org/healthtechconf and use code “DATA12” for 30% off tickets.

Startup Office Hours With SoftTechVC’s Jeff Clavier
May 22, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Palo Alto, CA

Founder of startup? Have questions or need advice from an experienced Silicon Valley luminary?  Or just want to listen?  VLAB’s new series of events will use an office hours format, but conducted on stage so all founders in attendance will hear all the questions, responses, and valuable insights.  Several will get a chance at six minutes each on the “hot seat” to ask the expert questions directly and get feedback.  Request an invite:  http://goo.gl/lCg6E   More info: http://www.vlab.org/article.html?aid=445

Big Data
May 23rd, 8:30a – 2:30p
Tata Consultancy Services, Suite 522 (5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara)

Big Data refers to the growing data industry sector built around capturing, storing, processing, analytics, and extracting value from massive databases of mixed and often unstructured data. This is data that exceeds the ability of most existing database systems to handle. It is the science around the proverbial needle in the haystack. This meeting will address how service providers can, and can’t, monetize their data.  How is big data, the breakout hot topic of 2012, different from the decades-old topic of data mining?  More information at http://telecomcouncil.cvent.com/BigData2012

Founder’s Space Roundtables

May 31st, 8:30 – 10:30am
Orrick Offices, Menlo Park

For startups, finding the right partner can be the difference between success and failure.  Successful partnering can lead not only to accelerated customer acquisition but an increased value in the eyes of the investor community.  Learn from this month’s experts about how to develop the type of relationships with companies that will support your company’s road to success.  Learn more at http://foundersspacesvmay2012.eventbrite.com/ and get an exclusive discount with code “webwallflower

Tech Policy Summit
June 6-7, 8:00 – 6:00pm
Silverado Resort (1600 Atlas Peak Road), Napa

The 6th edition of Tech Policy Summit will bring together industry executives, entrepreneurs, investors, consumer advocates, government officials and legal experts to examine critical policy issues affecting technology innovation and adoption in the United States and beyond. The premier tech policy gathering on the West coast, Tech Policy Summit provides an independent, nonpartisan forum for learning and networking. Our mission is to encourage more dialogue so that there is greater accord between what happens in D.C. and what matters to technology leaders and consumers. Sign up today at http://www.techpolicysummit.com to secure your spot! Special early bird pricing is in effect through April 20th.

Xconomy Napa Summit

June 7-8th
Silver Oak Vinyards, Napa

As the Presidential campaign heats up, one of the most pressing issues on the minds of candidates and voters alike is the future of American growth and competitiveness. So it is our great pleasure to announce an exclusive Xconomy gathering dedicated to exploring this vital issue with some of the most knowledgeable experts on the subject you will find. The discussion promises to be free from electioneering and political hyperbole, and the setting promises to be memorable.  Learn more at http://xconomy.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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