Investments, networking, and excitement OH MY!
I have been obscenely busy these past couple of weeks, with wonderful results for SHH. Last weekend I attended AngelLaunch Pitch Bootcamp at Citizen Space. I wasn’t going specifically to find VC dollars for expansion houses, but to practice my pitch and public speaking skills. To my growing surprise I’m finding that there was a LOT of interest. I tend to black out during presentations (I have a phobia) but I remember seeing smiles and heads nodding so that was encouraging. Afterwards, shaking a little, I sat back down in the audience to hand shakes and “great presentations” from several people. I THEN spend a few more house talking with the panel VC’s themselves about property management, communal housing, startup and development. It was all very exciting. I followed it up with a visit to a local pub with a new friend and gigantic black forest ice cream sunday at Ghirardelli before hopping on BART exhausted but happy. Over this past week I have been following with VC’s I’ve met, following leads and networking meetings. Rob, from Idea-to-IPO sent me a very informative email about upcoming events. Eventually I’ll be adding them to an events calendar on my website (in the works) but in the meantime you can find the links to local events in his e-mail. Rather than re-type it all I’m just going to quote the whole thing. It think many following this blog would find it useful.
Great to see you at the AngelLaunch Pitch Bootcamp on Sat. 2/22 at Citizen Space.
Idea to IPO is a member organization focused on entrepreneurship and building community. We have 12,000 plus entrepreneurs, techies, and investors among all our chapters in the Bay Area. We also have chapters in other parts of the country, including NYC. The concept grew our of a class called “Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO” taught by venture capitalist Doug Kelly of Alloy Ventures through Stanford Continuing Studies.
In our Silicon Valley chapter, we have an event nearly every day. Our events include:
1) pitch events
2) startup fairs
3) workshops on valuation, immigration, marketing, legal issues, funding, coding, etc.
6) networking events
7) social events
Our events range in size from 25 or so for our workshops to 300 to 400 plus for our showcase Pitch and Demo to Investor Panel event and our Startup Fair.
Most of our evening events have the same general timeline and agenda.
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program, Q & A
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Lightning Announcements, Raffle, Networking
Here are a couple of pitch events are coming up:
Th 3/6 Pitch the “WOW” to Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage.com
(Tentatively at the Citrix Accelerator in Santa Clara)
Th 3/20 Elevator Pitch to Adeo Ressi, CEO, Founder Institute
(Tentatively at Hacker Dojo in Mt. View.)
We will be scaling the number of events on our calendar – from San Jose to San Francisco.
In the works: Steve Blank, Dave McClure, Carols Sands, and more pitch events featuring investor panels.
We also hold regular startup fairs which have less content and feature a whole evening of attendees walking around talking to tablers and networking. These startup fairs are very well attended.
All our events will be posted on our calendar at:
If you sign up for the meetup group, you will get all the event announcements.
Hope to see you at an event soon.