With close to 300 people in attendance and some of the most promising (and exciting) innovations in food and agriculture tech in the house — yesterday’s FoodBytes Summit with Rabobank was 120% awesome!
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And here’s “the rest of the story” from our big Video 3.o “It’s Your Story” event held last week….
We kicked off the evening by welcoming everyone to the conversation and introduced the panelists: Veronica Belmont, Host of “Dear Veronica” on Engadget; Chris Painter, Director of Product for GoPro; Allison Gay, Filmmaker for Airbnb, and Magisto CEO Oren Boiman. Before the conversation commenced, each panelist explained why video storytelling is changing the way people interact with the world.
Speaking on behalf of Magisto, CEO Oren Boiman touched upon the unique stories that each of us carries inside. Video is the best way to release these ideas that are in our heads and Magisto’s technology makes it easy for anyone to share their inner stories through video–on the go. GoPro’s Chris Painter provided adrenaline fueled moments and aerial views that adeptly embraced the GoPro moto, ‘This Is Your Life. Be Your Own Hero’, reinforcing the passion aspect of documenting your story through video.
This ability to use your device to role play as a hero, world traveler or director flowed seamlessly into the next guest speaker, Airbnb filmmaker Allison Gay. Lending a heartbeat to the evening, Allison spotlighted a film she created around a daughter who reconnected her father to a house he lived in when he was born, on another continent, decades ago. Now imagine for a moment if the daughter knew about this once in a lifetime coincidence ahead of time and was able to document those precious moments using her phone and Magisto technology. This is the future: unlocking the story inside all of us, magically, instantly.
For more about Magisto, Airbnb, GoPro, SF New Tech and “Dear Veronica” please visit the links below.
Magisto:Blog Entry: http://blog.magisto.com/2015/06/22/sf-new-tech-magisto/
Magisto Video From Evening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDzKf6x3xGM
No wait, F’IN AMAZING announcements.
Let’s just say we’ve got some real KICK ASS stuff in the works!
In waaaay too many words… please check what’s news!
THE BIG NEWS
This month SFNT enters its 10th year of bringing together the tech community of SF. Happy Birthday to us! I haven’t done a full audit — but since we started, it’s safe to say we’ve seen 800+ startups hit the SFNT stage, over 5000 unique companies in the house, over 16,000 members across all our media, and god knows how many millions of dollars and found dream jobs have filtered through our community since our very first gathering in 2006. We’ve come a long way, baby! And that’s thanks to YOU.
THE BIGGER NEWS
The way SF New Tech brings together the tech community apparently has not gone unnoticed! I’m excited to report Megan Smith, the CTO of the United States of America and Assistant to the President, has invited me to the White House (gulp!) on April 17 to represent SFNT as part of the very first White House Tech Meetup! Crazy, eh?! If you’ve got anything you’d like to relay to POTUS, let me know! Check out the official invitation below.
THE INCREDIBLY HUGE NEWS
I’ve spent most of my time building the SFNT community through producing compelling events. Big wheels are turning and today I’m officially announcing that I am joining the awesome team at Wearable World as Vice President of Marketing. Wearable World’s job is to connect the market makers that drive the Wearable Tech and IoT revolutions forward. We’re in the business of creating mutually beneficial opportunities. It’s a perfect match — WW has done what I’ve always wanted to do with SFNT through creating an ecosystem for startups (here, largely in wearable and IoT tech) to interface with corporates (and vise versa), to find funding/support, and to go big, fast. I’ve known and been friends with Redg Snodgrass, WW’s CEO, for a long, long time and our coming together makes perfect sense. SF New Tech will continue operate independently —it’s not going away by any means— but you will, no doubt, begin to see more opportunities through our new extended family come through the ether … starting today.
AND EVEN HUGE-ER NEWS!
Enter Wearable World Congress! I’m helping to produce and promote this down-home 2-day wearable-and-IoT-love-and-business-conference at Wearable World’s super-cool HQ inside the Palace of Fine Arts. We’re expecting over 2000 people to join the conversation about all-things wearable and IoT. This is the BIG one, folks. If you have any business in the ever-evolving world of the Internet and the connected society, you NEED to be here. Trust me, you’ll hear more about this from me in the coming days and weeks. Early bird tickets are available NOW. And because you’re in the SFNT family, you can apply and additional 15% off discount right now. Use the the code SFNT at http://www.wwcongress.com to score.
THE F’IN AMAZING NEWS
Our first-ever FoodBytes Summit event produced in partnership with Rabobank (the world’s largest food/agtech bank) was so amazing — we’re doing it again! Save the date: June 25, 2015 at the Bluxome Winery. More info soon … but if you’re innovating with food or agriculture, we want to hear from you. Apply to demo in front of leaders in the food world (BIG brands, investors) who want to do business with you. AND … we’re going to bring FoodBytes to NYC in the fall, too! Apply to demo here!
For our April event, SF New Tech has partnered with Kontakt.io and Wearable World for “Beacons & Retail: Putting Proximity to Work!” — a very special event being held at Wearable World HQ inside the Palace of Fine Arts on April 16th. Expect a formal invitation from SF New Tech soon… but act now and you can score early bird tickets at http://sfntbeaconweek-mail.eventbrite.com
If you’ve got what it takes to help organize killer events for the tech community, please get in touch — we’re looking for help! We love working with bright, amazing people. Like Russel Clímaco-Estardo! Big ups for helping me wrangle the tiger that is SFNT. And like John-Paul Bulow, for kicking ass with FoodBytes 1.0 & 2.0! Like Matthew Gonzales who calls it in from Dublin-town, old school: far out but not far gone! And of course, @socialgreg and JimmyG for plugging in and making shit happen.
And … here’s the invitation I received from the White House. Sorry but it’s not transferable.
“Investor’s Den” to bring Startups and Investors together
Rabobank, the world’s premier bank to the food, beverage and agribusiness industry, and SF New Tech, San Francisco’s largest and longest-running tech showcase event have announced the lineup for FoodBytes!, a unique half-day conference to bring together new ideas in food, innovation, and technology, with venture capital.
FoodBytes! is scheduled for Wednesday February 25, 2015 at the Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco starting at 2:00pm PT. The half-day event is dedicated to helping investors in the food industry meet new companies that are disrupting and/or innovating in food-related software and applications, distribution, manufacturing, production and more. The event is expected to draw 200 attendees. For more information, the full agenda or to purchase a ticket to attend FoodBytes!, visit: http://www.foodbytessummit.com.
FoodBytes! attendees – investors, technologists, media, and others – will see live demonstrations from rising stars who are innovating and disrupting in the food industry, converse with food industry leaders, and network with food industry peers and opinion leaders, among many others.
The event will include a fireside chat between Nick Fereday, Senior Analyst for Food & Consumer Trends at Rabobank, and Deven Clemens, Managing Partner at White Road Investments, which will be a spirited conversation on the intersection of food and technology.
Trends in Food & Technology
According to Dow Jones VentureSource, food- and beverage-related startups attracted $1.1 billion in venture capital world-wide in the first half of 2014. In all of 2013, the industry saw $1.59 billion in venture funding, which constitutes a 39% increase from the $1.14 billion the industry saw in 2012.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts a 60% increase in food demand by 2050, but reduced land, water and other resources. Rabobank’s 2014 report Unleashing the Potential of Global F&A calls on the global food and agriculture industry to invest in innovation to meet that demand and overcome resource limits by focusing on three core areas: R&D, new technology, and leadership.
A call for demos by companies looking to present at FoodBytes! went out in December 2014. From over 100 applicants, only 12 were selected. From consumer goods (food and beverages) to AgTech and software, these companies are innovating for a more sustainable, smart and healthy future.
Demo companies at the first-ever FoodBytes! Summit will include:
A featured component of FoodBytes! is the “Investor’s Den”, a special tasting room inside Bluxome Winery dedicated to providing investors and food entrepreneurs a comfortable environment to get to know each other, and where potential deals will be made.
Investors interested in participating with FoodBytes! should contact Myles Weissleder, Founder, SF New Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“FoodBytes! is a perfect example of the support that SF New Tech shows to the local tech community. With Rabobank as a committed partner, together we are thrilled to help nascent companies who are innovating in the food industry find capital and partners to help their businesses grow,” said Weissleder. “We’re equally excited to help investors connect with companies who may not have been on their radar screens. When we say we’re bringing new food ideas and new capital to the plate, we mean it!”
“Rabobank has been investing in the food and agriculture sector for over 100 years, but new challenges are arising from increased demand for food, changing consumer preferences and the need for sustainable food production. We want to help spur the leaders and technology solutions that will help address the world’s food challenges,” said Manuel Gonzalez, Managing Director and Rabobank’s West Coast Head of Corporate Clients. “Through FoodBytes!, we can leverage our experience and knowledge to connect innovators with investors, and create a platform to turn today’s new ideas and technologies into tomorrow’s solutions.”
Rabobank Group (www.Rabobank.com) is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, real estate services and renewable energy financing in more than 40 countries worldwide. Founded a century ago as a Dutch farmers’ cooperative, Rabobank today ranks as one of the largest banks in the world, with nearly $1 trillion in assets, and remains committed to its core mission to create customer value. Rabobank is recognized as a premier bank to the global food, beverage and agribusiness industry, providing a compelling combination of deep sector expertise, strategic counsel and specialized financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. Rabobank. The financial link in the global food chain.® @RaboWholesale
About SF New Tech
SF New Tech (SFNT) is a world-renowned live platform for technology startups to showcase their latest innovations in front of 100s of tech-minded founders, engineers, investors, media, and more. Since 2006, over 700 companies have leveraged SFNT to launch and/or demo their new products, services, and features, including such internet luminaries Evernote, Waze, 23andMe, Flipboard, Twilio, Splunk and many other pre-fame startups. As a cornerstone of the San Francisco technology community and as SF’s largest, longest-running, and most-loved technology event, SFNT is laser-focused on putting innovators and their innovations in the spotlight in front of their peers — and beyond. SF New Tech is been supported by amazing companies including Fathom Law, Akamai, Microsoft, Twitter, DoubleDutch, Telerik, Macworld, The New York Times, and many others. For more information, visit http://www.sfnewtech.com @sfnewtech