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.