ABC News: SF Tech Crawl Gets An Inside Look At Startups
A large crowd of techies wandered around Downtown San Francisco Friday, some of them in strange costumes, as part of a tech crawl.
The group was led by a woman wearing Google Glass and a couple of guys in orange astronaut suits — a gaggle of mainly 20- and 30-somethings that snaked its way through the streets of San Francisco. The group resembled a pub crawl and that’s because it’s exactly like a pub crawl. There’s free popcorn and there are glasses, the safety kind, not the drinking kind.
Myles Weissleder is the founder of San Francisco New Tech, the monthly mixer that’s like speed dating, but for startups.
This year, for the second time, he’s took that show on the road for the New Tech Crawl. With help from the mayor’s office, he’s asked local tech companies to open their doors as a sort of open house for fellow techies.
“We have a lot of startup founders, we have a lot of engineers, we have a lot of people working for their next opportunity and a lot of people who are just curious to get behind the doors of a lot of these companies that they’ve heard so much about,” Weissleder said.
From design labs to co-working spaces, the crowd got to see the creatures of tech in their natural habitat.
“This is one way, not just to see them present, but actually go to their place of work, which shows a lot of about a company,” Luxer One creative director Andres Acosta said. “And I think you learn a lot meeting their employees at their place of business, at their home.”
The tech crawl is about learning, networking, and for the companies presenting, it can also be about recruiting.
He just doesn’t learn! Don’t be like Myles! See you on Friday for the #newtechcrawl!
Guess what happens if you show up at Wearable World HQ a little too early for the #newtechcrawl? Hint: The cool kids at Wearable World have some great beanbag throwing skillz!
We showed up at @prezi a bit too early for the #newtechcrawl and got a resounding “You need to go!”
Check out the video!
10.17: #newtechcrawl with Prezi, Medium, Wearable World, Instacart, DOZ @ 500 Startups, Eco-Systm, Countable, Geekdom, Style Lend, TechShop, and others!
The big SF #newtechcrawl is on Friday, October 17. Join us and get INSIDE!
SF New Tech and the SF Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation invite you to join hundreds of tech lovin’ geeks at the 2nd Annual SF #newtechcrawl when we’ll take to the streets of San Francisco to check in with some of our city’s most amazing and innovative companies.
Come with us as we pay a visit to Prezi, Medium, Wearable World, Instacart, DOZ @ 500 Startups, Eco-Systm, Countable, Geekdom, Style Lend, TechShop, and others!
The day-long #newtechcrawl will kick off at Prezi in the morning at 9:00 am, stop for a CozyMeal lunch at Wearable World, and ultimately end up at GitHub for a party!
You’re also invited to “Code for Change”, a very special celebration of Bay Area cause-based organizations that are leveraging technology to innovate for social good. Join us (whether you crawl with us or not) and get to know Litterati.org, Handup.us, ZeroDivide.org, TNDC.org, Code2040.org — our cause-based heroes — over drinks and music.
This day-long event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsoring partners: Prezi, LinkedIn, Wearable World, GitHub, CozyMeal, While42.
Get on board at: http://newtechcrawl.com/
Come one, come all!
10.15 SF New Tech w/ Banter!, Do, Cloudstead, odrive, Masu, Superfish, TechCrunch, Visionect & more!
|6:15 – 7:30 pm||Free drinks thanks to Sage Human Capital|
|7:30 – 9:30 pm||Live Demos & Spirited Discussions|
STARTUPS ON TAP:
Kevin Akira Lee, Chief Product Officer
Superfish is a pioneering visual search company that’s opening up a new way to search. Using Superfish’s patented visual search technology, LikeThat Décor makes it possible to search for products with images – not keywords. Simply take a photo of furniture you like – or use one off your phone – to get instant access to similar looking pieces. http://www.superfish.com // http://www.twitter.com/superfishteam
Jason Shah, CEO
Do.com: Run Productive Meetings. No one likes meetings. We have fixed that. And we’re building a product that helps you love work.
http://Do.com // http://www.twitter.com/domeetings
Diego Villarreal, CEO
Banter! is a mobile app with a slick UI that provides users with a pulse of nearby fun activities, all in real-time through a map (i.e. happy hours, live music, food trucks).
http://www.thebanterapp.com // http://www.twitter.com/thebanterapp
Jonathan Cobb, CEO
Cloudstead, a private cloud operating system in which you can use all the internet services you want and need (for example, file storage, email, calendar, etc), without sacrificing your privacy. Not only will we not use your data, Cloudstead is built so that we cannot use your data — for profit, or anything else. http://cloudstead.io // http://www.twitter.com/cloudstead
Alf Watt, CTO
Masu is the Internet for Everyone and Everything. Masu aims to provide a ubiquitous Wi-Fi Access Network with universal free access for people and the internet of things. We are developing a new crypto-currency to reward people who share bandwidth, the Masu coin is optimized for low-value retail transactions, and can be used to get priority access to the network. http://masunet.com // http://www.twitter.com/istumbler
Matej Zalar, CEO We make electronic paper work. Think of a world where all printed surfaces (millions of bus stops, road signs, outdoor ads, billboards…) are replaced with self‐sustainable displays and connected to the internet. That’s what we do. We enable the use of digital signage displays in environments never before thought possible. Digital Signage with Visonect ePaper Solutions. Visionect ultra low-power electronic paper platform is designed to disrupt the $36B digital-out-of-home industry. http://www.visionect.com // @visionect
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.doubledutch.sfnewtech
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sf-new-tech/id853270433?mt=8
Call for demos is OPEN for our 11/12 #sfnt event!
What are you innovating? We want to shine a light on it!
Apply now @ sfnewtech.com/demo
On the eve of the #newtechcrawl on 10.17, we are hosting a huge bash at GitHub to celebrate and highlight Bay Area cause-based initiatives that are innovating for social good.
If you (or anyone you know) are working to make the world a better place (more so than your bank account), we want to hear from you!
Get in touch!
Email myles @sfnewtech.com