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ABC News: SF Tech Crawl Gets An Inside Look At Startups (Video)


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.

There are big names involved like LinkedIn and GitHub. For people who are new in town, it’s the best way to see why San Francisco is the capital of innovation.

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San Francisco – The City For Start-Ups

Very cool video segment on how SF’s tech culture is surpassing that of Silicon Valley as pegged by Deutsche Welle TV … with a glimpse of the awesome SF New Tech community and some commentary from yours truly!


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ABC News: Party could be the start of the next big startup (They’re talking about us!)

ABC News: Party could be the start of the next big startup (They’re talking about us!)


Party could be the start of the next big startup

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Doing business in Silicon Valley has always been different. even unorthodox. In fact, sometimes, it doesn’t look like business at all.

In a dark, crowded night club, cocktails and conversation flow between 20 and 30-somethings wearing nametags. You’d be excused if you mistook this for a singles event. But its founder assures us tonight is about a different kind of matchmaking.

“This is the real underbelly of the tech scene,” said SF New Tech Founder Myles Weissleder.

Mixed into this crowd are CEOs, investors and maybe the entrepreneur with the next big idea. Myles Weissleder started SF New Tech to bring them all together.

“People here have some great ideas and they provide the direct input into the decision maker at that company,” said Weissleder.

Some input happens that the bar, but across the room, something else is shaping up. Tonight, eight startups will pitch their ideas to this highly educated, sometimes skeptical crowd — hoping for suggestions, publicity and maybe funding.

“Going in with a venture capitalist is a lot like going into a marriage. I would like to know someone very in depth before I decide to give them a lot of money,” said GGV Capital associate Andrew Manoske.

In that case, consider this a first date. The pitch starts like what you’d hear in a board room. Though instead of a few people to captivate, you’ve got a few hundred and most of them had a few drinks while the DJ was playing. It helps to start with a joke.

“Anyone else feel like starting a startup? The reality is you’re actually going to lose your job,” said a man who pitched.

But aside from the music and the refreshments, there’s one other little thing here you won’t find in a boardroom, and actually the clock is not so little.

“Uh, the clock was — good,” said a man who pitched. “Definitely makes you be concise and probably miss some things,” said another.

Just like in speed dating, you have five minutes. Not a second more.

“And if you can’t get your point across in five minutes then you’ve got some work to do,” said Weissleder.

Then come the questions, but survive the grilling and you could be like Xavier Damman.

Cool enough for the president and Oprah, social media tool Storify debuted here last year and has since raised $2 million. Now, its young CEO and co-founder, Xavier Damman, is back on a second date. Not to brag, but to inspire the young, casually dressed, perhaps slightly tipsy people he thinks can change the world.

“There is a better future ahead of us. And we just need to shape it and entrepreneurs, hackers are the ones who’re going to shape this future,” said Damman.


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Call for Presenters! Ninja Challenge – Pitch Contest for Companies Expanding Globally

The biggest web-tech contest in Japan now lands in Silicon Valley!

The 7th Mashup Awards (MA7) opens their door to the local startups and developers to present their services and products. We call it the event the “Ninja Challenge.”

At the event, up to 10 startups interested in the Japanese market will be presenting Read more…

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SF New Tech in The Wall Street Journal today!

Congrats to YOU who make SF New Tech what it is!

Here’s the excerpt that talks about us …  you can read the entire article here (but it requires a subscription)

Meet-Ups Polish Up Their Acts


Technology meet-ups are taking on a professional sheen.

The local gatherings of techies, which are often free and open to newcomers, have long been a fertile field for schmoozing and hunting for investment capital. But as the latest technology boom has gathered steam, meet-ups have proliferated and taken on more importance in the industry.

Many meet-ups have left behind their humbler origins as bull sessions around pitchers of beer. For an increasing number of entrepreneurs, they are places to recruit employees, prospect for clients and keep abreast of the latest tech trends and tools. Some of the groups now have thousands of members—and even corporate sponsors…

At San Francisco’s Mighty nightclub, a recent gathering of the SF New Tech Meetup drew about 300 people, said Myles Weissleder, the group’s founder. Tickets cost $30 at the door, but early birds got a discount. A taco truck parked outside the warehouse served up free food for attendees.

The March meet-up featured demonstrations of the wireless magazine application Flipboard, video encoding service and AT&T, said Mr. Weissleder.

The group began accepting formal corporate sponsorships in May 2007. Since then, it has attracted sums ranging from $1,500 to more than $50,000 from companies including AT&T, Motorola, eBay Inc.’s Pay Pal unit, Cisco Systems Inc. and Citigroup Inc.’s Citi Private Bank. EBay is slated to sponsor an event in September.

Ellie Cachette, founder and chief executive of ConsumerBell, which helps companies manage product recalls online, said she met three venture capitalists while waiting in line for the SF New Tech taco truck in 2009. One of them, Sumeet Jain, a principal at CMEA Capital, helped her develop an executive summary of her start-up’s purpose. “That connection alone did change my life,” she said. “I’ve been able to ask him really important questions, or even get introductions to people.”

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