Quick update on some good news, some great news… and some sad news, too.
First, the great news…
If you’re looking to hire folks, find a job, promote an event or discuss all-things-SF New Tech we’ve created some brand new forums for the SF New Tech community so we can continue to help each other out. You’re hereby invited to chime in! The SF New Tech forums can be found at our newly made-over presence at Meetup.com (what do you think?). Visit http://www.meetup.com/sfnewtech and click on "Message Board" on the left. GO!
And here’s some really good news…
SF New Tech is proud to announce we’ll be working with geekSessions, led by geek extraordinaire and all-about-good guy, Shon Burton. Stay tuned for some really great events we’re scheming for the coming months… Starting with a can’t miss event, "geekSessions 1.5: Cheaper, Better, Faster, Stronger" taking place TOMORROW (Tuesday, February 24th, 6:00pm-10:00pm) at our favorite haunt, Mighty. As a member of SF New Tech, you’ll get a hefty 50% discount on your ticket when you sign up! (See below).
geekSessions 1.5: Cheaper, Better, Faster, Stronger will look at how startups are doing more with less. How smaller teams and are getting more done in less time with less money. From development to infrastructure –nature is demanding more efficiency across the board. We’ll look at how startups using modern frameworks, automation, sane capacity planning, and solid analytics to do more with less. Way more. Panelists include Justin Kan, Founder & President, Justin.tv; Daniel Lieberman, Founder & CEO, Bitpusher; Gary Swart, CEO, oDesk; Zachery Coelius, CEO, Triggit, Richard White, CEO, UserVoice, and will be moderated by Jason Hoffman, CTO, Joyent.
6:00pm – Registration, open bar, and dinner
7:00pm – Panel discussion and Q&A (bar closed)
8:30pm – Open Bar, and networking
Get your 50% discount code by clicking here: http://gs15-sfnt.eventbrite.com/?discount=SFNewTech
Hope to see you there!
And finally, some really sad news…
Last week on Thursday 2/19, Brandt Cannici, SF New Tech member and demo alumni, was tragically killed in a car accident. You may remember Brandt from our 10/07 SF New Tech Rocks event when he demo’d his company Strayform, which provided services and tools to help artists get paid for their work. Brandt always had exciting things going on. His most recent endeavor was starting MedicareSaver.com, a company designed to help lower prescription drug costs for the 35 million people on Medicare. Brandt came out to our events regularly and touched me in a way few do. He inspired me greatly and he always exhibited a level of graciousness and sincerity few people can match. Although I only knew him from our tech-centric world, Brandt was kind of enough to snail-mail my wife and I a handwritten card after the birth of our daughter. He was that kind of guy. It’s with great sadness and sorrow we’re off to the races without Brandt. If you knew Brandt (or even if you didn’t) and you’re a member of Facebook, you’re invited to share your thoughts at this special Remembering Brandt Facebook group: http://bit.ly/DXQkL
RIP, Brandt. We’ll miss you.