More than 250 people showed up and needless to say, the energy in the room was amazing. And the energy from up on stage was equally as exhilerating. This month, not only did we have a great crop of demos, we had two mini talks that started the evening off on the right foot. First up we were thrilled to welcome back Brian Solis, a long time friend of SF New Tech and industry titan who took to the stage with the venerable Ben Parr, one of Mashable‘s most-trusted voices, to discuss the state of public relations in the world of technology, and beyond. Brian recently published a book entitled, "Putting the Public Back In Public Relations" and needless to say has a lot to say on the topic. In all, Brian and Ben were able to shed some light on how and why it’s so incredibly hard for companies to burst through the clutter and get noticed. There are no easy answers here but these guys did a great job in de-mystifying the age old question on how to get noticed by the media, and more importantly, by the public, and getting them talking about you.
Second up, we welcomed J.R. Johnson back on stage (he demo’d Lunch.com a few months back). This time around he was here to discuss Lunch For Good, a provocative series of events and discussions he sponsored with the help of SF New Tech and The Social Media Club, to get people thinking of how participate responsibly online, how to spark critical thought, and most importantly, how to find common ground with others online to make the world a better place. Earlier that day, 90+ innovators and influencers met on the top floor of the Spear Tower in downtown San Francisco to break it all down and explore what it requires to facilitate ways/means to make finding common ground the rule, not the exception, in our online dealings. It was a really amazing discussion. Check out how Stephen Lawson from PC World summed it all up in this great article, "Techies Gather for a Lunch to Save the World".
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Thanks to Jeff the PizzaHacker for serving up his yummy gourmet pizza, Smitten serving her made-to-order Ice Cream, and of course, the Taco Truck for dishing out famously delicious tacos to the teaming SF New Tech masses!
Finally, an even bigger thanks to Bullivant, Sun Startup Essentials, Mylermedia, Future-Works, The New York Times, and Mashable for all your support!
See you next month!