#SMNT30

SMNT VolunteersOur February pitch/demo event #SMNT30 took place at Cross Campus in Santa Monica on Wed,  Feb 18. 6 new tech startups presented their creations. Elementz Interactive was our sponsor:

Elementz InteractiveElementz is a full services solution company offering creative and cutting-edge solutions tailored to customer needs. With a vision to be a world class global software development company, Elementz specializes in mobile app, website app and platform development.
Founded in 2010, Elementz has evolved into a solutions company that provides custom software solutions for startup and enterprise level businesses. Elementz’s team has multiple years of combined experience across relevant technology fields, enabling them to incorporate Infographic SMNT30various processes, skills and insights into each project we undertake. As a result of this multidisciplinary approach, Elementz’s projects often encompass a variety of technological tools and methodologies. This enhances their ability to create completely original and unique software and platforms for clients.

TabbyPresenters:

Tabby – Derek Davis – video

Delo – Renat Gabitov – video

PerspectiveMedia – Paul Rothbein – video

CureCrowd – Dr. Rocamboli – video

Propagate -Frank Freeman – video

Crunchbutton – Judd Rosenblatt – video

OpenCoffee Club LA Weekly

Open Coffee Club LogoSMNT have been hosting OpenCoffee Club meetings weekly since September 2014. After hosting 18 meetings we decided to make a short video so that others know what all these meetings are all about.

Open Coffee CupThe OpenCoffee Club is an open concept originated in London 8 years ago. The goal was to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organize real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow. There are now over 100 around the world.

Santa Monica chapter meets every week, but rotates between Thursday and Saturday/Sunday.

We meet at 10AM in Santa Monica either at Starbucks or Panera. See full schedule on SMNT Meetup Calendar.

To learn more about OCC, read http://readwrite.com/2007/05/23/the_open_coffee_club_movement

Watch full introductions from 8 people who attended #OCCLA19 on Feb 12, 2015.

TechJobsLA Job Fair

BlankspacesOn Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, TechJobsLA hosted its biannual Job Fair at Blankspaces, Santa Monica. This year there were several workshops, a UX+CTO Panel and of course tech hiring companies!

UX + CTO PANEL

How to Get the Job You Want in Silicon Beach with John Shiple, Oleg Baranovsky, Luetrell Toler, Arturo Perez and VTechJobsLAivian Ying, 1/31, 11:00AM – 12:00PM | free with the purchase of a general admission job fair ticket ($15), First come, first serve, arrive early, reserved seating available, Santa Monica @techjobslafair
Luetrell Toler, moderator
Oleg Baranovsky, panelist, owner of the Los Angeles PHP Developers Group (LAPHP)
Arutro Perez, panelist, Founder of Kluge Interactive, a Silicon Beach design/dev agency
John Shiple, panelist, Freelance CTO
Vivian Ying, panelist, Slalom Consulting – enterprise technology (financial services)

WORKSHOPSSponsors Banner

Responsive Design Process for Designers and Developers with Natalie MacLees, This includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, 10:30AM – 11:30AM, beginners welcome, $15, @techjobslafair, offered in support of @GirlDevelopItLA

Putting UX into Axure – A Strategic Approach with Paul Lumsdaine, 1/31, 10:30AM – 11:30AM | This includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, beginners welcome, $15.00, Santa Monica, @techjobslafair

How to WOW on your next interview w/ VitaminT, 1/31, 11:30AM – 12:30PM | $5.00 (Free. A refund will be provided by VitaminT), this includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, beginners welcome, Santa Monica @techjobslafair

Getting Started with Conference SpeaFooda tableking with Natalie MacLees, 1/31, 12:30PM – 1:30PM | includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, beginners welcome, $15.00, Santa Monica @techjobslafair

Beginner’s Javascript Workshop with MGO, 1/31, 11:30AM – 1:30PM | this includes job fair admission and the 2 hour workshop, $15.00, Santa Monica @techjobslafair. Please bring a laptop for this hands-on workshop!

Free resume reviews: VitaminT will have 2+ knowledgable professionals to review job fair attendees’ resumes from 10AM to 1PM. Please arrive early for one-on-one tips to improve your resume.

Pictures are courtesy of Ross Martin. See more event’s pictures: http://on.fb.me/16IxBqh.

SMNT Reunion Jan 2015

We hosted our second annual Reunion event for 170 startups that presented at our events in the last 2.5 years. ~300 people came to celebrate entrepreneurship, to network and to support startups that grew over the years.

Startups that presented:

AntmineDedicated Volunteers

YourOfficeAgent

Letshang

Odyssey TranslatorOdyssey Translator

Synaccord

Oxford Biochronometrics

Valarm

Classkick

7GenerationGames

WirecashLinksee

Wirecash

Carsnap

Evrybit

EPS.Inc

CarSnapThere were dozens of startup founders in the audience both former presenters and our members, there were investors, service partners and just tech enthusiasts.
We had plenty of beer and pizza served thanks to our sponsors:

Xero

Halcyon Innovation

RubyThree

Read Evrybit’s story about the event:

http://getevrybit.com/blog/2015/01/santa-monica-new-tech-reunion-brings-together-los-angeles-startup-community/

SMNT at CES 2015 in Vegas

Jan 6-9, 2015. Personally it was my first CCES BannerES experience, and it was impressive.” The 2015 InternatiInMotiononal CES® was the largest and most amazing CES in show history, breaking all records as innovators across the show floor unveiled technology
services that will solve world problems and improve lives.

The 2015 CES wrapped as the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups. Innovators showcased the latest across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmIroning Magicanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers, gaming and more. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technoLife Predictionlogy and this year more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 45,000 from outside the U.S. convened at the only event of
its kind to engage in the hands-on experience of interacting with the next generation of technology”.

My favorites are:

Ironing “closet”,Smart Home by Iris

Personal segway like transportation,

Smart Home by Iris,

Swarovski wearablesSwarovski wearable devices,

Life Prediction from Japan,

Robot that carries your bags,

New version of Paro, therapeutic seal.

Startup WeekendSky is the limitHealth section was full with everything smart and wearable with tracking your data. Welcome to the showcase of products and
services from the future!

What was accomplished in 4 days:
2 Vegas Buffets, a tour of hotels, unsuccessful gambling ($5 lost), Stratosphere tower visit,
one Illusionist show, hundreds of mind blowing technologies observed.Eureka Park Stage

I spent hours at Eureka Park learning about 100 startups!

Vegas in Daylight

My favorite startups and their interviews:

FastBar

LogoGrab

SmartMeUp

IceBreakerQ

SoyHuce

Pecabu

SpeechTrans

See more startup interviews and pitches on our YouTube Channel.

SMNT at AppNation VI 2015

Drew Ianni, the Founder of  AppNation Conference, invited all members of Santa Monica NeThe Garagew Tech to AppNation VI in Las Vegas
January 5-6, 2015: www.appnationconference.com. It was perfect timing, as many members of our group were attending CES trade show one day later. And so we droAppNationve to Vegas to see what is new in apps and to meet app developers and publishers. And it was worth it! AppNation VI occupied  The Cosmopolitan. Rocket scientist from Facebook opened the conference on Monday. The panels, hackathon and mixers were full of passionate people. Great speakers from Spotify, Yo!, Airbnb, Pandora, Kabam, Electronic Arts, Coca cola, Nike, and many more. Delicious food and drinks were offered to VIP attendees.

LAs Vegas View

The CosmopolitanThe party at the deluxe suite on the top floor with breathtaking views of Las Vegas was another hit! The Garage section with brand new app startups was the best part of the conference. The Garage was a showcase for app and mobile/emerging platform start-ups. Learn more: http://appnationconference.com/an6/files/2014/12/AN-VI-Garage-one-sheet.pdf.

We chose 4 apps and interviewed them so that you can get some idea of our excitement. See overview:

Watch all 4 interviews with our favorite startups:Gold Spike

LoungeBuddyInterview,

ZipZapInterview,

OnRouteDigitalInterview,

GinxAppInterview

on SMNT.tv channel.

We also attended big tech party at Gold Spike and visited Downtown Project started by Tony Hseih from Zappos and interviewed George Moncrief from Work in Progress:

Wohoo, Las Vegas!

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