Wes Boudville, Inventor
I have gotten 2 big things from the SMNT monthly meetings.
The first is getting a pulse on the Los Angeles startup scene. By volunteering at many meetings, it gives me an overall sense of what is trending.
The second advantage is chatting with the audience before and after the talks. I have met numerous local entrepreneurs who are highly motivated and talented. Far better than scanning LinkedIn. The interpersonal bandwidth of the meetings is more valuable and fulfilling.
Levi Appleton, Designer and Founder of Lost and Found app Deedsofficial
Meetups are a great place to get out of the comfort zone, become a social mixer with well like minded people. My experience with SMNT starting out as an attendee on a personal quest for more information, I gained insight on how to build a pitching deck attending 5 demo and pitch events then showcasing my project my 6th time attending. The community aspect is well diverse and people come from all kinds of backgrounds, not just in programming in particular but from accounting, law, and PR firms. I’ve gotten feedback and resources in all areas of my business attending social mixers such as my favorite Santa Monica New Tech. Thank you so much, Marina.