Three Year Anniversary

Dan, Marina, DylanThree years went by and we are still organizing our events! It is a big milestone in the world of startups.

As I recall our first event, it took place in Santa Monica Public Library Ocean Park branch. It was before the first Silicon Beach Fest, before Cross Campus, General Cross Campus SMNT34Assembly and ROC appeared in Santa Monica.

In Jan 2012, I just arrived from Boston, where I was a member of Boston New Tech. I started Santa Monica New Tech group because I had my own startup and wanted to be a part of the startup Wes and Sarahcommunity in Santa Monica.

Instead of 1 event we host up to 10 events per month today, and the number of our members grew to 5,000+ in LA and 6,000+ in Europe.

Our 3 Year Anniversary event was held at Cross Campus, our favorite event venue in LA. The team of Cross Campus was so nice to give a speech and even give me a cake, flowers and a present! Thank you, team Cross Campus!

As usually, 6 startups presented their ideas at #SMNT34 on May 6:Rinse

Rinse

AugmentAnalytics

Vyu

Utique

Shyp

Populist.io

And Interoute helped us celebrate with pizza, but we didn’t stop celebrating there. Part 2: Happy Hour mixer took place on May 20. We ordered the cake and had drinks on the patio of Wokcano in Santa Monica.

We also heard from some members of our group about why they come to our events and what they value the most. For some it is an excuse to leave their house as they work from home anWokcano SMNT eventd meet new people and friends, for others  the reason for coming is to learn something new and get pieces of advice from mentors.

But what it really comes down to – it is all of us.

We’ve built a great community of open minded people who help each other, trust each other and love to innovate.

It is so important to know that what we created over 3 years makes this community special and Great! It is the quality of connections: friendships and partnerships that took root from SMNT events.

Tavor and Marina

Wokcano SMNT Happy HourThat is what Jay W wrote in his group review after he volunteered at our events:

 SMNT is a really cool group. For those genuinely interested in technology, innovation, and community involvement this is the place to go. Let’s not forget about Marina, who has been doing an excellent job keeping all of this together. Congratulations Marina! I hope to attend more meetings in the future, and bring lots of enthusiasts along. 

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#SMNTbday

Our birthday party party took place on May 20, 2013 at 31Ten Lounge 6-11PM. 200 people came to celebSanta Monica New Tech Cakerate. There were free massages, happy hour prices, free vodka shots, beer pong games, bday cake, friends from La Tech happy hour, DJ, hockey game to watch and more.

Our event sponsor was Elance.com. “Elance is where people Work Differently™. A pioneer in today’s freelance revolution, Elance is the world’s leading platform for online work. Today over 500,000 businesses and 2 million freelancers use Elance in 170+ countries. Over 1 million freelance jobs are completed”.

SMNT party131Ten Lounge is “a great venue to have events. A beautiful indoor/outdoor Restaurant and Lounge located on the border of Santa Monica and Venice on Main Street. 31Ten serves an incredible menu from their renowned chef Michael Wilson (formerly of 5 Dudley and Wilsons). They also have a wonderful cocktail list served by an intelligent and beautiful staff. You can enjoy your evening either by a fire-pit open to the sky or on the dance floor only feet from the live DJ”.SMNT party2

La Tech Happy Hour: “Imagine if there was a place, where at one table an entrepreneur meets her next $100,000 investor. A designer meets a new client, a web developer with a great internet startup. A PHP engineer meets a charismatic founder that excites him with his vision, so much so that he can picture leaving his day job for the exhilarating experience of working tirelessly for technology stock options that could be worth millions one day”.

Santa Monica New Tech has members from all over the world: Australia,  UK, Ukraine, South Africa, China, Mexico, and other countries. Thank you all for coming and giving your feedback in person or via survey http://svy.mk/19An8XQ. More pictures from this event: http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Monica-New-Tech/photos/15030032/

See you at our future events!