SMNT Testimonials Part 7

Gary Livingston is a UX designer who is also co-organizer of 805 Startups Meetup that helps build startup ecosystems in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and Los Angeles County.

  • SMNT was one of the first startup groups I joined where I felt a sense of purpose associated with the events. Marina has done a fantastic job harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit and sharing it with many in the community that would have otherwise felt lost or alone while working on their ideas/dreams.

  • Over time SMNT has found more focus and expanded on the amount of activity created. This activity has bred more activity in the area and has attracted the interest and participation of investors, city officials, and traditional businesses as well. Silicon Beach, while a horrible moniker, has grown to be a truly viable alternative to Silicon Vallley for those looking to launch and grow a startup to success. Marina is one of the key leaders in this community to thank for the success of this startup ecosystem achieving that level. Many owe her for her efforts and contributions, either directly or indirectly, to their success.
    Check out his upcoming Social, Dating and Lifestyle Expo on Feb 28, 3-7PM at HUB101 in Westlake Village, CA.805startups
    Apply to exhibit: https://angel.co/805startups-february-28-social-dating-and-lifestyle-expo-westlake-village-ca/apply
    RSVP to attend: https://www.meetup.com/805startups/events/236929881/
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SMNT Testimonials Part 6

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

Hello,
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.
Deeds 🙂
deedsofficial

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.