#SMNT35

Cross Campus SM#SMNT35 pitch/demo event took place on June 10 at Cross Campus in Santa Monica.

Cross Campus viewPizza and drinks were provided courtesy of our sponsor Bryan Lemster from Halcyon Innovation.

All attendees got a sneak peek of what our tech startup counterparts are working on across the pond!

We heard from the following startups:

SMNT VolunteersMiler presentationMiler.me

Prefound

RCO

Momunt

Please find below A Silicon Beach Update from Halcyon Innovation:

SMNt presentationSilicon Beach Fest Is Back!
The annual Halcyon Innovationsummer celebration of startups in So Cal, Silicon Beach Fest, is back for another year bringing parties, pitches and panels to Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica and the surrounding community. Professionals with an interest in technology from many different professional spheres will be speaking, networking and building during this 3-day event jam-packed with activities. You can find all the info about the event here & find special discounts here. Happy Networking!SMNT presentations
Santa Monica New Tech Pushing Startup Scene. Santa Monica New Tech (SMNT) is continuing to drive the startup community in the area by showcasing new and exciting local ideas. Halcyon Innovation was happy to be fortunatSMNT slidese enough to sponsor the most recent event SMNT#35 where six new startups showcased their fresh concepts. You can check out some of these great projects here. After 3 years of helping to grow startup communities in Los Angeles as well as London & PHalcyon Innovationaris, SMNT is also offering a course to help startups begin on the right foot. More info about the course is available here. Follow SMNT on social media here.
Thank you, Bryan, for your support! 🙂

See more pics from the event on Meetup and videos on our Youtube channel.

Hack the Beach Event

Santa Monica Public LibraryThe City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, hosted a meetup at the Santa Monica Public Library for the 2015 National Day of Civic Hacking.

Our group was invited to this event to learn about open data, open source and civic tech in Santa Monica.

What:

Civic Hacking Santa MonicaHack the Beach is an effort by the City of Santa Monica to bring together civic-minded technologists interested in solving real-world challenges.

Our areas of focus are around open data, open source software, government transparency, and citizen engagement.

We welcome your bright ideas, your eye for creative and intuitive solutions, and your coding craftsmanship.

Why:

This is an unprecedented time for civic engagement. Governments are opening their data and internal Mayor of Santa Monicaprocesses, creating new avenues for collaborative problem solving.

From startups to well-established firms, Silicon Beach is booming. A rich talent pool coupled with a city government at the forefront of civic tech puts us in a unique position for innovative success.

The City of Santa Monica is proud to continue our tradition of partnership building. We invite you to join our civic tech community as we work together to make a positive impact on our city.

The event took place in Santa Monica Public Library on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

The Mayor of Santa Monica Kevin McKeown attended the event together with other government officials and community leaders.

More info about the event: http://hackthebeach.smgov.net

The Agenda:

10:00AM Sign-ins and Mingling City of Santa Monica
10:20AM Welcome
10:50AM Introduction of new datasets
11:30AM Lunch served
12:00PM-1:30PM Breakout Session: Big Blue Bus Track
12:00PM-1:30PM Breakout Session: Parking Track
1:30PM Soapbox: Plug your projects and lessons-learned
1:50PM Closing remarks

Next Steps:

Planning for the next Hack the Beach event is currently underway. Keep abreast of what we’re up to and join the discussion on Google Group.

Help shape the next event by taking a short survey.

You may also reach out directly at data@smgov.net.

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. 

#SMNT33

Cross Campus companiesOur April 22 event #SMNT33 at Cross Campus was very well attended. Five startups presented their ideas that were so different and intriguing that they sparked a lot of controversy during networking time. Pizza and drinks were provided by our sponsor Interoute!

Propzy presentationPropzy – Selling real estate from you living room with one tap.

Pitchcode – The talent marketplace for digital ad sales specialists.

Private.me – Empowers internet users to keep their personal data private.

Niear – Changing how transportation is shared by connecting car owners with drivers through our mobile app. Go ahead, find a car near you.

Lootsie – A Mobile rewards platform.

See more pictures from the event.

Watch Private.me presentation:

Find more videos of our presenters on SMNT Youtube Channel.

#SMNT32

Cross CampusOn March 24 we hosted our monthly pitch/demo event back at Cross Campus in Santa Monica.

 

Interoute was our sponsor and provSMNT presenterided drinks and pizza.Interoute logo

 

Interoute is the owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, which encompasses over 67,000 km of lit fibre, with 14 global locations across Asia, America & Europe.

6 startups presented their ideas:

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Spotkingapp

Captureyz

Downtochill
Bookmarq

Modulates

Almost 200 people attended this event. See pics on Meetup and videos of pitches on our Youtube Channel.

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.

December 2014 #SMNT28 Event

It was Monday, Dec 22, when we hosted our December event #SMNT28 at Cross Campus in Santa MoMarina SMNT28nica. More than one hundred people came to see 6 new tech startups present. Drinks and snacks were offered to all and there was no cover charge thanks to sponsors:

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Halcyon Innovation seeks to provide customized technology solutions to private entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses and startups. With a strong background in custom software development, Halcyon’s experienced staff can provide a solution for your small business. Founded formally in 2005, the staff of Halcyon Innovation has been in the consulting industry for eight years and has provided top-notch technology solutions. Watch short clip:

Blue Deer is a growth services firm that provides business development and customer acquisition services to help startups and growth stage firms builBlueDeer SMNT28d sustainable and predictable revenue growth. Our G.O.O.D. Growth Engine methodology delivers a customer-centric roadmap combining strategy with content and technology. It is based on Sales2.0 and Lean Startup methodologies and 10,000+ hours of in the trenches experience.

We offer packaged services for startups based on goals, budget, and needs. Our goal is to empower entrepreneurs with tLoveLab SMNT28he advice, experience and capacity to build lasting and growing revenue streams. We are based in San Francisco and Los Angeles and have an ecosystem of experts and service providers to help you succeed.

APPNATION covers the mobile app and emerging platform economy and key business issues for the long tail of app developers and publishers. APPNATION VI @ CES features its annual start-up Garage on the exhibit floor. The Garage is a showcase for app and mobile / emerging platform start-ups.

See more pics and recap: http://latechdigest.com/pics-santa-monica-new-tech-28/

Watch startup video presentations:

Shopping Quizzes

Crux.la

Trepscore

Tether

Stad.io

Love Lab®

#SMNT18

BingOn Wednesday we had a great event #SMNT18 at Cross Campus. Our sponsors were Bing and Halcyon Innovation. See pics from the event on FB or Meetup and videos on Youtube.

6 startups:

MarkedUp – Stop Guessing, Start Measuring! MarkedUp brings actionable analytics and insights to desktop developers in order to help them make better, data-driven decisions when it comes to managing their applications. MarkedUp is the only analytics platform available for WinRT and Windows 8 developers, and it supports full comp

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atibility with both WinRT and WinJS. MarkedUp was founded in 2012 by an ex-Microsoftie and a team of people who live and breathe the Windows ecosystem, in Santa Monica, California.

Tacit – Tait is building an army powerful enough to turn virtual dreams into physical realities. The gaming industry is a $70.4B market with over 1.2B gamers. Tacit believes in monetizing the gamer community as a force for good by producing social simulation games that fund global change. By turning games into reality, and gamers into heroes, Tacit bridges the virtual & the physical like never before. With Tacit, it’s not just a game anymore.

FlywheelFlywheel – Your ride is here. Hail a cab, track your ride and pay -all from your smartphone. Originally named Cabulous and founded in 2009, Flywheel was created as an innovative mobile solution to an age-old, real-world problem–sourcing readily available, reliable and reasonably priced rides in busy urban environments. Founders Elijah Windsor, Ryan Huffman, Tal Flanchraych and John Wolpert wanted reassurance for busy, city-driven people that a ride-on-the-fly would always be just a smartphone tap away. In 2012, Cabulous re-launched as Flywheel, and has quickly become one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry.

AirChat –  Airchat is your instant phonebook. Join a phonebook in one-tap to access everyone’s contact for messaging or calls. Your phonebook stays updated automatically when new contacts join. Airchat is your phonebook in the cloud! Join multiple phonebooks to easily manage all your conversations in one app. Create a phonebook for work, school, friends, family and more.

Datezr – Date ideas at your fingertips. Datezr combines all possible activities, events, places, restaurants, music shows into a big pool of ideas, we apply our special Datezr sauce to them and we match those ideas based on what you and your partner is interested in.Datezr

Synaccord – Bring Synergy to democracy. Imagine an app where millions of us privately and securely participate in raising the tough issues (Taxes? Education? Budget? ) and creating solutions; where individual choice dampens negativity and synergy produces solutions with tremendous support; and results are voted on and seen by our elected officials.

See pics from the Olympics in Sochi, including the hottest technology at Megafon Pavilion. Next event is at 6:30PM on March 13 at Cross Campus, 1558 10th Str in Santa Monica.

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