The First White House Tech Meetup

The White HouseOn April 17, 2015 I was invited to the White House Tech Meetup in Washington, DC with other tech community leaders around the country (about 50 people). It was an honor to represent LA and the Silicon Beach Community. The event was hosted by Megan Smith, US Chief Technology Officer, and organized by MeetupWhite House Session.com. We met with government officials, city and state representatives, media, to help boost tech innovation across the country, help with newly launched Tech Hire Initiative which is focused on providing training and creating more jobs in technology sector.
The event was announced via White House Blog. You can see the Official Agenda.

It was great to be invited to the White House, to meet incredible tech leaders and receive a ThanWH Brainstorming Sessionk you letter the day after:

“You are truly pioneers. We were thrilled to see the incredible work you do every day recognized at the highest levels of government.

Not only was the White House atwitter by your presence, we generated buzz *everywhere*. We were trending on Twitter all day Friday! 

We encourage you to share your thoughts, recaps and progress towards your goals on this stream
. You can continue the conversation, check out some great photos, and find choice quotes via the #WHMeetup tag.

Other ways to revisit the excitement and energy of the day:Inside White House

As for press, we’ve seen over 33 media hits so far! Here are some of the most interesting national and local stories:

Stay close and keep in touch! We know there will be many incredible returns of the day: think of the commitments made and the partnerships, mentorships and friendships forged.

Outside Executive BuildingTech Meetup CakeLet’s do it again soon.

Warmest regards,

Andrea Murphy

Community Engagement Manager

Meetup HQ”

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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)

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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.

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:

The audience SMNT28

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

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