Archive for the ‘Lunch2.0’ Category

How to get plugged-in to the local network

November 3, 2009

I am going to be on a panel about getting “plugged-in” to a local network of people. Obviously this has a lot of uses, from networking for a job, to networking to find business partners, to finding customers, to finding a significant other. There are loads of reasons to network and everyone has their own approach. I’ve had some success with it and built Seattle Lunch 2.0 in the process (btw, there is a lunch this Friday with some cool Demos and another next Friday over at Gist).

While I do have a lot of my own thoughts, I would be more interested in your thoughts about how to build a network and how to get plugged into a network where you previously have not been active. There are a lot of theories and methods for this sort of thing and of course every network is unique, I’d be interested in hearing your feedback on a couple of basic questions…

  • How do you go about networking?
  • In-Person, Virtual, or a mix?
  • Do you network at events, or one-on-one?
  • How do you decide which events to attend?
  • How do you ensure you have a solid reliable network?

I’ll share my thoughts post presentation (if you are interested in attending in person let me know)!!

Thoughts on Seattle 2.0 Awards

May 8, 2009

Wow, what a great event put on by Marcelo and team!! Truly a top class event.

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For those of you who didn’t attend the event (in-person or live) – you should not make the same mistake next year! Marcelo and team put together a welcoming environment where the focus was on the event, the speakers, and the community. Definitely kudos to him and the team – pulling off this kind of an event is difficult and the team’s ability to execute well definitely shines through! John has a great write-up on the results.

The family and I had a great time. Quentin was embarrassed that people knew who he was. Gabriel was his usual self and was handing out Seattle Lunch 2.0 stickers to everyone. Robin was of course her usual proud supportive self. There were quite a few people there I didn’t know, so it was great to meet new people and chat about their startups. The boys were hilarious, after meeting Jonathan Sposato in the restroom, they were proud that they met the guy who kept winning awards. They kept saying, “oh – we met that guy!”

Luckily, their Dad finally won an award so he could compete with all these cool CEOs who were winning awards and giving talks to the audience. The boys wanted to brag to everyone so it was a great chance to teach some humility and let them know how important awards from the community are. It was also good because the kids got the explanation about how there are so many other great seattle tech groups and events that just being a part of the category is a great thing (all the event organizers deserve an award).

If you haven’t attended a Lunch or Happy Hour – get registered for an upcoming event before the seats are filled!! If you’re unsure of what to expect, check out The Experience of Attending or Hosting a Seattle Lunch 2.0.

There will be a Seattle Lunch 2.0 @ Pelago on May 15th.

There will also be a Seattle Lunch 2.0 Happy Hour @ Sortuv on May 29th.

If you can’t attend either of those, Seattle 2.0 Live will be streaming the events (so you can at least attend remotely). There are plenty more in the works – contact me if you want to host/sponsor. If you don’t have the resources to host/sponsor and still want to contribute – make a donation – I am currently sending Seattle Lunch 2.0 stickers to all those that donate.

For those of you who voted for Seattle Lunch 2.0 – Thank you (I literally could not have done it without you)! It truly takes a community and if Seattle Lunch 2.0 wins an award like this, it means that all of you in the community contributed to the events enough to make it happen!

Seattle 2.0 Awards – today 5/7/9

May 7, 2009

A few thoughts to keep in mind regarding today’s big awards ceremony…

First,  I want to say thanks to Marcelo and the team for putting on the Seattle 2.0 Awards, Seattle definitely needs this kind of event!

Second, I want to thank the community for nominating Seattle Lunch 2.0in the Best Social Event for Startups category. It’s a real honor to be a nominee in this category and I’m glad to share the nomination spot with so many other great events and organizers.

Third, I want to let all of my readers, twitter followers, facebook friends, etc that the family and I will be attending the awards ceremony tonight. I will be tweeting a lot throughout the day regarding the event and especially during the event (this means twitter and facebook status updates). I will be using the hashtag #seattleawardsfor those of you that want to filter out those due to the amount of traffic to your facebook status (fine – I should have less seattleawards updates tomorrow). Although I would assume you all have either a vested interest in the health and vitality of the young Seattle companies being celebrated tonight as our economy truly does depend in large part to the innovative companies, investors, thinkers, service providers, and event holders that make up this community or you are seriously curious to learn if Seattle Lunch 2.0 wins…

Fourth, It is Quentin’s birthday today (11yrs old ), and we are going to spend his birthday as a family cheering on the Seattle Startup community. If you are a founder, CEO, investor, or entrepreneur – please stop by and encourage both of my young sons (Quentin – 11 and Gabriel – 7). They both look up to people who start stuff and well, I know a lot of you don’t think of yourselves as role models. It will be a great way to get an ego booster and help encourage my sons to pursue their dreams.

Fifth, Did I mention how important this kind of event is for Seattle and the economy as a whole? It is kind of our duty to pass along the details of this event to anyone and everyone we know. The goal is to ensure the live streaming attendance is higher than the in-person attendance and the press coverage at a national level is just as high as it is at local level.

On another note – if you didn’t vote for Seattle Lunch 2.0, it is too late to vote but it’s not too late to donate to the running of these events or to attend the Lunch @ Pelago or the Happy Hour @ Sortuv.

Seattle Lunch 2.0 @ RocketDog

November 4, 2008

In case you haven’t heard yet… The next Seattle Lunch 2.0 has been announced!! RocketDog will be hosting and it will be a happy hour – free food, drinks, networking, and FUN :)

Now that we’re getting towards the end of the year and the economy is starting to slump. What better time then now to celebrate the wonders of entrepreneurship and innovation. What better time to have a happy hour then now. What better time then to meet a local Marketing and Design firm that can span online and offline media and make an impact where and when it counts…. NOW!! What better time then to come hang out with RocketDog and at least have a free drink and meet some cool people!!

Rocket Dog’s CEO, Michael Elliott will be speaking about marketing and advertising in the current environment. How to continue to generate buzz and attract customers during the downturn. How to spend dollars in the most effective ways…. regardless of the stage of your business. RocketDog has a great history with loads of customers big and small, the advice will be well worth the free drink you’ll enjoy and the crowd that you will meet will be well worth your time

As usual, RSVP over at Upcoming.org

And of course… if you are in PDX, check out the Lunch 2.0 @ Eclipse on Wednesday – http://siliconflorist.com/2008/11/03/lunch-20-at-the-eclipse-foundation-is-wednesday

Seattle Lunch 2.0 @ Whitepages.com

August 1, 2008

Don’t forget that Seattle Lunch 2.0 starts in an hour!!

Seattle Lunch 2.0 @ Whitepages.com will be great!! We had Cardomain host a lunch last year and Snapvine (newly acquired by whitepages) co-sponsor last year as well. Now we get to check out Whitepages.com itself and hear from a panel of local companies who have built iPhone apps recently. So far we have confirmed Whitepages.com, Urbanspoon, and Jott for the panel. Michael Arrington will be moderating the panel and of course be around to answer other questions.

There will of course be some prizes and giveaways… the usual great company… and yummy food!!

I think the event is full at Upcoming, but there are always last minute cancelations (please remove your name from the list if you can’t attend so others can come) – http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/899026/

For those of you looking for more events, We will be having another Seattle Lunch 2.0 on the 22nd (for those of you who want a free event instead of going to gnomedex 8)… full announcement coming this weekend.

Additionally, Network World is bringing an IT Roadmap conference here to Seattle. Attendance is FREE – information is at Network World