The next Detroit Startup Drinks event is Wednesday, December 21, 2011 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Cliff Bell's, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit. Come on down and meet like-minded individuals looking to support startup culture, help each other out, and share ideas…over a pint. Join the Facebook Group. Don’t forget to RSVP.
The Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup is breaking from its regular schedule and format to support the Michigan Business Model Competition Final Event, brought to you by SI Create. From the press release: Come watch the competition's final four teams pitch their entrepreneurial business models at Blau Auditorium on Monday December 12, 2011. The final four teams will win $5000 in prizes! Judges include Menlo Innovations President Rich Sheridan, SPARK VP Skip Simms, and serial entrepreneur Kurt Skifstad. Come network with innovators from across campus and Ann Arbor! The competition is sponsored by the School of Information, Center for Entrepreneurship, Zell Lurie Institute, Intel Corporation, YouNoodle, and A2NewTech! Note the new date and time. RSVP Here. Hope you can make it.
Our beloved Tech Brewery, "a community of technologists, entrepreneurs and startups", is featured in a story on "What it Takes to be a Successful Business Incubator" as part of Michigan Radio's "Changing Gears" series, which "explores the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest, through the stories of people driving and experiencing this change." From the article: Each Friday, inside the old Northern Brewery building in Ann Arbor, 4:30 p.m. is known as “beer thirty”. That’s when the self-described tech geeks who are part of this informal business community gather for drinks. The Tech Brewery houses three dozen start-ups – but don’t call it [a] business incubator. “We don’t call ourselves an incubator,” founder Dug Song said. “If anything we call ourselves a start-up coop. Song has his own start-up – Duo Security. He began the TechBrewery after being frustrated by traditional business incubators. In his opinion, they provide little more than cheap rent for lots of start-ups – instead of what it takes to get a company up and running. Read the whole article here -- and it's worth a read. Check out the audio story here.
Two not-to-miss events this week for the entrepreneur: First up, Detroit Startup Drinks is back and visiting The Bronx Bar tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Come on down, have a drink, and talk about what you're working on. S&B is buying the first round. Details at the Facebook page. Then, come on out to Ann Arbor for a very special Halloween edition of Fourth Friday at the Tech Brewery sponsored by newcomers LanguageMate. There will be catering, an amazing dessert display, kegs of Michigan micro brews, and more birds of prey (no really). Details and RSVP here. Hope you can make it.
U-M Tech Transfer is bringing in Michigan native Jason Mendelson and his partner Brad Feld of Foundry Group and TechStars fame on November 17th to talk about their new book "Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist". The event goes from 12:00-2:00 at the U-M Law School (100 Hutchins Hall, 625 South State, Ann Arbor, MI) and includes a book signing. More info can be found over at CrowdJuice. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the video.
I've been attending Ann Arbor New Tech events since the group's inception back in February 2009, so it's my great pleasure to announce that Safford & Baker PLLC is now an official sponsor. What is Ann Arbor New Tech? It's a group of people from various industries and backgrounds (e.g., entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, marketers, students, etc.) interested in fostering local technology startups by organizing events, sharing resources, and building a supportive community. Ann Arbor New Tech’s signature event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Blau Auditorium, UM Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. The monthly event features three to five companies who are each given five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions. Open announcements and networking follows. This month’s meetup is Tuesday, September 20th. The presenting companies on tap include: Matt Piccinato, Had That Beer - web/mobile beer checklist app Kevin Krason, Traction - real world lead tracking Trevor Fitzgerald, Ignite Pages - real estate listing webpages Melissa Bugai, Booker - easy online appointment booking Jerry Paffendorf, LOVELAND Technologies - community maps & fundraising in the D - as featured in the New York Times! Hope you can make it.
Ann Arbor New Tech, brought to you by a2geeks, a group of people from various industries and backgrounds (e.g., entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, lawyers, marketers, students, etc.) interested in fostering local technology startups by organizing events, sharing resources, and building a supportive community. Ann Arbor New Tech’s signature event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Blau Auditorium, UM Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. The monthly event features three to five companies who are each given five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions. Open announcements and networking follows. This month’s meetup is TODAY, August 16th. The presenting companies on tap include: Alex Schiff & Chase Lee, FetchNotes - notes you'll actually use Alexander Honkala, AllHandsActive - Ann Arbor's downtown hackerspace Ryan Montgomery, Chext - balance your bank account via text messages Vinay Gupta, Joolze - changing homeowner energy consumption through social games Sam Hogg, GiftZip - recently acquired by gift card giant SVM!
Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, co-founders and managing directors at Foundry Group, a VC firm in Boulder, Colorado, continue their crusade to make VC financing as transparent as possible. Their previous Term Sheet Series is a must-read for entrepreneurs who are new to early-stage financing deals. As a further step, they have now decided to open source Foundry Group’s standard legal docs for all to peruse and use (usual disclaimers apply). The documents are included on the Resources page of their Ask the VC website, which also includes links to each of the five other open sourced deal docs now available. Need more? Check out Brad and Jason’s new book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist which further expands on their Term Sheet Series. You can pick up a copy on Amazon.
The Michigan Lean Startup Conference, on Thursday, May 19th, in Grand Rapids, is an event designed to unite those interested in what it takes to succeed in building a lean startup. The day long event will give startups, aspiring entrepreneurs, technology professionals, investors, educators and entrepreneurial stakeholders the opportunity to hear insights from national leaders in the lean startup movement. You will get practical advice on product and customer development, customer acquisition, business model generation, intellectual property, raising capital & more! “The Lean Startup is a disciplined approach to building companies that matter. It’s designed to dramatically reduce the risk associated with bringing a new product to market by building the company from the ground up for rapid iteration and learning. It requires dramatically less capital than older models, and can find profitability sooner. Most importantly, it breaks down the artificial dichotomy between pursuing the company’s vision and creating profitable value. Instead, it harnesses the power of the market in support of the company’s long-term mission”. Eric Ries, creator of the Lean Startup Methodology Michigan Lean Conference Agenda May 19th, 2011 7:30 to 8:15 Registration/Breakfast 8:30 to 8:45 Opening Remarks, Bill Holsinger-Robinson 8:45 to 10:00 The Lean Startup Eric Ries The Lean Startup movement is taking hold in companies both new and established to help entrepreneurs and managers do one important thing: make better, faster business decisions. By testing assumptions earlier, faster, and with more rigor, you can improve your success rate. Bringing principles from lean manufacturing and agile development to the process ...
Funded By Night describes itself as "not another run-of-the-mill startup showcase" and it's not just clever marketing. Twenty five companies, including S&B's newest client DealSavant, have been invited to demo their startups. Pretty normal so far. But, unlike other showcases, by the end of the day, one of them will walk away with a $100,000.00 convertible note. From their website: The agenda calls for a fierce competition and based on our early entries, it’s gonna be a barn-burner. There isn’t enough time for your 40-slide pitch decks. Have a working demo, and bring your A-game. Oh yeah, prepare to schedule a few meetings with the investors in attendance too. The event takes place in Detroit's Eastern Market (Shed 5) this Thursday, April 28th, from 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm, with the winner being announced at 6:45 pm (in Shed 3). A full agenda including speakers, panels, and presentations can be found here.