Good morning, All, and we did have quite a turn-out on Tuesday evening for FAC3. We did try to have you all meet as many potential co-founders as possible and were happy to see that a lot of you left smiling. We did have about a hundred techs show up, but you know how it goes: never enough of them! Working on it! We know you still have follow-up to do: remember, it starts with speed dating. Up to you to make the next move, and if all goes well, we want to hear from some of you at FAC4 . There were even techs there looking for business co-founders (that’s a note to self – and you all – for the FAC4.) And yes, we will do another one – mark your calendars – on November 30, before the holiday party. Yes, there will be an SOS holiday party, and that’s all we can say about it for now, since we’re only just starting to organize it. If you’d like to sponsor, let us know!
In the meantime, if it goes really well with your new potential cofounder, don’t forget the list of NYC’s most active early stage internet and mobile VCs (http://bit.ly/bkXY7d), which we’re reposting since we heard that a few of you received an empty newsletter on Tuesday and we promised that there was information in there).
If you’re not quite at that stage yet, or need help mapping out your startup, you might also want to consider wickedstart.com. It’s an online guide to help you launch your startup. With a roadmap of concrete action items that’s customized for your idea, along with access to a community of experts and resources for obtaining business planning guidance, funding, legal guidance, low cost marketing strategies, this is the only online tool that helps you manage the entire startup process, each step of the way. There’s a free 7-day trial and because StartupOneStop is a startup community, wickedstart is offering us a 20% off the subscription price of $10/month. Go to www.WickedStart.com. Discount code: SOS001 Our thanks to Howard for bringing it to our attention, and discounts – and help – are always welcomed and appreciated.
For your amusement, Economist did a story on the New York Tech Meetup, which is the grandaddy of all New York tech community events – and it’s monthly. “Startups: Don’t Mention The Money” – and it’s true. Back in the early days of the NYTM, once the 5-minute presentation was over and the audience Q&A started, there was invariably that question: how do you plan on making money? Which 9 times out of 10 was a showstopper, so the question was eventually banned. If only investors made it that easy. Oh, wait! They did! We now refer to it as Web 1.0. Ok, here’s the link, in case you missed the piece: http://bit.ly/bOMdJt
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, don’t forget that Founders Block is doing a video contest that just might win you a complimentary conference pass to New York Entrepreneur Week (valued at $874.12). Just let the world know – in 60 seconds or less – “What is an Entrepreneur?” The deadline is October 24, and a winner will be chosen on October 25th. For details: http://bit.ly/9adKf6. Or, if you just want to sit back and watch the winning entry, NYEW is offering a 66% off discount to SOS members! Use code SOS345
So, it must be going well out there in startupland, as we’re getting more and more requests. If you’d like to post something and wonder how to do it, just go to www.startuponestop.com and post away! You’re alway welcome to keep them coming, because, as always, help is on the way…