Good morning, All, and yes, back on this side of the pond this week.
So, the smartphone market is now bigger than the PC market; the underdog wins the Superbowl, AOL buys the HuffPo, the whole landscape changes in Egypt – and we won’t even get into the whole Nokia/Microsoft thing. Can’t leave you guys for – yes, we’re going to say it – a New York minute. And if anyone is planning on doing business in London any time soon – or planning a trip over to connect with the Silicon Roundabout, as the London tech community is known, do let us know and we’re happy to make introductions.
Our next Find A Cofounder (http://bit.ly/ftIK71) is next Tuesday, February 22 and early bird ticket sales end tonight! This time we are very excited to partner with Entrepreneurs Roundtable and DMMBA (www.digitalmediamba.com). And you know us – we will go around and make introductions, so if there’s someone you want to meet or are looking for, just let us know.
6:30p – 7:00p: Have a cocktail and meet some of your fellow entrepreneurs
7:00p – 7:45p: What is the best way to get started and find a co-founder?
Q&A and presentations on detailed step-by-step instructions on how to get started and how to find a co-founder.
7:45p – 8:30p: Co-founder “speed meets” and professional networking
8:30p – 10:00p: Cocktail party and more networking
Somak Chattopadhyay, Principal at GSA Venture Partners
Mike Hudak, Co-founder and CEO at blip.tv
Dina Kaplan, Co-founder at blip.tv
Matt Meeker, Co-founder of Meetup.com and Entrepreneur in Residence at Polaris Ventures
Babak (Bo) Yaghmaie, Partner at Cooley LLP
Then we’ll all go off for drinks – and more nextworking – nearby, not to worry. We know that liquids always help – cash bar. RSVP: http://bit.ly/ftIK71
Tonight! DreamIt is hosting an Alumni Night at Solas and you’re all invited. To RSVP: http://www.dreamitventures.com/news/events.php). They’re also accepting applications for their next program, which runs from May to August 2011. Deadline to apply is March 16 (http://dreamitventures.com/apply/
Also this week: SOS member Joe Chin is hosting his second Best Practices event this Thursday, Building a Great Team/Company. The last one sold out, so make don’t wait to grab your ticket. More info below, and you can RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1233817381/sos.
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This week’s reading:
Get Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor. An interview here with angel investor Tom McInerney – investor, former entrepreneur turned angel investor and “wizard of Oz” behind the scenes at the uber hot startup Klout. Full video: http://parse.ly/p/plink/FPatM
Find an Angel Investor, Without Going Through Hell If your startup is looking for an angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. The challenge is to find the right angel. Here are some basic principles, from Martin Zwilling, veteran startup mentor, executive, blogger, author, tech professional, and angel investor. Full story is here: http://read.bi/hBSSN2
Because inquiring minds always want to know: Mary Meeker’s Latest Amazing Presentation About The Future Of Tech. Like she says, it’s going to be a fascinating decade. http://read.bi/i7ZrxB
And in honor of Find A Cofounder, since it’s not always smooth sailing and some of you may be joining us to find a new cofounder: How to Get Out of a Business Partnership. Your business partnership is making you miserable. So what’s an entrepreneur to do? A few suggestions here, from a lawyer: http://bit.ly/eBYEsH
This week, not leaving you with a laugh but instead with something that you might find of interest… Some PhDs at IBM set out to produce a computer to compete against – and maybe even beat – the two greatest Jeopardy champions even (Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter). The showdown runs from February 14-16. You can even go to the site and cast your vote as to whom (or what) will win. http://www-943.ibm.com/innovation/us/watson/ And for the Kraftwerk The Man Machine soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PdPXkff0wE Couldn’t resist.
Anyway, happy to be home and looking forward to seeing at least some of you next week. Until then, you know it: help is on the way…