Good morning, All, and we did suggest you register early – and we will do another one soon enough. Since we hate to see anyone left out – you’re all invited for drinks afterwards.
Details: The Celsius Bar in Bryant Park – 43 West 42nd across the street and just inside Bryant Park. We should be there by 8.30 or 9, so meet us there!
For those of us who remember, long before The Social Network, there was Startup.com. From the Oscar-nominated creators of The War Room and Bob Dylan’s Don’t Look Back, this fascinating documentary takes you back to the Internet Gold Rush of the late 1990s to expose the painfully intimate story of one would-be internet empire that goes from dot-com darling to dot-bomb flameout.
Join DreamIt for a special screening of the movie, which is a must-see for any budding internet entrepreneur – especially if you weren’t around to witness the first bubble – and it’s aftermath. As an added bonus, the screening will be immediately followed by a Q&A with Kaleil Isaza-Tuzman, the main protagonist in the film. Find out the lessons learned from Kaleil’s first, very public, entrepreneurial experience. And learn about Kaleil’s very impressive postscript: how he has gone on to build KIT Digital (NASDAQ:KITD), into a tremendously successful, internet video company that recently acquired KickApps, Kewego, and Kype (http://tcrn.ch/dU8D02) So come and meet Kaleil – especially if your company name starts with a ‘k.’ You think he has something of an ego? Well, from what we recall… Details:
Wednesday, March 2
General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor (between 20th and 21st Street)
6pm: Drinks and Mingling
630pm: Startup.com Screening
830pm: Q&A with Kaleil Isaza-Tuzman
9pm: More Drinks and Food
Admission is free, but space is limited!! Please RSVP today at http://www.dreamitventures.com/news/events.php. Presented by the DreamIt accelerator program (www.dreamitventures.com/apply). And don’t forget: applications due March 16th!
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This week’s reading:
A reminder that yes, Virginia, you can find funding outside of the US border: Jilted in the U.S., a Site Finds Love in India http://nyti.ms/e6bIMX
A couple of weeks back, we posted an article about having a ‘startup on the side.’ So it’s only fitting that we follow up with: How To Know Your Side Project Is Ready To Be A Startup http://bit.ly/dH6aov
Don’t Compete – Change the Game. Admittedly, it happens to be one of our favorite expressions. Right up there with ‘outside of the box.’ Someone once accused us of being one of those people who thinks outside of the box, to which we responded, “there’s a box???” Anyway, some advice from Albert Wenger of USV: http://continuations.com/post/2940548546
Which MBA? Think Twice. With all due respect to people with business degrees, we do know a lot of founders who double back and reup at some university or other. If you’re contemplating such a track, read this first: http://www.economist.com/whichmba/think-twice. And on that same note: some observations from Fred Wilson, since we do believe in balance: http://www.avc.com/a_vc/mba-mondays/
And finally: Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips. Investors and entrepreneurs who won at the fundraising game during and after the Great Recession offer advice on landing equity money. http://buswk.co/eysMtO
Looking forward to seeing you tonight and hopefully, it’ll warm up – and stay warm – in NYC soon and we’ll go back to hosting barbeques. Until then, as always: help is on the way…