Thanks Bob! this is awesome.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Local techies take cue from West Coast to mix parties and business
Greater Boston’s techies are bucking the label of the introvert and turning out to meet each other at a growing number of area get-togethers. At events ranging from small coffee talks to big bashes at nightclubs, they also are helping to defy a stereotype — that despite its large student population, Boston is cold, stodgy and lacks the socializing and networking opportunities that grease deals in places like Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas.
The change, if it comes off, will be the work of a handful of visionary techies that have made it their mission to build buzz and raise the spirits of hundreds of geeks, entrepreneurs and investors.
“In the last 18 months we have been blessed with a definite increase in the number of events taking place,” said Mark Doerschlag, founder of MarksGuide, a Web site that tracks local business networking events. “Boston’s doing the right thing by encouraging these types of events.”
Two days later, the first POPSignal party was scheduled to take place at the Tequila Rain nightclub in Boston, bringing hundreds of techies together for music, dancing and free booze.
Brian Balfour and Jay Meattle of POPSignal, a startup designing a Web platform for the local tech community, said the event came from a demand for even more social events for the younger crowd.
“I really wanted to do something more social, just bring the tech community in and have fun,” Balfour said. “You make your best connections in social environments.”
POPSignal’s 450 person RSVP list filled within 48 hours.
Read the full article here.
POPSignal is a platform designed to enable communities to highlight and celebrate local area technology startups, entrepreneurs and professionals – both off and online.
We will shortly be launching a comprehensive directory resource for the Boston tech and startup community that will have deep information on startups, venture capitalists, service companies, and events in the tech community.
To kick things off offline, we’re organizing a party on May 15th aimed at bringing together the local Boston tech community. There will be a free open bar, food, etc. We expect around 500 people to attend, including venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, technologists, marketers and media influencers.
Date: Thursday, May 15th, 2008
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Tequila Rain near Fenway Park (map)
RSVP: **RSVP now**, because the last event filled up in less than 24 hours. We expect around 500 people to attend, including venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, technologists, marketers and media influencers.
Can’t wait to see you there!
A big thank you to our sponsors, without which none of this would be possible. They include:
Atlas Venture is a leading international early-stage venture capital firm, investing in communications, information technology and life sciences companies. We are currently investing from our seventh fund and manage over $2 billion in capital.
Microsoft Boston Concept Development Center serves as an arm of chief software architect Ray Ozzie’s group, which is focused on special innovation projects. We’re hiring programmers and designers in Kendall Square.
PerkettPR is an award-winning public relations firm dedicated to the execution of creative and effective communications programs for technology, healthcare, business and consumer companies worldwide.
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