If I didn't get to speak with you the other night and exchange cards, please send me an email to connect directly. lksugarman at gmail dot com. We still have to crack the code of AngelList!
0 · March 17
Boy, tough crowd! Thanks. Look, the value proposition is self-evident: "Meet-Up." That was accomplished. We specifically designed the event as a pilot, an authentic Meetup, not as a training class, panel, experts, etc. Of course we may compose a training class, panel, vendors, etc., in the future, with lots of tips and tricks, but it will not be a "Meet Up." The high caliber of people, interactions and relationships was a consequence of avoiding the 'free' meme of Meetup. Entrepreneurs must be comfortable with failure, i.e., nothing ventured, nothing gained. The missed expectations are valuable since they inform and tune future events. Maybe the notion of deliberate peer-to-peer mentoring for startups is ambitious. Still, it is an important activity since it will propel higher startup achievement. IMO, failure, per se, is an important technique, particularly for startups. Our Meetup was an auspicious beginning like AngelList itself. My two cents. Stay tuned!
0 · March 17
I'd like to chime in too. Everyone seemed to be there to learn about how to use Angel List better, and everyone seemed to be an Angel List amateur. That is also why I came to the event, so it seemed that everyone understood the same thing I did.
If the idea was to get a group of Angel List veterans together share best practices and give suggestions for how to make the site better, that should have been very clearly communicated. I think I was in the majority in that I came to learn, not to teach, since I am a beginner, especially given the cost.
A great event would have had a panel of experts (or at least 1) who could offer some valuable tips and tricks, followed by a discussion. That would have made it worth the time and money (although I enjoyed meeting you all).
If there is another event, hopefully everyone's feedback will be considered.
1 · March 17
Greetings - For those unfamiliar with Meetups and User Groups the admin fee is how your event is sponsored. It covers logistics, Meetup Fees, subscriptions, venue, materials, Internet, equipment, catering, beverages, cleanup, assistants, social media, and other modest expenses ad infinitum. They add up fast. It is ambitious to expect the organizers to cover expenses for your Meetup. The best, most productive Meetups and user groups pass on corporate or vendor sponsorship. This propels the open, frank and agnostic conversation essential to effective Users Groups. Of course the advantages and benefits of emergent relationships and robust networks far outweigh the Meetup Fee. Cordially, -John
0 · March 12
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.