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Tips for Avoiding Mobile Startup Failure

We are happy to invite you to the first SF Mobile Entrepreneurs meetup! We are organizing it to bring together business and tech people with the various experiences in creating mobile products.

Come to be inspired by mobile entrepreneurs:

• Shaan Puri, CEO of the Monkey Inferno idea lab that continuously experimenting in the mobile product space

• Bob Dana, CEO and co-founder of the mobile-first social trip planning startup Tripshare

• Dave Hunkins, technology strategist and founder of Sumry

They will walk you through their path of building mobile applications, share lessons learned and tips on what to do and what not to do working on a mobile product.





6:00 - Networking, Food & Drinks 
7:00 - Presentations Begin. Every speech will be followed by interactive audience Q&A 
8:30 - Wrap-Up & Post-Networking


Meetups are held at 875 Howard Street kindly hosted by Pivotal Labs.


Pivotal Labs, an agile software development consulting firm.

Stanfy, mobile app design & development team 


Bob Dana

Bob Dana, Tripshare

Bob brings his experience in consumer travel, strategy, capital raising and leadership to his role at Tripshare.  Before co-founding Tripshare, he was Employee #1, CFO, and wrote the business plan for Virgin America, the award-winning startup airline.  He was also a Managing Director in the technology investment banking group at Piper Jaffray and he led the North American aviation investment banking practice for Credit Suisse First Boston. Bob is a big fan of Winston Churchill, who must have launched a tech startup or two because he said: "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Reach out to Bob on LinkedIn or@bobdana

Shaan Puri

Shaan Puri, the Monkey Inferno

Fresh off of founding two award-winning (and money losing) ventures, Shaan joined The Monkey Inferno as product manager and and worked his way up to become CEO of the 22 person idea lab by the age of 24. With startup experiences ranging from Sushi restaurants, to bio-tech, and now software - Shaan enjoys the thrill of turning nothing into something. 

Reach out to Shaan at or @shaanvp


Dave Hunkins, Sumry

David trained as a mathematician but was siphoned out of academia by the dot-com boom, first commuting to the Bay Area in 1995 before finally moving to San Francisco in 1998. He retired from corporate product management in 2007 to start making things--and hasn't looked back…creating web services like the Stencilizer and Goloco, fashion accessories like the Sidewinder and the Shanti, mobile apps like Sumry, and even paper punch-out toys for kids. Does that pay all the bills? Not yet: he freelances as a product development strategist. In that capacity, he works with big companies like Visa and Wells Fargo to turn large problems into smaller ones. 

Reach out to Dave on LinkedIn or @borogoves

Feel free to comment below or give me a shout at [masked] or tweet @Choco_Yuli

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  • Yuliya

    Dear friends, Pleasure meeting you all at our first SF Mobile Entrepreneurs meetup. I hope you enjoyed the presentations and learned something new about dos and don'ts for mobile startups. Here are a couple of things that I picked up during our meetup:

    "Get user feedback as soon as possible and launch at every opportunity."
    ~ Dave Hunkins, Sumry "You don't always have to be right. You will often be wrong. Make sure to create a culture of defining success before you actually do anything."
    ~ Shaan Puri, the Monkey Inferno

    "First you’re excited, then you’re not, and if you stick with it, you just might make it work. It could take years. But you may fail too, you never know until you do it."
    ~ Bob Dana, Tripshare

    Thank you all for your participation and contribution to the event. Check out some of the photos in our photo album. As we got a lot of positive feedback afterwords, we'll keep this thing going :) Our next meetup is scheduled for November. Yuliya

    October 21, 2013

  • Lyubomyr

    very different speakers and prospective

    October 17, 2013

  • Jared

    I can not make this first meeting, out of town, but will certainly shoot for the next one!

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Anna I.

      Hi Jared! Thanks for joining! Will be glad to see you next time :)

      October 12, 2013

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