Startups

  • February 28, 2011 · 5:45 PM
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Startups

Unless you've had your head buried deep in IE6 compatibility code, you've surely noticed that everyone is talking about startups lately. Being a curious and intelligent beng, we're sure you have some questions about this phenomenon. What is a startup? How can you get started with startups? How can I make bazillions of dollars with a startup? Now that I have bazillions of dollars and years of hard-won startup-related wisdom, how can I help other startups?

We'll be answering these sorts of questions and more at the next GrWebDev meeting, so come join us!


Socializing and Networking 
5:45PM - 6:15PM

Drop in before the presentations to pick brains and rub elbows with other members. We'll also try to have the food set up so you can grab a bite before the main event begins.


Intro 
6:15PM ~ 6:20PM

Sponsor recognition, Miscellaneous babbling.


The Main Event 
6:15PM ~ 7:15PM

We have scoured the earth and found five of the most knowledgable and interesting people to answer your Startup-related questions in a panel format. Amanda Chocko of Momentum, Aaron Schaap of ElevatorUp, Ryan H. Vaughn of The Varsity News Network, Jason Carpenter of Classic Labs, and Jeanne Ferro of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center will begin by introducing themselves and their organizations. They will then make their wisdom and experience available to help you get a handle on starting a business or contributing to a startup.

 

To make this work, we need you to bring questions for our panelists. We've all thought about sticking it to the man and starting a business, but most of us haven't followed through. Let's rack our brains for the reason why and let the panelists tell us how we can make it happen.

 

We will follow up the panel talk with 5 minute lightening talks from you, our members. If you'd like to do a lightening talk, please sign up in the comments below or email one of the organizers.

 

About the Panelists

Aaron Schaap: Aaron is the Founder/CEO of Downstreamapp.com - a company that focuses on solving the problem of retention and aggregation of cloud data. He's also founded various other companies like, Elevator Up, Canvas and the Factory, along with helping create and foster events and groups in West Michigan. Aaron brings a strong passion for community and wants people to focus less on the West Michigan bullshit around being an entrepreneur and spend their time "Strategically Doing" instead of "Strategic Planning". More on Aaron by txting "schaapy" to 50500.

 

Amanda Chocko: Amanda is the Program Director for Momentum where she is responsible for marketing, recruitment, event planning, program development and execution.  Prior to working with Momentum she was the Director of Entrepreneurial Development at Lakeshore Advantage where she managed their technology business incubator, The Lakeshore Business Garden.  Amanda has over 15 years of entrepreneurial, business management and event planning experience. She is a certified small business counselor and has played a key role in business incubation in the West Michigan region.

 

Jason Carpenter:  Jason is a co-founder of Ascribe.  Ascribe is a web based application used the by the construction industry to mange and promote profiles of their past building projects.  He has spent the last 15 years focus on engineering, marketing and entrepreneurial activities, such as founding a national consulting network for CAD professionals.  Jason's formal eduction includes a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Marketing MBA from WMU.

 

Jeanne Ferro: Jeanne has held positions with companies in several industries including manufacturing, retail, construction and banking.  She has been a consultant with the MI-SBTDC (Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center) for ten years and has experience in marketing, training, small business consulting, event planning, and business coaching.

 

Ryan H. Vaughn: Ryan is a maker of things and a connector of dots.  He is the co-founder of Varsity News Network and the founder of West Michigan Allstar. He is also a huge fan of sports analogies.

 

Breakouts
7:15PM ~ 7:45PM

Join others for smaller, focused discussions immediately after the main event.


Post-Meeting Activities 
Join other members for drinks and discussion at Founders afterwards. If you'd like to suggest a different or additional post-meeting location, please let us know about it.

 

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  • Rob Vander S.

    Smart questions and insightful answers. Superb!

    March 2, 2011

  • Ross H.

    The panel went very well. It had a good cross section of panelists with good info to share.

    March 1, 2011

  • Jason J.

    Enjoyed the topic and the panelists were great. Awesome meetup that I learned a lot at. Great job everyone!

    March 1, 2011

  • Randy H.

    This meetup was very valuable and incredibly energizing.

    March 1, 2011

  • Brian R.

    This meetup never ceases to impress. This was a great panel discussion and the networking opportunities were awesome as usual.

    March 1, 2011

  • Ben R.

    The questions were probing and the panelists were generous with their wisdom. The best meeting yet!

    March 1, 2011

  • Marissa W.

    Excellent discussion. Panel members gave a lot of great insight. Very enjoyable.

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good diversity on the panel.

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the panel discussion format.

    March 1, 2011

  • Aaron S.

    This was setup well and really liked the openness of Q&A style presenting. 5 panelist that shared a few minutes of their story with a community of folks asking questions. It's a big subject to talk through all the things around starting a company but I think everyone got a good overview.

    March 1, 2011

  • Ross H.

    Please bring questions for our panel discussion. I'm looking forward to a wonderful discourse.

    February 23, 2011

  • Matt M.

    Anyone want to carpool from Holland/Zeeland?

    February 22, 2011

  • Rob Vander S.

    A panel discussion is a great idea.

    1 · February 11, 2011

  • Victor S.

    I love the idea of panel discussion. It would be more organized and ultimately more useful. Lightning talks are nice but lack the structure to make them really beneficial. Mega like the idea.

    February 11, 2011

  • Ross H.

    We might do a panel discussion also/instead of lightning talks. What do you guys think?

    1 · February 11, 2011

  • Rob Vander S.

    I'm interested in doing a lightning talk about what I've learned from applying to Momentum 2010, and how I kept learning from them even though I wasn't accepted.

    1 · February 7, 2011

  • Ross H.

    If you are interested in doing a lighting talk (<=5min) please sign up here with a one sentence description of your talk.

    1 · February 7, 2011

  • Ross H.

    Unofficially we plan on having 15 minute talks from Momentum, Someone from 5x5 (maybe), and Aaron Schaap.

    I think we will have a ton of people willing to talk on this subject and I think it would be cool to do some 5 minute lightning talks to accommodate the number of people willing to talk.

    February 7, 2011

  • Mel B.

    Jason - it's totally ok to show up late. We won't mind - promise.

    Aaron - of course we'd plug in with those if we needed more. But I'm really interested in how it relates to my work as a web dev. All - I just thought of another point I'd like to hear talked about. How do we attract/find/make ourselves known to local startups? or conversely turn them off if we're not interested in that sort of engagement. Could be a fun conversation among a bunch of web dev pros.

    February 7, 2011

  • Jason S.

    I'd be interested in GR events. I wish I could make it to most of those meetups but I can never make it out to Holland by 5:30pm.

    February 7, 2011

  • Aaron S.

    As for meetups that are full-time Startup focused - there is www.startupwmi.com in the area. I think you guys should have a few topics on it through as it relates to web development. Would be great.

    If folks are showing a growing interest in this topic, I'd be interested in connecting with them as this is an area I spend a lot of time on (Pitch Nights, Startup Weekend, Momentum, etc...)

    1 · February 7, 2011

  • Mel B.

    Excellent. One of things I'm really hoping for is to get a consensus of how a web startup client is unique from other clients we serve. I'd also like to hear about other local companies that we point startup customers to when we cannot fullfil a need (ie: where do you send them for help with PR, legal advice, or marketing strategy).

    February 7, 2011

  • Jason S.

    Okay. I like the idea of having startups as the topic of the next GrWebDev meetup. Provided there's enough interest and there isn't something like this already, I can also see value in having a meetup where startups are the sole focus, since there's so much to startups that has little to do with computers.

    February 7, 2011

  • Ross H.

    We are working on making this the next topic at GRWebDev. We think it is relevant, and we are going to try and keep the presentations somewhat web-centric.

    February 7, 2011

  • Jason S.

    Do you mean startups will be the next topic at GrWebDev or is there a separate startups meetup?

    February 7, 2011

  • Ross H.

    This is going to be our next topic, we are working on it as I type. We will announce it as soon as we get all the presenters lined up.

    February 7, 2011

  • Mel B.

    With the energy around 5x5Night and Momentum growing right now, this one seems like it's really relevant.

    February 7, 2011

  • Jason S.

    I would totally be into this. The hardest problems I'm dealing with are the non-technical ones: finding customers/early adopters, determining what your product needs to do, and things like that.

    January 7, 2011

  • Mel B.

    I'd like to talk about start-ups in the broad sense - side projects (night & weekend work), startups that we work for (how to best serve them), etc.

    January 7, 2011

  • Aaron S.

    I'd be interested in hearing from others experiences in this area and open to sharing some of our experiences from tweetstreamapp.com

    January 6, 2011

  • Randy H.

    I like this idea as well. Ross mentioned scalable infrastructure which reminded me of a lot of hard questions I hear being asked by VCs of startup founders: scalability issues, deciding on free vs freemium models, finding the right niches, etc. There are a lot of possibilities for breakout groups.

    January 6, 2011

  • Ross H.

    We could have technical discussions around this topic also such as scalable infrastructure. It would be cool to have a little bit of everything.

    January 6, 2011

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