In two weeks, the Hacker News Seattle Meetup turns 21. It's finally old enough to drink with us! Come celebrate on Tuesday, July 2nd at 6pm with our venue, Appature (http://www.appature.com), and our speaker, Marc Barros. Appature is a cloud-based relationship marketing management tool for healthcare companies.
Marc is the founder and former CEO of Contour, a hands-free camera company that makes action video easy to capture and share. Founded in Seattle out of his garage while Marc was a student, Marc grew it to millions of dollars and revenue and hundreds of thousands of customers. One of the biggest challenges Marc faced was the transition from Founder to CEO. Since leaving Contour, Marc is trying to figure out how to help others make that transition. He'll be talking to us about the differences and how to - or if you should - make the jump.
I don't usually talk about non-HN Meetup things, but two other events I want to take a moment to discuss:
1) I just started a new meetup, the Seattle Customer Development Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Customer-Development-Meetup). Through my company, LIFFFT (http://www.liffft.com), we end up teaching a lot of big companies about Customer Development. It's important for established companies, but many people in the Startup community are still learning about it too. There's no regular event out there for people to come together and talk about it... so I made one! It'll be the 2nd Tuesday of every month. If you're interested, check it out (http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Customer-Development-Meetup)!
2) Do you like 3d printers? Laser cutters? Arduinos? If that's you, there's a Startup Weekend: Makers (http://seattlemaker.startupweekend.org/) coming up June 28th-30th at Makerhaus (who hosted us once!). If you like making stuff, you should check it out!
The Hacker News event definitely wouldn't happen without our Premier Sponsor, Outlook.com (http://www.outlook.com). Microsoft has launched Outlook.com as their new, free email service and they’re serious about making it the best in the world, and that starts with getting input from users like members of the Hacker News Seattle community. In addition to providing a few other surprises, they're responsible for improving the quality of food at the event!
Thanks to Bit Titan (http://www.bittitan.com), who provides cloud solutions that simplify and improve IT activities for businesses, governments, healthcare providers, and telecoms. Its globally recognized products include MigrationWiz, SmtpLogic and UserActivation.
And big thanks to SEOmoz (http://www.seomoz.org) who develops SEO software, provides a robust link intelligence API, and hosts the web's most vibrant SEO community. They love supporting local startup events, and they're also always on the lookout for engineers! Be sure to mention the Hacker News meetup if you decide to apply.
See you all soon!