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Friday Coffee Meetup (FCM) brings together Pasadena’s innovation and startup community on the first Friday of every month in the comfortable environment of FoundrSpace in Old Town Pasadena.

Here you will learn from leaders in the tech, entrepreneurship and venture capital community; experience presentations from dynamic speakers; and engage with other innovators.

For almost ten years now, Friday Coffee Meetup has been where Pasadena’s innovation community gathered weekly, and then most recently during the pandemic monthly. Today, with a revived partnership with Innovate Pasadena, Friday Coffee Meetup continues the legacy of connecting and invigorating our community with programs of authentic, inspiring and informative presentations and valuable welcoming and personal networking.

Friday Coffee Meetup is open to Pasadena’s entire innovation community, including (but certainly not limited to) entrepreneurs, programmers, chief technology officers (CTOs), venture capitalists (VCs), angel investors, thought leaders, and more.

Each meeting includes a monthly presentation from a leader in the innovation community, followed by Q&A, and then time for meet-the-speaker in person and informal networking. Please note our Speaker Criteria below, especially if you are interested in presenting.

Friday Coffee Meetup is supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, currently including John Chou, Doreen Chen Allen, Evan Tsang, Jan Young, Nathan Hurvitz, Holly Bowyer, Cameron Church, Meredith Jung, John Deyto, Christine de la Fuente, and Christy Conner.

Founded in 2013 by Andy Wilson, and Mike Schaffer, with sponsorship provided by Echo Factory the last few years, Friday Coffee Meetup is now sustained through a partnership with Innovate Pasadena that began in 2022.  We invite you to learn more about upcoming meetups by visiting innovatepasadena.org and following Innovate Pasadena on social media.

Recordings of many previous events are available on our YouTube channels:
https://www.youtube.com/user/innovatepasadena 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEpMLu3srTmz_hbS0ucCBQ

OUR SPEAKER INFORMATION & CRITERIA
Notes:
• FCM cannot be used to primarily promote an individual’s service or business.
• Our speakers are traditionally Innovators, CEOs, Founders, Angel/Venture Investors.
• If you are a service provider, this is not the right forum for you. But if you have CEOs and leaders of industry that you work with and would like to highlight, please recommend them.

What our audience likes to hear about:
• Entrepreneurship…successes and/or failures 
• Lessons learned - what went wrong and how you fixed it…we love a good turn around or pivot
• Investors, VCs, etc. - what type of investments are you looking for: industry, fund size, previous background/experience, successful exits, stories of failures, etc.
• Innovators - how you took your idea to fruition.

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  • Raychel Espiritu - Build The Thing You Wish Existed
    FoundrSpace Coworking, Pasadena, CA
    • ET
    • Photo of Christy Conner
    • Photo of Christine de la Fuente
    • Photo of Meredith Jung
    • Photo of holly bowyer
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  • Lauren Dai & David Shechtman- Leading Through Whiplash
    FoundrSpace Coworking, Pasadena, CA
    • ET
    • Photo of Christy Conner
    • Photo of Christine de la Fuente
    • Photo of Meredith Jung
    • Photo of holly bowyer
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  • Ashot Arzumanyan - Connecting the Dots: from Great Science to Great Companies
    FoundrSpace Coworking, Pasadena, CA
    • ET
    • Photo of Christy Conner
    • Photo of Christine de la Fuente
    • Photo of Meredith Jung
    • Photo of holly bowyer
    +13
  • Cho-Nan Tsai - How to use AI to grow your business
    FoundrSpace Coworking, Pasadena, CA
    • ET
    • Photo of Christy Conner
    • Photo of Christine de la Fuente
    • Photo of Meredith Jung
    • Photo of holly bowyer
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