What we're about

These are weekly coffee meet-ups to increase and enhance the vibrancy of the great Pasadena tech and start-up community. We have a cross section of interested innovators (investors, entrepreneurs, programmers, CTO's, VC's, angels, etc) who are eager to more actively engage with other members of our local community. These sessions occur every Friday from 8:15am to 9:30am and are informal. We typically have a short structured presentation on a specific topic or do a deeper dive on a local company. All interested parties are welcome to attend. To find out more about our group, visit our web site: http://fridaycoffeemeetup.com/

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Upcoming events (4)

How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism

Topic: How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism Summary: Experience & meditation have shown Rachel Cook that the dysfunction in tech/finance is about an imbalance of masculine/feminine energy in all humans, & therefore in the things they build. Rachel believes crypto can help us transcend this, & will share how. Bio: Rachel Cook is the founder and CEO of Seeds, which allows anyone to redeem a token to ask for money - and receive it as a gift - with no strings attached. Seeds competed in Techcrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2016, went through Techstars in NYC in 2015, and is a 2014 alum of Boost VC, the Bitcoin-focused startup accelerator. While working in Kenya to get Seeds set up on the ground, Rachel once spent the night in a Nairobi jail. Prior to founding Seeds, Rachel directed and produced The Microlending Film Project, a feature documentary exploring the impact of microloans on women, which was shot on 4 continents. The film was the Feature Presentation at the Chicago Social Change Film Festival in 2012. Before that, Rachel was a career-profitable futures and equities trader in Chicago and New York. She is a 2006 graduate of Duke University, and has been nomadic for several years now, but is super pumped to find a more permanent home in Pasadena soon. Twitter: @seedstweets Email: [masked] www.seedsgives.com Sign up to receive 10 free Requests for Help

How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism

Topic: How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism Summary: Experience & meditation have shown Rachel Cook that the dysfunction in tech/finance is about an imbalance of masculine/feminine energy in all humans, & therefore in the things they build. Rachel believes crypto can help us transcend this, & will share how. Bio: Rachel Cook is the founder and CEO of Seeds, which allows anyone to redeem a token to ask for money - and receive it as a gift - with no strings attached. Seeds competed in Techcrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2016, went through Techstars in NYC in 2015, and is a 2014 alum of Boost VC, the Bitcoin-focused startup accelerator. While working in Kenya to get Seeds set up on the ground, Rachel once spent the night in a Nairobi jail. Prior to founding Seeds, Rachel directed and produced The Microlending Film Project, a feature documentary exploring the impact of microloans on women, which was shot on 4 continents. The film was the Feature Presentation at the Chicago Social Change Film Festival in 2012. Before that, Rachel was a career-profitable futures and equities trader in Chicago and New York. She is a 2006 graduate of Duke University, and has been nomadic for several years now, but is super pumped to find a more permanent home in Pasadena soon. Twitter: @seedstweets Email: [masked] www.seedsgives.com Sign up to receive 10 free Requests for Help

Build Digital Products Faster, Better and More Cost Effective

Topic: Build Digital Products Faster, Better and More Cost Effective – 5 things I’ve learned from creating products for Fortune 100 brands by Ming Chan Summary: “There an app for just about everything” Technology has always promised to fix our imperfections and in our digital world, companies are constantly developing new apps and tools to make our lives easier. There are millions of apps available for your laptop, mobile phones, tablets and only a fraction of them will truly become relevant and successful. An Emmy award winning Technologist, Ming started his career in software development and has worked with numerous Fortune 100 brands like Apple, Intel, Cisco, Nike, to build digital products. In this session, Ming will share 5 things he has learned that would help you build products faster, better and more cost effective. Bio: A Silicon Valley software engineer by trade, Ming Chan was the recipient of the prestigious Primetime Emmy® award in "Technical Excellence in Interactive TV", and has architected many digital solutions for some of the world's most renowned brands including Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Disney, Microsoft, Nike, HP, Intel, Sony Pictures and more before founding The1stMovement in 2006. As CEO of The1stMovement, Ming was named as one of the "Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs in America" by Inc. Magazine, and has led the agency to 4 offices worldwide and recognized as one of the top Digital Agencies in the world by SoDA (Society of Digital Agencies). Twitter: @mingAtT1M www.linkedin.com/in/mingchan/ www.the1stmovement.com

Fireside Chat: The Real Truth About Running a Startup

Topic: Fireside Chat: The Real Truth About Running a Startup Summary No one really prepares you for the “fly by the seat of your pants” experience that is running a start-up. If you’ve got questions your advisors, peers or friends and family can’t answer, this fireside chat is designed for you. We’re bringing in serial entrepreneur, Austin Robison, as interviewed by VidaCher's CEO, Sofia Stefou, to tackle the issues everyone deals with, but no one ever talks about...until now What do I do when I run out of money? My co-founder and I aren’t on the same page. Should we break up? Someone just stole my IP. Now what? How can I better deal with the stress of it all? Join Austin and Sofia as they dive into these subjects (and others) to provide some insights and practical advice to help you run a successful venture. Biographies Sofia Stefou Sofia is an Actor, Producer, and CEO of VidaCher LLC. She has had the good fortune to tell stories in different parts of the world including India, Canada, and the United States. She has previously worked for a number of recognizable brands including American Express, Cadbury, Orange, and USC. Since becoming an entrepreneur in 2011, she has helped a number of startup companies reach their business and marketing goals. Sofia was recently featured in VoyageLA's "Inspiring Stories" segment. VidaCher Youtube www.youtube.com/channel/UC7V-36vcYrwYTiQLByG8MLw www.linkedin.com/in/sofiastefou Austin Robison Austin Robison is a serial entrepreneur with experience founding and running startups as well as working within large corporations in engineering, product, and executive roles. His entrepreneurial journey started while working on a PhD in computer science at the University of Utah where his academic advisors spun a company, RayScale, out of the university. Joining as an engineer, Austin productized the computer graphics work of his research team and the company was soon acquired by NVIDIA, where he continued to develop and promote the technology they had developed. Following NVIDIA, Austin co-founded and ran as CEO a cloud infrastructure software startup, Talaria Technologies, which built high performance software for web applications. After raising capital in Silicon Valley and building out its software product, Talaria was acquired by Google and integrated into the Google Cloud Platform. At Google, Austin went on to product manage Android Wear, the smartwatch operating system and ecosystem, where he led the global launch of the platform with partners including Samsung, LG, and Fossil. After launching Android Wear, Austin moved from Silicon Valley to LA for a much needed break, learned to surf (poorly), and is currently co-founder and CEO of a new startup focused on emotional intelligence. He holds two degrees in computer science and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at UCLA Anderson. www.linkedin.com/in/austinrobison

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