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Meet the Catalysts

This Meetup is to connect enterprising talent with start-ups that have progressed beyond the "Co-Founder" stage, and are looking for entrepreneurial early team members (developers, marketers, biz developers, product managers, baristas or whatever else is needed to accelerate).

The goal is to fill the gap between finding co-founders and hiring employees.This stage involves adding enterprising, smart people to the team who accelerate the product. Catalysts are often the unknown force behind successful products.

Individuals who are looking for sweat-equity opportunities (full or part time) with start-ups that are more than just an idea, but are still entrepreneurial (self-funded, bootstrapped), should join this Meetup.

Entrepreneurs should join this Meetup if you know what you need in a Catalyst and what you are willing to offer.

Looking for a good spot in Palo Alto.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea for an event, but it's too bad more people didn't show up.

    September 21, 2012

  • Randy W.

    Great first meeting.

    BTW, for those I didn't get to meet last night or who weren't at the event. My company is Vizigy eLearning. We provide a video-based delivery platform for enterprises to create and deliver on-line traininng to their customers. Think of an enterprise version of Khan Academy or Lynda.com. Anyway, we are looking for a couple of people to potentially join our team. These are equity positions and this is an early stage post-launch company, meaning don't be looking for big salaries (yet...) We would like to have someone to be director/VP of engineering to work with our CTO and manage continuing development efforts. We also need a sales person who can generate deals and build into a director/VP of sales and biz dev.

    Check us out at www.vizigy.com or email me at [masked]

    September 14, 2012

    • Ryan W.

      Randy, I'm super passionate about the space you're in. I look forward to chatting at the event tonight.

      September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great suggestions. What I have liked is a 30 second intro by everyone, using which participants can identify who they want to discuss more details with. If someone needs more than 30 seconds that's ok, but just as a standard... let's try some of these at the one 20th and continue to improve the way we meet!

    September 14, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      How about if everyone updates their RSVP to give a 2-3 sentence intro? Or at least tell whether they are looking for talent or for a job?

      September 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      good idea Chris. I usually also state that briefly on the name tag...

      September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All, please note the location (NestGSV @ 425 Broadway St, Redwood City). If you don't plan to attend, please change your RSVP so we have a good count. Though, I would encourage attending if you can!

    September 18, 2012

  • Randy W.

    I like Andy's suggestion. Though, we may want to limit the short presentations to 3 or 4 for the meeting and limit the length of time to 5 minutes. Something also leared from Pitchcrawl was to have centers around the room to gravitate toward. For example, have the start ups in the corners and be indentified then let the participants ccome to them.

    September 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I suggest that for the next meet-up, perhaps we could formalize the agenda at the start by having the "Entrepreneurs" present information as to what they may need/want and provide information about their endeavor to the group collectively (as much as they are comfortable providing). This could be followed up by a person-by-person introduction and then finally a "cocktail hour" for one on one interactions as desired. Thoughts?

    September 13, 2012

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