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Tech Talk with Roger McNamee: Mobile Innovation

WE'VE REACHED OUR RSVP LIMIT but if you don't mind standing in the back feel free to drop on by! --Julie Anderson You can email me directly at [masked] for more details The Meetup for August has been changed to August 21st.
The Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, will host
Roger McNamee as a guest speaker for our kickoff event at The Silver Moon Brewery before his band Moonalice performs for the public. The Tech Talk is free, but you must purchase tickets to the concert separately. Hand stamps will be checked!
The Tech Alliance supports the existing Central Oregon technology community and helps build the emerging technology infrastructure for our region. The Alliance is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and has partnered with the Software Association of Oregon (SAO), a well-respected statewide non-profit organization that serves as the umbrella organization for Oregon’s software, hardware, online, IT and other technology firms.
Roger will talk about the mobile Mobile Web Innovation, and draw from his extensive background in technology startups to talk about innovation in the industry.
Roger is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Elevation Partners, a key investor in the Palm and Move. He has been investing in technology companies since 1982. After nine years at T. Rowe Price, where he ran the top-ranked Science & Technology Fund, Roger joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to launch the groundbreaking crossover fund, Integral Capital Partners. In 1999, he co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the private equity fund focused on technology. In 2004, he co-founded Elevation Partners, where he serves on the boards of Palm and Move. Roger’s best known venture investments include Electronic Arts, Sybase, Intuit, Flextronics, Overture, Blue Nile, Informatica, Cerent (acquired by Cisco), and Facebook. His private equity investments include Seagate, Datek (Ameritrade), Gartner Group, Palm, and Move.
At night, Roger is a co-founder of Moonalice, a band that played 102 shows in 2008. Moonalice is GE Smith (former band leader of Saturday Night Live, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates), Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna), Barry Sless (Phil Lesh & Friends), Ann McNamee (Ann Atomic, Flying Other Bros.), John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends), Roger McNamee (Flying Other Bros.), and sometimes J Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna). The band’s album was produced by T. Bone Burnett. Moonalice has been particularly successful at using social network tools to build its brand. With more than 90,000 followers on Twitter and 6,000 on Facebook, Moonalice has pioneered music broadcasts over social networks. This will be a fun event! Networking, beer and pizza start at 5:00, the talk starts at 5:30 and you can hang around after to talk or buy more beer. Please stay for the concert - you'll have to buy a ticket, $10 at the door. We're meeting in the brewing room of Silvermoon, so you can enter through the double doors in the back parking lot. The band will be loading in through the front door. Space will be limited to 60 people, so RSVP now. Thanks - looking forward to seeing everyone! Julie Anderson [masked] @juliejulie on Twitter, and follow @TechAllianceCO for updates on this event.

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  • Merry Ann M.

    Great beer! Speaker was way off-topic for much of evening. I was expecting to hear more about new mobile technologies coming our way.

    August 24, 2009

  • Julie A.

    Thanks for all your feedback, I appreciate it. Sorry about the noise from the brewing tanks. The owner said we could turn them off, but the night of the event the brewer made it clear we'd ruin the batch he was brewing if we did, so we didn't. The venue was free, so we graciously accepted, and sponsors provided beer, pizza and chairs. As we get more budget, we'll be able to choose better venues and rent or buy sound equipment. I know it's maddening if you can't hear the speaker!

    August 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good insights. Weak on environmental impact mitigation from someone so influential in the mobile business. 1.2 Billion cell phones purchased last year and he is aiming for sizable market share w/ Palm - zero articulation of any sort of environmental plan for all that metal/plastic/fluorocarbons etc.

    August 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Roger was good, but I prefer better time management from organizers. People who don't speak professionally in particular have a hard time staying within time limits. We were told Roger would speak for 20 minutes. Roger far exceeded that, interesting as he was, and I felt the questions went on too long as well, since people were leaving before it was done and, by the time it was all over, there was far less networking to do. The crowd had dwindled. Why? The talking ended at around 7, and people don't give an event like this 3 or 4 hours, they give it 2.

    August 22, 2009

  • Julie A.

    Hello people: thanks for coming to our Tech Alliance event last night. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet new people. How about that Mr. McNamee? I thoroughly enjoyed his talk, hope you did too. Here's the UStream link: http://budurl.com/UStrm Please join us our Tech Alliance website: http://techallianceco.org/ Cheers - Julie Anderson

    August 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This meeting was AWESOME!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2009

  • Bill M.

    Good speaker, bad forum. Hard to hear in the back.

    August 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Roger has a very broad grasp of the market. He explains his position and gives evidence. At the same time, he is open minded and willing to consider other possibilities. For example, he is not involved in the emerging markets of China and India. As someone in his 50s, his business/professional life can continue to prosper while concentrating on our domestic market. However, for the younger generation an appreciation of other markets and forces will be important. I find his honesty refreshing.

    August 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speaker really timely and relevent. Too much noise from brewery though and
    lack of PA system made hearing difficult

    August 21, 2009

  • Vic C.

    Exactly the kind of presentation Bend’s technical community needs. Roger’s insights of the world today: transition of the desktop to the mobile appliance (smart phones/media readers); dominance of open source; investors vs. business developers — how to co–exist; abject failure of a financial system.
    Raises big questions: how to develop and profit with open source; what financial system will emerge (despite government intervention); need to design applications for constricted screen real estate.
    A perfect presentation: animated, pointed, thoughtful view of the present & food for thought to consider the future, all backed by the authority of “having been there.”

    August 21, 2009

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