Interesting Events In November

Happening this month:

1) Toronto: GeoSocial meet-up at [praized subtype=”small” pid=”b3d1fc39f6d0470f031b3ba60973b8ffc2″ type=”badge” dynamic=”true”] on Thursday November 6, 2008 at 6:30pm . This event is for people developing location-aware mobile applications, creating mashups, maps, producing geodata, writing about their neighborhood or just have an interest in what has been called Where 2.0. More info on Upcoming or on Facebook.

2) Santa Clara: [praized subtype=”small” pid=”66afa9c1b5e4cd2f613f200ec61d955d” type=”badge” dynamic=”true”]’s Interactive Local Media 2008, November 19-21 2008, at the [praized subtype=”small” pid=”93d315c4ba40d52d7b8475b881af01799b” type=”badge” dynamic=”true”]. The theme this year is “Understanding the changing local media mix”.  I’ll be speaking on a panel about “The Web 2.0 Communities” on the third day. Again, a must-attend for anyone in the local search/local media industry. More info on their Web site.

3) Montreal: Startup Camp Montreal 3 at the [praized subtype=”small” pid=”96423266cd5145552decb67454b13e4e” type=”badge” dynamic=”true”] on Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 6:00pm. “Startup Camp is an event dedicated to everything Startup. A great event for Startups, investors and on-lookers alike. Montreal has a vibrant business community, that is worth celebrating. Come meet and learn from each other on the ins and outs of starting up.”  I’ll be speaking on an entrepreneur panel ” to answer questions from the audience on their experience pitching their startup ideas”.  More info here and get your free ticket here.

Any other interesting events I should be aware of?

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Interesting Events In November

Happening this month:

1) Toronto: GeoSocial meet-up at [praized subtype=”small” pid=”b3d1fc39f6d0470f031b3ba60973b8ffc2″ type=”badge” dynamic=”true”] on Thursday November 6, 2008 at 6:30pm . This event is for people developing location-aware mobile applications, creating mashups, maps, producing geodata, writing about their neighborhood or just have an interest in what has been called Where 2.0. More info on Upcoming or on Facebook.

2) Santa Clara: [praized subtype=”small” pid=”66afa9c1b5e4cd2f613f200ec61d955d” type=”badge” dynamic=”true”]’s Interactive Local Media 2008, November 19-21 2008, at the [praized subtype=”small” pid=”93d315c4ba40d52d7b8475b881af01799b” type=”badge” dynamic=”true”]. The theme this year is “Understanding the changing local media mix”.  I’ll be speaking on a panel about “The Web 2.0 Communities” on the third day. Again, a must-attend for anyone in the local search/local media industry. More info on their Web site.

3) Montreal: Startup Camp Montreal 3 at the [praized subtype=”small” pid=”96423266cd5145552decb67454b13e4e” type=”badge” dynamic=”true”] on Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 6:00pm. “Startup Camp is an event dedicated to everything Startup. A great event for Startups, investors and on-lookers alike. Montreal has a vibrant business community, that is worth celebrating. Come meet and learn from each other on the ins and outs of starting up.”  I’ll be speaking on an entrepreneur panel ” to answer questions from the audience on their experience pitching their startup ideas”.  More info here and get your free ticket here.

Any other interesting events I should be aware of?

Startup Camp Montreal 2 is Announced

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Just received a notice that the second edition of Startup Camp Montreal has been announced for May 15th at the Societe des Arts Technologiques (SAT). I attended the first edition and it was very interesting. More than 180 people showed up (140 entrepreneurs, 30 VCs and industry experts, 5 students and 5 organizers). I don’t think I’ll be able to attend as I will be in California that week but I definitely invite everyone interested in startups to register.

More info from the e-mail announcement:

Following the success of the first Startup Camp Montreal, we are happy to announce the second edition of the event scheduled for May 15th, 2008.

The second edition will be similar in format to the first with the following changes:

1) The top five startups selected to present at the event will have the opportunity to participate in a one-day pre-event workshop session. The goal being to have “pitch” experts help the companies prepare ahead of the event. The workshop will be hosted by Austin Hill, John Stokes, Vincent Guyaux, and 2 other VC / marketing experts.
2) Presenting companies will have 8 minutes to present, with 10 minutes of follow-up questions from the event Gurus and the audience.
3) We will have ambassadors on hand prior to the event and during the event to help with match making and networking.

The complete details for the event are posted at www.startupcampmontreal.org, however the basics are:

Date: Thursday May 15th, 2008
Time: 6pm-10pm (or later)
Location: SAT (
www.sat.qc.ca)

Registration is required, so please go to http://startupcampmontreal2.eventbrite.com to register.

Nine Business Lessons From TreeHugger.com’s Founder

During the first edition of StartupCamp Montreal on Wednesday night, keynote speaker Graham Hill of TreeHugger.com fame offered 9 lessons web entrepreneurs should take heed of.

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  1. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Humans don’t really change. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
  2. Incentives drive the world. For employees, for business development, etc.
  3. Truth is told at cash registers and not in focus groups. Look to the data and test a product by selling it.
  4. Listen to Fred Wilson.
  5. The network is the computer. It has to be open and all about online applications. Think Gmail, Last.fm, Mint.com.
  6. Think product first, marketing later. This new connected world takes care of a good portion of marketing if you have a great product.
  7. Barely enough money is a good thing. It keeps you hungry and makes you focussed. Helps you find what’s the core of your business.
  8. Companies are bought not sold. It might be a cliché but it’s true. Play hard to get.
  9. Good guys win in a connected world. Media has been democratized and spin control does not exist anymore.

Announcing StartupCamp Montreal

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The first StartupCamp Montreal is officially announced! Happening January 23rd, 2008 from 6pm to 10pm at the SAT – Société des arts technologiques (where else?), “Startup Camp Montreal is an event dedicated to everything Startup. A great event for Startups, investors and on-lookers alike. Montreal has a vibrant business community, that is worth celebrating. Come meet and learn from each other on the ins and outs of starting up. This event is not just for Montrealers, all are welcome”.

You can get more information on the web site and a first series of free tickets is now available. You can reserve your place here.