One of the most important things a startup can do, is build friendships. I created startupcoffee as a casual and quick way for people to get together and talk about their startup, or ideas they have about startups. Come join us for a startup coffee.
I created 2 twitter accounts for startup coffee, but I am sure there will be more as people start their own startupcoffee(s) in their own communities. I registered http://twitter.com/startupcoffee to announce new startupcoffee(s) as they pop up, and general things of interest to the community. I also registered http://twitter.com/startupcoffeeLA to announce meet ups in the Los Angeles area. I am going to try to do this regularly (2-3 times a week) at various times in the day and in neighborhoods around Los Angeles, so you might want to send device updates to your mobile phone.
If you would like to throw your own startup coffee in Los Angeles, just @ reply me, and I will try to retweet it for you, please allow a few hours for me to catch it an retweet it. If you would like me to do this ASAP, direct message me on twitter @jdavid.
If you would like to run your own startupcoffee in your own city, please follow these guidelines.
- Keep posts limited, so people feel comfortable setting your startupcoffee(city) account to device update so they can get TXT messages when you tweet a new location.
- Keep the meet ups to about 2-3 per week
- Vary the location, so different people can make it, however find a regular spot for a given neighborhood.
- Do not post news articles or links in these feeds, please keep that to your personal twitter account.
- Refer people to twitter.com/startupcoffee for more information about startupcoffee
- In your personal tweets use @startupcoffee(city) instead of a hash tag, its easier to click through and follow the account.
Ok, now let’s have some fun and get to work.
A few years ago, I started a blog, and then in the ‘Summer of 2008’ I stopped writing for it. So much in my life was changing and I didn’t really have a personal center to write from. Since then, I have moved to California, lived in both San Francisco, and LA and have worked for two of the world’s most interesting and visited websites, Hi5, and MySpace. I meet a lot of great people along the way, and I am now looking for yet another job in the Social Media space.
I would love it if that job involved getting funding for Socialhelix.com, a social calendar/ event network idea I had with a few friends over 2 years ago. Today we have a business plan that is about 1 year old, and lacking the experience I have gained working at both Hi5, and MySpace. In the next few days, I hope to put some spit polish on the business plan and to update it for the current economy, and with a few tidbits of knowledge that I have gained over the past year.
As of now, I could either see myself taking another job, consulting for awhile, or getting SH funded. I however, don’t know where my preferences lie for living. In SF I have some of the world’s smartest and brightest in the web working to create the web standards of tomorrow, but in LA I have the opportunity to see a different creative class; one that is playful, and just as smart in their own way. In the next few weeks I hope to evaluate my options and make a decision on where I should live.
I do finally plan on bringing my furniture from Milwaukee out to California, or going back to sell it once and for all.
I really feel like the last year was one of transition, and this year will be about personal growth, as today is the 1st day of a new decade for me. Maybe this decade demands that I write my 1st book or screen play.