[Photos by: Owen Geronimo]
Proving that getting dressed up and getting out to meet new people is definitely not going out of style, the Startup Socials Party on October 19th was the largest gathering yet of the bright, beautiful, and business-minded startup communities gathered together by the Startup Monthly Team and co-hosts including SFFAMA and Fashion+TechSF. The crowd, at once cosmopolitan and cool as well as confident, fun and boisterous, enjoyed panoramic views of the nighttime Bay Bridge and San Francisco’s stunning waterfront from the popular outside patio and killer musical curation by a trio of DJs including Adrenalin Room and SNR Music. The dance floor was never empty and always full of surprises while the three-story venue provided plenty of space to meet, mingle and survey the scene.
A great feature of the night was the large meeting space chock full of demo tables by a full spectrum of interesting startups across many industries. Here are a few of my favorites – Goodwillion, SFFAMA was part of the launch festivities for this social good platform that really takes its cues from current economics and allows anyone to auction their time in a manner of their own choosing to support worthy charitable and nonprofit causes; Planwise, free objective financial decision software tools aimed at the fixed income and middle income demographic that simplifies the analytical process and calculations for common investments and purchases such as tuition, homes, and cars with the aim of saving people money; Ducksboard, for those of us interested in dashboards and analytics and tired of chasing down individual metrics. Ducksboard changes metrics into intelligence with real-time KPI visualization from over 30+ services in one elegant dashboard and promises more additions specifically for the blogging world. We were also pleased to discover their no-cost program specifically for nonprofits so we are going long on Ducksboard, Barcelona where they started, and San Francisco where they set up office!
- By the way, don’t forget to vote YES on Proposition E and support new business, new jobs and the startup creation in San Francisco.
Article written by: Robert Burns Nixon. Robert is the CFO of SFFAMA, Editorial Director for both Fashion For The People and Fashion+TechSF, and Executive Producer of San Francisco Fashion Week™. Previously, Robert was a director in consumer and business technology for private and public corporations in Silicon Valley, in strategic business operations for Sony Corporation in Japan, Europe and North America, and in international field marketing with LVMH | Thomas Pink in Europe during business school. Robert graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations and Economics and a subconcentration in Art and Semiotics. He received his MBA from INSEAD in New Ventures, Entrepreneurship, and General Management.