Author: Jeff Bennett

Sacramento Welcomes Bay Area Tech Company

The Student Union at Sacramento State was the place to be this morning as Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced that Parrable, a San Francisco tech company, will be expanding to Sacramento. Parrable is a third-party identification platform solving critical mobile identification issues. After the announcement from Mayor Johnson, Carla Holtze, CEO and Co-founder of Parrable, then spoke about her decision to expand to Sacramento, citing lower cost of living, access to engineering tech talent, quality of life, and proximity to the Bay Area as key drivers in the decision. I attempted to livestream the announcement via Periscope. The quality is very poor but you...

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Sacramento Startup Expo: DJ Stephan on Sacramento Startup Ecosystem

“It starts with us. We gotta connect the fabric of our community…” It was another great turnout at The Hacker Lab last night for Sacramento Startup Expo. Dozens of Sacramento area entrepreneurs came out to network, share libations, and hear pitches from local real estate related startups. After several initial short pitches from several early stage startups, host and organizer Bryan Barton brought on the main event – founder Elizabeth Dodson of Homezada and DJ Stephan of Skyslope. For me, the highlight of the evening was DJ’s reponse to Bryan’s question about what the Sacramento startup community needs. Check...

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Civic & Gov Tech Showcase

Innovate Your State is hosting the 2nd Annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase with the City of Sacramento Mayor’s Office for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The Civic & Gov Tech Showcase is an opportunity to connect civic minded entrepreneurs, potential investors, and government leaders to showcase innovation. This event encourages collaboration and the support of new technologies to improve government and public participation. Date & Time: Thursday, September 22th from 9:30am – 1:00pm Location: Crest Theater – 1013 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814 Schedule: 9:30am – 10am: Breakfast and check-in 10am – 12pm: Showcase Presentations and Speakers 12pm – 1pm:...

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Scott Sambucci Talks Startup Selling

Last night at Innogrove, Scott Sambucci, founder of SalesQualia presented on Startup Selling. The premise of the talk was that startup selling has it’s own strategy, approach, and methodology. Scott discussed how to attract your first customers and revenue as well as a sales process that works for startups. He covered discovering the right market and customers, converting sales, and building a repeatable sales framework. I intended to video the whole talk but I got about 30 minutes into Scott’s talk and found that my memory card was full. My apologies to everyone, especially Scott, for that rookie mistake....

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Dinner & Drones: AgStart Agtech Showcase

AgTech is one of the Sacramento’s region’s competitive advantages. Drones are one of the hottest technologies going right now. Sacramento is the Farm-to-For capital. Wouldn’t it be cool to combine all three of these things into a cool event? One of our local accelerators, AgStart, thinks so. They’ve organized “an uncommon event featuring exciting entertainment:” Drone Race: An exciting horse-race style battle of drones around obstacles on a farm-setting “track.” There will also be a raffle drawing based on the winner of the race Fashion Show featuring one of their incubator clients, Kombucha Couture Farm to Fork Dinner featuring local meats and produce...

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Sacramento Startups in the News – August 14 Edition

Here’s a recap of Sacramento startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the news last week, August 8 – 13. Dinner raises funds to support region’s ag tech businesses Davis Enterprise | August 8 Sacramento economic development group hires Bay Area real estate expert Sacramento Bee | August 8 AgStart to host startup pitches with winery dinner, drone racing Sacramento Business Journal | August...

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Indivizible’s 2016 Speaker Series Featuring Tre Borden and Chris Johnson

This month’s Indivizible meeting is a TEDx inspired event featuring local entrepreneurs, Tre Borden and Chris Johnson. Led by Mayor Kevin Johnson, Indivizible’s 2016 Speaker Series brings out some of the nation’s biggest, brightest, most innovative game changers. Tre Borden, a California-based placemaking consultant and producer, graduated from Yale College and went on to launch a tailoring company that linked college students and east-Asian tailors. Christopher Johnson is the Founder and CEO of The Johnson Group, Inc., a corporate recruiting company and the Inventor of the Rapid Ramen Bowl which was successfully pitched to ABC’s Shark Tank.  When: Monday, August 15,...

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Some Sacramento-specific Insights from Dave McClure

Last night’s featured guest at Startup Grind Sacrament was Dave McClure, co-founder of 500 Startups. Speaking with Rich Foreman at a packed Urban Hive, Dave recounted his early days in Silicon Valley, initially as a programmer, then a startup founder, angel investor and launching 500 Startups. Of particular interest to many in attendance was 500 Startup’s interest in Sacramento. When asked about his thoughts on Sacramento after spending the day meeting with the likes of Mayor Kevin Johnson and Barry Broom: “What we’ve really been trying to look at is what kind of areas is Sacramento good at. What kind...

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Sacramento Startup Expo 10: Get Real! … Estate Tech

Are you ready to Get Real! …Estate Tech. Sign up for Sacramento Startup Expo 10! Sac Startup Expo is a semi-informal event in order to foster a sense of community for Sacramento startups of all sizes- from napkin sketch to IPO! Lightning Talks The Lightning talks for this expo will be from the founders of the two hottest Real Estate Startups in Sacramento: Elizabeth Dodson, Founder of HomeZada D.J. Stephan,  Founder of Skyslope They will talk about what their companies do and the trials and tribulations they have endured melding the tech and real estate worlds. When: Monday, August 22, 2016 6:30...

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1 Million Cups Coming to Sacramento

Get ready Sacramento! 1 Million Cups is launching in Sacramento next month! “We are so excited to be launching 1 Million Cups in Sac! “~ Velocity VC What is 1 Million Cups? 1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. 1MC is a grassroots program, led by a community of volunteer organizers interested in educating entrepreneurs. Check out the video below for a quick 30 second teaser. What Will...

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