Author: Laura Good

Access to Capital Improving and other Sacramento Startup News

There were a couple of news items last week that address key success factors for our startup ecosystem: access to capital and government regulation. Moneta Ventures announced that they are launching a $25 million fund that will invest in pre-revenue companies, unlike their first fund which targeted companies with revenue of $500K or more. On the regulation side, Region Technology, an advocacy group to represent the tech sector, was launched. What’s it all about? Ask Ash Roughani, who is the interim director and very active in our tech community. Hot Picks If you’re a startup founder, you need to...

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Technology + Healthcare in the Spotlight

I’m baaaaccck! Last week fellow curator Jeff Bennett filled in for me while I enjoyed a 4-day women’s leadership retreat — UNPLUGGED! No wifi, no cell service. It was glorious! I’m back to real life and there is a lot going on! Startup Weekend Sacramento Health Edition is just around the corner, kicking off on Friday April 29. It’s 54-hours of building a health-focused startup from scratch! Participants pitch BRAND NEW ideas, form teams and pull together an MVP in just 2.5 days! This experience is for anyone — not just coders, not just healthcare professionals. You don’t need...

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STEM, Gaming, Capitalize Finals

Did you know that it’s California‚Äôs Women and Girls in STEM Week? There are a number of ways to show your support this week — participate in Bizwomen Mentoring Monday today (it starts a 9 am so you need to hustle!), attend Women Who Code’s Learn Javascript class on Tuesday, attend Women in Tech’s Careers in UX/UI panel at InnoGrove on Wednesday, and/or attend the STEM Select Committee Hearings on Women and Girls in STEM on Thursday. It’s also a great excuse to sign up for Million Women Mentors California — both men and women in STEM careers are...

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Time to Start “Kidding” Around!

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! Last week’s Sacramento Kings and Velocity VC Capitalize semi-finals were intense! 32 startups competed and four emerged as finalists — Barobo, California Safe Soil, Quicklegal and ViVita Technologies. You can review all the startups who pitched here as well as find out more information about the Kings’ April 5 Tech Night Game where the fans will vote via Twitter to determine the winning Startup. And if you want to attend the game, you can purchase your ticket here. We’re a little short on events this week so I’m going to devote this edition...

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Geek Out This Thursday!

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! Congratulations to the 32 startups who were selected for the next round of Capitalize (over 80 startups applied)! The finalists will be competing tomorrow in an invite-only Pitch contest. The final four companies will pitch to Kings fans at Sleep Train Arena during the April 5 game against the Portland Trailblazers. Kings fans will choose the top pitch via Twitter. The top pick wins $5,000, consulting sessions and lunch with Kings executives and team owner Vivek Ranadiv√©. There are still tickets available for the game — come on out and support our tech...

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In Like a Lion

Catch your breath! March has come in like a Lion from the standpoint of how many great startup events you have to choose from this week! On Wednesday, TechEdge, the region’s annual luncheon celebrating technology success, is at the Hyatt Regency with keynote speaker Bill Reichert, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures. Founders from four Sacramento tech companies will also be on stage — Bitwater Farms, HomeZada, Sierra Energy and SureClinical. Local VC Jack Crawford (Velocity Venture Capital) will also speak and there will be a startup alley featuring local companies. I’m thrilled that the Sacramento Business Journal is...

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Startup Digest February 22

Holy to the Moly! This week is JAM-PACKED with cool stuff to do! I’ll be at the Startup Grind Global Conference in Redwood City for a couple of days, but I’ll be back in time to make Beer & Geeks on Thursday at Blackbird. Rumor has it that thanks to the sponsorship of SkySlope, the first 25 people to arrive will score a free drink! And they’re hiring! D.J. Stephan, COO, will be on hand to personally chat with you about career opportunities at SkySlope. Paperwork — Necessary Evil This is a good week to get schooled on some...

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Remember Klicknation?

Remember Kilcknation? Mark Otero’s gaming startup that was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011 for an estimated $35 million? Mark worked for EA after the acquisition but in December left to pursue his next dream. Are you wondering what happens after your company is acquired and you’re an employee instead of the boss? Or how an entrepreneur gets his groove back after working for the man for a few years? Well then, you won’t want to miss Startup Grind this Tuesday where Mark will be the guest for a fireside chat! If you register today, you’ll save $5 and...

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500 Startups Partners With Sacramento

Did you hear the big news?! Last week 500 Startups and the City of Sacramento announced a partnership “to develop the startup ecosystem in Sacramento, utilizing best practices from 500 Startups’ pioneering work in Silicon Valley and around the world. The partnership will drive economic growth by encouraging entrepreneurs and startups to develop in the Capital Region of California.” I’m super jazzed about this development! It significantly strengthens Sacramento’s position as a destination city for startup founders! Now more than ever you should be EXCITED about starting your company in Sacramento! And — GOOD NEWS — we’ve already got...

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Women In Tech — Building the Future for Women In STEM

Join us for our new speaker series, Women in Tech. This is your opportunity to meet other women in technology careers as well as those pursuing technology careers. In addition to mingling and making new friends, our guest speaker Venita Sivimani, one of the lead organizers for Million Women Mentors California, will speak about the current state of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and how we can impact the future success of women in STEM fields. The national initiative, Million Women Mentors supports the engagement of one million STEM mentors (both male and female) to...

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