Author: Laura Good

Sacramento-founded Text To Ticket Launches Solution to Reduce Distracted Driving

Text To Ticket Launches Unique Solution to Reduce Distracted Driving Company’s Mobile App Reports Texting Drivers to Law Enforcement Today, Text To Ticket, Inc. announced the launch of its mobile app to assist law enforcement in ticketing those who violate distracted driving safety laws. Similar to private company programs like Red Light Traffic Cameras, Text To Ticket has developed an enforcement process for drivers who break minor traffic safety laws using crowdsourced video evidence. Taking advantage of the expanding role of mobile devices in nearly all aspects of life, Text To Ticket enlists everyday citizens, who are not driving...

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Celebrating Inventors of Color this Month

It’s Black History month and I’d like to recognize some seriously innovative black inventors. George Washington Carver discovered discovered over 300 different uses for peanuts – including making cooking oil, axle grease and printer’s ink. Dr. Charles Richard Drew revolutionized the understanding of blood plasma – leading to the invention of blood banks. Dr. Patricia Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, a tool that corrects cataracts during eye surgery. Marie Van Brittan Brown invented the first closed circuit TV security system. These are just a few of the black inventors who have made their mark on innovation. I’m so thankful that Sacramento has programs like Square Root Academy and Operation Innovate to encourage innovation...

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Cocktails, Coffee, Deadlines & Drones!

We want to give a shout out to local startup Tenkiv and their Kickstarter campaign. They are getting really close to their goal but there are only a few days left! It’s time for our community to dig deep and support their campaign to help solve the global water crisis. When this newsletter was put to bed, they had raised $33,749 in pledges of their $50,000 goal. THIS WEEK’S BEST BETS There’s a new kid in town — it’s the StartupSac Happy Hour, happening for the very first time tomorrow (Tuesday) at The Golden Bear from 5-7 pm. Come...

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StartupSac — There’s an App for That! …and Other Startup Happenings

Great news! The StartupSac website now has an companion app! A big shout out to Rich Forman of Apptology for developing the app as part of the City of Sacramento RAILS grant program. Easily stay up to date with events and news in our startup community by downloading the app!  Available on both  iTunes and Google Play.  Also, StartupSac interviews of Sacramento startup founders are now available as a podcast in addition to the videos. Listen on the website or search for “Sacramento Startup Profiles” on your favorite podcast app. This Week’s Best Bets Come out tonight from 6-8pm...

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Will Sacramento become a Hub for Startups?

Last week, local news was bursting with startup scene updates. These articles are required reading if you’re committed to being a part of our ecosystem! Can Sacramento Become a Capital of Entrepreneurship? was in Comstock’s Magazine and A hub for startups? Sacramento taps tech innovation fund to renovate historic train station was in the Sacramento Bee. Just the fact that local news is now including so much tech startup news is encouraging to me. If you come across some interesting reading on Sacramento’s startup scene, please pass it along to me! Remember Area 52? It’s the soon-to-open maker and...

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Is GovTech The Next Big Thing in Sacramento?

Did you see the story in the Sacramento Business Journal  on Friday about cultivating a cluster of govtech startups in Sacramento? Keeping that in mind, I’ve added some workshops around doing business with the county and state. Are these events you’re interested in? Does your startup fit into the govtech category? If so, you should check out this week’s Code for Sac event–they want to help you succeed! This Week’s Best Bets Join Startup Grind tomorrow evening at the Urban Hive and meet Dr. Chris Yu, the CEO of Anpac Bio. This is one of the companies that recently...

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Kickoff your 2017 Startup Journey this Week!

Did you spend some time this weekend thinking about what you want to achieve or experience in 2017? Let me throw a few suggestions out there for standout experiences that will positively impact your startup journey. January: CES 2017 is happening Jan 3-8th in Las Vegas. This is their 50th anniversary! A ticket will run you at least $1400 but for the first time ever, much of the conference will be live streamed FOR FREE!  Here’s the press release on how to follow along if you aren’t attending and here’s the link to the live stream information. I’ve added...

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Big Things Happening for our Startup Community in 2017!

It’s been an awesome year for Sacramento’s startup community and 2017 is going to be even more so! I/O Labs will open along with their accelerator program, Hacker Lab has a huge new space in Rocklin, is expanding its midtown space and is looking at opening a space in Rancho Cordova, Rocket Dept is opening a new prototyping space, we’ll start to see activity from the RAILS grant funded programs and the Slingshot grant money will be awarded to programs that support mentoring entrepreneurs, coworking and maker spaces. And that is just the tip of the iceberg! Hang on...

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Hacker Lab Holiday Party at New Rocklin Location and Other Startup Happenings

Merry Christmas Placer County Makers! Hacker Lab announced that they are quadrupling their space in your neck of the woods. They have BIG plans for very cool stuff at the new location. Come see the new space at their Holiday Party this Thursday. It’s an old-fashioned potluck + BYOB style party. And it’s free! The SBDC has a workshop on Business Plan Development and Equity Financing that starts at 11:00 a.m. today at Capsity. It’s free AND lunch is provided! They had a great turnout last week — well worth your time to check it out today. Startup Grind...

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‘Tis the Season! How Will You Celebrate?

If our Startup calendar was Santa’s Sleigh, it would be OVERFLOWING! There is a holiday shindig just about every day this week! If you’re looking for a little holiday cheer, look no further. There are smaller, more specialized parties like the WordPress and Women in Data Science get-togethers and then there is the annual BLOW OUT Startup Holiday Party hosted by Startup Grind (where you’ll find us!). If you hail from Placer County, Hacker Lab’s got you covered with a Holiday Day party next week at their NEW Rocklin location. Get out and celebrate now — the rest of...

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