Author: Laura Good

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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Time to Plan a Trip to Silicon Valley?

Last week was a whirlwind week for me -Top 10 Mistakes Startups Make workshop at InnoGrove, Health 2.0 Sacramento Human Centered Design workshop at Hacker Lab, Million Women Mentors California Launch in San Francisco at Paypal and then not a startup or tech thing, but I volunteered to train more than 300 nonprofits on using social media to share their mission on the Big Day of Giving on May 3. Whew! I needed to catch my breath after all of that! Plan Ahead While we have a lot going on in Sacramento’s startup community, it’s good to head to...

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Celebrate and Remember MLK Today

Today, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., take time to ponder these words from his Nobel Prize Lecture given 51 years ago. In your pursuit of technological innovation, are you also making strides to live with one another in peace? “[Man] has reached new and astonishing peaks of scientific success. He has produced machines that think and instruments that peer into the unfathomable ranges of interstellar space…Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which...

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Startup Digest – Year of the Woman in Tech

You Go Girl! I’m declaring it the Year of the Woman in Tech in Sacramento! Two new meetup groups kicked off this January — Sacramento Women in Data Science and Tech and InnoGrove’s Women in Tech. We also have Women Who Code Sacramento kicking off the year with a 4-part series to learn Ruby. And to top it all off, Million Women Mentors–California, a state measure that supports the engagement of STEM mentors for California girls and women, is kicking off with it’s Launch event on January 21. Best Bet for Startup Event this Week My recommendation for this week...

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A Startup Christmas Story

by Laura Good ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through our town, Startup founders were sighing and feeling beat down. Entrepreneurship’s hard, it’s no 9 to 5; It takes massive energy just to survive. Eric Ries wrote their bible, schooled them on lean. They quickly became validation machines! They hustled and bustled to build, measure, learn. They collected data that caused them concern. “Do we pivot or not? What should be chucked? What secret sauce makes an idea disrupt?” “Oh how can we scale?” they were heard to exclaim. “We need a growth hacker and a killer domain.”...

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Sacramento – Startup Digest – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…December

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! There are still a few things going on that are more informational and technical but most meetups are slowing down and taking some time to enjoy the holidays. If you’re looking to party on dude with fellow startup enthusiasts, check these out: 12/7   InnoGrove Holiday Open House (Elk Grove) 12/15 Startup Grind Sacramento Holiday Party (Sacramento) I had written more for you this week but then my naughty dog slapped my laptop with his paw (it was dinner time) and I lost it! So I’m going to end it here — short and sweet! Hope to see you this...

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Vote for Sacramento Startups in Global Battle!

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! Global Startup Battle is on and two teams from the Nov 13-15 Startup Weekend at InnoGrove in Elk Grove are competing in the Champion’s Track! You can vote for them every 24 hours now through December 4th at 10 a.m. Pacific time.. Let’s show some love! Click to vote for InVimma and PlayToGather. If all of our Sacramento Startup Digest readers voted, our teams would be in the lead! Show your support for our local startups by casting your votes for each team in several competitive tracks. Share the startup love on Twitter! Click to Tweet...

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Sacramento – Startup Digest with Laura Good November 23rd – November 30th

It’s Thanksgiving Week — time to ponder what we are thankful for. If you’re thankful that you receive the Sacramento Startup Digest every week (for free!) how about sending out this tweet? “I support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Sacramento Region! Please RT if you support it too! #swsac #sactech” Click to Tweet Your tweet can make a difference in the Global Hashtag Battle! Your Startup Weekend Sacramento team has been competing since November 12th in this battle to put Sacramento on the Startup map! We’re in the top 10 GLOBALLY and it would be great to finish in...

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