This Week in Tech Events: Jan. 24 – Jan. 30, 2011

The last week of January is shaping up to be a busy one for tech events in the city.

An Evening With Alan Juristovski and Milun Tesovic, Founders Of MetroLeap Media hosted by VEF

  • Tuesday, January 25th
  • 5:30pm
  • Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver
  • Free for members. $45 for non-members.

Tech Startup Co-Founder Speed Dating hosted by Foliomob

  • Tuesday, January 25th
  • 6:30pm
  • Ceili’s Irish Pub, 670 Smithe St., Vancouver
  • Free

Social Marketing Kung-Fu, White belt with Dave Olson hosted by Bootup

  • Wednesday, January 26th
  • 5:00pm
  • Bootup Garage, Suite 200 – 163 West Hastings St., Vancouver
  • $30

Tim Bray of Google presents the latest on Android and the Android Market hosted by airG

  • Thursday, January 27th
  • 6:00pm
  • Wavefront Conference Centre, 1055 West Hastings St. (Lower Level), Vancouver
  • Free

Founder Story #2 – Amielle Lake of Tagga Media

Founder Story #2

Amielle Lake, Tagga Media

Tagga Media is a mobile marketing company which was founded in Vancouver 3 years ago. Since launching at LPV5, Tagga has pivoted in and out of many different business models and will be announcing some new changes in early 2011. I sat with Amielle this week to find out what’s in store for Tagga this year.

Be sure to follow Tagga on Twitter to hear of their upcoming announcements!
Twitter: @tagga

This Week in Tech Events: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2010

Hope to see you all on December 1st for our event filled day 🙂

User Experience Design with MySpace’s VP of UX, Mike Macadaan

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 8:30am
  • Bootup – 163 West Hastings St., Suite 200, Vancouver
  • $50. Buy here.

Bootup Garage Pilot Program Open-House

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 12:30pm
  • Bootup – 163 West Hastings St., Suite 200, Vancouver

Launch Party Vancouver 10

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 6:00pm
  • Canvas Lounge, 99 Powell St., Vancouver
  • Regular Ticket: $30
  • Buy here.

Building a Successful Start-Up with Dave Schappell hosted by VEF Momentum

  • Friday, December 3
  • 6:00pm
  • Republic – 958 Granville St., Vancouver
  • Early Bird Ticket: $10
  • Buy here.

Bootup – We are Just Getting Started.

As many of you have heard, Bootup Labs Managing Director and Co-Founder, Danny Robinson recently accepted the role of CEO of BCIC.   There has always been a bit of confusion with the Accelerator and the Non-profit b/c we share the Bootup name and understandably so.  But, BES has always been an independent organization. We have our own team, an independent Board, have to make our own money and raise our own funds. When Danny moved on to BCIC, the only thing that changed was he stepped down from our Board and Boris Wertz of WMedia Ventures stepped up as our Chairman.

In the past two years since we started Bootup Entrepreneurial Society, we have organized more than 40 of our own events and supported many other associations, organizations and international companies in their efforts as well.  These events include mentor talks and workshops, Democamps, Mentor speed dating, Co-Founder speed dating, Launch Party Vancouver, Facebook Developer Garage and more.  We have seen companies like UnbounceMobifyHootsuiteAyogoGistYowza and Weddingful attend and launch their companies at various BES events and continue to thrive.  We are their biggest fans and we want to see all of these companies and more hit it out of the park.

We have come this far with a team of 2 full time employees and the support of some amazing volunteers including Mack FlavelleParveen KalerLyal AveryBoris Mann, Angela Baldonero, Jodi Day, Tina Hoang, Ross Howard Jones, Alexa BoothJordan Behan, and Derek Shanahan, a rock star Board of Directors,  our sponsors and countless others, who have stepped up to help at many of our events.

What’s Next – Bootup Garage, an open space for Founders to Bootup
Bootup (BES) has always had an open door policy. We love having people drop by, plug in and work away while they are visiting from Toronto, SF, Boulder and even France.  Working in an environment like this is exciting and inspiring.  And as an entrepreneur, who’s first startup’s HQ was in my garage, I really appreciate and thrive on being surrounded by others, who are taking the same risks or have been there and can help me navigate through the sometimes unpredictable and challenging waters of entrepreneurship.

With this in mind, BES is launching the Bootup Garage Pilot Program.  The Bootup Garage is something we believe every healthy startup ecosystem needs and we want to create a space where Internet founders and developers know they can come, connect and hack away on their idea in a very supportive, collaborative and inspiring environment.  It is not meant to be a co-working space, where you rent a desk on a monthly basis.  The space will support new ventures from their earliest single-founder ideation stage through small-team prototype development, until the startup has achieved proof of demand and is ready to accept funding or establish their own workspace.

Mentors
We have lined up dozens of mentors already, who love Vancouver and want to support Canadian entrepreneurs.  Mentors will be on site, hosting office hours on a weekly basis (if not more) at Bootup Garage and you can set up meetings based on their schedule.  Everyone from Jason Bailey of Super Rewards, Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures, Boris Mann of IQMetrix, Angela Baldonero of Return Path, tech artist Kris Krug, David Ascher of Mozilla Messaging and Stewart Butterfield of Glitch and Flickr are on board and we are just getting started!  The list and mentor calendar will be posted soon.  Thanks to everyone for your support.

Funding
Bootup is a non-profit, supported by many wonderful partners and sponsors including BCIC, who has been a big supporter of us before Danny ever interviewed for the CEO job.  While BCIC has funded us again this year, which includes this pilot project, we are also talking to many other private and government organizations to help us in our mission to support and inspire entrepreneurship in BC and Canada.  If you are interested, please contact us or come to our Open House: 

Open House
On December 1, from 12:30-2:30pm – we invite you to an Open House at Bootup – 163 West Hastings St., Suite 200. Come find out more about the Pilot program, ask questions, meet other entrepreneurs and mentors and check out the space.

If you are interested in the new space, sponsorship or being a mentor, you can send me an email – maura [at] bootup [dot] ca or jeff [at] bootup [dot] ca or sonia [at] bootup [dot] ca, come to the Open House on Dec. 1st or connect with all of us at Launch Party Vancouver 10, http://lpv10.eventbrite.com

VIP Packages available at #LPV10

Is kicking the season off with style your thing? Well then, Team Bootup has a great offer for you. We have coordinated VIP Packages for LPV10, starting at $600. If you’re a startup or a tech company this is a great way to celebrate the holiday with your team. Packages include:

  • tickets to event
  • VIP service & canapes for your guests
  • drink tickets a plenty
  • VIP Table with Company Signage

And who knows, maybe even Santa will pay you a visit with his friendly helpers 🙂

Fore more details, contact Sonia Ryan at sonia (at) bootup (dot) ca by Friday, November 26th at 2pm.

This Week in Tech Events: August 17 – August 22, 2010

It’s Vancouver’s turn to shine as our city is invaded by technology’s finest entrepreneurs, influencers, thinkers and investors this week. So, bring your Vancouver swagger and let’s show them what we’ve got.

We hope to see you at the following events.

GROW OP – A Pre-Conference Meetup hosted by Capulet Communications

  • Wednesday, August 18th
  • 6:00pm
  • Century Bar & Restaurant – 432 Richards St., Vancouver
  • Free

GROW Conference 2010 presented by Dealmaker Media

  • Thursday, August 19th – Saturday, August 21st
  • Vancouver Convention Centre – West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Day 1: Engage – Closed
  • Day 2: Inspired – Last Minute Tickets: $325 Register here.
  • Day 3: Challenge – See list of activities here.

So, if we’ve missed an event, please add it below as a comment or add it to Upcoming and we will add it to our Bootup page.

Upcoming Bootup Events

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Bootup only events, please sign-up. You can choose what type of events you want to be notified about from networking to investment pitch opportunities. We’ll email you several weeks before events to let you know about

How to be Acquired by Microsoft – Sneak Peek with Jon Gelsey

Jon Gelsey, Director of Corporate Development is driving up from Seattle on Thursday to speak about Microsoft‘s investment and acquisition process. I reached Jon over Skype at his office in Seattle this morning to get some insights on his upcoming talk.

As Jon mentions in the video – “Stop procrastinating and register”.

You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite here or by filling out the form below.

See you on Thursday.