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.

This Week in Tech Events: August 9 – August 15, 2010

BES is excited to have Jon Gelsey, Director of Corporate Development at Microsoft join us for the following event:

How to be Acquired by Microsoft

  • Thursday, August 12th
  • 2:30pm
  • Fasken Martineau: Suite 2900 – 550 Burrard St., Vancouver
  • $55

Come meet Jon, learn how to get on Microsoft’s radar and once you get their attention, how to get the deal done.

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

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This Week in Tech Events: July 19th – July 25th, 2010

What a beautiful summer weekend in Vancouver. We hope to see you at the following BES event.

DemoCamp 11 – Back to Basics Edition

  • Thursday, July 22nd
  • 5:30pm
  • Ceili’s Irish Pub, 670 Smithe St., Vancouver
  • Free. Please register to confirm attendance.
  • BES would like to thank Lyal, Kim and Parveen for their support and help in organizing #DCV11.

If we’ve missed an event, please add it below as a comment.

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

Co-Founder Speed Dating

Join us for Co-Founder Speed Dating to meet the RIGHT people for your business before Launch Party Vancouver 9.

Co-Founder Speed Dating

Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. It’s more important than your product, market, and investors. Co-Founder Speed Dating aims to bring together talented entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and skill sets to start innovative new companies.  All too often you know people with similar backgrounds and skills sets to your own.  We help you find co-founders with complimentary skill sets.  Entrepreneurship can be lonely.  It’s important to have someone else there with you to help you ride out the lows and celebrate your successes.  As the BES blog says,

.. finding a co-founder is a lot harder than finding a contractor or temporary help. So, how do you do it? As with all things people related, networking (off-line and on-line) is the answer. Yet, one of the biggest problems for early stage entrepreneurs, is that their social networks are small and local. We’ve been thinking about how we can help solve this problem (aside from manually introducing people we think might be a fit) and have come up with an idea: take all the early stage entrepreneurs, who are looking for co-founders, put them in a room together, and give them a chance to “speed date” with as many potential co-founders as they can.

How does it work? You’ll be matched with potential “dates” who have complimentary skills and interests.  You’ll get to spend some focused time with each of them discussing you and your big ideas.

Who should attend?

  • You have an idea that you want to pursue, but don’t have the right partner
  • You are a superstar with a job, but open to joining a founding team if the right idea came your way
  • You are an aspiring entrepreneur open to trying new ideas with the right mix of people

Interested? Fill out the form here.

Co-Founder Speed Dating is free to attend. If you’d like to continue the networking at LPV9, you must purchase tickets directly here.

New Year, New Office

As some of you may know the folks at Bootup Labs, Bootup Entrepreneurial Society and Strutta spent last weekend moving to our new digs, quite fine digs if I say so myself.

2010 is starting to smell really good as our new office is equipped with a full kitchen where resident foodie Boris Mann has already started to whip us up some delicious Bacon & Egger sandwiches and pizza!

Here’s a short video Jordan and I created touring our new office.

Come on by and visit us at our new office for a tour. I might even whip you up some butter chicken!

*Post written by Sonia*

Unity 3D TGIF

From the OverInteractive Blog;

To celebrate the  launch of the Vancouver Chapter of Unity Users GroupdimeRocker.com in partnership with Unity Technologies invites all local game, web, and iPhone developers to a premiere industry UnityNetworking TGIF followed the next day by a Unity Skills Workshop.

The entire initiative will be framed within a “web-ready” context, exploring how tools like Unity 3D in combination with a new breed of social gaming hives are enabling developers to create, market, and monetize console-likebrowser content for a growing audience of online and mobile gamers.

Not-to-be-missed event for iPhone, game, web developers and those wanting to learn about Unity, This will be a great event for those looking to network and socialize with like-minded peeps.

Tickets are now on available for this event – Unity 3D TGIF

Introducing Sonia with an I.

n8337968006_1521951_15741862Namaste!

I’m Sonia. I currently work a Coordinator of “Things” at Bootup Entrepreneurial Society (BES).

Preceding BES, I was working as a Sales Coordinator at the Opus Hotel and a Sales & Catering Coordinator at the Hilton Vancouver Airport. I needed a change from Vancouver and decided to satisfy this “change” craving by leaving Vancouver to work for Royal Caribbean as an Entertainment Coordinator. Unfortunately, I became a victim of the big (R)ecession and used this time as an opportunity to explore other areas of interest. Fast-forward to a few months back, I applied as an intern with Strutta, loved it and the rest is history.

You can find me running around at BES Events or on twitter @sonsryan. Don’t be shy come and say hi.