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BASES [Startup Digest]

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Welcome to the BASES [Startup Digest]

For everyone new to the BASES [Startup Digest], this is a weekly email digest where we find and highlight the top tech and entrepreneurship events from BASES, Stanford, Silicon Valley and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. We don't cover all of the events, only the best :)

Hope everyone had an awesome New Years Eve. We are very excited for 2010! [Startup Digest] has branched out from our home with BASES in Silicon Valley to 5 cities across 3 continents. Check out our Sponsorship Section and if your business or a business you know would like to support the BASES [Startup Digest] and reach our audience of startups with a cool promotion for all of us to enjoy.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Sponsorship Section
  2. Highlighted Events
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Contact Info, Entrepreneurial Resources, and even more events

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Highlighted Events

Monday, January 4th - New Venture Funds in Europe
Tuesday, January 5th - SVNewTech
Thursday, January 7th - Main Event: Angel Investors to the rescue?
Friday, January 8th - Crunchies Awards
Saturday, January 9th - Social-M Challenge
Monday, January 11th - SXSW Party: In the SF Bay Area
Wednesday, January 13th - Mayfield Fellows Program Information Sessions
Thursday, January 14th - Founder Showcase – 15% off
Saturday February 6th - Teens in Tech Conference 2.0 - 20% off

New Venture Funds in Europe
When: Monday, January 4, 4:15-5:30pm
Where: Skilling Auditorium, Stanford Engineering School
More Info: contact Burton Lee, for more info

The first Winter session of European Entrepreneurship & Innovation will kick off with three European VCs from Germany, Spain and Ireland who will discuss several new funds being raised in - and for - European startups in cleantech, information technologies and other sectors. Our national Government Partner Enterprise Ireland will also give a brief overview of Ireland's economy and innovation sector. This 1-unit seminar series is open to graduate and undergraduate students; no pre-requisites. Open to the public at no charge.

When: Jan 5th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where: DLA Piper 2000 University Ave Palo Alto, CA
More Info:

The 4,200 Member strong SVNewTech Meetup, started in Jan '06. Meet other entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers, and tech enthusiasts who come together to network and watch demos of hot new technologies. We meet once a month, the first hour is company demos, the 2nd hour is networking. Food, Wine, and Beer is provided.

Main Event: Angel Investors to the rescue?
When: January 7th @ 6-8:30pm
Where: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304
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With public markets in the midst of recalibrating, are Angel investors down for the count, or will they stay in the game and ride the wave back to economic recovery?  According to long-time angel “god-father”, Ron Conway, Baseline Ventures, they are still actively looking at funding pitches and have money for promising start-ups. 

So while over-extended Venture Firms have downsized & their portfolio companies are doing more with less, Conway still feels it's a great time for entrepreneurs to start companies, and for Angels to invest in capital efficient startups.  Do other Angels feel the same way, or are they hiding out in the hills till the good times return?

Crunchies Awards
Friday, January 08, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Where: Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
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The Crunchies Awards celebrate the best tech accomplishments of 2009. Co-hosted by Join GigaOm, VentureBeat and TechCrunch, we will announce winners from 18 different award categories live on stage at the event. We'll have special guest appearances and entertainment too.

An after party will follow across the street in City Halls' Grand Rotunda through midnight.  There will be a sponsor-hosted bar, savory nibbles and desserts, music and a game room, featuring a mix of traditional and online games to play.

Social-M Challenge
When: Saturday, January 9, 2010 @ 9 - 4:30pm
Where: Yamazaki Energy and Environment Building (Y2E2) stanford university
More Info:

The six-week 2010 Social-M launches on Saturday, January 9th with Converge, an all-day summit at Stanford University. Converge serves as a social movement brainstorm and networking extravaganza. Attendees will be exposed to social movement theory and reality, learning from those individuals who have already spent years succeeding and failing in the field. They will also learn about conditions at Stanford and in the surrounding community, and about the topics most in need of innovative attention.

SXSW Party: In the SF Bay Area
When: Monday, January 11, 2010, 7-9:00pm
Where: Slim's - 333 11th Street, San Francisco, CA
More Info:

Come out and meet SXSW organizers and other cool digital creatives! Let's get the San Francisco tech and gaming communities together and start talking before March. Free drinks, music, and we're giving away a FREE SXSW INTERACTIVE registration to one lucky winner, so don't forget your business cards!

Contact Larry Chiang for more info on twitter or plancast

Mayfield Fellows Program Information Sessions

When: Wednesday, January 13, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM and Thursday, January 21, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Stanford University, Terman Engineering Center, 4th Floor Lobby
More Info:

The Mayfield Fellows Program (MFP) is a nine-month work/study program at Stanford University designed to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the techniques for growing technology companies. The program combines an intense sequence of courses on the management of technology ventures, a paid summer internship at a start-up company, and ongoing mentoring and networking activities and is limited to a dozen outstanding undergraduate or coterminal students. Please stop by to learn more about this exciting program.

Founder Showcase – 15% off
When: Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Where: San Mateo Marriott Hotel, 1700 South Amphlett Blvd. San Mateo, CA 94402
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The Founder Showcase, by, is an open startup pitch and networking event that highlights the newest cutting-edge businesses and helps innovators gain traction among the Silicon Valley elite. On Thursday, January 14th, ten of the most promising early-stage companies, as selected by over 13,000 registered Members of, will present to an audience of over 200 investors, founders, and members of the press. A panel of experts will critique the pitches, and an open ballot of those in attendance will determine the Founder Showcase Winner - who will win a number of prizes, including $2500 in cash and a free two-day rental of a Ferrari 360 Spider.

Teens in Tech Conference 2.0 - 20% off
When: February 6, 2010
Where: Google's San Francisco Office 345 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
More Info: Use the code "startupdigest" to get 20% off the ticket order. First 15 tickets get the discount.

The Teens in Tech Conference is bringing youth and technology together in San Francisco again in 2010. The conference features speakers including Joe Hewitt (Facebook), Danny Trinh (Digg), Jared Kim (WeGame), Vitor Lourenço (Twitter) and many, many more.


BASES is generously sponsored by companies that share our goal in creating a vibrant and entrepreneurial campus at Stanford University. Thanks goes to our Gold Sponsors: Lightspeed Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, our Silver Sponsors: Alloy Ventures, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Philips, and Plug and Play Tech Center. BASES is also a proud partner of Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP).

Contact Info, Entrepreneurial Resources, and Even more Events

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