If last night was any indication, Arizona’s tech scene is about to bubble over with young entrepreneurs, new startups and the watchful eyes of big investors.
As we mentioned earlier this week, Techiepalooza is a networking event that brings the Phoenix entrepreneurial and tech community together. The event ran from 4pm-11pm last night, and upon arriving, I was immediately taken aback by the hundreds of attendees crammed into ASU SkySong’s modestly-sized accommodations.
The folks throwing Techiepalooza were planning for the 200 or so people who registered days in advance through either Facebook or the ASU Venture Capitalist event page, but the day of the event they got an additional 200+ RSVPs from eager entrepreneurs who then filled the SkySong building and quickly devoured the free snacks.
All the excitement made it difficult to hear the presenters at times, but fostered enough networking and Twitter buzz to make up for it (personal opinion).
Within the crowd there were lots of familiar faces from Extreme Pitch, but also many other local startup companies, ASU business and engineering students, corporate professionals interested in entrepreneurship, and yes, even a sprinkling of venture capitalists and angel investors.
(I’d be remiss if I did not also mention the food trucks that graciously situated themselves outside of SkySong: shout-outs to Ralph’s Snack Bar/Burger Mania and Emerson Fry Bread).
Perhaps most exciting (from the AZTechBeat perspective) though, was the national tech media support. I got to chat with DC-based Tech Cocktail Founder and CEO Frank Gruber, who has had Phoenix on his radar for awhile now. Gruber’s interest in and enthusiasm for Phoenix’s burgeoning tech scene is indicative of a bigger picture “double take,” where major tech companies are starting to look to Phoenix as an additional or alternative base of operations to Silicon Valley or NYC.
So all-in-all, Techiepalooza left us with some great new contacts and an premonition of great things to come for Phoenix’s tech scene. Can’t wait for next year!
Did you attend Techiepalooza? What did you think? What would you like to see next year? We’d love to view your photos and videos as well, so feel free to share those links in the comments.
The following are some highlights from the Techiepalooza agenda, which you can view in full on this mobile site.
How to Build a Billion Dollar Company
By Clate Mask, CEO and Co-founder of Infusionsoft
Raising Money under the New JOBS Act: On-Line Solicitations & Crowdfunding
By Michael Hool and Jonathan Coury, Hool Law Group
The Future of Microsoft
By Shaun Hirschman, ASU Venture Capitalist and Microsoft BizSpark Network partner
Startup Experiences from Chow Locally
By Chow Locally co-founders Christopher Wharton and Derek Slife
Actual Lean Startup Lessons Learned in Arizona from 2009-2012
By Aware Labs Co-founder and CEO Paul Kenjora
10 Online Tools to Enhance Your Business
By Online Marketer Stephen Murphey. In case you were wondering, the 10 tools are: Google Apps for Business, Boomerang, Followup.cc, timely.is, Hootesuite, WiseStamp, MailChimp, SugarSync, TimeDriver and Contactually.
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