STIRR 1.7 The Social Startup Mixer

Last night’s Stirr event was my first time attending, here’s what I learned:

What it is:
Stirr is mixture of a social networking and emerging technology showcase event for the Web 2.0 arena in the hotbed of innovation in prestigious Palo Alto.

This is a much needed event for the early startup arena. I really applaud Sanford Barr, Sean Ness, Dan Arkind, Laura Merling, Melanie Sit, and Jeremy Wohl, for their vision to create a well organized and well attended event

Who’s it for:
I found the audience to be a mixture of emerging pre-funded companies, angel invested or series A companies. This is where the action starts. Many folks had a “C” level title, which is common for the startup world, there were quite a investors often serving the role as Angel VC or seed. There were a lot of bloggers, PR folks, video bloggers, and social media types, my kind of people!

I did a quick analysis of the guest list, and most have the title of CEO, Founder, or CoFounders

What Happens:

In the early part of the evening, four startups were able to showcase their products in the main hall, quite a bit of networking and socializing, the crowd was friendly, the energy was high.

Food was served in the back area (Brilliant!) and conversations spilled out to the patio. Later the 60 second demos were given by the four companies and one special guest. This was great, folks only have a few seconds to summarize their company, it’s values, and hold our attention. Rafe from Cnet was the host and prodded with challenging and appropriate questions after the spot.

Here were the four companies that were featured for the 60 second spot:

  • LicketyShip, Robert Pazornik, CEO
  • PrefPass, Adam Marsh, CEO
  • Vyatta, Allan Leinwand, Founder
  • vFlyer, Oliver Muoto, VP of BizDev, Founder
  • Special Guest Adam Sah, Google Gadgets, Google

I highly encourage you to attend if you’re seeking to emerge your stealth company in the Web 2.0 arena. I’ll be sure to attend the next one.

Social Media, Good People, Talent and Innovation
Some folks recognized me from Flickr interactions, my blog, or from Lunch 2.0 event, cool. I love how online social media spills into real life, the world is much smaller now.

Other Resources

Welcome to Stirr
Joey and Nanda
LicketyShip and Rafe
Kris and Chris
Zflyer spot
The 60 second spot
Alison of PR 2.0