It is a little disturbing that I go to bed with visions of Startup Nation going through my head, but it is the truth!
Back when I lived in Silicon Valley when the internet economy was booming (fondly called Web 1.0 nowadays, or the dot.bomb, dot.gone or internet boom/bust), Fast Company Magazine encouraged readers to create local chapters or "cells" as they called them. Once a month, we would get together and just chat, support, network and socialize. Some groups had speakers, others designed fun activities. It was great fun, and a good place to meet like-minded, creative people.
There was a spot on their website to locate a "cell" nearest you with a contact person.
Wouldn`t it be fun to have some live SuN meet ups? Just think of the fun we could have:
- Show and tell of our products and services
- Have stress-relieving and problem-solving kvetching sessions
- Listen to and interact with interesting local speakers
- Hold contests for the most rowdy SuN groups nationwide and force Jeff and Rich and comrades to come visit us
I think it would be cool to host it in an interesting place such as the adult recreation extravaganza started by my friends the Riter brothers (what is it about brothers that makes a fun business?) www.citybeach.com
Restaurants can also be cool - or wherever makes sense based on the taste of the individual groups.
I am personally too busy/lazy to set up a chapter all by myself in my hometown of metropolitan Phoenix, AZ, but would be happy to partner with others who have a bit more inclination/talent or time.
Who else thinks it might be fun to start some offline SuN meet-ups?
Pamela Slim, Ganas Consulting. Need a little booster shot to help you finally leave your corporate job? http://www.ganas.com/mydeclarationofindependence