06 April

Event for startup company founders and possible investors

I attended LaunchFestival in San Francisco. It was a startup event with pitches from, services to small companies and talks on topics from fund raising to hiring. It was another interesting example of the hyper-energetic startup scene here and attracted a large range of founders and service companies. Apparently as many as 12,000 founders and funders purchased a ticket to got a free pass.

On the other hand the noise level in the startup scene is very high with a plethora of silly ideas, wannabes and short-attention-syndrome. That's the nature of the startup scene and by-and-large the organizers did a great job of selecting interesting participants, especially since it's almost impossible to accurately predict which zany ideas will eventually get traction.

I got to meet a couple of different representatives from Chinese investment houses who seemed pretty interested in some of the robotics ventures that I also liked. Overall Launch Festival was great and provided an interesting aspect of the scene here at an exceptionally large scale. I also made a couple of useful contacts and saw a couple of cool demos.

San Francisco Launch Festival presentation on scaling up
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San Francisco Launch Festival demo pit
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