At SF Beta, Inc., we do a lot of things. Sometimes we promote our own events. Sometimes we feature the work of our partners. Sometimes we launch new media ventures. Sometimes we host groundbreaking conferences. Sometimes we reach out to entrepreneurs one-on-one to help them along their journey.
And sometimes – perhaps not as often as often as we should, but we're changing that at least a little bit right now – we simply strive to share with the world some of our favorite new innovations and technological breakthroughs.
Tonight is a big night for us. We're putting together an event in San Francisco, focused on HealthTech. It's part of our signature SF Beta brand – "the Bay Area's premier startup mixer" – and we're expecting an amazing crowd to join us. You can learn more about that event here – and you can also join our community on Meetup.
SF Beta believes in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world. That's why we work so hard to help them succeed. That's also why we stand up for the ethos of Silicon Valley. We're a big fan of venture capital, and we look forward to the dawn of the trillion-dollar "ultracorn" in light of Apple's recent $800 billion valuation, the first of its kind in modern history.
But Silicon Valley has always been about more than just the money. It's the one place in the world where you can raise millions of dollars to attract billions of users (or vice-versa) without ever minting a nickel in revenue. While metrics matter more than ever – and this is probably something that we should reconsider – this is still the place where a small team with a big idea has the power to change the world.
That's why we want to draw your attention to an amazing project at Stanford that needs your help.
If you were into computing in the 90's, you may remember the popularity of Seti@Home, a Berkeley-based endeavor leveraging distributed computing to analyze vast sets of data in search for intelligent life in the universe. With three million users, they're still going strong, and their mission is both inspiring and noble, in kind of an old-school Star Trek sort of way.
It turns out that there's a similar endeavor taking place in Silicon Valley, and – not to stoke more of a rivalry between the two schools than exists already – we feel like the competing project at Stanford deserves a closer look.
Tying into tonight's focus on HealthTech, we encourage you to take a look at Folding@Home, a massively multiplayer protein-folding simulator, researching groundbreaking cures across a range of mission-critical health epidemics.
The mission of the project is to enlist one million "folders," who can participate individually or in teams, to dedicate their extra computing power towards advanced protein-folding simulations.
With more than 11,000 members, our own SF Beta community has a lot of spare computing power, and if even 1% of our users sign up, we can make a difference in helping research the cures that will save lives and create a better future for us all.
Folding@Home is easy to join and free to use. You can dedicate as much or as little of your computing cycles as you please, and the system runs natively on Mac, Windows, and the web.
Whether you're attending tonight's event, or cheering us on from afar, we encourage you to take part in one of the greatest scientific projects of the 21st century.
Sign up for Folding@Home
We have a winner! In fact, we have three of them.
On Wednesday, March 29, we partnered with Pathbreaker Ventures to host a special edition of SF Beta called Age of Automation – an event focusing on AI, robotics, and intelligent systems.
Ten startups were selected to participate, and throughout the night, attendees met with each enterprising company and voted on their top three favorites.
Each of the startups did an amazing job pitching and presenting, and as a result, the vote was extremely close. We want to extend our congratulations to all of the startups for doing such an amazing job, and giving their all throughout the night.
Without further ado, we proudly present the Top 3 Winners at Age of Automation.
FIRST PLACE: ARCHIE. AI
Archie is an Artificially Intelligent Data Scientist. Archie plugs into a client’s wealth of untapped data and synthesizes insights to increase revenue. Our growing data set of 50 million conversions helps train machine learning algorithms powering Archie. Our goal is to help businesses make better decisions based on rigorous and continuous analysis of their existing data, through the power of A.I.
SECOND PLACE: ATAN2
At atan2 our mission is to democratize filmmaking by enabling everyone to film from a 3rd person camera perspective, much like a Hollywood movie, but without the expensive camera operator. We are pleased to announce our first product, the MOTUS Tracker, an iPhone robot cameraman, that will revolutionize the $2B action camera market. Whether you're an aspiring pro skater filming your next demo reel or an amateur tennis player trying to improve your game, the ability to see yourself on camera is vital. Yet 99% of the existing action camera market is designed for POV or stationary video. Atan2 solves this problem with a revolutionary solution that everybody can use.
THIRD PLACE: EQUBOT
Equbot brings Equity Analysis and Portfolio management accessible to any investors, individual or Institutional. Equbot has two product solutions. First, ETF managed with Artificial Intelligence and Deep Financial Analysis. Brings the power of intelligent investment choice for any body. Second, Equbot provides personalized portfolio and investment solutions for any individual investors by easy to use Mobile and Web App. Set your financial expectations, and Equbot helps guide you to meet your goals
We've just announced our nine-startup lineup for SF Beta: Age of Automation, taking place Wednesday, March 29.
In addition to celebrating a brand new theme, we're also thrilled to move to our new home – SF BuzzWorks, a hip new SoMa venue featuring a craft beer bar, interactive flat-screen demo stations, arcade and pinball games, and two floors of open networking!
To view the full lineup, head to our Age of Automation page.
For tickets, register on EventBrite.
It's been a minute since our last blog post. In fact, we kind of forgot we had one, until we noticed it lurking in the depths of our website.
Anyway, things have been off to a great start for 2017. We're fortunate to have the entire year already planned out, with some amazing themes in the works, led off on a strong footing by FinTech Edition, which brought together a world-class group of startups disrupting the cumbersome – though highly lucrative – world of finance.
Moving ahead, we're just one week away from the VR Gaming Summit, our first big conference of the year, and our first major full-day event in over a year. The response couldn't be better. From investors to startups to major enterprises, we've brought together key players from across the rapidly evolving VR gaming industry, and we're really grateful to our friends at Digital Garage for supporting us with their space, and their amazing team, who have been collaborating alongside us to guide us towards our planned success.
After VRGS is over – along with the day or two of rest thereafter that may be needed – we'll be focusing back on our year of SF Beta and SF Startup events.
You may be wondering who is putting all these events together, why they're being organized, and what they have in common. The answer to that has changed over the years, but here's the current state of the union, so to speak.
At present, we are in the process of re-incorporating our business to facilitate our continued expansion and growth. The goal is to continue to serve the SF Bay Area as our focal point for events, while laying the groundwork for an expansion to NYC. Whether this comes through our own event team, or through partnerships – or both – is an open question, but the dialog is already taking place.
Our company is a for-profit venture, with events at the core of our business model. While the subject matter is new, the business model is, in some senses, old fashioned. We believe that there is a strong and supportive market for well-made events, and we work hard each day to provide fresh, consistent, and high-quality gatherings where people can share ideas, make new connections, and explore subjects at the forefront of innovation.
Our gameplay is as follows. Every month we will be hosting one evening gathering, alternating between our demo night (SF Beta) and our social mixer (SF Startup). The names sound the same, but the formats are a little different, and you may find yourself gravitating more towards one or the other – or simply enjoying the variety.
On top of this monthly schedule, we have several major conference in the works. Generally speaking, our main-day events take place from the early afternoon through the evening, and bring together about 100-150 people each. Rather than focus on massive expos that rely on quantity of badge scans more than quality of conversations, we believe that business is done best when a motivated, well-connected group of people have the opportunity to gather for a day to share their experiences, build on their connections, and learn from each other in an intimate, friendly, and convivial setting.
Our conferences fall into three primary brands:
Beyond this, we hope to pursue deeper partnerships that will allow us to more fully leverage not only the talents of our own team, but those of the amazing people who power the tech community both in San Francisco and around the world. If you're interested in working with us on any or all of the above mentioned topics, don't hesitate to drop us a line (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks, and may the winds be ever at your back.
With the fall event season soon to commence, here are some of our favorite upcoming tech events and organizations. Check them out!
DevNetwork is the leading producer of events for the developer and data economy. Upcoming events focus on the emerging API economy. Save 20% on all Integrate 2015 passes with the link below.
September 28-30, Santa Clara
DataWeek + API World Conference & Expo 2015
September 28-30, Santa Clara
DeveloperWeek Conference & Festival 2016
February 12-18, San Francisco
The Bay Area's premier startup mixer, bringing together hundreds of founders, investors, developers, and technology executives. Featuring new themes and topics each month.
Edge of Infrastructure - Presented by QTS
September 23, San Francisco
Portlandia Demo Day
October 28, San Francisco
November 18, San Francisco
2016 Pre-Launch Showcase
December 9, San Francisco
FUTURE OF MUSICTECH / MONEY
When it comes to major summits involving the convergence of music, money, and technology, nobody does it better than Brian & Shoshana Zisk, the legendary team behind two of San Francisco's most critically claimed productions.
SF MusicTech Summit
November 10, San Francisco
Future of Money & Technology Summit
December 2, San Francisco
In addition to hosting SF Beta as our venue partner, Founders Space produces a wide range of startup-centric events geared toward early stage founders. Here are a few of their upcoming events; save 25% with the code "25OFF" when you sign up:
Startups on Steroids: How to Move Faster, Close Deals, Get Funded & Beat Stress!
September 9 at 3 pm in San Francisco
Startup Pitch Mastery: Analyze, Dissect & Perfect Your Investor Pitch
September 25 at 3 pm in San Francisco
Founders Space Pitch Day & Mixer
October 23 at 3 pm in San Francisco
Startup Socials is a global community of entrepreneurs built to connect and empower people in the startup ecosystem. Enjoy free access to their next mixer, along with 20% off their upcoming conference.
SoftLayer Startup Socials Mixer San Francisco
September 24, San Francisco
Growth Marketing Conference 2015
December 2 - 4, San Francisco
SAVE 20%: https://events.bizzabo.com/growthmarketingconf2015?promo=sfbeta
Andi Galpern organizes some of the Bay Area's best events focused on emerging trends in UX and design, featuring illuminating speakers and speed design mentoring for attendees.
UXNight: Human Centered Copywriting
September 10, San Francisco
EVENTS WITH FEATURED SPEAKERS
Over the next month, enjoy the chance to listen and learn from some of Silicon Valley's greatest thinkers and makers.
Startup Grind hosts Bastian Lehmann, Co-Founder & CEO, Postmates
September 15, San Francisco
Computer History Museum hosts Medium's Evan Williams and Steven Levy
September 17, Mountain View
DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series hosts Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder, Slack
September 30, Palo Alto
Commonwealth Club hosts Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
September 30, San Francisco
Check out these exciting events taking place now through the end of the year.
PDX Summit III: The Social Good
October 10, Portland
SAVE $10: http://pdxsummit.com/?promo=sfbeta
GaymerX3: Everyone Games
December 11 - 13, San Jose
SAVE 25%: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaymerx3-gx3-tickets-8381785145?discount=sfbetaGX3
ProtoHack: The Code-Free Hackathon
September 19, San Francisco
Bon Appétech: The Premiere Global Conference on Good Food Innovation
October 2-4, San Francisco