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Entries in Lunch (4)

Tuesday
Mar152011

Next AZ Disruptors Lunch: Friday March 25th

With all the construction going on in our office space, we weren't sure when we were going to have the next AZ Disruptors lunch. While the space will still be under construction, we're still going to be ready to accomodate a meeting of about 30 people. We're also lining up a great set of 5-Minute demos of new products. It should be an exciting lunch.

Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend or if you want to demo

RSVP for Lunch on Friday March 25th Lunch at 11:30am

We expect the lunch & Demos to finish at 1pm. Please plan accordingly.

Thursday
Feb102011

Next Lunch, AZ Disruptors Offices & Demos

Which is better, iOS or Android? What do you think about Google's new CEO being the co-founder, Larry Page? Is Microsoft still relevent? Is Facebook really worth $50 Billion? Why would Groupon turn down $6 billion offer from Google? AOL paid HOW MUCH for Huffington Post? Who's going to win the battle for streaming TV content: Netflix, iTunes, GoogleTV or Amazon?

If you enjoy discussing these quesitons and chatting about technology, you're going to love coming to an AZ Disruptors lunch. Our next one is going to be on Friday February 25th at 11:30am at Axosoft's offices.

5-Minute Demos

We're going to mix it up a bit by having mini pitches. These will be 5-Minute demos of products or services (existing or wireframes) of things that you're working on. We will have no more than 5 such demos. The demos will be in Axosoft's training room, so you'll have access to a projector and seating for about 20 people. We're going to time the demos and stick to a 5-minute limit to accomodate up to 5 demos.

Anybody can RSVP to demo. Just use the RSVP form below to "Buy a Ticket" for RSVP for Demo. These demos do not have to be for new startups.

Office Tour

We will also tour both Axosoft and the AZ Disruptors offices next door which is currently under construction.

RSVP Now

We expect a pact house and we are going to limit it to 30 RSVPs for our next lunch, so be sure to RSVP early if you plan to attend.

RSVP Now >>

Friday
Feb042011

Great First AZ Disruptors Lunch

Today we had our first AZ Disruptors lunch at the offices of Arkayne in North Scottsdale. We had somewhere around 15 people show up for lunch and we had some fantastic conversations.

One recurring topic of discussion is the enormous number of software companies in the North Scottsdale area, all of whom silently work without much knowledge of the others. One of my missions is to change that! I want us to all know about each other and start to collaborate together to build the software tech culture of Arizona.

We've been working less than a 1/4 mile from Arkayne's offices for nearly a year and didn't know about their existence until recently. Yesterday, I learned about another software company, Jawa, which is just across the 101 from our offices and is doing amazing things. Jawa has grown from 50 employees to over 200 in the last year alone and was founded by Jason Hope, a former GoDaddy employee. The company has only been around for 5 years and is growing like a weed. It's exactly the type of growth we want to see.

Another company, Appointment Plus, founded by Bob La Loggia (who came to lunch today and had great conversations - thanks Bob!) has been growing like gangbusters lately. They are around 37 people and will likely double in the next year. I didn't know they existed until today. How awesome!

It's time we all learn about each other and have regular get-togethers. There is a lot of good stuff going on around us and the heads of our engineering, sales, marketing, operations and accounting teams could all learn and improve operations from a network of such companies.

And of course, the main highlight of the lunch was seeing the entrepreneurs who have startup ideas that showed up to today's lunch. It was great chatting about the innovative new ideas. What was great about seeing everyone today is how willing the people in our community are to help each other become successful. Virtually everyone at lunch today, including the CEOs would be willing to help a startup with free advice and expertise.

I'm looking forward to the next lunch. We'll be having it at the Axosoft offices and we'll tour the AZ Disruptors office under construction. Be sure to subscribe to our feed for the announcement of the date.

Monday
Jan312011

Join us for a Disruptive Lunch

We are starting a series for lunch to give us an opportunity to meet with those who are interested in being involved with AZ Disruptors. So if you have an idea for a software startup or you just want to meet the people behind AZ Disruptors, join us for lunch.

Our first lunch will be hosted by Arkayne, a Scottsdale-based software company just around the corner from the AZ Disruptors headquarters.

If you are interested, RSVP Now for Friday, February 4th at 11:30am.