It’s official. We are one of the most active meetup groups in the WORLD! Read the full story here – http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Silicon-Beach/messages/boards/thread/49924977/0/#129351455
This is our main, monthly networking event. New to Silicon Beach? Wonder what happens at a Silicon Beach Drinks meetup? Scroll down to “For the Newbies” section below but best of all, come and find out for yourself.
<a href=”https://youtu.be/STSK3Oq7MHQ”>Here’s what happened at the June MSB Drinks (live stream via Periscope.tv)
90 Second Pitches (not timed due to fewer pitches)
This is the way we are going to do it, moving forward. We are going to limit the pitches to about 5 and get that part of the evening done and dusted in under 30 minutes. That way you will have more time to network and mingle – which is the main focus of #msbdrinks.
We know the video quality on YouTube is lower than on the earlier platform Katch, which hosted our live streams. Unfortunately Katch closed down in May. Read the rather sad blog post they wrote prior to closure. We didn’t transfer our live streams to YouTube as it was too time consuming. If you pitched prior to May 2016, please feel free to come and pitch again at a future MSB Drinks.
If you are good with a video camera and if you are happy to bring it to the next drinks and film the 90second pitches for us, please go ahead. Credit will be given to you and/or your video company and you will get the goodwill of our 6,000+ members.
Checkout more live streams at Silicon Beach TV.
Have you heard Silicon Beach Radio?
Silicon Beach Radio’s got a brand spanking new look website and some superb podcasts for you to listen to. Check it out at Silicon Beach Radio and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or Android.
What happened to SiliconNews?
Thank you for asking. Our media projects, what we call Silicon Media – SiliconNews, SB TV, SB Radio cost money, time and energy of volunteers to produce and maintain. At the moment we are low on all these resources. Please note we are down to 1 sponsor. Sponsorships start from $500/month and progressively reduce for longer periods. If you want to see SiliconNews back and want to see the other services continue, please consider sponsoring.
As we said above, we are down to just one sponsor. Since we don’t have the energy or the resources to chase new sponsors, we are testing an innovative way to onboard new sponsors (and reintroduce past sponsors) via a series of ticketed events, what we call SiliconEvents.
The idea is simple. The prospective sponsor hosts a ticketed event that is of interest and of educational value to our community. We organise the venue, promote the event and the revenue goes towards a sponsorship of MSB for that event host. Our education partner, GA has offered their 250 seat venue FREE of charge to run such events. Thank you GA.
Watch out for the first such event in mid August. Tickets are to be very reasonably priced at $25 max with an early bird option of around $15.
If you have an event idea, pitch it to us. You can become a sponsor of one of the most active meetups in the world for no money, while earning a whole heap of free publicity and goodwill.
Other events, classes and workshops
We have a bunch of these listed on our meetup page. All organised and hosted by our partners, Collective Campus (CC) and General Assembly (GA). Check out and attend what takes your fancy. The reason we partner with them is to empower your startup or inspire you to startup.
More events, hackathons and meetups from other friends of ours are listed in our Event Calendar.
For the newbies …
Here’s a brief run down on what happens at a MSB Drinks –
We keep everything unstructured and informal, just like a startup. This is an event all about YOU. It’s about providing you the time and the space to make connections, meet new people and find your team, or fine tune your idea. Even if you have no idea what you are going to work on, after talking to some of the people you meet on the night, you will walk out with some sense of purpose. Keep coming back and you will soon be on your way…
On the night
Get to the venue around 5:30pm to mingle and have a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic (there is no bar tab). Around 6.30pm we will start the main proceedings – the world famous Silicon Beach 90second pitches. We say that because we live stream it on Periscope and save it on YouTube for the world to see.
If you plan on doing a pitch, please give your web address (URL) to a friendly event host before the pitches start, so we don’t waste time typing it in. Other than that, there is no selection process to do a pitch. You can pitch just about anything provided it’s useful to the community – your startup or app, idea validation, small business (provided it’s relevant to our community), professional service, product etc. Pitches need not be about raising funds. Our best startups are bootstrapped.
Pitching at MSB Drinks have been on and off for a number of years and some notable Melbourne startups have lost their pitching virginity on the Silicon Beach! We live stream the 90 second pitches and upload the stream to SB TV channel on YouTube.
We like to keep things short and sharp. Each pitch will be limited to 90 seconds and the whole segment limited to under 30 mins, so everyone could get back to the main purpose of #msbdrinks – making connections with other Silicon Beachers.
See you at the next event.
Athula & the MSB Hosting Team
Please note we will be live streaming, videoing, photographing and audio recording at #msbdrinks and many of our other events. Please be aware that when you RSVP, you give consent to be livestreamed, videoed, photographed and audio recorded and these files to be posted online on SiliconMedia – SiliconNews, Silicon Beach TV & Silicon Beach Radio.