Shut Up Nerds
Over the last few years, the rhetoric in Silicon Alley has started to sound like a Bring It On sequel. The rhetoric is dominated by two themes: boostery New York exceptionalism—in September 2009, the high-profile investor Fred Wilson gave a talk called “NYC’s Startup Scene: What makes it special?”—and the David and Goliath narrative, with Silicon Valley as the reigning champion versus New York as the cool, scrappy young challenger. Read More
The New Jersey Tech Meetup (formerly the Hoboken Tech Meetup) had been a sleeper success; a smaller venue where new startups could demo before their big Skirball debut at the much larger New York Tech Meetup. But the meetup, run by DFJ Gotham entrepreneur in residence Aaron Price, has been growing steadily and recently hit 1,500 members, adding about 100 members a month for the last six months. It’s now the largest tech organization in New Jersey, Mr. Price said.
The Coworking Space
Aaron Price, organizer of the 1,000-plus member Hoboken Tech Meetup and entrepreneur-at-large for DFJ Gotham, has been working on a Jersey coworking space for months. MissionFifty, at 50 Harrison St. in Hoboken, is finally open.
In the start-up community, failure is a badge of honor. The Purple Heart highlights glorious stories of failure, lessons learned, and redemption. Aaron Price is the organizer of the Hoboken Technology Meetup, one of the partners in the Hoboken coworking space MissionFifty, and currently looking for a tech lead for his own start-up, makeMania.com, a do-it-yourself community site where crafty people find inspiration and supplies.
“Probably my most interesting failure was my first start-up,” Aaron Price, the fastidious director of the Hoboken Tech Meetup, told Betabeat over the phone. We were expecting him to tell us the story of how he used to sell Harley Davidson motorcycle parts on eBay, relying on a warehouse of high school students who cataloged each overstock part–a tale he had partially related over Blue Moons after the Meetup Monday night.
The Hoboken Tech Meetup features printed name tags, sandwiches and soft drinks, public humiliation for anyone who RSVPs but doesn’t show, and a more-or-less prompt start time of 6:30 (there’s only so much discipline that can be imposed on people, and we have to get to Hoboken). On Monday, the featured speaker was Craig Kanarick. Read More