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.
Silicon Alley Redux
“I can’t tell you the whole idea.” The Internet entrepreneur on the other end of the phone sounded panicky. “It’s going to sound ludicrous and ambitious, more ludicrous and ambitious than most.”
The voice belonged to a 27-year-old Stanford law student—“just about the oldest you can be where I cannot remember not having a computer”—who was in New York last week to talk to people about his new concept for a website.
He gave a few vague descriptors that could apply to half the start-ups in New York.
“I definitely don’t want it in the newspaper,” he said. “I’m worried that even little sign posts toward what I want to build are dangerous.”
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