There are a lot of events to go to if you are interested in entrepreneurship, startups and/or technology. It seems like every week there are breakfast, lunch and dinner time outings about all kinds of stuff. Weekdays, weekends, hackathons, startup challenges, competitions, meetups, networking nights, launches, ignitions, sparks, clubs – you name it, there is probably someone, somewhere, planning an event for it. Which is awesome, right? Right! I love that there are so many events to choose from.
Some of my personal favorites are LaunchUp here in Utah and StartupWeekend (around the USA and coming to SLC next month). I also enjoy seeing friends from social networks at lunch. There are others that happen out of state that are really interesting (too many to list). There are still others that have industry specific focuses that are sometimes relevant to what I’m working on. I go to those with meetings set up in advance. Going to events with meetings before, during and after can be pretty efficient if it’s done to close deals and not just schmooze. It’s fun to say you are at this or that conference or meetup, but it’s even more fun if you get with 10 people while there and knock out 10 great meetings for your company, project or job.