Just when you thought you seen and heard it all about technology, then comes one of the fastest growing Google sponsored monthly events in Santa Monica, chock full of young professionals of startups.
At the last monthly meeting (9-16-13) of the Silicon Beach Young Professionals (SBYP), the Q-Billiards Bar & Grill was jammed packed with investors, lawyers, techies and CEO’s of startups. The examiner.com has been the only publicly announced media to attend that we know off.
“I thought the SBYP meeting was a great success with a massive turnout,” said Joshua Pendrick, Founder and CEO of startup Rypple.com. “I had a lot of fun and it’s great to see it blowing up so quickly and I suspect this growth will sustain for a while.”
For Pendrick, it was his first SBYP meeting. What he did not realize is he was part of history in the making. A free monthly mixer of young professionals that started in January with 150-200 attendees, which grew to some 1,000 RSVP's for this meeting with very little business promotion.
“I met a lot of interesting young professionals that night, and I think it's an incredible networking opportunity for people of all industries,” It was so noisy we could barely hear Pendrick at the elbow-to-elbow Santa Monica mixer.
“The reason I attended is because, I like to meet and network with other smart people. I usually keep my eyes open for things like these and the SBYP not only didn't disappoint me, it exceeded my expectations,” Pendrick explained.
Pendrick noted that as a CEO of a startup, these kinds of events are important for many reasons. “First, as mentioned previously it's a great networking opportunity. You could meet resources for all your needs, whether it's potential investors, partners, or staff and vendors. The possibilities are endless really,” he said
Pendrick echoed remarks of others attending such as founder, Lucas Bean, who has several startups in the works himself.
“It's also great to have your face and name out there talking about your product and getting it out there. Word of mouth spreads quickly amongst the tech community or any community now ideas. Lastly, it's good to get out there and be social, unwind. See what other people have going and make some new friends,” Bean and Pendrick said.
You might not have heard of Rypple, but Sales Force just acquired their platform.
And but according to TechCrunch and Work.com they’ve been making plenty of noise in the headlines . About a year ago, Salesforce acquired social performance platform Rypple and announcing that it will be going after the employee and talent management software market. Earlier this year, Salesforce rebranded Rypple as “Salesforce Rypple,” but today the CRM giant is unveiling a brand new Rypple, under the name Work.com.
Rypple is a social performance management platform that helps managers and employees step up their performance. Rypple replaces the traditional performance reviews with a more social and a collective team approach. The software has been compared to a “Zynga for the enterprise” and allows managers to track projects, advice them along the way and give a high-five to staff that earn it, where others get to see within its online application.
The company and its employees can set objectives and goals with feedback inside the employee social network. Earlier this year, Salesforce debuted an integration with Rypple and Chatter, allowing users to create custom badges to recognize team and individual achievements that would appear in the Chatter feed. Not sure if any of those tactics were spotted at the SBYP mixers, but new visitors who RSVP are always pleasantly surprised by the monthly events.
“I would definitely recommend any young professional to attend an event (SBYP), said Pendrick. “A lot of people will say you should come prepared with your value proposition and what you want to get out of the event beforehand. But I say just come and don't worry about the rest."
Pendrick advises newcomers to just show up and make new friends. “You'll have a great time and the positive results will come naturally,” he said “You’ll undoubtedly see the benefits of such an event right away.”
This month’s mixer event is tonight (Thursday, Thurs Sept 26) from 6-9 p.m.) and is the venue this time is at the The Room Santa Monica (1323 Santa Monica Blvd. + 14th Street), Santa Monica, California 90404. Some 600+ have registered for tonight at this writing. http://bit.ly/SiliconBeach9fb.