By Jeremiah Shackelford on Sep 09, 2009
Startup Drinks, a movement that is held in cities across Canada and the US. The goal, to connect people in startups with each other over drinks in a casual atmosphere. This kind of event provides the startup community a chance to discuss what they’re working on, what kind of problems they may need help with and what they can do for one another.
Justin Cumby had the pleasure of attending Startup Drinks recently in Toronto at C’est What?.
Greeted by the sounds of chatter, laughter and glasses coming together, it was evident the cozy venue was providing a comfortable atmosphere for startups to talk with one another over drinks. Some familiar faces in attendance were: Bryan Watson (NACO and CEO Fusion), Richard Reiner (Enomoly and Angel Investor with the Ryerson Angel Network), and Mike McDerment (FreshBooks) among others. Also in attendance were many leading edge Toronto startups. Plenty of conversations were had. Some notable discussions for me included one about accelerator programs that are available for startups here in Canada and how new businesses can take on a university intern through the MITACS Accelerate Program and only pay half the cost. Another discussion was how those in the industry are undervaluing social media. James Standen from Datamartist and I talked about how the social media movement is yet to be used to its full potential. That consumer information that was never available to businesses (or was but for a high cost) is now available for free on networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
I remember thinking “what a fantastic opportunity for startups to get connected and stay that way.”
My thanks to the organizers for creating chances like this for people in the startup culture to connect with each other. I would recommend Startup Drinks for anybody who wants to get more involved in this community and network!