Jan Blanchard pitches Touristr:
We all remember the pitch from Upkeep which won them a considerable round of funding at last year's VC forum. If you don't remember, Upkeep is a house cleaning and maid service that has just launched and is now servicing the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I've had the privilege of trying them out recently and it's been excellent. They've revamped their booking process and it's a joy to use. It's great to see a young team finish their product and execute their idea beautifully. Wish them luck!
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5.00-5.45 pm Wine reception and registration
6.00-6.10 pm Welcome from Mr. Michael Collins, Irish Ambassador to the United States.
6.15-7.00 pm Panel Discussion on raising capital for Irish Web 2.0 / SaaS companies in Silicon valley
Conrad Burke of Innovalight will moderate the event. Aidan Connolly of Idiro will speak of his experience of raising funds here and other panellists will be Richard Irving, Tim Danford, Patrick Ennis and Dino Vendetti.
7.00-8.00 pm The Pitch Forum
8.00-8.30 pm Networking
So below is what we’re doing for the week from December 2nd to December 9th.
December 2nd – Fly in from Ireland. We are based in Palo Alto.
On Monday the 3rd at 8pm we will be meeting Robert Scoble, Maryam Scoble, Loic Le Meur, Halley Suitt and lots of random folks as Scoble hosts a get together for us in San Fran, details here. Invite anyone you want to this.
On Tuesday the 4th we’ll be visiting, Facebook and SocialText and at 430pm on Tuesday afternoon, there will be an Enterprise Ireland event, opened by the Irish Ambassador in Mountain View where some of the Paddy’s Valley companies will pitch in front of invited VCs from the Valley. This is invite only so you’ll need to chat to the Enterprise Ireland California office if you want to come along.
On Wednesday morning we visit the Microsoft Campus and then some of us will go to Google for lunch. On Wednesday afternoon we’ll try and visit the Computer History Museum around 2pm.
If we are don’t have anything else we may attend the WorkIT networking event on Wednesday evening.
We hope to meet the folks from Twitter on Wedn evening.
On Thursday we’ll be meeting Meebo. Some of us may visit this co-working facility www.sandboxsuites.com during the day too. Update: We will tour the United Layer hosting facility after lunch. On Thu evening we will be going to the Irish Network in San Francisco event. All are welcome to this.
The Cardinal Hotel in Palo Alto is our base for this trip and the group rate discount was expected to expire yesterday. However they have been kind enough to extend the offer until the end of this week. So if you haven’t already booked,… book now!
(Email us if you’ve mislaid the special link to the discount rate booking page).
Given that there is only a very small group discount available, it makes sense for each person to make their own arrangements to attend the mixer. It is $30 each to attend.
Via the always excellent Jeremiah Owyang blog, he has a list of really interesting groups in the Valley/San Fran area that run various networking events. If any of these groups interest you, then give them a shout to see about going along to one of their networking events. I’ve fired off an email to SF Beta, blurb:
SF Beta is San Franciscoâ€™s largest monthly startup mixer. Since launching in September, 2006, our event has brought together thousands of people from hundreds of startups, creating innumerable connections along the way.