Interview with Vincent Lauria of Silicon Valley Newtech Meetup

Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup is on the fast-track to become a must-attend monthly event. Similar to STIRR, SVNT showcases new technology and attracts prominent and up-and-coming executives, technologists, programmers, marketing gurus and VCs.

Vincent Lauria is the founder of SVNT and is also the VP of products for Meetro, an online service that combines the best features of messengers and social networks together with location.

Focusing on emerging and established web and (web2.0) companies, Vincent (Vinnie) Lauria, took some time to give us an overview of the event, its success and what’s next…

Brian – What was the inspiration behind starting this series?

Vincent – The founder of meetup, Scott Heiferman, runs a similar session in NYC that I used to attend before coming out here. I loved the event and always met interesting people. When I came out here, I saw a bunch of tech events, but nothing had the ‘organic’ feel of a meetup. I really liked that nature, so I decided to start my own.

Brian – How has it/is it changing/evolving over time?

Vincent – Well, most meetups are small groups of folks who meet in coffee shops or bars. This meetup actually started at a coffee shop in Palo Alto. It’s been growing steadily since. We’ve moved from a coffee shop, to DFJ, and now finally to DLA Piper. Who knows where we’ll go next if/when it outgrows DLA.

Brian – What’s your vision for the event?

Vincent – Two fold. For one, to allow early’ish stage companies to demo their product to an active and interested audience. Second, to create a networking event of eager entrepreneurs looking to meet similar folks, learn new ideas, and hopefully form some valuable relationships (whether that be professional or simply for friends.) The Valley has a lot of churn, so it’s very valuable to for both newbies and seasoned pros to meet each other.

Brian – What type of companies are you looking for?

Vincent – The meetup is called ‘NewTechnology’ which basically correlates to web2.0 companies. I enjoy presenting companies as small as two founders, pre-funding, to companies who have established a team and already may be earning revenues or have VC investment.

Brian – Who’s your target audience?

Vincent – Entrepreneurs, a few investors, some recruiters, and anybody who is interested and passionate about new and exciting web ideas. For a summary of the August event, follow the jump.
For a summary of the August event, follow the jump.

For more pictures from SVNT, visit flickr and search the following tags: Svnt Newtech

Tags: web2.0, web 2.0, vincent lauria, meetro, newtech, meetup, siliconvalley, silicon valley, brian solis, pr2.0, web, internet, tech, technology, palo alto

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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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