One of the best things to come out of last week was the creation and announcement of Unpitch on December 10th. There is still a ton of buzz being generated for this great, venture-capital-led pitch event. If you are an entrepreneur or a young startup, you need to get involved! The list of VCs and angel investors who you have an opportunity to sit down with at Unpitch is epic. Check out the Unpitch site to sign up.
Two of the biggest events this week are taking place on Wednesday night. One is flying a little under the radar considering who will be involved, the other has to be one of the most fun events on the VentureFizz Calendar.
Also, keep your calendars open during the week of December 8-14. As we recently announced, we will be joining with General Assembly to host Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian for the Boston stop of his book tour for Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed. Get tickets now for the event taking place on December 9 at ImpactHUB in Cambridge.
We will also be making an announcement about an SaaS-focused event that we are holding on December 10th. We have lined up a great panel for the talk so stay tuned for an official announcement.
This week's events:
- Later today, get involved in what is becoming (after only one month!) one of the best networking/tech gatherings in the city, TechTuesday. The event, starting at 5 at Kingston Station should be quite the happening with a ton of tech folks from Downtown Crossing and beyond descending on the bar/restaurant for drinks and some food sponsored by Communispace, Hail-O, Chen PR, and Privy.
More info on the event here.
- Wednesday is the BIG event night this week. The first exciting happening is the Boston New Tech Meetup at Hack/Reduce. This week, the meetup is a bit different than usual as it will also be a kind of welcome/introduction of FWD.us, the immigration reform non-profit, to Boston and vice-versa. Make sure to get to this event early as there will be a very special live telecast taking place featuring some of the FWD.us leadership. There is a real possibility that some lucky people at the event might get the chance to ask questions of Reid Hoffman, Drew Houston, or Mark Zuckerberg.
For more info, check here.
-Also on Wednesday, a bunch of Boston tech folk will be letting it loose like never before for Techies Got Talent at the Hard Rock Cafe Boston. This year's event will have a panel of judges featuring Atlas Venture's Fred Destin, Streetwise Media's Greg Gomer, and Intelligent.ly's Sarah Hodges who will evaluate the best talent that the startup community has to offer in an American Idol-style format.
The ten competitors/teams will be vying for the Techies Got Talent crown while helping raise money TUGG portfolio non-profit, Music & Youth.
To get tickets to the event, head to the Techies Got Talent website.
-Also on Wednesday, Sqrrl will be holding an engineering open house at its headquarters at Hack/Reduce. The company will be celebrating their recent Series A and welcoming potential new employees in to their digs to get a feel for what it is like working for Sqrrl.
For more info, check here.
- While the big matchup for local schools is probably the annual Harvard-Yale game (as well as bragging rights among alumni at almost all of the companies in Boston), there is another intense school rivalry that will be decided this week. On Thursday, the MIT Enterprise Forum will be hosting a "Crimson on Cardinal Startup Throwdown" at the Harvard iLab.
The event hopes to decide once and for all (until next year) who incubates the best innovators and entrepreneurs. For more info, check here.
**For a full list of events this week and for the rest of the month, check out VentureFizz’s Networking Calendar.**
If you are hosting a great local event soon, add it to the calendar and ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking to promote some of the awesome, under-the-radar events happening in and around Boston.
Dennis Keohane is a staff writer for VentureFizz. You can follow Dennis on Twitter (@DBKeohane) by clicking here.