Yesterday morning I joined a large number of entrepreneurs and some investors in a rather interesting setting. Marco Thompson, who is very well known in the San Diego business community especially for creating unique venues to showcase entrepreneurs, put together Bay Schmooze IV at the end of Mission Bay park.
It started at 7:30 AM with lots of coffee, some bagels, pastries, fruit, OJ and other assorted goodies to get you started followed by a number of choices for anyone who wanted to get their brains and bodies started with exercise for about an hour. Then from 9:00 to around 11:00, people got to network.
So, how many people will actually show up at 7:30 on a Saturday for three and a half hours of networking at the beach? Surprisingly, around 90!
On Friday, I met with an entrepreneur and while we were talking he asked if I know Marco and had I been to any of his Schmooze events. Although I do know Marco, I was not familiar with the Schmooze events. Friday afternoon, I got two emails from Marco about the event with one chiding investors for not signing up. After all, if 70-80 entrepreneurs could drag themselves out of bed to attend, why couldn’t investors? Hearing about the event from two different sources, so close together, got me curious to see what this was all about.
I have to say, that I thought the time was well spent. I was able to re-connect with a couple of people, and hear about some interesting new companies from enthusiastic entrepreneurs. In fact, I am looking forward to Bay Schmooze V.
Thanks for the invite Marco!