2010-08-31T11:43:45.496-07:00And we've shifted format to a meetup. Links:
2008-04-20T18:34:22.459-07:00We had to cancel last month's session, but on April 30th Michael Lopp aka Rands in Repose will be our guest. We'll be discussing the ever-fascinating topic of herding kittens aka engineering management.
2008-03-10T16:36:22.617-07:00Hi! Remember 106 Miles? Did you miss us? :-)
2007-06-04T10:44:33.208-07:00Before we take our traditional summer hiatus, we'll be meeting on June 13th. The topic this time will be a question I'm getting asked a lot lately, namely "How hard is it to become a webdev anyway?" Everyone knows that it's super cheap to start a new company... IF you're a webdev! We'll have representatives from Ruby on Rails (Zachary Taylor of Insider Pages), PHP (Andy Baio of Upcoming), and CSS/JS (Ernie Hsiung of LittleYellowDifferent).
2007-04-29T18:28:38.971-07:00106er Naval Ravikant (who has spoken in the past about mergers and acquisitions) recently introduced a new kind of incubator, Hitforge. On May 9th, come hear him explain his Darwinian, engineer-centric approach to growing hot new businesses.
2007-04-23T17:52:38.439-07:00Due to a series of unexpected events, we are going to have to cancel this week's meeting. Very sorry for any inconvenience to the members!
2007-04-01T18:23:33.353-07:00The April meeting of 106 Miles will be on a special date this month, April 25th, to coincide with friends who are in town for the MySQL conference. Our speaker this month will be George Schlossnagle of MessageSystems, OmniTI, and PHP -- and his topic will be "Growing a tech business without taking money". Here in Silicon Valley we sometimes forget the option of just treating technology like any other business -- so it's good to get the perspective from outside the bubble.
2007-02-07T10:42:33.080-08:00This month's 106 Miles will be in Menlo Park on Thursday, February 15. The topic is
When is the right time for a startup to hire a product manager?We will also talk about product development practices that work. Invited speakers are:
2006-12-13T12:41:55.520-08:00106er Scott Johnston -- who was one of our panelists last month -- just produced an impressive blog post about stock options. Everyone who is thinking about joining a startup from a big company should read it before our meeting tomorrow!
2006-12-11T11:19:20.666-08:00This is the first time that we've allowed 106 members to bring a guest to a regular meeting! We figured that due to the topic -- "Everything you wanted to know about jumping from a bigco to a startup -- we might have more interest from non-core-members. If you're not a 106 member but are super interested in this topic, let me know and I'll try to squeeze you in.
2006-11-20T09:54:01.920-08:00Can the following users please contact me on the 106 Batphone (aka email@example.com) to update your email addresses: Dave Hodson, Mike Rubin, Benjamin Grant, Ches Wadja, Brendon Wilson. Thanks!
2006-11-18T17:51:36.580-08:00Meng Weng Wong took some beautiful pictures at Thursday's meeting. Thanks to everyone who attended, and all of our speakers!
2006-11-01T18:11:45.343-08:00After all those years of back-to-school, autumn is now inextricably associated with new beginnings in my mind. So now that the frost is on the pumpkin, we're very happy to announce a new session of 106 Miles on November 16th!
2006-06-29T17:19:32.193-07:00After a hiatus, 106 Miles will resume in July... in Portland, Oregon at OSCON 2006.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to start a tech business besides coding skills and a product idea? 106 Miles is a Silicon Valley organization that helps engineers learn how to take the step towards becoming entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help geeks understand the world of business plans, co-founders, potential funders, partners, executives, employees, and exit strategies.See you there!
Our special guest for OSCON is Bob Lisbonne, a venture capitalist with the well-respected Sand Hill Road firm of Matrix Partners (and the man who Open Sourced Mozilla!). He will answer all your questions about the venture funding process, how a VC evaluates teams and ideas, and in particular how Open Source fits into the world of venture-backed businesses. He will share stories of companies that use Open Source software, extend Open Source software, Open Source software developed in-house, and reverse-engineer proprietary software.
2006-05-22T10:11:04.470-07:00Many thanks to Eric Brewer for a revelatory 106 session on technology for developing nations. The thing I appreciated the most was a peek at how he applies the same principles of product design to the non-profit area as he did to the for-profit area.
2006-05-09T16:34:42.450-07:00Tomorrow... in San Francisco (not Silicon Valley)...
2006-04-02T14:51:50.400-07:00The speaker needed us to change the next 106 Miles to Thursday, April 13, instead of Wednesday, April 12 as originally planned. Invitations will go out Real Soon Now (TM).
2006-03-23T17:25:14.556-08:00Who says 106 Miles does not plan ahead? We have now lined up our next TWO speakers and topics! On April 12th in Menlo Park, we will be discussing "Old School vs. New School Venture Capitalists". And on May 10th in San Francisco, Eric Brewer will be leading a discussion of "Technology for Developing Nations". Get on the list now!
2006-03-02T19:41:00.436-08:00What: 106 Miles meeting in San Francisco
2006-02-07T15:02:08.190-08:00Brendon Wilson, a longtime member and guest speaker last year at the "why do engineers become PMs?" session, has uncovered my secret shame [hangs head].
2006-02-06T13:43:07.043-08:00Hans Jacobsen and Barry Holroyd, please send me email with working email addresses. Your emails are bouncing, and unless I hear from you within a month I will delete you from the list. Thanks!
2006-02-06T13:37:51.893-08:00Ooops, I forgot to post this!
2006-01-26T09:42:00.893-08:00Here's a super cool thing: a 106 member with lots of experience in product management and marketing seeks an entrepreneurial engineer for possible venture formation! Mr. Blueshirt has an MBA and a EE degree, and I can personally attest that he's totally aligned with the goals of 106 Miles. If you're an engineer and interested in meeting our PM friend, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll introduce you!
2006-01-02T10:01:43.916-08:00Happy New Year, 106ers! For our first session of the New Year, we're going to hold the session in San Francisco on the 11th. We're trying to see if there would be enough interest to justify spawning a monthly 106 meeting in the City, and Noam Lovinsky of Skobee has very kindly agreed to act as co-host to us Valley types. Our guest this time will be Evan Williams of Blogger and Odeo fame. Watch for the invite!
2005-11-10T18:31:32.736-08:00I just wanted to thank last night's guest, Brian Dear of EVDB, who raised the bar for all 106 guests now and forever! He was frank and informative about his experiences, brought Eventful schwag (black T-shirts!) for all attendees, and did the most amazing preso of 50 lessons for entrepreneurs from the greatest geek movie of all time (The Blues Brothers, of course).