The Startup Happy Hour has been one of the best regular startup events in Dallas for the past two years. Thousands of new connections have been made, companies have been formed as a result and it has really fostered the community growth we’ve seen.
Changes are coming to the event that is going to take it to the next level.
NEW VENUE: The High Tech Bar has been a good home for the event, but the parking situation really annoying. The new location will be at Architel’s new facility in the North Tower of Campbell Centre (the gold building on the corner of I75 and Northwest Highway where JR Ewing used to work).
NEW DATE: The first Monday made a lot of sense when we first began (the first happy hour just happened to be on a Monday), but we eventually remembered that it fell on the same night as Monday Night Football (this is Texas BTW). The new date will be the fifth Wednesday of the month. The inaugural event will be held October 27th, 2010 (subsequent events on Nov 24, Dec 22, Jan 26, Feb 23).
EXCITING NEW FORMAT: Cocktails and more cocktails seemed like a great idea two years ago – easy to organize and easy to host – but we can do better. Starting in October we will begin the event at 5PM with cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres, then at 6PM we will have a speaker/program for 30-45 minutes and then have more cocktails and networking until around 8PM. Each quarter we hope to attract a ’significant’ speaker, but don’t worry each month we will have really interesting speakers.
Now for the most important part. The new online home for Startup Happy Hour is at Meetup.com – http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Startup-Happy-Hour/
It is extremely important that you join the group and RSVP to the events you will be coming to as this shows our potential speakers they are going to have an audience. We’re already talking to some amazing people about speaking at the event so please take a minute to join the group and RSVP!
Welcome to Startup Happy Hour 2.0!