Bellevue Technology Entrepreneurs Club

I’m thinking of starting a tech entrepeneurship club.  There are already some tech groups in Seattle, but I’d like to start an informal group on the eastside, heavy on the tech.   The focus being that tech entrepreneurs can get together and talk about what works for them and what doesn’t.  I’d hope to attract three groups:

  1. Techies who are interested in entrepreneurship
  2. Business people looking for techies
  3. Investors looking for tech businesses to invest in

I don’t want to make it a schmooze meeting, and not a recruiting meeting either.  People getting together discussing their ideas, trying them out on each other.

A typical meeting would have a short presentation (maybe 15 minutes) on some topic prepared by some member, then a few “elevator pitches” where people talk about their ideas, for 1 to 5 minutes, then a few status updates where people talk about their progress or pitfalls for 1 to 5 minutes.   Preferably only 1/2 hour of listening.  Then if people want to talk more with each other about their ideas or problems, or about the topic of the night, or about anything else — they break up and do it.


open source social networking applications

Ning is hosted, not really open source

Dolphin seems to be popular and featureful

Elgg has a loyal and dedicated userbase

lovdbyless claims it’s built using Ruby on Rails