How many times this year have you been approached to help fund a project, business, or potato salad dreamed up by an eager acquaintance? The idea of Crowdfunding has absolutely exploded recently and while the industry has helped launch some amazing careers, it still has plenty of room for innovation. Join us as we speak with some pioneers of the field and also hear about what's next from some fresh faces.
Shannon Swallow, Indiegogo
Marek Zareba, Tilt (formerly Crowdtilt)
Sarah James, Betabrand
Justin Bailey, Double Fine
Colleen Taylor, TechCrunch
6:00 p.m. (doors open) -- Networking reception with a complimentary drink. Alicia's Tamales Los Mayas will be on site selling their delicious tamales and more. Make sure to bring your appetite!
7:00 p.m. -- Moderated presentations and discussion
Once the province of Christian evangelists, the Mission is a simmering cauldron of culture, capturing both San Francisco’s grit and glitz. Want dive bars, thrift stores, and taquerias? Hit Mission Street. Fine dining, craft stores, and bike shops? Walk a block west to Valencia Street. Sunbathe and smoke in Mission Dolores Park with the unemployed and the overemployed. Gorge at a burrito joint with a mariachi band, or have a beer at a pub with a metal band. Prepare for street festivals celebrating everything from Brazilian culture to bondage. Really, the only thing you can expect in the Mission is a surprise. —Caleb Garling