V.I.N.E. : Finding a Manufacturer for your Product
Monday June 24th
Virginia Innovators Network is a not for profit, educational organization. We exist to support innovative Virginians who are pursuing bringing their unique products and services to market. There is NO CHARGE to attend the VINE monthly meeting -- Thank you to our generous sponsors who make the pizza, water, & beer possible.
Mailchimp: Empathy Cannot be Automated
Tuesday June 25th
"Working at MailChimp I've seen thousands of interactions between companies and their customers. I've seen the conflict between marketing and design when trying to automate the relationship between company and customer. Marketing automation is a powerful tool that bosses and customers are starting to demand we use, but used incorrectly automation can reduce empathy for the customer or email subscriber, make them feel spied on, or completely annoy them. Using technology to manage the relationship isn't a replacement for human to human contact, you still have to talk to people and you still have to treat them with respect and dignity. You still have to think about their experience! No person should be reduced to just a number, a twitter handle, a "targeted segment", or a blip on a chart. Automation can guide you, give you data, feed you information, but it's up to you to use it to be more relevant, more human, more real."
Wednesday June 26th
Startup Weekend Info Session & Happy Hour at A2
Thursday June 27th
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour hackathon whose motto is "No Talk. All Action" where people come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. This information session is a pre party event for our July 26th-28th Startup Weekend. Come chat with alumni from last year as they share successes and pitfalls from their entrepreneurial journey and mingle with others who are actively pursuing their ideas.
Night Owls Late Night Coworking
Thursday June 27th
Are you working on a side project, startup, or building your portfolio? Do you want to meet other like minded people and be motivated by fellow makers and creatives?
You don't have to be at 804RVA every single day to get the benefits - in fact, you can start coming after hours!
Every Thursday after 6pm, 804RVA Night Owls is a fun & productive member-run working session for people that have full time jobs but want to work on a side project...as well as students and people who just prefer working after dark!