This quote from Scott Case, in an article on the new Startup America Partnership, speaks directly to why we started the Business Calendar Network: to remove the inefficiencies in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The problem, says [Startup America] CEO Scott Case, a co-founder of Priceline and an experienced entrepreneur, is that Americans starting businesses tend to figure things out haphazardly. "One thing I was surprised at when I began this job was the startling lack of organized resources for entrepreneurs," he says. "The average startup was finding out about them in a random way. You need luck to succeed in business, but you shouldn't need a lot of luck to get access to tools that allow for better use of Google as an advertising platform or find a good accountant who has experience with startups."
First-time entrepreneurs often know nothing about starting and growing a business. Every entrepreneur runs into the same problems and makes the same mistakes. The problems have all been solved a thousand times before, so how can we connect the entrepreneurs with problem with the people, resources, and knowledge they need (which already exist) to overcome the problem.
The idea behind the Business Calendar Network is that:
- there is an incredible amount of knowledge being shared at the thousands of startup, tech, biotech, and professional networking events
- face-to-face networking is the best way for entrepreneurs and professionals to develop the relations they need to succeed
- events are a great place to meet the people who matter, but...
- there is no easy and integrated way to find the right events.
That's why we gather the events we find into one central location, provide a common format, give people a framework and the tools they need to find the events that matter to them, and make it easy for organizations to become the connecting point for their region or their industry.
It's not an easy task to build a good calendar, as they quickly get out of date, but we think events are an important part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
You may have seen our recent launch the mobile app version of the Business Calendar Network, allowing entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals to use their iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones to discover business and professional events happening nearby. It’s an entirely new way of doing face-to-face networking.
We’ve had 1000s of downloads already.
We can use your help. People all across the country are going to be downloading the apps and using these apps to look for events they should attend. Here is my question:
What events should people in your area know about?
Please tell us what groups and events we should include. Send us an email with a few names for us to track.
Our goal is to gather the best events for connecting entrepreneurs and the people who can help them start and grow their businesses.
I appreciate your input and invite you to download the apps yourself (for iPhone/iPad or for Android) or learn more about the Business Calendar Network and how you can take advantage of it in your region. Please rate the apps if you like them, and be sure to keep a look out for some of the exciting new features we plan for the next version of the apps.