The San Francisco Bay Space is often called the arena’s tech hub, however when you’re new to the realm or to the sector, it may be exhausting to understand the place to dive in and how you can meet new individuals.
Smartly, this checklist of normal networking occasions in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is a good location to start out. Smartly-identified (and smartly-attended) among the many Bay House tech group, these situations and meetups can have you finding out new issues, assembly new folks, and constructing your SF community very quickly.
Frequency: Varies (frequently month-to-month)
Community After Work gives superior networking events in 40 cities to over a million professionals looking to meet other like-minded people. In the past, events have been hosted at clubs, hotels, restaurants, and bars—so becoming part of this community will never get boring or repetitive.
Location: IMPACT HUB, 901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Like to mix it up with your networking events? IMPACT HUB not only has one of the most jam-packed calendars around, but it also offers plenty of variety in the types of events you can attend. Sustainability hackathons? Yep. Cereal socials? For sure. Bad Ass Women Hub Club? Check.
Location: Pivotal Labs, 3495 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA
Silicon Valley’s Startup Grind chapter is one of the most robust out there. This monthly speaker and networking series is known for snagging some of the best talent to come chat with its attendees, from companies big and small.
Location: ZURB, 100 West Rincon Avenue, Campbell, CA
It sounds almost too good to be true: A free (yes, free) one-hour lunch event with leading entrepreneurs, designers, innovators, and creatives? You’ve got to RSVP to this one. In past events, ZURB has hosted Matt Mullenweg (the founder of WordPress), Irene Au (former Head of UX at Google), and Tom Conrad (former CTO of Pandora).
Tech in Motion describes itself as an “event series started with the goal of bringing local tech communities together to meet, learn, and innovate.” It has get-togethers nationwide, but some of the best are in SF—including mixers, expert panels, and (our personal favorite) tech trivia!
Frequency: Second Wednesday of each month in Palo Alto, 6-9 PM; fourth Wednesday of each month in San Francisco, 6-9 PM
This group’s for founders, engineers, or anyone who wants to be in one of those groups someday. The informal events (usually held at bars), are designed for networking, socializing, and sharing ideas.
Location: General Assembly, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
General Assembly offers a variety of ways to meet other people and grow in your field, from mixers and panels to classes and hackathons. The environment is enthusiastic and collaborative, perfect for people who are looking for a less traditional experience.
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