FLF (Free Lunch Friday) believes to feed our global economy we need to start by feeding our startups and entrepreneurs. And to do that we are launching FLF locations around the world where startups and entrepreneurs gather on the last Friday of every month for real human interaction and community. At these locations you can connect with startups, entrepreneurs, mentors, experts, partners, and investors all while enjoying some free, beer, and community.
This month's event is at:
ROC Santa Monica
604 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Every FLF location operates from the same agenda. It doesn't matter where you are in the world, if you stop into a FLF you can expect the same community and experience. Join in and lets get started.
Community: Eat, drink, and get connected - everything starts with a meal!
Hello and greetings: Welcome new folks into the FLF community
Open Floor: Celebrate companies that are hiring, success stories, funds, ask questions, pitch the group, recomendations, resources, etc.
Current Events: What's happening now in the marketplace, community, and in the news?
FLF Talk: 20 min talks given by entrepreneurs to inspire, educate, and empower our global community.
1:20 - ?:
More community: Anthing great starts with people and community.
Serial entrepreneur Danny Kastner coined the phrase “social network marketing” in 2004 while developing large-scale, online engagement technologies for Microsoft. It was then that Kastner noticed the need to find synergies for entertainment studios and the social Internet. With FanRocket in 2006, Kastner built custom social marketing solutions for Paramount, CBS and other giants. FanRocket was also an early innovator in online, brand-integrated content with HSN and NBC. A decade earlier, Kastner began his tech career with the launch of several successful start-ups, including Music Interactive, an online music portal in 1993, and POPstick, an early innovator in rich media, e-mail and social network marketing in 1998. The MIT-educated CEO is also a musician, whose creative works have earned multiple awards from BMI and ASCAP. As a pianist, his LA-based group, Jazz Punks, delivered the top-charting jazz record Smashups in 2012. Social Edison began in 2011 as crowdfunding began to take shape. Kastner spearheaded the creation of its flagship product Crowdjammer to help crowdfunders market their campaigns successfully across all crowdfunding platforms by building a database of pre-campaign backers and letting them guide potential perks before launch. The company is presently working with several high-profile artists to launch crowd-backed media projects.
The last Friday of every month we produce 20 minute FLF talks at locations around the world. We do this by bringing in speakers who have incredible stories and insights to share with our global community of startups and entrepreneurs. Our community arrives each month hungry for content that can inspire, educate, and empower them to continue their journeys changing the world. We are always looking for great speakers. Sign up or nominate someone today!
Please support our vision to create an interconnected global entrepreneurial community focused on driving our economy, creating jobs, and changing the world. It's because of your support that we are able to gather our startups and entrepreneurs each month. And if we commit to this work on a monthly basis we provide our community with new jobs, new opportunities, and the infrastructure we need to keep it healthy, active, and sustainable for years to come.
Every dollar we raise helps us on our mission to feed the hungry startups and entrepreneurs with the things they need to build great companies. Please donate below.
Sean H. Heyboer is an entrepreneur, a connector, and a leader. Having been involved in many early stage businesses, Sean understands and easily relates to those involved in what he refers to as the "startup lifestyle." His most recent business venture has been co-founding Think Tables, a furniture company that through its products fosters learning, collaboration, and innovation. Sean is also a leader in the business community, including serving as the Team Lead for Startup LA (a region of the Startup America Partnership). Most recently, he was named to the Advisory Board of Free Lunch Friday, where he'll invest his part of his time and energy into supporting the startup community and in doing so helping stimulate job growth across America.
Joe Devon is a founding partner of Television Four, where he is building a technology channel; co-founder of Startup Devs, building MVP's for startups / “Prototypes as a Service”; and co-founder of Diamond Web Services, a boutique web development shop based in Venice Beach. Joe has been a computer programmer for more than 20 years, working on projects spanning Search Engine technology, Performance Management, scaling Wide Area Networks; for Internet backbone providers, Investment Banks, Telcos & Media. Joe serves on the advisory boards of Cross Campus and leading development industry conferences (Zendcon, SemtechBiz). Joe is an organizer of several technology oriented meetup groups in Los Angeles and CoFounded Global Accessibility Awareness Day, bridging the gap between disabled citizens and the Internet.
Jon Cody is Founder and CEO of TV4 Entertainment, Inc., a broadband television programming company. Founded in Fall 2012, TV4 creates and distributes broadband television channels targeting intensely passionate, worldwide communities in genres poorly served by traditional television. Prior to founding TV4, Cody incubated and operated several digital video businesses for Fox Networks Group studios and networks, including serving as Launch General Manager of Hulu, and SVP, Fox Digital Media where he ran the digital division for Fox’s 30+ broadcast and cable networks. Prior to Fox, Cody served on FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell’s senior staff and is the architect of the Nation’s broadband policy.
Walter W. Grieves has extensive experience in the finance and corporate sectors amassed over the last 17 years. Upon completing his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, Walter went to work for Research Magazine/Multex Data Group where he managed the International Investor Relations Division. Mr. Grieves then went to work for Morgan Stanley spending time between the Wailuku Maui Branch and the World Trade Center location in New York City. Further looking to expand his experience in the securities industry, Mr. Grieves partnered with a group of Securities Attorneys structuring, capitalizing and restructuring small publicly traded companies. Over the next 5 years he served as President of several Public companies including Newbridge Capital, US West Homes, and DMT Energy. Over the last 7 years, Mr. Grieves specialized in capitalization, corporate structure, restructure, revenue expansion and assistance in exit strategy to many small to medium sized private companies. Mr. Grieves is pleased to serve ROC integrating corporations, entrepreneurs, investors, and professional organizations into the largest open source workspace solution in the greater Los Angeles area.
Caroline Rose is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, studying her last two years in Germany at the University of Heidelberg as well as the University of Tübingen. After college she participated in an Experiential Nature Education Fellowship, where she taught school groups about the local food movement and assisted in organizing on site organic horticulture projects. Currently she is the Office Manager at Startup Devs and Diamond Web Services and a co-organizer of several Los Angeles based meetup groups and a dedicated locavore.
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