Open Coffee Club (#BigDOCC North) Debuts in Frisco, TX

As the start-up community in Dallas continues to grow and mature, more events are starting to take place where entrepreneurs, those aspiring to start companies and others who are curious and want to learn more come together to share ideas and conversations. This morning, many gathered at the Global Peace Coffee Factory in Frisco to do just that. The event is called Open Coffee Club (OCC) (in Dallas, affectionately called #BigDOCC) and it originated in Boulder, Colorado – home to a buzzing start-up community and the renowned TechStars incubator.

Michael Sitarzewski, originally from Dallas – transplanted to Boulder and back again – is the seed to this recurring event. OCC will happen weekly and rotate between the north area of Dallas and the south/central area of Dallas. Next week, OCC will be held at Ascension located on Oak Lawn Avenue in the Design District on Tuesday September 10 at 8:00am. Going forward, the event will be every week; alternating between central Dallas and North Dallas in the locations noted above.

The event is simple –

  • New people introduce themselves and tell how they came to know about the event
  • Any open positions with companies related to the attendees are shared openly
  • Current items of interest in the tech or start-up community are discussed

The process builds camaraderie and gets the day moving. The meeting/event lasts until 9:00 am with a hard stop then. As Michael said this morning – “We could all sit here and talk for another 2-3 hours about anything and everything, but we all have things to do.”

And off everyone went…until next time!!

p.s. adding pic –

BigDOCC Inaugural Event

Steve Largent – Amazing Careers

When I was seven years old I had the privilege of watching Steve Largent play in game #1 for the new expansion team in the NFL – the Seattle Seahawks. Because of him, Jim Zorn, Jack Yarno and the rest of their team, I became a Seahawks fan for life.

Steve Largent eventually became a NFL Hall of Fame inductee and it was well deserved. Next up for Steve; a run for, and a win of a seat in the US Congress. Much like his football career, there was no stopping him.

Today I am attending the CTIA mobile conference in San Francisco. Lo and behold Steve is the president of this organization and it is on the cutting edge of where mobile applications, computing and communicating is going. From football to platforms for the next generation of mobile Steve Largent never ceases to amaze me.

I won’t even mention the names of other HOF’rs in the NFL that tarnish the institution. A person like Steve Largent should be held up as the standard.

CheapTweet – Deals on Twitter

Those of you who know me know that social marketing and media is a big part of my life.  I tweet on Twitter.  I friend on Facebook.  I link on Linkedin.  Thanks to Kevin Koym, I met Hayes Davis today – he works for CheapTweet.  Now there is a way that e-commerce (specifically deals) can cross over to the social media realm in a usable fashion.  My company (DealTaker – a great place for online coupons) is proud to be one of the first members on CheapTweet.  And here is our badge to prove it –

dealtaker on CheapTweet