VLAB 20th                Anniversary PartyOverviewJune 29, 2010
Mission
VLAB is a network of human beings who make innovationhappen in Silicon Valley.
The Panels are only one part of the story.
The panel events are the most visibleto our guests.
However, there are the conversations that are not immediatelyvisible.
Let’s makethe people &processesvisible at theVLAB party.
It’s here that abstract ideas are voiced and relationships thatare formed.
And it’s only through human networking that start-ups arecreated.
This is how start-ups become a reality.
How do we connect people through stories and relationships?
Documentation
Document our learnings this year with an online Yearbook
VLAB Volunteers
Will many volunteersbe meeting each otherface-to-face for thefirst time at the party?
Yearbook 2009-2010 What was I there for? What did I do? What part did I play?How will I remember thisyear and all itsachie...
Yearbook 2009-2010            VLAB Yearbook 2009-2010       Profiles, Learning and Network Building
Yearbook Example for VolunteersWhat was I there for?What did I do?What part did I play?      How will I remember this     ...
20 Years of VLABHow can VolunteersLearn from 20 yearsof Experience?   How can Advisors   share their battle   stories?
How can advisors andpanelists collectivelyshare 20 years of wisdomwith volunteers?
We want to hear their battle stories.
20 Years of VLAB: Personal StoriesWeb VersionMobile Web Version
LogisticsHow will we do more with our money?Creating less work?And provide more of an experience and value forour guests?
Create a centralized Workspace on Google            Sites with Buy-In
We meet so rarely face-to-face        Google Groups Pages only go so farFor a complicated project like this we need       ...
VLAB Party Timeline                           Current Week June 1     First week meeting in person about the event        ...
VLAB Party Timeline                            Current Week June 1      First week meeting in person about the event      ...
Victories            Re: Biofuels Marketing Push        A crisis brought the team together to create sell-out           ev...
Budget 2009 Budget: approx. $7,000 - Drinks                                 The VLAB Party budget is a perfect covered by ...
Budget 2009 Budget: approx. $7,000 - Drinks                                    The VLAB Party budget is a perfect covered ...
Venues
Project:Places of Inventionhttp://thetechvirtual.org/projects/places-of-inventionParticipants enter Second Lifeand model t...
Project:Places of InventionDirector of Places of Invention willing towork with us in every possible way.Guests will be abl...
Project: Places ofInvention“Use a virtual environment, computer-based design tools, or manual designtools to model your ow...
CateringFoodEntrepreneurialismThe San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbedof new ways of thinking, serving andeating food.Why no...
Second ChoiceVenue: ComputerHistory MuseumVery close to Palo AltoExpensive ($4000+ Minimum) Nosponsorships or negotiations...
Back-Up VenuesStanford Alumni       Other, NewerCenter (3rd Choice)   Approaches          Last Year’s Event               ...
Keynote Speaker
How do weenable thekeynotespeaker tocreate anexperiencepeople willrememberpositively foryears?
How do we bring the KeynoteSpeaker and the audience closertogether both before and after theevent?
Keynote Speaker• How can we make this  experience remarkable for both  the speaker and audience?• This is our time to try ...
Keynote Speaker     Could we try two keynote speakers, one “veteran”     and one “up and comer”?
Documentation
New Sponsorship Models
What if we ended up with more money at the end of the party than we had at the                                  start? Spo...
What if we use the new tools for                          nonprofits?Sponsorship Models
MIT Media Lab                  Kickstarter    Sponsor Projects        http://www.kickstarter.com/What if we tried new mode...
What if each VLAB Volunteerbecame a mini entrepreneur,  helping to fund the party?
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I was the chair of the MIT/Stanford Venture Labs' 20th Anniversary Party. It was a great experience helping celebrate this entrepreneurship non-profit's celebrations, and I learned a lot about getting a lot of smart people to work together!

Although none of my proposals succeeded, it was nice to shake things up. I took a stronger leadership role instead of being directed as the Chair, balancing a lack of experience with the wisdom to know that a lot of opinions can make some wacky soup. I attempted to create a more flavorful soup.

I introduced the committees to Make magazine, was rescued by the venue in the end, and had some great fun.

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  1. 1. VLAB 20th Anniversary PartyOverviewJune 29, 2010
  2. 2. Mission
  3. 3. VLAB is a network of human beings who make innovationhappen in Silicon Valley.
  4. 4. The Panels are only one part of the story.
  5. 5. The panel events are the most visibleto our guests.
  6. 6. However, there are the conversations that are not immediatelyvisible.
  7. 7. Let’s makethe people &processesvisible at theVLAB party.
  8. 8. It’s here that abstract ideas are voiced and relationships thatare formed.
  9. 9. And it’s only through human networking that start-ups arecreated.
  10. 10. This is how start-ups become a reality.
  11. 11. How do we connect people through stories and relationships?
  12. 12. Documentation
  13. 13. Document our learnings this year with an online Yearbook
  14. 14. VLAB Volunteers
  15. 15. Will many volunteersbe meeting each otherface-to-face for thefirst time at the party?
  16. 16. Yearbook 2009-2010 What was I there for? What did I do? What part did I play?How will I remember thisyear and all itsachievements?How did we entrepreneuriallyuse new ways of doing thingsat VLAB during 2009-2010?
  17. 17. Yearbook 2009-2010 VLAB Yearbook 2009-2010 Profiles, Learning and Network Building
  18. 18. Yearbook Example for VolunteersWhat was I there for?What did I do?What part did I play? How will I remember this year and all its achievements?How did we entrepreneuriallyuse new ways of doing thingsat VLAB during 2009-2010?
  19. 19. 20 Years of VLABHow can VolunteersLearn from 20 yearsof Experience? How can Advisors share their battle stories?
  20. 20. How can advisors andpanelists collectivelyshare 20 years of wisdomwith volunteers?
  21. 21. We want to hear their battle stories.
  22. 22. 20 Years of VLAB: Personal StoriesWeb VersionMobile Web Version
  23. 23. LogisticsHow will we do more with our money?Creating less work?And provide more of an experience and value forour guests?
  24. 24. Create a centralized Workspace on Google Sites with Buy-In
  25. 25. We meet so rarely face-to-face Google Groups Pages only go so farFor a complicated project like this we need to be on one system
  26. 26. VLAB Party Timeline Current Week June 1 First week meeting in person about the event Problem: Behind ScheduleJune 10 Possibilities to try out new thingsJune 17 Possibilities to try out new thingsJune 24 Possibilities to try out new things Event Alternate Dates of 6/29, 7/6, 7/19
  27. 27. VLAB Party Timeline Current Week June 1 First week meeting in person about the event Problem: Behind ScheduleJune 10 Possibilities to try out new things Can we use the sense of urgency to spur us to action?June 17 Possibilities to try out new things To try out new things? To think entrepreneurially?June 24 Possibilities to try out new things Event Alternate Dates of 6/29, 7/6, 7/19
  28. 28. Victories Re: Biofuels Marketing Push A crisis brought the team together to create sell-out event and even bring new partners and VLAB participants.
  29. 29. Budget 2009 Budget: approx. $7,000 - Drinks The VLAB Party budget is a perfect covered by various sponsors opportunity to think entrepreneurially. $192.00! $498.40! 2010 Budget: approx. $9,000 $675.00! $290.00! Re: Biofuels ? How can we $4,995.75! do more with less?Venue (includes Catering)! AV Rental! Labor! Tax! Alcohol, Corkage!
  30. 30. Budget 2009 Budget: approx. $7,000 - Drinks The VLAB Party budget is a perfect covered by various sponsors opportunity to think entrepreneurially. $192.00! How can we do more with less? $9,000 $498.40! 2010 Budget: approx. $675.00! $290.00! Re: Biofuels ? How can we Suppose we used new sponsorship models $4,995.75! do more with to end up with more money than we less? started with?Venue (includes Catering)! AV Rental! Labor! Tax! Alcohol, Corkage!
  31. 31. Venues
  32. 32. Project:Places of Inventionhttp://thetechvirtual.org/projects/places-of-inventionParticipants enter Second Lifeand model their own idealenvironments for invention. Won the Linden Lab 2010 Prize today!
  33. 33. Project:Places of InventionDirector of Places of Invention willing towork with us in every possible way.Guests will be able to contribute to aprestigious, prize-winning Smithsonian- Tech Museum Virtual World project. Won the Linden Lab 2010 Prize today!
  34. 34. Project: Places ofInvention“Use a virtual environment, computer-based design tools, or manual designtools to model your own place ofinnovation—either a real or imaginedplace, an individual workspace or anentire community. “ This is what VLAB is all about!
  35. 35. CateringFoodEntrepreneurialismThe San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbedof new ways of thinking, serving andeating food.Why not incorporate foodentrepreneurialism into the event?
  36. 36. Second ChoiceVenue: ComputerHistory MuseumVery close to Palo AltoExpensive ($4000+ Minimum) Nosponsorships or negotiationshave taken place
  37. 37. Back-Up VenuesStanford Alumni Other, NewerCenter (3rd Choice) Approaches Last Year’s Event Tent on Stanford campus?
  38. 38. Keynote Speaker
  39. 39. How do weenable thekeynotespeaker tocreate anexperiencepeople willrememberpositively foryears?
  40. 40. How do we bring the KeynoteSpeaker and the audience closertogether both before and after theevent?
  41. 41. Keynote Speaker• How can we make this experience remarkable for both the speaker and audience?• This is our time to try new things.• How can the event be shared with the rest of the world?
  42. 42. Keynote Speaker Could we try two keynote speakers, one “veteran” and one “up and comer”?
  43. 43. Documentation
  44. 44. New Sponsorship Models
  45. 45. What if we ended up with more money at the end of the party than we had at the start? Sponsorship Models
  46. 46. What if we use the new tools for nonprofits?Sponsorship Models
  47. 47. MIT Media Lab Kickstarter Sponsor Projects http://www.kickstarter.com/What if we tried new models of sponsorship? Sponsorship Models
  48. 48. What if each VLAB Volunteerbecame a mini entrepreneur, helping to fund the party?
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