Emerging Tech Salon: Strategic Networking for Tech Startups

Strategic and targeted networking is incredibly important in the age of digital information. There are more events, conferences, trade shows, and mixers than any company can afford to attend and manage.  Networking applications, social media and optimized search engine technology allow businesses to target their outreach, connect immediately through a suite of messaging applications, and get to the point.  But some have mistakenly begun to exclusively rely on virtual communication, forgetting the value of face to face interactions. 

On Thursday, April 17th from 7-9:30, join us and hear from a distinguished panel of expert networkers who are leveraging the best tools the information age has to offer. 

Our panel will share key insights on how to distinguish the specific benefits of virtual communication and face to face interaction and leverage them together for maximum social impact.


Our gracious host is Coloft, the premier co-working and community space for entrepreneurs in Santa Monica. Hailed by tech giants like Paige Craig as the "first and best anchor for the LA Tech Community", Coloft alumni include: Fullscreen, Uber, Zaarly and LookIO (now LivePerson after acquisition in 2012). 

Panellists Include:

David Henzel, Co-Founder, MaxCDN, @davidhenzel


David_Henzel_Headshot.jpegDavid Henzel is the co-founder of MaxCDN, a fast growing Content Delivery Network based in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Wiesbaden, Germany, David had always wanted to move to Los Angeles.  In his past life, he was an engineer but somehow, he always seemed to have gravitated towards the marketing side of things. This interest ultimately lead him to starting his own e-commerce business.  The successful exit from this venture enabled him to finally the move to Los Angeles.   Here, he became a co-founder of MaxCDN in 2009 and is convinced that it was one of the best decisions he has ever made. 

Syed Balkhi, Founder, WP Beginner @syedbalkhi


Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner (the largest free WordPress resource site) and List25 an extremely popular entertainment site with over 820,000 subscribers and 110 Million video views. Syed’s work has been featured in NYTimes, HuffingtonPost, Yahoo Small Business, Wired, Mashable, and countless other well-reputed online magazines. Syed has worked with some of the largest brands in the industry including but not limited to WarnerBros, Webs, Mercer, and more.

Chris Lema, VP of Software Engineering, Emphasys Software @chrislema


ChrisLemaLookingUp.jpgFor twenty years Chris has been managing high performers and overseeing new product development. He’s a daily blogger, an ebook author, a public speaker and works as the VP of Engineering for Emphasys Software. In his spare time he helps companies leverage WordPress, and WordPress companies find leverage.




Karim Marucchi, Founder/CEO, VeloMedia Group @karimmarucchi


kam-blue.jpgKarim is the Founder and CEO of the VeloMedia Group, the parent company of boutique professional service organizations with offices in New York, Italy, Romania, Los Angeles, Denver, and Las Vegas. 

Over the last twenty years he's run startups, taken companies public, managed mergers and acquisitions, and led professional service organizations across the globe. 

Today he's also the CEO of Crowd Favorite, the premiere WordPress agency for the Fortune 500 - where he counts Disney, Lexus, and the Dallas Mavericks as clients. 


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There is abundant street parking that is free after 6 PM (please check meters and parking restriction signage).

The Santa Monica Public Library is $1/hour and only a few blocks away as well.  The lot is accessible just north of Santa Monica Blvd. on 7th St.

Use the Park Me App to find parking in the area in advance.

April 17, 2014 at 7pm - 10pm
920 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States
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Will you come?

$20.00 Non-Member ET Salon Ticket:Non-Chamber Member
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