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The Lean Launch Party

If you believe HBO’s ridiculous “Silicon Valley” TV show, tech industry parties are both lavish and lame.  On the show, these parties are extravagant affairs featuring nerdy engineers failing to enjoy performances by Kid Rock, Flo Rida, or Shakira.

Back on Planet Earth, San Francisco startup parties can actually be both fun and inexpensive.

At Nuzzel, we’ve had a lot to celebrate lately!  On March 18, we officially launched out of beta.  On May 15, our iPhone app launched, and was featured in the Apple App Store.  On June 12, we announced a second round of seed funding, with some great new investors.  So last month, on June 20, we had a small party at Founders Den to celebrate all three of these exciting milestones.

Of course not all of our busy investors could ever manage to be at the same event on the same night, but we were joined by several of our investors including Alex Rosen of IDG Ventures, Ash Patel of Morado Venture Partners, Stephanie Palmeri, Charles Hudson, and Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, Hunter Walk and Satya Patel of Homebrew, Miki Yasuda of DeNA, Raymond Tonsing of Caffeinated Capital, Takahiro Shoji of Digital Garage, Ullas Naik of Streamlined Ventures, and some of our angel investors including James Hong, Jon Boutelle, Narendra Rocherolle, Philip Kaplan, and Ron Palmeri.

Other guests included friends from Twitter, Apple Worldwide Developer Relations, Pocket, Tencent, Goldman Sachs, Lyft, AngelList, Y Combinator, Wells Fargo, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Rob Bailey, Nuzzel advisor and CEO of DataSift.

So how much did it cost?

Since neither Kid Rock nor Shakira was available, we decided to focus on cool people and good conversations.  We held the party at Founders Den, the exclusive co-working space co-founded by Nuzzel CEO Jonathan Abrams, which meant a very good deal on the venue rental.  Grand total cost for the party was a reasonable $3k.

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Here are a few of the photographs from our party:

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Mike Davidson (Twitter), Cynthia Gaylor (Twitter), Hunter Walk (Homebrew)

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Nate Weiner (Pocket), Edith Yeung (Dolphin Browser), Lucy Lathan (Apple)

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Christian LesStrang (T2 Marketing), Charles Hudson (SoftTech VC), Jonathan Abrams (Nuzzel)

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Left: Justin Kan (Y Combinator), Ash Patel (Morado Venture Partners) / Right: Benjamin Black (Akkadian Ventures), Stephanie Palmeri (SoftTech VC), Rob Bailey (DataSift)

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Peter Berger (People+), Kate Scisel (People+), Ullas Naik (Streamlined Ventures)

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Scott Foe (Big Head Mode), Vindu Goel (New York Times), Mike Davidson (Twitter)

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Boris Silver (FundersClub), Alexia Tsotsis (TechCrunch), Jon Boutelle (SlideShare), Chloë Bregman (OneLogin)

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Lindsey Collins (AttriBuy), Edith Yeung (Dolphin Browser), Tammy Camp (Action Factory), Daniel Rosen (Commerce Ventures)