What would you do if you only had 3 months in SF?


For the last 4 years my partner and I have been building and running our online business based in Dublin, Ireland. A couple of months ago we decided to make a move to San Francisco in an effort to meet some interesting people and look for ideas in order to grow our business further. We will be there from this Thursday the 26th for about 3 months.

My question is - what would be the best events or meetups for us to attend in order to get the most out of our time there?

Our business is www.piehole.ie, a directory of talented voiceover actors.


San Francisco

asked Aug 23 '10 at 19:29
James Kennedy
76 points
  • I'd say SF is the wrong place to be. You need to go where the talent and the consumers of that talent are. My guess is it is NOT SF... – Tim J 13 years ago

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In terms of contacting potential customers, I'd recommend that you check out
Theatre Bay Area (http://www.theatrebayarea.org/) and Artsopolis (http://www.artsopolis.com/). TBA is oriented mostly towards stage, but is read by actors, producers, etc. who do film, voice-over, etc. Artsopolis is used by just about everybody in the South Bay performance scene, though I'm sure plenty of SF-based people use it as well.

And though you could do a lot worse than SF for voiceover talent, if you really want to talk to lots of potential customers, you'll want to make a trip to Los Angeles at some point (FYI, L.A. is a 5.5-hour drive, or 1 hour flight, from the SF Bay Area).

answered Aug 24 '10 at 02:38
Dave S.
21 points
  • Hi Dave Thanks for those links. It is an open question as to whether we'll be recruiting VO's in the US but we're certainly interested in meeting a few actors over there and learning what we can about the business there. I take your point about LA. We may find out feet first and then move around a little in CA. – James Kennedy 13 years ago


For networking with other startups, investors and the like, you are going the right place.
I will check some of the many startup meetups in SF and the bay area, here are some examples:

Just go online and search for SF startup events and you'll find a lot of them.

Good luck!

answered Aug 24 '10 at 09:33
4,815 points
  • Hi Ricardo Thanks for taking the time to post up those links. I hadn't seen the 'Co-Founders-Wanted-Meetup' before. Sounds very interesting. And of course - why else would we be coming state-side if it wasn't for the waffles. My two passions in life combined. Perfect. – James Kennedy 13 years ago


I would first change the name.

"piehole" is slang and used in the negative context (pretty much the only expression that comes to my mind is "shut your piehole").

SEO-wise, no sane person looking for voice over talent will type "piehole" in the search engine. You're wasting one of the strongest scoring indicators (domain name) used by search engines on a frivolous name in bad taste.

As to your question, you should first decide what kind of value do you expect to get.

If you're looking to socialize with other technical talent, search meetup.com or upcoming.org for technology-oriented meetups.

If you're looking for investors/business partners, then there's probably not many organized events where you can just show up. You would probably have to setup meetings with people you want to meet in advance, via e-mail (assuming they'll be interested in talking to you).

answered Aug 24 '10 at 11:17
Krzysztof Kowalczyk
1,950 points
  • Hi Krzysztof - Thanks for the tips. SEO is something we have always battled with but to tell the truth, we aquire work for our talent be marketing directly to advertising agencies and production houses. We do acquire some work online but our USP is that we specialise in direct marketing in order to find high-value jobs for our customers. Having said that - 'free' work via SEO wouldn't be a bad thing. In any case. Many thanks for taking the time to respond. James – James Kennedy 13 years ago


I would also look through Eventbrite
http://www.eventbrite.com/directory?q=&loc=san+francisco&page=1 and see what's there that's interesting to you for the next 3 months.

answered Aug 24 '10 at 14:40
1,833 points
  • Hi Dror Will do. Thanks for this. – James Kennedy 13 years ago

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