Well, before I went, I thought it was going to be fun.  An invite to a Tech Stars-sponsored book party, specifically for Tech Stars alums and friends of the author, in Emeryville right on the Oakland border, at a loft that an Oakland start-up founder lived in. As a Tech Stars alum (co-founder, People’s Software, class of 2008), who recently launched a local tech site,  the event seemed perfect:  go reconnect with other Tech Stars alums, learn more about this new book, which was a thriller set in the Boulder, CO tech start-up community, and meet the author, who’d returned to Oakland after a spin at Tech Stars Boulder and time as an Entrepreneur in Residence at a venture fund.

Dude invited me to come, I accepted, and the plan was to swing by the loft, grub some Arizmendi pizza and Linden Street Brewery beer, say hi, and then head out out to the rest of my Friday.

The first fifteen minutes at the invite-only party were good: I eyeballed the lavishly casual loft with the amazing bathroom and the vintage fruit crates in the kitchen holding piles of linen napkins, introduced myself to the smiling young author/guest of honor, and  laughed when I saw the immense stacks of pizza boxes, all holding Arizmendi pies and the dudes shovelling pizza in–at Techstars Boulder, I’d eaten so much pizza during evening programs I later quit for a couple years.

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About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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