Santa Cruz pushes for Silicon Valley startup cred

October 1, 2013

Lauren Hepler of the Silicon Valley Business Journal checked out the recent Event Santa Cruz held last month.

She writes:

It’s Wednesday evening, and a line has already formed for a new business speaker series outside a quirky venue a few dozen miles from the heart of Silicon Valley.

Just shy of 220 entrepreneurs, employees from nearby offices and curious locals (myself included) have gathered for the launch of the series, called Event Santa Cruz. That’s a sellout crowd for the small Nickelodeon Theatre, located just off the city’s primary commercial artery on Pacific Avenue.

The suits customary at similar events “over the hill” in San Jose or Palo Alto aren’t there, but organizers are still trying to ensure that ticket holders get some return on the $10 admission fee.

The next one is scheduled for Oct. 16 and will feature as speakers Ted Holladay, owner of Studio Holladay; Cliff Hodges, founder and CEO of Adventure Out LLC and CrossFit West LLC; Peggy Dolgenos and Chris Neklason, co-owners of Cruzio Internet and Jaimi Ellison, business owner at Santa Cruz CORE Fitness and Rehab, among others.

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