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This Awesome Article About The September ExitEvent Startup Social
Ann Johnston Nailed It, So Did Aaron Houghton
Published at Blog
9.17.13

In September, ExitEvent made a return appearance to the home of serial entrepreneur Aaron Houghton and his amazing wife Sarah. 200 entrepreneurs and investors showed up, from vets like Aaron (former cofounder of iCOntact who sold to Vocus for $169 million) to new entrepreneurs just starting out. Ann's article captures perfectly the vibe of ExitEvent, and the reason why I started it, and Aaron's quote "It's an event without an ego," certainly made me proud.

read the rest at: http://wraltechwire.com/home-sweet-ceo-home-startup-social-draws-200-to-exec-s-private-turf-/12894099/



ExitEvent Goes to Charlotte and Gets Some Press
WRAL Tech Wire Covers the First Ever Charlotte Startup Social
Blog
4.4.13

After months of planning and rescheduling, I finally got my act together and brought ExitEvent to the good people of Charlotte, NC. They returned the favor in kind by being some of the nicest and most helpful entrepreneurs I've come across in all my years of doing this thing.

I slapped the Social onto the tail end of Southeast Venture Conference, which was three blocks away at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Charlotte. The last reception there ended at 4:45, and by 5:00 p.m., a half-hour early, there were people hanging out in Packard Place (thanks Adam Hill!), waiting for us to turn on the music and open the growlers (thanks Jim Van Fleet!).

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ExitEvent Gets Awesome Write-Up in WRAL TechWire
When Someone Gets It, You Know You're Doing It Right
Blog
3.3.13

On February 18th, I hosted the second ExitEvent Social at HUB Raleigh and the 15th overall. The overall was again beyond my expectations, even though there were less people this time (100+ compared to the 200+ for the first Raleigh Social, but hey, that was the FIRST Raleigh Social).

Anyway, Ann Johnston, a founder at Chapel Hill startup Local Ventures and somewhat of a freelancer -- she wrote about a number of events for entrepreneurs for the N&O back in November -- drove all the way from Chapel Hill through rush hour traffic to get to the Social. Not only that, she wrote this amazing review that was picked up by WRAL Tech Wire.

My point is, when someone third-party gets it like this, you know you're on the right track, especially when that third party happens to be your target, so to speak, a working founder of a startup, the kind I'm directly trying to reach out to.

Here's Ann's article: Entrepreneurs helping each other: True value of networking

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ExitEvent Gets a Mention as a Top Startup Resource
Raleigh's News & Observer Shows Love
Published at News & Observer
11.6.12

I pride running ExitEvent under the radar, in terms of refusing to define it strictly as a news site, networking event, or support organization. If anything, it's a network, and I'm trying to position it as a backbone of a series of startup hubs, eventually nationwide.

But it's nice when ExitEvent gets mentioned, especially during a week when all eyes are on the Triangle area what with our Startup Social last night, Startup Summit today and tomorrow, and Internet Summit mid-week.

It's also nice that we got listed as a top startup resource in the same breath as the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), a 25+ year old non-profit dedicated to helping startups and small businesses, Triangle Startup Factory, an accelerator who can provide up to $200K in funding, Bull City Forward, another popular non-profit that promotes social entrepreneurship, and even the local metro Chambers of Commerce.

• ExitEvent: ExitEvent is organized by Joe Procopio, entrepreneur, engineer and writer (follow @jproco). This monthly event brings 200-plus veteran and aspiring entrepreneurs together in Durham and Raleigh.

read the rest at: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/05/2463624/how-to-take-advantage-of-the-triangles.html



A Little Press Love for the September ExitEvent Startup Social at HUBRaleigh
Blog
9.24.12

The legend of the ExitEvent Startup Social is growing and people continue to take notice. Who knew putting 200 entrepreneurs in the same room with free craft brew would generate so much attention? Today, six days after our first ever visit to Raleigh, the fallout was documented by WRAL Tech Wire:

The next wave also hit Raleigh on the 18th when the ExitEvent came to the Capital City.

Launched by serial entrepreneur and entrepreneur-focused blogger Joe Procopio, the ExitEvent hosted its first event outside Durham and picked the HUB as its venue.

While WRAL Tech Wire and a few other firms have played host to socials and meetups in the past, these haven't taken root in Raleigh like they have in the Bull City. So Procopio (who also is an executive at Durham-based Automated Insights) and the HUB saw an opening.

The result: Some 200 people turned out - with a lot of people showing up from outside the Triangle.


The rest of it is here: WRAL Tech Wire

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ExitEvent Launches Startup Content
Blog
5.28.12

So this has been coming for a while, but finally all fell into place this week when I redesigned ExitEvent using HTML5 and CSS3. I merged much of the code from Intrepid Media and this site you're reading now, and started doing 15-minute stream-of-consciousness dumps into the content engine.

The results were pretty cool.

2500+ people visited ExitEvent to read the new content. For those not familiar, ExitEvent started as a party, an entrepreneur-only social that was meant to bring together some of the local startup crowd. We planned to have 15 at our first monthly event last June and got 50.

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Nearly 200 at the April ExitEvent Startup Social
That and the Great Name Tag Debate
Blog
4.18.12

jproco: That. Was. Ridiculous. Nearly 200 at @ExitEvent tonight. Killed 2 kegs in 1:15. Thanks to all who showed.

So Erik from Mystery Brewing called me at 5:30 Monday night and told he he was running right up to the ExitEvent start time of 6:00 and would I go get some ice.

Yeah sure. On it.

TriangleSF: Both Chris & Dave went to @exitevent & raving about it this morning! Lots of great conversation, beer & #entrepreneurs!

So as it is I didn't even get to the venue until 5:55. No worries, considering the Social takes about five minutes of setup on my part. Once all the invites are out, my job is to provide the non-beer, the music, and whatever crazy idea I cook up to distract the entrepreneurs, like a ping-pong tournament, in my stated goal of bringing productivity in the RTP to a screeching halt for 3 hours.

I took about six or seven minutes to carry in Diet Cokes and regular Pepsis (which were on sale, the budget for your average ExitEvent Social is right around $0), and when I looked up, there were entrepreneurs everywhere.

At 6:05.

So I did a count. There were 51.

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ExitEvent: Just Getting STARTed
Entrepreneurs, Investors, Support Orgs, Service Providers - We've Got Something For Everyone Now
Blog
2.15.12

Monday night, I had the honor to pour beer and socialize with a mix of over 100 RTP area entrepreneurs at the eighth ExitEvent Startup Social. In just under three hours, I made sure I introduced myself to everyone in the room (which is easy to do from behind the taps), and witnessed everyone having a great -- no, phenomenal time, thanks mostly to Mystery Brewing, who provides the excellent craft brew, and Neu Concepts, who lends us their incredible space.

I've been at this for just over ten months, a little under a year. And in that time I've watched the network grow to almost 400 members, over 250 of which are entrepreneurs from over 150 startups.

But It's Not Just the Numbers.

We had folks from startup vets @Adzerk, @Appia, @ArgyleSocial, @DigitalSmiths, @iContact, @KeonaHealth, @Shoeboxed, @Zift and of course @Statsheet (to name a few), mixing it up with newly minted @ArchiveSocial, @PengoLoans, and @Motaavi_News (to name even fewer).

Also mingling were support organizations Triangle Startup Factory, Joystick Labs, Groundwork Labs, Triangle Entrepreneurship Week, and CED (Triangle Startup Weekend has attended before but could not make it Monday).

And for the first time, investors were socializing from Southern Capitol Ventures, Triangle Angel Partners, and IMAF-RTP (IDEA Fund Partners has also attended before, and also couldn't make it Monday).

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Let's Take This Startup Party to the Next Level
ExitEvent Welcomes Investors to the Social
Blog
1.23.12

For the uninitiated, ExitEvent started in 2009 as a full-fledged business, got shelved when I joined the management team at StatSheet, spent a lost week in 2010 as a free taco truck, restarted back in April 2011 as a lark, and then exploded into something I never could have imagined.

And if 2011 was about bringing everyone together, 2012 will be about world domination.

I love saying that.

ExitEvent is now up to over 300 members, over 200 of which are entrepreneurs from about 150 startups all across the Triangle area (including Raleigh, who made a very public announcement last week that they were getting their startup act together). Roughly 100 of you show up every month to do nothing more than socialize. Two of you have won bullshit ping-pong trophies.

In other words, there's a lot of you. You're all very cool people, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to bring you all together just to watch it happen.

Some quick math (which we entrepreneurs are kind of good at) makes it obvious that there are right around 100 of you that aren't entrepreneurs. These folks are also very cool people and very valuable to the startup ecosystem.

However, keeping the Social entrepreneur-only wasn't only by design, it was necessary. Like I always say, there are plenty of other, better startup-related events around the Triangle at the rate of at least once a week. I know. I go to most of them.

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Helping Those Who Help Themselves
Intrepid Company Relaunches as a Resource Marketplace
Blog
1.15.12

Along with founding ExitEvent and being on the management team at Automated Insights, I also own a consulting firm: Intrepid Company.

I know, everyone and their dog owns a consulting firm.

But this consulting firm never really looked like your average, everyday consulting firm.

Now, after a whole lot of thought, we want to make it look nothing like your average, everyday consulting firm. But to do this, we're going to need your help.

I started Intrepid Company after spending years with startup technical services consulting firms. As the Internet started to dominate that space, however, I got disillusioned with the lack of those types of services firms to keep up. I also started working with and for RTP product startups and I quickly realized three things were going on:

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