We love you, California!
In record time, the wonderful A2 team, partnering with Innovate50 and InnovateLTC, put together an excellent Salon in San Francisco, CA on June 21. We had less than a week since getting confirmation of the space to confirm the speakers, logistics and put the word out, but after some furious meeting planning, emailing and beer-buying, we were ready to host our first event in the TechSoup offices in SOMA. TechSoup were a fantastic partner for us, so thanks to the Founder Rebecca, honorary A2 team member Will, and wonderful Jenne for doing a sterling job with logistics. We were happy with the turnout, especially for the first event with little notice – about 65 people showed up (you can see who on the Eventbrite page), and listened to a great group of speakers representing both startups in the aging space and some big thinkers and doers.
A quick recap – Charlie Sheldon a designer from San Francisco shared some of the research he’d done with the Bethany Center, Prof Aimee Kao from USCF talked about the many things we can learn about the aging process from worms, Geoff Clapp shared lessons from the front line in his 12 year epic journey to create, raise funding for, then sell one of the most successful ‘silver tech’ products there has been, and Marcie Rogo (Silver Seeker) and Ivan Osadchiy (Family Ribbon) shared their experiences as early stage startup entrepreneurs who are diving into the space. We don’t have yet full video recording capabilities unfortunately (maybe in well-funded future that may happen), but here are a reminder of the speakers and their links, a few pics, and some fun testimonials from three attendees, which gives a flavor of the energy in the room.
Charlie Sheldon, Co-founder and Director, Studio 315
Aime Kao, Professor, UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Geoff Clapp, Founder and CTO, Health Hero Network and Advisor to Rock Health
Marcie Rogo, Founder, Silver Seeker
Ivan Osadchiy, Founder & CEO, Family Suite
So, thanks to Emily, Katy, Alicia and the rest of the A2 team (like Wen and Nina) who helped with social media from afar, and for San Francisco for welcoming Aging2.0 to your ‘hood. See you all again, very soon.