Last week I attended the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) 2009/2010 season kick off party. For those of you who were unaware of this group up to now, such as myself, VLAB is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. As a non-profit organization, VLAB's mission is "to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people."
VLAB hosts monthly events at Stanford Business School and brings together an abundance of entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists who get to "network and learn about pivotal business issues, emerging industries and the latest technologies."
VLAB solely relies on volunteers to run all aspects of its operations and logistics. In return for volunteering, you get access to the VLAB Google group, which provides a great forum for information sharing and networking along with access to many other affiliate and sister organizations in technology and private equity investments. Our CEO; Fadi Bishara has been involved with VLAB for several years and currently an executive board member and a vice chair for volunteers.
At the kick off event, I clearly see how the VLAB folks were very passionate about what they were doing. It was also very encouraging to see how willing the executive committee members and current volunteers were in wanting the events attendees to get the most out of the experience.
As a volunteer for this coming year, I'm very excited to be involved and to gain insider knowledge on the latest goings for the next big thing.
The first event for this season is, Rise of the Machines: The Business of AI on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00pm. Go to vlab.org to see how you can become a volunteer and get your ticket to the September event.