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Announcing: First Round Capital Office Hours (and free coffee)

Remember when you were in college and you had lots of questions about how the world worked and yet being around a university environment you still felt safely isolated from the crazed gyrations and threats of the real world? If you wanted to think of the world off-campus, you could sign-up to meet a faculty member for Office Hours and discuss the world in theory (realty was still Graduation Day and Senior Week away).

Well, all of the recent doomsdayism and naysaying has made me a bit wistful for campus life. I remember the safety of those college days. And I miss them. So do my colleagues. In that spirit, Rob Hayes and I will be holding our own Office Hours. On Tuesday, October 21st from 11am to 1pm, we’ll be camping out at the University Café in Palo Alto.

Despite what others may be saying, at First Round we still think it’s a great time to think about starting a company. At Office Hours, we’d love to meet with entrepreneurs, people thinking about becoming entrepreneurs or folks who would like join a start-up. We’ll be available for a bunch of informal ~15 minute chats. There’s no agenda. Ask us what we think of the market environment or share an idea for a company – we’ll be sure to have plenty of napkins available to help draft that first product plan. We’ll listen, share our perspective and pay for the coffee (which may be of more value than our advice).

When: Tuesday, October 21st , 11am – 1pm
Where: University Café, 271 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

More details and RSVP (not required) here.

We’ll plan to meet people as they arrive, but if you have time constraints send me a note and we can lock down a slot.

EDIT 10/22/08: Thank you to everyone who attended the event. Please let us know how we can improve for next time by posting your feedback in the comments section of our “thank you” post.

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14 thoughts on “Announcing: First Round Capital Office Hours (and free coffee)

  1. This is a superb idea. I would have definitely taken you up on this invitation, but unfortunately only arrive in Palo Alto (relocating from South Africa)a few days after.

    I took my wife and kids to University Cafe a couple months ago when we were scouting the area for homes and schools; had a good cuppa coffee. Looking forward to going there again – a real buzz!

    Hopefully you wll do this again some time and I can take a raincheck?

    Regards
    Kevin

  2. Cool. Palo Alto is a bit of hike from Wayne, Pa – but maybe you could do this in Conshi or Philly sometime? (Or maybe you have and I just need to pay better attention!) Let us know how it goes!

  3. Cool. Palo Alto is a bit of hike from Wayne, Pa – but maybe you could do this in Conshi or Philly sometime? (Or maybe you have and I just need to pay better attention!) Let us know how it goes!

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