O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Startup Camp

The Thursday and Friday (July 10-11) before this year’s Foo Camp in Sebastopol July 11-13, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures will be hosting OATV Startup Camp. This startup boot camp will consist of sessions led by startup veterans and other experts in a roundtable discussion format on various topics important to founders. The sessions will be more of a conversation on each topic rather than a lecture, in which participants will learn from each other as well as from entrepreneurs who’ve already been successful.

We’re making space at OATV Startup Camp (and at Foo Camp to follow) for two people from each of six to eight early stage startups that we select from those that apply. Once we select the startups, we’ll tailor the sessions to their issues, but we’re planning to cover things like fundraising, PR and viral marketing, and working with investors and a board of directors. And of course, you get to interact with all the people who’ll be there at Foo Camp as well.

To apply, email your company presentation (no more than 20 slides) to foo at oatv.com. Then note that Foo Camp is all about bringing people together who are doing amazing things. What about your start up would be interesting to the people who come to Foo? At O’Reilly, we’re not just interested in making money (although like all investors, we do care about that too!). We’re interested in people and technologies that we believe have the potential to change the world for the better, and that tell us something new about emerging trends that everyone else isn’t already thinking.

Some areas of interest include cloud computing, mobile, location-based services, open source hardware, physical computing and new materials, the future of manufacturing, tools for information management and open data, open source (especially as used to create Web 2.0 data assets), rich media and the future of creativity, cleantech, braintech (applied neuroscience), and personal genomics. Even better, surprise us with something you see that we don’t.

We’ll pick 6-8 early stage startup companies by June 20, 2008. Applications are due by June 6, 2008.

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  • http://webreakstuff.com Fred Oliveira

    This is pretty insteresting, Tim – congratulations. I’m definitely interested in hearing about your major areas of interest at AlphaTech. Naturally the breadth of things you are paying attention to with O’Reilly is pretty big, but maybe bringing it down to just a few more select interests so that entrepreneurs know if their ideas are a good fit.

  • http://www.nixty.com Glen Moriarty

    Thanks for the opportunity! Looking forward to submitting and following the process. I’m sure there will be a number of great companies that benefit from this opportunity.

  • http://andrewbfife.blogspot.com Andrew Fife

    Can you define what you mean by early-stage? The content seems tailored to seed stage companies that haven’t raised a venture round. However, many series A or B funded companies would consider themselves early-stage.

  • Jane

    Any plans to host a European Foo Camp?

  • GL

    Was looking to approach OATV about a Location-based service opportunity. Now this event seems to throw a twist into that equation. Does this mean that OATV will not be funding any companies until the event has concluded?
    If so, Tim how about we (you, Bryce, Mark) meet at Petaluma Pizza; order a pitcher of beer and discuss the opportunity.

  • http://www.oatv.com Mark Jacobsen

    This is Mark Jacobsen, one of the managing directors of OATV, with a couple answers to the questions posted so far.

    Fred, I’d take a look at the recent Radar posts and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what are the broad areas of interest to O’Reilly Media and OATV.

    Andrew, good question. We’re primarily interested in seed stage companies. If you’ve raised more than $500K, you are likely out of our sweet spot. That said, if you think you have something that’s really different, go ahead and apply.

    Gl, this doesn’t meet we won’t be looking at any other investments until the event is concluded. You can contact me directly in the meantime.

  • http://www.myuzk.com Matt Albiniak

    The best thing about Sun’s Startup Camp (SF08) was that half of it took place on the weekend. Some of us, believe it or not, are trying to self-fund our babies through other, “real” full-time jobs, which makes mid-week cons/camps near impossible to attend — especially since we’re based in Minneapolis.

    Either way, it’s great to see another company jump in the fire and help us by providing access to resources.

    /$.02

    Matt Albiniak
    one of the dudes
    myuzk, inc.

  • http://www.duck9.com/larry-chiang-OReilly-Alpha-tech-ventures Larry Chiang

    @Matt Albiniak appreciated your 2 cents

    I’m approaching OATV Founders Camp from two angles… one is to provide in-the-trenches experience from doing lead generation and new customer acquisition. Another is to learn from tech leaders on new technology applications to real world problems (my sweet spot is helping young adults learn about FICO credit scores)

    p.s. I am also working on a post for GigaOm: Founders and their Favorite Books http://gigaom.com/2008/01/17/9-things-stanford-b-school-wont-teach-you/
    http://gigaom.com/2007/06/24/how-to-work-the-room/

    @Matt Albiniak, I am also interested in pre entrepreneurship (aka Moonlighters) and what y’all read