San Mateo Ignites a Spark in Local Software Community

Share Article

Leading innovators, investors and civic leaders from the San Mateo area software community gather to discuss their vital role in today's troubled economy

Over the past several years, San Mateo has had the good fortune of attracting dozens of new and established software companies, and they are changing the complexion of the San Mateo business community significantly

The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce (http://www.sanmateochamber.org) earlier this month kicked off San Mateo Software Innovations 2009, a panel discussion and networking event that marked the beginning of a community building campaign sponsored by the Chamber, local software companies, investors and industry leaders. This initiative is designed to better serve the mounting needs of the local software industry and to put a spotlight on San Mateo County's growing role in it.

Hosted at the Salesforce AppExchange Facility, on Thursday, March 12, 2009, and moderated by Senior Editor of Forbes Rebecca Buckman, the event featured an all-star panel of six San Mateo area software innovators, investors and IT leaders, including Brian Jacobs, Founder and General Partner of Emergence Capital Partners; Ben Smith, Director of ISV Enablement and Evangelism at SalesForce.com; Diaz Nesamoney, CEO of Jivox Corporation; Narinder Singh, CTO and founder of Appirio; Dr. Terry Forte, Chief Medical Officer of Mills-Peninsula Health Services; and Paul Albright, VP of Global Marketing and GM of SMB Business at SuccessFactors.

"Over the past several years, San Mateo has had the good fortune of attracting dozens of new and established software companies, and they are changing the complexion of the San Mateo business community significantly," said Dave Bennett, Chair of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce and Founder of Mollie Stone's Markets. "Innovation has played a vital role in stimulating new growth in our economy time and time again. We feel confident some of the software innovators right here in San Mateo will continue to play that role in the coming months and years. And, we are going to do everything possible to help facilitate the growth of that community in ways that are mutually beneficial to our town, the economy and these software leaders."

Panelists at the San Mateo Software Innovations 2009 event provided valuable insight and guidance for promising, young software companies and outlined new software investment opportunities. The hosted networking reception that followed laid the foundation for collaboration among the burgeoning software community in the greater San Mateo area. More specifically, the discussion highlighted the importance of software innovation in helping businesses increase efficiency and cut costs during tough times.

Panelists suggested that tech sectors, such as SaaS, cloud computing, online advertising and electronic medical record management, would be significant areas of growth in the coming years. Most importantly, during the latter half of the evening, representatives from local software companies within all these sectors and more had the opportunity to broaden their networks of potential customers, partners and civic leaders.

Linda Asbury, president of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, said "With more than two dozen San Mateo County companies represented at the event, attendees gained insight into survival skills for growth in today's harsh economy and were able to network among their peers. We feel that this type of collaboration is particularly important to business success right now, and that's why we want to bring together software leaders -- to encourage them to share resources and create greater prosperity and innovation in San Mateo."

For more info about the San Mateo Software Innovations 2009 event series:

  • Check out the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce website
  • Join the community on Facebook
  • Follow the group on Twitter (@SanMateoSW)
  • Read a summary of the panel discussion at New Venture Communications' blog

Video footage of the event will soon be available on Facebook, the Chamber's website and New Venture Communications' website.

About the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce:
The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the mid-San Francisco Peninsula. Representing hundreds of member businesses, the Chamber seeks to ensure a stable local economy and plays a role in vital the community in the San Mateo area. It promotes business and the public interest through representation, advocacy and sponsorship. The Chamber organizes and funds programs that support the economic, civic, cultural and educational excellence of the San Mateo area.

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Lauren Dresnick
Visit website