Monthly Archives: May 2015

SSG Consulting

Emergent properties. Pack as many great people into venue and see what happens.

Neat projects are happening already at SSG and more are expected.

Closest to my heart is job creation. Idea is help founders succeed and they create jobs. Pre-money or pre-revenue though, that can hard so we need to brainstorm at SSG on how to do this. One idea I’d been half joking about is packaging our expertise. It was done this morning at 3am by SSG members at I am thinking selling consulting hours and projects with commissions to those who bring in leads. I am open to all ideas. Please see me on #ssg-consulting channel.

Thank you.


Welcome to SSG!

Please introduce yourself on #intros channel and tell us about your startup(s) and how SSG and members can help you level up. We have a lot of channels but please feel to create a new one if none addresses your interests as those may inspire others here. We want to see everyone here to learn and succeed together.  For SSG Slack, you are encouraged to complete your profile including a picture.


Some popular channels you may want to explore:



#3f – a space for Female Founders and Funders




#random – Talk about random stuff

#ssg-dogfood – where you can explore SSG member’s startups

#twitter-handles – to follow people who are at SSG



Notes: Welcome to SSG v. Started by Charles Jo 5/13/15

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ThoughtStreams link:


Reminder to sign up for SSG pitch practices

ssg pitch
Short URL:
Long URL:

Minor edits by Charles Jo 5/12/15

Hello SSG Members,

JD and Nathan are accepting more startups for pitch practices Thursdays 9am PDT.
Please email
subject: SSG Pitch Session – 14 May 2015
(Also accepting reservations for 21 May 2015)

Thanks again JD and Nathan for driving this. I am hearing from SSG members that this is a huge value add for the community.

Charles Jo
@charlesjo (Twitter, SSG Slack, HeyNow)

P.S. Support fellow SSG startups at SSG Dog Food project


Hi All,

Please note we’ll be running this via Google Hangouts on Air.

This is the public URL for viewing the stream:

For all those pitching please connect with JD to get the speaker URL. (max 10 participants at a time)

Last round we went over capacity, so we’re trying things a bit differently. Please bare with us and provide feedback so we can learn and improve for the next round.

Don’t forget to connect with SSG on your favourite network:


Curated list of community members: (to get added to the list just submit your twitter handle in:

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Exciting news from ssg members today, May 11, 2015

Originally posted on

Exciting news today on SSG: (1) Ben’s startup has announced their app so please let’s dog-food our fellow SSG member startup products. I want us to test to use as our default private messaging app for SSG. + ben (or charlesjo); (2) in case you missed it, please see #accelerator-incubator channel for possible deals on AWS and MS tools for your startup — remember, we are trying to get ssg members’ costs to MVP down to $0; (3) please explore ThoughtStreams as a blog publishing tool eg. ; (4) more increasingly relevant private betas being discussed on SSG Slack so please share with your favorite founders and investors:

I’m @charlesjo on Twitter, SSG Slack, and on HeyNow app.

IC joke & future of SSG

There’s an old joke in Silicon Valley that goes something like this:

Q: “What made Silicon Valley so successful?”

A: “ICs.”

Q: “Integrated Circuits?”

A: “No, Indians and Chinese.”

Diversity along with meritocracy, visionaries, hyper-competitiveness are all wonderful traits of Silicon Valley and I sincerely hope that the rest of the US and the globe will adopt as ways to improve business ecosystems.

There is another factor that I am exploring with SSG which I call Integrated Community or full-stack startup ecosystem. It already exists in the supply chain for unicorns but most people are locked out. So I have been recreating an open source version of it at SSG with a twist. We welcome every founder and investor who is interested in helping others. We have 569 registered users on the SSG Slack version and today on Mother’s Day, I see we have 25 users online and I suspect many more lurking.

Vision I have for SSG as an Integrated Community is highest speed in communication which leads to quickest MVPs. As a group, we should be able to create a startup from idea to MVP in an hour.

Join us at and explore. Instant access to 569 founders and investors. No need for silly “warm introductions” to our members. Commiserate with fellow entrepreneurs. Share success stories. Let’s change the world.

I’m @charlesjo on Twitter and SSG slack.

Next 500 members on SSG

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by charlesjo

19 thoughts
last posted May 4, 2015, 12:46 a.m.

17 earlier thoughts


We reached 500 members on SSG recently. Another milestone and it seemed like it was yesterday when we reached 100.

For the next 500 members, I would again like to focus on founders from under-represented groups including female founders and investors.

If you see this note, please think about the entrepreneurs in your network and ask them to check out or simply

We are creating magic.


Charles Jo
Creator, SSG