Roundup for Startups

04:21:2012

4pm - 8pm

Deep Ellum Brewing Co

Event Details

April 21st, 2012 – 4 PM - 8 PM
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
2821 St. Louis Street • Dallas, TX 75226

* RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT *
We are expecting a capacity crowd.


129 jobs, 31 startup companies, 2 hours of recruiting and networking, and 2 hours of socializing and entertainment.

Introducing RoundUp for StartUps: a free, fun and innovative recruiting event to match great companies with great talent. From the community, for the community.

RoundUp for StartUps is open to everyone that is interested in joining growing and young technology and startup companies, from recent graduates to seasoned professionals. If you are a software/hardware/network/equipment/test/QA engineer, software programmers/developer, user interface and user experience (UI/UX) specialist, web/mobile designer, system administrator, project manager, or technical designer, this is your chance for a great career move. If your speciality is sales and marketing or business development, and you want to work with the next great North Texas startup, this is your chance to get involved. If you have a passion for what you do and are looking for a fulfilling position at an exciting young company, don't miss this event! 

  • 2 hours of social recruiting and networking. If an employer isn't a good match, you can always use the "it's not you, it's me" line. 
  • With the business portion complete, the band will kick-in so we can relax for 2 hours of catered food, fun, and drinks. 
  • Free registration, free food, free drinks. (Sure beats darts at the local watering hole. And you could get a great job out of it!)

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Sponsors

A special thank you to the organizations who help sponsor our event.

Participating Companies

FAQs

Why did you create this event?

It was a problem that needed solving. Some of us (startups) were struggling to find, identify, and hire great talent. The problem wasn't an issue of compensation and benefits, or a lack of professional recruiters. The problem was that great talent was simply unaware of our great startups. So we've created a unique event to solve the problem.

The startup community is an engine of job growth for North Texas but we can't grow without great talent. If we don't invest in our own startup community as a group, then we'll continue to lose talent to the coasts and that will in turn affect the amount of capital that is contributed to these emerging opportunities in Dallas. Working to retain top talent for our local startup community helps ensure the "next big thing" will be a startup from Dallas, which will in turn benefit our local economy.

Who should attend this event?

Both tech grads and seasoned tech professionals who are looking for jobs in the technology and engineering fields:
software/hardware/network/equipment/test/QA engineers, software programmers/developers, user interface and user experience (UI/UX) specialists, web/mobile designers, system administrators, project managers, technical designers, etcetera. Nonetheless, if your speciality is sales and marketing and you want to work with the next great North Texas startup, this is your chance to get involved. If you want to work in a startup company, RSVP to our event.

Do I need to RSVP?

Yes, we will probably run out of room. We're expecting several hundred attendees. Please RSVP because we have to plan for the food and beer.

What is the dress code?

Be yourself. We expressly scheduled the event on a Saturday so you don't have to wear something dictated by a Corporate Dress Code.

Should I bring a resume?

No – we'd rather meet you in person, which is why we've gone through so much bother to create an event that you'll find both fun and useful to your career. If you have a URL that you'd like to share ahead of the event (GitHub, LinkedIn, etcetera), please provide it as part of our RSVP.

Is this a "job fair"?

The phrase "job fair" brings to mind queues of desperate people, commercial carpeting, fluorescent lighting, skirted conference tables, resumes, and uncomfortable shoes. We'd argue that calling this event a "job fair" is like calling a wedding a wake. Roundup for Startups may help match entrepreneurial companies with talent, but the event also provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks in the startup community, and a great evening of entertainment. C'mon, we've got a band and Circus Freaks! And we're hosting the event at a brewery....

Is there entertainment?

After the 2 hour recruiting and networking portion of the event concludes, the band will kick in and we can all enjoy some beverages, hors d'oeuvers and live entertainment. Did we mention that we have Circus Freaks too?

How/why does the startup sector contribute to the North Texas economy?

The startup community is an engine of job growth for North Texas but we can't grow without great talent. If we don't invest in our own startup community as a group, then we'll continue to lose talent to the coasts and that will in turn affect the amount of capital that is contributed to these emerging opportunities in Dallas. Working to retain top talent for our local startup community helps ensure the "next big thing" will be a startup from Dallas, which will in turn benefit our local economy.

What do you hope the end result will be?

The startup community is out to buck the unemployment trend and put Dallas on the map as a vibrant community for startups that has a plethora of jobs that need to be filled. We anticipate this will be a successful event that matches top talent with full-time, salaried jobs at first-rate startups. We are planning on making this an annual or bi-annual event.

Can my company participate?

Sure, provided we still have room. Your company must have immediate and near-term positions for which you'd hire. The positions must be located in the North Texas region or DFW metroplex. Company participation is free. If you'd like to be considered for inclusion, send a note to Chris Gay at roundup@zengine.com.

NOTE: To clarify, if your startup company is headquartered outside of the North Texas region, you can still participate. You must have a North Texas satellite office which you are staffing, or you must be hiring remote staff who will remain based in North Texas. Our objective is to create jobs in North Texas, and to encourage the overall startup economy here.

I'm interested in being a sponsor, who do I contact?

Please send a note to Chris Gay at roundup@zengine.com. We have a handful of highly-engaging sponsorship opportunities.

I work in the media. Who do I contact for press and media inquiries?

Leah Ekmark at C. Pharr & Company. (972) 931-7576 x22

Who was the event planner?

A special thanks to Green Bandana Group.

Why Join a Start-up?

You may wonder: "Is a start-up company a good fit for me?" That's a great question. Are you the trailblazing type or do you typically play it safe? By joining a start-up company, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Choose your own adventures
  • Collaborate with other enthusiastic and clever people
  • Solve real problems and get rewarded for real results
  • Learn new technologies and processes
  • Address emerging trends in society, business and technology

Remember, every groundbreaking and innovative company you follow in the news once began as a start-up!

Still undecided? If you've spoken with our participating companies and don't find one that suits you, you can always start your own!

Press

Calling all techies for startup event.  
Lakewood Advocate, March 22, 2012 – Hollywood Heights resident Chris Gay owns a tech startup, Zengine, a cloud software firm focused on the insurance business. It is Gay’s second tech startup, and he noticed that he and his colleagues have a hard time recruiting employees. Not only do they compete for talent among themselves, they must also fight what Gay calls “the brain drain to the West and East coasts.” In other words, the most talented programmers, engineers and other savvy techies from our area often are swooped up by firms in Silicon Valley or Massachusetts.   |   See entire article >

 

Hiring headaches lead to birth of startup recruiting event. 
DallasNews.com, April 11, 2012 – Chris Gay, CEO of Zengine, organized the RoundUp for StartUps when he had trouble finding good IT employees. Dallas entrepreneur Chris Gay ran into an unexpected problem starting his second company: finding enough software engineers to hire. For a startup, hiring the right people to create a prototype or to get a product to market fast is crucial — especially in the fast-moving Internet world.   |   See entire article >