Thursday, July 26, 2018

Aug 13th: The History of Computing Through the Eyes of One Woman's Career

We are pleased to welcome Mary L. Gorden to present at Mountain Minds Monday: “The History of Computing Through the Eyes of One Woman's Career”

Mary L. Gorden, author of "Life Without Ceilings: A Woman’s Career in Computers" will give us an insider’s view of the role women played in computing throughout her 35-year career in the field.

Using events from her career, Gorden will describe the change in attitude towards both computers and women in technology, how some new approaches today are really old ideas using newer technology, and how and why the numbers of women in computing have changed over time.

Mountain Minds Monday will be held on Monday, August 13th from 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner located at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. Pizza and salad is available and we use a pay-what-you-can model ($5 minimum). Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking.

The event will also be livestreamed and available online as it happens on YouTube:

You can find us at or sign up for email meeting announcements here:

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2018 Tahoe Pitch Camp and Showcase

Tahoe Pitch Camp

Date: August 29September 5, September 12
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Sierra Business Council in Truckee
Cost: FREE

Apply Before Aug 27th

Tahoe Pitch Showcase

Date/Time: September 24
Time: 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30)
Location: Community Arts Center in Truckee
Cost: Pay What You Can

Buy tickets

Sierra Business Council (SBC) and Tahoe Silicon Mountain (TSM) are excited to announce the return of Tahoe Pitch Camp and Tahoe Pitch Showcase, a series of workshops culminating in a showcase for Tahoe/Truckee entrepreneurs, startups, and founders to present to the community their innovative companies & ideas.  

On September 24th at 6pm at the Community Arts Center in Truckee, entrepreneurs will present their pitch deck for the chance to win prizes and receive feedback from an expert panel of judges, as well as the audience of community members.

Tahoe Pitch Camp, a series of workshops delivered by Sierra Business Council, is designed for entrepreneurs to hone their skills, learn about successful pitch techniques, and craft a winning pitch. Taught by SBC’s Kristin York and other seasoned mentors in collaboration with Tahoe Silicon Mountain, participants will hone their presentation skills and information into a five minute presentation, referred to as a pitch, identifying their value proposition and their organizations capital needs. The Showcase will feature the finalists of the entrepreneurs from the Pitch Camp.  

Entrepreneurs at any stage, startups, founders, and established businesses are all welcome to apply for Tahoe Pitch Camp and Showcase. The series, held at SBCs office in Truckee, will begin on August 29th and continue on September 5th and 12th from 6-8PM. In addition to the classes, entrepreneurs are encouraged to take advantage of free one-on-one consulting with SBCs Sierra Small Business Development Center staff.

Kristin York is director of the Sierra Small Business Development Center, VP of Business Innovation at Sierra Business Council, and a Professor of Sustainable Urban Development and Implementation of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School. Sierra Business Council pioneers innovative approaches and solutions to increase community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada.

Tahoe Silicon Mountain is the hub for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, tech and other professionals who live, frequently visit, or own a second home in the TruckeeTahoe region. Find out more here:  

SBC is accepting sign-ups for the Pitch Camp until Aug 27th. For more information and to apply please visit:  

To attend the Pitch Showcase, buy tickets here:

Sponsor the Pitch Showcase for just $25

Our local Truckee/Tahoe/Reno entrepreneurs are coming together to sponsor the dessert and soft drinks at our 2nd Annual Pitch Showcase. We've set the sponsorship level at just $25 per company because it is our goal to have a show of force of how many startups we have.

Sponsors are encouraged to submit a logo to be displayed on an Entrepreneur Sponsors slide at the Pitch Showcase.

Company names will be commemorated on a keepsake can cooler that attendees receive. We hope that we can fill the can cooler with startup company names.

Don't be left out, commit to sponsoring today!