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It's been a BIG week for Santa Cruz Works!
We launched our new website, merged with Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup, unveiled our new member and partner programs and, oh yeah, Doug Erickson was just announced as our new Executive Director. So you could say it's been a big week for us. 😃 Read all about it and how you can be a part of it in this week's newsletter.
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Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp merges with Santa Cruz Works
The Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp has merged with Santa Cruz Works and both will be known as Santa Cruz Works moving forward.

“The joining of forces of Santa Cruz Works and Santa Cruz New Tech is a powerful engine for success,” said Peggy Dolgenos, president of Cruzio Internet, in a press release. “The combined entity recognizes that Santa Cruz has a unique place in the international tech scene: we’re highly innovative, but in a community-oriented way.” Read the whole story here
Save the date!
June 5th will be the 3rd annual GET HIRED! event. Is your company hiring? Want a table, be a presenter or sponsor the event? Contact
Indexical kicks off Digital Alchemy, a year-long programming initiative featuring artists who explore the fringes of science and engineering. First event on 5/3.
More info here -
Oceans360 brings marine life close to home through
virtual reality

Three-dimensional videos encourage ocean conservation education.
Imagine seeing California Sea Lions swim underwater, elephant seals lying on the beach at Ano Nuevo State Park and manta rays in Kona, Hawaii all in one place. Oceans360 makes this possible with its three-dimensional virtual reality films of ocean life. Read the full story here
Community of Makers: a Q&A with Idea Fab Labs
Co-founder Jordan Layman

A “member-driven creation zone,” Idea Fab Labs is a community and makerspace in the Wrigley Building. With locations in Santa Cruz and Chico, the company, led by co-founders Jordan Layman and Erin Banwell, offers access to high tech tools, design software, classes and workshops, a resident artist program and more.

We spoke with Layman about the inspiration for Idea Fab Labs, what large-scale art actually is, their growing community of makers, and the company’s plans for the future. Read the interview here
Building Engineering Teams is Product Management
Nick Caldwell, CPO of Looker and former VP of Engineering at Reddit, shares how he grows and manages engineering teams and what it takes to be successful as a Chief Product Officer. Listen to the interview here
Satellite Deskworks founder and CEO Barbara Sprenger was recently awarded a patent for her proprietary coworking software.
In the works since 2014, the patent is for the Satellite Deskworks comprehensive system, which includes monitoring and assessing usage for users from various means, comparing to what’s included in their plans, and auto-billing according to those plans.
“I’m so excited to have been awarded this patent,” says Sprenger, who explains that the patent is for the “tying together and automating of all the pieces of running your coworking center.” Read the rest of the story here
Adam Savage, Every Tool's a Hammer event - May 14
Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Adam Savage—MythBusters and Discovery Channel star and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech—as he shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully turning your idea into reality. More info here
Better iPhone Photography for Your Business (May 14)
Everyone has a phone with a camera now, but not everyone knows the best way to use it. Jules will advise you on how to get better photographs for social media and marketing, as well as some tips and tricks with filters. RSVP for this lunch time event from the Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center here
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