5:00 pm17:00

The Collaborative Membership Happy Hour

The Urban Fabrick Collaborative is a non-profit committed to communicating the value of community, sustainability and collaborative design. Covo is the home of The Collaborative's monthly happy hour on the last Wednesday of every month from 5-7pm.

Mar 26

SF Basic Income Create-a-thon 2017

We’re hosting a Basic Income Create-a-thon! Join us for a marathon weekend of creative action around universal basic income, where participants team up to create projects aimed at raising awareness and building support for the idea. Food and drinks will be provided all weekend -- all you need to do is show up and create!

The way that most people hear about basic income today is from wonky policy descriptions in news articles or media pieces.

What are creative ideas for better ways to introduce people to basic income and get them to become supporters?

This is a weekend-long event:

Friday, 7pm: kick-off, discussion, team-forming

Saturday, 9am: project work all day

Sunday, 9am: project work until presentations at 3pm

Other Details

  • Laptops strongly suggested, but not required
  • If the registration fee is out of your budget, email and we’ll take care of it.

What is a Create-a-thon?
At Create-a-thons, writers, artists, videographers, technologists, and others come together and spend a weekend working on creative projects around the theme of Universal Basic Income in order to raise awareness and support for the idea. These projects range widely in scope and perspective--from crowdfunding Basic Income giveaways to short story anthologies on how this policy might affect different facets of society.

The event will start on a Friday evening, continue all day on Saturday, and run through Sunday afternoon. During that time, participants will pitch ideas for projects, form into groups, and then work towards making their ideas a reality. At the end of the weekend, teams will present what they’ve accomplished to the full group.

What do you mean by projects?
The way we use it, “project” is a pretty open-ended term. A project is any group or individual creation that helps more people get on board with the idea of basic income.

Past projects have included everything from short films to a crowdfunded basic income sweepstakes, to projects that allow self-organized communities to provide their members with a basic income.

Typically, projects fall into one of three categories:

  • Research: growing the evidence base

  • Education: raising awareness

  • Organizing: building support

If you’d like to see even more examples of past projects, check out our past Create-a-thons here.

What’s the schedule?
The event will start on Friday evening, continue all day on Saturday, and run through Sunday afternoon. During that time, participants will pitch ideas for projects, form into groups, and then work towards making their ideas a reality. At the end of the weekend, teams will present what they’ve accomplished to the full group.

What does the registration fee pay for?
The registration fee helps us cover costs for the event space and food for the weekend. If the fee is out of your budget, email and we’ll take care of it.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Public transportation is the best way to travel to the event. The closest BART / Muni station is Powell St., which is about 2 blocks from the location. There is some street parking available, though not much, and a large parking garage across the street from Westfield Mall on Mission St between 4th and 5th St.

Special thanks to Amanda Wray for the graphic!

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6:00 pm18:00

Diversability SF Happy Hour


Join disability advocates, friends, allies, and supporters for an informal community happy hour on Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8pm at Covo. All are invited. Drinks and bites are available for purchase at the Covo bar. This event is organized by Diversability, a social enterprise to rebrand disability through the power of community (and its founder Tiffany is a friend of Covo) and launched in San Francisco last year.

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6:30 pm18:30

China-US Networking @DayDayUp­ at Covo

For the first-timers, you will get to meet others passionate about China. You will meet entrepreneurs, working professionals, engineers, lawyers whose work is related to the Chinese market, China-US import/export, Chinese manufacturing and web/mobile startups in China. We welcome anyone with an interest in working on China-related project or business. If you are a student looking for internships and jobs, You can join us too!  

If you have friends who might benefit from this event or the group, please tell them to join our group and RSVP to this event. 


6:00 pm18:00

Fireside Chat: Olof Mathe, CEO & Co-Founder of Mixmax

How Mixmax Got 5,000 Customers Without Spending a Penny on Marketing

Join us for a fireside chat with Olof Mathe, CEO & Co-Founder of Mixmax

You'll learn:

1. How to include virality in your product

2. How to implement a growth framework for sustainable traction

3. How to scale a product's user base using engineering for marketing

Olof led the team that built Inkling Habitat, now adopted by the world’s largest publishers. Prior, he worked at Skype and McKinsey. He organizes Art Hack Day and is now the CEO & founder of Mixmax.

MixMax enables its users to track emails accurately, use sequences, set up meetings in an instant, save time with email templates, and schedule emails to be sent later.

It's acclaimed to make emails as powerful as web pages by enabling actions such as completing purchases, confirming expense reports, scheduling events, and answering surveys.

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8:30 am08:30

Venture FWD Summit San Francisco 2017

Covo is proud to sponsor the country's most focused summit on supporting women and minority-run businesses by facilitating connections to investment capital and opportunity

The purpose of VentureFWD (For Women & Diversity) Summit is shining a spotlight on the incredible work being done every day by women and minority entrepreneurs. We are creating a platform for discussion around seeking capital and effectively growing your business. VentureFWD is for: Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Women, Minorities, Angel Investors, Industry Experts, SMBs, C-Level Executives, Government Representatives, Individual Investors, Educators, and more.

Learn more - If you are a Covo member, reach out to your Community Manager for a Member Discount!

6:00 pm18:00

Buffy 20th Anniversary Party: Friday Night at The Bronze

On March 10, 1997, Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted. 
Our lives were never the same.

20 years later, we are reopening The Bronze for one night only, to celebrate good friends, Big Bads, and the impending apocalypse.

Grab a drink, enjoy Buffy episodes on loop all night, and rock out to all the Nerf Herder and Dingos Ate My Baby tracks you can handle. 

90s garb / pointy teeth highly encouraged. Blood drinking highly discouraged. Leave Mr. Pointy at home.

21 and over
$5 advance tickets, $10 at the door.


1:00 pm13:00

Freelance Friday

Join us for the March edition of Freelance Friday, generously hosted byCovo in SOMA! Come by for an hour or two - or the whole time - to get work done, and connect with fellow freelancers.

We'll be coworking from 1-5, and then close out the day with a happy hour at the Covo bar from 5-7 to mix and mingle and get to know one another.

Hope to see you there!

Tessa & Kate

"Freelance Friday is a monthly coworking meetup for independents, creatives and entrepreneurs in 10 cities."


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6:00 pm18:00

Persian Tech Entrepreneurs Norooz Happy Hour 2017 - SF

Persian Tech Entrepreneurs is back in SF! Please join us at the lovely new COVO space as we host our Second Annual Norooz Happy Hour to ring in the Persian New Year! Come celebrate the Spring Equinox, mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, network, be merry—and share great ideas.

PTE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fosters professional development for aspiring entrepreneurs of all cultural backgrounds.

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6:30 pm18:30

Boss Ladies Meet & Greet-Celebrating Women's Day

Boss Ladies Meetup Group

We are inspired by incredible women. Women who are resilient. Women who don't take no for an answer. Women who standup proud and tall for what they believe in, even if they are standing alone. Women who are starting business. Women who are raising kids and starting businesses. Women who make this world go round. Women like you, or your mother, daughter, friend, sister. 

What better way to celebrate women's day on March 8th than by coming together with a community of boss ladies. Come out and meet other boss ladies in the bay area over a drink or two!


5:00 pm17:00

USGBC Northern California Monthly Mixer

Join the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Northern California community for a monthly mixer. USGBC’s members are leaders in sustainability in the architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, and policy sectors. Each month there will be a brief presentation from one of our members and you will find out how to get involved with USGBC in our areas of focus: Education, Community Impact, and Rising Leaders.  Go to for more information.

This month: Clark Brockman, LEED Fellow of Sera Architects, will talk about his work on water reuse implementation and policy, both at Google and in the Pacific Northwest

11:00 am11:00

Mix and Mac Pop-Up Lunch!

Another chance to get your lunchtime mac & cheese fix downtown! Mix & Mac will be back at Covo, debuting our gluten-free mac option! Bring your coworkers, bosses, and/or office puppy and come say hi!

6:30 pm18:30

SF Drop-In A Cappella #1

Everyone attending wants to sing a cappella:
-Some of you are already in groups! 
-Some of you want to start your own group! 
-Some of you just want a casual place to sing! 
We're going to sing together, and then, figure out how best to keep singing together.

6:30-7pm: Happy Hour
7-7:20pm: Warmups and Introductions
7:20-8pm: "Twist And Shout" as popularized by The Beatles
8-8:40pm: "I Feel It Coming" by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
8:40-9pm: Next Steps


6:00 pm18:00

Women of Words: March Monthly Meetup

Join us on Wed, Mar 1 at Covo for a monthly gathering of women writers! Based on feedback from previous gatherings, here's what you can expect:

6:00 - 6:15 -- Introductions + Intentions. What you're working on / hoping to accomplish at the meeting.
6:15 - 6:30 -- Settling into the space. A group prompt to set the theme for the evening. Soft, instrumental background music.
6:30 - 7:30 -- Focused writing time.
7:30 - 7:45 -- Closing Circle. Sharing our successes!
7:45 - 8:00 -- Extra time to chat with your fellow lady writers... there's also a bar if you would like to grab a glass of wine after our gathering :)

There will be scratch paper and an assortment of writing prompts on the table if you're feeling stuck -- but please bring your laptop, notebook, sketchbook, and anything else you need to get the creative juices going.

While the gathering is free, we ask a minimum food/bev purchase of $10+ per person. 

And mark your calendars: we will be hosting this meeting every First Wednesday of the month!

Also, join in the conversation with us on the official Facebook group!

7:00 pm19:00

The MIX Showcase: Celebrating Independent Gaming Excellence!

Join The MIX for our 6th year celebrating outstanding indie games across many genres and platforms during GDC week!

All games are available to play at the event, and you can also chat with the game creators — along with complimentary refreshments.

The MIX teams up with talented teams and partners from around the world who develop the most amazing indie gaming experiences.  Check out highlights from last year’s GDC week event here.

Please note: this event is by invitation only. 

6:30 pm18:30

ETR Sessions

ETR Sessions is a highly curated live music event showcasing the next big artists from your city. The ETR Sessions team is constantly on the look out for amazing artists everywhere we go. Once a month we bring three of our favorite acts to our pop-up studio at COVO to put on an intimate concert and record each of their 45-minute sets for your viewing pleasure afterward. Join us for an evening of the best live music your city has to offer.

February 23rd Line-up:
Christine Donaldson
Hibbity Dibbity
One more mystery act TBA

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4:00 pm16:00

Bottleshake Happy Hour

Bottleshake is hosting a happy hour for LinkedIn members in the SF Bay Area to participate in our public beta test. If interested, download it from App Store:  

On Wednesday 4-8pm at Covo, show us the app on your iPhone for a drink ticket redeemable at the Covo Cafe & Bar.  Get an additional ticket if you post a "shake" (coffee meeting)!  If you have an Android, like our latest LinkedIn post.  

About Bottleshake: Coffee meetings with professionals in the area.  Add your LinkedIn profile.

6:30 pm18:30

Fireside Chat: World-Class Growth Hacker, Vin Clancy

Come join us for a fireside chat with Vin Clancy, world's top growth hacker!

What you’ll learn:

1.An introduction to the “hacker mindset” and how you can use it to quadruple your companies growth

2.A step-by-step on how to rapidly grow your social media communities and get free traffic/users/feedback from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

3.Outlining a perfect pre-launch strategy to gather emails so you have users on day one

4.A brief outline of how to hack PR coverage, and some tactics to quickly boost your SEO

5.An overview of the most up-to-date tactics and software to enable efficient email marketing, sales, and productivity

6.Everything you need to know about user experience

About the Speaker:
Vin Clancy launched two websites that got to over a million visitors a month, got into the Techstars accelerator, was voted best talk at SXSW V2V 2016, and my debut book/course "Secret Sauce: A step-by-step guide to growth hacking" has raised almost $100,000 via crowdfunding.

s company, Magnific, beat 1500+ other startups to be accepted into prestigious accelerator Techstars London. e s asked by The Duke Of York to help his companies at Pitch@Palace 4.0 and boost social media on the night of the event at St. James’s Palace with The Duchess of York. He has been interviewed in Inc. MagazineNew StatesmanTechCrunch, and he London Economis, and has written for the likes of The Huffington Post and Tech City News.

See you there!

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6:00 pm18:00

Going Global: An Evening for Entrepreneurs by Tencent WeStart

Join us for a celebration of entrepreneurship with discussion, networking, and a happy hour to commemorate the U.S. launch of Tencent's WeStart Business Accelerator program. Hear from industry VC's and small businesses who have taken their enterprises from local startup to the global stage. Learn how they got there and the important lessons they learned along the way.

Get your tickets here

Covo Members: Please see your Community Managers for your free code to attend! 

11:30 am11:30

Mix & Mac Lunch Pop-Up

Did someone say mac & cheese? Yes, we did.

Jason Brown and Chen-Chen Huo of Mix & Mac will be at Covo on Thursday to rustle up some customized mac & cheese for us. Mix & Mac is SF's newest mac and cheese concept, bringing you custom mac & cheese with ingredients that don't come out of a box. Choose a pasta, pick your favorite cheese sauce, add as many toppings as you'd like, and we'll pan cook your mac right in front of you.


Custom Built Mac & Cheese / $10
Your Mac, Your Rules.
Channel your inner cheese artist and create your mac, how you like it


1.            Choose your cheese sauce

  • the #Basic: good ol’ classic cheddar
  • the Goddess: all garlic goodness

2.          Add mix-ins

  • Proteins: Bacon, Rotisserie Chicken
  • Veggies: Mushrooms, Peas, Corn, Jalapenos

3.         Finish off with toppings

  • Toppings: Panko Bread Crumbs, Hot Cheetos, Fresh Shaved Parmesan
  • Sauces: Homemade Honey-Sriracha, Pesto

Let us know you're coming!

5:30 pm17:30

Startup Conversations: Jack Smith & Sam Parr

Startup conversations is a moderated chat between serial entrepreneurs, Jack Smith and Sam Parr. Jack Smith is famously known for his “LinkedIn Hack” that helped him raise $120,000 in seed funding for Vungle, his first startup. He's also the #1 user on Product Hunt. If you're looking to launch your product, he has some of the best advice. Sam Parr is the founder of The Hustle, one of the fastest growing media publications in the U.S. He's also the co-founder of Hustle Con – a one-day conference that teaches non-technical startup tactics.

Get your tickets here!

6:00 pm18:00

Golden Gate Business Association SF Valentine's Day Make Contact

Love (for business) is in the air so come join us for our Valentine's Day Make Contact. We also have several member exhibitor tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To sign-up for a booth space, please apply on our partners website.

Learn more about Golden Gate Business Association here

Register for the event!

Covo Members: Please see your Community Managers for your free code to attend! 

4:00 pm16:00

Security Founder Sessions hosted by Cymmetria

Security Founder Sessions hosted by Cymmetria

Security Founder Sessions is an event by founders, for founders. Each founder will will get on stage for 10-20 minutes to discuss a topic other entrepreneurs and founders would find interesting. Specifically, a lesson or an insight they learned the hard way about starting and building a startup in general, and in the security industry in particular.

Facebook event details here!

6:30 pm18:30

Basic Income in Switzerland: Q&A with Enno Schmidt

The Swiss campaign that put basic income on the ballot in 2016 was a landmark initiative. In addition to being one of the primary reasons that international interest in basic income has grown over the last few years, the campaign was also responsible for creating some of the most iconic images associated with basic income today.

Join us on February 9th for a discussion with Enno Schmidt -- painter, filmmaker, and cofounder of Initiative Grundeinkommen, the organization that led the Swiss effort. 

- 6:30 Doors open
- 7:00 Program starts
- 8:00 Program concludes, stay for networking and community


6:30 pm18:30

VC Chat & Global Demo Nite

This event presented by PitchPerfect Silicon Valley & Pitch Globally

Join us for VC Chat with venture capitalists Marlon Nichols, CrossCulture VC & Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners to discuss Investing & Trends in 2017. Please note this is not domain specific but covers all domains.

Marlon Nichols is a co-founder and general partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), an early stage venture capital firm with a focus on cultural investing (global trends and shifts in consumer behavior).  Before founding CCV, Marlon was an investment director at Intel Capital where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship.  Prior to his time in venture capital, Marlon led successful careers in software and strategy consulting in the technology, private equity, media and entertainment sectors.  Some of Marlon’s investments include Afrostream, Gimlet Media, Hingeto, LendStreet, LISNR, Mark One (Vessyl), Mayvenn, Mirantis, MongoDB, mSurvey, ReplyYes, Sidestep, Skurt, and Thrive Market.  Marlon earned a Bachelor of Science in MIS from Northeastern University and a MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.  Marlon currently serves on the board of directors for private companies LISNR, Shottracker and Sidestep, and  was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Kauffman Fellows Program.  Marlon was named to Silicon Republic's list of 26 venture capital professionals spearheading change in technology investing, was a recipient of Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award,  and was named a member of theRegistry's 40 under 40 Top Diverse Talent.  Marlon has been featured in Fortune, Black Enterprise and a number of other magazines, blogs, and podcasts.

Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including: Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric and Primus Power, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and Pandora Media.  Ms. Pfund also sits on the Board of Trustees for National Geographic Society, is a member of the advisory council for The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance (formerly the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing); and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Prior to founding DBL, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984.  Ms. Pfund’s earlier work included Intel Corp., The California Governor’s Office, Stanford University and The Sierra Club.  Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthro­pol­ogy from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.

MODERATOR: Kaustav “KC” Chaudhuri is the founder of Pitch Globally (formerly Startup Mind, founded in 2007) and is an Advisor to several other large tech events groups and Angel Funds. He has extensive experience as an Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and Executive in Silicon Valley both in startups as well as for large companies like HCL Technologies. He co-founded Biztech, an outsourcing strategy and leadership company, which got acquired by TCG Software, outsourcing arm of private equity& VC funds affiliated to George Soros where he became part of the Management Team and helped leverage significant investments in companies like Perkin Elmer("PKI"), Sybase(acquired by SAP for $ 5b), Selectica(went IPO), Oblix(acquired by Oracle) etc. He is the author of Design Your Mind for Leadership (soon to be launched) and was part of a team of Silicon Valley experts who wrote The First Mile (John Wiley), a book on entrepreneurship. He is also a local Board member of the Leukemia& Lymphoma Society.

GLOBAL DEMO NITE @COVO: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT DOMAIN SPECIFIC BUT COVERS ALL DOMAINS. All demo startups will have a table to promote their startup & have an opportunity to give a 3minute pitch to the attendees after VC Chat between 8pm & 8:30pm. You will also have a video of your pitch uploaded to youtube. 

6:30pm to 7:00pm Networking

7:00pm to 8:00pm VC Chat

8:00pm to 8:30pm Demo Pitches

8:30pm to 9:00pm Networking

Buy Tickets Here. For Covo Member discount, please contact your Community Manager!

5:00 pm17:00

USGBC Northern California 2017 Community Kickoff Meeting

Join USGBC Northern California from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Covo in the SoMa neighborhood as we kick off the new year.

Hear from USGBC Northern California's Director, Brenden McEneaney, about what's new with the organization and how you can get involved.


  • 5-6 p.m. — Arrival & networking
  • 6-6:15 p.m. — Address from the Director
  • 6:15-7 p.m. — Networking

Register Here

6:00 pm18:00

Cisco's APIIPA Meetup ft. Hop Dogma Brewery & Amazon Alexa

This meet-up is for software developers and technology professionals that would like to know more about API's, while enjoying some IPA's. APIIPA will have talks and tastings of both!

Our first event will feature 2 IPA's from local brewery Hop Dogma along with a talk from co-founder and brewer Dan Littlefield! Complimentary tastings of the AlphaDankopotamus and the A-Frame IPA's will be available at the event. 

From the technology side, we'll feature talks from Amazon Alexa Developer Evangelist, Memo Döring and VP/GM of Cisco's Tropo, Jason Goecke!