Yesterday's first DLang/Silicon Valley Meetup was really nice. We've had three talks (even I talked in spite of having a really hoarse voice following a cold) and we've made a number of important plans and decisions going forward.
Vic Cekvenich, the initiator of the meetup, was ousted following political infighting and replaced by Ali Çehreli. I'm kidding - but only partially! Vic is the busy CEO of http://apakau.com (btw: they're hiring) and he wanted someone else to take the operations of the meetup. Ali graciously accepted the role. Vic will continue providing venue for the meetups, which is no small feat - the room we were in today would ordinarily rent for $2000. Vic used his karma with http://sv.tie.org to get the room for free. (Aside from the fact it could have doubled for a fridge, the venue was really nice.) Many thanks to Vic and TiE!
BTW Vic is a great guy to talk to. He has that uncanny ability of entrepreneurs to move things forward with each sentence he utters. A good contrast with the Infinite Bickering(tm) that seems to be sometimes going on in our forums. Vic provided a few very interesting high-level ideas for D that we plan to bring up for review soon.
Anyhow, the long and short of it is we've started with the right foot with DLang/Silicon Valley. We're waiting for the president to state the frequency and usual meeting days and times, etc.
If you're in the area, join us! Stay tuned for more announcements. Andrei