Supporting and Growing Truckee’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

A Need and a Vision

Seven years ago, the Tahoe Silicon Mountain founding members saw a need. In Silicon Valley, professional networking opportunities are ubiquitous. Many people move from Silicon Valley to Truckee to work remotely, and many more regularly visit or own homes in Truckee. But, there wasn’t a place for people to gather to discuss technology or the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs in Truckee, and many local tech entrepreneurs ended up moving back to the Bay Area.

Who Is Tahoe Silicon Mountain (TSM)?

An organization that facilitates events where people can meet in-person to talk shop, meet interesting people who’re involved in technology businesses, learn how others run their technology companies in the mountains, share job opportunities, exchange ideas for improving their businesses, grow the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, and much more.

Initially created by Johannes Ziegler and brought to life by Ziegler, Garrett McCullough and Rachel Arst McCullough, it’s where people can meet their co-founder, and listen to interesting presentations about the intersection of technology, community, environment, education and entrepreneurship. At TSM, you can meet other current and aspiring entrepreneurs and support our growing community. And you can be assured that there will be a lively discussion!

The Backstory

Early meetings of TSM often only saw 10-15 attendees. Over time, the word spread about the quality of the events and attendance has grown dramatically. It’s not unusual to find more than 60 attending the Monday night events at Pizza on the Hill.

A wide range of topics have been covered and some favorites include: “Beyond Books: How Libraries of the Digital Age Can Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” “The Sharing Economy: Uber, Airbnb and How Sharing Resources Spreads the Wealth” and “How You Can Be a Change Agent: Learn from the Creators of Truckee’s New Makerspace.”

With the help of Pizza on the Hill and the generous support of long time sponsors, New Leaders, Clear Capital, and Holland & Hart, TSM is able to offer a delicious and easy-on-the wallet pizza and salad dinner for $5.

TSM recently started a new program, First Friday at Five, specifically for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to help each other grow their businesses.

And while more programs are on the horizon, the TSM leaders have an even bigger vision: to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Truckee-Tahoe.

Just back from the Mountain Ventures Summit un-conference in Telluride, TSM co-founder, Rachel Arst McCullough will be sharing takeaways on creating and building healthy and sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystems in mountain towns. Anyone interested in learning more about the topic, or creating, growing, or supporting the growth of Truckee/Tahoe-based businesses is welcome to attend on April 10th (details below).

When Do I Show Up?

The Speaker Series

TSM’s founding event, the Speaker Series, takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month at Pizza on the Hill from 6-8pm. Be sure to show up early for Happy Hour at the bar and to reserve your seat!

Who should attend?
  • Entrepreneurs and professionals who live, frequently visit, or own a second home in the Truckee-Tahoe region
  • Anyone who is interested in hearing an educational presentation and learning something new
  • Those who are interested in meeting and getting to know other professionals during networking time before and after the presentation
  • Middle and high school students interested in business, science and technology
  • Families with young children are welcome in the Gathering Room, where the event will be projected on the big screen
Can’t Make It?

Join TSM on YouTube ( for the livestream, starting at 6:15pm with attendee introductions and 6:45 for the speaker’s presentation. Be sure to log in to YouTube to participate in lively online discussions and to ask the speaker any questions.

All event videos are also available on the YouTube channel after the event. Presenter slides can be found on Slideshare.

First Friday at Five

TSM’s newest event, First Friday at Five, takes place on the 1st Friday of each month at The Lift in Truckee at 5pm. Conducted in a round table format, it is an opportunity to share what you are working on, and to ask for and offer insights and resource suggestions to solve problems. Come prepared to receive advice from and give help to fellow attendees!

Who Should Attend?

Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Many of the Tahoe Silicon Mountain Speaker Series Presentations are interactive!  Arrive early for a seat in the main room!  There is plenty of additional space in the Gathering Room.