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How to Crash All the Best Dreamforce Parties for Free

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Open bar, free entertainment and seitan skewer opportunities galore await you next week when tacky tech culture swallows SoMa and downtown for the Dreamforce 2015 conference (Sept.15-18). The world’s largest software conference is also the world’s largest party-crashing opportunity, with oodles of cash-negative startups throwing insanely opulent parties across our fair city. Getting into these parties is generally quite easy, even if you are not registered for and could not give a fuck about Dreamforce. And should you have ethical concerns over crashing a Salesforce conference party, realize that Salesforce is a San Francisco-based software company that claims on paper to be a Switzerland-based software company so they can ruthlessly screw the American taxpayer. So maybe they owe you something in return!

The best way to get into a cherry Dreamforce party is to network with someone who works at Salesforce or someone who works at a Dreamforce sponsor company (You’re not getting into the Foo Fighters and willi.i.am concert unless you know somebody). The second best way is to just RSVP to the party online so your name is on the guest list. They don’t verify whether you have a conference badge (which you can get for free), they just let you in if you’re on the guest list. Fake it til you make it through the RSVP process, they don’t double-check shit. So here’s the rundown roster of Dreamforce parties you can just RSVP for and attend free, though we cannot guarantee how long the ‘open bar’ or ‘free appetizer’ components of any of these parties are going to last.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 DREAMFORCE PRE-PARTIES

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Image: W Hotel

Hemingway’s Hideout  9 p.m.-Midnight, W Hotel (181 3rd St.) RSVP Here

Salesforce Women’s Network & Girly Geeks Dinner 6-8 p.m., SF Hilton (333 O’Farrell) RSVP Here This is more a panel session/dinner than a party, but quite useful and inspiring!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 DREAMFORCE PARTIES

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Image: Tank18

Dreamforce Networking Soiree 6-10 p.m., Tank18 (1345 Howard St.) RSVP Here

Wealth Management Dreamforce Happy Hour 6-9 p.m., Golden Gate Tap Room (525 Sutter St.) RSVP Here

Sales Summit Sales Leader Networking Reception 6:30-9:30 p.m., MaSo at the Central Park Hotel (50 Third St,) RSVP Here

Rollin’ in Revenue 7-10 p.m., Thirsty Bear Brewery (661 Howard) RSVP Here

Radius Dreamforce Party 7:30-11 p.m., The Club @ Wingtip (550 Montgomery) RSVP Here

‘Roll With Us’ Roller Disco Party 8-11 p.m., Mezzanine (444 Jessie) RSVP Here

#B2BFusion Un-Masquerade Party  9 p.m.-Midnight, Temple (540 Howard) RSVP Here

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 DREAMFORCE PARTIES

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Image: Temple Nightclub via Yelp

FinancialForce Fusion Party 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Temple (540 Howard) RSVP Here

Zuora Block Party 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Mint Plaza (Fifth & Jessie) RSVP Here

Docusign Microsoft Party 8 p.m., Ruby Skye (420 Mason) RSVP Here

The Engagement Party 9 p.m., Monarch (101 Sixth St.) RSVP Here

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 DREAMFORCE PARTIES

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Image: Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.

Dreamforce Pre-Show Party 4:30-7 p.m., Tres (130 Townsend) RSVP Here

NewVoiceMedia Pre-Gala Party 5:30 p.m., Thirsty Bear (661 Howard) RSVP Here

Yesware’s Dreamforce Yeti pARTy 7 p.m. – Midnight, Terra Art Gallery (511 Harrison St.) RSVP Here

 

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  • grendelUnderbridge

    no fan of corporate america but that article you linked to about taxes is a bit misleading. It’s talking about European tax home for companies, choosing where their European market headquarters would be, not actually hiding their American base of operations (like people might assume and some companies actually do). They paid around 33-36% tax in the US over the last few years as far as I could tell by their public filings. And honestly who voluntarily looks for a way to pay more taxes than they have to? ….certainly not people trying to cop free drinks (by which i mean me :)

    That said, I’d be interested in taking all the free drinks I can from a lot of these outfits hosting parties – a) because they descend like locusts on the city and b) there are a lot of stereotypically horrible financial services and marketing dbs running these things and c) free drinks!

    ThirstyBear had some tasty beverages last time I went there – they had a fantastic vanilla porter, and good snacks. Thanks for the tips