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Friendship – October 2016


Many thanks to our friend and guest MC, Bruce Pachtman, for hosting our musicians, and leading improv storytelling for storyteller Chris Breen, plus Founder of Friendtier, Lynda Nguyen and team members. 

This week we catch up with friends in Sydney, and you’ll find us in Virtual Reality at AltSpaceVR on Tuesday, October 25. AltSpaceVR is busy this week hosting Reggie Watts, and all month presenting NBC News coverage of the US Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. 

If you want to catch our show in person, be sure to get tickets for Tuesday, November 1, when we have singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Johnston and her band!  Tickets for the Nov 1st show in Berkeley

Don’t miss the chance to join us in 2016! 


October 4th “Friendship”

We love our friends, and now there is a startup made by friends for friends! Join us on Tuesday, October 4th at The Marsh Cabaret Bar in Berkeley for a celebration of friendship. We have a special night with surprises. The evening begins with our jazz trio, led by Larry Steelman, who used to perform with Johnny Mathis, Mick Jagger and others. Then we turn over the mic to our friend Bruce Pachtman. Bruce began his career in New York City doing improv, before moving to LA at the behest of CAA, and now produces and performs in San Francisco. He’ll be our MC for one night in Berkeley, as Cici will be hosting “Chew On This Storytelling” on the road in Sydney! Join us for a night of surprises with the team from Friendtier, a new startup supporting friendship. Grab your friends and your tickets for Tuesday Oct 4 @7pm at The Marsh in Berkeley

September 20th VR “Dreams”


REGISTER TODAY to join us for our Sept 20 VR event  

At Chew On This Storytelling we want to bring you stories to inspire you along your creative and entrepreneurial journey. On September 20 (6pmPT/9pmET; 21Sept 11am Sydney) we are thrilled to welcome Lynn Perkins, CEO and cofounder of UrbanSitter, and Wendy Lieu, CEO/Chief Chocolatier of Socola Chocolates. 

UrbanSitter began in San Francisco in 2010 as Lynn Perkins and her cofounders sought to find a solution like OpenTable for finding babysitters. With the expansion to other cities, join us to learn how UrbanSitter has navigated the growth to other cities like New York, LA, Chicago and Seattle.

Wendy Lieu will share the story of how Socola Chocolates came to be a full-time dream realized in 2014, after overcoming incredible personal circumstances. 

We welcome you to join us and meet Lynn Perkins and Wendy Lieu in virtual reality, where you can ask questions during our live Q&A. 

And help us to celebrate AltSpaceVR bringing in Al Roker of the TODAY Show! This makes Chew On This Storytelling the UnOfficial VR Late Night Show!

Sept 6th Anniversary Show


Thanks to our special guests Kristina Wong and Saba Tekle for an incredible evening of stories and celebrating how story connects! After enjoying the musical creations of our house jazz trio, Signal to Noise, we began a conversation with Saba Tekle, publisher and author of 20 Beautiful Women, about how women’s concept of beauty can affect their sense of self, and how to bring out inner beauty. Kristina Wong delighted the audience with a never-before-told story of online dating, followed by an illuminating Q&A about her earlier work on “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Thanks to our friend, producer Bruce Pachtman, we had cake to share with our audience. We gave away over $500 worth of prizes, including body products from Archetypal Musings, chocolate from Socola Chocolatier, a writing workshop from The Writing Pad, and a free photography session from Dara Rosenwasser Photography. 

If you missed the show, we’ll have some available in video soon. To see Kristina Wong in SF, join TOMORROW at the SF Asian Art Museum at 6pm (tickets only $5)!

Join us on September 20 in VR at AltSpaceVR when we interview a local CEO and Chief Chocolatier!

Chew On This Storytelling Meets Shareflo!

WATCH: Chew On This Storytelling founder interview with Shareflo

What started out as an intention to have Shareflo’s founder on Chew On This Storytelling became an opportunity for Cici to chat with the Shareflo team about being the first storytelling series in VR and what it means to bring community together.
Thanks Shareflo for all you do, and hope to see you in VR soon!

Sept 6 Special Guest Kristina Wong!



Please join us on Tuesday, September 6th for a very special evening to celebrate the first anniversary of “Chew On This Storytelling” as we honor the stories from our community. We are excited to share that Kristina Wong (“Wong Street Journal”) will be with us!



Kristina Wong was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series“highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” She is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK.  Her most notable touring show– “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006. It’s now a broadcast quality film distributed by documentary juggernaut, Cinema Libre Studios. (More at

We’ll have more surprises to share, and hope you’ll be there with us to celebrate!

Tickets available for the September 6th Show at The Marsh in Berkeley.


Sept 6th Anniversary Show!

We’re celebrating our first year as a show! Join us for an evening of music, stories and surprises! We will honor the storytellers and special guests from our first year, plus share a vision for the year ahead. Audience members will have a chance to win prizes, and find out more ways to be part of the Chew On This Storytelling community. We connect people across the creative and entrepreneurial communities.

Join the fun! Tickets available for the September 6th Show

August 16 Show with Co-Founders of SoulShoppe, ScootyBees and GROW


Chew On This Storytelling had the honor of hosting three wonderful guests: vicki abadesco! Co-Founder and Director of SoulShoppe; Mike DeMaria, Co-Founder of GROW; and Carey Fan, Co-Founder of ScootyBees.

We were very lucky to have the team at AltSpaceVR supporting the show as we were the first of three featured events.

From vicki! we learned that SoulShoppe uses storytelling to engage elementary school children who may have been experiencing bullying behavior. As SoulShoppe enters its 17th year, the work is also being used to help children in refugee camps in Amsterdam. 

We also featured two entrepreneurs from Babson College:

Carey Fan of ScootyBees, a new transportation solution for children, shared how to bring an idea to fruition, and his plans for ScootyBees in the near future. 

Mike DeMaria of new fintech startup GROW gave us an idea of how sustainable investments appeal, who one of his company’s greatest supporters is (Mike says they were “very lucky”) and why millenials are downloading the GROW app.

We enjoyed the questions from our global audience. If you have questions after watching, please feel free to contact us via email: ChewOnThisStorytelling (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll get you in touch with the right person. 

Please enjoy the replay of our August 16 VR Show

Join us in Berkeley at The Marsh on Tuesday, September 6th for our 1st Anniversary Show! 

Creating a Path to Peace


REGISTER TODAY for our August 16 VR SHOW

Please join us on Tuesday, August 16 @ 4p PDT (9p EDT; 17Aug Sydney) in Virtual Reality via AltSpaceVR to meet our three guests: vicki abadesco! of SoulShoppe, Carey Fan of ScootyBees, and Mike DeMaria of new #fintech GROW. Find out how they help to create a world in which children have a path to peace, safe and reliable transportation, and investments reflect personal values.

More about our guests:

vicki abadesco! of Soul Shoppe

As the Co-Founder of Soul Shoppe, vicki! brings 30 years of experience as an educator teaching life skills and conflict resolution tools to young people and adults. vicki! is known for creating fun and safe environments where everyone is free to be. She is a fellow for the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, author of “Free to Be,” “Leadership: Truth or Dare” and “Mentor Magic” activity cards, and co-author of “Cool Tools for Schools” an interactive curricula guide for teachers. Discover more at

Mike DeMaria of GROW
Mike started his career as a financial analyst at Mallery & DeMaria, PC. He then went on to work in the wealth management division of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services in San Francisco, CA. Mike currently is director of proprietary derivatives trading at Carmel River Capital. He advises, incubates, and invests in consumer mobile technology in San Francisco and cofounded Grow. Mike has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Santa Clara University and an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Learn more about GROW on their Facebook page:


Carey Fan of ScootyBees

Carey is Chief Beekeeper of Scootybees, an early stage ride-sharing start-up dedicated to helping busy parents get their school-aged kids to their before or after school activities. As a serial entrepreneur, Carey brings nearly two decades of experience in vehicle location, telematics and transportation logistics. Find out more at

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