SVMUG Monthly Meeting Dec 18, 2017 Moneyspire & Potluck!

posted Dec 14, 2017, 10:49 PM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Dec 18, 2017 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting in our “usual” place: Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room in Building 1950 at Google in Mountain View, CA. Directions below. 

OUR HOLIDAY POTLUCK will be at this December 18th meeting. Please see the earlier Potluck post for details.  There will be "special" items in the raffle for December. If you bring food, you get an extra raffle ticket.

TOPIC & DESCRIPTION: Moneyspire Personal Finance Software

Moneyspire Inc. is the personal finance software company for the common person. Their products are designed to be simple, practical and easy to use. The company name, Moneyspire, is a portmanteau of the words “money” and “inspire.” The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Southern California. Our presenters will be doing a remote talk from Southern California using Skype. Moneyspire software is available for PC and Mac and allows you to share data between the two platforms. There is also a mobile app. Moneyspire supports OFX, QFX, QIF and CSV file format imports (from your bank and other financial apps), and exports to spreadsheet and QIF file format, so you don't have to enter data manually. Your financial data is stored encrypted on your hard drive and is never transmitted. There is an online option too, but it is up to you. They don’t force you to subscribe or upgrade in order to retain your software features. More details:


ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:  George Ashkar & Elijah Addams

George Ashkar is the Chief Executive Officer of Moneyspire. In addition to financial software, George has worked on many software projects, including security, forensics, productivity, communications, and systems software. He has a great understanding of providing straightforward solutions to customer needs while keeping in mind the importance of maintaining excellent customer relationships. 

Elijah Addams is a Project Manager at Moneyspire. Elijah previously worked for Disney, where he worked on the scheduling systems that supported 30,000+ Disneyland employees. Elijah specializes in understanding customer needs and solving their challenges through easy-to-use solutions. 

Follow Moneyspire on Twitter: @Moneyspire


We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. This is located in the back of Building 1950 — the right "leaf" of the 3-building Charleston complex. You'll find a large white awning/tent close to the room's entrance. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room.

If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. If you are lost, call 408-480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

NOTE: We have heard that the regular car/phone map instructions can be confusing so please use the interactive Google Map url below so you can see the target building and surrounding areas. Once you get there, all the buildings tend to look alike and you may not see the building numbers as you are driving around the parking lot.



-- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


-- If you are driving North on Highway 101, take the North Shoreline Blvd exit and turn right at the end of the off ramp.

-- Turn Left (West) onto Charleston Rd.

-- There is a small bridge/creek crossing under the road (see the interactive map, as it's easy to miss). Turn Right into the driveway 50 ft after the creek, or turn right into the main entrance just after that.

-- Go along the right (East) side of the 1950 Google building. There are a bunch of EV parking spots and a white tent near the spot where the meeting takes place. You want to park near here, though you may need to circle around the complex to find an open parking space.



If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay) is, as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".


6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:20 PM - Main Presentation: Moneyspire

8:15 PM - Break & Holiday Potluck begins!

9:15 PM - Clean up after ourselves and go home. All done!


Dec 18 – MoneySpire (a Quicken competitor) plus svmug Holiday Potluck


Jan 22* – Brett Terpstra – Mac Tips? Spotlight? (4th Monday due to Google Holiday)

Feb 26* – AgileBits – 1Password 2-factor support (4th Monday due to Google Holiday)

Mar 19 – Allison Sheridan – Topic to be determined

* 2018 CALENDAR NOTE: For those of you who like to plan ahead, make a note that the January and February svmug meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month due to a Google Holiday on the 3rd Monday.

NOTE:  We are busy working on getting speakers for future months! Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Do you have a contact for us? Let us know.


You’ll receive 2 raffle tickets when you bring food to share. Please feel free to bring in items for raffle if you have them or obtain them from a vendor. When in doubt, ask one of the volunteers if the item would be good for raffle. If you have something else that you think would be good for the FREE pile, bring it, mark it FREE and place it on one of the tables near the food table. Just be sure to remove it at the end of the meeting if it does not go to a new home. We have enough to carry in and out each meeting. Thanks!



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions such as Jan and Feb). Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.

SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.



Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List? You can join here:

The email list is where the announcements are sent and members can ask questions at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the special announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there. You can always check the website for announcements.


Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at

Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at

Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at

Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at 

San Leandro Mac User Group, at 

North Coast Mac User Group, at 

Planet Mac User Group, at