November 16, 2016 - New York City 

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Speakers 2015


Jason Fried

Jason Fried

Co-founder & CEO, Basecamp

Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools. 37signals' simple but powerful collaboration tools include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. 37signals also developed and open-sourced the Ruby on Rails programming framework.

Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz

Co-founder & CEO, General Assembly

Jake Schwartz is CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to fourteen cities and has helped more than 240,000 students create opportunities and pursue work they love through educational programming in technology, business and design.

Des Traynor

Des Traynor

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Intercom

Des Traynor is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Intercom, and was previously a co-founder of Exceptional (which is now a part of Rackspace). His role at Intercom covers many areas including product strategy, content marketing, customer support, and customer education.

Danielle Strle

Danielle Strle

Director of Product, Tumblr

Danielle Strle has been with Tumblr from the beginning, tending the growth of the community and the platform. She now serves as the Director of Product for Community and Content. She previously worked for StumbleUpon and Getty Images.

Jesse Middleton

Jesse Middleton

Co-founder , WeWork Labs

Jesse Middleton co-founded WeWork Labs in 2011 and is now the VP of Product Innovation at WeWork -- a platform for creators. Jesse also serves as an advisor to a number of great startups including Benny and Symple.

Jonathan Rochelle

Jonathan Rochelle

Co-founder, Google Docs/Drive

Jonathan Rochelle was the co-founder of Google Docs, now Google Drive, and has been involved with the product for 10 years. He now leads product management for Google Apps For Education. This includes the development of new products like Google Classroom and Google Expeditions, but also requires focus on the use of core Google Apps products.

Julie Ask

Julie Ask

Vice President & Principle Researcher, Forrester

Julie Ask is a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and co-author of The Mobile Mind Shift. Julie has authored more than 120 reports on mobile in her 14 years as an analyst, including "The Future Of Mobile Is Context," one of Forrester's most downloaded reports. She currently coordinates Forrester's research on the impact of mobile technologies and has helped hundreds of clients with mobile strategy.

David Glickman

David Glickman

CEO, Ultra Mobile

David Glickman is the CEO of Ultra Mobile, a nationwide mobile carrier that grew to more than $100 million in revenue in its second full year and is run predominately by millennials. Ultra is one of the fastest growing companies in the world and is #1 on Inc.'s 5000 list for 2015.

Mitch Wainer

Mitch Wainer

Co-founder & CMO, DigitalOcean

Mitch is a Co-Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of DigitalOcean. Mitch is responsible for driving revenue and customer growth through integrated marketing tactics. He has over 15 years of experience in digital marketing and developing optimized websites, built and designed for high growth.

Zach Sims

Zach Sims

Founder, Codecademy

Zach is the cofounder and CEO of Codecademy. Prior to Codecademy, Zach worked with GroupMe and drop.io while in school. Zach was named one of TIME Magazine's “100 Most Influential People of 2013.” Forbes Magazine and Inc. Magazine each named Zach in their respective “30 Under 30” lists. Zach is also a Venture Partner at Bowery Capital.

Umang Dua

Umang Dua

Co-founder & COO, Handy

Umang Dua is the co-founder and COO of Handy, the leading on-demand home cleaning and repair service. As Handy’s COO, Umang plays a pivotal role in increasing Handy’s footprint, both across North America and abroad, spearheading new market rollout and managing the company’s growth.

Joanna Stern

Joanna Stern

Personal Technology Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Joanna Stern, who has spent the better part of the past decade on the gadget beat, knows phones, tablets and laptops inside and out. In her weekly Wall Street Journal columns and lively videos she helps people make smarter tech decisions. Ms. Stern previously was the technology editor at ABC News and a reviewer and editor at The Verge and Engadget. She lives in New York City with her wife and adorable puppy Browser.

Jessica Scorpio

Jessica Scorpio

Founder, Getaround

Jessica Scorpio is a founder and VP Marketing at Getaround, a peer-to-peer carsharing company. She previously founded IDEAL, a not-for-profit network for entrepreneurs and young leaders.

David Byttow

David Byttow

Former founder and CEO, Secret

David Byttow is the former founder and CEO of Secret, the anonymous social networking app. He previously worked as Director of Engineering at Square, as an Engineering Lead at Medium and Google and a programmer in the video game industry. Today, he works on his next (secret) project, enjoys boxing and is an aspiring writer.

Matt Epstein

Matt Epstein

VP Marketing , Zenefits

Matt Epstein runs marketing at Zenefits, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies in the world. The company was tagged with a $4.5 billion valuation after just two years. Matt is well-known for his online campaign to get hired at Google a couple of years go (www.googlepleasehire.me).

Thomas Korte

Thomas Korte

Founder, AngelPad

Thomas Korte is the founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. AngelPad was named by #1 U.S. Accelerator by TechCrunch in 2015. Before, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years, as its first international product manager.

Samir Patel

Samir Patel

President & CEO, GrowthMachines

Samir Patel, CEO of GrowthMachines, and Mentor at 500Startups, has optimised $1B+ in Ads. In the last decade, he has revolutionised Quantitative Growth Marketing for both startups and Fortune 500 companies. As Founder of SearchForce, Patel managed clients with some of the world’s largest ad budgets such as Salesforce.com, Priceline and Oracle.

Adam Leibsohn

Adam Leibsohn

COO, Giphy

Adam is the COO of Giphy. He is a product, marketing and communications strategy specialist with degrees in French, English and Philosophy. His strategies and work have been featured in Fast Company, Wired Magazine, The Harvard Business Review, CNBC and The New York Times; and, he has been listed as one of Details Magazine's Digital Mavericks.

Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson

Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, cause-marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises including Intel, Girl Rising, Positive Luxury, JC Penney, THNK, The School of Creative Leadership and Plum Alley. 

Ed Zitron

Ed Zitron

CEO, EZPR

Ed Zitron is the founder of EZPR, a West-Coast media relations firm focusing on consumer tech startups. He has been published by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Eurogamer, PC Gamer and PC Zone. He is the author of 'This Is How You Pitch: How To Kick Ass In Your First Years In PR' and was recently named "Top 50 People in Tech PR" by Business Insider.

Kei Shimada

Kei Shimada

Director of Business Development, Dentsu

For over 10 years, Kei has devoted his time to helping Japanese companies with their mobile product and service strategies in expanding across borders and likewise guided International companies with their entry into Japan. Kei is now Director of Business Development at Dentsu's product innovation section, where he cultivates new global business opportunities in the digital arena.

Vered Raviv-Schwarz

Vered Raviv-Schwarz

COO, Fiverr

Vered Raviv-Schwarz is COO of Fiverr and has a long track record as a technology executive, serving in high level positions at Radware, Mediamind and Kenshoo. Prior to joining the tech sector more than 15 years ago, she practiced as a lawyer specializing in Corporate Law, M&As and IPOs.

Soroush Ghodsi

Soroush Ghodsi

Founder, Slik

Soroush Ghodsi is 13 years old and the founder and CEO of Slik, a B2B SaaS company that helps investors make data-driven decisions. Slik helps investors find great companies and relevant information about them in seconds.

Josh Barratt

Josh Barratt

Chief Architect, Media Temple

Josh Barratt joined Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company that provides premium web and cloud hosting solutions, as a system engineer in 2003, before making his way up to CTO and Chief Architect. He is currently focusing on simplifying cloud technologies to enable more people to unleash their power.

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Partner, 500Startups

Marvin is a Partner at 500 Startups, a global Seed Venture Capital Firm & Startup Accelerator based in Silicon Valley. He invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Fintech, Digital Health & Mobile startups across the globe.

Ameet Padte

Ameet Padte

Investment Director, SeedInvest

Ameet loves learning how companies form around a concept, establish their identity, and execute a strategy. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he was an equity research analyst at Nomura Securities International where he covered the ever-changing Internet, Media, and Advertising industries. Before that Ameet worked at the J. Walter Thompson (JWT) advertising agency where he devised international strategy for some of Johnson & Johnson's most prestigious brands.

Gerd Mittmann

Gerd Mittmann

VP International, Shutterstock

Gerd Mittmann is VP International and joined Shutterstock in 2011 where he is leading the company's International efforts, from product localization to content sourcing, marketing, sales and staffing. He previously worked as VP of International at WeightWatchers.com where he was responsible for their International subscription businesses in EMEA and APAC.

Tommy Bush

Tommy Bush

SVP Business Development Global, Adyen

Tommy Bush leads Business Development at Adyen, the global payment unicorn that was recently valued at $2 billion. Prior to Adyen, he worked at GlobalCollect and Maestro Music.

David Galvin

David Galvin

Investment Strategy Lead, IBM Watson Ventures

Dave Galvin leads the investment strategy for the $100 million IBM Watson Venture Investment Group. Additionally, he develops partnerships between IBM and venture backed companies that want to build on the Watson AI platform. He focuses in the areas of data analytics, virtual reality/augmented reality, internet of things, and other emerging technology.

Jeff Fernandez

Jeff Fernandez

Founder & CEO, Grovo

Jeff Fernandez is Cofounder and CEO of Grovo, a fast-growing SaaS company reinventing employee learning for the enterprise. Under Jeff's leadership, Grovo has delivered 5 million learning moments in 190 countries and created an award-winning company culture in the process. Grovo was recently named “the best place to work in NY tech” by Internet Week” and one of “30 upstarts changing the world” by CNN Money.

Evan Nisselson

Evan Nisselson

Investor, LDV Capital

Evan Nisselson invests in early stage companies at LDV Capital. He's been a serial entrepreneur, professional photographer and digital media expert since the early 1990's.

Christina Wallace

Christina Wallace

Founding Director, BridgeUP:STEM

Christina is the Founder of BridgeUP: STEM, a new educational initiative at the American Museum of Natural History focused on introducing girls and minorities to computer science. Previously, Christina was a Vice President at Startup Institute, the Founder and CEO of Quincy Apparel, as well as a management consultant with BCG.

John Lunn

John Lunn

Senior Global Director, PayPal

John Lunn is the Senior Global Director of Developer and Startup Relations for PayPal and Braintree. John is focused on innovation, ensuring that developers and startups around the globe have access to the features, functionality and mentorship that they need. Prior to his current work at PayPal, John spent 15 years building systems for payment and fraud detection at several successful start ups.

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Previous speakers


John Collison

John Collison

President and Co-Founder, Stripe

Kathryn Minshew

Kathryn Minshew

Founder & CEO, The Muse

Jon Oringer

Jon Oringer

Founder & CEO, Shutterstock

Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen

Author, The Internet Is Not The Answer

Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky

Founder & CEO, Behance

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

Partner, Google Ventures

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Founding Editor, Wired

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor, World Wide Web

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington

Founder, TechCrunch

Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason

Chief Scientist, Bit.ly

David Allen

David Allen

Author, Getting Things Done

Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels

CTO, Amazon Web Services

Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder, Reddit

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

Founder, WordPress

Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz

Co-founder, Eventbrite

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

Author, 4-Hour Workweek

Chad Hurley

Chad Hurley

Co-founder, YouTube

Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia

Co-founder, Airbnb