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Friday, March 13
 

10:30am

Evergreen: Cultivating Enduring Customer Loyalty
Loyal customers are the beating heart of every great business.
So why do so many companies act like adrenaline junkies, chasing after new customers at the expense of creating deeper, more profitable relationships with the ones they already have?
Evergreen exposes the mad pursuit for what it is: a brief spike in metrics and an ongoing revenue drain, as one-time customers fail to return.
A better solution is to shift resources from attracting new customers to engaging the base – the path to stable growth, season after season. The book's entertaining stories and action steps reveal how anyone can: cultivate the 3Cs of evergreen companies (character, community, and content), build loyalty programs that turn satisfied customers into enthusiastic advocates, nurture profitable customers while pruning those who sap time and money, inject authenticity into social media communications, and invert the expectations gap that can drive customers away.
Evergreen helps anyone merge high-tech tools with a personal touch to forge lasting bonds and steady profits.

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Speakers
avatar for Noah Fleming

Noah Fleming

Pres, Fleming Consulting & Co
As a thought leader in strategic marketing and customer loyalty, Noah is the trusted source for coaching and consulting to thousands of owners, executives, and individuals. Noah helps clients dramatically increase their sales, multiply their profits, and maximize customer value.


Friday March 13, 2015 10:30am - 10:50am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Big Data and AI Need Each Other And You Need Both
An average company in 15 of the 17 U.S. commercial sectors has more data in its systems than the Library of Congress. Yet, the companies benefitting most from data are the big data companies themselves (47% of the growth for top 50 public cloud companies is driven by big data). For everyone else, beyond thought leadership, will Artificial Intelligence be the catalyst that brings ROI & tangible asset value to data? Whether you’re a large company or a startup, the cross section of big data and A.I. will help you find new sources of revenue, drive new products, help win and keep loyal customers & enhance customer experience. A 2013 Oxford University study found that A.I. technology could soon take over nearly half of all U.S. jobs. Scary for some, but also a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs in this space. In this session our panelists will help us understand if Big Data will fuel the growth of A.I. or if A.I. will be the key to unlocking Big Data. Either way, this future is upon us.
Presented by Umbel

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Speakers
avatar for Ganesh Bell

Ganesh Bell

Chief Digital Officer & GM Software & Analytics, General Electric
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Amir Husain

Pres and CEO, Sparkcognition Inc
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Maher Masri

Partner, McKinsey & Company
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Manoj Saxena

Managing Dir, The Entrepreneur's Fund
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Michael Stewart

Chairman CEO, Lucid Holdings Inc


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACL Live at the Moody Theater ACL Live 310 W 2nd St

11:00am

ReleaseIt at SXSW: Round 1
Ready to be dazzled? Emceed by Trey Bowles, ReleaseIt at SXSW is a platform for companies to launch their new an innovative product or service in Startup Village. A panel of industry experts including Evan Burfield, Marc Nager and Susan Amat will evaluate which company is most likely to succeed in the marketplace.
The first group of companies to compete include:
CordCruncher
Henderson, NV
A unique elastic sleeve to manage cord length for electronic devices.
retirement plans.
Come back for round two of ReleaseIt at 12:30pm to hear from the second group of finalists and to see the 2015 winner announcement!

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Speakers
avatar for Susan Amat

Susan Amat

Founder & CEO, Venture Hive
Dr. Susan Amat is the founder of Venture Hive, an entrepreneurship education company that supports governments and municipalities in developing innovation ecosystems through K-12, university, and incubator/accelerator programs. A serial entrepreneur, she built businesses in the entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles

CEO, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
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Evan Burfield

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, 1776
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Shauna Causey

VP, EveryMove
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Marc Nager

CEO, UP Global


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

11:00am

SXSW Global Connections Kickoff
Attending SXSW Interactive from outside the US? Then come to the Global Connections Kick Off to learn more about how you can maximize your time in Austin to take your career to the next level. This session will feature a number of short, micro-talks from leaders of the Central Texas startup ecosystem. Even if you are not from out of the country, you will want to part of this special session.

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Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Austin: The New Gateway for International Startups
More than forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. Foreign entrepreneurs started thirty-three percent of US venture-backed companies between 2006 and 2012 that went public. There has never been a better time for foreign-born entrepreneurs to consider moving to and launching their startups in the US. Especially in Austin.
Austin, TX has all the qualities that foreign entrepreneurs crave – lovely weather, relatively low cost of living, friendly experts willing to share advice, angel investors, and great music and food!
In our panel session, you'll hear from actual foreign entrepreneurs who have chosen Austin as their startup launchpad, built their companies and achieved funding. Listen to their stories, challenges, and extraordinary outcomes and realize how small a world it really is.

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Speakers
avatar for Thomas Bebis

Thomas Bebis

Country Advisor Greece, International Accelerator
avatar for Jean Belanger

Jean Belanger

Co-founder / CEO, prüf technologies inc
Jean has 30 years experience in starting technology companies through to IPO and successful exit. He was Finalist for E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He received MacWorld Magazine “World Class” Outstanding Achievement Award for personal contribution to Macintosh platform... Read More →
avatar for George Koutitas

George Koutitas

CEO & Co-Founder, Gridmates
I am a serial entrepreneur and academic in smart grids and wireless networks. I work on scientific algorithms on optimization, control and game theory and I am now bridging the gap between theory and practice. I am cofounder of Gridmates, a unique cloud platform and ecosystem that... Read More →
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Dr. Ann-Christine Langselius

CEO, Co-Founder and Co-Inventor, Miraculum Applications Inc
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Eleftherios Ntouanoglou

Founder/CEO, Schoox Inc


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

How to Disrupt Wall St: The Flash Boys Blueprint
Brad Katsuyama, the CEO of America's newest stock market explains the insights and challenges that inspired him to innovate. The markets have lost their way -- catering to exchanges and middlemen. It's IEX's mission to realign them around the core needs of investors and issuers. This is a story told in Michael Lewis' latest best-seller: Flash Boys.

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Speakers
avatar for Brad Katsuyama

Brad Katsuyama

CEO, IEX Group Inc
Brad is the CEO, President, and co-founder of IEX – a stock market dedicated to investor protection. IEX is owned by world-class mutual funds, hedge funds, family offices and entrepreneurs such as Jim Clark and Steve Wynn, and recently raised VC funding from Spark Capital and Bain... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

ReleaseIt at SXSW
Ready to be dazzled? Emceed by Trey Bowles, ReleaseIt at SXSW is a platform for companies to launch their new an innovative product or service in Startup Village. A panel of industry experts including Evan Burfield, Marc Nager and Susan Amat will evaluate which company is most likely to succeed in the marketplace.
Join us for round two of this competition and hear from this new group of finalists:
Homage
Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
Users create a video with their own dynamic emoticons.
Palate Smart Grill
San Francisco, CA
A countertop electric grill with precision-temperature control via an iPad app.
Ridgewing Guitar
New Boston, NH
A unique combination of instantly-interchangeable modules for a custom guitar.
Ship.io
San Francisco, CA
A cloud platform for continuous delivery of native iOS and Android mobile apps.
Supper
New York, NY
A web and Spotify app that delivers playlists selected by famed chefs.
At the end of this session, the 2015 ReleaseIt at SXSW winner will be announced.

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Speakers
avatar for Susan Amat

Susan Amat

Founder & CEO, Venture Hive
Dr. Susan Amat is the founder of Venture Hive, an entrepreneurship education company that supports governments and municipalities in developing innovation ecosystems through K-12, university, and incubator/accelerator programs. A serial entrepreneur, she built businesses in the entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles

CEO, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
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Evan Burfield

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, 1776
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Shauna Causey

VP, EveryMove
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Marc Nager

CEO, UP Global


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

2:00pm

Capital Factory A-List Pitch
Capital Factory brings you our A-List of Austin's early-stage startups raising Series A funding in a series of five-minute pitches.
Austin, Texas is the fastest growing city in the country and has a booming startup and technology scene that attracts talent from both coasts and around the world. Capital Factory is the center of Austin's startup ecosystem and has filtered through them all to bring you the very best.
Come get a taste of Texas at this special SXSW pitch event! Kick off SXSW with some fresh new ideas – you might want to use their products, apply for a job, or make an investment.
These Austin technology companies are early-stage startups raising Series A funding that have qualified for a matching investment from the Capital Factory Fund and our venture capital partners. Most have initial revenue but some are pre-revenue.
Presented by Capital Factory

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Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Coon

Jonathan Coon

Founder, 1-800CONTACTS
Jonathan Coon started 1-800 CONTACTS in 1992 in his dorm room with $50. The company was sold in June 2012 for $900 million. A few highlights of those 20 years: Public CEO from 1998 to 2007 Had to get federal law passed to give Americans a right to their contact lens prescriptions... Read More →
avatar for Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker

US Secretary of Commerce, Obama Cabinet -- US Department of Commerce
Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on June 26, 2013. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire. Secretary Pritzker... Read More →
avatar for John Thornton

John Thornton

General Partner, Austin Ventures
John Thornton joined Austin Ventures in 1991 and focuses on software investing and firm strategy. Previously, John was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe. He has worked with companies such as Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), Dazel (NYSE: HP), Lombardi... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

2:00pm

McDonald’s Pitch Session: Restaurant Experience
The McDonald’s Digital Mission
The intersection of convenience, fun and value has historically been an integral part of the McDonald’s DNA. Today, we are on the move to transform how we bring these pillars to life through the growth of technologies such as mobile, connected devices, digital media and the Internet of Things. McDonald’s is hosting three sessions (http://sxsw.is/1AjdcOK) that will give startups the opportunity to pitch their innovations, particularly as they relate to the customer experience of one of the world’s largest and most frequented businesses, serving more than 69 million customers in more than 100 countries each day.
What We Are Looking For
We believe the restaurant experience is ready for a change. Customers deserve more. Technology can enable more. And McDonald’s is aiming to turn the restaurant experience on its head. This is not about tweeting, ordering online or Wi-Fi connectivity. This is about truly reinventing the traditional dining experience. We are talking about multiple screens, proximity technology, personalization and even smart packaging.
What if your whole experience with McDonald’s was customized just for you? Imagine walking into the restaurant, the crew immediately recognizing who you are, knowing your favorite order and charging your account – without needing to open your wallet. And how about the dining area? We want to
harness proximity technology, multiple screens and mobile devices to make the restaurant of the future a reality.
While it’s still early in the transformation for the restaurant of the future, McDonald’s is charging ahead, working with new ideas and technologies to enhance the customer experience in restaurants. Be part of this transformation.
If you are interested in applying, please submit your pitch to sxsw.startups@us.mcd.com by 8 pm ET on Monday, March 9. We will notify three session finalists on March 12 and give them 15 minutes to pitch their
innovation to a panel of industry leaders and McDonald’s digital executives the following day.
Rules and Guidelines: http://mcd-sxswstartups.tumblr.com

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Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

2:00pm

Social Health Startup Bootcamp: Investing in Health
Investments in digital health startups have grown from almost one billion with 139 deals in 2010 to over almost 3 billion with 578 deals in 2013. As more investors begin to view health tech as a viable opportunity for funding and investment – especially as digital health becomes more mainstream through wearables and organic mobile platforms like Apple's Health Kit, Google Fit and Samsung's Digital Health Initiative -- it should come as no surprise that 2014 turned out to be another record-breaking year, with investments totaling over $4.1B, which is more than 2011-2013 combined. Join us for the 4th consecutive year of the Social Health Startup Bootcamp as we discuss the state of digital health funding in 2014, the factors that drove investments, deals, funding stages, investors, startups, most active markets/categories, and where future opportunities may lie.
Brought to you by: Digitas Health LifeBrands

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Speakers
avatar for Shwen Gwee

Shwen Gwee

VP/Group Dir Social Strategy, PharmFresh.tv
Founder of PharmFresh.TV, Social Health Startup Bootcamp, Social Health Summit (SXSH.org), and the Med 2.0 blog. Formerly: Digitas Health (VP/Group Director), Chandler Chicco Companies (Chief Digital Officer), Edelman (VP, Digital Health), Vertex (Lead, Digital Strategy and Social... Read More →
avatar for Polina Hanin

Polina Hanin

Academy Dir, StartUp Health
Polina is the Academy Director at StartUp Health, a global growth platform for entrepreneurs transforming healthcare. Polina leads the StartUp Health Academy, a 3-year coaching program and trusted peer network, which includes 165 entrepreneurs from 84 companies, representing 7 co... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

2:00pm

Venture Investing in Universities
Venture capitalists, university investors, and technology entrepreneurs based out of Yale University come together for a panel discussion of strategies for investing in university-based startups – both from the labs and student body.
This session will cover how the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Innovation Fund and external investors target opportunities, what stages of venture are ripe for investment, and the unique challenges and opportunities within the university.

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Speakers
avatar for Donald Fischer

Donald Fischer

Venture Partner, General Catalyst Partners
Donald focuses on leading early stage investments in big data, open source, data science, cloud, and other enterprise IT technology areas. Donald sits on the boards of ScalingData and Tesora.
avatar for Gregory Ho

Gregory Ho

Pres & Chief Operating Officer, Spring Mountain Capital LP
Greg is a founding partner of Spring Mountain Capital, which was established in 2001 and focuses on alternative asset investing. SMC's preference is to invest "in the gaps" which means it seeks opportunities that many investors avoid because of their complexity, uncertainty, mis-staging... Read More →
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Sean Mackay

CEO, IsoPlexis
avatar for Erika Smith

Erika Smith

Deputy Dir, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Erika Smith is the Deputy Director at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, where she helps to expand entrepreneurial opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni. Erika was formerly the senior director of investments with the Center for Innovative Technologies in Virginia. In addition... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Barracuda Bowl: Digital Health Startup Pitch
Following the success of 2013's Founder's Stories, the format of this session is evolving into more of a "shark tank" style pitch fest for health tech startups. The "Barracuda Bowl" puts the spotlight on the founders of three health tech startups, who will each have five minutes to pitch their startup to an esteemed panel of "barracudas" – veteran investors, entrepreneurs, and judges.
After providing an overview of their business, the startup founders will be immersed into the Barracuda Bowl where the panel of judges will interrogate them and poke holes in their business plans. After all three founders have had their fifteen minutes in the bowl, they will assemble on stage, where the audience will have an opportunity to be the barracudas and unleash their questions on them. At the end of the session, the barracuda panel will decide which founder won the battle of the barracuda bowl and which ones got chewed to pieces.
Brought to you by: Digitas Health LifeBrands

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Speakers
avatar for Alaina Adams

Alaina Adams

Co-founder and CEO, NuPlanit
Alaina Adams, PhD is the Co-founder & CEO of NuPlanit, a healthIT company that empowers people to sustain healthy eating habits using mobile technology and a connection to nutrition and behavior experts. Alaina has over 10 years of experience developing remote health monitoring and... Read More →
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Ambar Bhattacharyya

VP, Bessemer Venture Partners
avatar for Lynda Brown-Ganzert

Lynda Brown-Ganzert

CEO, Curatio
Lynda is an innovator, connector and entrepreneur. She has won numerous awards as a digital media leader and has worked with public and private companies, including Electronic Arts, Edelman, Telus, Rogers, Nordicity, and Knowledge Network. Most recently she served as Chair of the... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Battle Cry of the Sensible Startup
Are stress, hype and ego mandatory for startups? In this panel, three CEOs discuss whether it is possible for sensible startups to still be successful. Silicon Valley icons and investors have famously scoffed at work/life balance. What are the real risks and rewards for young companies taking a more sane approach to culture? Review best practices, big mistakes and discuss new ways to bring sensibility into the classic startup model.

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Speakers
avatar for Scott Abel

Scott Abel

Co-Founder/CSO, Spiceworks
Scott Abel is a co-founder and the chief strategy officer at Spiceworks. In his role, Abel is responsible for the Company’s product strategy and culture, key differentiators and enablers of Spiceworks’ success. He was previously Spiceworks’ CEO and maintains his position as... Read More →
avatar for Lara Aldag

Lara Aldag

CEO, Higgle
Ms. Aldag is the CEO and co-founder of Higgle. Ms. Aldag received her B.A in Economics from Stanford University. Ms. Aldag started her career as an investment banker in Credit Suisse’s Technology Mergers & Acquisitions Group in San Francisco, where she advised internet, software... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tangney

Jeff Tangney

CEO, Doximity
Jeff founded Doximity in 2010 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Tangney also serves as an Advisor at Rock Health. Prior to that, he co-founded Epocrates Inc. in 1998 and served as its President & Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Tangney has over 15 years of healthcare/pharmaceutical... Read More →
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Jason Yeung

Managing Dir, Morgan Stanley


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Capital Factory Fast Pitch
Capital Factory brings you five of Austin's up and coming tech startups in a rapid-fire succession of three-minute pitches.
Austin, Texas is the fastest growing city in the country and has a booming startup and technology scene that attracts talent from both coasts and around the world. Capital Factory is the center of Austin's startup ecosystem and has filtered through them all to bring you the very best.
Come get a taste of Texas at this special SXSW pitch event. Kick off SXSW with some fresh new ideas – you might want to use their products, apply for a job, or make an investment.
These Austin technology companies are seed stage startups and have raised less than one million in funding. Most have some initial revenue but some are pre-revenue.
Presented by Capital Factory

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Speakers
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JD Weinstein

Venture Assoc, Capital Factory


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Female Entrepreneurs Meet Up
Female entrepreneurs are making waves on the startup scene and are becoming an increasing force to be reckoned with at SXSW, but it goes without saying that there are still miles to go in addressing the global gender gap. Women experience a unique set of challenges on their path to success, so the idea behind this meet-up is that by bringing together some of today’s leading influencers, innovators, and aspiring entrepreneurs, our ability to create a positive impact on female entrepreneurship worldwide will be amplified. It’s an opportunity to meet and develop valuable business connections, while also learning about various ways you can support other women in business, ranging from mentoring to monetary investments or donations to simply making helpful introductions. Come enjoy drinks, apps, and other goodies (all from female vendors) while networking with a purpose, and leave inspired with a pledge to how you plan to pay it forward, helping another women business owner to advance.

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Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Exec Dir Global Corporate Communications, Dell, Dell
Jennifer “JJ” Davis joined Dell in Dec. 2000 and currently leads external communications for Dell Global End User Computing and Brand. JJ also leads the company’s women’s strategy and marquee program the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network which was founded in 2009 to support... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 501 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Groupe SOS: The Billion Dollar Social Enterprise
When thinking of France, socialism in various forms is a thought that sometimes comes to mind. But far from political or economic ideologies, a massive social enterprise called Groupe SOS is quietly humming away with 12,000 employees spread across 350 companies in more than 30 countries and tangibly impacting the lives of a million people every year.
Focused on five key areas – youth, employment, housing, health and elderly people – Groupe SOS also leverages the latest technologies through social tech innovation accelerators and an investment fund.

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Speakers
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Penelope Douglas

Pres, SOCAP
Penelope Douglas became President of the Board of Mission HUB LLC in early 2011. Prior to joining Mission Hub as President of the Board, Penelope Douglas co-founded and served as CEO of Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) for the first 12 years of the organization’s life. PCV, a non-profit... Read More →
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Nicolas Hazard

Pres, CALSO/ Groupe SOS
Nicolas Hazard is a serial French entrepreneur in the field of social business. He is Chairman of Le Comptoir de l'Innovation (CDI), which supports social enterprises throughout the world, via an impact investing fund and an international network of incubators. He is also President... Read More →
avatar for Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh

Head of Impact, Liquidnet
Brian Walsh oversees impact for Liquidnet, a New York-based financial services company that uses technology and a trusted global network to make capital markets more efficient. As Executive Director of Liquidnet For Good, Brian is responsible for using the resources of Liquidnet to... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Jedi Mind Tricks for Entrepreneurs
Leveraging an MS in Sport Psychology, I've been working with startup entrepreneurs for over a decade, funding, coaching, and coaxing maximum performance from them. In this talk I'll share the tricks I use to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential. Everything from creating the right environment to vocabulary to when to push hard, when to yell, when to be gentle, when to be motivational, when to challenge. If you're an entrepreneur and you want to reach your maximum potential, or you're an investor or someone who works closely with them, this talk is for you.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicole Glaros

Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars Ventures & Chief Product Officer, Techstars, Techstars
Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups which resulted in one win and 2 losses. Since then, she's spent over a decade mentoring and funding early-stage... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Launched From a Dorm Room
Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Evan Spiegel. These are just some of the storied entrepreneurs who’ve launched a startup while in college – and ultimately dropping out as Facebook, Microsoft, and SnapChat found success. So what is it about student entrepreneurs? And do you have to drop out?
Join three successful Yale entrepreneurs who launched their startups while still in school – and graduating – who discuss the pros and cons of being a student while founding a tech company. What tactics did they use as student founders that may not have been available to their graduated counterparts? How did they balance their growing business and classes?
This session explores why students should consider starting a company while in school, what sets student entrepreneurs apart, and advice and lessons learned from those who’ve successfully navigated its challenges.

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Speakers
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Jessica Cole

Outreach Dir, Panorama Education
Jessica Cole builds technology that makes us better citizens. She currently serves as Outreach Director at Panorama Education, a Y Combinator company, for feedback surveys and analytics for K-12 schools that give students and educators a voice in decision making. Previously, Jessica... Read More →
avatar for Alena Gribskov

Alena Gribskov

Program Director, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Alena leads Yale University's accelerator program for promising student startups, which provides 10 teams a year $15,000 in funding, mentors, incubator space, and more. She has spearheaded efforts to increase tech and entrepreneurship education at Yale through the YEI Tech Bootcamp... Read More →
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David Luan

Founder, Dextro
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Victor Wong

CEO, PaperG
Victor Wong is the CEO of PaperG, a creative management platform that users can customize, collaborate on, and learn from their ad creatives. It's technology has been called by Forbes as "literally changing the way the business of marketing is done." Notable users include Yelp, Hearst... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

McDonald’s Pitch Session: Content Creation
The McDonald’s Digital Mission
The intersection of convenience, fun and value has historically been an integral part of the McDonald’s DNA. Today, we are on the move to transform how we bring these pillars to life through the growth of technologies such as mobile, connected devices, digital media and the Internet of Things. McDonald’s is hosting three sessions (http://sxsw.is/1AjdcOK) that will give startups the opportunity to pitch their innovations, particularly as they relate to the customer experience of one of the world’s largest and most frequented businesses, serving more than 69 million customers in more than 100 countries each day.
What We Are Looking For
We believe the content landscape has been undergoing tremendous change over the past several years. Consumers have an incredible breadth and depth of content choices across all screens, and are increasingly choosing to engage with authentic content, curate content to their personal networks and
create content at unprecedented volumes.
To that end, we believe to be truly customer-centric, brands of the future need new content development models and partners. Brands have to co-create content with communities, curate daily content to stay relevant, and create content with social in mind. How can brands tap into new content partners
and models that can tackle these objectives?
In this session, we’ll give the creative minds of tomorrow an opportunity to speak with us about how they can push this cause forward in the retail and restaurant industries.
If you are interested in applying, please submit your pitch to sxsw.startups@us.mcd.com by 8 pm ET on Monday, March 9. We will notify three session finalists on March 12 and give them 15 minutes to pitch their
innovation to a panel of industry leaders and McDonald’s digital executives the following day.
Rules and Guidelines: http://mcd-sxswstartups.tumblr.com

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Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Akil Franklin
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Akil Franklin

Director of Technology, Fenway Group


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Cesar Vazquez
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Cesar Vazquez

Cesar Vazquez

Chief Exec Mgr, CCAN Ventures LLC
Cesar Vazquez is the founder and CEO of CCAN Ventures, LLC –digital studio that develops solutions targeted mainly to the US Latino market. Cesar oversees CCAN’s overall strategy, ensuring the firm’s stays at the vanguard of all relevant trends related to Latinos. His experiences... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Joe Saunders
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders

Prod Mgr, IBM Smart Cities Software, IBM


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Rick Yang
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Rick Yang

Partner, NEA
Rick joined NEA in 2007 and is focused on information technology and energy investments. He is also actively involved with NEA's seed and growth equity practices. Rick is currently on the board of Pure Energies Group, and he also works closely with NEA’s investments in BloomReach... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Open Doors, Close Deals with A Crystal Clear Pitch
Have you ever: Had people text or tune out right in the middle of what you were saying? Been turned down for funding because decision-makers didn't think your project was commercially-viable? Struggled to explain the value of what you have to offer in a way that investors got it and wanted it?
Imagine never having to experience those frustrations again. Imagine being able to articulate your job, business and UVP so clearly and compellingly, it earns the respect and buy-in of skeptical decision-makers.

You don’t have to imagine it; you'll have opportunities to do it in this session. Bring a priority so you can strategize and language it and receive on-the-spot coaching from Pitch Whisperer Sam Horn.

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Speakers
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Sam Horn

CEO, The Intrigue Agency
Sam Horn, Intrigue Expert and TEDx speaker, coaches entrepreneurs and executives how to craft concise, compelling communications that connect. Clients include Intel, KPMG, Cisco, NASA, Boeing and EO. Sam's books POP!, Tongue Fu! and the upcoming Got Your Attention? have been featured... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

The South and Midwest Matter More Than NY and SF?
Given that startups based on the coasts receive more than seventy percent of all venture capital in the US, it may seem like a given to focus attention on seeding your product in those places, too. There are some key advantages to focusing on growth in less obvious markets. Less competition, lower rents, and communities that are more appreciative of tailored outreach just to name a few. Don't make the mistake of thinking of Chicago, Dallas or Atlanta as secondary markets!
StyleSeat CEO Melody McCloskey and Ligaya Tichy, who has worked at Yelp and Airbnb, will share data and insights from their experiences building leading marketplaces that have seen rapid growth in unexpected places.

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Speakers
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Melody McCloskey

Founder/CEO, StyleSeat
Melody McCloskey is the co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat, the largest and fastest-growing online and mobile marketplace for beauty and wellness services. McCloskey has been recognized among industry leaders, receiving accolades such as Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business... Read More →
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Ligaya Tichy

Angel Investor, Freelance
Ligaya cultivates communities for startups. She cut her teeth at Yelp launching several markets in its early days. Then went on to lead community and offline marketing at Airbnb from the ground up. She now invests in early-stage consumer tech companies and serves as a mentor for 500... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

The Startup Dating Game
Standard startup pitches are boring – PERIOD! But there is hope – there is the Startup Dating Game. Who needs shallow-minded bachelors or bachelorettes? We'll offer you the finest selection of founders, CTOs and VCs dating each other. Take three ambitious startups, let them pitch to one successful VC hidden behind a wall and watch the magic happen!
The Interactive Dating Game has it all: wit, laughter, entertainment – and matchmaking like you've never experienced before.
Here is the full List of all participants on Stage!
VC: Sebastian Herzog (Lufthansa)
VC: Franz Glatz (Werg1)
VC: Rudy Garza (g51 Capital)
VC: Dai Truang (Austin Ventures)
VC: Parker Thomson (500 Startups)
Startup: Tim Betzin (Bubble App)
Startup: Sebastian Schmitt (knowhere)
Startup: Drew Taylor (AstroPrint)
Startup: Nikolas Schriefer (Stagelink)
Startup: Arne Horn (Maple Apps)
Startup: Simon Barkow-Oesterreicher (Uberchord)
Startup: Lori Cheek (Cheekd)
Your Host: Tobias Schiwek

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Speakers
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Dr. Nazim Cetin

VP Corporate Development & New Businesses, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
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Lori Cheek

Pres, Cheekd
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Sebastian Doerfel

COO, Adsquare GmbH
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Tobias Schiwek

Consultant & Busines Angel, TS
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Nikolas Schriefer

CEO, Stagelink
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Parker Thompson

Venture Partner, 500 Startups


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Building Gender-Balanced Startups
Everyone in tech wants more gender balance from the startup ecosystem, but the practical barriers to reach that goal are complex, and require buy-in from many players: From engineering and MBA colleges which produce the next generation of startup leaders, to the incubation/hackathon culture which fosters them, to the VC community who finance them, to the startup founders and executives who must then hire and manage a (hopefully) gender-balanced team, to the male and female employees working together every day. Join diverse leaders in the tech industry—including TechCrunch reporter Colleen Taylor, veteran designer/developer Julie Ann Horvath, and theMIX agency founder/CEO Vanessa Camones—for a panel with a focus on concrete results. They’ll discuss the challenges they’ve encountered—and offer solid advice and solutions for overcoming them, so we can all work together to build a more inclusive (and therefore more successful) startup ecosystem.

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Speakers
avatar for Stewart Alsop

Stewart Alsop

Partner, Alsop Louie Partners
Stewart Alsop is a partner of Alsop Louie Partners, founded in 2005. Originally a business journalist and commentator, he became a venture capitalist with New Enterprise Associates in 1996, where he led investments in companies including TiVo, Glu Mobile, and Xfire, and two woman-founded... Read More →
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Vanessa Camones

CEO, theMIX agency
Vanessa is founder and CEO of theMIX agency, a full-service marketing and communications boutique based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She’s been working in high-tech public relations and strategic communications for more than 15 years, advising a wide range of clients, from... Read More →
avatar for Julie Ann Horvath

Julie Ann Horvath

Designer/Developer/Visual Storyteller, TechCrunch
A fan of the social web, building things, and making information beautiful, Julie Ann Horvath works as a designer and front-end developer at &yet She was an early employee at GitHub, Cherry and Yammer and is the host and organizer of the all-woman talk series Passion Projects designed... Read More →
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Colleen Taylor

Reporter for TechCrunch & Editorial Dir for TechCrunchTV, TechCrunch
Colleen Taylor is based in San Francisco, where she has been reporting on technology businesses and the people behind them since 2006. Currently, she is a reporter for TechCrunch and TechCrunch TV.


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Evolving From Founder to Great CEO
It is conventional wisdom in the startup community that founding CEOs eventually must be replaced by a professional CEO for companies to reach their full potential. The idea is that the qualities that lead someone to be an entrepreneur are not conducive to the corner office. But if this is true, how do we explain Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg – all founders who served as CEO and led their companies to greatness? I believe that the CEO role can be learned, and that in most cases the founding entrepreneur is the best person to lead the company to greatness. While many startups fail, the CEO should not be the cause if they learn the key responsibilities of this critical role. This presentation will provide a methodology for the CEO job that can be adopted by any entrepreneur.

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Speakers
avatar for Joel Trammell

Joel Trammell

CEO, Khorus
Joel Trammell is a successful CEO and entrepreneur with a 20-year career in IT-related software companies. He is currently CEO of Khorus, which provides a business management system for CEOs and other executives. Joel is also Chair Emeritus of the Austin Technology Council and Co-founder... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Happy Startup Endings: Acquisitions – Partnerships
Every startup dreams of a monster IPO or being acquired by a big company. However, those are not the only ways startups can have successful exits. This session brings together startups (or their corporate partners) that have been acquired, merged or partnered with big companies like Samsung and Under Armor, leading to their businesses scaling to new levels and resulting in “happy endings” all around.
Brought to you by: Digitas Health LifeBrands

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Speakers
avatar for Bill Besselman

Bill Besselman

VP Strategy & Consumer Insights, Under Armour
Bill Besselman has been the Vice President of Strategy and Consumer Insights at Under Armour since November 2012. Bill manages all aspects of Under Armour’s corporate strategy development (from the annual planning process to targeted projects). Within ACI, Bill’s role is to identify... Read More →
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Alanna Cotton

VP Product Marketing, Tablets and Wearables, Samsung Electronics America Inc
As the Vice President of Marketing for the Mobile Computing business, she leads Product and Channel Marketing for the Tablets and Wearables portfolio. Over the years, she has gained a reputation as a change agent and an innovative business leader at Fortune 50 leaders Procter and... Read More →
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Nirav Sheth

Dir of Medical Market Development, MC10 Inc
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Robin Thurston

SVP Digital & Connected Fitness, Under Armour Connected Fitness


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

McDonald’s Pitch Session: Transportation and Delivery
The McDonald’s Digital Mission
The intersection of convenience, fun and value has historically been an integral part of the McDonald’s DNA. Today, we are on the move to transform how we bring these pillars to life through the growth of technologies such as mobile, connected devices, digital media and the Internet of Things. McDonald’s is hosting three sessions (http://sxsw.is/1AjdcOK) that will give startups the opportunity to pitch their innovations, particularly as they relate to the customer experience of one of the world’s largest and most frequented businesses, serving more than 69 million customers in more than 100 countries each day.
What We Are Looking For
How we physically get from point A to point B is rapidly evolving, and companies must evolve to not only meet customers on their journey, but to anticipate the way they will travel in the future. Connected technology is changing transportation models and the way we interact with our cars. As a result, our existing idea of door-to-door delivery and drive-thru will soon be obsolete.
Imagine a world where drones could deliver you food while you’re driving down the highway. Seems crazy now, but technology is increasingly revolutionizing our everyday lives. As the world’s leading global food
service retailer, McDonald’s global reach and scale drives industries beyond just food, including transportation, delivery and logistics models.
This session will give three start-ups focused on mobile, transportation and delivery an opportunity to pitch their innovation to a panel of judges.
If you are interested in applying, please submit your pitch to sxsw.startups@us.mcd.com by 8 pm ET on Monday, March 9. We will notify three session finalists on March 12 and give them 15 minutes to pitch their
innovation to a panel of industry leaders and McDonald’s digital executives the following day.
Rules and Guidelines: http://mcd-sxswstartups.tumblr.com

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Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Jennifer Perkins
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Jennifer Perkins

N/A, jenniferperkins.com
First and foremost Jennifer is a wife and mother trying to raise her children, Tallulah and Baxter, in craftivity. Jennifer is a lifestyle blogger at www.jenniferperkins.com, brand ambassador for Treetopia, designer for I Love to Create, contributing DIY editor for BlogHer, vlogger... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Joseph Kozusko
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Joseph Kozusko

Dir of Strategy, Strive Logistics
As a reformed university professor, Joseph has spent the last several years on a journey of entrepreneurship. His focus area is finding the right opportunities to develop and create new ventures. As a graduate of the acclaimed Acton MBA program; he has spent time in venture capital... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

The Power of Invention: Hiring, Firing and Wiring
A good invention is the ultimate disruptor within any industry and has the power to make a competitor obsolete, even the playing field in a crowded market, or transform a small player into an overnight success. In today's marketplace, understanding and harnessing the power of invention across all crafts is critical to remain relevant and ahead of the curve. The most meaningful change an organization can make is to commit itself to hiring true inventors and re-wiring their organization around a culture of invention.
Hear from Winston Binch and Pete Favat on how they champion invention above all else and have built an inventor workshop, putting their strategic imaginations to work for clients like Taco Bell, Volkswagen and Pop Secret to ideate wildly successful results. And how your organization, no matter the industry or mission, can adopt these same ideals.

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Speakers
avatar for Winston Binch

Winston Binch

Chief Digital Officer, Deutsch North America
Winston is responsible for agency-wide digital strategy and vision, operations, and business and invention development. He joined Deutsch LA in 2011 and built a team of 190 digital specialists, as a result, digital is now 35% of that office's revenue. In 2014, Creativity named Deutsch... Read More →
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Pete Favat

Chief Creative Officer, Deutsch North America
As North American Chief Creative Officer, Pete works with the LA and NY offices to deliver award-winning work for Deutsch clients. Since joining Deutsch LA as a partner and chief creative officer in 2013, Pete has led transformative creative work on behalf of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Turkey: Innovation in Global Communities
While Turkey is an acknowledged economic leader in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), many are not aware of the tremendous scientific and and technological advancements to be seen in the country as it evolves into a leading knowledge based economy for the 21st Century.
Come learn about emerging initiatives supporting innovation, technology transfer and startup creation from Turkish representatives across the country. Through sponsorship of the US Department of State Building Opportunities Out of Science and Technology (BOOST) program, representatives from Ege University, stanbul University, Middle East Technical University, Technology Development Foundation of Turkey and Kimola (a Turkish Start Up in IT) will present on the unique opportunities and challenges to be found in the Turkish region.

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Speakers
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Ceren Aslan

Technology Transfer Officer, ODTU TEKNOKENT
Ms. Aslan has completed coursework in Business Administration and Communications. She is a Technology Transfer Expert from ODTU Teknokent which is the largest science and technology park in the country of Turkey. Her focus area is on helping to build the technology transfer offices... Read More →
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Bestem Buyum

Head of Analytics & Creative Dir at Kimola, Kimola
Ms. Buyum graduated from Middle East Technical University summa cum laude in 2008, obtaining a BSc. in Sociology and a minor in Industrial Design. After that she got Dean’s scholarship from Bilkent University for her M.A. studies in Design and Communication. She wrote her thesis... Read More →
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Ms Seda Olmez Cakar

Sr Specialist, Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV)
Seda OLMEZ CAKAR is an experienced and dedicated scholar within the area technological innovation and entrepreneurship. She hold M.SC. in Chemical Engineering from University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and M.Sc in Science and Technology Policy Studies from Middle East Technical University... Read More →
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Canan Cakmakci

GM, Bilkent Cyberpark
Received her B.Sc in Industrial Engineering, in 1998 from Middle East Technical University. She later on continued her education in the University of Texas and received an M.Sc degree in Industrial Engineering, and consecutively an M.B.A degree in year 2003. Having served as the International... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Unicorn #2: How Entrepreneurs Choose the Next Idea
How do serial entrepreneurs who have created companies worth hundreds of millions or billions of dollars approach their second and third startup? What’s different the second time around?
We’ve got four incredible serial entrepreneurs that have created companies such as Barracuda Networks, Convio, Tivoli and WP Engine on stage to share their secrets. Each one will first give a two-minute pitch for his first company and then a two-minute pitch for his most recent company. Then we’ll have 30 minutes of Q&A about what they’ve learned and how they went about finding and evaluating their latest startup idea.
Panelists include:
Dean Drako, founder of Barracuda Networks & Eagle Eye Networks
Bob Fabbio, founder of Tivoli, White Glove Health, eRelevance Corp
Jason Cohen, founder of Smart Bear Software & WP Engine
Vinay Bhagat, founder of Convio & TrustRadius
Presented by Capital Factory

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Speakers
avatar for Vinay Bhagat

Vinay Bhagat

Founder & CEO, Trustradius
Vinay is Founder and CEO of TrustRadius - a site which is rapidly becoming the venue that professionals buying business software turn to for candid, in-depth insights from peers. Think of TrustRadius as a Yelp for business software or a community based alternative to research analysts... Read More →
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Jason Cohen

Founder, CEO, WP Engine
Jason has built four software startups, both bootstrapped and funded, both alone and with co-founders, built all to more than $1m in annual revenue, sold two, and is currently the CTO of the fourth, http://WPEngine.com, with 230 employees in Austin, Texas and expecting to double in... Read More →
avatar for Dean Drako

Dean Drako

Pres & CEO, Eagle Eye Networks
Dean Drako left Barracuda Networks in 2012 to found Eagle Eye Networks and lead it to be the first cloud-based video surveillance company to provide both cloud and on-premise recording. Previously, as founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, Dean created the industry’s... Read More →
avatar for Bob Fabbio

Bob Fabbio

Founder/CEO, Erelevance Corp
Mr. Fabbio is characterized as a visionary and successful serial entrepreneur. He has founded and built multiple industry-leading healthcare and technology companies by identifying large emerging markets, gaining intimate knowledge of the market needs, challenging conventional wisdom... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Yale Student Startup Pitch-Off
Five of the most promising student entrepreneurs from Yale University pitch their businesses to a panel of judges from top-tier venture capital firms. These seed-stage startups represent a wide range of industries, including software, internet technologies, high-tech life sciences, and consumer goods that aim to revolutionize their sector.

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Speakers
avatar for Jim Boyle

Jim Boyle

Managing Dir, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Jim Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), an office of Yale University with the mission of helping students and faculty launch new venture ideas. Prior to forming YEI, Boyle was previously responsible within the Office of Cooperative... Read More →
avatar for James Boyle

James Boyle

Managing Dir, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Jim Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), an office of Yale University with the mission of helping students and faculty launch new venture ideas. Prior to forming YEI, Boyle was previously responsible within the Office of Cooperative... Read More →
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David Mount

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
David Mount joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2008 and is a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund (GGF), which supports young companies leading new markets in sustainable ways. David is focused on software and services investments applicable to the energy and industrials... Read More →
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Katie Rae

Managing Dir, Project11
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Michael Seibel

Partner, YCombinator


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St
 
Saturday, March 14
 

9:30am

Accelerating Startups in Europe: What’s Different
Europe has over 200 accelerator programs, the vast majority of which are corporate or government-backed. Since these programs where created in 2011 and 2012, they have yielded thousands of accelerated startups, a small but growing number of which emerge as global success stories. Despite comparatively low success rates and very modest investor returns, these programs have been instrumental in connecting the fragmented European startup communities into the wider global technology ecosystem. With leading US investors like USV, YCombinator, and 500 startups engaging more and more with European teams, this session will analyze the benefits and risks of working with and investing in accelerated startups from Europe, as well as discuss the opportunities for experienced US founders and operators to benefit from the European tech boom.

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Speakers
avatar for Max Gurvits

Max Gurvits

Partner, CCC Startups
Max is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of one of Europe’s largest accelerator programs (Eleven) and the managing partner of CCC Startups and Startup AddVenture, a community-focused seed fund and startup growth platform in Europe and the Middle East.
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Elina Zheleva

Producer, Runway.vc
I stay behind the Runway.vc concept, which is an event that brings together aviation experts and air travel startups.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Advanced Mobility
Today, there are technologies that allow semi-autonomous vehicle control, driving habit monitoring, ride sharing, etc. with the intent to increase safety, increase fuel economy, and increase vehicle utilization.
We have all heard about self-driving cars, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and big data, but what’s the value? How soon will we see these technologies implemented? When will we see mass adoption? What will the future of mobility look like? Will OEMs adopt technological innovations from outside?
A panel of experts – investor, entrepreneur, and innovator – will talk about the future of mobility: new applications for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication and autonomous vehicles, challenges of cybersecurity, and opportunities for big data and new ownership models. The panel will also examine where future innovation will come from, how innovations will get to market and where there are opportunities for disruption in the transportation industry.

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Speakers
avatar for Jay Ellis

Jay Ellis

Program Dir M-TRAC Transportation, University of Michigan
Mr. Ellis has spent over 18 years developing and funding cutting edge technologies in mobility. He is currently at the University of Michigan where he funds early stage transportation/mobility innovations as Director of M-TRAC Transportation Program. Prior to joining U-M, Jay has... Read More →
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Ryan Eustice

Assoc Professor, University of Michigan
Ryan M. Eustice is an Associate Professor in the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan where he additionally holds joint appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Department of Mechanical... Read More →
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Alisyn Malek

Investment Mgr, Gm Ventures
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Andre Weimerskirch

Research Scientist, University Of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
André Weimerskirch is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). André is co-founder and former CEO of the embedded systems security company ESCRYPT which was sold to Bosch in 2012. André is a main designer of the vehicle-to-vehicle... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Assume and Make an Ass Out of You and Your Startup
When you decrease your startup’s risk, you increase its value. If you can define your core assumptions and test them as quickly and cheaply as possible, you can put your startup on the right track to grow to a successful business. You can build a business model around those assumptions and prove them, then have the evidence you need to prove your company’s worth when you go out to fundraise. DreamIt Co-Founder Steve Welch speaks with DreamIt alums about how they have successfully used this methodology to prove his business model and make a case with investors.
Presented by DreamIt Ventures.

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Speakers
avatar for Nick Rosenthal

Nick Rosenthal

Co Founder & CEO, Drop 'til You Shop, DreamIt Ventures
Nick Rosenthal is co-founder and CEO of Drop 'til You Shop. Drop ’til You Shop helps online retailers sell goods faster, more profitably and with a sense of adventure. Our live-sale shopping events have been described as “an obsessive video game” (Bloomberg), “an adrenaline-fueled... Read More →
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Steve Welch

Founding Partner, DreamIt Ventures


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Bootstrapping from the Beach: It's Your Turn
Ever dreamed of working from a surf town in Morocco, a beach house in Thailand, a mountain chalet in the Alps? Well, more and more startups are actually doing it.
Is this really feasible? Is this really as good as it sounds? We will take you on a journey with some of the startups who have already experienced this, and will leave you with a itching need to hop on plane.

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Speakers
avatar for Aline Mayard

Aline Mayard

Cofounder, The Blue House
Aline has spent the last five years, working or traveling in North America, Europe, and the Arab world. A startup nerd, she believes startups have lots to learn from what's going on in other ecosystems, traveling the world, taking time to step back, and keeping things in perspect... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Moore

Shaun Moore

CEO & Co-Founder, Chui
Shaun is the CEO and CoFounder of Chui. Chui is an intelligent doorbell that can recognize who its visitors are and can enable a smart, customized home upon facial recognition and other proprietary technology. His journey to create Chui began with him departing a corporate banking... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Connecting the Bits Meet Up
The Made in NY Media Center brings together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship and content creation. At the core of our 20,000 square foot facility in Brooklyn, NY sits an incubator and workspace for companies and creatives at the intersection of story + tech.

Calling all digital media technologists, artists, and creatives! Come hang out with Sabrina Dridje, Director of Community Engagement at the Media Center and tell her your story! Together, let's connect the dots and break the silos between the pixels, code, and the splices.

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Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Dridje

Sabrina Dridje

Dir of Community Engagement, Made in NY Media Center by IFP
Sabrina is the Director of Community Engagement at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. In this capacity she is the epicenter of the membership engagement and the center’s key liaison in the wider network of organizations and businesses at center of tech and story. Previously, she... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Smartcuts: How to Accelerate Change That Matters
What can Skrillex, the Cuban Revolution and 20-year-old rocket scientists teach us about innovation? Why did Michelle Phan become a lasting YouTube personality, while the Double Rainbow Guy flamed out? Why are the best US presidents the ones with the least amount of political experience – and what can the rest of us learn from their stories?
Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur Shane Snow is obsessed with exploring why some people and companies are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short amounts of time, while others fall by the wayside. What sets those wildly successful overachievers apart? They think like a hacker – applying what psychologists call lateral thinking to creative problem solving. Snow shares patterns distilled from years of studying superlatives in business and history in a dynamic session that’s been described as good to great meets MacGyver.

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Speakers
avatar for Shane Snow

Shane Snow

CCO, Contently
Shane Snow is the Chief Creative Officer of Contently and author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Startup Success: From Formation to Exit
Resources for startup and growing companies are limited, and often the last thing any young company wants to hassle with is lawyers. However, legal issues can cripple a company in a heartbeat. This session aims to introduce entrepreneurs to the most common legal issues faced by start up companies. We will give primers on several key areas of the law including incorporation, intellectual property, labor & employment, funding, and dispute resolution. We'll also cover classic pitfalls of startups, key areas of business that should not be underestimated, and when to seek outside counsel.
Presented by Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP

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Speakers
avatar for Adam Hull

Adam Hull

Assoc, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Adam Hull is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group at Gardere. He provides public and private companies counsel on complex business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity and venture capital financing.
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Rick Jordan

Assoc, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Gardere attorney Rick Jordan has a diverse corporate practice and is a sought-after adviser on business transactions. His experience profile covers a broad spectrum of corporate matters, with a focus on venture capital financings (representing investors and issuers), mergers and acquisitions... Read More →
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Evan Loomis

Partner, StartupRunner


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
Got the entrepreneurial bug? Want to start a new business? How about moving it across the world? As a young, rising entrepreneurial star, anything is possible, but there’s a lot of preparation and planning needed before the big move to ensure you don’t end up homeless and naked on the streets of your new city.
Led by entrepreneur, Codeship CEO and recent US transplant Mo Plassnig, this session will offer an insider’s perspective on what it takes for a global entrepreneur to leave his comfort zone, step outside the bounds and make the huge move overseas. Mo will offer a play-by-play on his decision to uproot his team (and life) by moving to Boston. Walk through the action plan that resulted in a successful US launch, a network of powerful investors, reporters and friends. Oh, and an apartment fully stocked with all the necessities – including a full drawer of underwear!

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Speakers
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Moritz Plassnig

CEO & Co-Founder, Codeship
Moritz Plassnig is cofounder & CEO of Codeship, a developer tool company with offices in Boston/MA and Vienna/Austria. Codeship enables software companies to speed up their software deployment through an automated process. Its products are used by customers & thousands of developers... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

9:30am

The Oslo Startup Story
Oslo is the fastest growing capital city region in Europe. It has a booming startup scene and a strong focus on raising the number of them with international potential.
So what is Oslo’s story? What does the Norwegian business ecosystem look like? What are the region’s challenges? And how does the city work to support startups to successfully launch and grow business ideas? What are the barriers to growth and successful exits? What are the emerging tech and startup companies in Oslo?
Join Vice Mayor Hallstein Bjercke from the City of Oslo, journalist Cecilie Asker (Norway’s biggest daily newspaper) and entrepreneurs Jostein Svendsen CEO from WeVideo and Kjartan Slette Co-founder and COO of Unacast to discover and discuss the Oslo startup story in the SXSW Startup Village.
Visit The Oslo Lounge, 9-19 March
Address: 607 Trinity Street
See www.oslolounge.com for more info and program.
#theoslolounge @theoslolounge
Presented by Oslo Business Region.

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Speakers
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Cecilie Asker

Commentator and journalist, Aftenposten
Cecilie Asker is a journalist, commentator and author. For the last ten years she has been working in the biggest daily newspaper in Norway, Aftenposten. She writes mainly about tech, music, television, digital living, and pop culture in general.
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Hallstein Bjercke

Vice Mayor City of Oslo, City of Oslo Dep of Culture & Business Development
Hallstein Bjercke is the Vice Mayor for Cultural Affairs and Business Development at the City of Oslo. He has been in this role since 2011, representing Venstre (the Liberal Party). Bjercke and his team at the City of Oslo has the ambition to make Oslo a city for talent and one of... Read More →
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Kjartan Slette

Co-Founder & COO, Unacast
Kjartan Slette was former Head of Music and Head of Strategy in the music streaming service WiMP, now recently launched globally under the name Tidal as the first HiFi lossless global streaming service (recently acquired by Jay-Z). In WiMP Kjartan was responsible for all contract... Read More →
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Jostein Svendsen

CEO, WeVideo
Jostein Svendsen is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of WeVideo Inc. Based in Silicon Valley and Oslo, Norway, WeVideo takes the cost, time and complexity out of video production and sharing, all while delivering creative control, social editing/collaboration, “in the... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

9:30am

The Swedish Innovation Phenomenon
Sweden, a small country in the north that has giants such as IKEA and Volvo, successful bands like ABBA and music producers like Max Martin, as well as the games Candy Crush Saga, Battlefield and Minecraft.
The country has also produced several fruitful solutions within the digital world: Skype, Spotify as well companies such as B-Reel and North Kingdom that take digital campaigns to a whole new level. Not to forget that Hyper Island, one of the world best digital schools was founded in Sweden.
This panel, moderated by Henric Larsson, founder of Chimney, and featuring delegates from the film and education industries will discuss how a small country in the north does it. The session will be inspiring for the ones who are passionate about entrepreneurship and entertaining for everyone!

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Speakers
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Gustav Garhammar

Dig Dir, Chimney
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Henric Larsson

CEO, Chimney
Henric Larsson is the founder and CEO of Chimney. He is a true entrepreneur and has built branches of Chimney in Dubai, Kiev, Warsaw, Moscow, Berlin, Copenhagen and Oslo. He is a person that is passionate about storytelling and branded content and truly believes that an image can... Read More →
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Fredrik Loving

GM, DICE LA
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Charlotte Sundåker

CMO, Hyper Island
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Anders Wahlquist

CEO, B-Reel
Anders Wahlquist is the CEO and co-founder of advertising production company/creative partner B-Reel. B-Reel was founded 1999 and has since helped global brands communicate successfully through innovative use of storytelling and technology in web based and traditional channels.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Young Professionals Mimosa Meet Up
Start your Saturday off right with mimosas and stimulating conversations with Young Professionals! There will be drinks, hors-d'oeuvres and the opportunity to expand your professional network. If you already have your vitamin C, no worries, there will be a cash bar also! They say the early bird gets the worm, so the first 30 attendees will get a free mimosa!

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Speakers
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Devon Ryan

USA Young Professionals Rep, IEEE
Mr. Devon Ryan founded the mobile application company LION Mobile, a software company that develops mobile applications. At LION Mobile, he leads a team of engineers who developed the popular social wine app called “unWine”, a social networking app that is all about wine.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 501 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Startupland
Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, but no one talks about how hard it is. How uncertain. How little you sleep. How little you get paid (if you get paid at all). How you couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Zendesk’s Mikkel Svane will share the real story of how he and two thirty-something Danish friends started a company in the kitchen of a Copenhagen loft. It’s a modern "making it in Silicon Valley" story that will resonate with both founders just getting started and serial entrepreneurs with similar battle scars. It's a story of people who pursued their dream and who, against all odds, got to live it. It’s a story about growing up and about how balancing vulnerability and curiosity isn’t always easy.
Zendesk is an 800-person company based in San Francisco with customers in 150 countries. It has changed the customer service industry in just seven years, but Mikkel won’t take a victory lap. He’ll tell it like it is to help entrepreneurs get ready for their startup rides.

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Speakers
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Mikkel Svane

CEO & Co-Founder, Zendesk
Mr. Svane co-founded Zendesk and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2007 and as a member of our board of directors since August 2007. He was appointed Chair of our board of directors in January 2014. Prior to founding Zendesk, Mr. Svane founded and served as the... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 11:20am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Augmented Reality and Commerce
Augmented reality is being used in marketing, manufacturing and engineering to bring businesses to the next level and is a field that is constantly evolving.
Metaio is the worldwide leader in augmented reality software, research and technology and will be addressing how augmented reality can change the face of global commerce.

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Speakers
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Roman Hasenbeck

Sr Dir Sales & Mktg, metaio Inc
Roman Hasenbeck is the Managing Director at Metaio, Inc. in San Francisco, California. He joined Metaio
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Herman Lam

CEO, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Build It and They Will Come: Startup Funding Myths
Focusing all your energy on fundraising shouldn’t necessarily be your first step as a startup company. Having a relentless focus on customer acquisition first can contribute to rapid growth and bring in the cash flow you need, plus help you retain control as you are building your business. Signing on paying customers can prove your business model and your company’s worth to get money in the door to fund development and growth. Then, when you’re ready to fundraise, you have the proof of success you need to show investors. Erica Duignan Minnihan hosts a conversation with DreamIt Austin alum, AJ Bruno (Trendkite), about how this has worked for his company.
Presented by DreamIt Ventures.

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Speakers
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Aj Bruno

Founder & Pres, Trendkite
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Erica Duignan Minnihan

Managing Dir Community, DreamIt Ventures
Managing Director


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Conflict in the Startup Marriage
We had hearts and dollar signs in our eyes when we first joined together as CEO and CTO. But the romance has worn off, and we did not get into this business to worry about feeling undervalued by each other.
Build a healthy relationship from the start by learning how to evaluate and align your tech strategy with your business strategy.
Dive deep to explore insight into the mindset of not only the two personalities between the founder and the tech lead, but also the needs of the sales team vs the development team.
Understand the drive of your team members and why speaking their language will define your company's culture and outline its ultimate success.
Finding your perfect co-founder, and how to hire for culture fit can help to lower the chance of conflicts. We'll talk about how to find talent and hire for culture fit.

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Speakers
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George Diab

Founder, WorkingOn
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Thomas Knoll

Founder, Primeloop


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Harvard Business Review On: How to Hire Superstars
How do you recruit, hire, and retain awesome people? Today startups and behemoths alike brag about their team of ninjas or rockstars. But how can you tell if someone really is a star – and how can you get that person to want to work for you?
We have assembled our own superstar team to help you answer these questions and more. We'll discuss how to find hidden gems – the fantastic people other organizations have overlooked – and how to build a diverse recruiting pool. We'll also tackle what to do if you can't find people with the skills you need and how to build a talent pipeline when you're not even sure what those skills may be in six months or a year. You'll leave this panel with a firm understanding of how to bring great people to your company.

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Speakers
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Katherine Bell

Editor, Harvard Business Review
Katherine Bell is the Editor of HBR.org, the website of Harvard Business Review. Previously, she was Online Managing Editor for America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated, Managing Editor at the Harvard Review, Website Director for DeliaOnline.com, and Content Director for PlanetOut.com... Read More →
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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

CEO / Professor, Hogan Assessments
Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, consumer analytics, and talent management. He is the CEO of Hogan Assessments, and a Business Psychology Professor at University College London and Columbia University.
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Patty McCord

Founder, Patty McCord Consulting
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Craig Walker

Founder & CEO, Switch Communications
Craig Walker is an experienced entrepreneur and CEO. He co-founded UberConference in 2012 with $18 million from Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. He was involved in the launch of both Yahoo! Voice and later Google Voice. Craig holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA), Georgetown... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Impact: Taking My Chance to Lead
Be inspired from seeing how a non-traditional approach to change can make a big impact. Ari Horie, Founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab describes a company designed to grow more successful female entrepreneurs from a community based on the concept of Hito ( ) and her experience of how a few small acts in her life led to what is now possible. Ari shares key moments in her life underpinning the creation of this company. Participate in her personal journey as an entrepreneur as she builds a company designed to grow more successful female entrepreneurs. Within a unique community, based on the concept of Hito ( ), founders develop a network of powerful support. Giving back, sometimes in the smallest of ways, can make a huge difference. A startup founder and their ideas are inseparable, so strong and effective skills in startup development and founder/leader competencies combine to grow a business and drive to success.

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Speakers
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Ari Horie

CEO/Founder, Women's Startup Lab
Ari Horie is the founder and CEO of Women’s Startup Lab located in Silicon Valley, CA. She is a Japanese native and was recently named in CNN’s 10 Visionary Women, 20 Women Who Are Changing the Ratio by Marie Claire magazine, a keynote speaker at UpGlobal and SXSW V2V, with media... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Mentor Session: Dale Larson
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Dale Larson

Exec Coach to Startup CEOs, Startup Happiness
As a veteran of ten startups and small businesses as a founder or early employee (as CEO, engineer, and marketer), and as a consultant and advisor, Dale Larson has helped bring hundreds of products and services to market over nearly 30 years. Now he is a full-time Executive Coach... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Mentor Session: Ryan Feit
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Ryan Feit

CEO, SeedInvest


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Pardon the Disruption: Steve Case on Entrepreneurs
Join Steve Case, CEO of Revolution and chairman of UP Global for an engaging discussion on the re-emergence of entrepreneurship as an American imperative, including an update on the “Rise of the Rest” – taking a close at the development of new hubs of startup activity throughout the United States. Drawing on his personal journey as an entrepreneur, his experience investing in companies in off the beaten path locations, and as a champion for entrepreneurs throughout the country, Steve will share insights on how places like Detroit, Nashville, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and St. Louis are emerging as key entrepreneurial ecosystems driving innovation in critical sectors of the US economy - from education to energy, healthcare to commerce. He’ll also take a look at some crucial and challenging questions – including whether entrepreneurship is a path to economic mobility, and just what role startups really do play in job creation.

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Speakers
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Steve Case

Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC
Steve Case is one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.
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Catherine Rampell

Opinion Columnist, The Washington Post
Catherine Rampell writes a twice-weekly, nationally-syndicated opinion column for The Washington Post. She frequently covers the job market, women in the workforce, housing, taxes, regulation, health care, education, poverty, millennials, the sharing economy, entrepreneurship and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Patagonia: Why Business Is Good for the Planet
At its core, Patagonia is a group of activists and adventurers with a personal responsibility to address the environmental crisis. It’s also a business that builds some of the planet’s most advanced apparel, while changing the way products are made and consumed. The company has caused many to ask “why would they ever do something like that?”
Patagonia’s answer: Why not? Why shouldn’t we open-source our best innovations with our toughest competitors? Why shouldn’t we build the best product yet encourage customers to repair the one they already own? And why shouldn’t an apparel brand champion to tear down deadbeat dams?
CEO Rose Marcario is a former CFO in charge of carrying out Patagonia's legendary mission. Under her tenure, profits have increased, the company released a feature-length documentary, launched a new venture fund, and shared a revolutionary, plant-based rubber with competitors. She’s proving that good business can be good for the planet – in fact, it must be.

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Speakers
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Joel Makower

Chairman & Exec Editor, Greenbiz
For more than 20 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business st... Read More →
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Rose Marcario

CEO, Patagonia
Rose Marcario assumed the role of President and CEO of Patagonia in January 2014. Prior to this, Marcario served as CEO of Patagonia Works, the parent company of Patagonia, Inc., Patagonia’s COO and CFO.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Protect Your Startup: IP Law Basics
Resources for startup and growing companies are limited, and often the last thing any young company wants to hassle with is lawyers. However, legal issues can cripple a company in a heartbeat. This session aims to introduce entrepreneurs to the most common legal issues faced by startup companies.
In this second in a series of three startup law sessions, we will cover the basics of intellectual property law and protecting of your idea through patents, copyright, trademark, and other tools. We'll also cover classic pitfalls of startups, key areas of business that should not be underestimated, and when to seek outside counsel.
Presented by Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLC

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Speakers
MD

Michael Dubner

Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
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Terrell Miller

Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Gardere Partner Terrell Miller's practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation and counseling. He has litigated patent infringement disputes involving a diverse range of equipment, including magnetic braking systems, firearm components, web-based video products, wheeled footwear... Read More →
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Toby Thomas

CEO, Ensite Solutions LLC
Toby Thomas Graduated from Abilene Christian University receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration. Toby’s Senior year at ACU he completed 56 hrs of credited class while working full time running a freight forwarding company and attributes much of his early success to those... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Science Project: Venture Ready Outside the Valley
It is difficult to take early scientific research from universities and turn it into viable companies. The difficulty increases dramatically when the activity is taking place outside the venture capital epicenters of San Francisco/Valley or Boston, or places where resources are limited, such as the Midwest. Using the success of the University of Michigan as a case study, this panel will discuss how to take science projects (research) and leverage internal funding, regional and national talent, and the local ecosystem to turn them into sustainable, fundable ventures.
The University of Michigan resides in Ann Arbor, a town of 110,000 people, squarely in the fly-over zone of the Midwest. Yet it has launched, on average, more than ten startups a year for the past 15 years. Since 1985, roughly 75 percent of University of Michigan startups are still active, including M&A. These startups have raised over one billion in equity financing in the last 10 years.

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Speakers
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Wesley Huffstutter

CEO, QuadMetrics
Wesley Huffstutter is the CEO of Quadmetrics, a cyber risk analytics company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Quadmetrics provides a predictive measure of the cyber risk of networks for insurance underwriters and enterprises seeking to understand their own security posture as well as the posture... Read More →
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Lora Kerr

Mentor-In-Residence, University of Michigan
Lora Kerr is a Mentor-In-Residence at the University of Michigan - Office of Technology Transfer with a focus on Healthcare IT inventions. Lora has held various business and technical leadership roles in the areas of product development, quality, and information technology. Her experience... Read More →
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Michael Psarouthakis

Sr Venture Specialist, University of Michigan
Mike focuses on new company formation based on the physical sciences intellectual property discovered and developed at the University of Michigan. He has over 21 years of venture fund management, entrepreneurial and management experience in both the public and private sectors.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Startup Immigration: A Look Back, the Road Ahead
The panel will go through the state of political engagement by the startup community since a Founder Visa was proposed by Paul Graham in April 2009. Discussion topics cover activities a community can take to create an effective, unified political voice that is heard by and drives Washington DC. As well, we'll review past actions by the startup community and compare them to metrics that evaluate political effectiveness.
Looking forward, the panel will also address possible pathways to an effective, predictable startup visa either by changing current laws through the standard process, calling on unilateral state action or facilitating legislative action in the new Congress. Will the startup community fund such unified action? How will the balance between policy and politics be struck while achieving implementation and moving beyond the usual talk-over-action in DC?

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Speakers
DM

Dave McClure

Founding Partner, 500 Startups
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Craig Montuori

Founder/Exec Dir, Venture Politics
Craig is a partner with Venture Politics, which implements targeted solutions to policy problems affecting portfolio companies for leading VCs and startup accelerators.
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Christopher Nicholson

Partner, Venture Politics
Chris is a partner with Venture Politics, which implements targeted solutions to policy problems affecting portfolio companies for leading VCs and startup accelerators.
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Tahmina Watson

Attorney, Watson Immigration Law
Tahmina Watson is an immigration attorney and founder of Watson Immigration Law in Seattle. She was a practicing barrister in London, UK, before immigrating to the United States herself. She is a frequent speaker, author, and blogger on immigration law matters, regularly quoted and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Survive the Techstorm: Strategy Under Uncertainty
Where will technology take us? Are we ready for what the future may hold? The possibilities are endless, and we’re witnessing the dawn of an era where technology will redefine who we are. It’s no longer just a question of what technology can do for us, but also what should we allow technology to do.
The increasing speed of technological progress is creating a techstorm that will affect all aspects of running a business in the future. Ignorance is bliss but not a viable approach to the disruptive technologies we are facing. So how should a company act in times of great technological turbulence to avoid being eliminated by a Kodak Moment?
In this talk, I will present a technology perspective on corporate strategy and uncertainty filled with examples from my investments and entrepreneurial ventures as well as from the front end of emerging technologies. I will also focus on how you can identify and benefit from opportunities arising in the ever changing technological landscape.

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Speakers
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Nicklas Bergman

Founder/CEO, Intergalactic Industries
Nicklas Bergman has for more than 20 years worked as a serial entrepreneur, technology investor and futurist focusing mostly on investments and business development in emerging markets, web services, nanotechnology, computing, and new media art, currently through roughly 20 direct... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

11:00am

SXSW Accelerator: Enterprise and Smart Data Tech 1
The SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and venture capitalists and angel investors.
Eight companies in the Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category, presented by Rackspace, will dazzle a live audience, a panel of three judges, and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony
The Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text, documents, and engagement for business and individual use.
Finalist for this session include:
Crate.IO
Vorarlberg, Austria
http://www.crate.io
Crate.IO has built a new breed of database to serve today’s mammoth data needs. Based on the familiar SQL syntax, Crate combines high availability, resiliency, and scalability in a distributed design that allows you to query mountains of data in real-time, not batches. Crate.IO is easy to scale and simple to use.
Hypori
Austin, TX
http://www.hypori.com
Hypori is an enterprise software company providing Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) - accessible from Android and iOS devices. An enterprise can provide employees with virtual mobile devices running in the cloud - ensuring secure separation between personal and enterprise data for mobile users.
Identified Technologies
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.identifiedtech.com
Identified Technologies provides visibility to the energy industry with scalable drones and dock stations. We deliver data hundreds of times faster and more frequently than previously possible. Identified works with industry-leading clients around the world.
Kasisto
New York, NY
http://www.kasisto.com
Kasisto enables enterprises to simplify and enhance their customers' lives through customizable conversational virtual specialists that utilize artificial intelligence. Kasisto, and SRI International spinout, participated in Wells-Fargo's startup accelerator and is the winner of the 2014 NYC FinTech Innovation Lab.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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David Aronoff

General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
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Christopher Dannen

Reporter, Fast Company
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Dayna Grayson

Partner, New Entersprise Associates Inc
Dayna is a partner at NEA and invests in SaaS (software-as-a-service), digital media, consumer services and business services. She is also active in their seed investing program and founded NEA’s Design Studio, which seeks out designers who start companies. Her investments include... Read More →
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Fran Hauser

Partner, Rothenberg Ventures
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Mohanjit Jolly

Partner, DFJ
Mohanjit Jolly is a Partner at DFJ. Mohanjit manages DFJ's India portfolio, serves as a board member of U.S.-based companies, and leads DFJ's business development efforts. Mohanjit currently serves on the Boards of Retrofit, Piqora, Attero, Bharat Light and Power, Canvera, Cleartrip... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F 500 E 4th St

11:00am

SXSW Accelerator: Social Technologies 1
SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and venture capitalists and angel investors.
Eight companies in the Social Technologies category, presented by DYN, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service. Three of those eight startups will return on Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator®Awards Ceremony.
The Social Technologies category includes applications and technologies that enable personal connections. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, products and services, as well as messaging that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share our lives with others.
Finalist for this session include:
Cooler
Venice, CA
http://www.get-cooler.com
There’s a fundamental problem between social media and television: social media is about discussing it now, TV’s about watching it whenever. Cooler resolves this crisis by re-sequencing your social feeds, eliminating spoilers and making social media safe for TV again.
Peepsqueeze
Austin, TX
http://www.peepsqueeze.com
Unite everyone’s videos into one video with our app. Record your video, designate a recipient and delivery date – then, invite your friends to join you with their own videos. Peepsqueeze unites them all into one seamless, downloadable video.
Platypus TV
Camillus, NY
http://www.platypustv.com
Platypus TV is a second screen social experience for television audiences. Through the smartphone app users can play friend and community conversations that are timed to episodes. No matter when users watch, relevant conversation and audiences are always available.
Polsie
Nuevo León, Mexico
http://www.polsie.com
Polsie is a fast way of creating an online store regardless of its size. The platform is fed by instagram and based on a trigger action ecosystem that allows you to go from none too full in a few minutes.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to
http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Thomas Ball

General Partners, Austin Ventures
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Andrew McLaughlin

Partner, Betaworks
Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a tech and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper.
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Maria Thomas

Chief Consumer Officer, SmartThings


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

11:00am

SXSW Accelerator: Wearable Technologies 1
SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies in the Wearable Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Wearable Technologies category focuses on technology worn on, in, or around the body. As this major technology cycle advances we are seeking all types of wearable products that advance human performance and wellness, as well as those involved in apparel, accessories, fashion and lifestyle.
Finalist for this session include:
embr labs
Cambridge, MA
http://www.embrlabs.com
At embr labs, we believe thermal is personal and are on a mission to return temperature control to the individual. Our first product, Wristify, lets people make themselves comfortable by providing heating or cooling, anytime and anywhere.
Feetz
Chattanooga, TN
http://www.feetz.co
Feetz provides custom fit shoes with our patented SizeMeTM technology solution. Take photos of your feet, design your shoes, we’ll 3D print them with custom materials, and deliver them to your door within 7 days
FitBark
Kansas City, MO
http://www.fitbark.com
FitBark is a beautiful activity monitor that helps you better understand your dog's health and behavior. The rich data sets we seamlessly generate help veterinarians, animal pharmas, food and insurance companies better target or validate their products and services.
Moonlab
New York, NY
http://www.moonlab.moondial.com
Softspot by Moonlab. We engineer soft wearable technology. It is a patent pending, networked, sensing and actuating fabric patch that can be integrated into any textile-based product. It is controlled with a mobile APP.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
avatar for Adam D'Augelli

Adam D'Augelli

Principal, True Ventures
Adam D’Augelli is a Principal at True Ventures. True works with promising entrepreneurs at the earliest stages in the technology market providing hands-on management support to guide portfolio companies through the challenges of early growth. Prior to True, Adam ran Perfect Wave... Read More →
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Don Dodge

Developer Advocate, Google
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Leah Hunter

Writer, Fast Company
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Nadeem Kassam

CEO, BioBeats
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Sonny Vu

CEO & Founder, Misfit
Founder of Misfit, makers of award-winning wearable and smart home products, including Shine and Flash, elegant activity and sleep monitors, and Bolt, a smart color-changing bulb. Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world's first iPhone-connected hardware medical device, and 15+ other... Read More →
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Michael Yang

Managing Dir, Comcast Ventures


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

11:30am

Profit First: How To Become Permanently Profitable
What if, rather than you serving your business, your business served you? What if you could turn a profit from your very next deposit? And what if you had the power to guarantee that profitability?
In his follow-up to the cult classic The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur and the game-changer The Pumpkin Plan, author and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz details the cash management system that will ensure any business – regardless of size, industry, debt, or experience – can become permanently profitable.
In his signature frank and compassionate tone, Michalowicz reveals why the traditional accounting formula of Sales – Expenses = Profit is not just counterintuitive to human behavior but a myth that locks you into a never-ending cycle of selling more yet profiting less.

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Speakers
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Mike Michalowicz

Pres, Obsidian Launch LLC
With two decades of business ownership experience, Mike Michalowicz is renowned for his pioneering and unconventional approach. He has an uncanny ability to identify the raw essence of any business, and package the company into an industry innovator. Back then he did it for his own... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:30am - 11:50am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Are Global Markets Finally Worth the Hassle?
More startups are engaging globally despite the added red tape and headaches of working across borders. Global technologies from Kickstarter to UPS enable a variety of consumer-facing startups to engage globally at a lower cost and with less hassle. eBay reports that ninety-eight percent of its commercial sellers now trade internationally. Governments are also getting involved, providing money to startups to develop companies, offering assistance to those looking to trade internationally, and showing up at SXSW to tout themselves as destinations for globally-minded entrepreneurs.
This panel will identify how technology and public policy affect startups on often accidental global journeys. Panelists will evaluate the importance of engaging in the global marketplace for startups; explore challenges specific to the global marketplace; identify how technology can help remove barriers; and outline why startups should care about policies made by governments in today’s borderless economy.

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Speakers
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Bryan Breckenridge

Exec Dir, Box.org
Bryan Breckenridge is Executive Director of Box.org, Box’s charitable and philanthropic initiative. In his role, Bryan oversees the company’s efforts to empower global nonprofits to operate efficiently and meet their missions. Prior to Box, Bryan founded the nonprofit-facing... Read More →
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Jake Colvin

Exec Dir, Global Innovation Forum
Through the Global Innovation Forum, Jake connects startups with corporations and governments to explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging in the global marketplace in the digital age.
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Althea Erickson

Dir, Public Policy, Etsy
Althea Erickson is director of public policy at Etsy, the marketplace for creative people to buy and sell unique goods. Althea leads Etsy’s government relations and advocacy efforts, focusing on educating and advising policymakers on the issues that micro-entrepreneurs and creative... Read More →
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Lindsey Grossman

Group Mgr/Business Dev & Partnerships, Intuit
Lindsey Grossman, drives strategic product partnerships for Intuit's QuickBooks Online ecosystem, including end-to-end integration partnerships in payments, payroll, and financial management at a worldwide level. In addition to developing product-focused partnerships strategies and... Read More →
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Kavita Shukla

Founder & CEO, Fenugreen
Kavita is the Founder & CEO of Fenugreen, a social enterprise taking on the massive global challenge of food waste with a simple innovation, FreshPaper. Kavita holds four patents, and has received several international honors as an inventor, designer, and entrepreneur, including the... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Biz Stone on Creativity and Redefining Success
Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. A progenitor of social media, Biz has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Today, Biz is co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries—known for Super.me, a service for expressing emphatic statements that become small works of art.
Business and culture is changing at a breathtaking pace. New perspectives and new ideas for successfully embracing this change are needed now more than ever. Join Biz as he shares stories of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit showing us a new way to move forward with a new definition of success.

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Speakers
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Noah Robischon

Exec Editor, Fast Company
Noah Robischon is an executive editor at Fast Company and has been writing about technology, entertainment and business since 1995. After co-founding and editing Time Inc.'s first original daily news website, Mr. Robischon became a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly. While there... Read More →
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Biz Stone

CEO, Jelly
Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Today, Biz is Co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries—known for... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Cars: Back to the Future
Transportation was the foundation of the move from the first to second Industrial Revolution. Increasing adoption of steam and gas engine technologies led to even greater innovation and adoption of technology across the train, boat, ship and automotive industries. Technology adoption in cars has continued since then with almost every major technology finding its way into vehicles. With the recent advances in sensor, software, communication and audio/video technologies, this adoption is accelerating at a rapid pace. In the next 50 years, self-driving cars, self-navigating traffic systems and transport in three dimensions with flying cars are all in realm of reality. Optical fiber communication, wireless communication, self-diagnostics, self-repair and even self-sizing adjustment (aka transformers) are entering the picture. In this session, leaders from the automotive industry will discuss how they see the future trends and what their companies are doing to take advantage of these trends.
Recent advances in sensor, software & communication tech are finding their way into transportation and will increase in the next 50 years.

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Speakers
FB

Frank Breust

VP of Government Affairs, BMW Group
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Vicente Fox

Former President, BMW Group


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Fundraising Strategically for Long-Term Success
Are you building your company’s roadmap to fundraise for long-term success? This panel of startup founders will discuss what they’ve learned from their experiences in fundraising. Whether they bootstrapped, raised a large round up front, or didn’t raise enough money, they’ll share why the strategies they used were the right or wrong choices for their companies.
Presented by DreamIt Ventures.

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Speakers
BC

Bill Clark

Pres and Founder, MicroVentures
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Elliot Menschik

Managing Partner, DreamIt Health, DreamIt Ventures
Elliot is a physician/engineer/hacker turned repeat tech entrepreneur and investor. He is a managing partner at DreamIt Ventures where he founded and leads its healthtech accelerators and investments. He serves on the University of Pennsylvania faculty where he teaches engineering... Read More →
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Bharani Rajakumar

Founder, LearnBop
Hi! I founded LearnBop, a math software that shows students step-by-step how to model their problem solving approach after math experts. We currently serve students in over 17 states. I graduated with a finance degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon... Read More →
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Danielle Weinblatt

CEO & Co-Founder, Take the Interview
Danielle Weinblatt is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Take the Interview, Inc. ("TTI")


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Get a Seat in the C-Suite: Fostering Women Leaders
Research reveals that women only represent about 25 percent of the technology workforce. Narrow that down to women in executive leadership roles and the percentage plummets even further. By now, we’ve all read Lean In and know women are better positioned to gain a seat in the C-suite than ever before, but what does it truly take to get there?
Hear from Jan Ryan, successful software tech CEO and Founder of Women@Austin, and Virginia Miracle, Chief Customer Officer of Spredfast and Women@Austin Steering Committee member, as they lead a discussion about fostering and empowering a community of female leaders within the technology landscape. Discover the power of mentorship, listen to candid advice about successfully climbing the ladder, and make meaningful connections that will help you fulfill your leadership aspirations.

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Speakers
VM

Virginia Miracle

Chief Customer Officer, Spredfast
Virginia is focused on Spredfast customer success at every stage of the partnership journey. She leads the team dedicated to the customer experience including account management, strategic services, training, and enablement. Prior to Spredfast, Virginia was EVP of Digital Strategy... Read More →
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Jan Ryan

Founder, Women@Austin
Entrepreneur and Enterprise Software executive, Startup Advisor


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Hayes Davis
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Hayes Davis

CEO, Union Metrics
I'm Hayes Davis, co-founder and CEO of Union Metrics. I build things.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Jason Webb
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Jason Webb

Patent/Trademark Attorney, JP Webb
Jason is a licensed patent attorney, admitted to practice in Utah. Jason is also the owner of his own law firm, JP Webb, where he specializes in patent prosecution, and all things intellectual property. Having achieved an undergraduate degree in applied physics from Brigham Young... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Protect Your Startup: Avoiding Costly Disputes
Resources for startup and growing companies are limited, and often the last thing any young company wants to hassle with is lawyers. However, legal issues can cripple a company in a heartbeat. This session aims to introduce entrepreneurs to the most common legal issues faced by growing companies.
In this third of three startup law sessions, we will cover common issues encountered by growing companies, including labor issues for those hiring and firing employees, and dispute resolution issues for those who find themselves at odds with their competitors, government regulators, or their own partners. We'll also cover classic pitfalls of startups, key areas of business that should not be underestimated, and when to seek outside counsel.
Presented by Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLC

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Speakers
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Megan Batchelor

Assoc, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Megan Batchelor's counseling practice is focused on minimizing the risk of litigation and reducing liability for employers by providing day-to-day advice on a wide range of employment matters. Ms. Batchelor advises clients regarding hiring and firing decisions, EEO matters, enforcement... Read More →
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Allen Burt

Founder & Managing Director, Blue Stout
Allen Burt is the Founder and Managing Director at Blue Stout.
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Tommy Haskins

Assoc, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Thomas Haskins is an attorney experienced in advising companies and individuals on a broad spectrum of legal and business issues. As a trial attorney with experience in domestic and international litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Thomas’s work has spanned a wide range... Read More →
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Leslie Robnett

Assoc, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Leslie Robnett is a member of Gardere's Government Affairs Practice in Austin, Texas. Leslie helps clients with complex administrative and regulatory issues spanning from the administrative process to litigation, then often to the appellate level. Clients are in regulated industries... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Public Partnerships and Private Parts
In their own careers and together, Jenna Arnold and Anjali Kumar epitomize the potential of public-private as well as for- and non-profit partnerships to disrupt entire industries. From creating awareness-raising film content on global social issues with the United Nations, to launching ORGANIZE, a startup conquering the organ shortage with the resources of state and federal governments, Jenna is the queen of tackling large scale systemic inefficacy through targeted innovative intervention. Anjali, on the other hand, has mastered the art of symbiotic scaling between private enterprise and non-profits, having amassed a wealth of experience in the field as Senior Counsel at Google as well as General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker. The two will discuss the ways in which innovators can draw on the strengths of other sectors to advance their social vision, as well as the challenges of growing alongside an operationally divergent partner organization.

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Speakers
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Jenna Arnold

Co-Founder, ORGANIZE
Jenna Arnold is the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit leveraging technology, open-data, and behavioral economics to increase the number of organ donations in the US. ORGANIZE has been called by FastCompany “the [one] to end the organ shortage”, and considered one of the top... Read More →
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Anjali Kumar

General Counsel/ Head of Social Innovation, Warby Parker
Anjali Kumar is an idea acupuncturist, lawyer, designer, traveler, writer, and explorer. In slightly more official terms, she is the General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Pulling the Plug on Your Moneymaker: Bet Big
The art of the pivot has become part of today’s business and technology DNA. But how are these destiny-altering decisions made?
Sometimes the start of something big means abandoning the past and taking a risk on a new possible future. Join Theodore Cha, Vice President of Product at TheLadders and Andrew Chen, VP of Product at BaubleBar, for a conversation about what it takes for survival in the tech world, why it's more likely a tech company will undergo a steep course correction at one point or another than stay true to their founders' original vision, and what really happens when a company ditches its original product offering and changes direction.

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Speakers
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Teddy Cha

Head of Product, Gilt Groupe Inc
Teddy has been learning and leading product strategy and delivery at software startups for 14 years, beginning in 1999 at iKena (acquired by Net2Phone) -> GiantBear (acquired by InfoSpace) -> Register.com -> Gerson Lehrman Group -> Clearwell Systems (acquired by Symantec) -> Signpost... Read More →
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Andrew Chen

VP of Product, Gilt Groupe Inc
Currently VP of Product, Design & UX at BaubleBar, Andrew has led product teams at Gilt, iHeartRadio, Lot18, and many other organizations over the last 7 years. His experience has allowed him to impact technology in music streaming, collaborative filtering and predictive modeling... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Enterprise and Smart Data Tech 2
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their products and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies within the Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category, presented by Rackspace, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 14. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text,documents, and engagement for businesses and individual use.
Finalist for this session include:
Loopd
San Francisco, CA
http://www.loopd.com
Loopd provides proximity marketing solutions that prove event ROI, deliver higher quality leads, gather accurate attendee profiles, optimize event marketing strategies, and enhance attendee engagement via three integrated components: a mobile app, hardware including wearable bi-directional beacons, and rich analytics.
Partpic
Atlanta, GA
http://www.partpic.com
Partpic is an enterprise visual search solution used to identify replacement parts. Simply snap a picture using your mobile device and let our technology identify the part and facilitate the purchase.
For a listing of other finalist for this category go here www.sxsw.com
Sapho
San Francisco, CA
http://www.sapho.com
Sapho enables enterprises to effortlessly build and deploy secure mobile apps that seamlessly integrate with existing on-premise and cloud-based IT infrastructure. Employees benefit from timely and actionable information on their mobile devices delivered by push notifications and personalized activity streams.
Trendalytics
New York, NY
http://www.trendalytics.co
Trendalytics reveals actionable insights for the $300b+ fashion industry by measuring what resonates with consumers. Trendalytics is the first analytics platform synthesizing social, search and market data to measure trend lifecycles, optimizing decisions around product assortments, regional allocation and timing.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
DA

David Aronoff

General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
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Christopher Dannen

Reporter, Fast Company
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Dayna Grayson

Partner, New Entersprise Associates Inc
Dayna is a partner at NEA and invests in SaaS (software-as-a-service), digital media, consumer services and business services. She is also active in their seed investing program and founded NEA’s Design Studio, which seeks out designers who start companies. Her investments include... Read More →
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Fran Hauser

Partner, Rothenberg Ventures
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Mohanjit Jolly

Partner, DFJ
Mohanjit Jolly is a Partner at DFJ. Mohanjit manages DFJ's India portfolio, serves as a board member of U.S.-based companies, and leads DFJ's business development efforts. Mohanjit currently serves on the Boards of Retrofit, Piqora, Attero, Bharat Light and Power, Canvera, Cleartrip... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Social Technologies 2
SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and venture capitalists and angel investors.
Eight companies in the Social Technologies category, presented by DYN, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service. Three of those eight startups will return on Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator®Awards Ceremony.
The Social Technologies category includes applications and technologies that enable personal connections. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, products and services, as well as messaging that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share our lives with others.
Finalist for this session include:
RealSavvy
Austin, TX
http://www.realsavvy.com
RealSavvy is Pinterest for real estate. Consumers pin homes to boards they share to help organize their online home search. Agents get a CRM built to simplify client collaboration.
Reveal Chat
Seattle, WA
http://www.revealchat.com
Artifact Technologies
Seattle, WA
www.artifacttechnologies.com
Artifact Technologies is a Seattle-based software development company specializing in location-based technologies. A pioneer in content-rich beacon programming and integration, Artifact Technologies partners with events, attractions and entertainment/education industry leaders to build world-class experiences on the company’s proprietary Mixby platform.
Verie
Chicago, IL
http://www.verie.com
Verie, LLC began in 2014 with the idea to turn a user's smartphone into a virtual online ID card. Verie will create a secure social network of ID-verified individuals, interacting confidently with one another and with our Enterprise Customers.
Vhoto
Seattle, WA
http://www.vho.to
Vhoto is an iOS app that allows you to record, create and share amazing video highlights. Vhoto uses machine learning and computer vision technology to quickly find the best images and clips all from the palm of your hand.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
TB

Thomas Ball

General Partners, Austin Ventures
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Andrew McLaughlin

Partner, Betaworks
Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a tech and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper.
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Maria Thomas

Chief Consumer Officer, SmartThings


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Wearable Technologies 2
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies within the Wearable Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 14. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Wearable Technologies category focuses on technology worn on, in, or around the body. As this major technology cycle advances we are seeking all types of wearable products that advance human performance and wellness, as well as those involved in apparel, accessories, fashion and lifestyle.
Finalist for this session include:
SolePower
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.solepowertech.com
SolePower is turning you into your own power source with their EnSoles: energy harvesting insoles that charge your mobile devices using your footsteps. Every step you take is a step closer to a full battery!
WIACTS
Sunnyvale, CA
www.wiacts.com
WiActs offers a stylish multifactor authentication wearable device ( in a form of a ring) that provides unique authentication credentials for the bearer. This local authentication solution extremely enhances security while improving user experience and respecting users' privacy.
Tinitell
Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.tinitell.com
Tinitell is a wristphone and GPS-tracker for kids. It’s durable, water-resistant and designed in Sweden. Our mission is to enable outside play with a connected device. Tinitell is a back to basics phone for kids that like to play outside!
Waverly Labs
New York, NY
http://www.waverlylabs.com
Waverly Labs is developing a smart earpiece for the connected professional, designed as a personal assistant, advanced communication tool for groups and teams, and a universal language translation device.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
avatar for Adam D'Augelli

Adam D'Augelli

Principal, True Ventures
Adam D’Augelli is a Principal at True Ventures. True works with promising entrepreneurs at the earliest stages in the technology market providing hands-on management support to guide portfolio companies through the challenges of early growth. Prior to True, Adam ran Perfect Wave... Read More →
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Don Dodge

Developer Advocate, Google
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Leah Hunter

Writer, Fast Company
NK

Nadeem Kassam

CEO, BioBeats
SV

Sonny Vu

CEO & Founder, Misfit
Founder of Misfit, makers of award-winning wearable and smart home products, including Shine and Flash, elegant activity and sleep monitors, and Bolt, a smart color-changing bulb. Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world's first iPhone-connected hardware medical device, and 15+ other... Read More →
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Michael Yang

Managing Dir, Comcast Ventures


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

The Cult of Technical Founders and Its Discontents
This panel will be a wide ranging discussion of our cult of the technical founder and how it may be aggravating our diversity crisis. While much has been made of technology's diversity issues and the need for more young women and people of color to be technically trained, is this obsession with technical skills the wrong way to inspire the next generation of young founders? Is our prioritization of technical talent and the obsessive cult of the technical founder breeding a startup culture that doesn't appreciate the diversity of talents required to succeed?
From Y Combinator's preference for at least one technical cofounder, to the boom in teach-yourself-to-code classes, startup culture telegraphs its preference for hard skills in its CEOs and founders. But are we accidentally alienating the next Steve Jobs (notably not an engineer) with our rhetoric? If a founder sets culture, is an engineering-centric founder pool harmful to building and sustaining diverse startups?

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Speakers
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Alexandra Cavoulacos

Founder & COO, The Muse
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Kathryn Finney

Managing Dir, digitalundivided
In 2003, when Yale grad Kathryn Finney founded one of the first fashion blogs, The Budget Fashionista, she had no idea that she was starting a movement. Kathryn grew the TBF brand to be one of the most popular and influential fashion blogs, reaching a global audience of more than... Read More →
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Julie Fredrickson

CEO & Co-Founder, Stowaway
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Mattan Griffel

CEO, One Month


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

The Future of Human-Computer Interaction
The way we interact with machines expands at an astonishing rate: from immersive hardware, control systems, intelligent back-ends that anticipate information we seek, to interfaces that enable new knowledge production.
The University of Michigan conducts leading research in concert with developing community-focused, real-world solutions. Michigan is poised as the epicenter of a global rejuvenation of creative, technological, and industrial economies. What effect might brainwave controlled cars have on the industry? How do we develop products that increase sustainable practices or use smart devices to support marginalized populations?
This panel, comprised of leading researchers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, will discuss advancements in human-computer interaction (HCI) that establish innovations across the academic and public sectors. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of innovative strategies for human-centered design in academic research and entrepreneurship.

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Speakers
avatar for Ramses Eduardo Alcaide

Ramses Eduardo Alcaide

Fellow Neuroscience, Entrepreneur, University of Michigan
I am Ramses Eduardo Alcaide Aguirre, I am a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and I am attending the University of Michigan for a Ph.D. in neuroscience. I am also a founder and CEO of Pharo and Neurable LLC. My main interest is combing the field... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt

Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt

Asst Professor of Information, School of Information & Asst Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
avatar for Roger Ehrenberg

Roger Ehrenberg

Managing Partner, IA Ventures
avatar for Nancy Benovich Gilby

Nancy Benovich Gilby

Ehrenberg Dir of Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan School of Information
I am passionate about pursuing innovation, solving problems that make a difference along with educating and inspiring others to do the same.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Zero to One: How to Build the Future
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel and entrepreneur and lawyer Blake Masters show how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.
Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.
Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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Speakers
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Blake Masters

Co-author, Zero to One


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 3:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Building A Startup Ecosystem from Zero
Four years ago we began with an idea and a vision – to transform Chile into the innovative and entrepreneurial hub of Latin America. No one associated Chile – long, narrow, towered over and sealed shut by the Andes mountains – with innovation and entrepreneurship. But we saw an opportunity to create something revolutionary. And so Start-Up Chile was born.
Leveraging the power of global entrepreneurs, and with support from the Chilean government, Start-Up Chile has literally knocked down barriers and has transformed Santiago into a vibrant and flourishing startup ecosystem. More than 13,000 startups have applied to Start-Up Chile and 900 have passed through the program. There have been highs and lows, chaos and brilliance, and we have learned A LOT. From a radical idea to a global community, we have gained invaluable experience and learning.
Start-Up Chile would be honored to tell its story and share its experience with the world.

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Speakers
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Devin Baptiste

CEO, GroupRaise
Devin Baptiste is Founder/CEO at GroupRaise.com, a social fundraising platform that encourages millennials to use their social connections and hunger to change the world by eating out at local restaurants in 50+ cities across 46 states. Devin studied at the University of St. Thomas... Read More →
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Samantha Snabes

Catalyst, re:3D
Samantha is a Co:founder & Catalyst for re:3D, makers of one of the world's first affordable toilet-sized 3D printers. After a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign and tenure in Start-up Chile as Generation 6's Hardest Working Social Entrepreneur, Samantha is now a digital nomad facilitating... Read More →
avatar for Sebastian Vidal

Sebastian Vidal

Exec Dir, Startup Chile
Executive Director of Start-Up Chile, with previous experience in Sales in different industries. As a member of the Start-Up Chile staff from the very beginning, Sebastian has seen more than 800 startups passed by the program and helped them during their acceleration process. Also... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Design Thinking for Your Healthcare Startup
MIT Hacking Medicine love's the idea of using design thinking to improve healthcare. Design thinking is something that everyone is capable of – but often becomes an afterthought or becomes seemingly too complicated when considering how many users and different stakeholders one must consider in healthcare.
In this session, we aim to teach techniques to aid in ensuring that your new technology idea resonates with all the pieces of the puzzle. Skills such as determining who the users are and how to leverage their wants and needs properly is always a difficult balance, but we will attempt to provide insight through interactive white-boarding, idea sketching, and brainstorming that is focused on a topic everyone can relate to: a pain point, or bad experience in medicine. Participants will identify specific pain points and engage in an activities that focuses on how to better develop a solution with human-centered design at the core.

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Speakers
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Lina Colucci

Co-Dir, MIT Hacking Medicine
Lina is a PhD student at Harvard-MIT in Medical Engineering. She is Co-Director of the group MIT Hacking Medicine and gave a TEDx talk on "Why we should all hack medicine." Her PhD research focuses on developing a non-invasive sensor for hydration status. Lina is a ballerina, clarinetist... Read More →
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Priya Garg

Co-Dir, MIT Hacking Medicine
Priya is a student in the MIT Mechanical Engineering department. As co-director of MIT Hacking Medicine, she is passionate about energizing and connecting the best minds across the health ecosystem to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges.
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Kirsten Nelson

UX Designer, athenahealth
Kirsten Nelson is a User Experience Designer at athenahealth, where she works on their practice management and billing solution, athenaCollector. With a background in healthcare, she brings a deep understanding of the human experience in the US healthcare system. She is driven by... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Discover University of Texas System Future Finders
*Part I - The University of Texas System will present a two part discussion/conversation and reception lead by moderator Cecilia Conrad, PhD - Vice President of the MacArthur Fellows Program. Conrad will lead a conversation with some of the brightest minds within the University of Texas System some of which include: Thomas Geisbert, PhD, UT Medical Branch Galveston recently named one of Time Magazine’s “People the Year” for his research on fighting the Ebola virus and Laurence Cooper, MD, PhD who leads the Pediatric Cell Therapy Program at MD Anderson and is providing new hope against aggressive childhood cancers by developing and manufacturing targeted therapies.
Presented by The University of Texas System

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Speakers
avatar for Laurence Cooper

Laurence Cooper

Section Chief of Cell Therapy, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Laurence J.N. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D. Grant Taylor, W. W. Sutow and Margaret Sullivan Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics
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Thomas Geisbert

Professor Chair, Ut Medical Branch – Galveston


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ashbel Smith Hall Exterior Courtyard 201 W 7th St

3:30pm

How Auto Technology Is Moving at A Furious Pace
In the past, adoption of new technologies in the automotive sector was a 5+ year development cycle. Safety, reliability and full system integration required years of development followed by at least two years of testing to ensure that the new technology was robust. As new electronic systems have become more reliable and can comprehend extreme operating conditions, software development systems have become more robust and new modular platforms have become the norm. Partially because the development environment for the integration of new technologies has become more mature and also because the automotive world has moved to platforms, the floodgates have opened to rolling out consumer facing technologies at a faster pace. In addition, overall systems are now able to communicate with each other in real time, opening a whole new area of growth. In this session, panel experts will discuss what new technologies they are developing that will become integrated and adopted in the very near future.

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Speakers
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Guillermo Lagos

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director, Egade
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Hironori Miyauchi

Business Producer, The Japan Research Institute, Limited
RR

Robin Reyes

Managing Partner, Mita Institute
GS

Gerardo Sordo

CEO & Founder, Brand Me


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

JOurneY: A Method for Meaning Creation
There are have been three core innovations in human society in the last 500 years: the scientific method, democracy and capitalism. Why were these such amazing breakthroughs? Unlike their predecessors, these were process-based models to continually solve three major aspects of human existence: understanding phenomenon, negotiating rights and unlocking resources.
The fourth innovation is underway and it's happening in Austin, TX: creating meaning. How? First, through Austin's "be yourself" and "keep Austin weird" ethos. Second, through its diverse experiences, communities and scenes. Third, through it unique journey-based entrepreneurship combining bootstrapping and funding approaches.
The fourth component is the JOurneY Model, which brings these elements together into a process anyone can follow to create their unique meaning. You are invited to sign the Declaration of Meaning!

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Speakers
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Bijoy Goswami

Founder, Bootstrap Austin
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Danny Gutknecht

CEO/Author, Pathways
Author & CEO of Pathways, a company that helps organizations uncover and develop their meaning architecture.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

LA and The Innovation Economy
This talk will focus on how Mayor Garcetti continues to drive a smarter, more connected, more livable and safer city. Los Angeles is also focused on bridging the digital divide to benefit its diverse population and foster community.
Mayor Garcetti is well known for his tech affinity, for his leadership on open data and civic innovation. While LA is famous for being the epicenter of entertainment, the city has nearly as many tech jobs as creative jobs. In addition, sectors such as tech, manufacturing and aerospace have long been innovation pioneers. Mayor Garcetti will explore these provocative issues and more with special guest, Sophia Amoruso.

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Speakers
avatar for Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso

Founder & Executive Chairman, Nasty Gal
As the founder and owner of Nasty Gal, the fastest-growing online retailer in the country, Sophia Amoruso is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building a modern brand. Named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom... Read More →
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Troy Carter

CEO/Founder, Atom Factory
Troy Carter is an artist manager and the CEO and founder of Atom Factory, a multidimensional management company. His expanding roster of musical innovators includes Lady Gaga, John Legend, Mindless Behavior, Greyson Chance, and Priyanka Chopra. As a brand and corporate strategist... Read More →
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Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His "back to basics" agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Make Money. Make Impact. Period.
Philanthropy is seen as an industry that can not be business and revenue focussed. Taylor flips the model on its head – letting people know that first, it is ok to make money while doing good and secondly, you can make big impact and live a lifestyle as any other entrepreneur and not the stereotypical "do-gooder" that is always portrayed.
Philanthropy, and fundraising have been stuck in the dark ages. The industry relies heavily on tactics that have been around since the 1930s, the lack of innovation and risk taking has made the entire industry stagnant. Taylor uses Change Heroes as a case study to demonstrate the new opportunities that are upon us in the world of fundraising and social entrepreneurism.
As our world is faced with increasing social challenges, Taylor demonstrates the importance of social innovation and providing platforms for every individual to make a lasting difference.

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Speakers
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Taylor Conroy

Founder/CEO, Change Heroes
Taylor is a disruptive social entrepreneur and thought leader who is reinventing the way we give. He has presented at the United Nations, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, and NYU on how to scale proven impact and a highly profitable company simultaneously. Change Heroes won 'Best Social... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Julie Ewald
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Julie Ewald

Creative Dir, Impressa Solutions
Julie Ewald is the creative director and owner of Impressa Solutions, a Las Vegas-based content development company. Prior to this, Julie was a successful freelance writer and editor with a passion for helping businesses craft clever on-brand copy. However, there are only so many... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Tim Varner
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Tim Varner

Tim Varner

Founder, Roost
Tim Varner is a co-founder of Roost, a Y Combinator backed company, that is the leading push notification service for websites. Prior to Roost, Tim helped ESPN launch the TrueHoop Network. He has an extensive background with startups, funding, and product builds.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Startup Success in Brazil With A Foreign Accent
Brazil continues to attract international attention in part because of its thriving consumer market of over 200 million. Slightly more than half of the Brazilian population currently has internet access and approximately 50 million own smartphones. Gustavo Caetano, president of the Brazilian Startups Association and one of Brazil’s most successful Internet entrepreneurs, will lead a discussion accessing the maturity of Brazil’s startup ecosystem. Gustavo will be joined by a representative of the governmental initiative Startup Brasil to discuss how their program of recruitment of foreign startups to Brazilian accelerators is adding value and driving scale. The panel will highlight success stories of the 10,000 startups already flourishing in the country, including those founded by foreign entrepreneurs, and outline the exciting opportunities in Brazil’s internet savvy market.
Presented by Apex Brasil.

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Speakers
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Douglas Almeida

CEO/Co-founder, Stayfilm
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Gustavo Caetano

CEO, Samba Mobile Multimidia S/A
Samba Tech is the largest online video platform in Latin America, accounting with 100+ premium customers including the largest media groups, soccer teams, telecom carriers and e-commerce channels in Brazil. Its advanced technology and strong local industry knowledge makes Samba Tech... Read More →
avatar for Felipe Matos

Felipe Matos

COO, Start-Up Brasil
Felipe Matos is COO at Start-Up Brasil program, an initiative of the Brazilian Government to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Brazil. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology and education. Serial entrepreneur, he has played several roles in the entrepreneurial ecosystem... Read More →
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Elton Miranda

Founder, US/BR
avatar for Felipe Venetiglio

Felipe Venetiglio

CEO/Co-founder, Dujour
Felipe Venetiglio is founder and CEO of Dujour, a Brazilian fashion app that helps more than 200,000 registered users find fashion inspiration and share their style.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Digital Health and Life Science 1
SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies within the Digital Health and Life Science Technologies category, presented by Shell Venture, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 14. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Digital Health and Life Science Technologies category involves patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) and benefit providers. These products and services enable people to collect and share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
Finalist for this session include:
Accel Diagnostics
Pittsburgh, PA
acceldx.com
Accel Diagnostics has developed proprietary smart phone enabled blood diagnostic platforms that enable people to self-test and monitor their health conditions, anytime, anywhere - empowering the transformation from a hospital to patient-centered care.
BioBots.io
Philadelphia, PA
biobots.io
20 Years from now, patients with organ failures are going to be able to receive custom replacement organs built on 3D bioprinters and constructed out of their own cells. We allow people to print living tissue and build with life.
Eko Devices
Berkeley, CA
ekodevices.com
Eko Devices is introducing the world's most intelligent stethoscope - Eko. After simply connecting Eko's digital attachment to their analog stethoscopes, clinicians will be able to securely record, share, and analyze patient heart sounds from the convenience of any smart device.
Litesprite
Bellevue, WA
litesprite.com
Litesprite builds games to help people manage chronic health conditions like stress, anxiety/depression, cancer, or diabetes. We collect data from our games, phones, and biosensors, and provide predictive recommendations to patients, their support networks, clinicians, and health organizations
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Milena Adamian

Managing Partner, Azimuth Ventures
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Stacy Feld

Senior Director, Consumer Scientific Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Stacy is passionate about supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and translating technology-enabled solutions into transformative commercial solutions for the health consumer. With nearly two decades of leadership experience, Stacy has a unique background focused on translating innovative... Read More →
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Nina Kjellson

General Partner, InterWest Partners
Nina Kjellson has been investing in health care at InterWest since 2002 and has been a Managing Director at the firm since 2008. Current investments include Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Alt12, Cebix, Cidara, Eiger Biopharmaceuticals, Lycera, Ocera (OCRX), and WellTok. Nina also co-sponsored... Read More →
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Laurie Segall

Correspondent, CNN


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Entertainment and Content Tech 1
SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies in the Entertainment and Content Technologies category, presented by Technology Industry Group, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Entertainment and Content Technologies category highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. This category also contains technologies that focus on other cultural sectors such as sports, travel, mapping, publishing and food as they pertain to entertainment.
Finalist for this session include:
AirDog
Riga, Latvia
http://www.airDog.com
AirDog is a foldable drone designed for autonomous video shooting in action sports. The AirDog will capture your movements without any third party assistance allowing you to focus on the action.
Cloudstitch
Cambridge, MA
http://www.cloudstitch.io
Cloudstitch makes programming and databases unnecessary for creating powerful interactive data-driven websites. Using our open source platform, based on research from MIT, anyone with basic HTML knowledge can create interactive web and mobile apps themselves.
Flixfindr
San Francisco, CA
http://www.flixfindr.com
Flixfindr delights users with a simple way to discover and watch media across dozens of streaming sources. Results are tailored based on personal taste making it fun and easy to share cinematic content with friends and follow important figures.
Inmobly
Columbus, OH
http://www.inmobly.com
Inmobly is defining the future of mobile video delivery. Through patented predictive analytics, we're proactively caching the right videos at the right time and to the right people. No waiting, no buffering, anytime, anywhere. Mobile video as it was intended.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
avatar for Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson

Partner, SoftTech VC
Charles Hudson is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet and mobile startups. He focuses on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. He is on the Board of Tulip and Kahuna and... Read More →
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Hany Nada

Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Hany Nada is a founding partner of GGV Capital and has worked as a long-term partner with more than 150 companies over the past decade. He is a trusted resource to CEOs on global market development, customer introductions, and M&A/IPO guidance across US and Asian markets. Hany was... Read More →
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Mahmud Rowghani

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
Mood Rowghani is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins in the Digital Growth Practice. He focuses on high growth technology companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. Mood's investments include: Docusign, Dropcam, Instacart, LendingClub, Quirky, Soundcloud, Square, Uber, and Waze... Read More →
avatar for Mood Rowghani

Mood Rowghani

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
Mood Rowghani is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins in the Digital Growth Practice. He focuses on high growth technology companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. Mood's investments include: Docusign, Dropcam, Instacart, LendingClub, Quirky, Soundcloud, Square, Uber, and Waze... Read More →
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Ralph Simon

CEO, Mobilium Global Limited


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Innovative World Technologies 1
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies within the Innovative World Technologies category, presented by IBM, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 14. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, payments and virtual currencies, data security and privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Finalist for this session include:
CreoPop
The Central, Singapore
http://www.creopop.com
CreoPop is an innovative 3D drawing pen with a large selection of cool inks including different colors, elastic ink, magnetic ink, glow-in-the-dark ink, temperature sensitive ink, conductive ink and body paint ink.
GroundFloor
Atlanta, GA
http://www.groundfloor.us
Groundfloor is the first microlending community for real estate. Together we back independent builders with secured loans that pay 6-26% annually. Founded by Brian Dally and Nick Bhargava, Groundfloor is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ledger Wallet
Paris, France
http://www.ledgerwallet.com
Ledger is bringing the best of the smartcard industry to the Bitcoin world. The Ledger Wallet is a simple and affordable way to store and use your bitcoins with maximum security.
ProtonMail
Geneva, Switzerland
http://www.protonmail.com
ProtonMail is building the secure online communications platforms of the future, starting with email. We believe that privacy matters, and we are developing the tools to allow anyone to reclaim their digital privacy.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Renata Akhunova

Partner, FormulaVC
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Sir Mix A Lot

CEO, Rhyme Cartel Records
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Mia Saini

TV Reporter, Bloomberg TV


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Technology Meets Wallet: What's Taking So Long?
Even though an alternate way to pay seems to emerge every week, most US consumer – and businesses for that matter – still cling tightly to the decades-old magnetic stripe credit card technology in their wallets. How many more high-profile data breaches need to happen before US payment technology catches up with the rest of the world? Emerging markets in Africa, South America and Asia have already adopted secure EMV chip-and-pin technology, while the US lags behind. An entire economy has sprung up around the digital currency Bitcoin. But when, if ever, will these alternatives catch on in the US? Will we soon be paying with our phones, rendering analog wallets obsolete? Or is all this payment technology just hype? Does all of this actually matter to the future of the US economy?

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Speakers
avatar for Tony Gallippi

Tony Gallippi

CEO, BitPay
Anthony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO, saw a need for bitcoin payment processing and founded BitPay in 2011. As a start-up, Mr. Gallippi is involved in all of the day-to-day operations including new business development, marketing, and customer service. Mr. Gallippi has 15 years of... Read More →
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Olga Kharif

Reporter, Bloomberg News/BusinessWeek
Olga Kharif is a reporter for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek in Portland, Ore, where she covers everything from mobile wallets to bitcoin. Kharif joined BusinessWeek in November 2000 as a reporter. She has a graduate journalism degree from Northwestern University.
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Ben Saren

Sr VP Mktg, Cayan
Currently Senior VP of Marketing at Cayan, Ben is known for creative disruption & challenging the status quo, Ben is an entrepreneur & innovative executive with 18+ years of entrepreneurial, marketing, technology and leadership experience for B2B & B2C businesses with a deep background... Read More →
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James Wester

Research Director, Global Payments, IDC Financial Insights
James Wester is Research Director for IDC Financial Insights responsible for the global payments practice. Mr. Wester’s core research coverage includes the evolution of payment networks and technology, developing fraud and security risks, and legal and regulatory issues. Previously... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

What It Really Takes to Win in Business
To win in business, you need to fight. Catch two business heavyweights in a no-holds-barred Q&A session featuring legendary business leader and former GE CEO Jack Welch and rogue entrepreneur and venture capitalist Gary Vaynerchuk.
Learn to do battle in today’s ever-evolving business landscape: Each with his own take-no-prisoners approach, Jack and Gary will tell you how to level up, whether you’re launching a new venture, trying to scale an existing company, seeking to decimate your competitors, or want to break barriers and reject the status quo in your own career.
Get your toughest questions ready for two wayfarers known for ditching the script in everything they’ve done.
Moderated by business leader Suzy Welch (and co-author with Jack of "The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career"), #JackAndGary will field questions from the audience, as well as from their millions-strong fan communities across social media.

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Speakers
avatar for Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

CEO, VaynerMedia
Gary Vaynerchuk is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, storytelling entrepreneur, and self-trained social media expert. As CEO of VaynerMedia, a new breed of digital agency that helps Fortune 500 companies tell their stories using social media, Gary is recognized internationally... Read More →
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Jack Welch

Exec Chairman, The Jack Welch Management Institute
Legendary management expert, businessman and best-selling author Jack Welch has established himself as the one of the nation’s most successful and respected business leaders of our generation. Since retiring from the General Electric Company, Jack has focused his efforts on sharing... Read More →
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Suzy Welch

Author, The Jack Welch Management Institute
Best-selling author, popular television commentator and noted business journalist Suzy Welch is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea. The book, which presents a powerful decision-making strategy for success at work and in parenting, love and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Why Ireland Is Cranking Out Great Tech Companies
Ireland, the comeback kid. Fresh from a recovered financial and banking crisis, a look at why Ireland's indigenous tech scene is spitting out some of the most interesting tech companies in the world and why the ecosystem is great for entrepreneurs. Many people are unfamiliar with the technologies originating from Ireland. Ireland has one of the highest per capita female founder based tech company statistics in the world. Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs on building startups with for US market from a small country in Europe. The diversity, talent and creativity of the start up scene in Ireland is why multinationals from around the world are flocking to HQ there – and no it is not the tax breaks!
Presented by Enterprise Ireland.

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Speakers
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Simone Boswell

SVP Internet/Media/Ent Portfolio, Enterprise Ireland
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Mike Butcher

European Editor, TechCrunch
Mike Butcher is the European Editor of TechCrunch, co-founder of the TechHub network and advisor to the Mayor of London on digital. A former grunge rock drummer, Mike has since written for newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph... Read More →
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Patrick Leddy

CEO, Pulsate
Hi there! It's Nice to Meet You.
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Joe Mitchell

CEO, Tapastreet
CEO and Co-founder of Content Discovery Platform Tapastreet Ltd, speaker at SXSW 2015. Tapastreet is a social media content discovery Saas platform that enables customers to find and distribute useful, relevant social media for their apps, websites and more.
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Brendan O'Driscoll

CEO, Soundwave Analytics Ltd
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Julie Sinnamon

CEO, Enterprise Ireland
Julie Sinnamon is CEO of Enterprise Ireland, a position she has held in November 2013.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Young Millennials: Entrepreneurship for A New Era
From the traditional business page to the tech press, young entrepreneurs seem to be in the news every day. This session will explore the challenges these entrepreneurs face, from creating and running companies to deciding whether to pursue a less traditional education path. The session will also explore what communities can do to support entrepreneurship today and what young millennials can do to seek out and engage such support.
The session will be a conversation between Nick Arnett, Summit Community Development Manager at the Thiel Foundation, and Patrick Stoddart, co-founder of Phone2Action, about their own experiences being young people taking nontraditional paths, as well as engaging the audience in a dialogue about ways to support millennial entrepreneurship in their own cities.

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Speakers
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Nick Arnett

Community Mgr, Thiel Foundation
Nick oversees development of a global network of over 700 exceptional young entrepreneurs (including current and past Thiel Fellowship applicants), manages relationships with collaborating groups / entities, serves as point of contact between network members and Thiel Foundation... Read More →
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Patrick Stoddart

CTO, Phone2Action


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Democratizing Entrepreneurial Opportunity
Startup competitions have opened a new innovation ecosystem that corporations, governments and universities never had access to before the advent of the web. These organizations can now harness a world of ideas to help keep them ahead of the curve and at the forefront of change. Innovating from the outside in is not only a key advantage for organizations looking to move with ever changing market forces, it also intersects with social good as it democratizes entrepreneurial opportunity by opening up access to a new world of innovators. Join Angeles Navarro, Global Networks Director of Startup Chile and Torsten Kolind, CEO of YouNoodle, a startup competition platform as they discuss how the country of Chile is driving social good and democratizing opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Speakers
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Torsten Kolind

CEO, YouNoodle
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Angeles Navarro

Global Networks Director, Start-Up Chile
With previous experience in the marketing industry, Angeles Navarro is now the Director of Global Networks at Start-Up Chile; a program created by the Chilean Government that seeks to attract early-stage, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups using Chile as a platform... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Help! I Have Customers in Europe! What Do I Do?
Europe, a continent of over forty countries, the third most populous continent in the world and one of the wealthiest, is a patchwork of cultures, languages and regulations. You have built your business in and from the US. Europe is your next target market. Where do you start?
Establishing a business that supports the diverse European client base can be a challenge. And attracting a steady number of clients an even bigger one. This panel addresses the challenges faced by US companies when dealing with and growing a European customer base. The audience will gain a better understanding of pitfalls to avoid as well as of the cultural nuances and business ethics that are necessary for creating an environment that fosters company culture in Europe.

San Francisco based Zendesk and Nitro as well as Austin based Indeed.com, will discuss with DFJ's Mohanjit Jolly, their European strategies that have helped the to create successful offices across Europe.
Presented by IDA Ireland.

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Speakers
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Gemma Deveney

International Dir, Indeed
Gemma is a Director at Indeed, working with Indeed's International Team in Austin, TX. Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 150 million unique visitors each month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 28 languages.
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Mohanjit Jolly

Partner, DFJ
Mohanjit Jolly is a Partner at DFJ. Mohanjit manages DFJ's India portfolio, serves as a board member of U.S.-based companies, and leads DFJ's business development efforts. Mohanjit currently serves on the Boards of Retrofit, Piqora, Attero, Bharat Light and Power, Canvera, Cleartrip... Read More →
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Adrian McDermott

SVP Prod Dev, Zendesk
Adrian McDermott has been SVP of Engineering & Product Development at Zendesk ApS since July 2010. Mr. McDermott leads Zendesk’s Product Management, Engineering and Operations teams. He serves as an Advisor at Dexplora AB. He served as Vice President of Engineering at Attributor... Read More →
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Gina O Reilly

COO, Nitro Inc


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

International Investments: Trends and Opportunities in Brazil
Bedy Yang, Managing Partner for 500 Startups’ international investments, will lead a provocative discussion with experienced investors in innovation and new technologies in emerging markets. Bedy, who has already made several dozen successful investments for 500 Startups in Brazil, will provide some of the answers to the question why invest in Brazil today? She’ll share her perspective on where the real growth opportunities can be found with some of Brazil’s top venture capitalists and their international counterparts.
Presented by Apex Brasil.

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Speakers
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Mariana Donagelo

Investment Team, Accel Partners
Mariana joined Accel in 2011 and focuses on investments in software, internet, technology-enabled services, and digital media companies. She is also actively involved with Accel’s efforts in Brazil/Latin America. Mariana was a part of the team that led Accel’s investment in Despegar... Read More →
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Humberto Matsuda

Managing Partner, Performa Investimentos
Humberto Matsuda is a partner at Performa Investimentos, where he is responsible for the management of Early Stage Funds. Humberto holds a B.A degree in Law from the Law School from University of São Paulo (Largo do Sao Francisco) and MBA degree in Finance, Marketing and Investor... Read More →
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Santiago Subotovsky

Partner, Emergence Capital
Santiago “Santi” is a Partner at Emergence Capital. Prior to joining Emergence, Santi was an advisor at Aqua Capital Partners and a summer associate at Storm Ventures. In 1999, Santi founded, AXG Tecnonexo, the largest e-learning vendor in Latin America. He expanded the company... Read More →
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Allen Taylor

VP Global Network Endeavor, Endeavor Global
Based in San Francisco, Allen leads Endeavor’s efforts to connect its portfolio of 600+ high-growth companies with US-based mentors and investors. He oversees the Endeavor Investor Network – a program he launched in 2011 to connect US-based venture capital and growth equity investors... Read More →
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Bedy Yang

Managing Partner, 500Startups/ BrazilInnovators
Bedy Yang is Managing Partner and responsible for the 500 startups’ international investments. She’s made about half of her 55 investments to date in Brazil. Founder and Advisor of +INNOVATORS - the global innovators networking. She was featured in different media outlet such... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Made in Budapest: Half the Cost and A Day Ahead
With programmers in San Francisco getting hefty signing bonuses and threatening to defect at the hint of a hotter project, it’s tempting to look abroad for engineering talent.
This panel looks at two Budapest-born companies with strong US market-share that rely on product teams based in their hometown. How do Prezi, Ustream couple the power of American sales and marketing with smart and affordable European engineers and designers?
In cities like Budapest, senior technical staff can cost just a third of their counterparts in San Francisco. And they're more loyal. The drawback – Budapest is nine hours ahead of San Francisco and six hours ahead of New York.
What techniques and tools do these companies use to keep their teams in sync? What are the advantages and disadvantages of splitting your operations in half on both sides of the Atlantic? How do you deal with cultural differences and how does diversity affect innovation?

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Speakers
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Henry Copeland

Founder & CEO, Pressflex LLC
Henry Copeland (@hc) runs Blogads.com, which connects advertisers with unique web publishers like PerezHilton and UrbanDictionary. Other obsessions include RaceWithMe, Pullquote, AdBiblio, and Twiangulate. In past lives, Henry was a bond salesman in New York and London and a journalist... Read More →
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Gyula Fehér

CTO & Co-Founder, Ustream
Gyula Feher is co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ustream, the leading technology platform for live video streaming. With John Ham and Brad Hunstable, Gyula co-founded Ustream to exploit the potential of live video content delivered via the Internet.
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Peter Halacsy

co-founder, CTO, Prezi
Peter “HP” Halacsy is a fan of ideas. With his favorites being “good” and “new” ideas, a good, new idea is likely to get him excited enough to do something like starting a company, which is exactly what he did when he saw the potential in an entirely new kind of presentation... Read More →
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Veronika Pistyur

CEO, Bridge Budapest
Veronika Pistyur is the CEO of the non-profit association Bridge Budapest, which inspires young Hungarian talent through its fellowship program and promotes stories of already successful ventures. The flagship project of Bridge Budapest is its two-way fellowship program. One part... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Sarah Ellison Lewis
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Sarah Ellison Lewis

Founder & CCO, BOOTLEG Market Inc


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Tristan Barnum
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Tristan Barnum

CMO, Voxox
As a female CMO in her mid-30s, Tristan is a unique role model for any woman in business, and her experience in technology is a source of inspiration, particularly for those considering technology or marketing for their career.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

MIT Hacking Medicine: Hack-in-A-Box
This session will take the audience through MIT Hacking Medicine's hack-a-thon and healthcare innovation initiative model. We will present our mission, story, founding format, why we exist, and our methodology of how a weekend hack-a-thon in healthcare plays out, as well as other programming we are developing.
Our goal is to inspire diverse stakeholders to enter the healthcare field as entrepreneurs, thus we will go step-by-step through how others can take our methodology to their schools, institutions, companies, etc. in order to help chip away at the broken US healthcare system.

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Speakers
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Tatyana Dobreva

Member, MIT Hacking Medicine
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Tatyana Gubin

Member, MIT Hacking Medicine
Tatyana is an MIT student studying mechanical engineering and pursuing medical device design. Her diverse work at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and MIT includes the development of a faster tissue ischemia diagnostic device and low-cost, 3D-printed myoelectric prosthetic arms... Read More →
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Christopher Lee

Member, MIT Hacking Medicine
Christopher Lee is a PhD student in the joint Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. His academic research is focused on targeted drug delivery, as he is a researcher in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Prior to starting his PhD, Chris... Read More →
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Shirlene Liew

Member, MIT Hacking Medicine
Shirlene is a Master’s student at MIT’s System Design and Management Program, and a member of MIT Hacking Medicine. A mechanical engineer by way of Brown and Stanford, her career has been in innovation policy and industry development with the Singapore government. Her interest... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Narratives, Platforms and Movements
In a world of mounting performance pressure, businesses will need to evolve into movements. Their success will be determined by their ability to mobilize, inspire and support an ever expanding array of participants extending far beyond their own four walls to accomplish awesome things.
So what can we learn from successful movements? First, they are driven by opportunity-based narratives that are far more powerful than stories. Unlike stories, narratives are open-ended, where the outcome is to be determined by the choices and actions of people addressed by the narrative.
Second, movements create platforms that help people to connect in small groups where they can build deep, trust-based relationships but then accelerate their learning by connecting more broadly across the entire movement.
Mobilizing movements will be very challenging for companies, but the rewards will be enormous.

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Speakers
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John Hagel

Chairman, Center for the Edge, Deloitte
John Hagel III has nearly 30 years’ experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge. Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and writer and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Seemingly Seamless
Paying a driver for a cab, waiting in a bookstore checkout line or planning anything in advance are already distant memories for many people. Handing over money in exchange for something is very early 2000s, and if your business is still based on this model, it's unlikely to survive the current decade.
Verticalized payment solutions, where unique payment solutions are designed for specific consumer transactions, are upending the way we pay.
Join pioneers in this space as they discuss how customized payment models such as seamless checkout, subscriptions and cross-platform support are changing the way consumers think (or don't think) about how they pay for the things they want and how this behavioral shift impacts transactions of the future.

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Speakers
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Trip Adler

Co-Founder & CEO, Scribd
Trip Adler is CEO and co-founder of Scribd. More than 80 million users read books and other documents on-demand using Scribd. Inspired by trying to help his father publish a medical paper, Trip started Scribd in 2007 with a simple observation that even with the proliferation of blogs... Read More →
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Aunkur Arya

GM/Mobile, Braintree
Aunkur Arya is GM for Braintree’s Mobile business, leading the company’s business and partnership efforts across the mobile ecosystem. Braintree was recently acquired by PayPal for $800M.
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Anthony Ha

Writer, TechCrunch
Anthony Ha is a writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media and advertising. Previously, he worked as a tech writer at Adweek, a senior editor at the tech blog VentureBeat, and a local government reporter at the Hollister Free Lance, where he won awards from the California Newspaper... Read More →
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Payal Kadakia

Co-Founder & CEO, ClassPass
Payal Kadakia is the CEO and Co-Founder of ClassPass, a membership program that provides people of all fitness levels access to the best boutique studio classes across the US. Since its launch in 2013, ClassPass has facilitated 1.5 million reservations across 2,000 studios in 20 cities... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

SXSW Accelerator: Digital Health and Life Science 2
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies within the Digital Health and Life Science Technologies category, presented by Shell Venture, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 14. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Digital Health and Life Science Technologies category involves patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) and benefit providers. These products and services enable people to collect and share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
Finalist for this session include:
MobileOCT
Tel Aviv, Israel
mobileoct.com
MobileOCT uses mobile phones to detect cancer. It's first product is the mobile colposcope, a smartphone based device used by health workers in low resource settings to identify cervical cancer, a global health priority that requires upwards of 700 million screenings per year.
Smart Temperature Patch
Sherman Oaks, CA
getstemp.com
Smart Temperature Patch is the thermometer reinvented for the 21st century. The STEMP sensor, medical-grade adhesives, and smartphone apps work together seamlessly to provide immediate, accurate, continuous body temperature measurement. Think of it as the thermometer meets the band-aid.
Tinnitracks
Hamburg, Germany
tinnitracks.com
Tinnitracks is a multi-awarded audiology technology offering a tinnitus treatment based on clinical trials. Developed by German-based Sonormed, the solution transforms everyday music into a targeted neuroacoustic treatment for tinnitus patients. Come and see the new mobile solution!
Tute Genomics
Salt Lake City, UT
tutegenomics.com
Tute Genomics is a cloud-based software platform for healthcare that enables Predictive, Preventive, and Precision medicine through genomics, using machine learning to quickly go from DNA to diagnosis and discovery.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Milena Adamian

Managing Partner, Azimuth Ventures
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Stacy Feld

Senior Director, Consumer Scientific Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Stacy is passionate about supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and translating technology-enabled solutions into transformative commercial solutions for the health consumer. With nearly two decades of leadership experience, Stacy has a unique background focused on translating innovative... Read More →
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Nina Kjellson

General Partner, InterWest Partners
Nina Kjellson has been investing in health care at InterWest since 2002 and has been a Managing Director at the firm since 2008. Current investments include Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Alt12, Cebix, Cidara, Eiger Biopharmaceuticals, Lycera, Ocera (OCRX), and WellTok. Nina also co-sponsored... Read More →
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Laurie Segall

Correspondent, CNN


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

SXSW Accelerator: Entertainment and Content Tech 2
SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies in the Entertainment and Content Technologies category, Technology Industry Group, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Entertainment and Content Technologies category highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. This category also contains technologies that focus on other cultural sectors such as sports, travel, mapping, publishing and food as they pertain to entertainment.
Finalist for this session include:
Pixbi
New York, NY
http://www.pixbi.com
Pixbi enables consumers to discover products within any image, anywhere. Beginning with digital and print publications, Pixbi is changing the way people read and shop by allowing consumers to view, save, share and purchase products from images instantly.
SIX
Tokyo, Japan
http://www.six.jp
Our Lyric Speaker invites you to a step forward in visual audio experience. SIX is a creative agency producing innovating ideas. As a keyword, update the societal and cultural value.

Weezic
Paris, France
http://www.weezic.com
Music practice has not switched to digital yet. Weezic aims at becoming the main interactive music practice platform. Musicians can now use breakthrough web-based tools to practice, with content being "augmented" online and pushed by publishers, composers and teachers.
Zype
New York, NY
http://www.zype.com
Zype is a cloud-based video technology service for premium video content owners to build, scale and manage direct-to-consumer streaming destinations. Zype makes it easy to deliver branded mobile, set-top, and web apps to viewers everywhere.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Charles Hudson

Partner, SoftTech VC
Charles Hudson is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet and mobile startups. He focuses on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. He is on the Board of Tulip and Kahuna and... Read More →
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Hany Nada

Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Hany Nada is a founding partner of GGV Capital and has worked as a long-term partner with more than 150 companies over the past decade. He is a trusted resource to CEOs on global market development, customer introductions, and M&A/IPO guidance across US and Asian markets. Hany was... Read More →
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Mahmud Rowghani

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
Mood Rowghani is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins in the Digital Growth Practice. He focuses on high growth technology companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. Mood's investments include: Docusign, Dropcam, Instacart, LendingClub, Quirky, Soundcloud, Square, Uber, and Waze... Read More →
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Mood Rowghani

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
Mood Rowghani is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins in the Digital Growth Practice. He focuses on high growth technology companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. Mood's investments include: Docusign, Dropcam, Instacart, LendingClub, Quirky, Soundcloud, Square, Uber, and Waze... Read More →
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Ralph Simon

CEO, Mobilium Global Limited


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

SXSW Accelerator: Innovative World Technologies 2
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Eight companies within the Innovative World Technologies category, presented by IBM, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 14. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 15 to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, payments and virtual currencies, data security and privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Finalist for this session include:
RapidSOS
Cambridge, MA
http://www.rapidSOS.com
RapidSOS replaces our 1960 emergency communication infrastructure with a suite of advanced technologies. From One-Touch-911 which provides first responders with a host of advanced data in seconds to geolocalized mass notification and predictive analytics—RapidSOS is transforming emergency communication.
SLANTRANGE
San Diego, CA
http://www.slantrange.com
SLANTRANGE makes farming more productive. Our sensors and analytics tools provide new insights on crop health for improving yields while reducing costs, uncertainty, and global environmental impacts. SLANTRANGE is the intelligence system for the low-cost agricultural drone.
SmartyPans
Oakland, CA
http://www.smartypans.io
SmartyPans is a smart cooking pan that connects to our recipe app and gives step-by-step cooking instructions. The pan has three sensors that measure weight, temperature and humidity which the app uses to alter instructions based on your cooking environment.
ZUtA Labs
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.zutalabs.com
At ZUtA Labs, we invented the first robotic Pocket Printer.
This unique handheld printer moves across the paper and prints as it rolls across the page. This allows the small printer to work on any size and type paper.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Renata Akhunova

Partner, FormulaVC
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Sir Mix A Lot

CEO, Rhyme Cartel Records
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Mia Saini

TV Reporter, Bloomberg TV


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

The Ultimate Startup Pivot: A Pivot from No Idea!
David Cohen and David Brown co-founded three companies over the last twenty-five years. They've seen the highs of being an entrepreneur, but they've also seen the lows that entrepreneurs can face, which is why they also founded Techstars, a mentorship-driven accelerator program that invests in the world’s most promising entrepreneurs.
To Cohen and Brown, entrepreneurship means doing things your way. But, it never hurts to have some help. They have seen the support of an accelerator program enable entrepreneurs to succeed; or, when necessary, to fail fast, pivot, and rebuild.
With so much support, can there be a downside to participating in an accelerator? In this session, David Brown and David Cohen will dive into the advantages and disadvantages startups that enter an accelerator program will face.

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Speakers
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David Brown

Managing Partner, Techstars
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David Cohen

Managing Partner, Techstars
David G. Cohen is the Managing Partner of TechStars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment firm.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St

5:00pm

Transportation Technology Startup Discussion
Startups from all over the globe will discuss the products, technologies and innovations that they are working on to change the world of transportation. From energy efficiency to smarter cars to self-driven / flying cars and new consumer technologies that are being integrated; this is going to be a great overview of how the world of transportation is being changed by globally focused companies. Automotive companies have started acquiring these companies to integrate into their platforms for competitive edge. This is an emerging trend that is turning into a self-fulfilling cycle of greater innovation as investors are seeing exit potentials in an industry that had long been shunned as a low P/E area. Even new public companies like Tesla have valuations closer to that of traditional technology companies.

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Speakers
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Mario Romero

GM, Startup Mexico
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Georg Schroth

Managing Director, Navvis
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Mai Takase

CEO, Aqua Feronia
Hello. My name is Mai Takase and am I from Japanese university start-up company. My company, Aqua Feronia, provides solution for "sustainable water source." Our scientific members developed a novel "water contaminant aggregator (flocculant)" which will aggregate contaminants in water... Read More →
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Jun Yamadera

CEO, Navvis


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

5:30pm

Been There, Run That
Forty-five proven entrepreneurs—thought leaders in technology, media, e-commerce, software and life sciences—share their best practices from the trenches to power the success of others. All the tools you’ll need are in this book, whether you’re starting out or deep into the growth phases of your second or third company. Here is real-life, actionable information from those who have “been there, run that.”
Selected and with intros and takeaways by Kay Koplovitz, who created the basic cable network business model that continues to drive the industry. Koplovitz is the founder of USA Network and the Syfy Channel—the first woman network president in television history—and Chairman and Co-creator of Springboard Enterprises.
Alumnae of the Springboard program have become successful in all fields and have gone on to found companies that include Zipcar, ConstantContact, AgraQuest, iRobot, ViaCord and Minute Clinic.

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Speakers
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Kay Koplovitz

Co-Founder, Springboard Enterprises
Kay Koplovitz Founder of USA Network, and Chairman and CEO of Koplovitz & Co. LLC. Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Network, and the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Networks International and the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:30pm - 5:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center
 
Sunday, March 15
 

9:30am

A University's Role in Funding Startups
In our experience, most founders believe they need to raise money to get to the next phase of their startup's development. Although many startups are premature in seeking capital, by understanding that money is a powerful draw for entrepreneurs the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute has been able to use it as a tool for attracting entrepreneurs into our programs and networks. Once the entrepreneur is engaged, we can help them assess what their true capital needs are as well as what other activities they should be doing to further their venture's development. We can then support them more effectively. In this session, we will discuss the role universities can play in providing funding for startups at different stages of development and we'll share some examples of the types of funds NYU has in place.
A few examples include:
NYU Innovation Venture Fund
NYU Prototyping Fund
NYU Green Grants

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Speakers
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Frank Rimalovski

Exec Dir, NYU Entrepreneurial Instititute (New York University)
Frank Rimalovski is the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. The Institute empowers entrepreneurs from idea to impact, offering educational programming, events, resources and funding, via the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, to inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Commerce Startup Discussion
Startups from Japan, Mexico, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong and South Korea will gather to discuss global commerce and the innovative ways they are using technology to address problems and impact global change. Join these global thought-leaders and innovators in the startup space to learn more about this topic.

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Speakers
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Patrick Chugh

CEO, Neogeno Technology Ventures
Patrick Chugh is a serial entrepreneur and been in the technology industry for over 20 years. Formerly Vice President and head of Equity Technology for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse First Boston & JP Morgan, his latest startup focuses on big data and mobile commerce.
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Cosmin-Gabriel Ene

CEO, Laterpay Gmbh
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Ki-Bum Park

CEO, You Are The Designer
Founder of You Are The Designer
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Seong Yang

CEO, 500 Videos
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Ho Yang

CEO, 500videos


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Friend or Foe? How Government Impacts Startups
Sometimes it feels like all Congress is working against innovation. The regulatory burden is too high, the system is too complex, the players are too entrenched, Washington is too slow. We're here to tell you, despite the obstacles, Congress does want to help startups and innovators. This session with feature three people who have seen all of the pitfalls of government and learned valuable lessons, including including Congressman Will Hurd who served as an undercover CIA officer before advising cybersecurity firms in the private sector. Currently, Congressman Hurd serves as the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology which has jurisdiction over a number of tech issues.
Veronica O'Connell works for Washington's biggest tech association and fights regulatory obstacles. Virginia Lam has fought the government for startups and young businesses on behalf of Aereo. The panel will arm you with valuable information about what to watch out for as a startup looking to disrupt government policies.

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Speakers
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Will Hurd

Congressman, U.S House Of Representatives
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Virginia Lam

Senior Vice President, Communications & Government Relations, Aereo Inc
Virginia Lam is an experienced and season communications and public affairs executive with more than 15 years experience working in technology, media and politics. Most recently, Virginia served as Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations at Aereo, where she... Read More →
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Veronica O'Connell

VP Govt & Political Affairs, Consumer Electronics Assoiciation
Veronica O’Connell currently serves as Vice President, Government and Political Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). She began her career at CEA in 2001. She is a leading advocate for the CE industry on Capitol Hill and before the administration on a wide range... Read More →
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Rachel Wolbers

Legislative Dir, TwinLogic Strategies
Rachel works as the Legislative Director for TwinLogic Strategies, a bipartisan government relations firm with a reputation for political reach and unique collaboration. Founded in 2009, TLS has developed a client list that includes America’s top companies and startups in tech... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

9:30am

German Entrepreneurship on Speed
Germany is an international melting pot for startups, the creative scene, investors and innovation. Top notch engineering and intellectual works reach new levels. We have learned from the US and Asia, but kept our sense for ambition, sustainability, cultural values and quality. Let’s discuss the booming future of German entrepreneurship, digital culture, connections to the US, and German beer of course.
This panel is part of the German Startup Engine at SXSW Startup Village. This panel session will be followed by two pitch sessions from German startups in the e-commerce and travel/mobility space. The German Startup Engine program will be complimented by further events at the German Haus on Rainey Street. Visit german-haus.biz or the SXSW schedule for more information.
Presented by: Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Hamburg & North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Speakers
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Curt Simon Harlinghausen

Social Media Nerd Entrepreneur & Frequent Traveller, AKOM360 GmbH
Curt Simon Harlinghausen is one of the most recognized facebook and social media experts in Germany
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Heiko Hubertz

Founder, Bigpoint
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Katja Nettesheim

Founder, M.D., Mediate Nettesheim And Partner
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Alexander Schlaubitz

VP of Mktg, Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

9:30am

How to Build Your Platform Meet Up
Do you want to grow your online community? Are you passionate about YouTub'ing, podcasting, developing an email list, self-publishing, or any other platform? In 2015, it's all about growing your platform. You need a community of people who subscribe, follow or believe in you. This Meet Up is for people gaining influence on social platforms, and sharing the 'edge' they've created for themselves. Bring your ideas we'll share the secrets for how to launch your platform and go BIG in 2015.

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Speakers
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Ryan Williams

Founder, Influencer Economy
Ryan Williams is an entrepreneur, writer, podcast host and former stand-up comedian. He is the Founder of Influencer Economy; a consulting group that helps brands and entrepreneurs develop and scale their platforms. He also hosts Stories from the Influencer Economy podcast and is... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Navigating the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Mexico
The session will describe the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Mexico. First we describe the current situation and opportunities for startups in Mexico, talking about the social, educational, and cultural tendencies in the country and how these impact starting new businesses in Mexico. Second, we move into the need for startups and entrepreneurs in Mexico, national and international, since there is a growing necessity to provide new solutions and also to innovate in our existing infrastructure and current product and service offering. Third, we talk about what an entrepreneur needs in Mexico to succeed, from mentorship to a very well-connected network in addition to what a person needs to reside in the country as an entrepreneur. Lastly, we talk about where is Mexico headed and why the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing. We talk about how the right elements are in place to grow this culture and support the creation of new and innovative companies.

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Speakers
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Mauricio Ballesteros

Dir, The Pool/Entrepreneurship Club
Mauricio is Director of The Pool Monterrey, Club for Entrepreneurs, where he also acts as CFO of the company. Mauricio looks to make an impact and change in his country by contributing to new business development and supporting entrepreneurs. In The Pool, he works with entrepreneurs... Read More →
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Luis X Barrios

CEO, The Pool/Entrepreneurship Club
Passionate entrepreneur with a genuine interest in providing value back to his community. As Founder and CEO of The Pool - Entrepreneurship Club, I show my interest in advising and supporting entrepreneurial teams exploit their talents, push them to the next level and increase their... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Out of Bounds: The Rise of A-National Companies
From tax evasion to privacy breaches, large digital companies have a tendency to challenge the traditional limits of business operation. But despite their questionable integrity, the shiny façade continues to seduce us. Consciously or unconsciously, we use their services every day, we want to work at their cool offices, and we see them as representations of the future.
And although public decision makers are often outraged at the behavior of these companies, governments, too, enlist the help of these digital giants to communicate, develop massive surveillance tools, or perform many other services.
This inconsistency presses us to ask: how are we to reconcile the public interests of citizens with the private interests of consumers and a-national companies in this new digital age?

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Speakers
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Jeffrey Chester

Exec Dir, Toulouse School of Economics
Jeff Chester is Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), a Washington, DC nonprofit. CDD is one of the leading NGOs advocating for consumers on digital privacy and consumer protection issues. Founded in 1991, CDD (then known as the Center for Media Education... Read More →
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Jacques Cremer

Searcher Professor, Toulouse School of Economics
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Benoît Thieulin

CEO, Conseil National du Numérique
Benoît Thieulin is the founder and managing director of the industry-leading Digital and Social Media Agency La Netscouade (www.lanetscouade.com). In 2013, he was appointed chairman of the official Conseil National du Numérique / French Digital Council.


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Rock, Meet Hard Place: Does Law Stifle Innovation?
Aereo learned a hard lesson last year: law can stifle innovation. But law can't keep up with innovation, abandoning entrepreneurs and tinkerers to operate in an ambiguous space. Rock, meet hard place.
Nabiha Syed and Basha Rubin are two lawyers operating at the intersection of law and innovation. Prescriptive rules require innovation to achieve a final resting-place, and innovation is, by definition, ceaseless. We will explore this tension between makers and regulators.
Nabiha will focus on the FAA's delays in releasing regulations for domestic drone use. Complexity necessitates deliberation to reach an optimal outcome, but cripples makers and entrepreneurs planning for the future.
Basha's experience with Priori, a curated online marketplace connecting lawyers to businesses, is case in point. As a startup operating in an evolving regulatory space, she has faced these difficult decisions. The outcome is often to do now and to plead ignorance later. But who bears the cost?

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Speakers
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Basha Rubin

CEO, Priori Legal LLC
Basha is the CEO and Co-Founder of Priori Legal, an online marketplace connecting businesses with a network of vetted lawyers at transparent, below-market and fixed rates. She speaks and writes extensively on how technology and innovation is changing - and will change - the market... Read More →
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Nabiha Syed

Lawyer, BuzzFeed
Nabiha Syed is a media lawyer with interests in transparency, surveillance, and emerging media technologies. A former First Amendment Fellow for The New York Times, Nabiha currently works at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and is also a Yale Information Society Project Fellow. She is... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Sandbox Stories, Creating a Space for Social Good
In order to create a social impact investment eco-system a community needs to have a physical place to gather. This place serves as a test ground to incubate and validate new ideas. While not all of the ideas that are birthed have the same success, this space allows for social innovation to flourish where otherwise it may only happen in a silo or not at all. This will all be shared in the form of an open dialogue where we will hear from the trailblazers in this space who have helped create and launch these spaces globally and are helping social enterprises become successful. This discussion will cover what are the steps that need to be taken to launch a space like this in your city? How do you create a structure and validate the market?
Presented by Core Media

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Speakers
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Marian Goodell

Founding Board Member, Burning Man Project
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Courtney Klein

Co-Founder & CEO, SEED SPOT
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Chelsea McCullough

Exec Dir, Texas for Economic Progress
Chelsea’s work bridges the interrelated areas of entrepreneurship, social good, technology and communications. She specializes in combining talented people with market forces to create and activate powerful ideas.
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James Stice

Pres, Kalu Yala


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin City Hall Council Chambers 301 W 2nd St

9:30am

SXSW Accelerator: Enterprise and Smart Data Tech 3
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category, presented by Rackspace, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and or services. A grand prize winner for this category will be announced tonight at the SXSW Acccelerator Award Ceremony at 7:00pm in Salon F&G.
The Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text, documents, and engagement for business and individual use.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Brad King

Co-Dir Center for Emerging Media Design & Dev, Ball State University
Brad King is an assistant professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, and the director of the Center's Creative Projects Lab.
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Bob Metcalfe

Prof of Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin
Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.
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Bryan Stolle

General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Bryan joined Mohr Davidow in 2008. He made the move to venture capital after a two decade career that began at Ross Perot’s Electronic Data Systems (EDS) with stops at three technology start-up companies, all of which became market leaders. The most recent, Agile Software, he started... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon FG 500 E 4th St

9:30am

The Rise of Maker Millionaires
Software startups are not the only multimillion dollar businesses and producing world-changing innovations. Robert Thomas, co-founder of TechShop – the first, largest, and most popular makerspace with locations nationwide – sees the maker business as the next big business. He has seen this phenomenon firsthand with companies that built prototypes at TechShop and have become huge, profitable successes, including Square, valued at five billion; Oru Kayak, a foldable kayak that raised $440,000 on Kickstarter and another $500,000 from Shark Tank; Lumio, a modern book lamp, and Theradome, a FDA-approved laser helmet, each raising nearly half a million dollars via crowdfunding; and Embrace, an infant warmer. Prototypes that would have cost $100,000 in the past have been made at TechShop for $1,000. Robert will discuss the business of making and the new innovation rules for entrepreneurs.

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Speakers
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Robert Thomas

Co-founder and Sr Dir of Strategic Partnerships, TechShop


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

9:30am

Trilogy: A Killer Network Can Transform Your Town
Trilogy alumni played key early roles in many companies, from Google to WP Engine and many in between. FounderDating found Trilogy's alumni to be third on the list of Top 10 Entrepreneurial Company Alumni Networks. At a recent Trilogy alumni gathering, forty-three owned or founded businesses. This outsized impact is a direct result of Trilogy’s approach to talent. Trilogy’s focus on Only the Best instilled the desire to push harder and go farther.
Come to our session to engage in discussion about how your company or your community can apply lessons from Trilogy to grow your talent base, inspire entrepreneurial thinking, and take advantage of local unfair advantages. Trilogy alumni have played key roles in every significant software company in Austin in the 2000s. Learn how the lessons from Trilogy and Austin can be applied to other companies and cities and see how a killer alumni network can transform your economy.

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Speakers
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Heather Brunner

CEO, WP Engine
As Chief Executive Officer for WP Engine, Heather is focused on business strategy, global growth and customer experience. A 23 year technology veteran, Heather has built a career creating business value for both privately-funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies. For the past... Read More →
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Scott Francis

CTO & Co-Founder, BP3
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John Price

CEO & Chairman, Vast
John has more than 30 years of experience growing startups in product marketing and business development roles. He is the chief executive officer of Vast, a decision-making tool that leverages big data to help consumers make large purchases such as homes, cars, and vacations. Prior... Read More →
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Chris Taylor

Deputy Editor, Mashable
Chris is the author of "How Star Wars Conquered the Universe" (2014), the first complete history of the world's preeminent geek franchise and its fandom. He's also the Deputy Editor of Mashable, an independent news website with 40 million readers every month.


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

11:00am

The Freedom Of Staying Private
Edmunds.com has been a successful industry leader, providing the tools and solutions that make the online car-shopping ecosystem more honest, transparent and simple. At multiple points in its long 40+ year history, Edmunds.com has hit milestones that could have easily prompted the company to go public. Instead, they made the strategic decision to keep the company private.
Edmunds.com Chief Executive Officer, Avi Steinlauf, will discuss the challenges newly public companies face, such as regulatory compliance, substantial reporting costs and the burdens of disclosure, among many others. Avi will then share his perspective on staying private and how long-term planning has not only bolstered his company, swelling to 600 employees strong, but also increased his company’s resiliency and market position.

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Speakers
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Avi Steinlauf

CEO, Edmunds.com
Avi Steinlauf is the Chief Executive Officer of online car shopping destination, Edmunds.com. He oversees the business and directs the company toward the goal of building trust between shoppers and dealers while building the company to thrive for the long term. He joined Edmunds in... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Ayrton Senna's Lesson for International Startups
When legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna was criticized for his level of risk taking, he said. "if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver. Because we are competing to win. Not to come third, fourth or fifth. When there is a gap, you either commit yourself or you come second. Sure, sometimes you get it wrong, it’s impossible to get it right all the time. But I race to win.’
This conviction made Senna the most beloved car racer in history. And it also explains why few international startups become category killers like Google, Amazon, Facebook or Twitter. Take Europe, full of copy cat startups and VCs who demand traction and revenue before investing, instead of the other way around. Always afraid the gap will close.
In this session, Dutch entrepreneur and investor Michiel Frackers explains why things are slowly changing for the better and how crowdfunding helps international startups to finally go for the gap on a global scale.

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Speakers
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Michiel Frackers

Founder, Dutch Fellows
Michiel Frackers (Amsterdam, 1968) was failing miserably as an exchange student in movie screenwriting in the US, when he first discovered the internet. Moving back to Holland he raised over $10 million from Royal Dutch Telecom KPN in 1994 and co-founded Planet Internet, which became... Read More →
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Arthur van Hoff

Founder, CTO, Jaunt VR


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Designing Austin’s Economy - An Innovation Uproar?
Austin continues to dominate the lists of cities for innovation, startups, entrepreneurs and future job growth. Silicon Valley, Kendall Square and Research Triangle are known as top model knowledge communities in the country. These high-density areas nurture relationships, facilitate the exchange of ideas and fuel innovation. As Austin has evolved into an innovation economy, leaders now seek to foster dense, creative and synergistic workplaces that stimulate ingenious minds and entrepreneurial activity through the power of proximity.
This panel will dive into Austin’s core culture to discuss this innovation uproar and further explore what steps Austin is taking to facilitate and establish its own next generation innovation economy and leading-edge knowledge community.

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Speakers
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Jim Butler

Mgr, Creative Industries Dev, City of Austin
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Thomas Osha

Managing Dir, Wexford Science & Technology
Thomas Osha is Managing Director, Innovation and Economic Development. In this role, he guides Wexford’s implementation of its Knowledge Community template; working with Wexford’s partner Universities and research institutions, entrepreneurs and innovators, growth companies, and... Read More →
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Michele Skelding

SVP Global Technology & Innovation, Austin Chamber of Commerce
Michele Skelding serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Technology and Innovation for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce where she leads the development and execution of the organization’s vision for Central Texas as a top global region for innovation, company formation... Read More →
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William Whurley

Founder and CEO, HonestDollar
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Whurley

Founder and CEO, HonestDollar


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

11:00am

German Startup Engine: E-Commerce
Germany is an international melting pot for startups, the creative scene, investors and innovation. Top notch engineering and intellectual works reach new levels. We have learned from the US & Asia, but kept our sense for ambition, sustainability, cultural values, and quality. This pitch will cover Germany's top 5 e-commerce startups:
Heyshops / heyshops.com / Munich
LaterPay / laterpay.net / Munich
Minubo / minubo.com / Hamburg
MyCouchbox / mycouchbox.de / Stuttgart
Railslove / Cologne
This pitch is part of the German Startup Engine at SXSW Startup Village. This session is preceded by a panel discussion about the German startup ecosystem and is followed by a second pitch session that will feature Germany's top 5 travel & mobility startups. The German Startup Engine program will be complimented by additional events at the German Haus (Rainey Street). Visit german-haus.biz or check the SXSW schedule.
Presented by Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Hamburg & North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Speakers
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James Bilodeau

Co-Founder & Principal, Prefix
James has worked with several Austin-based technology startups, most recently as Co-Founder and Principal at PreFix Inc. He was an Associate Director and Head of the Emerging Markets Finance Group at the World Economic Forum where he was also a Global Leadership Fellow. Prior to joining... Read More →
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Rick Timmins

Investor, Central Texas Angel Network
Rick is the Board Chairman of the Central Texas Angel Network in Austin. He is a very active angel investor and works with many entrepreneurs. He serves on several public and private Boards. He is the former Assistant CFO at Cisco Systems and a former VP of Finance for Motorola.
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Norbert Wangnick

Investor/Business Dev, International Accelerator
18 years of exciting entrepreneurship in Europe. I was a founder at 25, happily exited at 43 and moved to the US. Next project: support foreign founders to make it big in the US! iA - InternationalAccelerator - is the Austin-based start-up accelerator program focused solely on foreign-born... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

11:00am

How to Make it Rain: Impact Investors Tell All
Investors are always seeking attractive opportunities. Traditional investors are also weary of impact investing. Investors are used to depending on huge returns on a short turn around. The world of impact investment takes a little longer because its roots grow deeper into a community. In order for impact investing to grow exponentially in a community it needs to foster norms, practices and create a mature entrepreneur community who knows how to approach these investors. Social entrepreneurs also need to groom local success stories to give back to the community in order to sow new seed companies. This panel will talk about how impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and traditional investment vehicles can collaborate to help create a strong impact eco-system.
Presented by Core Media

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Speakers
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Hazami Barmada

Principal, Barmada Consulting
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Ann DeRosa

Chief Impact Strategist, Chilton Capital
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Steve Guengerich

Managing Dir, BroadBrush Ventures LLC
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Sean Moore

Portfolio Mgr, Acumen Fund


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin City Hall Council Chambers 301 W 2nd St

11:00am

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Build a Startup Community
Over the last decade, the New York City startup scene has boomed, surpassing Boston as the second largest city for venture spending in the US. NYU is centered squarely in the center of that startup ecosystem. In this panel, we’ll discuss how NYU has cultivated a robust startup community, both within our university and the broader NYC startup ecosystem. We'll give an overview of the strategy we've implemented to build and foster the community, sharing specific programs, events, and resources that have been successful at NYU that other universities, cities, or organizations could replicate. We will address three categories of programming that contribute to the creation of a startup ecosystem:
Physical spaces – incubators and centers – that bring people together.
Community-building events that promote and celebrate successful NYU entrepreneurs to inspire others.
Networks and clubs – among students, faculty, and mentors – that facilitate collaboration.

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Speakers
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Lindsey Gray

Dir, NYU Entrepreneurial Instititute (New York University)
Lindsey Gray is the Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she develops educational programs and events to inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs across NYU. Lindsey is also a member of the Teaching Team for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Makers: Technology for Development and Innovation
In our digital era, data and technology are no longer monopolized by the government. With the new open data wave, digital innovators empower our society by creating open tools that increase democracy and transparency. They develop new and useful applications and services that can be appropriated by the public.
This panel will gather entrepreneurs, civil society members, FabLab innovators, and researchers to illustrate how technology can serve humanitarian development and social innovation. The discussion will focus on Fablabs, crowdsourcing, open data, open governance, makers, social entrepreneurs, smart city innovations and more.

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Speakers
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Sename Koffi Agbodjinou

Searcher/Anthropologist, Woelab
Born in 1980 in Togo, Sename is architect, researcher in anthropology, ICT social entrepreneur and poet. After a long experience in humanitarian construction, he created the platform 'L’Africaine d’architecture' which aims to explore the possibilities of an alternative architecture... Read More →
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Kat Borlongan

Co-Founder, Five by Five
Kat is a multi-cultural open innovation maven that got her unlikely start working with Reporters sans frontières and the United Nations. After working in public information for several years, she easily transitioned into the open data universe as a founding member of Voxe.org in... Read More →
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Erik Hersman

Co-Founder, BRCK
Erik Hersman is an entrepreneur and technologist focused on advancing the use of technology in Africa. He is the CEO of BRCK  a rugged wireless WiFi device designed and engineered in Kenya for use throughout the emerging markets.  In 2010 he founded the iHub, Nairobi’s innovation... Read More →
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Rand Hindi

Founder & CEO, SNIPS
Dr Rand Hindi is an entrepreneur and data scientist. He is the founder and CEO of Snips.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Mentor Session: Asif Ramji
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Asif Ramji

Pres/CEO, Paymetric
Asif Ramji President and CEO


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Mentor Session: James Sinclair
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for James Sinclair

James Sinclair

Co-Founder, EnterpriseJungle Inc
Business acceleration, growth, strategy and innovation to the startup community, specific current focus with startups for the large enterprise market.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Mentor Session: Nadya Powell
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Nadya Powell

Nadya Powell

Managing Dir, Lost Boys
Nadya believes that the way ahead is to keep your eyes firmly on the future hence she has been at the cutting edge of creative technology for 20 years. In 2004 Nadya joined the Dare Board and in 2011 became Client Partner and Chief Innovation Officer.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Raving Fans: How Social Impact Activates Customers
In this session, digital strategy guru Zita Cassizi, Chief Digital Officer for TOMS Shoes, will share insights about how social startups can leverage digital strategies to drive sales and impact. Using the TOMS case study, Zita will show how social startups can use mission to build a passionate fan base and become the company's most powerful, free sales force.

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Speakers
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Zita Cassizi

Chief Digital Officer, TOMS
Zita Cassizzi is Chief Digital Officer at TOMS. She oversees the digital experience including the P&L, social, mobile as well as direct international omni-channel presence and build out. Cassizzi brings more than 20 years of experience in creating and leading global direct businesses... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Right Brain Leadership
For years, the global marketplace has been driven by left brain leadership. Now, the tide is turning. In a time of never-before-seen problems, the world needs never-before-seen solutions. The complex nature of today's social climate, economy, and institutions calls for the vision and perspective that a new generation of creative thinkers provides. However, the world needs more than creative thinkers. The world needs creative doers.
Roy and Mac will draw on their diverse backgrounds to explore how creatives can harness strengths to spur action and lead people. They will offer practical insight into ways that creative leaders can shape organizations that strike the powerful balance between dreaming and productivity.

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Speakers
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Mac Richard

Founder, Spur Leadership
Mac Richard founded Spur Leadership in 2009, looking to create a space where leaders from the marketplace, politics, academia, faith-based institutions, and nonprofit work could discuss universal leadership principles. Since then, the organization has hosted thousands of leaders from... Read More →
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Roy Spence

Co-Founder, Chairman, GSD&M & The Purpose Institute
Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company. He is also now Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Along with Haley Rushing... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St

11:00am

Sex, Drugs and Bitcoin: Vice vs Virtue Investing
Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. And Bitcoin. The sin funds of old are being reimagined for the digital age.
Does Redtube on your smartphone make you a better lover? Is Bitcoin a libertarian utopia or salvation for the world’s poor? Is Spotify disrupting music’s old guard or killing creativity? Investors vote with dollars, and their answers to these questions shape our reality.
Hear from two of technology’s best along with provocateur Cindy Gallop as they open up about the bare-knuckle, backroom dealings of the venture capital world and whether one can attain virtue on a path littered with vice. Their frank discussions on crazy startup pitches, deals gone sideways, plus one-upmanship with other firms will shed light on the thin line between sin and salvation. Hear how the ruthless pursuit of returns makes it possible to stream free porn while legally toking up on an entirely different kind of Girl Scout Cookies.

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Speakers
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Cindy Gallop

Founder, If We Ran The World
Cindy started up Bartle Bogle Hegarty New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.
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Raj Ganguly

Managing Partner, Velos Partners
Raj Ganguly is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Velos Partners, a consumer growth capital firm with offices in Los Angeles and Singapore. Raj also serves as a Senior Advisor for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV). He is a retail, consumer products... Read More →
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Arjan Schütte

Founder & Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital
Arjan Schütte is the founder and a managing partner of Core Innovation Capital, a venture capital fund investing in financial technology companies that serve the Emerging Middle Class. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Center for Financial Services Innovation, the nation’s leading... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

11:00am

SXSW Accelerator: Digital Health and Life Science 3
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies category, presented by Shell Venture, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and or services. A grand prize winner for this category will be announced tonight at the SXSW Acccelerator Award Ceremony at 7:00pm in Salon F&G.
The Digital Health and Life Science Technologies category involves patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) and benefit providers. These products and services enable people to collect and share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
avatar for Casper de Clercq

Casper de Clercq

Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
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Brad King

Co-Dir Center for Emerging Media Design & Dev, Ball State University
Brad King is an assistant professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, and the director of the Center's Creative Projects Lab.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon FG 500 E 4th St

11:00am

The Latin American Acceleration Scene
Accelerators in Latin America are growing regionally while startups are going from one city to another to open new markets, get funding and learn the best practices of the region. Join Patricia Galván and Pablo Salazar in a talk where they will share their perspective on acceleration in the region and how Latin America is taking the first steps to build a successful ecosystem. Gain first-hand insight from these leading players and be part of the creation of the first regional acceleration program.

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Speakers
avatar for Patricia Galván

Patricia Galván

Business Dev, Naranya
Paty is in Business Development at Naranya Market. Having lived all her life surrounded by an entrepreneurial and techy family, she decided to jump to the tech world to play a key role in building a tech ecosystem in Latin America. She is currently engaged to Naranya Market, the multiplatform... Read More →
avatar for Dimitrio Gomez

Dimitrio Gomez

Naranya Ventures & Business Strategy Lead, Naranya
Dimitrio was co-founder and COO of Venture Institute, the pioneering seed acceleration program in Mexico. He directly participated in the creation and growth of 26 companies in sectors such as fintech, healthcare, e-commerce and mobility, which have raised capital over $10M. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Pablo Salazar

Pablo Salazar

Managing Partner, NXTP Labs
Pablo is a Managing Partner at Nxtp.Labs, the most asctive acceleration and early stage fund in Lain América. Nxtp.Labs focuses on high-potential technology based ventures. Previously, Pablo was a Co-founder at Naranya Ventures, and Principal at IGNIA Partners, the world’s biggest... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

11:00am

The Millennial Entrepreneurs Meet Up
Widely dubbed the "Entrepreneurial Generation", 48 percent of Millennials have the goal of launching their own start up (Edelman 8095 Global Survey 2.0), with 29 percent of all entrepreneurs being between the ages 20 and 34 years old (2012 US Chamber of Commerce Foundation report). The Millennial Entrepreneur's Meetup will target both conventional and social entrepreneurs between the ages of 21-34 years old that have launched. This event will provide a platform for Millennial entrepreneurs to network, engage and build awareness around their emerging enterprises.

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Speakers
avatar for Natalie Moss

Natalie Moss

Founder, Millennial Week
Natalie is the Founder of Millennial Week. This week-long conference engages Millennials in the areas of entrepreneurship, politics and philanthropy. Millennial Week attracted over 3000 registrants and garnered over 178 million media impressions in its Inaugural Year.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Virtualization and Gamification of Global Commerce
Our panel of experts will discuss how bringing global commerce into the virtual world and enhancing experiences with gamification will change the way companies interact with their clients. The development of programming in both the B2B and B2C arenas is changing rapidly and becoming top of mind.

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Speakers
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David Chung

Chief Technology Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited
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Marcus Dantus

CEO, Startup Mexico
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Guillermo Garza

Co-Founder, Startup Mexico
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Jim Hite

VP, Zapper
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Andres Nieto

CEO & Founder, Giv U
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Quentin Paquelier

Project Mgr, Digital Codex University


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

11:15am

Building a Culture of Learning
You’ve read The Innovator’s Dilemma. You’ve bought in to The Lean Startup. You’re ready to kick start your company’s product innovation efforts. There’s just one problem: you’re not sure where to begin: What can design teach us about building a collaborative culture? How do you structure a product team to value learning? How should that team work? How will that team measure success? Jeff will offer practical, step-by-step, guidance on how to build and support successful product innovation in your business. Using insights gained from leading and working with dozens of product and design teams, Jeff will step through the key elements needed to build, grow and maintain continuously learning teams.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeff Gothelf

Jeff Gothelf

Principal, Neo Innovation


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

11:30am

Making Insanely Successful Products and Experiences
Today, top graduates are moving from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, upping the ante on innovation, and makers of simple smart phone apps are becoming billionaires overnight. Behind some of the greatest successes of our age – companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Dropbox – lies a sea of failure. You might think that all the great ideas are already out there; that success lies in a stroke of luck that rescues one company or another from a graveyard of ideas. Survival in today’s digital world, in other words, can seem impossibly arbitrary and complicated, but I would argue that success is actually very simple.
In this presentation, I will illustrate a fast, lean, and direct approach to creating insanely successful digital products and services. My discussion will span the process of innovation from its earliest stages through ongoing optimization: finding an idea, making a plan, building a team, coding, designing, and launch, which I believe is just the beginning of the creative process.

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Speakers
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Eduardo Torres

Managing Dir Brazil, Huge
Eduardo Torres is Vice President & Managing Director for HUGE’s Brazilian office, overseeing business development and strategy, since joining HUGE in 2010. Torres also helps plan and manage the agency’s expansion in Brazil and into other Latin America markets. Prior to HUGE, Torres... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

11:45am

Going Global: How to Launch International Markets
In today’s global marketplace, taking your company international is crucial to success. In fact, most startups by their very nature are born global, but establish themselves first by building a local base. Expanding your reach to other markets gives you access to millions more customers and can lead to stellar growth and profits. But, going global is a daunting task.
When Eventbrite expands into new markets, there are four key steps that we take to give us the best shot at getting it right. Of course, each market is different, and we take a test, iterate and optimize approach, but there is a long journey before we even get to the test phase.
Join Elsita Meyer Brandt, Senior Manager New Market Expansion & International Marketing, to discuss the four steps to growing your business globally.

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Speakers
avatar for Elsita Meyer-Brandt

Elsita Meyer-Brandt

Mktg, Intl Expansion, Eventbrite
Elsita Meyer-Brandt, Senior Manager New Market Expansion & International Marketing at Eventbrite.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Why Patents Are Killing Innovation
Gadgets. We all own one (or a hundred). But from Apple to Samsung to Oculus Rift, those beloved gadgets are drowning in a sea of intellectual property lawsuits, a tide that threatens to strangle tech innovation for good. Nathan Seidle, CEO and founder of SparkFun Electronics, happens to know a thing or two about IP and innovation. He made gadgets and their parts his life's work, building a multi-million dollar company for embedded electronics, all without filing one single patent application. Nathan will guide you through the world of patents, how long it really takes copycat products to appear in the marketplace, and show you how sharing can truly build profitable, growing companies. Makers, gadgeteers, and anyone interested in what the future of innovation and business looks like—come hear how open-source technology will save the world.

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Speakers
avatar for Nathan Siedle

Nathan Siedle

CEO, SparkFun
Checkout my talk on why patents are killing innovation! http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP40665


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 12:45pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

1+ Many: The Power of Convening for Social Impact
Even in our high tech world, sometimes it takes people actually coming together to really make things happen. Austin has proven this theory for many years with incubators, accelerators, research centers, funding events and with gatherings like SXSW. Recently, the city has exploded with a plethora of coffee shops, co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurial hubs with more to come as people seek out places to convene and share ideas.
In social impact, where companies create not only market value but also contribute to the social, environmental and civic good, perhaps the power of convening becomes even more relevant. So how does all of this work? Is the infrastructure in place for Austin to be a top city for social impact? What do we need to create and what can we learn from those who have blazed that path around the country and around this globally connected city? Join experts and entrepreneurs who are leading this charge for an informative and engaged discussion.

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Speakers
avatar for Scott Collier

Scott Collier

Managing Dir, Pasadera Capital
Scott Collier is a Managing Director at investment bank Pasadera Capital and spent the prior 20 years as a venture capital and private equity manager, most recently as Managing Director of Triton Ventures, an Austin-based technology venture capital firm. Prior to Triton he served... Read More →
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Erin Grey

Founder, Aunt Bertha Inc
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Brian Schoenbaum

Founder I Pilot, Vuka
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Steve Wanta

Global Program Dir, Whole Planet Foundation
Steve is passionate about microfinance and business solutions that improve the lives of the poor. He was hired by Whole Planet Foundation in March 2006 as the Field Program Manager to support the creation of new microfinance institutions in Guatemala and Costa Rica in partnership... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 400-402 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Be Epic: The Art of Bold Decision Making
There is a belief that we’ve evolved enough as a species that we’re able to make the best, most rational and informed decisions when presented with the hard questions in business and in life. But whether we admit it or not, we’re often still operating in the shadow of the primitive “lizard brain.” Fight or flight, left or right, which direction comes with the least risk?
Phil Libin will talk about identifying fear-based decision-making in your thought process as you take your start-up from concept through growth, how to combat it, and how to instead shift the focus to start with the question “What if it's epic?"

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Speakers
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Phil Libin

CEO, Evernote
Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote, the service that's helping millions of people worldwide remember everything of value in their daily lives. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Bill Gurley and Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation
Benchmark's Bill Gurley will be interviewed by award-winning journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell on the SXSW stage. The pair’s wide-ranging insights promise an engaging conversation on a variety of economic and entrepreneurial outliers. Gurley and his partners at Benchmark led the early venture investments in GrubHub, Nextdoor, OpenTable, Snapchat, Stitch Fix, Twitter, Uber, Yelp and more. He writes a blog on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses called Above the Crowd. Gladwell, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996, is the author of five New York Times Best Sellers, including David and Goliath, The Tipping Point, What The Dog Saw, Blink and Outliers.

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Speakers
avatar for Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of David and Goliath, The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew... Read More →
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Bill Gurley

VC, Benchmark
Bill Gurley has spent over 10 years as a General Partner at Benchmark, joining in 1999. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Disrupting the Venture Capital Landscape
The current venture capital funding landscape is severely limited in geographical scope. Startups in the top three states – California, Massachusetts, and New York – receive 70 percent of venture capital funding. This session will examine how non-traditional venture funds can play a role in expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs under-served by current VC models. Hear from fund managers in the states of Wisconsin, Ohio, and Texas on their models for investing in high-growth businesses within their respective geographies, and how their investments encourage follow-on investment from more traditional venture capital funds.

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Speakers
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Terry Chase Hazell

Dir, Texas Emerging Technology Fund
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Joshua Henderson

VP, Springboard Enterprises
Joshua Henderson is the Vice President of Springboard Enterprises (www.sb.co), a non-profit organization that supports women entrepreneurs in life sciences and technology. Since its inception, Springboard has accelerated 537 women-led companies, which encompass 10 IPOs, $6.2 billion... Read More →
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Lorrie Keating-Heinemann

VP, BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation
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Ray Leach

CEO, Jumpstart Inc
Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national reputation for its innovative economic development models. JumpStart’s work focuses on accelerating emerging startup technology-based firms... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Distilling Your Selling Process to Seven Steps
In business, nothing happens until someone sells something – an idea, a product, a service. Sales are the lifeblood for most companies.
Many new organizations put an incredible amount of focus into their technology, branding and social media strategies, their staff, etc. And rightfully so. But few organizations, including some large ones, fully define their key sales process step-by-step. Some unintentionally back into the "ready, fire, aim" plan with "hope" as their key strategy.
Professional and effective selling is a specific and intentional process. Get the basics right and you have a strong platform to grow your business, add more key staff or get funding.
This session will walk participants through the seven key steps to an effective selling process. It will provide participants with an outline they can fill in about their own business. It will even provide a mini audit of their current process and what may need to change to improve sales.

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Speakers
avatar for Jim Martino

Jim Martino

Pres & Founder, Zest for Travel
Jim Martino is a top-producing medical device sales professional with 20+ years of comprehensive experience in consultative sales, new business development and strategic account management.
avatar for Jim Parker

Jim Parker

Commercial Sales Leader / Entrepreneur, Time Warner Cable
As a sales trainer, sales leader, and business networking entrepreneur Jim has helped make the art and science of selling easy to grasp, especially for the non-sales “personality”. With a unique and often insightful view of the fundamentals of sales Jim has enabled growing your... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build A Biz Without One
A new book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, takes a practical look at the barriers women face in starting new businesses as well as examining ways over, under, around and through those barriers. Using the experiences of ten high-growth women entrepreneurs, author Geri Stengel, lays out the tactics that women can use to inspire and achieve business success. The book is based on new research on women entrepreneurs, Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) Research of High-Potential Women Entrepreneurs, the first diagnostic tool that comprehensively identifies and analyzes the conditions that foster the development of high-potential female entrepreneurship. The book and research were recently released at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network event that was held in Austin in June 2014.

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Speakers
avatar for Ruta Aidis PhD

Ruta Aidis PhD

Project Dir, Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders, ACG Inc
Ruta Aidis, PhD is CEO and Founder of ACG Inc and Senior Fellow, George Mason University. Dr. Aidis has more than 18 years experience teaching, researching, consulting and publishing in the area of comparative entrepreneurship development, gender, institutions and public policy. She... Read More →
avatar for Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel

Founder/Pres, Ventureneer
Geri Stengel is president and founder of Ventureneer a content marketing and marketing research company that helps companies reach small businesses through branded marketing and social media opportunities that generate visibility, thought leadership and brand loyalty. As a writer... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

From Mao to Now: China’s Great Brand Realignment
As technology infrastructure evolves and digital capabilities expand across China, consumer communication preferences are changing rapidly across channels within the context of an increasingly complex and sophisticated marketing ecosystem. With such seismic shifts in the communication landscape, there are great opportunities and significant challenges for brands and agencies to remain relevant and engage effectively. A key solution for brands is to identify opportunities in convergence and the importance of providing ways to co-create regardless of media channel.

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Speakers
avatar for Aaron Lau

Aaron Lau

Pres & CEO of Cheil Greater China, Cheil Worldwide
As President & CEO of Cheil Greater China, Aaron leads the offices of Cheil China, Cheil Opentide and Bravo Asia in 9 locations in Greater China.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

German Startup Engine: Travel and Mobility
Germany is an international melting pot for startups, the creative scene, investors and innovation. Top notch engineering and intellectual works reach new levels. We have learned from the US and Asia, but kept our sense for ambition, sustainability, cultural values, and quality. This pitch session will cover Germany's top 5 travel & mobility startups:
Datarella / datarella.de / Munich
knowhere / knowhere.to/go / Hamburg
Marble Blue / marbleblue.de / Cologne
NavVis / navvis.com / Munich
TripRebel / triprebel.com / Hamburg
The pitch session is part of the German Startup Engine at SXSW Startup Village. This session is preceded by a panel discussion about the German startup ecosystem and a second pitch session featuring Germany's top 5 e-commerce startups. The German Startup Engine program will be complimented by further events at the German Haus (Rainey St). Visit german-haus.biz or the SXSW schedule.
Presented by: Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Hamburg & North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Speakers
avatar for Claire England

Claire England

Exec Dir, Central Texas Angel Network
Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network, one of the nation’s top angel investing networks. A native Austinite, her background includes 15 years of executive and nonprofit leadership. She recently worked on local and international startup ecosystem projects... Read More →
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George Karutz, Jr

CFA, Pasadera Capital
avatar for Sandeep Kumar

Sandeep Kumar

CEO, Edusmart
Mr. Kumar is Partner at Tech Ranch (entrepreneur development and startup accelerator organization) and Managing Partner at IBTP (international consulting firm). He has 30 years’ experience in building Technology Businesses, M&A, entering New Markets, Sales Channel Creation, Business... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

How Universities Can Create More Startups
In this session, we’ll present the NYU Summer Launchpad program, a ten-week accelerator for graduating NYU student teams that provides them with the skills, resources, and connections they need to develop their startups into commercially viable ventures. We will talk about the objectives of the program, as well as details about what it entails and how it is run. We will provide a brief overview of how it differs from other non-university affiliated startup accelerators. After this short overview, we will use the rest of the session to have two alumni of the program share their experiences and discuss the role NYU played in helping them develop and launch their ventures.

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Speakers
avatar for Miriam Altman

Miriam Altman

Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer, Kinvolved
avatar for Tlacael Esparza

Tlacael Esparza

Co-Founder/CEO, Sunhouse
Tlacael is a co-founder of Sunhouse, a music technology startup based in New York City and the makers of Sensory Percussion, next-generation electronic drums that capture the true expressive nature of drumming. He is a musician, technologist and programmer who specializes in applying... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

Latino and Latina Entrepreneur and Startup Meet Up
Latino and Latina entrepreneurs are all over the place, founding startups and innovating everything from health, mobile, transportation and much more. Despite their great works, sometimes it’s hard to find them, or their networks are different.
Of course everyone wants in on that trillion-plus dollar Hispanic market, so we want to invite anyone who’s interested in meeting more Latino and Latina entrepreneurs and startups to join us.
The idea of this meet up is to expand your network of Latino and Latina entrepreneurs, and also discuss ways to better attend to the Hispanic market you’re trying to serve.
Whether you feel you have a pipeline issue for finding Hispanic talent, a marketing or design problem in terms of creating products Latinos would want to purchase, or you feel diversity in your organization is important, we hope to help you get closer to a solution at our meet up.

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Speakers
avatar for Sara Inés Calderón

Sara Inés Calderón

Owner
Sara Inés Calderón is a bilingual, bicultural hybrid California-Texas Latina who has been working in the digital media space since 2009. Although she began her career as a scrappy newspaper reporter, she’s successfully transferred her skill set to working in a variety of both... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 502-503 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: David Briggs
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for David Briggs

David Briggs

CEO, NEO3DO
David Briggs is a motivated self starter with a knack for branding, marketing, e-commerce, management, pr and creative. From concept to shelf he took the idea of a single viewer 3D Android tablet, successfully crowdfunded it through indiegogo, hand tested each unit, got fantastic... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Joy Miller
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Joy Miller

Joy Miller

Mktg & Outreach Coord, City of Austin


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Paolo Nagari
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Paolo Nagari

Paolo Nagari

Founder, InterCultural Group
In the next 5 to 6 years the Internet will be joined by 2.5 BILLION new users. Are you ready to cater this multitude of multinational customers? My mentor session is designed to prepare you to tap into these unprecedented global business opportunities.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Innovative World Technologies 3
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Innovative World Technologies category, presented by IBM, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and or services. A grand prize winner for this category will be announced tonight at the SXSW Acccelerator Award Ceremony at 7:00pm in Salon F&G.
Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, payments and virtual currencies, data security and privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Justin Fishner-Wolfson

Managing Partner, 137 Ventures
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Brad King

Co-Dir Center for Emerging Media Design & Dev, Ball State University
Brad King is an assistant professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, and the director of the Center's Creative Projects Lab.
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Benjamin Ling

General Partner, Khosla Ventures
Ben is an investment partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on consumer, Internet, mobile, marketplace, SaaS and consumer health businesses. Since joining the firm, he’s led investments in Academia.edu, Canary, HackerRank, Tapingo and The Hunt, among many others.
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Bob Metcalfe

Prof of Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin
Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon FG 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

The Dystopia of Digital Plutocrats
"The dystopia that worries me is a universe in which a few geniuses invent Google and its ilk and the rest of us are employed giving them massages,” said Chrystia Freeland, former journalist and member of the Canadian Office. Freeland gave an inspiring and informative talk in June 2013 on the growing gap between the working poor and the “increasingly disconnected mega-rich.”
But plutocracy driven by globalization and the technological revolution is difficult to criticize as the advancement of technology clearly also has upsides. How are we to evaluate the growing gap between the public and a new form of aristocracy driven by technology?

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Speakers
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Freeland Chrystia

MP, Parliament of Canada
Chrystia Freeland was born in Peace River Alberta. She studied at Harvard University where she received a B.A. in History and Literature and completed her Master of Studies degree at Oxford University.
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Gaël Musquet

President, Open street map France
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Jean-Baptiste Soufron

Lawyer, Open street map France
Soufron is a lawyer and a journalist, who graduated from La Sorbonne. He translated The Future of Ideas, a book by Lawrence Lessig into French. He has been a consultant for free software and open source companies in 2006.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

The Innovation Revolution: Thinking Inside the Box
What would happen if a company funded every single new product idea from any employee, no questions asked? As an experiment, Adobe did exactly that. In this session, Mark Randall will share the surprising discoveries Adobe made in creating Kickbox, the new innovation process that’s already becoming an industry model for igniting innovation. Each employee receives a mysterious red box packed with imagination, money and a strange game with six levels.
Hear from Mark on how aligning passion with purpose changes everything and how trust can transform good people into great innovators. Learn why the principles behind Kickbox are so powerful, why Adobe is open sourcing the entire process and how any organization can tap these principles to ignite innovation.

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Speakers
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Mark Randall

Chief Strategist, VP Creativity, Adobe
Mark Randall's serial entrepreneurial career conceiving, designing and marketing innovative technology spans nearly 20 years and three successful high-tech start-ups. As Chief Strategist, VP of Creativity at Adobe, Mark Randall is focused on infusing divergent thinking at the software... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

12:30pm

The Last Mile: Disrupting Consumer Distribution
Leaders of three dynamic startups will discuss the current sea change in the distribution of consumer products. Hear how these pathbreaking platforms are leveraging consumer drones (Airware), subscription e-commerce (Cratejoy), and grocery delivery (Instacart) to shift global consumer behavior and to upend entrenched distribution channels.

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Speakers
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Jonathan Downey

CEO & Founder, Airware
Jonathan is the Founder and CEO of Airware (YC W13). He began working on small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) while studying electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduation, he joined Boeing to work on the development... Read More →
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Amir Elaguizy

CEO, Cratejoy
Amir is the CEO and Co-founder of Cratejoy, Inc and a Y Combinator Alumni. Cratejoy helps entrepreneurs start their own subscription commerce business and has created thousands of new subscription businesses since it's launch in 2013. Cratejoy has raised over $7M from top tier investors... Read More →
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Nilam Ganenthiran

Head of Business Dev & Strategy, Instacart
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Ben Ponder

CEO, Cratejoy


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

12:45pm

Mobile Payments: Solution for the Third World
Mobile payments aren’t the technology of tomorrow. They are here and now. In the country of Kenya, some 98% of the population uses their phone to send and receive money. So why are we still waiting for a successful mobile payments platform in the U.S.? Developing countries with less advanced technology are far outpacing us in mobile payments adoption, while we’re still tied to plastic credit cards and banks. The mobile payments industry in the U.S. is fragmented as companies battle for the dominant solution. Mozido VP of Engineering Felipe Fernandes will reveal why mobile payments is working in other countries, what barriers to adoption we’re encountering in the U.S., and what a realistic roadmap for this technology looks like. Specifically, Felipe will discuss the ‘unbanked’ as a vital, influential factor for determining how mobile payments will play out and how the technology will develop.

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Speakers
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Felipe Fernandes

VP, Engineering, Mozido
Felipe inspires innovation for all Mozido products across financial services and mobile marketing verticals. Felipe navigates through regulations in the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and other jurisdictions to define compliant financial services, loyalty and marketing solutions. He directs... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:45pm - 1:00pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

1:00pm

Working With Humans
There has been considerable discussion about diversity in Silicon Valley and the tech industry, especially in response to workforce demographics of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Some people think that the tech industry has real bias and discrimination issues. There are, no doubt, sexist and racist people and behaviors in this, and all industries. But I believe the bulk of the problem lies in the fact that founders, managers and leaders do not understand human behavior, specifically how we come to know and make decisions about other people. There seems to be an idea that if we are without hate and fear, meritocracy is automatic. False. Regardless of our intentions, homophily, stereotypes, bias, labels, attribution errors and other tendencies corrupt our decision making about others. This session will distill actionable insights from multiple fields of study that can be directed toward more accurate talent decisions, evidence based decisions and greater organizational outcomes.

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Speakers
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Joe Gerstandt

Freak Flag Flyer, Joe Gerstandt
joe gerstandt brings a new clarity, new perspectives and new practices to organizational diversity and inclusion work. joe has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits, and blogs at joegerstandt.com... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:15pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

1:15pm

The Bitcoin Opportunity
Is it countercultural that we'll be sharing startup ideas? "The Bitcoin Opportunity" is intended for investors, entrepreneurs and others who are intrigued by the Bitcoin ecosystem but unsure where to start and need help understanding Bitcoin beyond a payment rail or currency. We'll sketch out what you need to know to understand Bitcoin and the Blockchain, dive into what this technology means and talk about all of the great businesses waiting to be built. Do you have what it takes to build the next great tech company? Come and find out.

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Speakers
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Patrick Murck

Exec Dir, Bitcoin Foundation
Patrick is a founding member and Executive Director for the Bitcoin Foundation. He was formerly its General Counsel. His expertise extends across the legal and regulatory issues governing the use of bitcoin, decentralized financial systems, virtual economies, alternative payment systems... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 1:15pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Austin+SocialGood's Student Fast Pitch and Update
This session will host the first ever Startup Superstar's Fast Pitch Competition consisting of the winners of Austin's Title I High Schools. Six teams will compete for a grand prize of college scholarships for their team. Each team will have created a business plan and working model. They will pitch this idea to a panel of judges and the audience in attendance. Each team will have 5 minutes to present. The judges will select a winner and there will also be an audience award.
Presented by Core Media
The second half of the session we will welcome back our winner of the ATX+SocialGood Second Annual Fast Pitch competition that occurred in the October during Austin Startup Week. They will showcase their progress and give us an update on where they are headed for the remainder of the year. Following their presentation, you will also hear from this years first place runner up.

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Speakers
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Brad Bogus

Pres and CEO, Speak Social
I’m a storyteller. Not a storyteller in the conventional sense, as there is little that’s conventional about me, but one who likes to tell the untold stories about a brand. Since I founded my first company, Makeshift Productions, a video production and digital media agency, in... Read More →
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Nelly Garcia

Co-Founder, Rocheli Patisserie
Born in Monterrey, Mexico and immigrated to Austin, TX in 2002 at the age of 15. Having the influence of her mother, who is a Chef, and after working in several restaurants as waitress and then as a cook, Nelly realized that her passion was the culinary world. Shortly thereafter... Read More →
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Ron Oliveira

Owner/Pres, Oliveira Public Communications
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Ron Oliverira

Owner/Pres, Oliveira Public Communications
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Val Velasquez

Realtor, Casa Blanca Realty


Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Austin City Hall Council Chambers 301 W 2nd St

2:00pm

SXSW Accelerator: Wearable Technologies 3
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Wearable Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and or services. A grand prize winner for this category will be announced tonight at the SXSW Acccelerator Award Ceremony at 7:00pm in Salon F&G.
The Wearable Technologies category focuses on technology worn on, in, or around the body. As this major technology cycle advances we are seeking all types of wearable products that advance human performance and wellness, as well as those involved in apparel, accessories, fashion and lifestyle.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

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Speakers
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Don Dodge

Developer Advocate, Google
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Brad King

Co-Dir Center for Emerging Media Design & Dev, Ball State University
Brad King is an assistant professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, and the director of the Center's Creative Projects Lab.
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Ethan Kurzweil

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
A partner at BVP, Ethan Kurzweil focuses on the consumer web, online video, and developer services. Ethan’s investments include Twitch (acquired by Amazon), Playdom (acquired by Disney), Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google), Dropcam (acquired by Google), Twilio, Life360, Piazza... Read More →
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Bob Metcalfe

Prof of Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin
Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.
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James Park

CEO & Co-Founder, Fitbit
James Park is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating great products and companies. Fitbit is the third startup that he has founded. Previously, James was a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, where he led product management, engineering, and design for Webshots... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon FG 500 E 4th St

2:00pm

UT Austin National Science Foundation I-Corps
The National Science Foundation I-Corps program is focused on advancing the commercial outcomes of fundamental scientific research through applied entrepreneurship training consistent with Steve Blanks Business Model Canvas methodology. The University of Texas at Austin (in conjunction with Texas A&M and Rice University) was recently announced as one of 7 National Nodes in the National NSF I-Corps Node Network and will be working to promote the I-Corps methodology broadly throughout the SW region of the United States across institutions. Participants will learn about the I-Corps program and how it can impact and support entrepreneurial activity for their concept or venture. Target audiences which could benefit from the I-Corps program include: University affiliated Start Ups, Research faculty from across the region, venture capital groups and many others.
Presented by University of Texas

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Speakers
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Errol Arkilic

CEO, m34 Capital
Errol Arkilic is a Founder of M34 Capital. M34 is an investment company that focuses on seed and early-stage projects being spun out of academic and corporate research labs. Typical investments range from $50,000 to $250,000 and usually represent the first outside capital deployed... Read More →
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Keith McGreggor

Dir, Georgia Tech Venture Lab
Keith McGreggor is the lead instructor for the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program for Georgia Tech, a founding node in the I-Corps network. Keith is also a member of the NSF I-Corps curriculum committee, and gives frequent invited talks on I-Corps and the foundations of the lean... Read More →
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Heath Naquin

Executive Dir, The University of Texas at Austin
Heath Naquin, BBA, MSTC, PMP Heath Naquin serves as Executive Director for the SW I-Corps Node at The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as the Managing Director for a multi-university NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) the Center for Next Generation... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

3:30pm

Cleanweb: The New IT Frontier Presented by SXSW Eco
Traditionally cleantech plays have been too capital and time intensive for VC and angel investors, but with the rise of cleanweb — web-based technologies that reduce resource consumption — the space is much more accessible. Cleanweb covers everything from technologies within the IoT (Internet of Things), enabling smart homes, grids, cities and cars, to apps powering the sharing economy, through ride-sharing, home-sharing, etc. Learn from leading investors what the early stage opportunities are in the space and how to get involved. Presented by SXSW Eco.

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Speakers
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Blake Burris

CEO & Chief Hacktivist, Vinli
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Robert Day

Partner, Black Coral Capital
Rob Day is a Partner with Black Coral Capital, based in Boston. He has been a cleantech private equity investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to multiple companies in the energy tech and related sectors, currently including Digital... Read More →
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Nick Sinai

Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Nick Sinai was most recently U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House, where he led President Obama’s Open Data Initiatives to increase access to data and encourage innovation and economic growth. Sinai also led the Open Government Initiative to foster federal government... Read More →
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Rick Yang

Partner, NEA
Rick joined NEA in 2007 and is focused on information technology and energy investments. He is also actively involved with NEA's seed and growth equity practices. Rick is currently on the board of Pure Energies Group, and he also works closely with NEA’s investments in BloomReach... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Creating Pathways into the World of Social Impact
The world of social good is growing exponentially as social changemakers appear in all age groups and immerse themselves in all sectors. They range from primary school students who have ideas about how to improve their communities to business students and corporate professionals see that business can be used as a force for social good. Everywhere young people are demanding more meaning in their personal and professional lives. They are beginning to recognize and exercise their power to create social change on their own, whether individually through social entrepreneurship or collectively in large scale social movements.
This panel brings together experts who support young people to create positive social change in their entrepreneurial or corporate journeys as well as provide examples of how social movements can develop organically and become sustainable. We invite you to connect with these experts and other like-minded peers as you create your own pathway to social impact.
Presented by Core Media

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Speakers
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Kelly Ballard

Exec Dir, The Bazaarvoice Foundation
Kelly is the Executive Director of Bazaarvoice Foundation, a corporate foundation that works to catalyze the next generation of highly-educated, entrepreneurial youth who will become our most innovative business and community leaders. Kelly is responsible for BVF’s overall strategy... Read More →
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Janet Hale

Attorney, Texas State University
Janet Hale earned her J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law, M.A. in Philosophy from Baylor, and a B.A. with Honors from the University of Arkansas in Philosophy where she was co-captain of the nationally ranked swim team. Currently Hale teaches in the Department of Finance and Economics... Read More →
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Abbie Jung

Co-Founder, Synergy Social Ventures
Abbie Jung is a co-founder of Synergy Social Ventures, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit that believes philanthropy and social entrepreneurship are necessary tools for sustainable development. Synergy provides capacity building and funding for early stage social entrepreneurs and experiential... Read More →
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Yalçın Pembecioglu

Exec Editor, Bigumigu
Co-founder and manager of Bigumigu.com; the best digital inspirational resource for advertising and marketing sector in Turkey since 2005. Social marketing and digital trends consultant for major brands.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Austin City Hall Council Chambers 301 W 2nd St

3:30pm

Entrepreneurship vs MBA: Mutually Exclusive or Not
Getting an MBA and starting a business, whether together or in either sequence, should not be mutually exclusive paths to take. But there is a lot of discussion in the media about pursuing entrepreneurship and skipping or even dropping out of college or grad school. Much less is discussed about pursuing both higher education and entrepreneurship together or in either sequence. This is a hot, if not controversial, subject.
Our panel will be comprised of MBAs (who had prior work experience before going to graduate school) and non-MBAs, all of whom have been, currently are, or aspire to be entrepreneurs – and have made the decision to get an MBA. Or not. This panel discussion will have a much different take from the common portrayal of simply skipping or dropping out of school to become a billionaire.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Chemeres

Jeffrey Chemeres

SVP, Sales & Mktg, Pulse Infoframe Inc
Jeff was co-founder of Empathica, Inc.- a customer experience and advocacy measurement company. Empathica, which captured over 30 million customers experience reviews per year, achieved over $22 million in annual sales, and worked with clients in over 25 countries. In September 2013... Read More →
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Allen Lising

Managing Director, Dymaxium Inc
Allen graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an HBA from the Ivey Business School, one of Canada's leading business schools. One of his key areas of focus was Management Science and Models. Allen has previously worked in financial services (Royal Bank, KPMG) and the... Read More →
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Erica Swallow

Class of 2015 MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management
Erica Swallow is a technology writer, startup entrepreneur, and status quo wrecker. She is currently an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and her thoughts have been published in a number of esteemed outlets, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
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John Villwock

Dir, Answers
John has 20 years experience in the information technology industry. He has led Research, Development, Product Management, Marketing and Sales divisions at IBM, Wells Fargo, and Answers.com. In his "spare-time" he founded multiple startups leveraging cutting edge technologies in Cloud... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Female Founders: Accelerator and Investor Edition
While tech and traditional VC continue to struggle with a lack of gender diversity, several notable early stage funds and incubators/accelerators have been founded and/or led by women. Hear the stories and motivations that led a remarkable group of women to create some of the world's leading seed-stage funds, accelerator programs, and startup communities.

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Speakers
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Sara Brand

Founder, True Wealth Innovations
Sara Brand has a unique combination of capabilities as a strategic thinker integrated with a proven success record for delivering results. Over her career, she has been selected to work with and contribute to some of the top teams in the technology industry and she has cultivated... Read More →
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Karen Griffith Gryga

Managing Partner, DreamIt Ventures
Karen Griffith Gryga is an experienced venture capitalist, investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup and emerging growth company experience. Karen is a Managing Partner for DreamIt Ventures. DreamIt is a leading technology accelerator for entrepreneurs which has worked... Read More →
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Shari Wynne Ressler

Founder & Pres, SKU
Shari Wynne Ressler is an Austin-based entrepreneur and attorney passionate about helping people achieve success. Shari is Founder/President of SKU (formerly Incubation Station) (www.sku.is) a leading consumer products accelerator that rapidly scales market-validated brands, Founder/President... Read More →
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Reshma Sohoni

Founder & Partner, Seedcamp
Reshma has always combined technology and business from university to today. Getting degrees in both Engineering and Business (UPenn M&T) meant that from an early age she was cultivating a path that would always bring business and technology together. Early on in her career during... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Incentivizing Early Funding With Angel Tax Credits
Angel investors fund the majority of startups in the US at a time in their development when capital is hard to come by. Tax credits for investment in early stage business are a common policy measure aimed at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. On June 24, 2014, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced the introduction of Angel Tax Credit Act, which would further incentivize angels across the US to invest significant capital in startups (http://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-introduces-bill-to-incentivize-investment-in-startup-businesses).
This session will offer an overview of US angel tax credits and a case study of a Wisconsin angel investment (TrafficCast), which created significant job growth after each round of funding. It aims to answer some questions as to the advantages and disadvantages of angel investor tax credits, including: Do they pay their way? Do they create high quality jobs? And what is their effect on the amount and quantity of investment?

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Speakers
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Barbara Boxer

Managing Dir, BELLE Capital USA
Barbara K. Boxer, JD
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Amy Millman

Pres, Springboard Enterprises
Amy Millman is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs building Big Businesses Starting Small. In 2000, she co-founded Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit venture catalyst which sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led companies seeking equity capital for product... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Emma Hochman
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Emma Hochman

Partner, Exsede LLC


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Jason Ashlock
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Jason Ashlock

Lead Consultant, The Frontier Project
Jason Allen Ashlock is Founding Partner of Frontier Press, the next-generation publishing unit of The Frontier Project.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Lauren Fritsch
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Lauren Fritsch

Lauren Fritsch

Managing Partner, TCC Consulting Group
When Olympic athletes, members of Congress, venture capitalists, and CEOs hit a block, they call Lauren Fritsch.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

NeoAngel Funded Conscious Capitalism
DreamFunded.com, a new Angel platform, where Manny Fernandez, CEO of DreamFunded and Manos Accelerator are currently collaborating on a Beta Project that includes Socioeconomic Selection Criteria for economically advancing the lives of underrepresented women and minorities around the nation and the world. Leaders in the Latino Community willing to invest in Latino entrepreneurs or means for improving the Latino Community. To complete the Latino Symbiotic Startup Ecosystem, Manos Accelerator provides the potential Latino entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, across the United States and six Latin American countries. Under the proposed pilot, successful Latinos in the “Tech Bubble” of Silicon Valley are providing a hand (i.e. “Manos”) to other minority Tech entrepreneurs as Manos, with the assistance of the Google for Entrepreneurs Network, Silicon Valley Investors & Leaders, and the National Latino Leadership) train Latino entrepreneurs within the walls of the Silicon Valley tech corridor.

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Speakers
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Rafa Baca

Managing Member, The R Baca Law Firm
U.S. Patent Attorney, Engineer, Businessman, Silicon Valley Start-up Founder, angel investor, as well as speaker and mentor; and with personal interests in street photography and scuba diving.
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Manny Fernandez

CEO/Co-foumder, DreamFunded.com
Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor and a serial entrepreneur. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas, then taking companies from start-up status to exit. His successes, investing experience and leadership are invaluable. As a frequent panelist... Read More →
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Sylvia Flores

COO, MANOS ACCELERATOR
Sylvia Flores


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

One World, Two Internets: China's Tech Innovation
In 2014, China already is the world's largest Internet, mobile, smartphone and e-commerce market. Yet, the Great Firewall has essentially created a world of two Internets – with most people outside of China unfamiliar with the Chinese web.
Furthermore, there are often misconceptions around China's capacity for creativity – Chinese technology companies are not just derivative clones of US companies. Rather, they are pioneering indigenous innovations and unique business models that focus first at home, and increasingly abroad.
In a world of two Internets – this talk will demystify the technology landscape behind China's Great Firewall and explore the accelerating convergence of innovation between the US and China.

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Speakers
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Justin Tsang

Partner, Seven Seas Ventures
Justin Tsang is a technology investor based between China and the US.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

Reinventing America: Betting Big on the Heartland
The nation’s industrial core accounts for some 19 percent of US GDP, yet receives just five percent of all venture capital funding, far less than the single state of California. Hear from the new breed of investors who are betting big on Midwestern innovation as they spell out the opportunity — and learn how both entrepreneurs and investors alike can take advantage.
Presented by Forbes and Revolution.

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Speakers
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Ting Gootee

Chief Investment Officer, Elevate Ventures
Ms. Gootee serves as the Chief Investment Officier with primary responsibilities in investment strategies, due diligence, portfolio oversight and back office operational support.
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Terry Howerton

CEO, TechNexus
Howerton is the founder and CEO of TechNexus, a venture development firm and fund in collaboration with leading corporations to engage the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. TechNexus also operates a start-up incubator from its headquarters in Chicago, where more than 200 ventures... Read More →
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Noah Lewis

Managing Director, GE Ventures
Noah is a Managing Director at and one of the founders of GE Ventures, the $1B corporate venture capital arm of the General Electric Company. He specializes in healthcare IT, SaaS, cloud analytics & computing, digital health, connected device and medtech investing. Noah serves on... Read More →
avatar for Paul Noglows

Paul Noglows

Exec Producer, Forbes Reinventing America Project
Paul has spent his entire career focused on identifying, analyzing, explaining, investing in and helping build ground-breaking business models whether as a journalist, award-winning equity analyst, director of research, angel investor, teacher or producer.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D 500 E 4th St

3:30pm

SXSW Accelerator: Entertainment and Content Tech 3
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors.
Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Entertainment and Content Technologies category, presented by Technology Industry Group, will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and or services. A grand prize winner for this category will be announced tonight at the SXSW Acccelerator Award Ceremony at 7:00pm in Salon F&G.
The Entertainment and Content Technologies category highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital story telling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time.
For an entire list of 2015 SXSW Accelerator Finalist go to http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists

View official listing on sxsw.com

Speakers
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Richard Garriott

Creative Dir, Portalarium Inc
Richard Garriott is a key figure in two industries, computer games and commercial spaceflight. In games he has founded 3 noteworthy companies (Origin, Destination and Portalarium), he created the Ultima series and Ultima Online among many other products. He is a hall of fame inductee... Read More →
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Brad King

Co-Dir Center for Emerging Media Design & Dev, Ball State University
Brad King is an assistant professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, and the director of the Center's Creative Projects Lab.
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Kay Koplovitz

Co-Founder, Springboard Enterprises
Kay Koplovitz Founder of USA Network, and Chairman and CEO of Koplovitz & Co. LLC. Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Network, and the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Networks International and the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two... Read More →
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Bob Metcalfe

Prof of Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin
Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.
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Hamet Watt

Venture Partner, Upfront Ventures
Hamet Watt is a Venture Partner at Upfront Ventures. He is also co-founder and Chairman of bLife, — a wellness innovation company, and co-founder and Chairman of MoviePass — a subscription service for movies in theaters.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon FG 500 E 4th St