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Achieve Success in the Face of Constant Change

No other startups face the challenge of change like tech. You saw a need and filled it - but being first gets you arrows in the back.

Trying to stay ahead, hiring the high quality talent you need to beat the competition, nurturing a market when money is needed for engineering and production, finding the right partner, getting acquired by the right organization… you need help. Get it at Rock Stars of Tech Startups - the event with real-world solutions from real success stories. This is one event you can't afford not to attend.

 

Your Roadmap to Success

You’ve launched an innovative startup and gotten others to invest in it, but you’re burning through capital fast. How do you make the leap to light speed and become the next “big tech thing” before you run out of money or get eaten by the competition? Or how can you get someone to acquire your startup to help bring it to fruition?

Rock Stars of Tech Startups gives you the road map - Hear case studies where successful tech startup executives will give you clear advice and warnings. Plus, the experts who helped those startups succeed will be talking about how to find the right talent, platform, and how to manage risks. What’s more, M&A leaders from Google, Intuit and Oracle will tell you what they’re looking for. Don’t miss this chance for direct advice and consultation. Be in San Francisco on November 10. Click HERE to register.

Avoid Startup Mistakes

 
Can You Grow Fast Enough to Meet the Need? – Most startups fail because they didn’t grow their revenue and customer base fast enough, or they try to ramp up too fast. Our experts will show you how to pace yourself for growth. Learn how to grow fast enough to win, without flaming out.
 
How Do You Prepare for M&A? – The right exit strategy is often the best growth strategy. At Rock Stars of Tech Startups, M&A leaders from Intuit, Oracle, and Google will tell you what they’re looking for, and they’ll help you find the best acquisition strategy for your startup.
 
Can You Find and Afford the Talent? – You need to scale fast - but not too fast. Tech startups are notorious for hiring too many people too rapidly - and yet good talent is hard to find, so don’t you have to grab it when you can?
 
 
 
 
Do You Form Partnerships?– While strategic partnerships with more established firms can be an excellent success strategy for small businesses, for tech startups the stakes are high. Technology moves fast. How do you avoid hitching your wagon to a star that’s about to burn out?
 
Do You Know the Wrong Platform Can Kill You? – There are platform choices that can doom a small business. Learn how to avoid making those mistakes - or, if you’ve already made them, learn how to get out of them.
 
The people who succeed at tech startups tend to keep their formulas close to their chests; except at Rock Stars of Tech Startups. Check out this lineup of speakers who will be there to inform, interact, answer, and collaborate with you. Take advantage of early pricing and register NOW.

 

 
November 10, 2015 -  San Francisco CA

Speakers


Andrew Westergren
Westergren
Joshua Greenbaum
Greenbaum
Rishi Shah
Shah
Ash Kumra
Kumra
Howard J. Leonhardt
Leonhardt
Brian Gaff
Gaff

Andrew Westergren

SVP, Chief Corporate Strategy and Development Officer
Intuit

Andrew Westergren is Intuit's Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Strategy and Development Officer. He leads the strategy and the corporate development teams that are responsible for helping shape and accelerate the company's strategy. Westergren joined Intuit in 2011 and has played a key role in several major transactions, including the acquisition of Demandforce in April 2012. His career has focused on helping financial services and software companies define innovative strategies, accelerate growth and improve performance. Westergren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Joshua Greenbaum

Principal
Enterprise Applications Consulting

Joshua has over 30 years of experience in the industry as a computer programmer, systems analyst, author, consultant, and industry analyst. Josh regularly consults with leading public and private enterprise software, database, infrastructure, implementation, and hardware companies, and advises end users on technology infrastructure and applications selection, development, and implementation issues.

Rishi Shah

CEO
Digioh

Bootstrapped company to 2,000 paying customers in 10 months. Blogger on Getting More Awesome, marketing and business tips. Actively read by 10,000 readers. Formed and created partnerships with 30 CRM and Email Marketing companies. His specialty is in advising startups on how to get more paying customers. Expertise is in business development, business models, marketing, and sales.

Ash Kumra

Co-founder
DreamItAlive.com

Ash Kumra is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and public speaker recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash is currently co-founder of DreamItAlive.com, a global community guiding users to create their "dream life" with scientifically proven visualization tools, dreamboards®, and personal development content. He is also the creator and author of the book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur" (an inside look on how to succeed as an entrepreneur)."

Howard J. Leonhardt

Executive Chairman
Leonhardt Ventures

Howard Leonhardt is an inventor and serial entrepreneur. He has 21 patents for products for treating cardiovascular and heart disease. His TALENT stent graft developed in the early 1990s holds a leading world market share for repairing aortic aneurysms without surgery. In early 1999, Leonhardt founded Bioheart, Inc., a leader in applying adult muscle stem cells to treat heart failure. Bioheart has raised over $105 million in paid capital and additionally $40 million in loans and grants. Leonhardt has founded 20 companies, most of them majority-funded by his venture firm Leonhardt Ventures and their associated angel network.

Brian Gaff

Partner
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Brian M. Gaff is an IEEE Senior Member and a partner in the McDermott Will & Emery law firm in Boston. After several years as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard Co., Gaff became a lawyer. He focuses his practice on complex patent litigation and has handled cases in federal courts throughout the US. In addition, he counsels clients on ways to protect their intellectual property in both the US and abroad.
Carey Lai
Lai
Taryn Rose
Rose
William Hurley
Hurley
Rafe Furst
Furst
Sridhar Solur
Solur
Brian Meece
Meece

Carey Lai

Director
Intel Capital

Carey Lai joined Intel Capital as an Investment Director in July 2011 and focuses on Internet-Enabled Consumer and Marketing Services, Digital Media, Technology-Enabled Cloud Services and Virally-Adopted Software. Carey joined Intel Capital from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) where he was a Vice President focused on fast growing later-stage investments. While at IVP, his investments included ArcSight (HPQ), Business.com (DEXO), Concur (CNQR), ConnectAndSell, Danger (MSFT), Data Domain (EMC), HomeAway (AWAY), Mobile365 (SAP), SuccessFactors (SFSF), and Synchronoss (SNCR). Carey also worked in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Banc of America Securities as a Financial Analyst focused on Software and Financial Technology.

Taryn Rose

CEO/Founder
DRESR

Taryn Rose was founded in 1998 by orthopedic surgeon and shoe designer Dr. Taryn Rose. Combining medical know-how with beautiful materials and design stylings, her shoe line reinvented the industry by offering women exquisite silhouettes that not only look amazing, but are extremely comfortable. In 2006, the Women's Leadership Exchange group honored Taryn with the Compass Award for shifting the paradigm of how women are perceived as business leaders. Women's President's Organization and Fast Company ranked her first in a new entrepreneurial competition of distinction, "25 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the Game" (2005). Dr. Rose and her shoes were featured in the Smithsonian museum in 2007 and she was invited to meet First Lady Laura Bush at the White House.

William Hurley

CEO
Honest Dollar

International genius grant recipient William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an open source advocate and systems theorist. He is the recipient of several honors and awards. He is regularly interviewed by the press on technology and related topics. Whurley co-founded BarCamp Austin in 2006, a technology-related conference which took place around South by Southwest; and iPhoneDevCamp, which debuted in 2007 as an assembly of 200-300 developers and enthusiasts who were interested in finding new ways to use and hack Apple’s iPhone. It has since expanded to include iOSDevCamp and iPadDevCamp. The recipient of the 2012 International Genius Grant, and as IBM Master Inventor, Whurley holds 11 patents and has a history of pushing software and hardware research and development to their limits.

Rafe Furst

Senior Vice President
Crowdfunder

Rafe Furst is an entrepreneur, impact investor, writer, producer and poker player. He is Co-Founder of Crowdfunder and advises many projects that involve technology and social entrepreneurship.

Sridhar Solur

General Manager, Wearables and IOT
HP

Sridhar Solur is the founder of HP's Cloud and Mobile Printing business, now marketed as ePrint embedded into 60 million printers. The app has been downloaded over 25 million times and growing. Solur is also the founder of HP's Wearables business.

Brian Meece

Co-Founder, CEO
RocketHub

Brian Meece is CEO of RocketHub, one of the world’s top funding platforms that has partnered with A&E Networks for Project Startup. He has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, White House roundtables, Maker Faire, and Columbia University, as well as other colleges and institutions. His goal? To teach everyone how to leverage the crowd for funding and awareness. RocketHub is known as The World's Crowdfunding Machine.The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, the Economist, the Washington Post, and ABC News, while helping thousands of people raise millions of dollars globally.

 

 

Agenda


 
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Morning Session: 9:00-11:45 a.m.

Carey Lai

Director
Intel Capital

You Want to Grow? Here's What You Need to Do to Do It

Digital marketing changes so fast, if you don’t look up, that market you thought was hot will be frozen over. How can you scale a fast-growing company that gets your audience to pay attention – and invest?  And when do you bring in marketing and sales?

Sridhar Solur

General Manager, Wearables and IOT
HP

Incubate and Innovate...Expand and Grow Your Business

Sridhar Solur will highlight the tenets of building new businesses from Idea to go-to-market. He was the founder of Cloud Print, the foundation of printing from Mobile devices today. In addition to this, he will highlight innovation in brand and GTM that is necessary for all startups..

 

Brian Meece

Co-Founder, CEO
RocketHub

Crowdfunding: The Payoff of Passion

If you haven’t considered crowdfunding for your startup, you’re behind the curve. But how can you move from the cold statistics of traditional funding to the emotional connection of the crowdfunding model? Source real life case histories of founders who made those investors press the funding button time after time.
 
 

Lunch: 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Josh Greenbaum

Principal
Enterprise Applications Consulting

What Do You Want and How Can You Get It? (panel)

So you’ve realized your team’s dream and set forth actions that have made it a reality. What can you expect, besides long hours and maxed-out credit cards with the hope of a larger, more profitable business? Do you have a clear product roadmap for rapid customer and revenue growth? What kind of team do you need to assemble to address the inherent challenges in scaling, and how should you build out your team? What are the newest strategies for success?

Panelists: William Hurley, CEO, Honest Dollar; Brian Gaff, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Taryn Rose, M.D., CEO/Founder, DRESR.

 

Afternoon Session: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Taryn Rose, M.D.

CEO/Founder
DRESR

Adaptability: The Key to Survival of the Fittest Entrepreneur

The road to success isn’t straight and smooth, no matter how great your idea. It changes constantly, so building in flexibility into the product and the team and incorporating continual feedback mechanisms is essential. How can medicine and the elegant systems of the human body be combined to form a successful startup? Taryn talks about how the success of her startup involved addressing complex challenges that required constant modification of the product technology, her overall business approach and customer strategy.
 

Rafe Furst

Director
Crowdfunder

The Benefits of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding changes the game for both investors and entrepreneurs. Crowdfunding can put entrepreneurs in the driver’s seat and turn pipe dreams into functional and operational businesses. Learn the current theories in place on how to win with a diversified portfolio of startup companies. The ‘spray and pray’ method garners results comparable to Wall Street investments, even for those who are part of Main Street.

 

 

Sponsorships

 

 
 

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Sponsor Rock Stars of Tech Startups and Get Sales and Exposure to this Important Market

Meet and influence the entrepreneurs who define the future.

  • Founders/Presidents/Partners/C-level
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Technologists
  • Academics
  • Venture Capitalists/Investors/Funders
  • Software Professionals
  • Innovators
  • Chief Strategists

Rock Stars of Tech Startups offers a unique opportunity to sponsors –

  • The exceptional quality of the expert speakers and the opportunities for networking and collaboration attract these already successful startup entrepreneurs from every aspect of technology.
  • Rock Stars of Tech Startups is produced by IEEE Computer Society ñ offering exposure to our membership as well as the credibility of a renowned worldwide organization that helps define future industries and technologies.
  • This up-close and personal venue gives sponsors a chance to interact and network with promising startup founders and other complementary service providers.
  • No other symposium showcases sponsors like Rock Stars, giving you a chance to stand out to this prequalified audience.
  • Meet with new clients and partners and demonstrate how your product and services can help prepare them for growth/scale.
  • Interact with Key Decision Makers who are looking for tools to help teams become more efficient.

Take advantage of these unique sponsorship opportunities –

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Sponsorship Contact

For more information and to secure your Rock Stars sponsorship and/or exhibit space, please contact:
Helen Scott
helen.scott@computer.org
714-816-2175

 

Venue


Parc 55 Hotel

 

This contemporary, high-rise hotel is a 2-minute walk from Westfield San Francisco Centre mall and 9 minutes from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Sophisticated rooms and suites feature bay windows with San Francisco views. All come with marble bathrooms, sofas, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers, as well as minibars, WiFi (fee), and desks with ergonomic chairs. There’s 24-hour room service. Dining options include a chic American restaurant/bar, a hip Thai restaurant and a coffee shop. There’s a gym, plus a business center with free WiFi. 
 
Register by October 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PST HERE to receive a discount rate.
 
55 Cyril Magnin St (two blocks from the Village) 
San Francisco 
California, United States 
94102 
 
 
 
TEL + 1 415 392 8000 
 
 

Attend the Rock Stars of Tech Startups Conference

The Rock Stars of Tech Startups will be held on November 10, 2015 at the Village in San Francisco. At 969 Market, the Village is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s burgeoning Mid-Market neighborhood, and within walking distance to Westfield San Francisco Centre, Moscone Convention Center and Bloomingdales. 

 

The Village
969 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 757-0720

Maps & Directions

Parking:

Fifth & Mission Parking Garage (1.5 blocks from The Village)

833 Mission St

San Francisco, CA 94103

http://sfpark.org/

 
 

Presentations


Presentations

Sumeet Jain

Director
Intel Capital

Digital Transformation

 
 

Brian Meece

Co-founder, CEO
RocketHub

Crowdfunding: The Payoff of Passion

 
 

Taryn Rose

CEO/Founder
DRESR

Adaptability: The Key to Survival of the Fittest Entrepreneur

 
 

Chance Barnett

CEO/Founder
Crowdfunder

The Benefits of Crowdfunding

 
 

Rishi Shah

CEO
Digioh

How to Sound Amazing

 
 

Note: the HP presentation is not being made available due to company privacy preferences.

 

 

 

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