Eric Ries (Co-founder of IMVU / Author & Founder of “The Lean Startup”) is sought after worldwide for the methodology he advocates for both startups and large companies. In this session, Eric explains why most startups fail, how The Lean Startup has revolutionized entrepreneurship, and what you can do TODAY to improve your odds of building a game-changing product. Then you’ll hear case studies on Lean Building from folks who’ve iterated the hell out of their products…and won.
More than ever, brands are getting into the digital innovation game – and not just the technology and electronics companies we’ve come to expect. It comes down to the new ways brands are participating in digital innovation, how they’re supporting it, and why is it imperative that they do so. This flash panel uses PepsiCo10, an “innovation incubator” that sought to pair start-ups with brands, as a case study and discussion starter on the topic.
Entrepreneurs are a powerful economic force. They create jobs, grow businesses, and develop the innovations on which America thrives. In order to enable entrepreneurs to thrive, the Administration is committed to reducing barriers to entrepreneurial success. On January 31, 2011 President Obama announced the launch of the Startup America initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.
As part of the Administration’s commitment to hear and learn from the public, this Startup America: Reducing Barriers panel asks you to join senior Administration officials and high-growth entrepreneurs to discuss the regulatory reforms, reductions and improvements that could be enacted to help high-growth entrepreneurs grow in our country.
Who will win the King of the Apps Showdown? YOU DECIDE! Play judge alongside Robert Scoble, Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Bill Boebel, and Stacey Higginbotham for a startup showdown. The winner gets $10,000 in cash & prizes, provided by the awesome folks at Rackspace.
by Andes Barreto
The Latin American startup scene is blowing up. From Guadalajara to Patagonia, there is an exponential growth of emerging technology ventures.
What inspired this new growth set off this explosion? A few trail-blazing tech and new media start-ups that cashed out big time. Companies, such as Brazilian shopping comparison site Buscapé’s $374M acquisition by Naspers, and ClanDescuento.com’s acquisition by Groupon, have proven that the inspired a start-up wave in Latin America is alive an kicking. that's making investors and even the U.S. technology press take notice.
In this panel, composed of some of Latin America’s top entrepreneurs, we’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges for startups in the region.
The advent of cheap technology that has enabled technical innovation on a scale never seen before.
The cultural shift away from the traditional Latin American hierarchical model towards a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that has enabled this growth.
The historical lack of venture capital being allocated to the consumer web or technology sector, and what’s changing now.
How startups have adjusted to this reality by making their operations very lean and efficient and in some cases, aiming for and, in some cases, achieving their break even points quicker.
After the SXSW love-fest, startups and advertisers will want to collaborate. Warning: it’s not easy. This panel will break down the cultural and organizational barriers between startups and brands, and we'll discuss a model for mutually beneficial relationships. We’ll address questions like: How should startups pitch a brand? Can startups really stay true to their product roadmap while accommodating the needs of advertisers? How can brands work with startups to generate buzz and stay relevant with consumers?
On the panel:
Gloria Lin, Head of Biz Ops for Flipboard
Charlie Taylor, GM of Digital for Volkswagon America
Kaitlyn Trigger, Sr. Strategist at AKQA
Jay Adelson, CEO of SimpleGeo, Cofounder Revision3, former CEO of Digg
The difference between success and failure is your ability to pivot – fast. Learn how to more quickly recognize the signs of a pivot point, and how to pull the trigger when it counts. This session is sponsored by 500 Start Ups.
by Joshua Baer
Everyone in a startup should be able to give the "elevator pitch", even the programmers! Having the right pitch can help you land a big customer, catch an investor's interest, or just explain what you do to your mom. Learn about the 5 secrets to a killer pitch from an expert speaker who has pitched at TechCrunch50, SXSW Accelerator, Ignite, DEMO, and many other competitions.
This is not for beginners! These investors have seen thousands of pitches and invested in hundreds of companies. Come to this presentation after you’ve already given your pitch a 100 times and are really ready to take it to the next level.
First I’ll spend 20 minutes talking about the 5 secrets and show some killer examples. Then the panel of investors will take five volunteers from the audience and work with them to improve their 2 minute pitch. Come prepared!
And just to eat my own dog food, here is a 5 minute elevator pitch for this presentation!
Steve Blank is one of the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship – nab a seat if you’re lucky and get the inside track on what it takes to be a NextGen Entrepreneur, how company-building is changing, and how you need to up your competitive edge. This session is sponsored by 500 Start Ups.
There are thousands of women out there innovating and starting businesses across sectors; so why all the negativity in the media? Every week brings a slightly different take on the where-are-women-in-business article. Some look at venture funding, others look at women's representation in specific sectors, but they all have the same theme - women can't seem to get it together when it comes to business.
This panel approaches the issue of women in startups from two key angles. First, the assertion that woman are non-existent simply isn't true anymore. The real stories need to come to the forefront. And second, you can only complain about a problem for so long before it's time to deliver a solution.
Women in startups are simply tired of the bad rap media has stamped on them so, they're coming forward to talk about the real issues. Like, why are women inherently less inclined to sell themselves? There are multiple reasons behind this but the basic truth is that many of us need more urging to boast of our talents.
Overall, there are all sorts of factors that play into women's roles in startups such as the fact that many women entrepreneurs are also primary caregivers of children, household managers, family financial planners, etc. Not to mention, the age-old-truth that we are trained as a society to think women have a harder time with their careers. Let's face it girls - it's time for a change.
11th–15th March 2011