The Lift invites you to discover Latin America as a source of technological development and possible investments for the years to come. With a selection of some of the best projects generated in Latin America, this lounge hosts Latin American start-ups, socially-innovative projects, a showcase of amazing artists working with technology and other creative outputs from Latin America’s prime creative industries. You know the flavour, come and get to know innovation from Chile and Argentina to Mexico.
Event Website: http://appsumo100.eventbrite.com/
A business can't survive without customers, but how do you get someone to trust buying from your company when you are new. In this panel 5 proven business owners will reveal how they got their first 100 customers and developed at least 1000 core fans of their brand.
Video (in case you don't feel like reading): http://youtu.be/x_ILQ12P5rU
How long did it take to get 100 paying customers?
What main marketing tactic did you use to get 1000 core fans?
How did you discover how much your market would be willing to spend on your product/service?
Were you nervous that no one would be interested in what you had to offer?
What is the number one thing that makes your potential customers trust you to purchase?
Moderator, Espree Devora – ZexSports and Save Business Time - "The Girl who Gets it Done" is the founder of Save Business TIme, a guide of online business tools, and ZexSports, a search engine dedicated to local action sports events, and co-founder of Women in Action Sports (WIAS).
Noah Kagan – AppSumo - After graduating from Berkeley Haas School of Business, Noah worked in marketing at Intel before becoming the 30th employee at Facebook, 4th employee at Mint.com and ultimately founded AppSumo, THE leading on-line resource for tools and training for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Liam Martin - TimeDoctor and Staff - After graduating with a masters in Sociology from McGill University, Liam opened a small tutoring company which grew to over 100 employees, he consults on outsourcing and process design and is now working as a co-founder at www.staff.com, an elite remote working network where employers can find full time employees at a fraction of brick and mortar employees.
Andrew Warner – Mixergy - Andrew has interviewed a wealth of entrepreneurs, startups, press, lurkers, and ambitious upstarts. Mixergy.com is a daily online interviews of successful entrepreneurs, such as Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Tony Hseih (Zappos)
Nathan Latka – Lujure - Nathan is Co-Founder and CEO of Lujure.com, a tool that helps you build a fan page in under 30 seconds. After losing his job, he decided to build a company around what he knew best: Facebook. This is the story of a scrummy college guy who goes from his dorm room, to the Lujure boardroom which now empowers over 45,000 business owners online.
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Purchase before February 29 and receive access to 2 bonus mastermind sessions:
Monday, March 5, 8:30 PM CST - Ask your questions of development outsourcing expert, Liam Martin, co-founder Staff.com
Tuesday, March 6, 8:30 PM CST - Learn how to sell and make money for your mobile app with Jonathon Kay, former head of marketing for Grasshopper, co-founder Apptopia and creator of Learn 2 Buzz.
OVER $2000 in Panel Perks!
VIP Staffing from Staff.com
Face time with other panelists
Credit from AppSumo
Credit from Lujure.com Facebook Brand Page builder tool
Lean Launch Action Guide from Mixergy
Hang with Noah Kagan - 30th employee at Facebook, 4th employee at Mint.com, founder of AppSumo - a general marketing wizard
The opportunity to meet event organizer super team, Espree Devora, and Sara Norris... PRICELESS!
by David Kashen and Jerry Colonna
Five of the world's top startup-focused executive coaches choose entrepreneurs from the audience who want to volunteer with a problem or area for improvement. In speed coaching sessions, they attempt to make quick and dramatic shifts in beliefs and behaviors which will bring more success and happiness for the subjects' work and companies. In this dramatic demonstration you'll see the power and effectiveness of coaching for startup founders and leaders, and why coaching is a hot trend for high-performing founders recommended by top VCs.
During this session, Steve Case, one of America’s most iconic entrepreneurs, and Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial, will explore the role entrepreneurship plays in launching some of the world’s fastest growing businesses. As LivingSocial’s first investor, Steve (and his investment firm, Revolution) was one of the earliest believers in the transformative power of local commerce. Tim will share his experience working with early investors and building one of today’s most promising new companies, as well as his vision for how LivingSocial is poised to bring local commerce to a new level. And looking more broadly, Steve will talk about his efforts to support entrepreneurs through his investments at Revolution, as chair of the Startup America Partnership and a member of the President’, and what we can all do to tap into “America’s secret sauce” to ensure that the US continues to be a leader in innovation and growth.
Let’s face it, if you’re not an engineer or a designer, odds are you’re a no talent assclown. However, there’s a place for no talent assclowns to be useful in every company. I’m the no talent assclown at Path and my job is to serve the engineers and designers to make their lives easier. The key to building great products is enabling talented people to focus. There are many distractions threatening to destroy that focus at every company. From managing investors to potential hires, no-talent assclowns sacrifice their time for the greater good.
In this conversation we will discuss the secrets to getting hired and creating value as a no talent assclown.
There was an article - or 100 - the other day that said something about entrepreneurs being...The life blood of society! The new drivers of our economy! The largest employers of our citizens! The solution to our problems!
And what about all the LinkedIn profiles stating "Entrepreneur" as a title?
But are all these "entrepreneurs" really entrepreneurs?
We'll be hashing through what entrepreneurship really means, what a startup really is, and what innovation really makes a difference on society and the economy (what is "making a difference" anyway?). Our panel will be a group of diverse "entrepreneurs" - from high-growth speedups as described by Startup America to social entrepreneurs who might not provide huge financial returns but contribute in other ways - and we'll be talking about the similarities and differences between everyone's idea of their own Entrepreneurship.
It's a frank discussion on some of the realities and frustrations surrounding this debate.
It's hard to find a co-founder for your startup. Tell us what you are looking for and we will play the matchmaker. In just an hour, you'll meet a dozen potential co-founders hand-picked for you. Please register ahead of time at http://capitalfactory.com/sxsw-c... .
Why do some tech communities thrive while other fail? What can you do to start, fix or grow your city's startup scene?
This panel will take a grounded look at the key ingredients of successful startup communities in any geography. We'll look the role that events, spaces, accelerators, VC, angels, universities, and government play in the equation, and we'll dissect the intangibles as well - including culture, philosophy, mentorship, education, and more. We'll also have some time at the end for audience questions. Panelists include Brad Feld, Paige Craig, Mark Davis, Nick Seguin, Marc Nager and Andrew Yang.
Imagine getting on a bus with a group of strangers and three days later, while traveling at 60 miles per hour, conceive, build and launch a startup. That's what over 300 people have done for three years, with the cream of the crop battling it out at the grand finals. Come see who will be crowned the 2012 winner...but only after being grilled by a high profile panel of investors and entrepreneurs.
by Mangesh Hattikudur and Will Pearson
This dual format will focus on how to grow your dorm room idea into an overnight success-- and by 'overnight' we mean 10 years of ridiculously (fun and) hard work! When they launched Mental Floss magazine at Duke University in 2001, co-founders Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur knew they had a seed of an idea. They wanted to create a magazine that blurred the lines between education and entertainment-- a place “where knowledge junkies get their fix.” A decade later their brand would include books, board games, a thriving t-shirt line, and a website that attracts over 2.5 million unique visitors per month. In the last three years, their brainchild has appeared on Inc. magazine’s 50 fastest growing media companies. Pearson and Hattikudur will discuss how to shepherd a brand through new mediums and formats, the digitization of traditional media platforms, and building successful & meaningful e-commerce ventures, all while staying true to your brand.
by Drew Houston
Drew Houston, CEO and Co-Founder of Dropbox, has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service millions around the world rely on – a modern day Network Effect. From the classic example of the telephone to today’s social networks, every so often a new medium grows from obscurity to ubiquity because the more people that use it, the more enticing it becomes. That nearly 60% of adults online own at least two Internet connected devices not only increases the capacity of sharing but creates a need for it. In this session, Drew will sit down with a well-known tech influencer to discuss how to take a need in the market and turn it into a service so fundamental to people’s everyday lives, that it encourages them to recommend and share it with everyone.
9th–13th March 2012