Speaker Series

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Past Speakers


How to Raise $100M the Valley Way

Alan Knitowski, CEO & Co-Founder, Phunware, Inc.

Hear from one of Austin's most successful serial entrepreneurs, Alan Knitowski, and his journey from Silicon Valley to Silicon Beach to Silicon Hills.

You' .......

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How to Structure and Scale Your Business for Success

Trio of ScaleFactor Executives

Hear from a distinguished panel of executives from ScaleFactor, the smart finance, and accounting tool to start, grow and operate your business.


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How Do512, Everfest & SXSW Use Tech to Promote and Scale Large Events

Hugh Forrest, Jay Manickam, Kristin Owen

Ever wonder how you should build, scale and finance your events business in Austin?

This month, we bring top minds from DoStuff Media (Do512), Everfest, and SXSW .......

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Habits of Highly Successful Startups

Top VCs in Austin

Many entrepreneurs and founders have ideas that can shake up the world. The only thing standing in the way for most? Funding.

So how do you approach a VC? What ma .......

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Keith Pedersen

VP Marketing

Before joining VERTS Mediterranean Grill as the Director of Marketing in 2015 (We @Team Austin absolutely love VERTS!!), Peterson worked .......

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Workspace Revolution

Various Smart People

This panel will address (with humor, profanity, and in-depth knowledge) the increase in freelance work by professionals, the proliferation of co-working and co-living spaces, th .......

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Product Panel


Ever wonder how organizations design and produce the innovative products we use daily? How do they know what customers want? How do they communicate the requirements to develop .......

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Leo Ramirez

CEO, Encast

Leo is a social entrepreneur with diverse experience launching and managing non-profits, leading multi-disciplinary teams and building solid relationships with civic and corpora .......

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Matt McDonnell

Partner at Notley Ventures

Matt McDonnell is a Partner at Notley Ventures, a micro private equity firm focused on the intersection of profit and social impact. He previously served as COO of Famigo, an ea .......

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Rick Wittenbraker

CMO of Howler Brothers

Rick joined the Howler family after successfully taking the reigns of several start-ups, as well as steering Austin-based YETI Coolers from a $5-million to a .......

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Matthew Pollard

Rapid Growth Speaker & Coach, Executive Director of Small Business Festival

Matthew Pollard knows success. With 5 multi-million-dollar business success stories, and the prestigious Young Achiever Award, Matthew is a true differentiation, niche marketing .......

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Rick Orr

CEO & Co-founder RealSavvy

Rick Orr Founded TabbedOut, an application that enables consumers at bars and restaurants to open, view, split and pay their tabs from a smartphone & provided merchants a ri .......

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Stephen Garten

CEO & Founder, Charity Charge

Stephen Garten is the founder and CEO of Charity Charge. Taught from a very young age to give back whenever he could, Stephen materialized this lesson into Charity Charge not on .......

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