The Lean Startup Conference 2015

November 16 - 19, 2015 - San Francisco, CA

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Speakers & Mentors

Speakers

Aditya Agarwal

Company
Dropbox
Twitter
@adityaag

Session
Managing Through Hyper-Growth
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Aditya Agarwal is Vice President of Engineering at Dropbox, where he is responsible for leading the engineering team and product development. He came to Dropbox through its acquisition of Cove, a company he founded in 2011. Prior to Cove, Aditya Agarwal was the Director of Product Engineering at Facebook, where he oversaw the development of core products such as News Feed, Search, Photos, Profile and Applications. Aditya was one of the first engineers at Facebook and played an important role in helping to design and build core parts of the Facebook engineering infrastructure. He was one of the co-authors of Thrift, a popular open-source RPC framework.

Gaurav Agarwal

Company
LensBricks
Twitter
@agarwal__gaurav

Session
Customer Development Power-Ups
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Gaurav is responsible for product management and customer development at LensBricks, a startup that is building smart cameras.

With a firm belief in rapid learning through iterative experiments, he has hacked traditional research methodologies to formulate a product road map for LensBricks, refine the business case and work towards a strong user engagement.

Prior to Lensbricks, he has had a successful career in Investment banking across the globe. On the sides, he has worked with South East Asia’s top startup accelerator – JFDI and founded Medibeep, India’s first free vaccination reminder system that served over 60,000 subscribers.

Cindy Alvarez

Company
Microsoft
Twitter
@cindyalvarez

Session
Driving Change Within the Enterprise
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Cindy Alvarez is the author of Lean Customer Development: Build Products Your Customers Will Buy. She’s the director of user experience for Yammer (a Microsoft company), and is enthusiastically coaching internal Microsoft teams towards becoming more experimental, change-seeking, and customer focused.

Alvarez is a frequent speaker on UX, Lean, and tech culture. Tweets: @cindyalvarez Blogs: www.cindyalvarez.com

Errol Arkilic

Company
M34 Capital
Twitter
@earkilic

Session
Lean - From Campus to Startup
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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 $250,000 to $500,000 and usually represent the first outside capital deployed. M34 focuses on turning science projects into companies and does so across a broad spectrum of technologies and geographies. He is also a founder of USRCA.org, a non-profit with a focus on entrepreneur education for science and engineering graduates.

Nikhil Arora

Company
Back to the Roots
Twitter
@backtotheroots

Session
IGNITE: What Mushrooms and Fish Poop Taught Us About Launching a New Line of Breakfast Cereals
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Back to the Roots was founded in 2009 by then college seniors Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora after discovering how to grow gourmet mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. Since then, Back to the Roots has evolved from urban mushroom farming to a thriving business on a mission to undo food and reconnect families to it through fun, innovative, and delicious Ready to Grow and Ready to Eat products (Organic Mushroom Farm, Water Garden, Garden-in-a-Can, Organic Stoneground Flakes, Organic Breakfast Toppers, and Organic Stoneground Crisps). Back to the Roots currently sells its products in over 14,000 stores worldwide, including Whole Foods Market, Target, Costco, The Home Depot, Nordstrom, Petco, Cost Plus World Market, Loblaw, Giant Eagle, Wegmans, The Fresh Market, Crate & Barrel, Urban Outfitters, Safeway, and Kroger.

Nikhil and Alejandro have been honored with several awards recognizing their efforts in sustainability and entrepreneurship including BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25,” Inc.’s “30 Under 30,” Inc. 500, Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” and CNN’s “10 Next Entrepreneurs to Watch.” In addition, Back to the Roots was named a 2013 Martha Stewart Top Ten American Made honoree and recognized by President Obama as Champions of Change.

Karen Austin

Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Twitter
@karenaustincio

Session
Lessons on Lean Collaborations in Health, Energy & Talent Markets
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Karen A. Austin is Senior Vice President, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Her area of focus is information technology, where she is leading the evaluation of every aspect of the group’s business, including the support of current mission-critical systems and developing the company’s technology strategy, infrastructure and architecture.

Prior to this role, Austin held several executive-level positions at Kmart Corporation and Sears Holdings Corporation. While at both companies, she was responsible for systems governing store operations, merchandising, supply chain and finance. At Kmart, she served as Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Applications, Vice President IT Applications, and Vice President for Applications Development, Chief Information Officer and Interim Chief Marketing Officer. At Sears, Austin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer and most recently as President of Consumer Electronics. She has also held various information technology positions for The Timken Company and for Central Mutual Insurance Company in Ohio.

Austin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana.

Freyja Balmer

Company
Scripps Networks Interactive
Twitter
@bettyrocker

Session
The Human Side of Lean Startup: Functional Team Culture
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Freyja Balmer is Director of Product Management for Food.com at Scripps Networks Interactive. During her tenure, Food.com has more than doubled its year-over-year growth, expanding to become the second largest digital food product in the industry.

Balmer joined Scripps in 2013, bringing over sixteen years of digital experience with her. Previously, she led Product Development at SocialFlow, an award-winning social media startup, and consulted to Fortune 500 companies and startups on innovation, digital products and organizational transformation. She also led development of Plastic.com, an early UGC news site and Webby award winner. Her work on Feed Magazine, one of the first online magazines and web media properties, pioneered many now-common features of online publishing.

Leah Bannon

Company
18F
Twitter
@leahbannon

Session
Intro to USDS and 18F
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Leah Bannon is the 18F product manager for the beta.fec.gov project, a redesign of the Federal Election Commission’s data and website. She is also the organizer of Tech Lady Hackathons, a large civic hackathon and training day for women, and was a captain of Code for DC until recently moving to San Francisco.

Adam Berk

Company
Pearson & Slingshot Ventures
Twitter
@adamberk

Session
Lean Startup 201
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Adam travels the world asking entrepreneurs one question, “What problem are you solving?”.

He then helps them design and run experiments to help them identify and manage the biggest risks in their business model. He teaches entrepreneurs from early stage founders to massive global companies (& government agencies) to apply the concepts of being “Lean”.

He founded neighborrow.com. His clients have included KauffmanLabs, TechPeaks, Bizdom, Numa, StartupTurkey, FastForward Ramallah, AOL, ESPN, NEWSCORP, AMEX.

Now working in the Product Lifecycle team at Pearson with world class lean & agile specialists to help 44,000 people make evidence-based, customer centric decisions.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Metrics
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Jonathan Bertfield

Company
Jonathan Bertfield Consulting & Pearson
Twitter
@berters

Session
Lean Startup 201
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Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in product management and product strategy, working in startups and enterprises in the education and media spaces. He has worked as a consultant at companies such as Disney, Amplify, Business Insider, Schoolnet, Sesame Workshop and The Associated Press.

Currently at Pearson, Jonathan has been consulting with the Global Product Lifecycle team to craft and deploy a Lean Startup based framework of best practices for product teams and governance organizations across Pearson’s businesses.

Jonathan is an instructor in General Assembly’s Enterprise division and a coach for NYU Stern’s annual Business Plan Competition.

Jonathan holds an LLB from the University of Leeds, UK.

Mark Bidwell

Company
nowhere Digital
Twitter
@markehb

Session
Building a Culture of Innovation: An Example from Agribusiness
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Mark Bidwell has extensive experience catalyzing and driving change in market-leading companies such as BP Oil and the Hay Group, and most recently in Syngenta, where he led the creation and development of a global $2bn Specialty Crops business unit. He has a proven track record building teams that have developed new business models in mature, regulated markets, both creating the conditions for innovation and driving profitable growth. An intrapreneur turned entrepreneur, he now runs his own business, is an active advisor to boards and executive teams, and is writing a book on growth through innovation in industrial companies.

David Binetti

Company
Dinadesa
Twitter
@dbinetti

Session
Lean Startup for Finance: Using Innovation Accounting for Valuation and Risk Management
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A six-time entrepreneur, David has been on the founding team of companies ranging from consumer (QFN, acquired by Quicken.com), to industrial (Arch Rock, acquired by Cisco Systems), to government (USA.gov, USA Today’s Site of the Year in 2000), to political (Votizen, acquired by Brigade Media) — with three stints as Founder/CEO.

Currently, he helps larger organizations innovate faster with less risk through Innovation Options, a valuation framework he created that measures learning in dollars, allowing Finance and Product to speak a common language in achieving a common goal.

David received his Bachelors with Highest Honors and University Distinction from UC Berkeley, and his MBA from UCLA, where he received the Deloitte Consulting Award for Top Thesis. He resides in San Carlos with his wife and two daughters, and when not enjoying time with them can be found coding, singing, or both.

Gagan Biyani

Company
Sprig
Twitter
@gaganbiyani

Session
Eliminating Your Ego: Product Market Fit
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Gagan Biyani is the founder and CEO of Sprig, a dine on demand meal service. Sprig enables anyone to get a hot, healthy meal delivered within 15 minutes. He also co-founded Udemy, an education marketplace. Between those two companies, he’s led teams of over 150 employees and his companies have raised over $105M. He was also a growth advisor to Lyft and co-founded the Growth Hackers Conference.

Bennett Blank

Company
Intuit
Twitter
@BlankBen

Session
How to Become an Innovation Leader
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As Innovation Leader at Intuit Inc., Bennett is the person responsible for scaling lean startup across the company. Bennett has transformed the company’s innovation capabilities by mentoring hundreds of intrapreneurial teams, and leading the development of lean startup training programs inside large organizations. His passion is teaching, coaching and helping others bring their ideas to market. Follow Bennett @BlankBen

Lauren Braun

Company
gravitytank
Twitter
@another_lauren

Session
Caution: Live Subjects! Lean Experiments for Services
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Lauren is a Lead Strategist at gravitytank, an innovation consultancy in San Francisco and Chicago. Working at the intersection of Design Thinking and Lean Startup, she helps clients—including Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and startups—define, shape and test innovative products and services. She’s passionate about bringing new things into the world (quickly!) that create real value for people. Lauren teaches at the Stanford d.school, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and General Assembly. Her work on lean experimentation has been published in the DMI Review. Lauren has a Masters of Design from the IIT Institute of Design as well as a BA in Art History and BBA from the University of Michigan.

Andrew Breen

Company
American Express
Twitter
@buckybanjo

Session
Lean Product Development in a Highly Regulated Finance Environment: American Express
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Andrew Breen is the Vice President for Product Delivery in American Express’s World Service business unit. He has over 20 years experience developing and growing products and services for companies of all sizes in the mobile, enterprise, e-commerce, media and education sectors. His repeated success as an entrepreneur, technologist, product owner, and business development leader is the result of a unique combination of deep technical knowledge, broad interdisciplinary skills, team leadership, and negotiation capabilities.

For American Express, he is implementing Lean practices to rapidly validate new servicing solutions that engage customers with Amex’s award winning Relationship Care ethos in digital channels. Earlier in his career, he started Palm’s wireless services division and has worked in mobile for nearly 20 years.

He also holds an appointment as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he developed and teaches a graduate level course in technology product management based on his methodology for building products in and transforming any sized organization to more efficiently and effectively deliver great technology products.

Nick Brethauer

Company
18F
Twitter
@nbrethauer

Session
Lean Methodologies When the Organization is the Product
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At 18F, Nick has led several critically received, high-impact projects, which touch billions of dollars in government spending. He co-leads the user-research working group, which focuses on increasing and improving how research is done in the government. He has done design and research work on projects spanning agencies, including GSA, OPM, State Dept., and the White House.

Before 18F, Nick was finishing a master’s in information policy and human-computer interaction. During that time he did a stint at NPR on the digital platform team, helping to design and launch npr.org. He also worked in design and research at the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit government watchdog centered on opening government data and building technology to help empower citizens. He has extensive web technology and design experience through additional consulting work, and as the creative director for a spatial data collection and visualization company.

Spencer Burke

Company
Hatchery LA
Twitter
@hatchery_la

Session
Exploring the Fertile Boundaries Between Faith and Business // #leanfaith
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Spencer Burke is the founder and executive director of Hatchery LA (HatcheryLA.com), a faith-based incubator that educates, empowers, and coaches innovators to become social transformation entrepreneurs and invest in a local community for multiple years by launching sustainable “Common Cause Communities.” CCC’s have a common journey in the way of Jesus, a cause they rally around on a regular basis, and a community formed around nurturing relationships. The goal of Hatchery LA is to launch nine new Common Cause Communities each year and ultimately build the “Silicon Valley” of Church Innovation. Spencer explores his passion for arts, technology, and the church in both the written and spoken word, and on his website and blog – www.spencerburke.com. He is author of several books including “Heretics Guide to Eternity”. Spencer and his family live in Newport Beach, CA.

Frank Chen

Company
Andreessen Horowitz
Twitter
@withfries2

Session
Being a Lean Startup Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Frank Chen, Tejal Shah and Reshma Khilnani.
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Frank Chen is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and head of its deal and research team.

Most recently, Frank was VP of Strategy for HP Software, where he helped navigate rapid enterprise adoption of virtualization technologies across servers, network and storage. Frank joined HP Software through its acquisition of Opsware, where he was VP of Products and User Experience for multiple data center automation products.

Frank joined Opsware when it was Loudcloud, a managed services provider, and served as director of Product & Services. Before Loudcloud, Frank was VP of Product Development at Respond.com and director of Product Management at Netscape Communications. Earlier in his career, Frank held various engineering, product management and developer relations roles at GO Corporation, Oracle, Apple and IBM.

Frank holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University where he graduated with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Aneesh Chopra

Company
Hunch Analytics
Twitter
@aneeshchopra

Session
Lessons on Lean Collaborations in Health, Energy & Talent Markets
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Aneesh Chopra is the co-founder and EVP of Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets, including NavHealth, an open data intelligence service. From 2009-2012, he served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer with a focus on better public/private collaboration as described in his 2014 book, “Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.” In 2015, he served as the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2011, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. He is a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future, earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

Stacy Conlon

Company
The Zen Girl
Twitter
@TheZenGirl

Session
Mindfulness Meditation
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Stacy Conlon helps people transform stress into peace.

She is a mindfulness facilitator and certified wellness coach who offers simple and practical tools to increase wellbeing at work. A former CEO of a boutique marketing agency, Stacy has been a yoga and meditation practitioner since 2000.

Stacy provides mindfulness sessions, guided meditations and wellness coaching for startups and large companies worldwide including Samsung and A.T. Kearney.

Amanda Cowan

Company
Farmhouse Delivery
Twitter
@liquidgoldapp

Session
IGNITE: The Case for the Button
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Amanda Cowan is VP Marketing for Farmhouse Delivery, a subscription service that delivers local produce bushels weekly. Prior to Farmhouse, she was Product Manager for FoodNetwork.com, part of Scripps Networks Interactive. She came to Scripps from the acquisition of Food on the Table, an top rated Food & Drink app featured in the Lean Startup book. Fascinated by all things food, she equally enjoys her vegetable garden, wandering grocery aisles, experimenting with new dishes and dining out. Prior to Food on the Table, she worked two years at Whole Foods Market in both the private label and marketing department and three years in public affairs at Coca-Cola Enterprises. She earned an MBA from University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Commerce from Washington & Lee University.

Alistair Croll

Company
Solve for Interesting
Twitter
@acroll

Session
Lean Analytics: Using Data to Build a Better Business Faster
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Alistair is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he co-founded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration, and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology.

A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Interop’s cloud content, Cloud Connect and the Enterprise Cloud Summit. He’s the chair O’Reilly’s Strata + Hadoop World conference; the International Startup Festival; and Next:Money. He has also written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics, and is currently working on Different Better, a book about positioning in the digital age, with April Dunford.

Alistair tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at “Solve For Interesting”.

Rishi Dave

Company
Dun & Bradstreet
Twitter
@RishiPDave

Session
Lean Principles and Enterprise Marketing Transformation
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Rishi Dave is the Chief Marketing Officer of Dun & Bradstreet. In this role, Rishi runs marketing
globally including brand, demand generation, digital, communications, PR, AR, operations, channel, events, sales enablement, corporate social responsibility, and product marketing.

Rishi joined Dun & Bradstreet in February 2014 from Dell where he was the Executive Director of Digital Marketing. In this role, Rishi had global responsibility for implementing marketing, lead generation, media, and content strategies for Dell.com, social media, communities, and mobile. He also managed the digital support of Dell’s events. Prior, Rishi led Dell’s global web analytics strategy and worked on Dell’s CEO level strategy as part of Dell’s Corporate Strategy group.

Rishi has spent his career in the technology industry with marketing, business development, and consulting roles at Dell, Rivio, Inc., Trilogy Software and Bain & Company.

Rishi holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Erica Deahl

Company
18F
Twitter
@edeahl

Session
Intro to USDS and 18F
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Erica is a designer passionate about delivering civic and social impact. She currently works at 18F, a team in the General Services Administration that builds user-centered digital services for federal agencies. Erica recently completed a M.S. at MIT, where she researched the use of digital media in K-12 public education to support technological literacies and promote civic engagement. Previously she was a senior designer at 2×4 in New York City, where she designed and managed interactive projects for cultural sector clients.

Phil Dillard

Company
Black Ant
Twitter
@PhilD0210

Session
Lean Startup 101
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Phil Dillard is an entrepreneur and executive with experience in finance and strategy. A Philadelphia native, now living in San Francisco, Phil completed his BS in General Science, U.S. Naval Academy. After spending nearly 7 years on active duty with the US Navy, he completed MBA in Finance and Strategy at the Chicago Booth Business School. After several years as a corporate strategy consultant, manufacturing executive, and corporate strategy/innovation consultant, Phil embarked on his entrepreneurial career. He leveraged his experience from multiple industries to launch a small wind CleanTech company, serve as an advisor to a BioPlastics company and lead as CFO of a marketing automation company. Currently, independent consultant and faculty of the Lean Startup Company, Phil helps early stage and growth companies develop and implement strategies and processes that provide a foundation for profitable growth. He is also an adjunct MBA professor of Negotiations and Entrepreneurship at Golden Gate University, adjunct professor of Finance at Palo Alto University, and a board member at CiviCorps in Oakland California.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Chris Dixon

Company
Andreessen Horowitz
Twitter
@cdixon

Session
A Conversation with Eric Ries and Chris Dixon
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Chris was co-founder and CEO of Hunch (acquired by eBay) and SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee). He also co-founded Founder Collective, investing in Buzzfeed, Makerbot, Uber and others. His personal investments include Kickstarter, WarbyParker, Pinterest, and Foursquare among others. He earned a BA and MA in Philosophy from Columbia and an MBA from Harvard.

William Donnell

Company
Sodium Halogen
Twitter
@sodiumhalogen

Session
IGNITE: Lean Startup - The Musical
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William is founder and lead “designtist” of experience design firm Sodium Halogen. Over the past 14 years, William’s team has worked remotely with startups from San Francisco to DC, as well as with established companies such as GE Capital and Mars Pets, to create amazing brand experiences for the web and mobile with their “Designtific Method.”

William created a workshop with the smart folks at LUXr.co, spoke at the 2014 Lean Startup conference and recently helped Pivotal Labs facilitate an innovation workshop for the White House. He as also been known to make up songs for clients and colleagues.

Garrett Dunham

Company
DunhamLabs
Twitter
@garrettdunham

Session
Spanning the Schism: How Enterprises & Startups Can Accelerate Innovation Together
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Garrett Dunham is a Silicon Valley born-and-raised entrepreneur, speaker, and startup advisor. His companies have been featured on the New York Times, NBC, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and Venture Beat, among others.

Currently he’s advising the launch of the Singularity University Labs startup accelerator and experimenting with self hacking on the side.

Ken Durand

Company
Ericsson
Twitter
@atlideafactory

Session
View from the Trenches: What Went Wrong with Our Lean Startup Program?
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With a wide and varied background of business experience, Ken has extensive expertise in guiding organizations through the strategic processes of implementing technology solutions that complement the Enterprise business vision. An insightful strategist with a wide range of experiences, Ken engages some of Ericsson’s highest profile clients. In his current role leading the Atlanta Idea Factory, Ken heads the Innovation function for Internet of Things technologies that focus on the Industry and Society objectives; defining business innovation using Lean Startup methodology, Customer Discovery, and Agile Development techniques. Through interactions with current and potential customers as well as the partner ecosystem community, Ken gains keen insight into the needs and desires of both the consumer marketplace and the providers who serve it. By offering extensive working experience in both large scale enterprises and start-up companies alike, Ken is uniquely qualified to drive strategic activities focusing on the development of customers, the expansion of markets, and the construction of innovative solutions in the fast moving Connected Things market. A sought after public speaker and presenter; Ken makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

Elin Elkehag

Company
Instalert Inc.
Twitter
@elkehag

Session
IGNITE: The 100 Day Challenge - Learnings from a Rapid Hardware Entrepreneur
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Elin Elkehag is a Swedish serial entrepreneur passionate about innovation and building technology that creates tangible value for people around the globe.

She founded her first wearable tech company Hanelin of Sweden in 2009 and gained customers in the US, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia before exiting. She is now dedicated to bringing her second user experience focused hardware company to market.

Before becoming a fulltime entrepreneur Ms Elkehag worked with growth and innovation as an intrapreneur within various multinational corporations and has fifteen years of international experience in the Telecom, Media and Strategy Consulting world.

Elin is a trusted advisor to several tech start-ups and various incubators and accelerators in Sweden and USA. She would be happy to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

• Entrepreneurship
• Intrapreneurship
• Rapid Prototyping
• Hardware and IoT
• Product management
• Strategy Execution

Ame Elliott

Company
Simply Secure
Twitter
@ameellio

Session
IGNITE: Non-Profits and Metrics Beyond Financial
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Ame Elliott is design director at nonprofit Simply Secure, where she cultivates a community of user-experience designers working on open-source secure communication. She joined Simply Secure in 2015 after eight years at IDEO San Francisco, where she was design research lead delivering human-centered tech strategy for clients such as Acer, Ericsson, and Samsung. Prior to IDEO, she was a research scientist at Xerox PARC, and at Ricoh Innovations. Ame holds a Ph.D. in design theory and methods from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds eight patents and is the author of numerous publications including a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. Her design work has been included in the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and recognized with awards from the AIGA, IDSA/IDEA, the Edison Awards, and the Webby Awards.

Eileen Fagan

Company
Intuit

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As Vice President of Innovation and Transformational Change Programs at Intuit, Eileen Fagan leads companywide programs to increase our innovation capability and strategic advantage. She helps the company adapt to continuing technology, economic, social and market changes as well as creating a culture of innovation at both the senior leadership and team level. Prior to joining Intuit, Eileen founded and ran a successful software process training and consulting company serving Fortune 500 companies around the globe. She began her career working for IBM as a software developer building the mission control portion of the satellite system. Later, she was a systems engineer in the IBM marketing group working in the telecom arena. Eileen earned a computer science degree and MBA from the University of Maryland.

Janice Fraser

Company
Pivotal
Twitter
@clevergirl

Session
The Leader’s Guide Workshop Part 2
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Janice is one of America’s leading experts on Lean Startup. She has advised many successful companies including Lyft and Sharethrough and provided innovation trainings for public organizations including the White House and the governments of Ireland and Korea. She is Director of Innovation at Pivotal, where she helps Fortune 100 companies transform to embrace Lean and Agile methodologies. Before joining Pivotal, Janice was the founder and CEO of Luxr, among the first Lean Startup firms, as well as Adaptive Path, the world’s first User Experience firm.

Ariana Friedlander

Company
Rosabella Consulting, LLC
Twitter
@arianaf

Session
Mastering Customer Discovery
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Ariana Friedlander, MPA is a community organizer, a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rosabella Consulting, LLC. She works with leaders doing business as UNusual. Ariana specializes in fostering positive change in an organization’s culture so it remains relevant in the 21st century. Her unique coaching and facilitation style creates conditions for collaborative conversations by modeling shared leadership. Ariana received the 4th Annual Quid Novi award for Innovative Thought for EntrepreNerds™. This experiential professional development program helps misfit entrepreneurs learn how to create their unique vision for success. EntrepreNerds offerings include book discussions, mastermind groups, and workshops in lean startup, planning and leadership. In 2015, Ariana completed a successful crowd funding campaign to develop EntrepreNerds v. 6.0. She has her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Delaware and her BA from Hampshire College. Ariana lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and daughter.

Brady Forrest

Company
Ignite Talks
Twitter
@brady

Session
IGNITE: Everyone Speaks
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Brady Forrest cofounded Ignite, a talk series which has been held thousands of times around the world. I run Highway1, PCH’s hardware accelerator, where I help teams become companies and prototypes become products. Highway1 has accelerated 58 hardware startups. I recently coauthored The Hardware Startup. I am a Director for CAST which helps arts organizations stay in SF. Previously I was a Venture Advisor at 500 Startups, spent time at Khosla Ventures and wrote for the O’Reilly Radar blog while chairing O’Reilly tech conferences around the world. Most years you can find me on the playa.

Michel Gelobter

Company
Cooler
Twitter
@lean_change

Session
Pivot, Proceed, or Quit?: Lean Metrics for the Social Sector
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Michel Gelobter is the author of the upcoming book, Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact

Michel has held senior positions in advocacy, government, academia, and business, with an ongoing substantive focus on environment, energy, and social justice. He’s was recently a Senior Fellow at the David & Lucille Packard Foundation.

Michel co-founded BuildingEnergy.com, the fastest-growing platform for the world’s building energy data (800,000 buildings and counting) and Cooler, a company whose mission is to connect every purchase to a solution for global warming. From 2009 until 2011, Michel served as the Chief Green Officer for Hara Enterprise Environmental Management, a Kleiner Perkins portfolio company acquired by Verisae.

As an advocate, Michel co-founded a number of environmental justice, water, and oceans organizations and led Redefining Progress from 2001 through 2006. In that capacity, he worked to originate and design the world’s most aggressive climate legislation (California’s Global Warming Solutions Act) and the financial mechanisms that generate over $300 million in annual revenue as part of the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Michel founded the Program on Environmental Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and created the country’s first multi-state community-based environmental research consortium. His government service has included staffing the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and serving as Assistant Commissioner for the New York City’s $2 billion-a-year water utility and environmental agency. He concurrently served as the City’s Director of Environmental Quality.

Michel earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D at U.C. Berkeley, is an alumnus of Deep Springs College and has completed extensive coursework in Homiletics at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union and the College of Preachers. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship, a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship, and presently serves as a Board member of the California Clean Energy Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Ceres and the African-American Advisory Committee of the Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency. He lives with his three children in Berkeley, CA.

Lauren Gilchrist

Company
Pivotal Labs
Twitter
@gilchrist

Session
Minimum Viable Taxes: Lessons Learned Building an MVP Inside the IRS
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Lauren Gilchrist is a Product Manager who currently lives in Washington, DC. She works at Pivotal Labs, an agile software consulting firm, where she helps the government and enterprise clients build successful software products. Lauren loves to answer hard questions (her favorites include “should we build this?” and “how do we know we are right?”). A veteran of several startups, she has learned a lot of things the hard way, and is passionate about helping others avoid the same mistakes she made. Prior to Pivotal Labs, Lauren was a Product Manager at MamasLatinas, a division of Cafemom, as well as Yipit and Urgent Career. She was also the co-founder of Hack’n Jill, which promoted diversity in tech by hosting hackathons and educational events with a 50:50 male:female ratio. Outside of the office, you can find her running 200 mile relay races or gushing about her love of orange wine.

Garren Givens

Company
Presidential Innovation Fellows
Twitter
@InnovFellows

Session
Lean Methodologies When the Organization is the Product
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Garren is the Director of the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, a program created by the White House, recently made permanent through an Executive Order by the President. As an entrepreneur, Garren has led multiple startup efforts, both independently and within large companies. As a management consultant, he leveraged similar “lean” thinking in redesigning business processes and technology solutions. Garren has contributed articles to VentureBeat and Huffington Post, and his work has been covered by Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Politico, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and other publications.

He was part of the founding effort at 18F, GSA’s innovative digital services delivery team, and has helped establish a program office and permanent home for the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program within that organization. His office works across the U.S. Government to recruit and deploy dozens of the country’s top innovators and civic-hackers on problems at the intersection of policy, product and technology–with the potential of saving lives, saving taxpayer money, creating jobs, or improving the way the Government serves its citizens.

Garren holds a BA and MBA from Yale University.

Marcus Gosling

Company
Highway1.io
Twitter
@marceire

Session
The Lean Hardware Toolbox
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Marcus is Design Lead at Highway1, the premier hardware accelerator for seed-stage hardware startups, located in San Francisco. With a career spanning 25 years in design and new product development, Marcus brings a strong emphasis on customer discovery, validation and experience design to the Highway1 program.

Graduating in 1999 from the Royal College of Art in London, Marcus joined IDEO San Francisco, serving clients including Kodak, Intel, Microsoft, AT&T and Hewlett-Packard.

In 2004, Marcus co-founded IMVU.com with Eric Ries. In 2010, he left IMVU to lead design at Rypple.com — acquired by Salesforce in 2011.

Marcus is co-founder and adviser on a number of startups including Finalefireworks.com, a software application for designing and firing pyro-musicals, and Captable.io, an online tool for creating and sharing your startup’s cap table.

A proud father of two entertaining children, he occasionally coaches on the Stanford Graduate Design Program, and is a keen competitive mountain biker.

Michael Greene

Company
Scripps Networks Interactive
Twitter
@greeneysays

Session
The Human Side of Lean Startup: Functional Team Culture
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Michael Greene is the manager of engineering and development operations for Food.com at Scripps Networks Interactive. In this role, he oversees the distributed technical team responsible for developing and maintaining the highly scalable, technical cloud architecture that produces one of the largest digital food products.

Michael joined Scripps in 2011 bringing 10 years of software engineering and operational experience ranging from start-ups to government contracting. While at Hewlett-Packard, he led the technical integration team that partnered with US Bank and the Fair Issaac Corporation on a nationwide project to combate fraud and abuse in the Department of Defense PCard program. Michael also worked with residential home builders before the bubble burst in the late 2000’s to create software that streamlined their processes, cut costs, and communicated with their clients.

Michael currently resides in Rockville, Maryland and is a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

Prerna Gupta

Company
Telepathic
Twitter
@prernagupta

Session
How Data Can Save Hollywood
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Prerna is Founder & CEO of Telepathic, a company that is redefining fiction for the Snapchat generation. She believes there is a billion-dollar opportunity in bringing “lean” principles to the development and distribution of mass-market fiction, and in presenting stories as a mobile-first experience. She was previously Chief Product Officer at Smule, where she built music apps, like AutoRap, that have helped over 150MM people experience the joy of music creation. She has also produced several viral videos totaling over 300MM views. Prerna has been named one of the Most Influential Woman in Tech by Fast Company, and her writing has been featured in New York Times, Vogue, Forbes and TechCrunch. She is also an angel investor and Resident Mentor at 500 Startups.

Jobina Hardy

Company
Lost My Name
Twitter
@iamjobina

Session
IGNITE: Professionalising Product - What Happens After Product/Market Fit?
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Jobina is Product Manager at Lost My Name, an East London technology startup that makes magically personalised children’s story books.

She’s held at least 15 other titles in her time working within children’s and edtech startups but has come to realise that Product Manager encompasses all of those and has a much nicer ring to it. She found her way into startup life after earning her Masters in Biochemistry from Oxford University.

Hillary Hartley

Company
18F
Twitter
@hillary

Session
Intro to USDS and 18F
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Hillary Hartley is co-founder and lead creative at 18F, a digital services agency inside the General Services Administration. She came to the GSA as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013, where she worked on the development of MyUSA.gov. Hillary has been working to make government more accessible and available online for nearly two decades, starting as a web designer for Arkansas.gov in 1997. As Director of Integrated Marketing for eGovernment provider NIC, Hillary helped NIC’s 30 state government partners embrace new technology and concepts for a 21st century government. She speaks at events across the country, educating and evangelizing “government 2.0” and customer service/community engagement best practices for government.

Hillary spends much of her free time on community-based movements such as BarCamp and Coworking, and has participated in or helped organize several government-focused unconferences: eDemocracyCamp, TranparencyCamp, Gov2.0Camp, CityCamp, etc. In 2008, after the passage of California’s Prop 8, she co-founded EqualityCamp – a pilot event bringing geeks who know the lessons of the web together with activists for marriage equality and LGBT equal rights. Her latest endeavor is Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) – a summertime “geek retreat” in Palm Springs. The second annual event sold out in 48 hours and will bring more than 400 thinkers, futurists, nerds, and creatives together at the Ace Hotel for the ultimate experiment in planned serendipity.

Eric Hellweg

Company
Harvard Business Review
Twitter
@ehellweg

Session
Harvard Business Review’s Digital Transformation
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Hellweg joined Harvard Business Review in 2006 as the organization’s first online editorial hire, and during this time, HBR.org has gone from 150k users per month to over 5mm, and has become a leader across social media channels. In his current role, Hellweg oversees strategic direction for all HBR’s digital products: HBR.org, tablet apps, and others. Prior to joining HBR, Hellweg served as an executive editor at Forrester Research and an online columnist at CNN Money and MIT’s Technology Review. Hellweg was a founding editor of Business 2.0 magazine. Other previous engagements include freelance articles for publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, SPIN, Rollingstone.com, PC World, and the Boston Phoenix. Hellweg is a regular speaker and has appeared as a guest on CNN, Headline News, and other media outlets.

Andrea Hill

Company
ReadyTalk
Twitter
@afhill

Session
Internal Customer Development
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Andrea Hill is a Product Strategist at ReadyTalk, an audio and web conferencing provider out of Denver, CO. There she she serves as the General Manager of UbiMeet, the first company-sponsored internal startup.

Andrea has been a key player in innovation and new product development departments in organizations of various sizes, championing lean startup principles and identifying new market and product opportunities in the areas of employment law, securities compliance, and meeting and personal productivity. She is a jill-of-all-trades, able to craft falsifiable hypotheses, design functional wireframes, write customer discovery scripts, chat it up with customers, and analyze and interpret the findings to drive product decisions.

A fan of lifelong learning and improvement, Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in French, a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA in strategy and entrepreneurship.

Quang Hoang

Company
Birdly
Twitter
@qhoang09

Session
IGNITE: From Mobile to Slack: Implementing Lean Startup
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CEO and founder of Birdly. Slack bot that does your expense reports and much more in the future.

Passionate about innovation, obsessed about productivity and technology addicted.

Double degree from engineering school SUPAERO and business school HEC.

Ryan Hoover

Company
Product Hunt
Twitter
@rrhoover

Session
The Building Blocks of Community
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Ryan Hoover is the CEO and founder of Product Hunt, a community and platform for discovering the best new products, every day.

Prior to founding Product Hunt, he was the Director of Product at PlayHaven, EIR at Tradecraft, and contributing writer to Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Ryan is also an active writer with articles featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, and Fast Company.

Ken Howard

Company
FaithX
Twitter
@paradoxy101

Session
Exploring the Fertile Boundaries Between Faith and Business // #leanfaith
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The Rev. Ken Howard is pastor, author, blogger, speaker, church extrapreneur, and theological futurist. He has led and/or consulted with church startups, restarts, and redevelopments, led workshops, retreats, and working conferences for lay and clergy church leadership, and presented at national conferences. He won the “Peoples Choice” award for his presentation on applying lean principles in a faith community at the 2014 Lean for Social Good conference, and presented an “Ignite” talk at the 2014 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. He is the author of two books – Paradoxy and Excommunicating the Faithful – and is currently at work on a third book, FaithX: Experimental Faith-Based Communities and Organizations for an Undiscovered Future.

Winnie J. Kao

Company
Seth Godin's altMBA
Twitter
@winniekao

Session
The Hidden Burden of Iteration
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Winnie J.Kao is the Director of Seth Godin’s altMBA, a 4-week online workshop designed to enable leaders to become effective change agents. It’s by application only, and capped at 100 people in each session. She leads a team of 7 coaches and 3 coordinators, providing students with the best possible sprint experience. Before working with Seth, Winnie held leadership roles in marketing strategy at Flite, Bare Escentuals, and Gap Inc in San Francisco. Her marketing analysis has been published in The Huffington Post and Fast Company.

Reshma Khilnani

Company
Box, Inc.
Twitter
@ReshmaKhilnani

Session
Being a Lean Startup Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Frank Chen, Tejal Shah and Reshma Khilnani.
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Reshma is an Engineering Manager at Box and brings viewing and rendering for medical image data to the Box platform (think X-Rays and Pathology Slides). In the recent past, she was co-founder and CTO of MedXT, a medical software company acquired by Box in 2014. Before starting her own company, Reshma held product development roles at Facebook and Microsoft. She has a B.S. and M.Engg from MIT and is an Alumna of YCombinator, with her company MedXT.

Amy Jo Kim

Company
Shufflebrain
Twitter
@amyjokim

Session
Turbo-Charge Your Early Product Development
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Amy Jo Kim is a world-renowned social game designer, community architect and startup coach. Her deep experience in early-stage innovation and collaborative game design includes work on Rock Band, The Sims, eBay, Netflix, Cover Fashion, indiegogo, nytimes.com, Ultima Online, Happify, Pley and numerous startups. She pioneered the idea of applying game design to digital services, and is well known for her 2000 book, Community Building on the Web. She holds a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington (along with a BA in Experimental Psychology) and is an adjunct Game Design professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she co-developed the social game design curriculum. Her latest project is Getting to Alpha – the premier online coaching program for innovative teams who want to turbo-charge their path to product/market fit.

Laura Klein

Company
Users Know
Twitter
@lauraklein

Session
So You Want to Build the Next Facebook
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Laura fell in love with technology 20 years ago when she saw her first usability test. Since then, she’s been an engineer, designer, and product manager, helping companies of all sizes learn about their users so they can build better products. She’s the author of UX for Lean Startups and a second book coming out in 2016 called Build Better Products. In her blog and podcast at Users Know she rants about product management, design, startups, and growth.

Patricia Korth-McDonnell

Company
Huge
Twitter
@IAMPKM

Session
Applying Lean Principles to Anticipatory Experiences
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Patricia Korth-McDonnell is Partner and Managing Director of Huge’s offices in Los Angeles, Portland and the Bay Area, where she oversees day-to-day operations management, key client relationships, and overall office growth and development.

Since joining Huge as the agency’s 13th employee in 2005, she has been instrumental in helping define the agency’s client services, product strategy and product design methodologies. Patricia has held various roles at Huge, including leading the Product Strategy and Client Services groups, as well as overseeing the launch of the Los Angeles and European offices. In 2010, she joined the executive leadership team and became a partner in the company.

In addition to her managerial responsibilities, Patricia has led some of the agency’s largest engagements and helped drive digital business strategy for clients including Target, Toyota, CNN, JetBlue and The Walt Disney Company.

Patricia received a BA in Individualized Study with a concentration in Art and Politics from New York University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, photographer Matthew Huber; their daughter, Luca Rose; and their dog, Clyde.

Noah Kunin

Company
18F - General Service Administration
Twitter
@noahkunin

Session
Lean Methodologies When the Organization is the Product
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Noah came to 18F after helping to launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). His background is an eclectic mix of genetic engineering, civic activism, investigative journalism, digital services, and bureaucracy hacking. Before joining the Department of the Treasury to help start the CFPB, he worked at the Sunlight Foundation, helping make government more transparent and accountable.

A passionate believer in making technology as accessible as possible, he works on ensuring everyone at 18F has the systems and services they need to succeed.

Sophie Lebrecht

Company
Neon
Twitter
@lebrechts

Session
Lean - From Campus to Startup
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Sophie Lebrecht is the CEO and co-founder of Neon. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown University in 2011. She continued to pursue her work on the neural basis of visual preference for everyday objects at Carnegie Mellon University and CMU Silicon Valley, eventually transitioning her research into the foundation of Neon, where she is CEO and co-founder. Neon has been supported by NSF programs including I-Corps and SBIR, and has raised venture funding from Mohr Davidow Ventures, True Ventures, XSeed, and entrepreneur Steve Blank. Neon has also been recognized for innovation, winning the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers Award and the Edison Award for Innovation, and has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, The White House, Forbes, and Dow Jones. Sophie was included on Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2015 list.

Leighanne Levensaler

Company
Workday, Inc.
Twitter
@leighlevensaler

Session
Lessons on Lean Collaborations in Health, Energy & Talent Markets
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Leighanne Levensaler is senior vice president at Workday and is responsible for the direction and strategy of Workday’s applications.

Prior to joining Workday in 2009, Leighanne was principal analyst and director of talent management research at Bersin & Associates. Before that, Leighanne spent more than a decade working with large companies to develop HR strategies and integrated talent development solutions. She led the learning consulting practice at SystemLink Enterprise Solutions, and has held positions at SmartForce, Edutrek International/AIU, and Deloitte Consulting.

Leighanne holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Clemson University. Leighanne is a member of the 2012 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, and was named one of the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2014 and 2015.

Mark Little

Company
GE

Session
Lean Startup at GE
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Mark M. Little was named Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in October, 2005.  Mark is responsible for leading one  of  the  world’s largest and most diversified industrial research and technology organizations.

He leads GE Global Research, where 3,700 people from virtually every major scientific and engineering discipline focus on the company’s long-range technology needs. The organization has research facilities in the United States, India, China, Germany and Brazil working in collaboration with GE businesses around the world.

Mark joined GE in 1978 in the Turbine Business.   After holding several management positions in Engineering, Mark progressed through leadership assignments in Product management and Business Development, including strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions.   In 1994, Mark was named Vice President of Power Generation Engineering and in 1997 he became Vice President of GE Power Generation, responsible for GE’s world-wide turbines, generators, hydro, wind and power plants businesses.

Mark holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts and Northeastern universities, respectively, and in 1982 earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2009, Mark was made a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Masato Lino

Company
Learning Entrepreneur's Lab
Twitter
@Craque

Session
Lean Startup Accelerator for Enterprises to Create New Businesses
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Masato Iino has been entrepreneur and investor last twenty years. Prior to that he worked for Industrial Bank of Japan and GE engaging deliberative trading and private equity investment. He has LL.B from Tokyo University and MBA from Harvard.

Learning Enrepreneurs Lab is a process oriented seed accelerator in Japan. The acceleration program has standard process, Lean Launhcpad invented by Steve Blank, to build a new business, which make it efficient and effective and therefore the alumni startup of the program have higher chance of success.

Alan Lobock

Company
Spartacus Muse, LLC
Twitter
@AlanLobock

Session
Management Framework for Fast-Growing Early Stage Companies
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Left Price Waterhouse as a Senior Manager to co-found SkyMall, Inc., the company whose retail catalog appeared on over 80% of all domestic commercial flights. That company exited through an IPO. Have spent the past 20 years devoted solely to start-up and fast-growing companies. Named a WSJ start-up guru. Teach entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School. One of about 100 implementers of the Entrepreneurial Operating System management framework for fast-growing companies.

Chris Luomanen

Company
Thing Tank LLC

Session
Prototyping Your Experiences
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Chris founded Thing Tank, a design and research consultancy, in 2005. Thing Tank has helped companies like Jawbone, Logitech, Plantronics and Steelcase understand their customers, and design products and experiences that fit in their lives. Before founding Thing Tank, Chris worked as a product designer and researcher at IDEO. Chris has taught design at the California College of the Arts and Stanford University. He currently serves as an experience prototyping, and research mentor at the Highway 1 hardware start up incubator.

Devon McConnell

Company
Wells Fargo Advisors

Session
Digital Investing: The Last Frontier
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Devon McConnell is head of Digital at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Devon is responsible for the vision, strategy, development and ongoing management of the firm’s Direct Investing Business and digital client experiences. Devon sits on the Wells Fargo Advisors Operating Committee.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors in August 2014, Devon was the vice president of Product and User Experience Design for AmericanExpress.com. Earlier, she served as head of digital client strategy for JP Morgan Asset Management. Prior to her work at American Express and JP Morgan, Devon was a senior vice president and product director for Citigroup.

Devon earned her master’s degree from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College. Devon holds FINRA series 7 and 24 registrations.

Keith McGreggor

Company
Georgia Tech
Twitter
@keithmcgreggor

Session
Lean - From Campus to Startup
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Keith McGreggor is a Professor of the Practice in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. His research explores artificial intelligence, visual reasoning, fractal representations, and cognitive systems. Keith is the Associate Director of the GVU Center, which inspires and enables interdisciplinary research in people-centered computing technology. He is the Director of Georgia Tech’s VentureLab, the nation’s #2 university based incubator, with more than 140 active startups based on Georgia Tech’s technology. He is a lead instructor and an instructor trainer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps program, and is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurship education.

Hugh Molotsi

Company
Hummingbill, VoiceLots, Delighterr
Twitter
@hughmolotsi

Session
Winning MVPs - Using Data From Your MVP to Win Support For Your Idea
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Hugh Molotsi advises and invests in startups and is an active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup Methodologies. Hugh recently concluded a 22-year career at Intuit where his last position was Engineering Fellow and Vice President. During his Intuit tenure, Hugh worked on QuickBooks and several other small business offerings. Hugh has been a serial innovator and helped launch several new businesses at Intuit including Intuit Payments. Hugh is passionate about grassroots innovation and “giving voice to good ideas” wherever those ideas may come from.

Outside work, Hugh is committed to helping underserved youth. He’s on the financial advisory board of #YesWeCode, an initiative to teach low-opportunity youth how to code. He is also the past president of the Board of Directors of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, a nonprofit agency that runs programs for at-risk youth.

Hugh holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Hugh is married to Michelle and is the proud father of two daughters.

Brandy Nagel

Company
Georgia Tech VentureLab
Twitter
@benag

Session
Using LinkedIn for Customer Discovery
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I help students build technology startups.

My background includes startups, marketing communications, and trademark licensing. From strategy to execution, I’ve developed and launched marketing plans at startups, corporations, and non-profits. Brands I’ve managed include Simmons Beautyrest®, Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, Tony Roma’s Restaurants®, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Currently, I work at Georgia Tech’s Innovation Institute. My group, VentureLab, teaches evidence-based entrepreneurship using the Lean LaunchPad curriculum. In 2014, I launched GT Startup House, the first entrepreneurship-themed residence hall at Georgia Tech. My next adventure includes teaching GT1000 Startup to incoming freshmen and a new program called Charm School for Entrepreneurs.

I’ve served as part of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps™ program since 2012. As the Teachers’ Assistant, I’ve guided more than 300 research teams through the process of figuring out “who is the customer and what do they value?”

In 2012, I wrote a book about how startups should use social media, called Digitally Famous for Entrepreneurs.

MBA from Mercer University, and a BS in Business from Brenau University.

Tom Nguyen

Company
Adobe
Twitter
@tomng

Session
How to Build Products Your Customers will Love
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Tom Nguyen is a Principal at Adobe, overseeing product management for next generation creative tools. He is pioneering new product design and development approaches and launched Adobe’s first product using lean methodologies. Tom created and leads Adobe Voice, a visual storytelling tool now used by millions. Yahoo! Tech editor David Pogue called it “one of the simplest, most creative, most joyous apps ever written.” Apple named it one of the Best Apps of the Year.

Previously, Tom oversaw video and gaming products at Adobe used by over 1.3 billion people. He also managed social media and strategy at Reuters and taught design thinking at the Reuters Innovation Studio in New York and London. While there, Tom launched the first user generated news service at a global news agency, and he was selected as an Emmy Award finalist for his work in interactive media.

Tom also serves on the board of Inforum at the Commonwealth Club, the largest and longest-running public forum in the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, MA in Education from Stanford, and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He gets excited about great stories, traveling and eating things he can’t name, and colorful interlocking Danish bricks.

Zach Nies

Company
Techstars
Twitter
@zachnies

Session
Accelerate Beyond The Lean Startup
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Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars for the Boulder program and a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His whole career has been dedicated to entrepreneurship at startups and inside large companies. He is using that experience guided by his core value of Learn, Do, Teach, Learn to help companies of all sizes successfully bring new products and services to market. At CU, he is an Advisory Board Member for the Silicon Flatirons Center and an Executive Advisory Board Member for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Before joining Techstars, Zach was Chief Technologist at Rally Software.

Dan Olsen

Company
The Lean Product Playbook
Twitter
@danolsen

Session
A Playbook for Achieving Product-Market Fit
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Dan is a Lean Startup consultant and author who loves all things product. He is glad to have his life back after spending the past year writing The Lean Product Playbook, which was just published by Wiley.

At Olsen Solutions, Dan works with CEOs and product leaders to help them build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP of Product. Dan has worked with companies large and small on a wide variety of web and mobile products. His clients include Facebook, Box, Microsoft, Medallia, and One Medical Group.

Prior to consulting, Dan worked at Intuit, where he led the Quicken product team to record sales and profit. He also led product management at social networking pioneer Friendster and was the cofounder and CEO of TechCrunch award winner YourVersion, a personalized news startup. Dan also hosts the Lean Product and Lean UX Silicon Valley Meetup. He holds engineering degrees from Northwestern and Virginia Tech and an MBA from Stanford.

Alexander Osterwalder

Company
Strategyzer
Twitter
@AlexOsterwalder

Session
How to Intentionally Design a (Lean Startup) Culture
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Dr. Alexander Osterwalder is the lead author of the international bestseller Business Model Generation, passionate entrepreneur, and demanded speaker. He co-founded Strategyzer, a software company specializing in tools and content for strategic management and innovation. Dr. Osterwalder invented the “Business Model Canvas,” the strategic management tool to design, test, build, and manage business models, which is used by companies like Coca Cola, GE, P&G, Mastercard, Ericsson, LEGO, or 3M. He is a frequent keynote speaker in leading organizations and top universities around the world, including Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, IESE and IMD.

Leon Pals

Company
Startup Foundation
Twitter
@leonpals

Session
The Next Silicon Valley is the World
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Silicon Valley is successful because of its culture, and culture can be cultivated. According to Leon, the ‘next Silicon Valley’ is the world.

Leon Pals is the chairman of the non-profit Startup Foundation. The foundation facilitates knowledge exchange on modern entrepreneurship through its activities, and do so across the globe. The end game is to create a truly global startup community, based on paying it forward.

On offer is a p2p incubator at its offices, pressure cooker programs on modern entrepreneurship, a global community for founders on Slack called #startup and a weekly curated email with the best content for and from founders from across the globe.

Rocio Perez Ochoa

Company
Bidhaa Sasa
Twitter
@BidhaaSasa

Session
Improving the Quality of Families in Kenya the Lean Startup Way
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Rocío is a co-founder of Bidhaa Sasa, a social startup that finances and distributes household goods that can improve families’ quality of life in rural Kenya.

Rocío most recently set up and ran the financial arm of BBOXX, a manufacturer and distributor of solar home systems, which has subsidiaries in the UK, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Prior to this, she consulted with green startups in emerging markets.

She is also an angel investor with interests in companies involved in solar energy, biomass energy, sustainable forestry, mini-hydro projects, and social bonds.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur she worked for the UK Government as climate change policy adviser and spent almost a decade working in the City of London in hedge funds (and is now making up for it).

A long time ago she earned a Ph.D. in particle physics and more recently a Masters in Environnmental Technologies.

Despite all these fancy things, her most successful startup is her family – two children, husband and cat.

Liz Powers

Company
ArtLifting
Twitter
@lizpowersss

Session
Re-imagining Job Creation: Using Paint
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Liz Powers is the co-founder and Chief Happiness Spreader of ArtLifting, a business that empowers homeless and disabled artists. Liz is a serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. Liz was awarded the “Unsung Heroine Award” in the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Mayor Walsh’s ONEin3 Award for the top impact by a young professional. Liz has an AB, cum laude, from Harvard College and MSc from the University of Edinburgh.

Ritika Puri

Company
Storyhackers & Lean Startup Company
Twitter
@ritika_puri

Session
Minimum Viable Marketing
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Ritika is a corporate intrepreneur turned entrepreneur who is passionate about using Lean Startup to build and grow new initiatives from 0.

Ritika runs a content company called Storyhackers, which she grew to a customer base of more than 70 in less than 2 years. She works with for companies as diverse as Dun and Bradstreet, Discovery Media, LinkedIn, HireVue, Fundable, OpenView Venture Partners, Box, H2O.ai, the IAB, Taboola, Acknowledge, and Shopify. She’s also the resident storyteller at Lean Startup Company, and helped build the 2014 conference program.

In past lives, she ran a strategic partnerships team for one of the world’s biggest finance publishers, built analytics frameworks to measure ROI across $100M+ of marketing spend, created multi-million dollar revenue streams from the ground up, built a statewide prison outreach program for the Innocence Project, and co-founded a health center in New Delhi, India.

Tara Reed

Company
Kollecto
Twitter
@tarareed_

Session
IGNITE: How to Build a Tech Startup Without Writing Code
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Tara Reed is a Detroit based entrepreneur & the CEO of fast-growing art startup, Kollecto.

As a non-technical founder, she built Kollecto’s app & recommendation engine without writing a single line of code.

Tara frequently blogs about how to ‘build without code’ & has inspired hundreds of non-technical to founders to launch their own apps, using what she calls her ‘code-free toolkit’.

Amanda Richardson

Company
HotelTonight
Twitter
@amandarich01

Session
Lean Startup Case Study: Hotel Tonight
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Amanda Richardson currently serves as Vice President of Product at HotelTonight, the world’s first made-for-mobile hotel booking app. Famous for giving users the ability to book a hotel in less than ten seconds and four taps, HotelTonight offers the best pricing for last minute deals at top hotels vetted personally by HotelTonight staff.

At HotelTonight, Amanda oversees product strategy, product management, design and user research. She is responsible for the consumer mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows, as well as HTx, the web-based tool for hotel revenue managers.

Amanda has more than 10 years of senior leadership experience in product management in companies including Snagajob and Eclipsys. Prior to joining HotelTonight, Amanda served as Head of Product at Prezi where she upgraded Prezi’s workflow and user interface and led mobile efforts to create a truly multi-platform product suite. Amanda holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University.

Eric Ries

Company
The Lean Startup
Twitter
@EricRies

Session
Live Q&A with Eric Ries
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Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business. He graduated in 2001 from Yale University with a B.S. in Computer Science. While an undergraduate, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Ries continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at There.com, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content. He later co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers before moving on to advise startups independently. Today he serves on the board of directors for Code for America and on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and venture capital firms. In 2009, Ries was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Tara.

Frank Rimalovski

Company
New York University
Twitter
@rimalovski

Session
Lean - From Campus to Startup
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At NYU, Frank leads a pan-University initiative to spur and support entrepreneurship and technology commercialization across NYU. Frank is also the managing director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, a seed-stage venture fund formed to invest in startups founded NYU students, faculty and researchers. He is also co-author, with Giff Constable, of the acclaimed book Talking to Humans, which guides entrepreneurs through the customer discovery process.

Frank has more than 20 years of experience in early-stage venture capital, spinouts and technology commercialization. He was a founding partner of corporate spinout VC specialist New Venture Partners, and before that a director and entrepreneur-in-residence in Lucent’s New Ventures Group. Previously, he held positions in marketing and product management and marketing in at Sun Microsystems, Apple and NeXT. Earlier in his career, he was an M&A banker at Bear Stearns and Rodman & Renshaw.

Frank currently serves as Instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program and is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. He sits on the advisory boards for Harlem Biospace and Tufts University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

Frank holds a BA from Tufts University and a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Toby Rubin

Company
UpStart Bay Area
Twitter
@upstartbayarea

Session
Exploring the Fertile Boundaries Between Faith and Business // #leanfaith
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Toby Rubin is founder and CEO of UpStart, a non-profit business dedicated to advancing innovative ideas designed to contribute to the growth and vitality of Jewish life. In a time of rapidly changing needs and interests, UpStart provides education and training in innovation, entrepreneurship and change leadership. UpStart is growing with offices currently located in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Chicago benefitting Jewish social entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” across the United States and in Israel.

Toby’s career began as a litigator on behalf of students with disabilities in education matters, highlighted by a win at the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result of her experience as a Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow, she internalized the value of Jewish wisdom as a framework for finding meaning and purpose in contemporary life and shifted her career. After rising to executive professional leadership for a 100 year old Jewish institution, she left in 2008 to create a new organization out of a project she launched in 2006. Toby brings 30 years of experience out of a range of executive lay leadership roles to her work as well.

Her most successful venture by far has been creation of the Rubin family with husband, Robert. Adult daughters Rachel, Sadie, and Eliana have far exceeded ROI expectations.

Andrea Schneider

Company
Internal Revenue Service
Twitter
@AZSchneiderinMD

Session
Minimum Viable Taxes: Lessons Learned Building an MVP Inside the IRS
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Andrea Schneider is a leader of people and projects, both technical and non‐technical, in the realm of government services. She is a creative innovator whose product development solutions have resulted in improved quality of life for American taxpayers and significant savings for Federal agencies. As a dedicated civil servant and accomplished problem‐solver with a unique mix of technical and business expertise, Andrea has delivered numerous products at the IRS. Andrea is working to bring Agile methodologies into the IRS as a new standard for software development.

When not pushing ahead as a change agent for government, you can find Andrea on her kayak or at a concert for a new up-and-coming artist.

David Semerad

Company
STRV
Twitter
@davidsemerad

Session
Sponsored Talk: Outsourcing vs. Hiring Your Own Team
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A driven entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in the software development field, David Semerad grew his mobile and digital app development company, STRV, from a small startup in 2004 to a thriving company with more than 100 employees servicing four offices on two continents. Serving top startups as well as Fortune 500 brands, STRV is a preferred partner for tech seed finance giant Y Combinator and has managed projects with a total user base of more than 50 million. Responsible for the development of several high-profile apps that have been acquired by publicly traded companies, David’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TechCrunch.

Janice Semper

Company
General Electric

Session
Getting Lean to Stick
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Janice is a member of the GE Human Resource function focused on leadership development and culture. She is currently leading an effort to drive a cultural transformation to make GE a simpler, faster and more customer-centric organization

Janice has been with GE for 19 years where she held a number of HR Leader positions. She began her career with Pepsi-Cola Company where she worked for six years holding a number of positions in Human Resources .

Her areas of passion and expertise are driving change; scaling efforts in large, diverse, global organizations; defining disruptive strategies and bringing them to life; living a healthy lifestyle, discovering the world and being a life long learner.

Janice earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and M.A. in Organization Psychology from Columbia University in New York.

Tejal Shah

Company
KidAdmit, Inc.
Twitter
@tejaltshah

Session
Being a Lean Startup Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Frank Chen, Tejal Shah and Reshma Khilnani.
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Tejal Shah is the Founder & CEO of KidAdmit. KidAdmit is a fast growing marketplace for children’s programs that expands into California state and moving into it’s next metro soon. She has raised funding from well known institutional venture capitalists who share her vision. Tejal also co-founded Peninsula Wealth, an independent wealth management firm. Before founding KidAdmit, Tejal focused on implementing special programs in elementary schools. She has 15+ years of professional experience to building successful businesses and her passion lies in early childhood education. Tejal holds an engineering degree from University of Rochester as well as a 2nd degree black belt in Karate.

Tomer Sharon

Company
WeWork
Twitter
@tsharon

Session
Don't Listen to Users, Sample Their Experience!
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Tomer is head of user experience at WeWork in New York City leading a team that designs work and living spaces, communities, and services around the world. Formerly a senior user experience researcher at Google Search, Tomer is the author of the book “Validating Product Ideas Through Lean User Research (2015)”. He founded and led the Israeli chapter of the User Experience Professionals’ Association and has been preaching and teaching UX at Google’s LaunchPad program, a bootcamp for early-stage startups around the world, in conferences, and at Treehouse and General Assembly. Tomer holds a master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He is @tsharon on Twitter and Instagram.

Amir Shevat

Company
Slack
Twitter
@ashevat

Session
Irrational Products
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Amir is a passionate product guy working with startups around the world. Currently, Amir leads Developer Relations at Slack. Previously, he was the global Startup Outreach lead at Google Developer Relations, led Google Campus Tel Aviv, was a Developer Advocate at Microsoft, and was the co-founder of several startups.

Spenser Skates

Company
Amplitude
Twitter
@spenserskates

Session
IGNITE: Finding your mobile growth
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Spenser Skates founded Amplitude in 2012 to revolutionize the way companies interact with their mobile users. He and co-founder Curtis Liu completely rebuilt the mobile user analytics stack, creating a behavioral analytics engine that would finally allow companies to easily understand what their users are doing in their applications. Spenser first discovered the need for a better mobile analytics solution while founding Y Combinator startup Sonalight, a voice recognition texting app, which led to his idea for Amplitude. Prior to Sonalight and Amplitude, Spenser worked as an algorithmic trader for DRW Trading Group. He has a B.S. degree in Bioengineering from MIT and is a two-time winner of MIT’s largest programming competition, Battlecode.

Aubrey Smith

Company
Sparked Advisory

Session
Lean Startup 301
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Aubrey Smith is an enterprise innovation ninja, Lean Startup coach and passionate innovation acceleration strategist. She knows what it takes to bring Lean Startup into the enterprise. Aubrey was on the early team of GE’s FastWorks initiative where she worked directly with Eric Ries and David Kidder to develop critical components of the operating system and mindset shift of the company-wide effort. She then joined Bionic, an innovation consulting firm, as Director of the Bionic Enterprise Accelerator, and led large client innovation transformation efforts and the Bionic Lab.

Aubrey is now founder and president of Sparked Advisory, an enterprise Lean Startup strategy and workshop group. Sparked Advisory works directly with your team to assess your innovation goals, establish a plan and host Lean Startup workshops designed specifically to meet the goals of your leaders, your product teams and your functional areas. Sparked also provides expert-led 90 day accelerated Lean Startup coaching for any level or stage of team within your company. (www.sparkedadvisory.com)

Thijs Sprangers

Company
Live on Demand
Twitter
@thijs_sprangers

Session
IGNITE: Live on Demand - Making Thought Leaders Accessible
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Live on Demand is the crowdfunding platform for live speaking events. Who do you want live on stage in your city? Start a crowdfunding campaign and invite your network to join. When enough people join we book the speaker and organize the event.
Connecting people has always been my passion and is the main theme in my activities as entrepreneur, speaker, consultant event organizer and board member. Before Live on Demand I founded a full service agency, a conference and a recruitment marketplace.

Erica Swallow

Company
Noble Impact
Twitter
@ericaswallow

Session
IGNITE: Lean Startup in the High School Setting
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Erica Swallow HeadshotErica Swallow is a status quo wrecker, currently helping reimagine America’s education system as VP of Product at Noble Impact, an Arkansas-based social enterprise that aims to provide every student with a relevant and purpose-driven education.

At Noble, Erica leads the charge of building products that empower students to pursue the unknown with confidence and purpose. She believes that understanding the needs of students, parents, teachers, and their communities is the only way to drive real change in schools.

Alongside her work in education, Erica is passionate about discovering and telling stories worth knowing through her writings in Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. A sucker for good ideas, she also makes it a point to share and consume good content and has spoken at SXSW, Web Summit, and WOMMA Summit, among other notable forums.

Erica previously served as the director of community for tech startup Contently, where she managed online and offline community building. She also previously managed the highly successful supported content program for tech news site Mashable and assisted in developing and implementing the social media marketing strategy for The New York Times. Beyond her roles at these organizations, Erica has worked on a number of high-energy projects with teams at TechStars, WeHostels, Saatchi & Saatchi, and New York University, and is the co-founder of peer-to-peer delivery app Deliverish.

Erica is a first-generation college student and holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in marketing and international business from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She believes that education is the key to opportunity.

David Telleen-Lawton

Company
UC Santa Barbara - Technology Management Program
Twitter
@DTLinSB

Session
The Nitty Gritty of Setting Up Customer Discovery Meetings
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Telleen-Lawton has spent almost all of his 37-year career in startup companies, responsible for identifying the business opportunity and what it takes to develop it. As a consultant and as an employee, his companies have ranged from financial management software to medical respiratory equipment, from in-building wireless communication systems to an app to locate a loved one’s grave.

In all cases, these were new-to-the-world products or services or new-to-the-company markets. This meant the primary agenda was discovering whether a worthwhile business opportunity existed and the right way to be in business.

Consequently, each challenge began with reaching out to the decision makers and users that the founders/inventors believed were the likely customers. Prospective customers ranged from consumers to F500 CIOs. Once in contact, this meant qualifying and setting up a meeting with the decision-making teams on each side — developing the customers while developing a bull’s-eye product…or figuring out everyone’s time was better spent on a different idea. Tens of products, hundreds of meetings, a thousand calls.

Today, Telleen-Lawton is employing the Customer Discovery framework and techniques to craft a new Master of Technology Management (MTM) degree at UC Santa Barbara and to coach MTM students on a Career Discovery & Exploration process to identify their dream career or dream calling…and a job upon graduation.

Vincent Thamm

Company
Transavia
Twitter
@Vincent_Thamm

Session
How Lean Startup Accelerates (open) Innovation
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Focus on improving the organisation by working on change, innovation, continuous improvement and culture.

Experience on B2B Sales & Distribution innovation (Agile, SAFe), Passenger Experience innovation (Lean Startup), and Incremental innovation & process improvement (Lean)

Teresa Torres

Company
Product Talk
Twitter
@ttorres

Session
How to Choose Your Next Experiments
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Teresa is a product coach who helps teams adopt user-centered, hypothesis-driven product development practices. She works with companies of all sizes on integrating user research, experimentation, and the right analytics into the product development process leading to better product decisions.

She has spent the majority of her career leading product and design teams at early-stage internet companies. Most recently, Teresa was VP of Products at AfterCollege, an Internet startup that helps college students find their first job. She was CEO of Affinity Circles, an online community provider for university alumni associations and a social recruiting service used by Fortune 500 companies. She also held product and design roles at Become.com and HighWire Press.

Teresa has a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and an MS in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.

Jen Tress

Company
18F/GSA
Twitter
@jdtress

Session
Lean Methodologies When the Organization is the Product
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Jennifer Tress is the Director of the Talent Team at 18F. She’s responsible for the full recruitment cycle – from candidate identification to selection for hire for specialized technical talent targeted for 18F and other agencies. This talent pool is essential to solving the largest constituent facing problems in the federal government space. Prior to joining 18F, Jennifer spent 15+ years as a human capital and organizational development management consultant. In this capacity, she managed large, complex teams and engagements within the private and public sector (including FedEx, The Nature Conservancy, and nearly every department in the U.S. federal government), reengineering systems to emerge high-functioning organizations. She is passionate about her work, and getting results.

Takashi Tsutsumi

Company
Learning Entrepreneur's Lab
Twitter
@t_tutu

Session
Lean Startup Accelerator for Enterprises to Create New Businesses
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Takashi is managing partner of Learning Entreprenurs Lab. Prior to that, he has been venture capitalists for last 15 years at VC arm in the largest insurance company in Japan MSIVC and at Silicon Valley based VC called Worldview Technology Partners. He invested into technology startups broadly from internet and mobile, device and equipment, cleantech.

Learning Enrepreneurs Lab is a process oriented seed accelerator in Japan. Our program has standard process, Lean Launhcpad invented by Steve Blank to build a new business, which make it efficient and effective and therefore the alumni startup of the program have higher chance of success.

Alejandro Velez

Company
Back to the Roots
Twitter
@backtotheroots

Session
IGNITE: What Mushrooms and Fish Poop Taught Us About Launching a New Line of Breakfast Cereals
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Back to the Roots was founded in 2009 by then college seniors Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora after discovering how to grow gourmet mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. Since then, Back to the Roots has evolved from urban mushroom farming to a thriving business on a mission to undo food and reconnect families to it through fun, innovative, and delicious Ready to Grow and Ready to Eat products (Organic Mushroom Farm, Water Garden, Garden-in-a-Can, Organic Stoneground Flakes, Organic Breakfast Toppers, and Organic Stoneground Crisps). Back to the Roots currently sells its products in over 14,000 stores worldwide, including Whole Foods Market, Target, Costco, The Home Depot, Nordstrom, Petco, Cost Plus World Market, Loblaw, Giant Eagle, Wegmans, The Fresh Market, Crate & Barrel, Urban Outfitters, Safeway, and Kroger.

Nikhil and Alejandro have been honored with several awards recognizing their efforts in sustainability and entrepreneurship including BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25,” Inc.’s “30 Under 30,” Inc. 500, Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” and CNN’s “10 Next Entrepreneurs to Watch.” In addition, Back to the Roots was named a 2013 Martha Stewart Top Ten American Made honoree and recognized by President Obama as Champions of Change.

Poornima Vijayashanker

Company
Femgineer
Twitter
@poornima

Session
How to Ship Your Ideas
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Poornima Vijayashanker is currently the founder at Femgineer, an education startup that helps empower engineers, founders, and product leads to transform their ideas into tangible, high-impact products.

Previously, Poornima was the founding engineer at Mint.com, where she helped build, launch, and scale the product until its acquisition in 2009. A lecturer at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, and a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where she advised startup companies on product development, technical recruiting, customer acquisition, and fundraising.

Poornima holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

When she’s not building products or companies she enjoys Bikram yoga, rock climbing, and running. Poornima lives in sunny Palo Alto, CA with her boyfriend and two cats: Colby Jack and Riley.

James Warren

Company
Share More Stories & Johnson, Inc.
Twitter
@warrenjwric

Session
The Startup Storyteller: Using Stories to Learn
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James Warren is focused on empowering people and brands to share their stories.

For more than 20 years, James nurtured a personal passion for storytelling. Throughout his youth, he demonstrated a strong desire to tell stories, and by the mid-90s, he began writing in earnest. In 2005, he started exploring the space between publishing and technology with the Digital Book Project, an experiment in online novel writing. During the same time, James also led various CPG brand management and business development efforts, including a number of new brand and new product introductions at Altria Group.

After a successful corporate marketing career, James took the plunge and started sharemorestories.com in the fall of 2014, focused on empowering people to get their stories out and into the world. Now in partnership with Johnson, Inc., Share More Stories is helping brands and organizations grow through insightful brand strategies, and connect with people through their stories.

James studied Economics and Literature at Princeton University, Creative Writing at Columbia University and Marketing at the University of Richmond. He volunteers with TEDxRVA, Enactus at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, and MEGA Mentors. And of course, he continues to share stories whenever – and wherever – he can.

Johanna Wellington

Company
GE
Twitter
@GEResearch

Session
GE–Fuel Cells: Running a Lean Startup Inside a Big Corporation
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Johanna has 20+ years of experience in Energy. She joined GE Power Systems in 1992 as a combustion design engineer responsible for low emission technology development. Her career path included additional leadership roles in technology and quality organizations. In 2002 she accepted the role of General Manager, Accessory Systems Engineering and in 2004 she became the General Manager for the Generator & Electrical Systems Engineering Department. Johanna joined GE’s Global Research Center in 2010 as Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy leading a broad portfolio of research focused on energy and water solutions. In October of 2013, Johanna joined the GE Ventures team in her current role as Chief Executive Officer for GE-Fuel Cells, LLC where she is focused on accelerating the commercialization of solid oxide fuel cell technology.

Johanna earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in 1992 and a Masters in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998.

Rachel Weston Rowell

Company
CA Technologies
Twitter
@RachelAWeston

Session
Accelerate Beyond The Lean Startup
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Rachel Weston Rowell is an Agile Fellow in the Rally Software business within CA Technologies. Throughout her career, she has worked actively to help people create more collaborative, engaged, and humane working environments. Her passion is leveraging expert facilitation to create spaces in which empowered teams can solve our toughest problems.

Larry L. Williams Jr.

Company
UnionBase.org
Twitter
@unionbasics

Session
IGNITE: People vs Profit - Finding Harmony
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I’m a young person who has lived in over 5 states and been working since I was 16. I always had a passion for Business and Politics. When I turned 18, I moved to Washington D.C. and ended up working for the Teamsters Union on Capitol Hill. That opportunity led me to my dream of revolutionizing the Labor Movement through technology and disrupting business as usual while improving the lives of workers. The culmination of that dream and my passion for web development (I taught myself to code nights and weekends after work in one year) led to the creation of UnionBase.org, a first of its kind startup. I partnered with a fellow union staffer from another major union and using Lean techniques spent a year building our business, site, and network. We’re still in the early stages, having launched only a few weeks ago, but are already getting significant feedback and interest from large Labor organizations at a time when unions are in dire need of a web presence. We’ve been lucky enough to be invited to the Lean Startup conference and intend to make best use of this honorable invitation and hopefully add to the story being written.

Geeta Wilson

Company
Humana, Inc.
Twitter
@geetsabrit

Session
Sponsored Talk: How to be "Scrappy" in a Fortune 500 Company
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Geeta Wilson is a highly innovative and transformational Customer Experience and Operational Excellence leader with extensive domestic and international experience within start-ups and Fortune 500 companies such as Humana and NCR. She has specific knowledge and background in both mature and pre-IPO organizations. Known as a visionary with a dynamic, results-oriented approach to success, her passion has taken shape with bringing the spirit of the start-up within healthcare insurance giant Humana while returning to the company some $6M+ first year savings. Coined as Faststart – the growing enterprise consumer-centric movement has challenged convention and Humana’s corporate routines to 5000+ associates and 1000+ leaders using methods from Lean Start-up, Agile/Scrum, Design Thinking, and Lean 6 Sigma to accelerate speed to market across all lines of business. Adopting a “scrappy but not crappy” philosophy, Geeta has led the cross-functional FastStart team of less than a 100 to insist on breaking down silos, rethinking routine, pioneering simplicity, cultivating uniqueness, rejecting bureaucracy and making it easy for consumers to do business with Humana — all at the same time being entrenched in trust-centered leadership and associate empowered environment.

When not delivering results at work, she is happily playing mother, wife and entrepreneur to her four strapping teenage sons, super cool husband and business partner, Clive.

Christina Wodtke

Company
Wodtke Consulting
Twitter
@cwodtke

Session
From Inspiration to Innovation - Using Design Thinking to Build Creative New Products
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Christina has helped grow companies like LinkedIn, Yahoo, Zynga, and the New York Times as well as numerous startups throughout Silicon Valley. She’s the author of 101 Theses on Design, Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web and her new book about OKRs, The Executioner’s Tale. She speaks worldwide about the journey to excellence and writes at eleganthack.com.

Emily Wright-Moore

Company
United States Digital Service - Department of Veterans Affairs

Session
Intro to USDS and 18F
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Emily is the design lead for Vets.gov – a new site focused on delivering digital services to Veterans clearly and efficiently. Designed and developed in the open, Vets.gov is being built by the United States Digital Service Team within the VA. Formerly of Twilio and Code for America, she is thrilled to use her design and engineering skills public service.

Mentors

Kathy Astromoff

Company
Blink
Twitter
@KathyAstromoff

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Kathy Astromoff is a cofounder of Blink, a startup that connects game developers with broadcasters to drive user installs. As principal of Face to Face Marketing Strategy, she also coaches talented professionals in leadership and strategic thinking, and advises companies on B2B marketing strategy. Most recently she served as CEO, Electronics at UBM, a global events company. She previously led teams serving deep-tech communities such as game developers, software developers and IT security researchers. Prior to her media career, Kathy held a variety of business development roles in the videogame industry. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • User research
  • Scaling and growth
  • Marketing

Arthur Bart-Williams

Company
Canogle
Twitter
@artbartwlms

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Arthur is co-founder of Canogle. Their product, Rovr, helps connect people to places through stories, making experiences more meaningful, memorable, and shareable on a location-based publishing platform. He is an engineering graduate of UC Berkeley with over 20 years of startup experience and a four-time entrepreneur that is passionate about solving problems, lean principles, and mentorship.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

 

Blair Beverly

Company
Google
Twitter
@BlairBeverly

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Blair manages a team at Google that develops data-based products and technical marketing solutions to drive growth across Google AdSense’s millions of web partners.

He advises individuals and teams both in and outside of Google on how to construct MVPs to test fundamental assumptions before investing big in an idea. Blair spoke about his experience leading his organization to adopt Lean Startup methods at the 2014 Lean Startup Conference.

A researcher at heart, Blair studied and researched organizational behavior while earning a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He also has a B.S. from Stanford University, where he studied and researched behavioral ecology.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Corporate innovation

John Bradberry

Company
ReadyFounder
Twitter
@johnbradberry

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Background in psychology. 25 years of experience improving performance in global firms and startups. Focused on (1) founder readiness and fit, (2) minimizing founder-driven (and ego-driven) waste, and (3) building corporate entrepreneurial talent. Co-developer of Entrepreneur Core Characteristics Profile www.FounderProfile.com. Helps leaders/teams get smarter, more honest, and more focused.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Misha Chellam

Company
Tradecraft
Twitter
@mishachellam

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I’m good at starting things. I’m still working on running things.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social sector innovation
  • Venture capital

Brant Cooper

Company
Moves the Needle
Twitter
@brantcooper

Session
Lean Innovation in the Enterprise Dinner
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Brant Cooper helps organizations big and small innovate. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur and “The Lean Brand.” He is a sought after keynote speaker, startup advisor and corporate mentor.

He has experienced IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure.

Brant is the Co-Founder of Moves the Needle Group, which has advised the innovation practices of such leading companies as General Electric, Intuit, Capital One, ADP, and Transamerica.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Metrics
  • People Management
  • Scaling and Growth
  • PR
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Corporate Innovation

Brett Durrett

Company
IMVU
Twitter
@bdurrett

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Brett Durrett is the CEO of IMVU, a company pretty familiar with the Lean Startup. He’s good to hit-up on a conversation about the early days of being lean and scaling to be a pretty big business. He’s also not-too-shabby at explaining how to scale with Continuous Deployment.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Aaron Eden

Company
Moves the Needle
Twitter
@aaroneden

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Aaron is co-founder of Moves the Needle, a lifelong entrepreneur, teacher and design thinker. He is a prolific force in the Tucson community, co-founder of Startup Tucson, and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona.

Previously Aaron was an Innovation Catalyst at Intuit Inc., where his lean startup workshop series and mentorship transformed thousands of aspiring internal entrepreneurs and leaders into lean startup innovators.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Metrics
  • Social Media
  • Corporate Innovation

Robert Fan

Company
Sharethrough
Twitter
@robfan

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Rob Fan is the co-founder and CTO of Sharethrough. An early adopter of Lean Startup principles, having learned them directly from Eric Ries & Steve Blank, Rob has been using these principles to grow Sharethrough into a global organization. The Sharethrough monetization platform is used by major publishers like Time Inc., Gannett and CBS as full-stack native advertising software and a marketplace for content-focused advertisers like Audi and Intel. Rob shares his Lean Startup experiences by speaking at various conferences and mentoring other entrepreneurs on both the technical and process orientated aspects of customer development and MVP’s. Prior to Sharethrough, Rob worked for Booz Allen Hamilton providing technical analysis for three letter agencies and earned degrees from both Stanford and Johns Hopkins.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer development
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Darin Foster

Company
The Walt Disney Company
Twitter
@fostered

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Darin leads a team of product managers at Disney Consumer Products & Interactive overseeing the sites and platforms that power an always-on, responsive media network of experiences including disney.com, starwars.com, and ohmydisney.com.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social media
  • Corporate innovation

Mike Hagler

Company
Clever

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Michael is an entrepreneur, angel investor and one of the two managing partners behind NYC’s leading web/mobile product studio for over 10 years. As an investor, operator and founder, Michael has worked in the SaaS, logistics, agency, pharmaceutical, FinTech and market-economy industries, and past projects have been featured on TechCrunch, by Apple, in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, the Inc5000 and on Bloomberg TV. Michael currently serves as a board member, advisor, or active angel investor to a number of funded startups and growth businesses in London, New York City, Florida, Israel, Dubai and San Francisco.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer development
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Startup law
  • Corporate innovation
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Learie Hercules

Company
Octavia Technologies
Twitter
@learieherc

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Learie Hercules is the founder of Octavia Technologies, a company that aims to collaboratively quantify the quality of wireless connectivity across every device and a Sr Technical Director of Big Data at AT&T. He oversees strategy and roadmap and also helps startups incorporate Big Data (Analytics, Data Science, Infrastructure) in their overall growth strategy. He also speaks at conferences focused on emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT). He currently serves on several technology and non-profit boards.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Social sector innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Jez Humble

Company
Humble, O'Reilly & Associates LLC
Twitter
@jezhumble

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Jez Humble is co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series (O’Reilly, 2015). He has consulted for many Global 500 companies to help them achieve technical excellence and deploy a culture of experimentation and learning. His focus is on helping organizations discover and deliver valuable, high quality products. Jez is a lecturer at UC Berkeley and founder of consultancy company Humble, O’Reilly & Associates.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • User research
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams

Arthur Johnson

Company
Twilio
Twitter
@98arthurj

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Arthur runs the Corporate and Business Development group at Twilio, a pre-IPO cloud communications platform company. Previously , he was an Operating Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer at Cisco WebEx for 3 years, and also held various corporate development leadership roles at Intuit and HP. He started his career at the US Treasury Department, and was an M&A investment banker at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate innovation
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Susana Jurado Apruzzese

Company
Telefonica
Twitter
@sjapru

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Susana is Innovation Manager and mentor at Telefonica R&D. In recent years she has been working in strategy, the last four years mainly focused on innovation. She is part of the team that defined Telefonica R&D early stage innovation model, where Lean Startup is the cornerstone of the execution phase. In her role at Telefonica R&D she is part of the team that runs the innovation process, fosters conceptualization of new ideas to get high quality innovation proposals and mentors and assesses innovation projects. She has co-authored the Lean Elephants white paper, describing their experience and learnings of applying Lean Startup to innovation projects at Telefonica for almost four years. She was speaker at the 2014 Lean Startup Conference to talk about the experience applying Lean Startup at Telefónica. Susana lives in Madrid, Spain, and holds a MS in Telecommunication Engineering and an MBA from IE Business School.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer Development
  • People Management
  • Corporate Innovation

Megan Kierstead

Company
Social Ergonomics
Twitter
@megkierstead

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Megan is somewhere between user experience (UX), product management, and strategy because as it turns out, people and technology are complicated. She is passionate about people and building things that they love.

She wants to help others learn to be better entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers. She loves to teach and help others grow.

She currently consults for early stage startups and blogs on Medium (https://medium.com/@megkierstead).

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research

Tanya Koshy

Company
Google

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Tanya has significant experience applying her entrepreneurial spirit within large companies. She’s currently a product manager for Google Express, a new same-day delivery service that Google recently launched. Previously she was Head of Growth for Google Helpouts and before that, PM for Groupon’s merchant services team.

In all roles, she’s focused on using Lean Startup principles, user research and data analysis to drive growth.

She has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Marketing and Management and Organizations. She also graduated from Stanford University, majoring in American Studies and minoring in Computer Science.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Corporate innovation

Sonja Kresojevic

Company
Pearson
Twitter
@sonjak18

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Sonja Kresojevic has extensive international experience implementing Agile and Lean – from start ups in Silicon Valley to big broadcasting/publishing organizations in the UK including BBC, News Corp, and Channel 5. Sonja joined Pearson in January 2013 as the Head of Digital Programme Management for PI Digital. Currently she is an SVP in the Chief Product Office, responsible for design and implementation of Pearson’s Global Product Lifecycle and Lean/Agile best practice adoption.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate Innovation

Stephen Liguori

Company
Liguori Innovation
Twitter
@StephenLiguori

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Steve is the Founder and CEO of Liguori Innovation. He specializes in helping complex firms identify and create new sources of growth. He is a sought out expert on applying disruptive and startup principles that stress leadership, speed and improved customer outcomes.
Most recently as GE’s Executive Director of Global Innovation, Steve was instrumental in major efforts that helped transform and re-invigorate GE’s growth, including the Internet of Things with outstanding results. He coaches large firms and startups alike on how to succeed with today’s Disruptive Innovation.

Steve acts as an “Innovation Accelerator” says Beth Comstock, Vice Chairwoman of General Electric,

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social media
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Lou Moore

Company
Jawbone
Twitter
@lourmoore

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Lou Moore is VP Software at Jawbone where he leads software development for the Jawbone UP system. Prior to Jawbone, Lou was Director of Product Engineering at social networking startup hi5, and one of the earliest members of their engineering team. The process of fast-paced experimentation that fueled hi5’s growth developed into a passion for lean product development techniques that he continues to apply and evolve at Jawbone.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Metrics
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams

 

Grace Ng

Company
Javelin
Twitter
@uxceo

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Grace Ng is the Co-Founder of Javelin.com, a software and services company for implementing Lean Startup. She has trained thousands of entrepreneurs around the world, and coached executives from companies like GE, American Express, and ESPN, to help them explore, validate, and launch new product ideas.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Corporate innovation

María de Olano Mata

Company
Telefonica Research and Development
Twitter
@mdomata

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María works as Innovation Manager and Lean Startup mentor at Telefónica R&D in Barcelona. During the last four years she has been part of the team which has designed and implemented a pioneer innovation framework. One of the essential pieces of that program is the roll out of Lean Startup methodologies.

To share the learnings and the experience she co-authored with Susana Jurado the Lean Elephants whitepaper and in last year confererence they explained it in depth as speakers. María combines an engineering background with product and business skills but even more importantly she is passionate about people, this is why she enjoys so much the Lean Startup mentor role. María strongly believes that although there are obstacles and difficulties Lean Startup delivers clear benefits also in the context of a large corporation.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer Development
  • People Management
  • Corporate Innovation

William Pietri

Company
Code for America
Twitter
@williampietri

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A developer, entrepreneur, and writer, William Pietri has started 5 companies and has been applying Agile and Lean methods to startups since 2000. He’s especially interested in how to make high-performing cross-functional teams and is active in the Balanced Team movement. A Lean Startup mentor since 2011, he is happy to talk with even the rawest of novices.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • Engineering and technical issues
  • Social sector innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Oseas Ramirez Assad

Company
Cisco Systems
Twitter
@oseasra

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I started my career right out of high school co-fouding a web. dev shop, and as a CIO for a newspaper. I then became an ISP CTO and developed different products. I switched careers and became a family counselor, worked as one and as a public speaker. Then I founded three startups (elearning, digital agency and solar energy). I now work at Cisco Systems in charge of the development of the top 2% senior managers, and leading an effort to introduce Lean Startup in our corporation.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • People Management
  • Managing people and teams
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Manuel Rosso

Company
Seven R Services
Twitter
@manuelrosso

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Manuel has been practicing Lean Startup principles since 2006 when he worked with Eric Ries and the rest of the IMVU team as VP of Product and Marketing. After IMVU Manuel used Concierge MVP to validate his ideas for his next startup, Food on the Table (acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive in 2013). Today Manuel lives in the intersection of Food and Technology advising Scripps Networks on Business Development opportunities and startups in the Austin community.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Ursula Shekufendeh

Company
AppFolio, Inc.
Twitter
@ursheku

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Ursula Shekufendeh is a rental market technology expert who has most recently managed strategic partnerships at AppFolio, Inc. With a background in product management she has experimented extensively with lean methodologies.

As a UC Berkeley graduate and 2014 Lean Startup Conference speaker, Ursula is happy to return to the Bay Area and share her experience with the Lean Startup community.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • User research
  • Scaling and growth

Thomas Spengler

Company
TWILIO

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I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Customer development
  • Scaling and growth
  • Corporate innovation

Akash Trivedi

Company
Kiva

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I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Metrics
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Social sector innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Sugath Warnakulasuriya

Company
Liguori Innovation
Twitter
@sugathw

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Sugath is a strategic advisor and entrepreneur with ~30 years experience in tech and market driven innovation with Fortune 500s and startups.

He co-founded and was CEO of 10EQS (‘Ten X’). Previously, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co as well as independently, helping SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco, Alliance build new ventures, launch products, develop and execute growth and competitive strategies, and build channel ecosystems across the globe.

He is an investor and advisor with Sand Hill Angels, Pasadena Angels, and AmplifyLA Accelerator.

He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS/BS in Computer Science from USC.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer development
  • Metrics
  • People Management
  • Scaling and growth
  • Managing people and teams
  • Marketing
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Justin Wilcox

Company
Customer Development Labs

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Specializing in applying Lean Startup, Justin works with early stage founders and Fortune 1000 companies including Google, Microsoft, Intel, HP, Redbox, Coinstar and others helping them understand:

– What to test
– When to test and
– How to test it

Justin has been a speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Lean Startup Conferences, and is a global mentor for Startup Weekend, Startup NEXT, Lean Startup Machine and Founder Institute.

I’m excited to hold conversations with attendees on the following topics:

  • Experimentation
  • Customer Development
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship challenges

Facilitators

Jason Ashlok

Company
The Frontier Project

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

In the early months of the global recession, when the publishing industry was anxious and contracting, Jason launched a literary firm from a standing start. In a few years, it had become a known industry force. He packaged books for Hall of Fame athletes and Oscar-winning actors, for Pulitzer nominees and Grammy winners, for indie film stars and fledgling novelists. In the process, he honed his skills in narrative design and product development, and then pivoted to a new mission: break the book out of its ghetto. FrontierPress is how he’s chipping away at the wall.

Splitting his time between Manhattan and Richmond, and straddling the worlds of artisanal print design and digital magic, Jason crafts immersive reading experiences that equip Frontier clients to learn, launch, and lead within their organizations and communities. An avid book historian, he tells audiences around the world that books remain the most efficient content delivery systems ever invented. An avid book futurist, he tells the same listeners that the best days of the book are just ahead: when the tools of its design, production and distribution are within the control of brands and individuals who can harness the book’s true potential to create connection. An avid book reader, he’ll foist his favorites on you whenever you ask (and even if you don’t).

Jason has been known to share his passion for books far and wide from the Frankfurt Book Fair to SxSW. Keep an eye on him online to see when he is coming to your town, and catch him there. You won’t be disappointed.

Jeanette DePatie

Company
Lean Startup Co.
Twitter
@fatchicksings

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For over two decades Jeanette DePatie has served as a pioneer in marketing, interactive technology and content development; combining three different yet uniquely complimentary skill sets. Utilizing these skills, she excels at helping people and corporations to tell their stories. She has put this skill to work in projects at all levels from helping an executive team at a Monsanto subsidiary roll out an international technical product launch, to helping small children learn about the human body in a set-top game for the latest Magic School Bus® DVD. She has produced interactive art projects for Intel’s Creator’s Project at Coachella, written patent applications for and executive produced the Dance2It mobile application platform, created bleeding-edge trade show demos for Microsoft, produced a multi-city mall tour for Konami’s American Idol, written a best-selling book, and produced literally hundreds of hours of LIVE streamed content.

Jeanette has produced, managed, marketed and created materials for a wide range of other clients including Apple, Disney, Fox, HBO, Heuris, Hitachi, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Monsanto, Panasonic, Paramount, Pulitzer Broadcasting, Sony, Southwestern Bell, Spruce, Sundance, Universal, and Warner Bros. She is frequently contacted by the media and has appeared on or in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dr. Drew, The Katie Couric Show, ABC News, CBS Interactive and The Huffington Post. Jeanette has also served as a committee leader and national board member for the Producers Guild of America.

Mark Graban

Company
KaiNexus / Constancy, Inc.
Twitter
@MarkGraban

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Mark Graban is author of the Shingo-Award winning book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement. Mark is also co-author, with Joe Swartz, of Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements (also a Shingo recipient) and The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He is also the founder of www.LeanBlog.org.

Mark’s passion is to apply Lean and Toyota Production System principles to improve quality of care and patient safety, to improve the customer/patient experience, to help the development of medical professionals and employees, and to help build better workplaces and stronger organizations for the long term.

He serves as a consultant to healthcare organizations through his company, Constancy, Inc and is also the vice president of customer success for the technology company KaiNexus. He has focused on healthcare improvement since 2005, after starting his career at General Motors, Dell, and Honeywell. Mark is a faculty member for the Lean Enterprise Institute and the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value.

Mark has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Leaders for Global Operations Program. Mark and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bill Grundfest

Company
Hollywood Corporate Content
Twitter
@BillGrundfest

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Psss – wanna get bought by Google?

Bill Grundfest is a Golden Globe award winning Hollywood writer-producer who recently helped a Silicon Valley start-up do just that (yes, he had stock).

How? By teaching them to tell their story using Hollywood’s “Secret Sauce” – the insider methods that power every hit movie and TV series – and can power your story too.

For enterprises: Bill is a triple Emmy Award nominee who’s consulted for Sony, Viacom, CBS, NBC, Paramount, Showtime, HBO, numerous Academy Award and Emmy telecasts – and is the first human to adapt a U.S. sitcom for Chinese audiences.

Bill’s keynotes and workshops are fun, no-theory allowed events that have audience members creating their own story, immediately, in real time (and they leverage Lean Start Up principles such as minimum viable product, pivoting, and iterating, in the process).

As he says: “… “every team needs to be as good at story telling as they are in product, finance, leadership – because these days, whatever business you think you’re in, you’re in show business.”

Jennifer Maerz

Company
Lean Startup Co.

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Jennifer Maerz is a freelance writer and digital media strategy consultant who also works as a contributing editor for Lean Startup Co. She recently published a researched strategy study on best practices for reaching a digitally-savvy Millennial audience for the American Press Institute. She was the Editor-in-Chief for The Bold Italic, Gannett’s San Francisco experiment in innovative local media.

Heather McGough

Company
Lean Startup Company
Twitter
@urbanitysf

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Heather McGough is co-founder of Lean Startup Company. During the conference she will be hosting a Coaches Corner, World50 breakfast and more. For five years, Heather has been providing education, tools, and partnerships to entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, empowering them to overcome challenges in building new companies and products. She spends most of her time heading up our training program, hosting guests on our podcast series, and developing our upcoming Lean Startup Labs series. She enjoys developing new ways to support the global community of aspiring and existing Lean Startup practitioners. She has formed two other companies and before that spent seven years building non-profit programs.

Melissa Moore

Company
Lean Startup Co.

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Melissa Moore is co-founder of Lean Startup Co. and an Executive Producer of The Lean Startup Conference, overseeing production and operations. During the conference she will be the host of our Office Hours speed mentoring sessions. Melissa has managed and produced dozens of technology and entrepreneurship conferences over the past 4 years in San Francisco, New York, and London. Prior to event production, she worked in advertising sales and startup operations. Melissa has worked remotely for the past 5 years and is an avid world traveler. Her “office” has been wherever her travels have taken her, from a charming patisserie in Paris, to a beach-side bungalow in Maui, and a high-rise condo overlooking the mean streets of Bangkok.

Amee Mungo

Company
Capital One
Twitter
@AMungo

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Amee Mungo is a passionate Customer Experience and Digital Native with a career spanning 2 decades and multiple geographies with tech start-ups and strategy consulting. Always customer facing, always customer passionate, always in partnership with Design, Strategy and Engineering.
Currently with Capital One in Product Management and Digital Transformation, Amee’s specialty is to articulate early customer intent with business stakeholders and infuse the Product Development lifecycle with customer empathy, design strategy, and UX. Amee and the entire Product Management family are leading a change throughout Capital One that continues to elevate Capital One as a software company – driving disruption and innovation across the banking industry.