Sep 23

TechCrunch Disrupt SF

TechCrunch Disrupt SF
September 21-23, 2015
San Francisco, California

“Pebble has over a million users and they recognize that some things are amazing on the wrist and some aren’t there yet.”
~ Eric Migicovsky, Pebble

“Be driven by original thinking. What’s more important than experience is the rate of learning.”
~ Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

“As a small company, one of the things that can kill you is to lose focus.” (on staying a Smart Watch company)
~ Eric Migicovsky, Pebble

“We need to get over this old-school American ideal the hard work is valuable for its own sake. Tech revolutions increase wealth, but also concentrate it.” (re wealth inequality)
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

“It’s not about a lack of desire to have a great and diverse workforce. It’s about access to a network.” (re how men don’t know as many great women as women know)
~ Sukhinder Singh, Joyus

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Vinod Khosla - TCdisrupt
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“To scale a tech company, you have to get really comfortable ripping down what you build.”
~ Ryan Smith, Qualtrics

“The DNA of today’s amazing entrepreneurs is the same as it was for Larry or Sergey.” (re how Google/Alphabet still inspires him)
John Doerr, KPCB

“Patient, providers, and payers aren’t linked in any rational economic system” (re healthcare)
John Doerr, KPCB

“Ideas are easy, it’s execution that’s everything.”
John Doerr, KPCB

“Hardware is the double black diamond of startups.” (re large horizontal market of wearables)
~ Jon Callaghan, True Ventures

“Unicorns are magical creatures by nature. I would like to see these unicorns being judged by the magic that they bring rather than their price tag.”
~ Adi Tatarko, Houzz

Conference Link: TechCrunch Disrupt SF

Sep 18


September 15-18, 2015
San Francisco, California

“We’re in the happy business.”
~ Larry Baer, SF Giants

“52% of Fortune 500 companies have disappeared since 2000.”
~ R Ray Wang, Constellation Research

“Hire people who are willing to learn the next thing.”
~ Susan Wojcicki, YouTube

“It used to take a village, and now it’s online.”
~ Jessica Alba, Actress/The Honest Company

“The job of the CEO is curation of culture.”
~ Satya Nadella, Microsoft

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Marc Benioff - Dreamforce
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“In the collective psyche it is being understood… that we can cultivate wisdom and compassion.”
~ Tara Brach, Author

“Don’t count the people you reach—reach the people that count!” (quoting David Ogilvy)
~ Jon Miller, Engagio

“Mindfulness is an evolutionary strategy that can maximize our human potential.”
~ Tara Brach, Author

“Learning to pause… interrupts some of our deepest conditioning and habits.”
~ Tara Brach, Author

“I think of mindfulness as a way of living, more than as a practice.”
~ Padmasree Warrior, Box

Conference Link: Dreamforce

Sep 14

Content Marketing World

Content Marketing World
September 8-11, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio

“Technology is only as good as the story.”
~ Ann Handley, MarketingProfs

“There is power in saying no… you don’t have to be (everywhere).”
~ Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic

“Never bring an opinion to a data fight.”
~ Andy Crestodina, Orbit Media Studios

“Data-driven empathy, that’s what content marketing is about.”
~ Andy Crestodina, Orbit Media Studios

“If you want to be happy in life, consider yourself a student. Every day of your life, think: how can I improve?”
~ Nick Offerman, Actor

“If you’re not giving credit for something, you’re taking it.”
~ Scott Stratten, UnMarketing

“Content marketing is like a first date. If you only talk about yourself, there won’t be a second one.”
~ David Beebe, Marriott International

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Kristina Halvorson - CMW
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“You certainly can’t outsource personality or humor.” (on effectively outsourcing content)
~ Jason Miller, LinkedIn

“Content marketing is not that hard. It’s simply about answering your customers’ questions.”
~ Michael Brenner, Newscred

“B2B brands that are insanely honest disarm their audience, build trust and signal extreme confidence.”
~ Doug Kessler, Velocity Partners

“The reason we’re not effective with content marketing is because we’re not starting with the ‘why?'”
~ Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic

“People fall in love with your passion and stories – not your business.”
~ Andrew Davis, Author

“Are you making content. Or are you making a difference?”
~ Jay Baer, Convince & Convert

Conference Link: Content Marketing World

Jul 21

Native Advertising Summit

Native Advertising Summit
July 21, 2015
San Francisco, California

“The modern buyer is 70% down the funnel by the time you reach them.”
~ Fred Studer, NetSuite

“Be awesome and syndicate truth.” (new model of advertising)
~ Maggie Louie, Athens Banner Herald

“Be a story maker, instead of a storyteller. Co create stories with customers.”
~ Fred Studer, NetSuite

“If you’re still thinking about selling, you’re gonna fail. Selling cycle is over. What there is, is a non-linear buying cycle.”
~ Fred Studer, NetSuite

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Fred Studer - Native Advertising Summit
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“Brands don’t want to be on the corner of page anymore, they want to fit in.”
~ Dan Greenberg, Sharethrough

“We want to help people live a big life.”
~ Zander Lurie, GoPro

“People no longer want to be interrupted for the privilege of enjoying content. I call that the TV industrial complex.”
~ Mike Maples, Floodgate

“Brands come to publishers for the halo of the platform.”
~ Deanna Zammit, Digiday

Conference Link: Native Advertising Summit

Jul 15

Fortune Brainstorm TECH, part 2

Fortune Brainstorm TECH
July 13-15, 2015
Aspen, Colorado

“It’s important for private companies to build momentum before going public. You decide when.”
~ Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn

“Whatever information you need, it is in Twitter.  We are building better ways to organize that information.”
~ Evan Williams, Twitter

“I was very utopian minded, like many of us on the internet, that we were all going to be smart and get our thoughts out there.”
~ Evan Williams, Twitter

“(Monthly users or views) is such a silly and one dimensional way to measure value on the internet.”
~ Evan Williams, Twitter

“If you give good tools to good people, good things happen.”
~ Evan Williams, Twitter

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Evan Williams - Fortune Brainstorm TECH
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“The disruption from Blockchain will be slow, before it’s fast.”
~ Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn

“Fear is a great motivator, but passion is a better one.”
~ Andrew Liveris, Dow

“The most important thing I do everyday is set the culture of the company.”
~ Helena Foulkes, CVS

“We are in the early days of digital transformation.”
~ Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, New Relic

Conference Link: Fortune Brainstorm TECH

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