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Survival and Pivot

Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Survival and Pivots Track Opening Remarks
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Elisa Sepulveda (She/Her)
Elisa Sepulveda (She/Her)
Operational Leader and Community Builder

Join as Elisa Sepulveda kicks off the Survival and Pivots Track.

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Is it Time to Pivot?
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Steve Schaffer (He/Him)
Steve Schaffer (He/Him)
Nextfront Ventures, LLC, Advisor | Mentor | Investor | Board Director | Speaker

Is it the right time to pivot your company. If so what does it mean to pivot? Perhaps it is more about focusing on operational efficiency or launching a new product/service. If it is really time to Pivot, this Webinar will help you better understand what it really means to Pivot! 

Topics we will cover: 

- What is a pivot vs. a change in your business model? 
- If you pivot how do you leverage your existing business assets and strengths? 
- How do you make sure you have sufficient resources to be successful 

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Launching in a Pandemic
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Cecilia Laseter (She/Her)
Cecilia Laseter (She/Her)
Peck Boards, Founder/CEO
Kate Herling (She/Her)
Kate Herling (She/Her)
Tandem, CEO & Founder
Clark Nowlin (He/Him)
Clark Nowlin (He/Him)
Golden Ratio, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Albert Swantner (He/Him)
Albert Swantner (He/Him)
Board Member at Naturally Austin, CTO at Mobile Tech RX

A conversation among entrepreneurs who launched new businesses in 2020.  Learn how entrepreneurs navigated the new environment as they adapted to the pandemic reality with changes in supply chains, consumer habits, manufacturing, and working from home. 

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Innovative Brands and Retail Concepts: The Next Wave
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Jeff Ketner (He/Him)
Jeff Ketner (He/Him)
Ketner Group Communications, CEO
David Matthews (He/Him)
David Matthews (He/Him)
RevTech Ventures, Managing Director

This session will focus on the "what's next for brands and retail concepts" that is now dominating the news cycle. Prior to the COVID pandemic, all anyone could talk about was "The store of the future!" and what that meant for shoppers. We now live in a different world, which still revolves around what our future store and favorite brands might look like, but consumers priorities have changed, and expectations have become higher. The panel will discuss, from a VC point of view, what the next wave will be, beyond today's "so hot right now" digitally native brands. They will explore what future shoppers will expect of these brands and retail concepts, including highly personalized services, more experiential shopping and product curation, and of course, convenience. 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Survival and Pivots: SXSW Pitch
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Martin Martinez (He/Him)
Martin Martinez (He/Him)
A-Player Media, Founder & President
Chris Valentine (He/Him)
Chris Valentine (He/Him)
SXSW Pitch, Event Producer

Join Martin Martinez (Founder, A-Player Media & Managing Director, Founder Institute Texas as he sits down with Chris Valentine, (Founder, Adeo Interactive & Producer, SXSW Pitch), as we talk about how the SXSW Pitch Event is moving to virtual in 2021 and what startups should expect when applying to showcase their companies on the virtual stage in March.

We'll also discuss the current plight event producers face as our industry has gone to a standstill during the COVID crisis, what we're doing to adapt, and what events might look like in a Post-COVID World.

Please join us in this timely discussion that affects how we connect, network, and share knowledge as we close out Austin Startup Week 2020.