Austin Startup Week Austin Startup Week

Monday, October 5, 2020

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Women in Tech Networking

At Capital Factory, we know that making a meaningful connection is one of the most important parts of building a successful company and ecosystem. Networking allows you to interact 1:1 with other participants. This roulette style networking gives you 3-5 minutes to chat. This is an incredible way to build real connections and embrace serendipity.

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Women In Tech Summit Introduction and Best Practices
Wendy Howell (She/Her)
Wendy Howell (She/Her)
Cisco Systems, Chief of Staff

About this Event: 

Capital Factory is dedicated to increasing diversity in the entrepreneurial and tech community while making our coworking space an inclusive environment for all. On October 5th, Capital Factory, along with Google for Startups, Sana Benefits, Baker Botts, and DivInc, will be hosting the Women in Tech Summit to kick off Austin Startup Week.

Earlier this year, we published our 2019 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report, which reflects on our work the past few years, what we're doing currently, and how we want to continue improving in the future. If you have any feedback or comments, we'd love to hear from you!

Who is the event for?

Women leaders, entrepreneurs, and allies in tech who support and invest in diversity and inclusion focused primarily in the Texas and Austin area.

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Fireside Chat with ShearShare
Courtney Caldwell (She/Her)
Courtney Caldwell (She/Her)
ShearShare, Inc., Cofounder & COO
Nancy Fechnay (She/Her)
Nancy Fechnay (She/Her)
Independent Advisor/Angel, EIR at Notley Ventures
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Women in Tech Networking Break

At Capital Factory, we know that making a meaningful connection is one of the most important parts of building a successful company and ecosystem. Networking allows you to interact 1:1 with other participants. This roulette style networking gives you 3-5 minutes to chat. This is an incredible way to build real connections and embrace serendipity.

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Mothers Running Businesses From Home
Monica Cravotta (She/Her)
Monica Cravotta (She/Her)
WP Engine, Vice President of Marketing
Cristina Bocanegra (She/Her)
Cristina Bocanegra (She/Her)
Mini Market, Love Child & Co-Founder of Current Conference, Founder
Candice Hahn (She/Her)
Candice Hahn (She/Her)
R/GA, SVP, Managing Director
Joelle Vail
Joelle Vail
Capital Factory, Chief Revenue Officer

Small businesses are closing left and right. Makers, artists, many of which are mom-owned businesses are the first to close. We have to tend to our families, we have home school, we can't run side hustles as it's often seen by the public. But for most, these are not side hustles. They are dreams. They provide supplement income for their families. They provide communities for women and mothers. We are giving them another chance to reach more customers, drive more traffic to their websites, engage with our audience and learn about how consumers are shopping during a global pandemic.

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Women in Tech Networking Break

At Capital Factory, we know that making a meaningful connection is one of the most important parts of building a successful company and ecosystem. Networking allows you to interact 1:1 with other participants. This roulette style networking gives you 3-5 minutes to chat. This is an incredible way to build real connections and embrace serendipity.

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Sistas are on the Rise! - The Challenges and Successes of Women of Color Founders!
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
The Mentor Method, CEO and Founder
April Dominguez (She/Her)
April Dominguez (She/Her)
Handsome App, Founder and CEO
Zawadi Bryant (She/Her)
Zawadi Bryant (She/Her)
Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care, CEO
Rima Imad Fadlallah (She/Her)
Rima Imad Fadlallah (She/Her)
Thawra Network, CEO/Founder

Black Women received just .06% of venture capital in the US. It is estimated the Austin is not much better. We're going to talk about how we can better serve women of color entrepreneurs in the startup sectors. We're going to show there is a far greater pipeline of women of color startup founders that most people think. As a result, we are going to provide guidance of how the Austin community is going to better serve women of color.

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Women In Tech Startup Showcase
Mollie Duckworth (She/Her)
Mollie Duckworth (She/Her)
Baker Botts L.L.P., Partner
Jim Breyer (He/Him)
Jim Breyer (He/Him)
Breyer Capital, Founder & CEO
Brittany Hill (She/Her)
Brittany Hill (She/Her)
Accelerist, Founder/CEO
Ari Palmer (She/Her)
Ari Palmer (She/Her)
TaxTaker, CEO & Co-Founder
Wei Escala (She/Her)
Wei Escala (She/Her)
Eggschain Inc., CEO
Monica Landers (She/Her)
Monica Landers (She/Her)
StoryFit, CEO & Founder
Toni Portmann (She/Her)
Toni Portmann (She/Her)
Walkabout Collaborative LLC, CEO and Co-Founder
Kerry Rupp (She/Her)
Kerry Rupp (She/Her)
True Wealth Ventures, General Partner

Learn what some of our amazing startups within our portfolio are working on as they compete in a friendly pitch competition for a chance to win a prize package! Each startup will have 5-min to pitch followed by a 2-min Q&A with our judges panel.

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Austin Startup Week 2020: State of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship empowers individuals, creates jobs, and powers innovation in the economy. 

In the 2020 State of Entrepreneurship, we'll hear from some of Austin's entrepreneurs on some of their wins and challenges as well as meet some of our accelerator programs and their companies. 

Featuring: 

  • Joshua Baer, Capital Factory

  • Hugh Forrest, SXSW 

  • Jessica Gaffney, Beam  

  • Andrea Thomaz, Diligent Robots 

  • Will Young, Sana Benefits 

  • John Berkowitz, OJO Labs

  • Alex Friedman, Techstars

  • Rena Pacheco-Theard, Boutiq

  • Preston James, DivInc 

  • Milly Fotso, Centric

  • Elisa Sepulveda, Founder Institute

  • Michael Odiari, Check
  • Dana Wildeboer, MassChallenge  
  • Anthony Gantt, At Ease

  • Jill Klinvex, Capital Factory

  • Liz Coufal, GoodPolitics

  • And more! 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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CPG Track Opening Remarks
Scott Marcus (He/Him)
Scott Marcus (He/Him)
Vital Farms, Chief Marketing Officer
Marc Nathan
Marc Nathan
Egan Nelson, VP Client Strategy

Join us as Marc Nathan and Scott Marcus kick off the CPG Track.

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Fundraising Track Opening Remarks
Jake O'Shea (He/Him)
Jake O'Shea (He/Him)
Capital Factory, Investor Relations Manager
Jill Klinvex (She/Her)
Jill Klinvex (She/Her)
Capital Factory, Senior Venture Associate

Join as Jake O'Shea and Jill Klinvex kick off the Fundraising Track.

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Secure Autonomy Track Opening Remarks
Dr. Kevin McNeill (He/Him)
Dr. Kevin McNeill (He/Him)
CACI, Sr. Vice President, Cyberspace Solutions
Sean Duffy (He/Him)
Sean Duffy (He/Him)
Capital Factory, VP of Partnerships

Dr. Kevin McNeill, Senior Vice President - Cyberspace Solutions at CACI kicks off the "Secure Autonomy" track at Austin Startup Week. 

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Venture Fund Economics 101
Morgan Flager (He/Him)
Morgan Flager (He/Him)
Silverton Partners, General Partner
John Dirvin (He/Him)
John Dirvin (He/Him)
Capital Factory
Cat Dizon (She/Her)
Cat Dizon (She/Her)
Active Capital, Co-Founder/COO
Chris R. Traylor (He/Him)
Chris R. Traylor (He/Him)
Heavy Oil Solutions, Inc., Chairman & CEO

The goal with this panel is to educate founders on the economics of venture capital funds and help place themselves in the shoes of investors to better understand their decision-making process. The panel will be composed of partners at funds across various stages and will provide attendees with a holistic overview of how venture fund economics play out in the real world.

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What is Secure Autonomy?
Nathan Diller, Colonel (He/Him)
Nathan Diller, Colonel (He/Him)
Air Force, Director, AFWERX

Autonomous systems have the potential to increase efficiency and reaction time by taking automatic actions under certain conditions. As our reliance on these systems has increased, so has the potential for exploitation of their vulnerabilities. Join Col Nate Diller of AFWERX as he defines "Secure Autonomy" and its implications for the future.

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Autonomy & Drones
Colin Guinn (He/Him)
Colin Guinn (He/Him)
Guinn Partners, Founder
Michael Balazs (He/Him)
Michael Balazs (He/Him)
The MITRE Corporation, Chief Futurist, Autonomy
Kevin Finisterre (He/Him)
Kevin Finisterre (He/Him)
DigitalMunition, Penetration Tester

Come watch Colin Guinn and Kevin Finisterre, two of the foremost experts in North America on commercial drones and autonomy, talk about the state of the art in autonomous drone technology and muse about large-scale hacks in the drone industry. Session will be moderated by yet another brilliant mind in drones, Dr. Michael Balazs of The MITRE Corp.

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Fundraising For Texas Startups In 2020
Kerry Rupp (She/Her)
Kerry Rupp (She/Her)
True Wealth Ventures, General Partner
Mike Dodd (He/Him)
Mike Dodd (He/Him)
Silverton Partners, General Partner
Charlie Plauche (He/Him)
Charlie Plauche (He/Him)
S3 Ventures, Partner
Krishna Srinivasan (He/Him)
Krishna Srinivasan (He/Him)
LiveOak Venture Partners, Founding Partner
Thomas Ball (He/Him)
Thomas Ball (He/Him)
Next Coast Ventures, Co-Founder and Managing Director

This session will cover the recent trends firms are seeing in the Texas venture market, and how it's impacting their approaches. Founders will have the opportunity to hear from Partners from the largest and most active venture capital firms in Austin: Silverton Partners, S3 Ventures, Liveoak Venture Partners, Next Coast Ventures and True Wealth Ventures.

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Wake Up! CPG Virtual Meetup: Austin Startup Week Edition
Marc Nathan
Marc Nathan
Egan Nelson, VP Client Strategy

Wake Up! is hosted by Texas-Boxed, with generous sponsorship from Egan Nelson (http://www.egannelson.com/) and the Silicon Hills Lawyer blog (http://siliconhillslawyer.com/)

Austin CPG brands, retailers, service providers, and local enthusiasts should join us for a lively discussion about the CPG scene and helping each other grow our businesses.

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Equity in Access, Visibility and Funding in the CPG and Natural Products Space
Edwin Marty (He/Him)
Edwin Marty (He/Him)
City of Austin, Food Policy Manager
Joi Chevalier (She/Her)
Joi Chevalier (She/Her)
The Cook's Nook, CEO
Roman Gonzalez (He/Him)
Roman Gonzalez (He/Him)
Gardenio, Founder and CEO
Tam Hawkins (She/Her)
Tam Hawkins (She/Her)
Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, CEO
Aimy Steadman (She/Her)
Aimy Steadman (She/Her)
Future/Proof, Founder & COO (and also founding board member of Naturally Austin)
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Funding Alternatives to VC
Ari Palmer (She/Her)
Ari Palmer (She/Her)
TaxTaker, CEO & Co-Founder
Jody Page (He/Him)
Jody Page (He/Him)
Lighter Capital, Director
Cheryl Campos (She/Her)
Cheryl Campos (She/Her)
Republic, Director
Allen Thornton (He/Him)
Allen Thornton (He/Him)
Grant Source, CEO

Venture capital isn't the only way to fund your startup! Join us to learn about other alternatives that are available for your startup from crowdfunding, revenue sharing, and grants!

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Vulnerability at the Edge
Jen Savage (She/Her)
Jen Savage (She/Her)
Active Cyber LLC, Offensive Security Consultant
Lloyd Greenwald (He/Him)
Lloyd Greenwald (He/Him)
CACI, Executive Director
Marcus Carey (He/Him)
Marcus Carey (He/Him)
ReliaQuest, Enterprise Architect
Brian D. Courchaine (He/Him)
Brian D. Courchaine (He/Him)
Principal USAF ACC Cyberspace Operations, MITRE

Autonomous edge systems, such as drones, face unique security challenges beyond traditional attack vectors. Extended operations with no connectivity, malicious attacks, inadequate training data, scenarios unanticipated in simulation and testing, and limited edge resources are some examples. Listen to industry experts discuss the attack vectors, vulnerabilities, and approaches to dealing with security of autonomous edge systems.

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Key CPG Trends: from Collagen to Keto
Marissa Epstein (She/Her)
Marissa Epstein (She/Her)
The University of Texas at Austin Nutrition Institute Department of Nutritional Sciences, Director
Kirstin Ross (She/Her)
Kirstin Ross (She/Her)
SKU, Managing Director
Jason H. Karp (He/Him)
Jason H. Karp (He/Him)
HumanCo, CEO / Founder
Christine Mei (She/Her)
Christine Mei (She/Her)
Gathered Foods Corporation, CEO
Bader Alam (He/Him)
Bader Alam (He/Him)
CAVU Venture Partners, Principal
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Secure Autonomy Startup Showcase
JD Stanley (He/Him)
JD Stanley (He/Him)
IoT/AI Inc, COO
Jack Elston (He/Him)
Jack Elston (He/Him)
Black Swift Technologies, Founder and CEO
Devin Breen
Devin Breen
CHAaSM, Vice President
Sean Duffy (He/Him)
Sean Duffy (He/Him)
Capital Factory, VP of Partnerships

Showcasing the best in Cybersecurity and Autonomy & Drones!

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Sourcing Capital and Fueling Growth from Abroad
David Dufresne (He/Him)
David Dufresne (He/Him)
Panache Ventures, Partner
Chris Ripley (He/Him)
Chris Ripley (He/Him)
Smarter Sorting, CEO
Dina Santos (She/Her)
Dina Santos (She/Her)
Consulate General of Canada in Dallas, Senior Trade Commissioner

How can you tap into capital and fuel your company's growth from abroad? Join Panache Ventures, Canada’s leading early stage VC fund investing across US and Canada during the Fundraising Track. They'll share an overview of their current thesis and provide insights into how VC-backed companies in the US can leverage Canadian non-dilutive funding programs and fast track immigration programs to help fuel company growth.

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COVID-19 Innovation Track Opening Remarks
Meg Hare (She/Her)
Meg Hare (She/Her)
Accenture, Sales Director
Rob Cohan  (He/Him)
Rob Cohan (He/Him)
Accenture, Managing Director

Join us to learn what to expect for the day as we kick off the COVID-19 Innovation Track.

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Entrepreneurship 101 Track Opening Remarks
Amos Schwartzfarb (He/Him)
Amos Schwartzfarb (He/Him)
Techstars, Managing Director

Join as Amos Schwartzfarb kicks off the Entrepreneurship 101 Track.

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CPG Startup Showcase
Naijean Bernard (She/Her)
Naijean Bernard (She/Her)
Jeany's Ginger Elixer, Owner/Founder
Serenity Carr (She/Her)
Serenity Carr (She/Her)
Serenity Kids, Co-Founder and CEO
Emily Kealey (She/Her)
Emily Kealey (She/Her)
Naturally Austin, CEO/Executive Director
Zach Harper (He/Him)
Zach Harper (He/Him)
Funky Mello, CEO
Shannon Davenport (She/Her)
Shannon Davenport (She/Her)
Esker Beauty, Founder
Gavin Booth (He/Him)
Gavin Booth (He/Him)
Greenbelt Craft Kombucha, Founder
Emily McNabb Butler (She/Her)
Emily McNabb Butler (She/Her)
The Good Hippie, Owner
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Disruptions and Pivots: Communities that Sweat Together Stay Together
Patrick Hitchins (He/Him)
Patrick Hitchins (He/Him)
FitRankings, CEO // Founder
Tom Digan (He/Him)
Tom Digan (He/Him)
Ladder, Co-Founder & President
Lizzie Aquirre (She/Her)
Lizzie Aquirre (She/Her)
Soulstice Retreats, CEO
Ryan Fenton (He/Him)
Ryan Fenton (He/Him)
FloSports, Director, Global Rights Acquisition/Partnerships
Rob Cohan  (He/Him)
Rob Cohan (He/Him)
Accenture, Managing Director

COVID 19 has isolated people and destroyed fitness communities including gyms, endurance races, and training groups. Learn how Austin based Tech companies are driving innovation and growth in the face of COVID 19.

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Finding your Revenue Formula
Amos Schwartzfarb (He/Him)
Amos Schwartzfarb (He/Him)
Techstars, Managing Director

Uncover the math equation that helps your business find repeatable growth.

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Opportunities for Innovation in Startups Responding to COVID-19
Julia Cheek (She/Her)
Julia Cheek (She/Her)
Everlywell, Founder and CEO
Lloyd Armbrust (He/Him)
Lloyd Armbrust (He/Him)
Armbrust American, CEO/Founder
Mellie Price (She/Her)
Mellie Price (She/Her)
Texas Venture Labs, Executive Director

In this session, we'll be joined by two Austin founders who have launched products to address COVID-19, creating jobs while filling critical needs for coronavirus tests and masks. Join us to hear from Julia Cheek from Everlywell and Lloyd Armbrust from Armbrust American in conversation with Mellie Price!  

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Validating Assumptions & Prioritizing
Meggie Williams
Meggie Williams
Skiptown, Founder & CEO
Cody Simms (He/Him)
Cody Simms (He/Him)
Techstars, Partner and Senior Vice President

Identify the critical assumptions in your business and uncover what you need to do now and next. This session will help you plan your go-to-market strategy, building your product roadmap, or just know what to do first to get your company off the ground.  

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Key Performance Indicators
Trevor Boehm (He/Him)
Trevor Boehm (He/Him)
Techstars, Managing Director

KPIs are key to making decisions, measuring the growth of your company, getting your team on the same page, and raising capital. This session will cover how to find your key metrics, how to use those metrics to set goals and drive growth, and how to create a data-driven culture.

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Using Data, Social Media and Analytics to Understanding How to Respond to COVID-19 Impacts and Challenges
Chris Armstrong (He/Him)
Chris Armstrong (He/Him)
Accenture Interactive, Experience Optimization Lead
Katie Townsley (She/Her)
Katie Townsley (She/Her)
Accenture, Strategy Director
Melissa Moloney (She/Her)
Melissa Moloney (She/Her)
Accenture, Higher Ed, Non Profit, and Government Consulting Executive
Kevin Ellenwood (He/Him)
Kevin Ellenwood (He/Him)
Accenture, Managing Director

COVID-19 has exacerbated and greatly accelerated the challenges that companies, government organizations and higher education institutions were already facing. No longer are the past data models sufficient in accurately predicting future trends around enrollment or engagement patterns. We invite educational institutions to join us in a discussion around leveraging new tools and social listening in a time of social distancing to understand perspectives and needs, address concerns and better prepare for strategizing in this new reality.

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A Candid Discussion with Two Austin Fintech CEOs
James Garvey
James Garvey
Self Financial, CEO and founder
Jason Bornhorst (He/Him)
Jason Bornhorst (He/Him)
First Dollar, CEO

An open and interactive discussion about about operating, fundraising and hiring in the post-COVID world. Bring your questions! This talk will feature James Garvey, CEO and founder of Self Financial (www.self.inc) and Jason Bornhorst, CEO and founder of First Dollar (www.firstdollar.com). 

Self Financial is a series C stage startup and First Dollar is a seed stage startup. Chatham House Rules will apply as this talk is meant to create value for the Austin startup community.

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Government as a Platform: Operating in the Never Normal
Greg Martin (He/Him)
Greg Martin (He/Him)
Sumo Logic, Vice President and General Manager, Security Business Unit
Leigh Christie (She/Her)
Leigh Christie (She/Her)
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Senior Vice President, Global Technology & Innovation
Todd Kimbriel (He/Him)
Todd Kimbriel (He/Him)
Accenture, Government Senior Advisor
Anh Selissen (She/Her)
Anh Selissen (She/Her)
Texas Department of Transportation, Chief Information Officer
Amanda Crawford (She/Her)
Amanda Crawford (She/Her)
Texas Department of Information Resources, Executive Director

The COVID-19 crisis is knocking organizations and industries off balance and is shaping a new reality made of complexity, uncertainty and opportunities. Responding to the pandemic in the public sector has underscored the need for a seamless interplay of advanced capabilities and collaboration with citizens, companies, other government organizations or NGOs to deliver next-generation public services. Join us as we explore the new opportunities from capabilities, contracting and sourcing to the ways of working.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Mental Health Track Opening Remarks
Tony Tovar (He/Him)
Tony Tovar (He/Him)
Sana Benefits, Head of Community
Kylie Everhart (She/Her)
Kylie Everhart (She/Her)
Friday Health Plans, Director of Sales, Texas

Join as Tony Tovar kicks off the Mental Health and Wellness Track.

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Product and Design Track Opening Remarks
James Skelton (He/Him)
James Skelton (He/Him)
Galvanize, Technical Evangelist
Marcelo Cordini
Marcelo Cordini
December Labs, CoFounder, Head of Texas Office

Join us as we kick off the Product and Design Track.

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Cultivating Workplace Wellness: Thinking Outside of the Box to Increase Employee Health and Happiness
Morgan Simon (She/Her)
Morgan Simon (She/Her)
Well Thymed, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Health and immunity are top of mind for everyone right now. But how does that play out for companies? How can startups help ensure the health of employees in a time of heightened worry and anxiety? 

In this session, Morgan Simon, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, will be walking through specific ways startups can ensure a healthy workplace (hint: oversanitization is not the answer), support employee health, and implement wellness policies that actually work. We'll be going beyond the basics and discussing what holistic health actually means and how startups can leverage the resources available today to foster the healthiest (and most productive) teams, whether in office or virtually. 

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The Holy Trinity of Dev + Design Collaboration Is Finally Here
Bessy Kim (She/Her)
Bessy Kim (She/Her)
argodesign, Design Lead
Ian MacDowell (He/Him)
Ian MacDowell (He/Him)
argodesign, Technology Director

argodesign, a product design consultancy working around the globe, was just digging into the development of a visualization tool for DreamWorks when COVID-19 hit. Knowing we'd have to collaborate remotely between Austin, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and eventually Kiev, the team put a lot of thought into designing a collaboration process that could work across 11 time zones. Ensuring the client could efficiently monitor progress was obviously paramount, but we also had to be confident that the dev and design teams could easily communicate. 

A robust and confident combination of Jira, Figma, and Storybook made it all possible, providing an operating system for our design, a QA and documentation resource for development, and guaranteeing a single source of truth between both. We now have a tightly integrated process between these entities and the live app, setting us up with a strong foundation and framework as we begin even more projects within DreamWorks.

Attendees will come away knowing:

  • How to keep a remote team of designers and developers working on different parts of an application in sync, while managing changes and QA through a single backlog. 
  • How to keep a client engaged and invested, without giving in to the desire to create a "screen first" approach.
  • How to adhere to an incredibly high degree of precision, both in the design and development, while spread out across the world.
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Work from Home Opening Remarks

Join as Gavin Gillas kicks off the Work from Home Track.

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Debunking the Myths of Health Insurance: Affordability, New Options and Real World Examples
Kylie Everhart (She/Her)
Kylie Everhart (She/Her)
Friday Health Plans, Director of Sales, Texas

Kylie Everhart, Texas sales director for Friday Health Plans, will give an overview of the new health insurance options available to individuals and businesses in Texas to make it more affordable and flexible. We’ll then take your real-world situations and offer solutions for everyone to learn from. Submit your questions, challenges and scenarios prior to the session for useful insights on health insurance options that may save you money and make your employees happy.

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Getting Started With Website Accessibility
Amber Hinds (She/Her)
Amber Hinds (She/Her)
Equalize Digital, Creative Director & CEO

In 2017, there were 814 federal lawsuits related to website accessibility. In 2018, that number skyrocketed to 2,285 and in 2019 there were 2,235 cases. Is your website and the content on it accessible to people of all abilities on all devices? Are you meeting your legal requirements for web accessibility?

This webinar will cover what website accessibility means, which organizations are legally required to have an accessible website (including a review of some recent legal cases), and how to identify and fix accessibility issues on your website. Additionally, we'll discuss how to create a culture of accessibility at your organization and get buy-in and budgetary support for accessibility improvements.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn current laws related to website accessibility and if they apply to your organization.
  • Gain a clear understanding of what website accessibility means.
  • Understand how to identify common accessibility issues on websites and know how to test your website for accessibility.
  • Leave with a list of things that you can fix on your website right now - even if you're not a developer
  • Develop ideas for creating a culture of accessibility at your organization and getting top-level support for prioritizing accessibility.
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The Playbook for Virtual Meeting Success
Reagan Pugh (He/Him)
Reagan Pugh (He/Him)
Reagan Pugh LLC, Speaker & Facilitator

By now we're all participating in virtual calls without much difficulty. It's the new normal. But there's a difference between holding a virtual meeting, and facilitating a productive and participatory session which includes all voices.. For many of us, meeting exclusively online presents a host of new distractions and we've yet to figure out how to make things flow. The good news is this - a few structures and clear communication can set you and your team up for virtual meeting success. 

WORKSHOP TAKEAWAYS 

  • A Clear Purpose 
  • Understandable Expectations 
  • Activities to Engage Participants 
  • Psychological Safety 
  • Fun and Connection
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Hands Off: Choosing the Right Touchless Tech in the Era of COVID
Adrian Taylor (He/Him)
Adrian Taylor (He/Him)
Pushstart Creative, Creative Director & Co-founder
David Lucas (He/Him)
David Lucas (He/Him)
Pushstart Creative, Industrial Designer

An overview of four (4) promising touchless technologies followed by a case study exploring the implications of integrating each technology into a high-traffic, public, and traditionally touch-controlled product - a treadmill.

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Navigating Emotional Risk in an Online Environment
Anna Westbrook (She/Her)
Anna Westbrook (She/Her)
Isabel & The Runaway Train, Producer, Composer / Playwright
Junice Rockman (She/Her)
Junice Rockman (She/Her)
JRock Therapy, Neuropsychotherapist, Journalist, Public Policy Advocate, M.A.,LPC, LCDC-i
Natalie Khoo (She/Her)
Natalie Khoo (She/Her)
Avion Agency, Director
Andrew Shearer (He/Him)
Andrew Shearer (He/Him)
BravePath, Founder and Principal

How can you take care of your team members and yourself when you are not able to connect in person? How do you safely discuss emotional content within an online structure? Navigating emotionally intense conversations in an online space can be difficult. Join entrepreneur Anna Westbrook and her colleagues across various industries in this short presentation and facilitated discussion on creating a safe space within an online environment. 

Anna Westbrook is the creator of Isabel & The Runaway Train, a musical theatre and professional development company that teaches people to support survivors of sexual maltreatment. In 2020, Anna successfully pivoted the Isabel training programs to be entirely virtual by pivoting around her unique brand and using that brand to re-frame her understanding of mental health and community engagement. 

During the subsequent facilitated panel discussion, you'll hear from: Junice Rockman, Neuropsychotherapist & Journalist; Andrew Shearer, Founder and Principal of the technology recruitment company BravePath, and Natalie Khoo, Director of the global copywriting agency Avion Communications. You'll also be able to provide your own insight into how your team is managing tough conversations and learn from the shared experiences of professionals across various industries in the start up community.

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Overtime and IP Issues When the Software Developer Works from Home
Albert Carrion (He/Him)
Albert Carrion (He/Him)
Husch Blackwell LLP, Partner
Kevin Koronka (He/Him)
Kevin Koronka (He/Him)
Husch Blackwell LLP, Partner
Sonia Ramirez Anderson (She/Her)
Sonia Ramirez Anderson (She/Her)
Husch Blackwell LLP, Attorney

Panel discussion considering employee classification, overtime, pay and benefits issues for software developers who work from home. The panel will also analyze similar compliance issues concerning developers as independent contractors and will address intellectual property ownership issues in both contexts.

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Battling Work-From-Home Fatigue
Chad Jewell (He/Him)
Chad Jewell (He/Him)
Austin Office Space, Founder and Principal Broker
Kana LiVolsi (She/Her)
Kana LiVolsi (She/Her)
Dos Mundos Creative, CEO

Every economic crisis causes consumers, businesses, and society at large to re-think things that had been taken for granted. This is no different especially when it comes to office space utilization moving forward. Join Scott Harmon of Swivel, Chris Peifer of hOp, and Chad Jewell of Austin Office Space to learn about what teams are doing to support hybrid working models and the future of office space. 

Discussion topics will include:

  • What are people doing with their office space in the post COVID-19 age? What’s occupiers doing to safely use their office space? 
  • How will office buildings, private office suites, and their leasing models, change immediately and in the future?
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Creating Calm in the Chaos-Family Frenzy and Working, Schooling and Life from Home
Denise Antoon (She/Her)
Denise Antoon (She/Her)
Human Experience Group, Founder

As we navigate COVID-19, isolated from co-workers, friends and family, it's important to find new ways to work and interact. This session will provide some tools and tips to take care of our mental health and well-being and maintain relationships while working from home and home schooling kids. 

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How UX Research is Helping Startups Build The Right Product
Marcelo Cordini
Marcelo Cordini
December Labs, CoFounder, Head of Texas Office
Elisabeth Bohlmann
Elisabeth Bohlmann
December Labs, VP Client Strategy
Matt Miller (He/Him)
Matt Miller (He/Him)
Liongard, Director of Product Management
Vincent Tran (He/Him)
Vincent Tran (He/Him)
Liongard, COO/CPO

Startups will learn about UX (user experience), UI (user interface), and Design Thinking fundamentals, and deep dive into UX methodologies & best practices. We’ll discuss a custom approach to user studies and the ROI of UX Research with Liongard, one of Texas’ fastest-growing tech startups, and December Labs, the design & development partner chosen by innovative startups, growth-stage, and Fortune 500 companies.

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Future of Work Opening Remarks

Join as Gavin Gillas kicks off the Future of Work Track.

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Marketing and Branding Track Opening Remarks
Dana Wildeboer (She/Her)
Dana Wildeboer (She/Her)
MassChallenge, Senior Director of Marketing

Join as Dana Wildeboer kicks off the Marketing and Branding Track.

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Social Impact Track Opening Remarks
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
The Mentor Method, CEO and Founder

Join as Janice Omadeke kicks off the Social Impact Track.

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Austin's Social and Environmental Impact Start-up Ecosystem
Bob Bridge (He/Him)
Bob Bridge (He/Him)
SWAN Impact Network, Executive Director
Bart Bohn (He/Him)
Bart Bohn (He/Him)
Root Aspen, Founder

This event will highlight how Austin is becoming a national hub for impact start-up innovation, including university programs, accelerators and funding groups that support social and environmental impact.

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Researching a Pivot: How do you "Get out of the Building" When you Can't Leave the House?
Llewyn Paine (She/Her)
Llewyn Paine (She/Her)
Llewyn Paine Consulting LLC, Principal

With COVID-19 transforming markets across every industry, record numbers of businesses are pivoting to adapt to new customer needs and behaviors. Analysts frame this effort as "less like restarting a business and more like starting a business" (Bain & Company). But in a socially distanced world, many traditional customer learning approaches are no longer possible. With uncertainty still looming, how can you keep your customer learning plan agile and collect accurate, actionable insights, even when you can't be in the same room with your customers?

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Storytelling for Thought Leaders - Helping Your Diversity and Inclusion Stories Come to Life!
Bobby Umar (He/Him)
Bobby Umar (He/Him)
DYPB - Discover Your Personal Brand, CEO

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, two of the biggest challenges for senior organizational leaders include” Sharing your personal stories on D&I in an authentic, vulnerable or powerful way to inspire, impact and connect with your employees Investing in the stories of your employees to better understand them and to empower to have a voice in your organization The lack of interpersonal communications and storytelling in the workplace can result in a lack of belonging and low motivation. We teach participants to effectively communicate key messages with greater influence and impact. We also explore emotional resonance and persuasion using the art of storytelling. There will be a customized focus on stories around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Storytelling will have a greater impact on your speaking, events, meetings, and digital content including blog posts, social media updates, and videos. It will also enhance your overall thought leadership brand. The course content is designed to solve these challenges through the following techniques, strategies and content elements. Extracting your diversity, equity and inclusion story from your experiences. 

  • Sharing data on how to build rapport and an emotional connection with your audience. 
  • Reviewing case studies of powerful thought leaders in the diversity and inclusion space. 
  • Giving participants a clear design and structure for their D&I stories and direction on developing a short 3 minute story of their own. Demonstrating and sharing information about the positive impact of senior leaders sharing their stories and encouraging their employees to do the same. 
  • Getting a few participants to share their stories and get feedback from the instructor with some from the group. 
  • Next steps to build on your story and tactics to empower the stories of your employees.
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Building Community: Your Competitive Advantage
Holly Firestone (She/Her)
Holly Firestone (She/Her)
Venafi, Head of Community

Community is one of the big buzzwords of 2020. We're working remote, events are canceled, and people are looking for the right balance between human connection and digital overload. Software giants like Salesforce, Atlassian, Slack, Square, Asana, and so many more have built thriving B2B communities. They've helped their customers engage during these difficult times by leveraging the incredible customer communities that they've built.

In this session, Holly will share her experience building community for Atlassian, Salesforce, and now Venafi, digging into how these companies built their communities. You'll get a high level overview of the most important things to think about as you build community including ROI, Team Structure and Roles, Engagement, Incentivization, and Resources.

This session is for any company or organization that's "community curious," and wants to know where to start, what to expect, and mistakes to avoid.

Holly started working in the Community industry as a Community Manager for a nonprofit 10 years ago. She's spent the last 8 years building and running community at Atlassian, Salesforce, and now Machine Identity Management startup, Venafi. She also does pro-bono work, advising the Pledge 1% Foundation on their community strategy.

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Building Social Impact Quickly
Tala Matchett (She/Her)
Tala Matchett (She/Her)
Notley, Partner
Kelli Mason (She/Her)
Kelli Mason (She/Her)
Notley, Partner
Will Matthews (He/Him)
Will Matthews (He/Him)
Ex-Pro Football Player / Entrepreneur / Advocate

Notley operates as an engine for social good and its mission is to catalyze the growth and expansion of innovative organizations making positive change in the world. In 2020 alone, Notley has powered new initiatives such as Notley Tide and Ripple Reads, which focus on sustaining racial justice from kids to adults, and Community Pods, which provides children with a safe educational environment. Learn how the organization identified issues and worked to build social impact solutions around it quickly, even despite being in a COVID reality.

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Future of Work & Inclusion with Enterprises
Wendy Howell (She/Her)
Wendy Howell (She/Her)
Cisco Systems, Chief of Staff
Chris Pardo (He/Him)
Chris Pardo (He/Him)
Dun & Bradstreet, VP, Innovation
Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
Indeed, Head of Program, Global Incubator

YGC will host a fireside chat and a panel with executives chosen from their Executive Council.

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A Glimpse Into The Future of Platform Changes
Tom Miller (He/Him)
Tom Miller (He/Him)
ClearForce, CEO
Toni Portmann (She/Her)
Toni Portmann (She/Her)
Walkabout Collaborative LLC, CEO and Co-Founder
Bryan Chambers (He/Him)
Bryan Chambers (He/Him)
Capital Factory, Vice President of Accelerator and Investment Fund

Listen to 15 min lighting talks from Austin Startup Founders who are changing how we perform at our jobs; from collaborate to iteration.

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How to Position Yourself as a Thought Leader on LinkedIn & Grow Your Brand
Moby Hayat (He/Him)
Moby Hayat (He/Him)
Fire Show Media, Founder

The fallacy for revenue growth: It must be through paid media, and expensive resources. It's not. If we can't meet in person, online and (online) word-of-mouth are the 2 biggest channels for getting in front of more potential customers, partners, and supporters. And that's difficult. It's difficult to put yourself out there as an entrepreneur or solopreneur, and develop business without spending money.

In this talk, I'll demystify a process of growing targeted LinkedIn connections, serving them with valuable content that makes them trust you as a service provider, and creating sales conversations without being spammy.

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Navigating the 2020 Election: What You Need To Know
Savannah L. Barker (She/Her)
Savannah L. Barker (She/Her)
Notley, Senior Director of Program Operations
Charlie Bonner (He/Him)
Charlie Bonner (He/Him)
MOVE Texas, Communications Director
Sarah Ortiz Shields (She/Her)
Sarah Ortiz Shields (She/Her)
Austin Tech Alliance, Executive Director

Join GoodPolitics’ Nathan Ryan and Savannah L. Barker along with KUT political reporter Ashley Lopez as they discuss the importance of voting down-ballot, how to navigate a confusing media environment, and where to find useful information as you get ready to vote in the most critical election of our lifetime.

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2020 PR and Marketing Planning for Startups, Take Two: What to Do Now
Jonathan Dampier (He/Him)
Jonathan Dampier (He/Him)
Revionics, SVP Global Marketing
Laura Russell (She/Her)
Laura Russell (She/Her)
Adlucent, Senior Director of Marketing
Mariana Fischbach (She/Her)
Mariana Fischbach (She/Her)
Ketner Group Communications, Director of Media Relations

2020 PR and marketing planning was derailed for many companies far too early this year, especially startups who looked to 2020 as the year to make their public launch. The pandemic has forced companies to scrap carefully laid business and marketing plans and adjust at lightning speed to constantly changing conditions. We're now at the mid-point of 2020, and the question is: what comes next for marketers? Despite the ravages of the coronavirus, we're seeing some signs of optimism. Startups are focused on the future and have moved quickly to pivot their products and services to meet the uncertainties of the post-pandemic world. Companies are rethinking business models, looking for new opportunities to help their customers succeed, and aligning their marketing and PR plans accordingly. So, how can you take your bearings and set a new marketing course for the remainder of the year? 

Here are some initiatives that are a must for every company and marketer.

  • Re-examine your brand proposition.
  • Innovate Fearlessly
  • Focus on the fundamentals
  • Reallocate your unspent marketing budget
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Future of Work Startup Showcase: Back to Work
Mark Holland (He/Him)
Mark Holland (He/Him)
Choose Health, CEO
Ted Gutierrez (He/Him)
Ted Gutierrez (He/Him)
SecurityGate.io, CEO
Will Harris (He/Him)
Will Harris (He/Him)
Eagle Eye Networks, Reseller Partner Director
Richard Zhu (He/Him)
Richard Zhu (He/Him)
ZipcodeXpress Inc., CEO

Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Bonus Track Opening Remarks
Brittany Ballard (She/Her)
Brittany Ballard (She/Her)
Austin Startup Week, Logistics Assistant

Join us as we kick off the bonus track!

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HR & Culture Track Opening Remarks
Desmond Thomas (He/Him)
Desmond Thomas (He/Him)
Walmart Global Tech, Community and Operations Manager
Randy Fisher (He/Him)
Randy Fisher (He/Him)
Insperity, Strategic Marketing Manager

Join as Desmond Thomas kicks off the HR, Talent, and Culture Track. 

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Introduction to K Startups, Say an-nyeong haseyo (hello) to Korean startups
Sedon Hwang (He/Him)
Sedon Hwang (He/Him)
Strong Friends Company, CEO
Gwan Hyeon Shin (He/Him)
Gwan Hyeon Shin (He/Him)
Atozsoft Corporation, Marketing Manager
Na-Young Seo (She/Her)
Na-Young Seo (She/Her)
Mooyeokwang, Inc., Marketing Manager
Hwan Hee Koo (She/Her)
Hwan Hee Koo (She/Her)
Lupin Company Inc., CEO
Francis Pahng (He/Him)
Francis Pahng (He/Him)
Zinnotech Corporation, CEO & President, Zinnotech
Jeehee Kim (She/Her)
Jeehee Kim (She/Her)
Studio CrossCulture, CEO

Hosted by KOTRA, this is an Introduction to Korean startups looking to enter the US market via Austin, TX. This session is to provide the Austin startup community to connect with startups from Korea. Stop by to say hello and discover what your startup friends in Korea are creating.

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Hidden Assets: The Business Advantage of Hiring Older Talent

Austin is number one in a lot of things, but not when it comes to employment for older workers.  And that oversight is costing our economy plenty,  when you consider that Austin has one of the nation's fastest-growing populations of older adults *and* that numerous studies demonstrate that, contrary to popular belief, older, more tenured people are more successful entrepreneurs, more reliable workers, and more profitable employees. In this fast-paced session, you'll find out what smart companies have discovered about leveraging an older, experienced workforce as they position themselves at the forefront of leadership on the future of work.  Leave "OK Boomer" at the door, and get ready to learn how accessing this untapped talent pool can supercharge your company's trajectory.

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The Texas Triangle
Marc Nathan
Marc Nathan
Egan Nelson, VP Client Strategy
Aisha Lewis (She/Her)
Aisha Lewis (She/Her)
Notley, Director of Strategic Programs
Heath Butler (He/Him)
Heath Butler (He/Him)
Mercury Fund, Partner

This session is hosted by General Assembly, a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.

We have assembled an exciting panel of Texas startups leaders who will give you the low-down on entrepreneurial activities in their ecosystem! We'll be dishing inside scoop on how the greater Texas triangle startup ecosystem works, including investors, movers and shakers, incubators, hot issues, and more.

This session is intended to help attendees understand the different players in the Texas tech ecosystem, where it’s heading, and which sectors are hot now.

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Funding a Digital Workforce - How to Develop a Team that Draws Capital
Paul O'Brien (He/Him)
Paul O'Brien (He/Him)
MediaTech Ventures, CEO
Kris Gilot (She/Her)
Kris Gilot (She/Her)
Insperity, General Manager
Jonathan Kaplan (He/Him)
Jonathan Kaplan (He/Him)
Next Coast Ventures, Chief Operating Officer

The HR digital revolution is here and moving at rapid speed, and startups are looking for new, productive ways to meet the evolving demands of doing business, and how investors are playing a role in the industry’s revolution.

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Company Culture in a Pandemic: Practical Ideas and Learnings
Albert Swantner (He/Him)
Albert Swantner (He/Him)
Board Member at Naturally Austin, CTO at Mobile Tech RX
Caitlyn Conner (She/Her)
Caitlyn Conner (She/Her)
Popspots, People Operations
Karen Fernandez (She/Her)
Karen Fernandez (She/Her)
formerly @ The Guild, Startup Advisor, Head of People

Join us for this timely session on company culture in a pandemic. We'll be joined by startup CEOs and people leaders who will talk through adjustments they've made, ideas that have and haven't worked, and responses from their teams.

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How to Mentor Youth Entrepreneurs
Julie Shannan (She/Her)
Julie Shannan (She/Her)
VentureLab, Executive Director
Kehlin Swain (He/Him)
Kehlin Swain (He/Him)
Xplosion tech, Tech Lead

Mentoring youth may seem intimidating, but it can be fun AND make a HUGE impact on a student. In this session, VentureLab will share some easy and practical ways to help you inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. You will learn some effective tools for reaching and engaging today's youth.

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Sales and BizDev Track Opening Remarks
Erika Isett (She/Her)
Erika Isett (She/Her)
AppSumo, Senior Partnerships Manager
Jose Martins (He/Him)
Jose Martins (He/Him)
Hubspot, HubSpot for Startups

Join as Erika Isett kicks off the Sales and BizDev Track.

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Survival and Pivots Track Opening Remarks
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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Customer Needs & COVID-19: How to Stay in Tune with Your Audience During Rapidly Changing Times
AJ Davis (She/Her)
AJ Davis (She/Her)
Experiment Zone, Founder

COVID-19 represents unprecedented opportunity to get left behind - or address real and new problems. During this session, we'll discuss specific and actionable ways to stay in tune with your target audience, so you can understand where they are today and anticipate what they need in the future. We'll explore ways to connect, collect data, and take action on these insights.

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Is it Time to Pivot?
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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Innovation in the National Security Community Track Opening Remarks
Mark Valentine (He/Him)
Mark Valentine (He/Him)
Microsoft, General Manager, National Security
Kevin Landtroop (He/Him)
Kevin Landtroop (He/Him)
Capital Factory, Vice President of Defense

Thank you to Microsoft, our Innovation in the National Security Community Sponsor.

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How the National Security Community and Industry can act more like a Startup
Kurt DelBene (He/Him)
Kurt DelBene (He/Him)
Microsoft, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operation
Jen Sovada (She/Her)
Jen Sovada (She/Her)
MissionTech Solutions, LLC, Chief Futures Officer

Should the DoD act more like a startup? How government and traditional industry is handling the shift towards sourcing emerging tech through startups.

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How to Cheat on the B2B Playbook
Laura Oxler (She/Her)
Laura Oxler (She/Her)
soona, Customer Success Manager
Brianna Littlepage (She/Her)
Brianna Littlepage (She/Her)
soona, Director of Marketing & Sales

Growing a tech startup isn't one size fits all. If you want to truly differentiate, you can't just dust off your copy of the B2B playbook anymore. We'll share real ways to grow your business by borrowing from multiple playbooks using our own strategy of cherry picking from traditional B2B and DTC playbooks.

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Launching in a Pandemic
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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Keynote Address by Paul Puckett, Director of the Army Enterprise Cloud Management Office
Paul Puckett (He/Him)
Paul Puckett (He/Him)
Army Enterprise Cloud Management Office, Director

What's new with ECMO, the Army's cloud and DevSecOps infrastructure that will power the new Software Factory

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Frictionless Selling: Removing Friction to Accelerate Growth
Jose Martins (He/Him)
Jose Martins (He/Him)
Hubspot, HubSpot for Startups

Most Startups rely on the sales funnel – moving prospects through the sales process in a predefined way to help generate new business. While applying force for growth is important, the most successful startups in 2020 are focusing their attention on removing friction from their sales process. Enter Frictionless Selling: a way of rethinking sales to effectively reduce friction and create more convenient experiences for both the buyer and the seller. 

This presentation will review: 

  • Frictionless Selling: what is it and why does it matter? 
  • The evolution of sales in search of Convenience 
  • The 3-step Process to implement Frictionless Selling: Enable, Align, Transform
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Innovative Brands and Retail Concepts: The Next Wave
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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Dual-Use Technology and Artificial Intelligence
Ellen Chang (She/Her)
Ellen Chang (She/Her)
BMNT/Syndicate 708, Director/Managing Partner
Douglas Drakeley (He/Him)
Douglas Drakeley (He/Him)
JAIC, Industry Outreach Officer

Dual-Use technology and Artificial Intelligence: how organizations like DIU and JAIC are creating a whole new investment thesis. Fireside Chat with: Doug Drakeley, Industry Outreach at the Joint Artifical Intelligence Center and Ellen Chang, Dual-Use Technologist, Investor, and Accelerator with BMNT and Syndicate 708. 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Survival and Pivots: SXSW Pitch
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.

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MythBusters - Pitch Deck Edition
Kristine Bryant (She/Her)
Kristine Bryant (She/Her)
Gladiator Consulting, CEO
Jim Brown (He/Him)
Jim Brown (He/Him)
Arena Growth Partners, Founder & Managing Partner
Carolyn Jenkins (She/Her)
Carolyn Jenkins (She/Her)
C-Suite Consulting, Advisor
Kurt Wilkin (He/Him)
Kurt Wilkin (He/Him)
HireBetter, Co-Founder

The primary purpose of a pitch deck is to tell a story, build excitement, and help get that all-important request for additional information and a follow-up meeting. But, what does this actually mean? How do you know what is compelling to investors? 

There is an overwhelming amount of information available about what it takes to make a "successful" pitch deck. We have a panel of startup experts and Venture Capitalists to talk about what is important to include, how and why. 

We'll talk about common misconceptions, how to prioritize, what makes a compelling presentation, and the most frequent mistakes we've seen.

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Dual-Use Startup Showcase hosted by Kevin Landtroop of Capital Factory and Cullen Jones of Microsoft
Gustavo Sanchez (He/Him)
Gustavo Sanchez (He/Him)
Pandata Tech, Co-Founder
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Microsoft, Sr Startup Lead: National Security Group
Kevin Landtroop (He/Him)
Kevin Landtroop (He/Him)
Capital Factory, Vice President of Defense
David Reeths (He/Him)
David Reeths (He/Him)
Red 6, Chief Strategy Officer

Hear success stories and see product demos from four cutting-edge technology startups who have had success winning DoD innovation programs and partnering with industry.