Startup Summit

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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Ready to Pivot: Making Key Decisions Towards Exponential Growth
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Ed Buckley
Ed Buckley
Peerfit, Chairman and CEO

As you build your company, culture, and your product, you must first establish your business model. But what happens when you realize there is more opportunity and value down another path? You may be hesitant to change but never fear the pivot. Because the right one could be the golden path from a budding startup to a large-scale, national organization.

- PDT
Scaling a Tech Startup on a Budget
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Selby Cary
Selby Cary
ZIVA Robotics, co-founder
Bhairav Patel
Bhairav Patel
Atom CTO, Managing Director

Building a tech startup is no walk in the park - one of the biggest challenges is scaling your operations as your team size grows. What works well for a team of 5 may not scale beyond 50. In this session, I will share some of my hard-won lessons, tips and tricks to scale a startup on a budget. From project coordination and writing internal processes to commercial deal flow and fundraising management - everything is a system that needs to scale.

- PDT
What Is Corporate Innovation and How to Make It Work for Your Organization
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Simon Spier
Simon Spier
L Marks, Commercial Director (International Trade, Strategy, Technology)

This session will explore what do we mean by innovation, how is it different from R&D and why it matters so much. 

The speaker will share best practice for corporate innovation, what is the secret source for getting it right, and what happens to those that don't. Hint - see Blockbuster!

- PDT
Navigating Designing for Startup Mobile Apps
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Ayesha Khan
Ayesha Khan
ThoughtWorks, Experience Designer

Learn how to navigate through UX Design for an app. In my 2+ years of experience in helping startups in the space of healthcare, education, and mental health design, I learned to enhance the mobile app experience backed by research and data. I have helped raise $75,000 and $500,000 for two startups in my career with these design technique. The ROI for UX Design for companies is high and important.

- PDT
KEYNOTE: SafeGraph -- Data Standards: Connecting the World Around Us
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Auren Hoffman
Auren Hoffman
SafeGraph, Founder & CEO

Even though data is wildly considered the new oil, a single data set on its own has little to no value. Only by linking different information sets together can we solve complex issues impacting our society. Unfortunately, most organizations are unable to access data other than their own; their information is incomplete. Data standardization is the secret to unlocking data’s full potential.  In this session, Auren will describe the need for standards, how this impacts people and organizations today, and how to build standards to accelerate collaboration around data and beyond.

- PDT
500% Growth in 3 Years: How We Built a High-Powered SaaS Content Marketplace
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Steve Pockross
Steve Pockross
Verblio, CEO

In 2016, SaaS content marketplace company Verblio was stalled at $2M ARR. Since then, they’ve grown 500% without taking a dime in funding. CEO Steve Pockross can discuss how Verblio sparked that growth through key strategic decisions like putting people and culture first (and what that really means), prioritizing product over sales and marketing, and even the SaaS-sacrilegious decision to invest in professional services to support their core offering.

- PDT
Unlock: 5 Steps to Discovering Your Startup's Business Potential
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Matt Hulett
Matt Hulett
Former President of Rosetta Stone & Author of UNLOCK: 5 Steps to Discovering Business Potential

Starting a new business is no easy feat. Matt can walk entrepreneurs and business leaders through his five steps that will help determine how to unlock value for their company and take it to the next level. Instead of wasting dollars and time on an extensive strategic planning process, which typically takes months and large sums of money paying a consulting group, Matt’s exercise can be condensed into five core questions that assess if you can change your market position. Matt calls this an "Insight Score" (Forbes) and will show leaders how to leverage it to unlock potential and grow their businesses.

- PDT
Taking SaaS companies from Zero to $10 Million ARR
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Shruti Gandhi
Shruti Gandhi
Array Ventures, Founder & Managing Partner

In this session, Shruti shares her experience of supporting founders building early-stage SaaS businesses focussed on solving problems for Large Enterprises.

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