Exclusive to SXSW V2V, the 20/20 Vision program will feature intense 20-minute presentations from established business and entrepreneurial voices, as well as up-and-coming creative visionaries. Review the programming topics and speaker bios below. Speaker additions will continue to be added to this page in the coming weeks. See the full list of all programming here.
Business Development and Strategy | Startup Culture
Andrew Hyde is a minimalist, writer, bootstrapper, designer, user interface builder, user experience creator, buzzword originator, blogger, politico, biker, runner, backpacker and nice guy. He is the founder of Startup Weekend, Ignite Boulder and TEDxBoulder.
The Freedom of Staying Private
Avi Steinlauf is the Chief Executive Officer of online car shopping destination, Edmunds.com. He oversees the business and directs the company toward the goal of building trust between shoppers and dealers while building the company to thrive for the long term. He joined Edmunds in summer of 1998 as the Director of Business Development and has also headed the company's marketing and revenue management areas.
A Tangle of Conflicts: A World Post-Net Neutrality
Ben Huh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cheezburger. The former journalist turned successful entrepreneur has been credited with pioneering Internet culture as entertainment, crowdsourcing, and bringing Internet memes to the mainstream.
Make Design Thinking Your Competitive Advantage
Beverly Ingle, author of "Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses: Putting the Power of Design to Work", founded Resilient By Design, a marketing strategy and innovation management consultancy based in San Antonio, Texas, where she works with clients from a variety of industries to understand and leverage the design-thinking process to create stronger, more profitable businesses.
Avoiding the Valley of Death: Attracting Funding
Brian Taptich is Chief Executive Officer at Bitcasa, a cloud storage provider redefining how consumers are storing and accessing their data. Brian is a seasoned veteran in the consumer technology space and has a wealth of experience building strong and productive global teams and operationalizing vision. Prior to joining Bitcasa, Brian held senior executive positions at companies such as Zynga, BitTorrent and Electronic Arts.
How Not To Get Deported: Hacking A Startup Visa
Craig is the founder and executive director of PolitiHacks, an advocacy group for startup visa and other causes that contribute towards a stronger, more vibrant startup community. He serves as a bridge between DC and the national startup community, with one foot in both worlds.
Business Development and Strategy | Trailblazing
Damien Patton is a four-time entrepreneur & Founder/CEO of Banjo, which was recently named, "The Fastest Engineering Co. in Silicon Valley" by WIRED. A trailblazer in the industry, Damien sits on multiple boards & frequently speaks on mobile advertising, location-based services, big data & privacy.
Using Music As a Vehicle for Social Change
David France is an active performer and an innovative educator. He has performed with a number of orchestras including the YouTube Symphony, of which he was the Concertmaster. He has appeared on BBC News and has been featured in Strings Magazine. He has worked with today’s most popular artists including John Legend and recently spoke at TEDx Fenway. He is now the Executive Director of Revolution of Hope, a social change focused youth orchestra in Boston.
Proprietary to OS: Giving Away $6M is Hard
Ed Schipul is CEO of Tendenci, formerly Schipul, a 16-year-old bootstrapped company started in Houston Texas. Ed’s team created the Open Source software platform Tendenci, an all in one CMS built specifically for nonprofits, membership associations and arts organizations.
Building a Brand for the Internet Generation
Ethan drives Frank & Oak’s overall creative vision. Having lived everywhere from Paris to Vancouver to Shanghai, it has inspired and given him a vision about how people dress and live in our generation. He was interested at a very young age about the relationship between products and people and how they are created and utilized.
What Engineering Can Teach Design
Gihan Amarasiriwardena is a creative, curious engineer with an appreciation for great aesthetic and fusing technology and design. Raised in rural New England, Gihan spent his childhood stitching together performance gear and imagining how science and technology could combine to create superior clothes. After earning his S.B. in chemical and biological engineering from MIT and completing studies with design firms in the US and UK, Gihan co-founded Ministry of Supply to bring his high-tech vision for menswear to life.
New Space: An Entrepreneur's Guide to the Galaxy
Kellie Gerardi is the Media Specialist for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry's leading trade organization. Kellie is an active member of The Explorers Club, and a Round 3 astronaut candidate for a proposed mission to Mars in 2024 with private company Mars One. Kellie has contributed to numerous articles and has appeared on ABC's 'The View' to discuss the future of spaceflight.
Krystal Higgins and John Tapley
Wearing the Future: Development and Design
Krystal Higgins is a hybrid interaction and visual designer currently working on Innovations and New Ventures projects at eBay. Over 10 years she’s worked on a diverse portfolio of products at companies like Kyocera, NVIDIA and eBay’s mobile team, including experiences for wearable devices, iOS apps, Android and mobile web. John is an award winning developer, innovator and six year eBay veteran. He's launched numerous products across many platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and several embedded platforms. John is an avid mentor and advocate for innovation and thinking outside the box within eBay.
3D BioPrinting: Changing The Future of Medicine! Laura Bosworth is CEO and co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, an early stage biotech start-up developing innovative, tissue engineered products for small closeup wound-healing, burns and reconstructive surgery. Ms. Bosworth is a dynamic former Fortune 50 executive with over 24 years of cross-functional industry experience. Ms. Bosworth has served with several applied entrepreneurship programs, mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their own high-growth (more than a $1 Million) companies.
Smart Money: Not All Funding is Created Equal
Matt is the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Porch. Prior, Matt was Chief strategy Officer at Active Network responsible for 85% of the P&L. Matt joined Active in 2007 and helped grow its revenues from $65 million in 2006 to $420 million and a 2011 initial public offering. Before joining Active, Matt was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Thriva, which was acquired by the Active Network in March 2007 for $60 million. Matt built Thriva out of his dorm room at Stanford University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurial engineering and Master of Science degree in management science and engineering.
My Journey from my Parents' Basement to 5M Users
Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud accounting specialist for small business owners. In 2003, Mike built FreshBooks for his design firm, then moved into his parent's basement for 3.5 years to get FreshBooks off the ground. Since then more than 5 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing and collect billions of dollars. Mike and his team dedicate themselves to executing extraordinary experiences everyday for small business owners who want to focus on the work they love, instead of on their paperwork.
In an Age of Ever-Increasing Distractions, Quickly
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Nir is also an advisor to several Bay Area start-ups, venture capitalists, and incubators. Nir’s last company received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and was acquired in 2011. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir is a contributing writer for Forbes, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
I'm An Expert. Don't Trust Me.
Phil Simon is a frequent keynote speaker and recognized technology authority. He is the award-winning author of six management books, most recently The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. He consults organizations on matters related to strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on The Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, The New York Times, ReadWriteWeb, and many other sites.
Rian Schmidt and William Young
Zappos and the Innovation Silver Bullet Myth
As the Head of Technology at Zappos Labs and lead of Zappos’ Innovation Incubation program, Rian focuses on balancing culture with technology to cultivate the innovation mindset at Zappos. Will is Director of Zappos Labs, a largely San Francisco-based team with the mission of exploring the future of Zappos by way of partnerships and building great products through experimentation, incubation, and off-roadmap projects.
Monetizing Mobile Content
Roman Karachinsky is a co-founder and CEO of News360, a popular news discovery platform that helps readers uncover high-quality, relevant news stories from the world’s top headlines to niche interests and hobbies. News360 is a tool that filters through the influx of online content to surface what matters most, individually tailoring newsfeeds for each user.
Ruben Rodrigues and Daniel Nazer
Tackling Patent Trolls as a Startup
Ruben is an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm’s IP Litigation practice. Ruben has worked on cases involving software, semiconductors, medical devices, and biomedical research tools. He also represents a number of startup companies in patent acquisition and general IP strategy. Daniel Nazer is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. Prior to joining EFF, Daniel practiced at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, where he represented technology clients in patent and antitrust litigation.
Building The Whole Developer
Sabeen Ali is the CEO of AngelHack. She is the brains and execution behind the world’s largest hackathon competition that took place in 100 cities globally in 2013. In a past life, Sabeen has been a consultant for leadership and organizational development with Kaiser Permanente, Yahoo!, Peet’s Coffee, and Cisco. She founded her own training and development company, in the Bay Area in 2011 which she sold to begin AngelHack. She loves traveling, leading her team to new heights and being a great mommy to her 2 daughters.
Design as a Differentiator for Mobile Commerce
Sam Shank, CEO & Co-Founder (@samshank): A travel-obsessed serial entrepreneur, Sam previously founded and was CEO of DealBase.com, a travel deals search engine, and was CEO of TravelPost.com, a hotel reviews site. SideStep acquired TravelPost.com and Sam stayed on as VP of business development until its fortunate acquisition by Kayak. Sam also worked in comparison shopping at Excite, CNET and NexTag. Not at all surprisingly, he was an assistant to Wes Craven on the film Scream. He HotelTonights at the Ace New York.