PITCH NYC is a full day of speakers and panels sharing case studies, best practices and stories of successful business disruption in today’s new entrepreneur economy. The startup competition will allow attendees to watch live pitches and questioning from the judges – learn from both sides of the table in the audience at PITCH NYC, and vote for your favorite startup to win People’s Choice!
8:00am – 9:00am
REGISTRATION & MORNING COFFEE9:00am – 9:30am
Shaherose Charania, Sepideh Nasiri, Angie Chang, Patricia Araque (Exec Team, Women 2.0), Seema Mody (Reporter, CNBC)
9:30am – 10:00am
MORNING KEYNOTE: “HOW TO BE A BADASS IN A PREDOMINANTLY MALE WORLD”
Sandy Lerner (Co-Founder, Cisco & Urban Decay)
Hear from Sandy Lerner, the co-founder of Cisco, about her trials and tribulations as a female entrepreneur, what challenges she faced, how she overcame then and what advice she has for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
10:00am – 10:20am
CASE STUDY: FROM “IDEA” TO “MILLION OF USERS”
Amanda Steinberg (Founder & CEO, DailyWorth)
Amanda Steinberg will address what it really takes to acquire and keep users. She will talk about what she learned as an an engineer and usability designer, and how she applied user acquisition techniques directly to the growth of her startup, going from zero to thousands of users.
10:20am – 10:40am
CASE STUDY: FROM “MILLIONS OF USERS” TO “EXIT”
Sandy Jen (Co-Founder & CTO, Meebo)
Sandy Jen will address the perennial question “What’s your exit plan?” and explain why that question is sometimes the wrong one, how you should think about answering it, and how millions of users can affect your decision.
10:40am – 11:10am
KEYNOTE: “BUILDING A NEW COMPETENCY: FROM STARTUP TO IPO”
Sarah Personette (Director of Global Agency Relations, Facebook)
Facebook’s Sarah Personette will discuss the dynamics of building a team from the ground up, talk through steps taken from the concept of the idea to actual activation and growth, and address challenges in building a new team when you’re a startup – and then maintaining the integrity of that team after you’ve gotten bigger (i.e. IPO stage).
11:10am – 11:45am
MORNING COFFEE & NETWORKING
11:45am – 12:45pm
PITCH NYC 2012 STARTUP COMPETITION FINALIST PITCHES (SESSION 1)
Presenting Companies: Clear Returns, ActivityHero, The Muse, NewlyWish, Maternova
Judges: Brad Svrluga (Co-Founder & General Partner, High Peaks Venture Partners), Joy Marcus (Venture Partner, DFJ Gotham), James Robinson (Managing Partner, RRE Ventures), Laurel Touby (Founder, Mediabistro)
See PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition finalists in action. Learn from real-time investor feedback.
12:45pm – 2:20pm
Sessions: Mentoring (http://goo.gl/ZjrPi), Startup Ecosystem Introductions (http://goo.gl/YFRpp)
Sign up for your lunchtime session after you register for the PITCH NYC conference. Receive your assigned seat/session when you check in the day of the conference.
2:20pm – 2:30pm
Manoush Zomorodi (Host, New Tech City)
2:30pm – 3:30pm
MAKER PANEL: “LIFE AFTER PROTOTYPE”
Alice Brooks (Co-Founder, Roominate), Debbie Sterling (Founder & CEO, GoldieBlox), Limor Fried (Founder & CEO, Adafruit Industries), Liz Ormesher Salcedo (Founder & CEO, Everpurse) – moderated by Lora Kolodny (Writer, Wall Street Journal)
A new generation of consumer electronics entrepreneurs reveal how they started tech companies that deliver more than bits and bytes. They’ll share advice about crowdfunding, getting a prototype into production, and more.
3:30pm – 4:30pm
PITCH NYC 2012 STARTUP COMPETITION FINALIST PITCHES (SESSION 2)
Presenting Companies: Alike, EatDrinkJobs, Citizen Made, Whit.li, LightningBuy
Judges: Alexis Ohanian (Ambassador to the East, Y Combinator), Charlie O’Donnell (Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures), Jalak Jobanputra (Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures), Nikhil Kalghatgi (Venture Capitalist, SoftBank Capital)
More finalists take the stage. Take away tips to make your pitches shine.
4:30pm – 4:50pm
AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING
4:50pm – 5:20pm
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: “DREAMING THEN DOING: STARTUP TALES FROM THE ONLY WOMEN-OWNED AND OPERATED CABLE NETWORK”
Geraldine Laybourne (Founder, Oxygen Media) – moderated by C.J. Kettler (Founder & CEO, Genius Crowds)
Hear Geraldine Laybourne, the Founder/Chairman/CEO of Oxygen Media, and former Vice Chair of MTVNetworks/President of Nickelodeon provide her personal perspective on media and women founded companies. She will share how she conceived of Oxygen, the lessons learned, advice for founders and the trends she’s seeing in the startup ecosystem.
5:20pm – 5:50pm
CLOSING PANEL: “SEEDS OF INNOVATION: FROM WHERE DOES THE APPLE FALL?”
Cheryl Swirnow (Co-Founder & COO, Sherpaa), Michelle You (Co-Founder & CPO, Songkick), Vanessa Stewart (Co-Founder & COO, Soltage) – moderated by David Weekly (CEO, Oha.na)
From industries as diverse as solar financing, health care advice, and concert tracking, hear firsthand how the founders discovered and pursued their respective opportunities.
5:50pm – 6:30pm
CLOSING REMARKS & AWARDS PRESENTATION
6:30pm – 7:30pm
COCKTAILS & NETWORKING