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Steve Schlafman (RRE), Chris Paik (Thrive), Mike Brown (Bowery), Steve Martocci (Founder, GroupMe), Amanda Peyton (Founder, Grand St), Kellee Khalil (Founder, Loverly), Dan Maccarone (CEO, Charming Robot). 10% off w/ code GARYSGUIDE.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 09:30 AM    Cost: $300
Projective Space, 72 Allen St, 3rd Fl

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This program requires a minimum of two attendees from startup teams as we feel the best work comes from collaboration. Should you wish to purchase a single ticket, please contact us at

The day-long experience will include the following program:

Investor Panel

An hour long Q&A about the different ways investors want to hear pitches, the mistakes that founders generally make, what everyone wants to know, how much money should you raise and how to know what type of investor to talk to. By the end of this panel, teams will understand when to pitch, how to talk about their product, and what kinds of results the investors want to see at each stage.

Current Participants:

Chris Paik, Thrive Capital

Steve Schlafman, RRE

Mike Brown, Bowery Captial

The Product & Experience Design Process

Gain hands-on training with best practices and easy-to-implement procedures for achieving good design, understanding the different types of design: product, graphic, and interaction; defining the roles involved in creating a product, establishing your brand; and working well with a designer. Above all, teams will learn how good design is good business.

Speaker: Dan Maccarone, CEO & Co-Founder of Charming Robot

Branding & Visual Design

Branding and visual design are more important than ever. Starting with the basics, teams will learn what components make up a brand and how to effectively define, create, and communicate those components to give companies an edge. This will include a primer on visual design and how to blend and balance great brand-supporting aesthetics with user needs and market trends. Teams will gain an ability to understand how to judge a useable design and to escape the pitfalls of chasing trends and design for design's sake.

Speaker: Chris Pace, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder of Charming Robot

How to Use Social Media to Gain Traction

When you're a startup, your most important and easily accessible marketing avenues are social media channels. Understanding how each social network should be leveraged to grow your business is critical to creating an effective marketing strategy. With a plan in place, you can easily begin measuring the effectiveness and return-on-investment within each network and evolve accordingly. This module will introduce participants to the way that startups should think about social media and how/why to quantify social progress.

Speaker: Meghan Myszkowski, Director of Digital at Geometry Global

Developer Panel

Technical development is critical to any product from day one. Finding and involving your tech team as early as possible will make your product the best it can be. Teams will learn from a mix of experienced developers who have built a variety of products, from simple web experiences to complex enterprise applications. This Q&A session will help non-developers understand when to hire and what to look for in a CTO and how to communicate effectively with a development team.

Current Participants:

Austin Smith, Co-Founder Alley Interactive

Dave Small, CTO Fieldlens


Moderator: Steve Martocci, Co-Founder GroupMe

Founders Panel

It's important to hear about all facets of the product process, but it's even more important to talk to the people who've been through it. This panel will allow founders at different stages of the startup process to discuss what they did right and what they did wrong, give context to the earlier talks/panels, and answer questions from the audience.

Current Participants:

Amanda Peyton, Grand Street

Kellee Khalil, Loverly

Tom Clifton, Animoto



Cocktail Hour and Networking

If you can't connect with other participants to talk about what you've learned, why bother? And don't we all need a drink after a day-long event?

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