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TechFire's events feature nationally prominent tech CEOs & VCs -- our events attract some of the same speakers you'll find at longstanding conferences like TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, The Code Conference, Web Summit, and DLD.   

Join us for our next event, and see for yourself why we've been featured in Techmeme Events, Recode, and the LA Business Journal, and why we've attracted more than 2100+ people from L.A., San Francisco, and beyond!

 

2015 FIRESIDE CHAT Series

KARA NORTMAN, UPFRONT VENTURES:
Thanks to everyone who joined us on June 30 for our Fireside Chat with Kara Nortman, Partner at L.A.'s leading VC firm, Upfront Ventures.  View full details or buy tickets at karanortman.eventbrite.com, or learn more about our other past fireside chat events. 

THREE MORE EVENTS IN LA COMING LATER IN 2015 :
We have three more incredible speakers coming for more events in 2015. Stay tuned for details -- be sure to sign up for our mailing list! 

Our 2015 fireside chat series is made possible by our Presenting Sponsor, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and our Platinum Sponsor, CBRE. Email david@techfire.co to inquire about joining as a sponsor as well -- we have some great marketing opportunities available for these three events, or for additional events as well. 

 

 


ABOUT OUR MOST RECENT SUMMIT:

Our most recent TechFire Ignite Summit was May 28, 2015 in Santa Monica, and was featured in Techmeme's global calendar of major national and international tech industry events. Thanks to everyone who made it our biggest event yet (standing room only!) -- read more in the archived event website, below. 

SPEAKERS  at TechFire Ignite 2015

SAM SHANK
Co-Founder & CEO
HotelTonight

TONY CONRAD
CEO and Founder, 
about.me
Partner, True Ventures

PAIGE CRAIG
Managing Partner
Arena Ventures

 

BRANDEE BARKER
Co-Founder & Partner
The Pramana Collective

DAN MOREHEAD
Founder & CEO
Pantera Capital

THERESE TUCKER
Founder, CEO & Chairman
BlackLine

DJ SKEE
Founder, Dash Radio 
CEO, Skee.TV

 
 


SPEAKER BIOS

SAM SHANK,  Co-Founder & CEO, HotelTonight
This year, HotelTonight won big at the Crunchies Awards (the tech industry's annual awards bash, presented by TechCrunch & VentureBeat). Voters named HotelTonight the Best On-Demand Service, beating Uber, Lyft, Postmates, & Shyp. TechCrunch's Anthony Ha writes, HotelTonight "has become my go-to hotel booking app, not just because of the available rooms and prices, but also because of its beautiful, easy-to-use mobile interface."
→ TechCrunch profile.

TONY CONRAD,  CEO & Founder, about.me;  & Partner, True Ventures
Tony Conrad sold about.me to Aol — and better yet, bought it back later for a fraction of the price. Besides running about.me, he's a partner at True Ventures, where he has led investments in WordPress.comMakerBot, Blue Bottle Coffee, Typekit and High Fidelity. He's also a personal investor in Slack.
→ Vanity Fair profile.

PAIGE CRAIG, Managing Partner, Arena Ventures
Famous as LA's most prolific, adrenaline-fueled angel (investing in 100+ companies like Lyft, Postmates, AngelList, and ZenPayroll), Paige has now gone VC. He co-founded Arena Ventures, the first venture capital fund built to work with AngelList backers on every deal. Arena's portfolio already includes MeerkatReserve, and more.
→ LA Weekly profile.

BRANDEE BARKER, Co-Founder & Partner, The Pramana Collective
Renowned for her role helping grow Facebook into a global phenomenon as their first Head of Global Communications and Public Policy, Brandee Barker has advised clients like Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In campaign, and companies like Uber, Dropbox, and Spotify.
→ New York Times profile.

DAN MOREHEAD,  Founder & CEO, Pantera Capital
Dan Morehead runs a ~$150 million bitcoin investment fund, plus a bitcoin venture fund.  He previously  raised $1.3 billion for Pantera as a macro hedge fund, before choosing to focus exclusively on Bitcoin.
New York Times' DealBook profile.

THERESE TUCKER, Founder, CEO & Chairman, BlackLine
Therese Tucker founded BlackLine in 2001, growing it into an enterprise SAAS powerhouse, whose  modern finance platform is used by a who's-who of blue chip companies like Verizon, Hyatt, United Airlines, MasterCard and NBCUniversal. An L.A. success story, Woodland Hills-based BlackLine has seven global offices, from Paris, to Sydney.
→ Fortune profile.

DJ SKEE, Founder, Dash Radio; CEO, Skee.TV
Scott “DJ SKEE” Keeney initially rose to fame as the first DJ to discover and play the likes of Lady Gaga, Lorde, and Justin Bieber on the radio. From his KISS FM days, to today on SKEE.TV on YouTube and his TV show on Fuse, Skee has generated over one billion media impressions. He founded Dash Radio, the world’s biggest all-original radio network.
→ Fast Company profile.

 

Moderators

ROB KORNEGAY, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Rob Kornegay is a corporate and securities partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. WSGR’s representative clients include Google, Twitter, Tesla, LinkedIn, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora—as well as startups that will be the giants of tomorrow.

OMAR SHAMOUT, Technology Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal 
Omar Shamout covers technology for the Los Angeles Business Journal. He previously was with the Daily Journal and KPCC. He is a former film and television executive at actor Tyrese Gibson’s HQ Pictures, and received his Master’s in Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and B.A. from Occidental College.

PATRICK ANDING, Senior Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Patrick Anding represents public and private technology and media companies through all stages of their growth. Before becoming an attorney, he previously supervised and produced film, music, and new media projects for DreamWorks, Disney, Mattel, the BBC, New Line, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Guggenheim Museum.

TREVOR NEILSON, Co-Founder and President, Global Philanthropy Group
Global Philanthropy Group guides the philanthropic work of many of the most prominent stars in Hollywood and titans of tech. He is also President of G2 Investment Group and co-founder of Threat Pattern. Previously, he helped create Bono’s DATA (now The ONE Campaign) and worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton White House.

 

IN MEMORIAM: Dave Goldberg

This summit is dedicated to the memory of DAVE GOLDBERG, CEO of SurveyMonkey, who had been set to speak, but who has tragically passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sheryl Sandberg, their two children, his extended family, friends, and colleagues, and all who knew this remarkable, and greatly admired man. Read TechFire founder David Murphy's reflections on Dave Goldberg's legacy.

 

PAST SPEAKERS

READ MORE ABOUT OUR PAST SUMMITS AND FIRESIDE CHATS.

 

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Event Info: WHEN & WHERE

Thursday, May 28, 2015 in beautiful downtown Santa Monica, in the heart of Los Angeles' thriving tech community. 

  • 8 AM: Registration; Networking & Exhibitors
  • 9 AM – 12 NOON (approximate): Program (full schedule below)

VENUE: The historic Woman's Club in downtown Santa Monica, at 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (just south of Wilshire). If you've never been before, it's a great venue right in the heart of downtown, where most of our past events have been held, as well as several PandoDaily events and a performance by Adele ; we will be expanding the space to use the second floor as well, for larger capacity.  There's easy, ample, cheap parking right nearby -- including a municipal parking structure adjacent.

TICKETS: click here for ticket information. Compared with other tech conferences, tickets are quite affordable. 

FULL SCHEDULE

8:00 AM   Registration & Networking
9:00 AM    Welcoming Remarks: David C. Murphy, TechFire Founder & CEO
9:15 AM    Tony Conrad, Co-Founder/CEO, about.me; Partner, True Ventures
                    Moderator: Rob Kornegay, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
9:35 AM    Dan Morehead, Founder & CEO, Pantera Capital
                    Moderator: David Murphy, Founder & CEO, TechFire
9:55 AM    Therese Tucker, Founder & CEO, BlackLine
                    Moderator: Omar Shamout, Tech Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal
10:15 AM  Networking Break (check out the exhibitor tables!)
10:35 AM   Paige Craig, Managing Partner, Arena Ventures
                     Interviewed by Rob Kornegay, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
10:55 AM   DJ SKEE, Founder, Dash Radio; CEO, Skee.TV
                     Moderator: Patrick Anding, Senior Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
11:15 AM   Special Remarks 
11:25 AM   Sam Shank, Co-Founder & CEO, HotelTonight
                     Moderator: Therese Tucker, Founder & CEO, BlackLine
11:45 AM   Brandee Barker, Co-Founder & Partner, The Pramana Collective
                      Moderator: Trevor Neilson, Co-Founder & President, Global Philanthropy Group
12:05 PM    Closing Remarks


WHAT TO EXPECT, & Why to Come

Come for the fireside chats / keynotes with nationally prominent tech leaders, and to network and build relationships with founders, investors, press, and key connectors from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and beyond (our past events have attracted people from Miami to Istanbul).  Learn more about last year's summit, or email david@techfire.co with any questions.


Justify Your Trip

Download a form letter (.docx) that you can copy & paste from, when justifying your trip to your boss and requesting approval to attend.


Flying In?  HEre are HOTEL Recommendations

If you're flying in, we recommend arriving the night before (Wednesday, May 27), and staying the night, so you can join us first thing Thursday morning.  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (pictured) is a very short walk (a couple minutes walk) nearby.

There are also many other choices in downtown Santa Monica, such as Loews Santa MonicaThe Shore Hotel, and many more. Better yet, use HotelTonight!

ATTENDEES


Some of our 1700+ Registrants from Last year's EVENTS:

Our 2014 events attracted  1700+ registrants from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and as far away as Istanbul, and we already have some exceptional attendees flying in for TechFire Ignite 2015, too, such as the investment banker who has done more tech IPOs (200+, including the world's biggest-ever IPO, Alibaba) than anyone else in the industry.  Last year's attendees prominent founders, investors, connectors, & reporters, such as:

  • Michael Carney, West Coast Editor, PandoDaily
  • Louis Fu, strategic investments, Tencent
  • Greg Bettinelli, Partner, Upfront Ventures
  • Cody Simms, Managing Director, TechStars' Disney Accelerator 
  • Paige Craig, super-angel / VC, Arena Ventures
  • Paresh Dave, Tech Reporter, Los Angeles Times
  • Omar Shamout, Tech Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Corey Quinn, Head of Partnerships, Science Inc. (former Myspace CEO Mike Jones' tech studio)
  • Peter Lee, Managing Partner, Baroda Ventures (Geocities billionaire David Bohnett's VC fund)
  • Yohei Nakajima, Coordinator, TechStars' Disney Accelerator 
  • Michael Yanover, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) (Hollywood's leading talent agency) & CAA Ventures
  • William Hsu, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Mucker Capital ($20MM fund) & MuckerLab (accelerator) 
  • Dan Chen, Managing Director, Siemer & Associates
  • Jason Crilly, Founder/CEO, NearWoo (VC-backed)
  • Alex Capecelatro, Founder/CEO, Yeti/At the Pool (VC-backed)
  • Kevin Winston, Founder, Digital LA
  • Michelle Garakian, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (liaison to the tech community)
  • Key connectors from firms like Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Deloitte, Cooley, Goldman Sachs, etc.
  • And 1700+ more, including lots of early stage founders who are just starting out, and executives from established LA tech heavyweights like GumGum, j2 Global, Zefr, Demand Media, LegalZoom, Symantec, Oracle, and many more.
  • Plus of, course, the speakers themselves, such as these and more: 
    • Partners from Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, SV Angel, First Round Capital, Greycroft
    • CEOs/Co-Founders from DogVacay & Dollar Shave Club
    • Corporate development (M&A) executives from GoDaddy & Tribune Media

 

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2015 PRESENTING SPONSOR:

 

Platinum Sponsor

 

Silver Sponsor

 

Email david@techfire.co for sponsorship info.

EVENT PARTNERS

Special thanks to all our event partners, who've helped us to get out the word: