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TechFire is where Silicon Valley comes together with Los Angeles' thriving tech community. Our events feature nationally prominent speakers--quite often the very same titans of tech you'll find speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, Code, Web Summit, and Collision.  Don't miss our next big event, TechFire Ignite Summit, on May 28, 2015 in Santa Monica, as well as our series of fireside chat events.

SPEAKERS  at TechFire Ignite 2015

Co-Founder & CEO


Partner, True Ventures

Co-Founder & Partner
The Pramana Collective

Founder & CEO
Pantera Capital

Founder, CEO & Chairman

And more, 
to be announced soon!



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 Disrupt NY 2015 speaker profile.

Forget a million dollars; a billion dollars isn't cool anymore. You know what's cool? $2 billion--SurveyMonkey's valuation. As CEO, Dave Goldberg has grown SurveyMonkey into a multibillion dollar business used by millions. Business Insider calls him "half of one of Silicon Valley's most powerful couples"--he's married to Facebook COO & Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg. Earlier, Goldberg co-founded Launch Media, led it through an IPO and acquisition by Yahoo, and continued to grow it into the internet's biggest video site and music site at the time.
→ Business Insider profile.

TONY CONRAD,  Co-Founder & CEO,;  & Partner, True Ventures
Tony Conrad sold to Aol — and better yet, bought it back later for a fraction of the price. Besides running, 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

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.





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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 – 10:30 AM: Keynotes & Fireside Chats
  • 10:30 AM: Coffee Break: Networking & Exhibitors
  • 10:45 AM — 12 PM: Keynotes & Fireside Chats
  • (Exact final schedule coming soon, and subject to change slightly.)

VENUE: The historic Woman's Club in downtown Santa Monica. Address: 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.


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 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!


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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