In 2015, we organized two conferences:
- May: TechFire Ignite Summit, our conference for early stage entrepreneurs, in Santa Monica, featuring a standing-room-only packed crowd (with more than 400 RSVPs!). Speakers included the founder of HotelTonight, a partner from True Ventures, among many more. Sponsored by WSGR, EY, CBRE, and BlackLine.
- November: Burbank Tech Summit. This event sold out two weeks in advance, and featured speakers such as the head of the Disney Accelerator, a VC who flew down from Charles River Ventures on Sand Hill Road, and a panel of local CEOs. sponsored by the City of Burbank.
We also hosted four fireside chat events in Santa Monica and Los Angeles -- click here to learn more about these fireside chats.
More information on both of our conferences is below:
BURBANK TECH SUMMIT (SOLD OUT!) • NOV. 2015
We're thrilled to be bringing TechFire's popular tech summits to Burbank on Nov. 5 for an event featuring high-profile VCs & CEOs from Silicon Valley and SoCal. Visit burbanktechsummit.eventbrite.com for details. Due to exceptional demand, the event SOLD OUT two weeks in advance!
TECHFIRE IGNITE SUMMIT • MAy, 2015
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
Co-Founder & CEO
CEO and Founder,
Partner, True Ventures
Co-Founder & Partner
The Pramana Collective
Founder & CEO
Founder, CEO & Chairman
Founder, Dash Radio
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.com, MakerBot, 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 Meerkat, Reserve, 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.
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.
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.
IN MEMORIAM: Dave Goldberg
This summit was dedicated to the memory of DAVE GOLDBERG, CEO of SurveyMonkey, who had been set to speak, but who tragically passed away earlier in May 2015. 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.
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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.
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 email@example.com 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.