Register Now for the StartupHPC Summit at SC15

B2qTuCPCQAAB-I8The good folks from the StartupHPC-15 Conference have posted the Agenda for their meeting at SC15. The day-long conference takes place Monday, Nov 16 in Austin at the Capital Factory in Downtown Austin, Texas.

Does your Startup have ties to High Performance Computing? Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and help StartupHPC continue its efforts to build a support community. Echoing Seymour Cray, the supercomputing world’s iconic inventor who once said ‘Thank heaven for start-up companies or we’d never make any progress,’ StartupHPC advocates a sharp increase in entrepreneurship training and support infrastructure for STEM and HPC practitioners.

Agenda:

  • Welcome: Steve Campbell, Partner, OrionX
  • The “Get-Funded” Framework: From Idea to Launch: Shahin Khan, Partner, OrionX
  • Entrepreneur Ecosystem: Grooming for Growth: Mellie Price, MD/Fund Director & GP, Capital Factory, and Founder/CEO, Front Gate Tickets
  • Incubators: Cultivating Ideas: Blake Yaeger, Managing Director, TechStars
  • Founder Stories: BitFusion: Subbu Rama, CEO, BitFusion.io
  • Hot Markets, Key Apps, Core Algorithms: Peter ffoulkes, Industry Insight & Advisory, Partner, OrionX
  • The “Inside” Scoop: Signs Your Pitch Won’t Stick: Rich Brueckner, President, insideHPC Media
  • Go to Market: Vision & Value Proposition: Shahin Khan, Partner, OrionX
  • Digital Marketing: Essentials in Engagement: Kim McMahon, CEO, McMahon Consulting
  • Founder Stories: Virtual Bridges: Leo Reiter, CTO, Nimbix/former Founder, Virtual Bridges
  • Building Your Base: Landing Early Customers: Dale Geldart, Startup Executive/former CEO eXludus Technologies
  • Learning from Failure: 3 Companies (interactive): Dan Olds, Principal, Gabriel Consulting Group, and
    Contributing Editor, The Register
  • CxO Probe: Q&A Panel: Dr. Stephen Perrenod, (Moderator)
    (Panel to be announced) Partner, OrionX
  • Founder Stories: WhamCloud: Brent Gorda, Intel, and Founder of WhamCloud

As you may recall from SC14, StartupHPC’s inaugural conference featured an all-star roster of speakers and panelists that includes CEOs, CTOs, Founders, senior executives, serial entrepreneurs, attorneys, marketers, journalists, and industry analysts. Sharing first hand experiences and advice will illuminate the requirements for, and the practical paths towards, the successful creation and growth of startups.

As an added bonus, Video clips of last year’s event are available with registration for this year’s conference or by subscription. If you are a student, please contact us for a 60% discount code.

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Video: Startup Weekend Focuses on Female Entrepreneurs

In this video, Julie Sandler from Madrona Venture Group introduces Startup Weekend’s Women’s Edition in Seattle.

The entrepreneurial talent we see from women in Seattle is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it. A big goal for the event is also to provide the opportunity for the aspiring women entrepreneurs in our community to (1) get inspired by an idea/product/team… perhaps even enough to explore starting their own venture, or (2) become more connected with other brilliant entrepreneurially-minded individuals in Seattle and thus more engaged within our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Video: Why Startups Need to Solve Real Problems

In this video, Alexis Madrigal from The Atlantic presents: The Jig is Up – Why Startups Need To Solve Real Problems.

Alexis Madrigal thinks our modern entrepreneurial climate has a problem: we’re not solving big problems anymore. The startup boom in the late 90s gave birth to revolutionary mobile devices. Now, the best we can do is Facebook. Madrigal offers two solutions: stop the pervasiveness of “free” web apps and increase the diversity among founding teams. Fresh perspectives, he argues, will bring a new paradigm for startups — and for creativity in general.

Video: Stephen Key’s One Simple Idea for Startups

In this video, Stephen Key stops by the Googeplex to discuss his latest book, One Simple Idea for Startups. You can find his book on Google Play.

How many times have you seen a product and thought, “I know how to make that better”?How is it that no one has invented this yet”? And when “haven’t” you thought, “I need to be my own boss”? You’re thinking the right things. Now, the next step is to take action–and that’s exactly what “One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs” is all about. Stephen Key, one of the world’s leading experts on getting business ideas off the ground, revealed in his groundbreaking book “One Simple Idea “just how simple it is to make a fortune by selling or “renting” your great ideas.

Choose Influential Customers First

Roy Bahat

Roy Bahat

Over at the Also Blog, Roy Boyhat from Bloomberg Beta writes that Startups need to pick their first customers based on their gradient of influence.

One way to think of it: your first customers are your first hires as marketers. You want them to be as good at their job as possible. Imagine all your customers as you did before (in terms of how valuable they’ll find you, and how easy they’ll be to attract). Then, consider that some of them have influence on others. You’ll find pockets where one kind of customer influences another, and some customer classes who are widely influential, or influential to several important adjacent customer classes. Think of this as a gradient of influence among your customers.

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