Having invested in over 100 startups, I’m always concerned when founders spend their time going to conferences. Most conferences are designed for some combination of schmoozing and panels of CEOs debating three or four inane questions provided by a subpar moderator.
My advice to founders has been: “Let’s not waste time and money on conferences until our startup is scaling.”
That’s when it hit me, no one is doing a conference about SCALING your company!!!
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So, last year I invited 900 founders to SCALE to learn, in detail, what they could do to grow their company. It was a huge success. In fact, many of the founders of my portfolio companies told me it was the best two days they spent all year.
We’re doing SCALE again this year, October 13-14 in San Francisco, and I’m inviting you to come!
If you are the founder of a company and you don’t have the money to attend, you can apply for a free ticket here. Like all of our events, we give 80% of the tickets to founders for free. Yes, free. We just ask that you fill out a questionnaire which helps us, you guessed it, convince sponsors to help us put on the show.
1. Free tickets for founders (with questionnaire)
2. Paid for everyone else (service providers, VCs, big companies, etc.)
3. Speaker proposals are being accepted
Every single speaker who makes it to the SCALE stage has to come to mandatory rehearsals with me, and if their presentation doesn’t hit our standards for being worth it for our founders, we don’t let them on stage. We require that our sponsors come to rehearsals as well!
Last year we asked our audience to rate the 54 speakers and we ranked them. The top 25 speakers are listed below in order (we won’t disclose the rankings of those numbered 26 to 54 — though we did send them their scores!).
Fascinatingly, five of the top 25 speakers (including #1!) were sponsors who really thought about how they could teach our founders something important. So, when Des Traynor from Intercom talked about maintaining product market fit and knowing when to kill a feature, and Paul Midgen explained how Message Bus decided to pivot based on five key guidelines, people got massive value.
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