Startup Conferences To Attend
It’s conference time, people! As the new year kicks into high gear (not that it ever slowed down in the startup world), we have our sights set on some exciting events happening in Q1. Whether you are in the early stages of product planning and development, searching for angel investors or venture capital backing, launching the next iteration of your product or looking to start hiring top talent for your initiatives, these events hold something for every company. So get your pitch decks ready, your alley booths in shape, your elevator speeches fine tuned and your conference swag bags emptied because it’s conference time! 2014 promises to hold some very exciting innovations, entrances and exits. These are the startup conferences where you’ll be sure to see them first hand!
Startup Grind 2014
When: February 3rd – 5th
Where: The Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA CA 94043
Conference Website: http://startupgrind.com/2014/
Why: Attracting today’s top startups, investors, educators and advisors, Startup Grind 2014 positions itself as an educational and networking experience, with no pitching and no panels. The conference is hosting a top notch list of speakers, including Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners, George Zachary of Charles River Ventures, David Cohen of Techstars, and even MC Hammer from… well, you know. The event boasts a great opportunity to make new connections with successful founders and entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, advisors, and mentors from across the technology landscape.
The 7th Annual Crunchies
When: February 10th
Where: Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
Conference Website: http://techcrunch.com/events/7th-annual-crunchies-awards/
Why: Ahh, the glories of startup battle. As the competition and awards ceremony for technology startups and innovators, this TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Gigaom sponsored event presents awards based on the most favorited tech stars as voted upon by the internet community. Hosted by The Daily Show’s John Oliver, The Crunchies promises to deliver a night of inspiring technologies, great music, and maybe even a laugh or two. Voting ends January 26th, so get to the website soon!
When: February 24th – 26th
Where: The San Francisco Design Center Concourse
635 8th Street @ Brannan
San Francisco, CA 94103
Conference Website: http://events.launch.co/festival/
Why: The self proclaimed “Best place to launch your startup, raise money and learn about starting a company,” LAUNCH Festival provides the premier platform for today’s startups to unveil their creations to angel investors and venture capital firms, providing an unparalleled opportunity for networking and education. And with keynote speakers Mark Cuban and Paul Graham taking the stage, this year’s event promises to attract top investors and entrepreneurs from around the globe.
When: March 7th – 16th
Where: The Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Conference Website: http://sxsw.com/
Why: Few events even come close to the magnitude of SXSW, and this year’s happenings don’t look to be slowing down. More than just a conference for entrepreneurs, SXSW is three conferences wrapped into one; SXSW Interactive, SXSW Music and SXSW Film. Boasting speakers such as Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Julian Assange, as well as the trade show, accelerator, startup alleys, competitions… you should probably just check out the website.