The final SXSW V2V registration discount ends on Friday at midnight. Buy your badge before rates increase to take part in this boutique event tailored to startups and entrepreneurs. When you register, book your hotel through our SXSW housing desk to take advantage of special discounted rates.
In case you missed it, here's a full run-down of the 2014 SXSW V2V program (with more additions arriving in the coming weeks!) We'll see you in Las Vegas July 13 - 16!
Tuesday Keynote - John Maeda
The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Design Partner takes the SXSW V2V keynote stage Tuesday, July 15 to share his experience making the transition from the Rhode Island School of Design to KPCB. The accomplished creative continues to inspire as he bridges the gap between disciplines. This keynote will highlight his learnings about startups through the new lens of venture capital. Get a tease of his talk at sxswv2v.com from an interview about his career, inspirations and thoughts on creativity and entrepreneurship.
V2Venture MC - Christine Herron
Our no-holds-barred, Vegas-style pitch competition, V2Venture, is emceed by Christine Herron, Director at Intel Capital. After hosting a top-rated panel at V2V in 2013, and Herron returns this year as an integral part of the V2Venture journey for participating startups. Herron will guide the July 16 day-long competition from beginning to end, working with the judges of each of the five categories to provide important feedback to the presenting startups. (Keep your eye on the V2V site Monday when we unveil the V2Venture finalists that will compete in Vegas this July.)
Exclusive to SXSW V2V, 20/20 Vision sessions feature intense 20-minute presentations from established business and entrepreneurial voices, as well as up-and-coming creative visionaries. This shorter format allows audiences to experience a wide range of differing viewpoints and ideas from the people who are shaping the future. A couple of highlights include Ben Huh (Cheezburger) talking net neutrality, Sabeen Ali (AngelHack) on Building The Whole Developer, News360's Roman Karachinsky on monetizing social content and Sam Shank (HotelTonight) speaking on using Design as a Differentiator for Mobile Commerce.
No matter where in the process your idea may be - conception, gathering talent, bootstrapping, stage one (or two) funding – the advice and counsel of those who have trod that path before is invaluable. SXSW V2V seeks to connect entrepreneurs with experienced mentors such as Frank Gruber (TechCocktail), Alexis Finch (AgentFin Consulting), Yoli Chisholm (Microsoft) and Jordan Siegel (MIT) + many, many more who can help take your ideas to the next level.
Panels at SXSW V2V are carefully chosen to highlight topics integral to the startup experience and evolution. 2014 panels feature topics such as Startups: Innovating Big Business, Startup Funding: Alternative Sources of Capital and Startup Politics: Tech Inside the Beltway. Hear from established voices such as Cheryl Contee (Fission Strategy) and Rachel Sklar (The Li.st).
Take an in-depth, instructional workshop to develop a new skill or cultivate a current talent. Learn to gamify with expert Gabe Zichermann (Dopamine), how to program as a non-programmer with Chris Catiglione (One Month) or get From Vision to Business Model to Brand with Justine Bloome (The Village Agency) and Patrick van der Pijl (Business Models Inc).
We've still got a lot of exciting all-star speaker and evening event announcements around the corner, so be sure to buy your badge to SXSW V2V at these great savings before rates increase after midnight on Friday. (Hotel discounts continue up until the event, but book soon to assure you'll be able to stay right in the action at the SXSW V2V headquarter hotel!)