credTen: Top 10 Conferences in Blockchain

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In the past year, blockchain has been called both a “tech breakthrough” and “the most over-hyped technology” of our generation. With tangible use cases across financial services, healthcare and supply chain, however, blockchain is more than just a buzzword; blockchain is changing the foundation of our global economic system.

In this edition of our credTen series, we lay down 10 events in blockchain worth checking out.

Crypto Valley Conference
June 20-22 | Zug
A global hub for blockchain and distributed ledger technology projects, Switzerland––specifically, Zug––is also home to the celebrated Crypto Valley Blockchain Conference. The event sees 600 attendees over three days of content, bringing together scholars, researchers, executives and government officials to discuss real-life applications of blockchain technology.
Tickets: $1,300*

Blockchain Connect
June 26-27 | San Jose
Bridging blockchain hotbeds of Asia and Silicon Valley, Blockchain Connect features international speakers and attendees, a demo and pitch stage, a hackathon and a career fair. “Catch the Next Crypto Unicorn” is the event’s tagline. Partners include Draper Dragon, Huobi Pro and ConsenSys.
Tickets: $799

Distributed
July 19-20 | San Francisco
The Distributed event series gathers global technologists, digital disruptors and industry leaders to explore how blockchain technology will shape the future. Distributed is the flagship event and includes an enterprise track on the foundations of distributed business, as well as a technical track covering tokenization and protocols.
Tickets: $649

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BlockShow Americas
August 20-21 | Las Vegas
Powered by leading cryptocurrency publisher CoinTelegraph, BlockShow showcases the industry’s most groundbreaking solutions and brings together businesses with blockchain. On the heels of a thrilling Europe event, BlockShow is coming to the US this summer and hosts an Asia edition as well.
Tickets: $988

Keynote’s World Blockchain Forum
September 3-5 | London
Keynote produces the longest-running financial conference for the bitcoin, blockchain and currency industries. In its fifth year, World Blockchain Forum hosts editions in London, Dubai and New York, and draws an intimate audience of 350 senior executives, investors and government officials.
Tickets: $750

Token Fest
September 13-14 | Boston
Focusing on the business and technology of blockchain, Token Fest covers topics like the state of the token-based economy, applied cryptography, smart contracts and scalable DApps. With 4,000 attendees and 200 speakers, the Boston edition is slated to be 2x bigger than its inaugural event in San Francisco.
Tickets: $999

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Deconomy
2019 dates TBA | Seoul
Deconomy gathers global thought leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, and academy and policy groups to discuss the future of distributed economy. In 2018, Vitalik Buterin and David Chaum graced the stage, and spoke on topics like peer-to-peer cash systems and building and scaling Ethereum.
Tickets: TBA

UNCHAIN
2019 dates TBA | Hamburg
A two-day conference featuring international cryptocurrency and blockchain experts and entrepreneurs, UNCHAIN 2018 gathered an intimate audience in Hamburg for quality content. Speakers debated the impact of cryptocurrencies and socio-economic frameworks for blockchain and beyond.
Tickets: €600

Token Summit
2019 dates TBA | New York
Token Summit explores the token-based economy in depth. The 3rd summit in 2018 discussed token regulation, security tokens, and best practices for protocols and crypto-assets.
Tickets: $649

Consensus
2019 dates TBA | New York
Held during New York Blockchain Week in 2018, CoinDesk’s annual blockchain conference drew more than 4,000 enthusiasts from Silicon Valley, Wall Street and overseas. Despite a hefty ticket price and lambos displayed outside the venue, Consensus is where the crypto world goes to be seen.
Tickets: $2,000

Bonus: Hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sebastien Couture and Meher Roy, Epicenter publishes weekly interviews with leading minds in blockchain. Laura Shin’s Unchained Podcast is another source of influential talks with industry pioneers.

*Standard/general registration rates at time of publication.

Want to speak at these events? Get in touch: speak@credpr.com

 

 

Youth Marketing Strategy SFO: Catching Up with The Future of Marketing

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Following the success of events in London, Berlin, and New York, Voxburner brought their Youth Marketing Strategy summit to San Francisco for the first time on June 12 at Fort Mason’s Gallery 308. YMS offers insights that reflect the latest trends and hottest topics in the youth marketing industry. We attended to see our speakers from Tophatter and Greenbrier and hear what’s driving the behaviors of GenZ and how brands and agencies can do a better job of meeting the youth market where they are. Here’s what we learned.

CEOs, VPs and Founders shared their thoughts on current marketing opportunities and challenges and why young people are so important to their organizations:

  • “These issues that are polarizing to older demographics are not to younger ones. Be a human, that’s what these young consumers want. Staying silent is not a long term strategy.” - Meredith Ferguson, DoSomething Strategic

  • “We know that most young consumers, don’t read the New York Times or watch Bloomberg Tech. Surprisingly, most younger consumers get their news from local news websites. We need to figure out how to meet them where they are vs. trying to get a story in a top tier.” - Lane Kasselman, Greenbrier

  • “We have to think very carefully about what we do. I encourage our company to act as a media/publishing company and think about planning every 3 hours vs. every 3 months.” - Livio Bisterzo, HIPPEAS

25-year-old Steve Bartlett of Social Chain helped us understand How to Avoid Becoming Completely Irrelevant in 2018 and the power of working with micro-influencers:

  • “Most people are creating things from the perspective that people care. The only thing people really care about is what I can do for them . . . you are not a marketer, you are a publisher.”

  • Personalization is the way to turn everyone into an influencer (ex. people sharing photos of their names spelled wrong on Starbuck cups)

  • Where is the opportunity? Podcasting, free reach on LinkedIn because they haven’t figured out their algorithm yet, music.ly, Twitch, and Facebook Groups.

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During The Kids That Are Changing the World panel,  the audience had a chance to ask ambitious youth what they want from their brand relationships. Authenticity, relatability and transparency were key:

  • “GenZ grew up on social and smartphones and can detect BS much faster than other generations. Brands need to take this into account.” - Tiffany Zhong, Zebra Intelligence

  • “No-one really gives a shit about you and what you’re doing, what they do care about is the content you're building out and what they can do with that. It’s all about trying to create content where, after people watch it, they feel like they’re walking away with something.” - Mehak Vohra, Jamocha Media

The first panel after lunch and a 10-minute guided meditation brought together speakers from brands TOMS, Casetify, Par en Par, and Tophatter to discuss The Future of Retail:

  • “Instant gratification is what we see shoppers wanting, and snackability. In a world where our attention spans are shorter than goldfish, you have to bump the adrenaline up quickly." - Malcolm Scovil, Tophatter

  • “It should be a given in your business model that you’re doing good, or at least doing no harm in your process of creating.” - Laura Choi, Par en Par

Ben Harms of Archrival gave an engaging talk on The State of Youth Culture and Shifting Trends. Key insights included:

  • Youth are compelled to find and follow their personal passions to build up a life resume of experiences.

  • GenZ is the most self-reliant generation yet. They know how to find the answer. 72% want to start a business.

  • “This generation has blown open the world of acceptance. The more unique and individual you are, the more oddly normal you are.”

  • “Girl Power” is an outdated mantra. In Z’s minds, the gender paradigm has already shifted and it’s up to us to catch up.

  • 82% of GenZ said they’d rather trail blaze than follow traditional paths.

  • “The idea of building loyalty among this generation is one of the most elusive things. They’re incredibly loyal - but that definition is changing. Youth are loyal to creativity and innovation. Brands must constantly push themselves to keep favor.”

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Investing in Human Capital at the Bowery Capital People and Talent Summit

 
 

People and Talent are hot topics for early stage companies growing quickly in this culture-focused workforce. How do you recruit the best talent? What tools can companies utilize to build diverse and powerful teams? How do you maintain culture and shape company values?

Leading up to the Bowery Capital People and Talent Summit, cred worked with speakers to create sessions built around answering these questions. Speakers and panelists included leaders from Rent The Runway, Button, WayUp, The Muse, Justworks, and others.

WeWork Bryant Park was packed on Thursday, June 7 as the morning started off with a tactical chat by Nikki Goldman of I/O Coaching and WayUp explaining how to build an effective Values Playbook for your company. Following her was a dynamic presentation by Jacqui Maguire of Greenhouse about structured hiring.

Kirsten Behncke Colyer of Justworks, Jordan Wan of CloserIQ, and John-Paul Sukkar of Rent The Runway rounded out a panel called The Company Glow-Up: Maintaining Culture as You Scale. They were followed by the panel: Tools of Engagement: Tools and Data in the People Space, featuring Ilya Usorov of day100, Jennifer Williams of Drive Change, Inc. and John Erban of Axiom. Panel discussions explored the data points that are worth focusing on and the resources that can be used to measure outcomes.

To finish off the summit, Stephanie Mardell of Button taught on how to put ideas into action to sustain diverse and inclusive company growth, then Toni Thompson from The Muse explained the importance of using storytelling to create an image of your company.

This was the second installment of Bowery Capital’s Quarterly Leadership Series this year. Join us in New York on October 11 for the Finance and Ops Summit! If you’re interested in updates on that event, or want to hear more about what we do at cred, email us: hello@credpr.com.

Event Spotlight: The Startup Conference 2018

 
 

The Startup Conference took place on May 17th in Redwood City. This event gave many startups and founders the opportunity to soak up knowledge that will give them the tools to succeed. The energy was electric and there were rarely any moments where people weren’t laughing, asking questions, or networking. Throughout the day, the audience sat at the edge of their seats, listening with hunger in their eyes. Three cred clients spoke at this event - Lattice, Venrock, and Sharethrough. They each shared insightful wisdom with the crowd.

Jack Altman from Lattice took the stage amongst the first set of speakers, offering insight on the true struggles founders face. He noted that fundraising isn’t very natural, but there are a lot of resources online available for people following the same path. He reminded the audience that although asking for funding is tedious, ultimately, it’s a funnel to find out which investors really align with your company’s vision. 

Ethan Batraski of Venrock took the stage with Soma Somasegar of Madrona Venture Group, Varun Jain of Qualcomm Ventures, and Martin Stroka of F50 for the panel of VCs talking about what makes a killer pitch that piques the interest of investors. Ethan, along with others, agreed that out of the four requisites - market, team, technology, and ability to execute (operational excellence) - investors would rather put their money in a startup that has the right team and market fit. Varun agreed that it would be ridiculous for investors to ever invest in a startup with a founder who has no business acumen. 

Sharethrough’s Rob Fan took on the Scaling & User Acquisition panel. He spoke with purpose, informing the crowd that who you hire depends on who your consumers are. Rob shared the reason why companies can scale quickly is because they invest in their customer support early on. He also noted that utilizing word-of-mouth is an early-stage company’s best friend.

The event ended with 3 startups, who were chosen by the audience, pitching in front of investors. The startups that pitch are likely to gain coverage for their ideas and meet influential decision-makers. If you are an early stage startup looking for investors, this event happens every May in Redwood City- see you there next year!
 

Cheers for Three Years of #cr3d!

 
 

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years! We started cred with a vision to connect passionate speakers to opportunities to build thought-leadership. To date, we have confirmed 1,800+ speaking opportunities for our clients to speak at events located all around the world! It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come at achieving that mission and so much more.

We’ve grown our team to a healthy 17 (and still growing). We've built a data-base of over 7,500 events from scratch, helped over 200 speakers connect with engaged audiences, and are launching our first official internship program this summer, too. In 2018, a huge focus has been to grow the Event Management side of the company and we are happy to report that we have been super busy working with multiple clients to coordinate and source speakers from one-day summits to multiple day conferences (with 27 under our belt to date).

cred works hard, but we also know how to party!

We celebrated our Third Birthday in style at Neyborly Union Square, a modern and chic art gallery here in San Francisco. The team shared stories of the company’s conception and spent time basking in nostalgia as we recalled memories from the past three years. It truly is something special to work at a successful company with such an accomplished group of individuals. Our three-year-old-selves would be proud!

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MIT AI Looks to the Future of Industries

All Eyes on the Future: Three Days of Supreme Content at MIT AI 2018

This past weekend, MIT Club of Northern California (MITCNC) hosted its second annual MIT AI Conference in San Francisco. For two days, MIT Alumni and leading AI experts from various industries gathered at the InterContinental Hotel for a series of fireside chats moderated by VCs and journalists. Attendees were also given the chance to bring their families and experience Kids Day on the third day of the event.

cred worked with MITCNC for months to coordinate the speakers and content for this one-of-a-kind forum on “The Future of Industries.”

 Shuja Keen, President-Elect of the MITCNC giving welcome remarks. Photo by Maqsood Hakim

Shuja Keen, President-Elect of the MITCNC giving welcome remarks.
Photo by Maqsood Hakim

One of the most well-attended sessions of Day 1 of the event was  the “Applying AI Research to Production” session featuring Jeff Welser from IBM Research, Richard Socher from Salesforce, and Anima Anandkumar from Amazon AI. The 80-minute chat discussed where their work and research in data science has been taking these leading companies.

Another crowd favorite was the session “Spanning the AI Spectrum”, where our client, Joanne Chen of Foundation Capital, moderated thoughtful questions to Richard Rabbat of Gfycat, Jaime Teevan of Microsoft, Guy Satat of MIT, and Bruce Welty of Locus Robotics with Rory O’Driscoll of Scale VP.

 Joanne Chen with Richard Rabbat, Photo Courtesy of Maqsood Hakim

Joanne Chen with Richard Rabbat, Photo Courtesy of Maqsood Hakim

The event wrapped its final day on Sunday with the true future of AI: Children, joining to show off their creativity and technical skills—using briefcases, laptops, python software and immeasurable excitement.

Here is a snapshot of activities:

  • How to Build a Drone- Sponsored by Flybrix
  • How to Build a Self-driving car- Hosted by Curiosity Machine
  • AR & VR Immersion Class Hosted by Upload
  • The Competition Robot of Cupertino Robotics Club on Exhibit
  • The Competition Robot of Missfits All Girls Robotics Team on Exhibit

Check out these photos from Kids Day:

 
 

MIT AI was a thrilling conference that left attendees of all ages excited for the Future of AI. We can’t wait for next year!

If you want help coordinating events like this, contact: hello@credpr.com

Embracing Your Creativity: A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer

 
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Ernest Hemingway called a blank sheet of paper the scariest thing he’d ever encountered in his life. Anyone can face writer’s block, and it’s especially difficult to get your creative, imaginative thoughts on paper. Whether you’re looking to write a speech, a novel, or anything in between, these five tips will help you get started on expressing your ideas in a unique way.

1. Collect stories from your surroundings

One of the simplest ways to improve your creative writing skills is to draw from your surroundings. By taking note of ideas from people you meet, conversations you overhear, places you visit, conferences you attend, speeches you watch, and beyond, the potential for creative thought expands. Become a sponge, and be incurably curious. Writer R. V. Cassill called notebooks “incubators” - carry a notebook and write down what you observe.

2. Read, read, and read more

Reading is scientifically proven to expand your vocabulary and increase intelligence - two traits that can both improve and differentiate your writing. Reading a variety of content also exposes you to new styles, genres, and cadences of writing.

3. Write, write, and write more

The more you write, the better a writer you’ll become. As with anything, writing more often can improve your practice. The hardest part is starting! Set aside 10 minutes every night to document your day, or do a writing exercise to challenge yourself, like the Pennebaker Writing Exercise. To begin, think of something - an upcoming event, a stress, etc. - that has been on your mind. For four days straight, write about it for 10 to 20 minutes nightly. Don’t think about style, spelling, grammar, or anything that may distract from your content. Simply write. Which leads to the next tip...

4. Break the rules

To unlock your creative juices, try stepping outside of the traditional approaches you currently know about writing. While understanding the fundamentals of writing and sentence structure can serve as an excellent base when getting started, breaking those rules will allow you to write more freely and uniquely. The outcome won't necessarily be stellar on first attempt, but keep trying to find your voice and utilize writing as an outlet.

5. Find your time of day

Pay attention to the time of day that free-thinking comes easiest to you. You may feel your most creative first thing in the morning, before your mind is pulled away by the hustle of the day. If you're a night owl, 11 pm may be the ideal time to get your creative juices flowing on paper. Take note of when you feel sharpest and play around with a time that works for you.

Want to learn more? Check out these resources for strengthening your creative writing skills.

Bowery’s Marketing Summit Hits the Mark!

The Bowery Capital CXO Quarterly series made its way to San Francisco yesterday for its first Summit of the year with a focus on Marketing. cred worked with The Bowery Capital Team to coordinate a series of tactical chats and panels discussing Marketing for early stage SaaS Marketers. Eight speakers brought insight from their experiences in marketing roles at  Salesforce, Slack, Rubrik, SurveyMonkey, Oracle Data Cloud, and more.

The morning started with a captivating presentation by Bill Macaitis, former CMO of Slack, Zendesk, and Salesforce on “How to Grow Your Unicorn.” His talk was followed by Kara Wilson of Rubrik’s lively sermon about “How to Not F#@k it Up.” The audience was incredibly engaged as discussions around “What is Brand?” and “Scaling from 0 to 100M” brought panelists and the crowd into some spicy debating.  

Maria Pergolino, CMO of Anaplan ended the day with this message that was a crowd favorite:

Marketing:
Everyone sees it.
Everyone knows how to do it.
It costs a lot.

Click through the photos below to get a glimpse of the event! Keep your eye out for the next Bowery Capital Summit in June!