DiscoverMe Keynote Speech
January 29th, 2014
"The change that is happening in LA is undeniable. LA is ranked as the third friendliest start up community. A new digital startup is starting every 40 hours...This is a critical moment for the startup industry. LA has always been a great place to tell a story. If I had to sum it up, LA is where creativity lives."
- Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti

GET FOUND.

GET FUNDED.

 GET FOLLOWED.

WHAT IS DISCOVERME?

The DiscoverMe leadership summit is a gathering of peers; today's most influential leaders in technology, finance, and media. Our event brings together a curated group of innovators for intimate discussions on the future of these industries: What’s coming next and how do we stay ahead of the trend?

GET FOUND

How do you to break into a crowded market with a differentiated offering? Get found by your initial customers to prove market validation and start generating revenue to get your business off the ground.

GET FUNDED

What metrics and milestones must be met to raise capital and grow your business? Get funded in order to scale your business operations, break into new industry segments, and reach a larger market.

GET FOLLOWED

How do today's top brands and social influencers connect with and engage their customers? Get Followed and create a loyal base of lasting customers that continue to support your business long term.

ATTENDEES

PRE-LAUNCH ENTREPRENEURS

POST-LAUNCH ENTREPRENEURS

NEW MEDIA CONTENT CREATORS

TRADITIONAL MEDIA CONTENT CREATORS

INVESTORS

STUDIO/MUSIC LABELS

TALENT AGENCIES

AD AGENCIES

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

SPECIAL GUESTS

Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles, Mayor

Patrick McHenry

Congressman

TIM CHANG

MAYFIELD FUNDS, PARTNER

BRIAN FARGO

VIDEO GAME DESIGNER

Mahbod Moghadam

Rap Genius, Co-Founder

JAMES BESHARA

CROWDTILT, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER

Naval Ravikant

AngelList, Founder & CEO

LeVar Burton

RRKidz Inc, Actor/Co-Founder

Omar Brownson

LA RIVER PROJECT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Prem Akkaraju

SFX Entertainment, Chief Content Officer

Ben Parr

#DominateFund, Co-Founder

Adam Winnick

Subblime, Founder & CEO

Aileen Lee

Cowboy Ventures, Founder

Damian Manning

Hacker/ Investor/ Entrepreneur

Veronica Smiley

sbe, Chief Marketing Officer

Jacob Brody

MESA+, Partner

Chris Van Pelt

CrowdFlower, FOUNDER & CTO

Inessa Obenhuber

Angel Investor and Startup Advisor

Margaret Lainey

AwesomenessTV, CMO

Daniel Rosen

Fullscreen, Senior Music Talent Manager

TIMON BIRKHOFER

PRODUCER OF CAPITAL C

Warren Woo

Breakaway Capital, Founder & General Partner

Derrick Fung

Tunezy, Co-Founder & CEO

Bill Marcus

Venture Capitalist, Advisor, and Entrepreneur

Bernie Su

Showrunner / Head Writer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Janet Hsieh

Musician, Actress, Model, Author

Kary Mullis

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist and Author

Tyler Ward

Musician, Producer, Writer

Brock Pierce

Clearstone Global Gaming Fund, Managing Director

Sam Tsui

Musician and Internet Celebrity

Misa Chien

FOSUBO, CEO

Gotham Chopra

Liquid Comics, Co-Founder

Scott Painter

TrueCar, Founder and CEO

Naveen Jain

Immunity Project, Co-Founder

David Drake

LDJCapital, Partner

STACEY SHER

DJANGO UNCHAINED, PRODUCER

MICHELLE PHAN

ENTREPRENEUR & BEAUTY GURU

TOM SERRES

RALLY.ORG, FOUNDER

Aniq Rahman

Moat.com, President

Chester See

Entrepreneur / New Media Pioneer

Andrew Goldenhersh

The Man with the Golden Hands

Michael Chaut

Sleight-Of-Hand Expert / Mentalist / Magician

Ryan Holiday

New York Times Best Selling Author

Tim Sullivan

Microventures, CEO

James Joaquin

Catamount Ventures, Partner

George Young

Film, Television, and Theatre Actor

Bruce Lipnick

CrowdAlliance, Founder & CEO

BING CHEN

YOUTUBE, GLOBAL CREATOR DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

Justin Fuisz

Fuisz Interactive Media, Founder & CEO

WAYNE PRICE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / CREATOR

Marie Digby

Singer / Songwriter

Dave Asprey

Bulletproof Executive, Founder & CEO

Scott Bradlee

Music Producer

Thomas Steinemann

Philippe DuBois & Fils SA, CEO

Julie Lee

Edtwist, Co Founder

BRYCE MADDOCK

TASKUS, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER

Bradley Rotter

AirPatrol Corporation, Executive Chairman

Steve Beauregard

GoCoin, CEO & Founder

TED SCHILOWITZ

RED DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERA, FOUNDER

DAVID CHOI

SINGER/ SONGWRITER/ PRODUCER

Adina Friedman

Atom Factory, Artist Manager

Anthony Saleh

Nas, Management / Investor

Rob Siegel

XSeed Capital, General Partner

Cassey Ho

YouTube Fitness Guru & POP Pilates, Founder

JULIE UHRMAN

OUYA, FOUNDER

Andrew Graham

Fullscreen Inc, Senior Talent Manager

James Ashby

SMBC, Writer & Executive Producer

Phil X

BON JOVI, LEAD GUITARIST

Olga Kay

Entrepreneur & Content Creator

Amir Banifatemi

K5 Ventures, Managing Partner

Richard Raddon

ZEFR, Co-Founder

ANTHONY PIEDMONTE

BON JOVI, MANAGEMENT

Dan Murillo

Pose/Little Black Bag, CEO

Brittani Louise Taylor

YouTube Personality

Nikhil Kalghatgi

SoftBank Capital, Principal

Rob Gonzalez

Recording Artist, Composer, Producer

Zach James

ZEFR, Co-Founder

Kamal Ravikant

Evolve VC, Partner

ARIANA SAVALAS

SINGER/ SONGWRITER/ ACTRESS

Adam Graves

Threshold Interactive, Content Creator

BRENDAN GAHAN

YouTube Marketer

Dennis Hu

Fundly, CEO

Greg Selkoe

Karmaloop, Founder and CEO

Ash Kumra

DreamItAlive.com - Co-Founder

Tony DeSare

Singer / Pianist / Songwriter

Michael Eisner

Eisner & Kahan Law Firm, Founding Partner and Chair

Kim Sherrell

Filmmaker / Social Media Expert

JACK CONTE

PATREON, CO-FOUNDER

Paul Song, M.D.

Courage Campaign, Executive Chairman

Cory Klippsten

Fuisz Interactive Media, Chief Revenue Officer

Ted Cohen

Tag Strategic LLC, Managing Partner

ERIC GREENBERG

INNOVATION INVESTMENTS LLC, PRESIDENT AND CEO

Brent Bushnell

Two Bit Circus, CEO

Laetitia Garriott

Ajna Partners, CEO / Chief Investment Officer

Jilliene Helman

RealtyMogul, Founder & CEO

BEN LAMSON

WEDIDIT, CO-FOUNDER

Matt Graham

Talent Manager, Scooter Braun Management

Max Lugavere

Acting Disruptive!, Creator & Host

Chris Tyrrell

Offerboard, CEO

TONY CHEN

CHANNEL FACTORY, Founder & CEO

Keith Ferrazzi

Ferrazzi Greenlight, CEO

Greg Simon

Poliwogg Holdings, CEO

Nadeem Kassam

Basis, Founder / Chief Alliance Officer

SAM YAM

PATREON, CO-FOUNDER

Oren Bass

Pave, Co-founder & COO

Deven Soni

Sprayable Energy, Cofounder

Ed Gutentag

Crowdfunding Video Director / Producer

Paul Weiss

California NanoSystems Institute, Director

EVAN LOWENSTEIN

STAGEIT, FOUNDER

zee avi

SINGER/ SONGWRITER/ GUITARIST

Josh Rockoff

Managing Director, Logicai LLC

Jeffrey Feldman

Poliwogg, Founder and Chief Strategist

MATTHEW COWAN

BREEZE, CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Joheem Loh

Socxs, CEO & Founder

BEN GIGLI

5 SECOND FILMS, FOUNDER

Richard Garriott

Video Game Developer & Astronaut

Jay Bottom

Founder & Chairman - IncubatriX

Eoin Harrington

VP Restoration Hardware

BRIAN MEECE

ROCKETHUB, FOUNDER

Andy Stack

YouTube, Partner Product Manager

Anita Rani

Co-Founder DreamItAlive.com

Ben Yu

Sprayable Energy, Cofounder

Kathy Eldon

Creative Visions Foundation, Founder

Todd Simon

Oppenheimer & Co, Managing Director

Peter Hollens

Pop Singer & Producer

Nimitt Mankad

Inimitable Pictures, Producer

Peter Samelson

Illusionist & Philosopher

Bill McOwen

Palisades Media Group, SVP National Video

VENUE

2014 EVENT SCHEDULE

Opening Remarks & Mayor Eric Garcetti Presentation. Reception & Checkin opens at 6PM to cocktail hour and strolling magicians, Dinner Seating 7PM.
  • Eric Garcetti - Los Angeles, Mayor
  • Michael Chaut - Sleight-Of-Hand Expert / Mentalist / Magician
  • Kai Tao - DiscoverMe Founder & Tech Investor
Live from New York - A Magical Performance with a hilarious twist.
  • Michael Chaut - Sleight-Of-Hand Expert / Mentalist / Magician
Scott Bradlee & the Postmodern Jukebox crew perform live at the close of the welcome dinner on opening night
  • Scott Bradlee - Music Producer
Explanation of Programming Format and the Day's Activities
  • Kai Tao - DiscoverMe Founder & Tech Investor
How a nonprofit is changing the game through crowdfunding platforms and strategic brand sponsorships redefining the traditional fundraising model.
  • Naveen Jain - Immunity Project, Co-Founder
Why is the current content monetizing system broken and what are we doing to fix it? Learn how to get the most out of the content you are producing and how technology platforms are changing the game.
  • JACK CONTE - PATREON, CO-FOUNDER
When Instagram was acquired by Facebook for over $1 billion, they had 13 full-time employees. How is this possible? Companies like Instagram leverage crowdsourcing and outsourcing solutions to stay lean and innovative. This session will provide an inside view of the people behind the scenes who make scaling today's hottest applications possible.
  • Chris Van Pelt - CrowdFlower, FOUNDER & CTO
  • BRYCE MADDOCK - TASKUS, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER
Meet the entrepreneurs who have managed to raise millions in a single crowdfunding campaign for their products and creative visions. Learn how they have been able to leverage that momentum to scale their business' and continue raising funds.
  • BRIAN FARGO - VIDEO GAME DESIGNER
  • TIMON BIRKHOFER - PRODUCER OF CAPITAL C
  • Thomas Steinemann - Philippe DuBois & Fils SA, CEO
  • JULIE UHRMAN - OUYA, FOUNDER
Representative McHenry will join us via webcast for a discussion on the future of the JOBS Act. Where is equity crowdfunding going in 2014? What can we expect coming out of Washington? How does this impact crowdfunding as a whole?
  • Patrick McHenry - Congressman
Learn the three most powerful ways to lead a bullet proof life with your life with diet, sleeping habits, and activities. Dave Asprey of the Bulletproof Executive shares the secret to increasing performance in all aspects of your life.
  • Dave Asprey - Bulletproof Executive, Founder & CEO
Learn the importance of story telling, how to make the best video for your crowdfunding campaign, and why it can make or break your success.
  • Ed Gutentag - Crowdfunding Video Director / Producer
Exploring the unique paths of 4 media-gurus who have been successful in content creation and content monetization in the changing new media landscape. They will discuss the opportunities they saw, their strategies, and how they think media will continue to evolve moving forward.
  • Inessa Obenhuber - Angel Investor and Startup Advisor
  • Olga Kay - Entrepreneur & Content Creator
  • Andy Stack - YouTube, Partner Product Manager
  • Joheem Loh - Socxs, CEO & Founder
Crowdfunding campaigns have the potential to raise capital for businesses where traditionally a Series A round would start. Discuss the disappearance of the Series A round and the impact this has for Venture Capitalists and Founders.
  • James Joaquin - Catamount Ventures, Partner
  • Scott Painter - TrueCar, Founder and CEO
  • Rob Siegel - XSeed Capital, General Partner
  • MATTHEW COWAN - BREEZE, CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Today’s musicians are reaching new highs on the charts that matter with a DIY approach. Artists like Pentatonix are becoming household names without major label deals to support them. This panel will give an overview of how musicians are using new tools to finance, market and distribute their music.
  • Daniel Rosen - Fullscreen, Senior Music Talent Manager
  • Sam Tsui - Musician and Internet Celebrity
  • Tyler Ward - Musician, Producer, Writer
  • Adina Friedman - Atom Factory, Artist Manager
  • Dani Markman - A&R at Walt Disney Records, Director
The AngelList Syndicates program lets Backers put their money behind Blue-Chip Angel investors in seed deals. Lead Angels commit their own capital (skin in the game). Backers pay only carry (no fees), can add / remove Leads with one-click, get pro-rata, and have no long-term commitments. It's a liquid, dynamic market for seed-stage venture capital.
  • Naval Ravikant - AngelList, Founder & CEO
A detailed case study of the Emmy Award winning multi-platform transmedia series: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and its follow up series Emma Approved.
  • Bernie Su - Showrunner / Head Writer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Interest in Digital currencies is exploding along with volume,merchant acceptance, and PRICE. What are the economic and political considerations? Could BitCoin have the greatest impact on the developing world since the water filter?
  • Bradley Rotter - AirPatrol Corporation, Executive Chairman
Learn how brands are able to launch successful crowdfunding campaigns to connect with their customers.
  • BRIAN MEECE - ROCKETHUB, FOUNDER
Chasing a dream is not for the faint of heart. Do you have it in you? Learn what it takes to bet on yourself to build your company.
  • EVAN LOWENSTEIN - STAGEIT, FOUNDER
Empowering young entrepreneurs with experience and funding from the crowd. Learn the importance of supporting the next generation and invest in the future.
  • Oren Bass - Pave, Co-founder & COO
This generation is acutely aware of marketing tactics and ulterior motives, so they don’t trust brands to do the talking anymore - or so they say. And they’ve grown up in the land and era of brilliant branding, so this group is almost impossible to impress. This chat will explore the relationship between Millennials and marketing and the hard, honest truths that brands must accept to make sure the conversation isn’t over before it even begins.
  • Don Kurz - Omelet, Chairman & CEO
Over the last five years, thousands of new companies and projects have funded themselves directly from their community of friends, family and supporters with the help of crowdfunding. Today, new tools have made it possible for brands, celebrities and even individuals to harness the power of crowdfunding to do everything from engage their users and fans, test out new products or concepts, find support for key causes and so much more.
  • JAMES BESHARA - CROWDTILT, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER
Discover why millennials are crowdfunding personal narratives and how their expectations of engagement are changing. We'll also highlight how communities are playing a major role in successful fundraising campaigns.
  • Amir Banifatemi - K5 Ventures, Managing Partner
  • Dennis Hu - Fundly, CEO
Is your health a cost or an asset? Learn how to turn health from a cost into an asset through new approaches to investing in private healthcare companies, health sectors and the future of health.
  • Jeffrey Feldman - Poliwogg, Founder and Chief Strategist
  • Greg Simon - Poliwogg Holdings, CEO
Have a kickass product? That's not enough. You have to get your message and content in front of your target audience in a memorable way. This panel covers how to launch with a community, get momentum, create an emotional response through content and tapping into online communities and influencers.
  • Ben Parr - #DominateFund, Co-Founder
  • BEN GIGLI - 5 SECOND FILMS, FOUNDER
  • Eoin Harrington - VP Restoration Hardware
Thoughts & Highlights from Day 1
  • Kai Tao - DiscoverMe Founder & Tech Investor
Bitcoin: The Future of Money
  • Brock Pierce - Clearstone Global Gaming Fund, Managing Director
Brands are getting smarter about how they spend their money. New performance based marketers are circling around video bringing new ad budgets to the table. If you are a content creator or digital marketing agency, how can you can get a piece of the action and still preserve your authenticity? Learn how close the future really is from some of the people working at the cutting edge.
  • Adam Winnick - Subblime, Founder & CEO
  • Justin Fuisz - Fuisz Interactive Media, Founder & CEO
  • Dan Murillo - Pose/Little Black Bag, CEO
Learn what this means for Advertisers, Investors, and Content Creators. The goal of this discussion is to not only discuss the industry trend, but also to brainstorm on opportunities and changes this trend is creating.
  • Warren Woo - Breakaway Capital, Founder & General Partner
  • Adam Graves - Threshold Interactive, Content Creator
  • TONY CHEN - CHANNEL FACTORY, Founder & CEO
  • Bill McOwen - Palisades Media Group, SVP National Video
How to mitigate risk by joining the crowd to invest in real estate. Utilize crowdfunding platforms to get insider access to pre-vetted real estate investments. Learn how investors are spreading their risk and increasing returns by investing with the crowd.
  • Jilliene Helman - RealtyMogul, Founder & CEO
  • Jason Post - Post Investment Group, Founder
Learn how to utilize the crowd to prove market validation and hype for investors before raising traditional rounds.
  • Kamal Ravikant - Evolve VC, Partner
  • Ash Kumra - DreamItAlive.com - Co-Founder
Every medium makes its own stars, come out to directly meet a few top-tier millennial tastemakers as they discuss what they create, what they look for in next-gen distribution platforms (including YouTube competitors) and how they use digital platforms to remain relevant in video's quickly evolving ecosystem.
  • Andrew Graham - Fullscreen Inc, Senior Talent Manager

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