Ideas worth hearing

We aim to curate a wide spread of speaker specialties synaptic neurone positively glow with excitement.

You won’t want to miss the hard-earned lessons from these veterans of the software industry.

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Patrick McKenzie

Founder, Kalzumeus Software

Once upon a time, Patrick McKenzie was an engineer. Then he had an idea for some software and discovered that, while programming it was easy, marketing it was not.

David Heinemeier Hansson

Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder of Basecamp

David created Ruby on Rails, the open source web framework in 2003. That would pretty much define most careers but he is also founder & CTO at Basecamp.

Steli Efti

CEO and Co-Founder,

Steli Efti is the co-founder and CEO of He’s Silicon Valley’s most prominent sales hustler, a YC alumni, advisor to several startups and entrepreneurs and the author of The Ultimate Startup Guide To Outbound Sales.

Claire Lew

CEO, Know Your Company

Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Company, a software tool that helps business owners with 25 to 75 employees overcome company growing pains. Since then, Know Your Company has helped over 8,000 people at companies like Airbnb and Kickstarter.

Trish Khoo

Engineering Manager, Google

Trish Khoo manages a testing and infrastructure engineering team at Google. Her team provides support for the Google Maps engineering organization responsible for data curation.


Sarah Allen

Co-Founder, Mightyverse, 18F

In her day job, Sarah (@Ultrasuarus on Twitter), works with 18F to transform US Government digital services from the inside-out, practicing user-centric design and agile development, with open source solutions.

Rich Mironov

CEO/Product Management Guru, Mironov Consulting

Rich is a seasoned executive and serial entrepreneur – he has been the ‘product guy’ (as CEO/VP Product) at six startups. With deep technical roots in B2B infrastructure, SaaS and consumer online, Rich combines ‘what-we-can-build’ with ‘what-markets-want’.

Matthew Bellows

CEO, Yesware

Matthew Bellows is Founder and CEO of Yesware, a sales automation company that helps salespeople manage their customers and prospects more effectively. Yesware has 500,000 customers at companies like Acquia, Adroll, Groupon, Salesforce, Twilio, Yelp and Zendesk.

Art Papas

Founder and CEO, Bullhorn

As Bullhorn’s co-founder and CEO, Art Papas has led the company through more than ten consecutive years of growth.

Paul Kenny

Founder, Ocean Learning

Paul Kenny is a Sales Coach working with media and technology customers across Europe and the US.

‘Peldi’ Guilizzoni

Founder and CEO, Balsamiq

Peldi is a programmer turned entrepreneur. He founded and runs Balsamiq, an 18-person, bootstrapped, geographically dispersed independent software company that’s been growing organically since 2008.

Alex Osterwalder

Co-Founder, Strategyzer

Dr. Alexander Osterwalder is the lead author of the two international bestsellers “Business Model Generation” and “Value Proposition Design”, passionate entrepreneur, and demanded speaker.

Jeff Szczepanski

COO, Stack Exchange - Stack Overflow

Jeff is the Chief Operating Officer at Stack Exchange where he is responsible for running the business behind Stack Exchange’s network of Q&A communities, including Stack Overflow.

Robert J. Moore

CEO and Co-Founder, RJMetrics

Robert J. Moore is the co-founder and CEO of RJMetrics, a SaaS business intelligence company with the mission of inspiring and empowering data-driven people.

Lightning Speaker: Precious Lunga

Head of Health, Econet Wireless

Precious is an epidemiologist and entrepreneur. At Econet Wireless she established a mobile phone-based health information platform in Zimbabwe, reaching over 600 000 subscribers within the first year.

Lightning Speaker: James Archer

Chief Creative Officer, Crowd Favorite

James is the Chief Creative Officer at digital services firm Crowd Favorite.

Lightning Speaker: Tania Katan

Curator of Code, Axosoft

Tania Katan is an award-winning author and performer who believes in storytelling at all costs.

Lightning Speaker: Kristi Woolsey

Behavioral Strategist, The Clearing Inc.

Kristi Woolsey works at the intersection of business, psychology, and architecture.  Consultant, speaker, blogger, strategist, faculty, researcher, founder, wife of a startup guy, and mom to two small boys.