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Freemium business model success! 3 entrepreneurs share their stories.

  • April 12, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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Please join us for the very first ever meeting of the Freemium SF Bay Area Meetup Group!

Because this is the Freemium Meetup we use the Freemium business model for our event.  Please come with 5 unmarked dollar bills in case you feel compelled to upgrade to the premium version.

Here's the agenda for our inaugural session.

6pm-7pm: optional networking and open mic and Freemium GAME!

Food Arrives

7pm-7:15pm: Freemium jokes and cartoons

7:15pm-8pm: Panel Discussion moderated by Cynthia Typaldos, founder, Kachingle

Todd Wilkinson - CEO of WordWatch

Todd Wilkinsonis the Co-founder & CEO at WordWatch, a cloud-based app for small businesses that manages AdWords automatically, delivering optimal ROI for Google AdWords PPC advertising.  WordWatch has successfully implemented a Freemium business model with 5 pricing tiers and a double digit conversion rate!

Chad Heinrich - Marketing Consultant for Avira

Chad Heinrich, a.k.a. “Freemium Fighter” has successfully marketed the Freemium business model in a wide variety of technology companies including his current gig at Avira (with 100M+ users), and previously at Dropbox and  

Drew Banks - Head of Marketing at Prezi

Drew Banks is the head of marketing at Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software service that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. Prezi is a Freemium offering with 3 pricing tiers.  Drew cut his entrepreneurial teeth within game-changing companies such as SAS and Silicon Graphics. Hooked on disruptive innovation, Drew co-founded Pie Digital in 2005 to make home networking easy as Pie! At Prezi, Drew returned to his SGI-spawned passion to change the world through visualization.  Drew will speak about Prezi’s rapid growth (1M users/month!) and success with profitability with Freemium business model.

8pm-8:30pm: Q & A of panel

8:30pm-9:30pm: networking and general free-for-all, maybe some prizes if we have some sponsors



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  • Charlotte M.

    To see these speakers' presentations, please follow this link:­

    June 11, 2012

  • Charlotte M.

    I was very impressed with the caliber of the presenters Todd Wilkinson and Chad Heinrich, our host Drew Banks of Prezi, and sponsor, Cynthia Typaldos, Founder of Kachingle Premium. The attendees were genuinely interested in making contacts, developing their business models and being educated on best practices. Along with the outstanding food and wine, everything was a first-class evening.

    April 17, 2012

  • Daniel R.

    This was a really awesome meeting. Great speakers. And a very interesting group of attendees...

    I highly recommend this Meetup for anyone considering the Freemium model.

    April 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic evening with great speakers! And thanks for the audience for the brilliant questions!

    April 13, 2012

  • John B.

    I thought their experiences were very interesting, but not necessarily on point to the issues I am personally wrestling with in the B2B space we are in.

    April 13, 2012

  • Fred D.

    Fantastic! Very valuable. Hosts were great, and speakers were great too. I recommend this meetup for anyone who is using the Freemium business model, or is thinking about using it.

    April 13, 2012

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