We're thrilled to have four founders -- Terry Hsiao of HookMobile, Danielle Tate of MissNowMrs, Rebecca Thorman of Kontrary (and several other startups), and Tedd Evers of TripTuner -- joining us to talk about how they tested ideas BEFORE coding anything.
We're also excited for a round of rapid-fire MVP experiences as told by:
* Patrick Smith
* Bilaal Ahmed
* Ryan Polich
* Angela Lauria
* Jason Tugman
* Ben Willman
As usual, we'll head to Graffiato afterward for conversations and libations!
--------FEATURED SPEAKER BIOS---------
Terry Hsiao has founded three startups including InphoMatch (later rebranded Mobile 365) which was acquired by Sybase (Now SAP) for $425M in 2006. Currently, he serves as CEO of HookMobile, a cloud services provider for mobile apps and games. Terry's been appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Board of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority. He's also a member on the Board of Governors at MIT Sloan School of Management, Monte Jade DC Chapter, the Advisory Board at Rutgers University College of Engineering, and the Confucius Institute at George Mason University (GMU). Terry earned an Honors BSEE from Rutgers University and an SM (MBA) from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Danielle Tate is the founder and president of MissNowMrs.com, a name change expert, author of a top newlywed blog, bridal magazine contributor and on-camera personality. After a long struggle to change her name after her marriage in 2005, Danielle left her six figure medical sales career to create www.MissNowMrs.com, an online name-change service for brides and newlyweds nationwide.
Rebecca Thorman writes a different take on careers, marketing, start-ups, design and life for professionals and creatives on Kontrary. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, the Washingtonian and Wall Street Journal. She works remotely for the start-up company Alice.com, co-organizes the DC Lean Startup Circle, and loves to test ideas.
Tedd Evers founded Triptuner in May 2011 after 10+ successful years in online travel. Most recently he was Chief Revenue Officer for travel video startup Voyage.tv, a post that brought him back to the US after leading the hotels business at Barcelona-based eDreams.com, a leading European online travel site. Prior to that, Tedd held a number of positions at Travelocity.com. There, he managed global hotel chain partnerships and led the launch of the Caribbean and European hotel product.