August 2nd, 2012
From the mouths of startup founders: Geoff Lewis of Founders Fund and Scott Kveton of Urban Airship share their knowledge
On any given day, you can peruse Hacker News and find tons of posts from startup founders. But it’s rare to get the chance to sit down with those founders and ask them questions, face to face. This Monday, however, you’ll get that chance. In fact, you’ll get two founders: Geoff Lewis of Founders Fund and Scott Kveton of Urban Airship.
Geoff may be a new name for you—but he’s got a ton of experience. And with Founders Fund, he’s involved with some of the most promising names in the startup scene. Companies like Yammer, Spotify, Quantcast, and Facebook.
He’s in town for the day. And he’s agreed to come chat. So it would be nice if you got to know him a little:
Geoff is an entrepreneur, investor, and business advisor. Most recently, Geoff served as the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Topguest, a San Francisco based technology startup enabling the world’s largest loyalty programs to engage with and reward members via mobile devices and social networks. Founded in June, 2010, Topguest has already been adopted by loyalty programs reaching over 260 million members, including United MileagePlus and Hilton HHonors. In Dec, 2011, Geoff sold Topguest to Switchfly, Inc (formerly ezRez Software). The Topguest product is now a standalone offering as part of Switchfly’s broader product suite.
A noted expert on emerging marketing technologies, Geoff has been interviewed on programs including CNBC Power Lunch, MSNBC Your Money, and TechCrunchTV. He’s been a featured speaker at Web 2.0 Summit, Gamification Summit, EyeForTravel, New Digital Future, and numerous other events. Geoff is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship as an alternative to corporate america, and he mentors other young entrepreneurs for the Founder Institute and The Brandery.
And Kveton? Well, you probably know him. But just in case:
Scott is the CEO of Urban Airship, a mobile services platform provider in Portland, Oregon. He is widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure. He speaks frequently on app monetization, engagement and the developer ecosystems around the various mobile platforms.
Under Kveton’s leadership, Urban Airship has added customers, employees and accolades at a rapid pace. The company powers some of the most successful brands in mobile, including ESPN, Tapulous, Groupon, dictionary.com, msnbc.com and Newsweek. Urban Airship’s flagship offerings ”push notifications and in-app purchase” help apps gain success by increasing user engagement and delivering a path to monetization. As of March, the venture-backed start-up has delivered more than 3 billion push notifications across the Apple, Android and Blackberry platforms and enabled more than 3 million in-app mobile transactions.
Long story short, that’s a whole bunch of founder and investor insight crammed into one room. So if you’ve founded a company or are considering pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams, this would be a great opportunity to pick the brains of some of the best in the business.
The event will be held Monday at 5:30, hosted by Urban Airship. For more information or to RSVP, please visit “Fireside Chat with Founders Fund Geoff Lewis & Urban Airship’s Scott Kveton.”