Thomas Edison founded General Electric over 130 years ago, and his relentless spirit of innovation and imagination continues to thrive at GE to this day — building, powering, moving and curing the world.
Edison's legacy has particular significance for the 99U, which takes its moniker from the inventor's famous quotation: "Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration." We're thrilled to have GE supporting new insights on creative executions of consequence this year as our official sponsor.
Pantone created the first color matching system for print graphics in 1963 and has remained the global Color Authority ever since, expanding into all markets where accurate and inspirational color is critical for success. Pantone's market-driven color products and services are designed to offer maximum creative options and efficient color development and production processes, helping designers and color professionals realize their inspiration with accuracy, efficiency and impact.
Kauffman operates as an entrepreneurial foundation, taking risks and looking for opportunities where their resources can make a meaningful difference in the lives of people. Guided by research and original thinking, The Kauffman Foundation focuses on ideas that have the power to reshape the way the world thinks about entrepreneurship, and the ways academic achievement can encourage kids to think for themselves.
Ketel One® Vodka, inspired by 300 years of tradition, is the culmination of the Nolet family's 10 generations of distilling expertise. Today the brand is on the lookout for those that share the same qualities as its founders: creativity, craft, and a dedication to putting great ideas into action. Ketel One is excited to support the 99U Conference, and we hope the experience leads you to bold, new ventures and achievements.
In the networked world, work and life are merging like never before. Coalesse products are artfully designed to improve life quality at this intersection. Our furnishings are comfortable, elegantly purposeful, and beautifully crafted to cross over — between offices and homes, meeting rooms and social spaces, wherever people want to feel inspired about their day.
Ace reinvents the urban hotel for the people that make cities interesting. At each Ace, we bring new life to challenged historical properties in emerging locations. We are curious about the buildings we inhabit, and let them guide us toward something both fresh and familiar. We tune into the voice of a place and create a sense of history in motion, an "instant classic" that marries the pragmatic with the romantic.
Rickshaw Bagworks designs and manufactures customizable messenger bags, backpacks, laptop sleeves, and accessories for urban mobility in its own San Francisco factory. Rickshaw focuses on "sustainability innovation," emphasizing sustainable design strategies, recyclable materials, and minimizing manufacturing waste. Next time you're in San Francisco stop by to get a tour, and see where each and every product is made to order.