Entrepreneurship Day

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
82 Mercer St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

For this one-day career entrepreneurship intensive, we’ll focus on how to grow a successful start-up business. In the Lecture Hall, talks will cover how to get your business off the ground, set your product apart from the pack, and create an incredible experience for your customer. During breaks on the Playground, we’ll offer access to veteran entrepreneurs and investors in our "start-up lounge," workshops to help you hone the perfect pitch, and one-on-one mentor sessions to get your business idea in gear.

Sold Out! Sold Out!
11:30am - 12:30pm
Registration, Networking, and Playground Session

Arrive early to meet your classmates and get first booking for mentorship consultations and other goodies. We’ll also be giving away a copy of our new 99U book, "Maximize Your Potential," to the first 50 attendees.

During this Playground session, we’ll be offering:

  • 99U mentor sessions on time managementrisk-taking, and business planning
  • Teachers' Lounge for one-on-one access with speakers and members of 99U braintrust
  • Behance portfolio reviews and feedback sessions
  • Myers-Briggs personality testing and career counseling
  • Adobe “Ask a Creative Pro” tip sessions & demos
  • Tattly tattoo booth and cut-and-paste lab
  • Co-working space
  • Pop-up bookstore
  • Coffee, drinks, and snacks
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Keynote
Neil Blumenthal
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker

Neil Blumenthal loves helping people see. Determined to radically transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker in February of 2010.

Warby Parker designs and sells vintage-inspired frames and prescription lenses for $95 whereas comparable quality glasses cost $500. For every pair sold, a pair is given to someone in need. To date, Warby Parker has distributed over 100,000 pairs to those in need around the world.

Neil had been the Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was responsible for developing VisionSpring's award-winning strategy (Fast CompanySocial Capitalist Award '08, '07 and '05) and expanding VisionSpring's global presence from one to 10 countries. In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service.

Prior to joining VisionSpring, he worked with the International Crisis Group and attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague, Netherlands. Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a Social Enterprise Fellow and a Leadership Fellow. Neil and his wife, jewelry designer Rachel Leigh, live in NYC.

Keynote
Kathryn Minshew
Founder & CEO, The Muse

Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform and job discovery tool helping 1 million people every month answer the question, "What do I want to do with my life (and how do I get there)?"

Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and Fox, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship topics to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Before founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccine introduction in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at the management consultancy McKinsey & Company. Follow her on Twitter @KMin.

Interview
Patrick Buckley
Co-Founder & Chief DODO, DODOcase

Patrick Buckley strives to be a polymath. He created the DODOcase, is a published author (the Hungry Scientist Handbook), a research scientist having worked at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, an inventor holding patents and published scientific papers on shape memory polymer medical devices, and an industrialist having built a 10,000 square foot factory in San Francisco, CA with a great group of people.

When not tinkering or inventing, he can be found kite boarding, paragliding, or shredding powder.

Craig Dalton
Co-Founder & President, DODOcase

Craig Dalton is the cofounder and president of DODOcase. An MBA graduate from UC Irvine, Craig has been involved in technology for years helping manage mobile and social media start-ups. His early career was defined by years in the bicycle industry, running sales and marketing for storied brands such as Avocet and DEAN Bicycles.

Craig has enjoyed coming full circle by combining his experiences in craftsmanship and technology with DODOcase. In his free time, he enjoys hitting bay area mountain bike trails with his "Dawn Patrol" crew, trail running and triathlons (although he likes to claim he's retired). Craig calls San Francisco home.

2:00pm - 3:15pm
Playground Session

During this Playground block, we’ll be opening up our side stage for a special start-up entrepreneurs tip session, coordinating an unconference advice exchange, and offering free pizza.

Full programming includes:

  • Crisis! How to Communicate Like a Veteran Entrepreneur with The Experiment Fund
  • Round Table Sessions led by select attendees
  • 99U mentor sessions on time managementrisk-taking, and business planning
  • Teachers' Lounge for one-on-one access with speakers and members of 99U braintrust
  • Behance portfolio reviews and feedback sessions
  • Myers-Briggs personality testing and career counseling
  • Adobe “Ask a Creative Pro” tip sessions & demos
  • Tattly tattoo booth and cut-and-paste lab
  • Co-working space
  • Pop-up bookstore
  • Coffee, drinks, and pizza!
3:15pm - 4:30pm
Master Class
Alexis Ohanian
Co-Founder, Reddit

Alexis Ohanian is a startup founder and investor in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis and his co-founder Steve Huffman started reddit, now a top 100 website. Now a reddit board member, Alexis focuses on social enterprise Breadpig.

Alexis helped launch hipmunk and ran marketing/pr/community before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA. He invests and advises over sixty tech startups. He's Y Combinator's Ambassador to the East, co-founder of the non-profit IHAS, and is writing a book, Without Their Permission (pre-order now! Drops Oct. 1, 2013).

Along the way, Alexis spoke at TED, volunteered in Armenia as a Kiva Fellow, and was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list two years in a row (and then turned 30). He proudly doodled the logos for all three of his startups.

4:30pm - 6:30pm
Playground Session

During this Playground session, we’ll have a pitch swap networking and practice session on the side stage, the unconference advice exchange continues, and we break out the free beer.

Full programming includes:

  • Pitch Swap networking & practice session
  • Round Table Sessions led by select attendees
  • 99U mentor sessions on time managementrisk-taking, and business planning
  • Teachers' Lounge for one-on-one access with speakers and members of 99U braintrust
  • Behance portfolio reviews and feedback sessions
  • Myers-Briggs personality testing and career counseling
  • Adobe “Ask a Creative Pro” tip sessions & demos
  • Tattly tattoo booth and cut-and-paste lab
  • Co-working space
  • Pop-up bookstore
  • Snacks and free beer!
6:30pm
School's Out!
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