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    First Round Capital partner, Hayley Barna, sheds light on business expansion

    Hayley Barna is a Partner at First Round Capital based in New York. Prior to joining First Round she co-founded Birchbox, the leading beauty and grooming retailer seed funded by First Round in 2010. She served as Co-CEO at Birchbox for five years from conception and launch to growing the business to over a million monthly subscribers. She raised over $70M in venture capital, expanded the business internationally and launched new businesses and channels like men's and retail stores. Hayley is a board member at Birchbox, RAB Lighting and Madison Reed.

    Conception and Launch of businesses internationally

    The Inventor Gene with Michael Script

    Watch as Michael discusses what it takes to be an inventor and why the ability to invent is inside all of us. Michael Script, CEO of vClick3d and Cofounder of In2Capital, is a third-generation inventor and serial entrepreneur. He holds more than 10 patents in the fields of Smart Object Sensing, Safety and Security, Private communications, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Healthcare. More than 300 companies globally use his Smart Object Sensing Technology. He has received numerous recognition and citations from NASA, Governments and Industry Leaders. For over 25 years, his perceptive and unique approach to tackling ‘impossible’ problems have led to inventions that have saved millions of lives.

    Perspective and Uniqueness in Business

    Frances West: "Human Centric Technology - Its Impact on the Future of Society"

    We are experiencing disruptive changes globally, and technology's impact on humankind is one of the biggest changes. Frances West will provide an overview of the need for human-centric technology innovation, based on her first-hand experiences with business, governments, academia, researchers, and NGOs worldwide. Authentic Inclusion™ needs to be a core company imperative, as the society of the future will depend on human-centric technology innovation that is inclusive of all.

    Human Centric Technology and it's impact on the Future

    Peter Dimandis, Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation produces the Human Spaceflight Technology

    Peter Diamandis is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation (, the world's leading large-scale incentive competition that produced human spaceflight technology; the Executive Founder of Singularity University (, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels on growing technologies; and a co-Founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies. An academic, entrepreneur, and an author, Diamandis holds a degree in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from MIT and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School; has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital and education; and has published two books, "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think" and "BOLD: How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World."

    Technology. Aerospace. Outer Space.

    The Hackerspaces, Community and Entrepreneurship with Mitch Altman

    Mitch Altman, CEO of Cornfield Electronics and co-founder of San Francisco's Noisebridge, speaks on the International Hackerspace Movement. Dubbed "the Johnny Appleseed of Hackerspaces" by Make Magazine, he's spent the past decade traveling around the world giving talks, teaching workshops, and helping hackerspaces and their communities. About this work he says: "It's fun. It's important. It's inspiring.” In this talk Mitch tells the story of his hacking-powered life journey- As a bullied creative youth, to inventor, to entrepreneur and globe-trotting educator. He explains the term "Hacking," and it's original definition vs. the negative connotations sometimes applied, and, most importantly, illustrates how hackerspaces fill a vital need for community and support entrepreneurs to make a better world.

    Inspiring communities discussing a better world ahead

    Dr. Hanson's sustainable high-performance approach to entrepreneurship

    A talk based on Dr. Hanson’s book “Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness”. Learn how to develop key inner strengths – like grit, gratitude, and compassion – to stay calm, confident, and happy no matter what life throws at you. With his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and practical psychology, Dr. Hanson shows how to deal with stress and pursue your dreams with a deep sense of capability and contentment. His step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He shows how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias, release painful thoughts and feelings, and replace them with self-compassion, hope, and inner peace. Learn a science based approach to sustainable high performance in this talk.

    Keeping up with business expectations

    Robert Shetterly, Artist and Founder of Americans Who Tell the Truth Project shares his perspective of business and economic fairness

    October 3, 2018. PARCC Conversations in Conflict Studies Series. Guest Speaker: Robert Shetterly, Artist and Founder of Americans Who Tell the Truth Project. Robert spoke in a general way about the mythic assumptions in the U.S. underlying issues such as environment, economy, militarism and democracy and where we really are, how they are intertwined, and what, then, that means about what we need to be doing to either align ourselves with reality, change it, or be changed by it. Since 2002 he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth, a project that highlights citizens who have courageously addressed issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness.

    Social and Environmental issues addressed - A Global Business perspective

    Developing your Entrepreneurial Mindset to win in Business

    Entrepreneurs possess a set of qualities that position them to be resourceful and take risks. Through a keynote presentation entitled "The Blank Slate Effect: How to Use an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Win in Business," Erin Bury will use her decade of experience working with start-ups to define the entrepreneurial frame of mind, and how to implement or leverage that mindset within your own business to kick-start your marketing. Erin Bury is an entrepreneur, marketer, and former technology journalist. She is Managing Director at creative communications agency Eighty–Eight, and a startup advisor and investor. She was named one of Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30, is a professional speaker with Speakers’ Spotlight, and writes a small business column for the Financial Post.

    Small Businesses and Finance in the Spotlight

    The logic behind Successful Innovation

    Building off of his experience of creating a successful business in a small country like Belgium, Pierre de Muelenaere breaks down for young entrepreneurs the innovation process into the three essential steps that will allow them to overcome the challenges of growing a start-up and scale-up to globalized markets. Pierre De Muelenaere has a PhD in Engineering from UCLouvain. He is the former president of Iris and now sits on the boards of multiple prominent companies. He is the author of "The Iris Book" and continues to advise budding entrepreneurs as a member of the Y incubator in Louvain-la-Neuve.

    Entrepreneurs and Incubators- Successful businesses talk

    Failure as a moment of success?

    Eda shares her many encounters with what she defines as failing moments in her life and how she turned it into a pathway to achieve her dreams. Eda had graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters with a degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies in English. Following her undergraduate degree, she went to the USA to pursue a master’s degree in Literary Studies & Education and Humanities. While she was working on her master’s degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, she volunteered for the Turkish society of Dallas and TURANT.

    Being mindful as an Entrepreneur

    Watch: The Leading Matters lessons from the journey with John L. Henessy

    Hennessy's approach to leadership is laser-focused on the journey rather than the destination. Each chapter in Leading Matters looks at valuable elements that have shaped Hennessy's career in practice and philosophy. He discusses the pivotal role that humility, authenticity and trust, service, empathy, courage, collaboration, innovation, intellectual curiosity, storytelling, and legacy have all played in his prolific, interdisciplinary career. In Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey, current Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, former President of Stanford University, and “Godfather of Silicon Valley” John L. Hennessy shares the core elements of leadership that helped him become a successful tech entrepreneur, esteemed academic, and venerated administrator.

    The 'Godfather of Silicon Valley'

    7 Lessons That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur with Rand Fishkin

    In 2001, Rand Fishkin dropped out of college to start a company with his mom, Gillian. Over the next 17 years, that company, Moz, became one of the most high profile and high growth businesses in the marketing software world. In this transparent, vulnerable talk, Rand will walk through some of the biggest regrets, lessons learns, and things he'd do differently based on his experience. From management and hiring to marketing tactics to product strategy, self-awareness, and more, this presentation will help anyone who's starting or joining a new company avoid some big pitfalls, and feel less alone.

    Regrets or Lessons learnt?

    Bruce J. Flatt talks "Durable Principles for Real Asset Investing"

    In this talk, Bruce Flatt, CEO of Brookfield Asset Management, shares his journey, the challenges faced by Brookfield over the decades, key ideas that have shaped it's philosophy for successful investing and principles for enduring through times good and bad. Brookfield Asset management is a leading global alternative asset manager and a global value investor with a focus on the real asset sectors of real estate, renewable power and infrastructure.

    Principles. Real Assets. Investing.

    Anne-Charlotte Vuccino talks entrepreneurship and successful business strategy

    A strategic consultant and a graduate of HEC, Anne-Charlotte Vuccino discovered yoga ten years ago after a grave motor accident that left her handicapped. Bit by bit she recovered, thanks to this ancestrale practice, on 2015, she changed her career to become an entrepreneur. Convinced that yoga had changed her life, she developed a new method to diffuse her knowledge for those in the most need, creating YOGIST - the first “corporate yoga” startup to work against corporate stress and work related pain.


    Marek Zmysłowski successful entrepreneur shares his ideology on business in Africa

    Debunking common myths and stereotypes about Africa. Marek, polish born Entrepreneur shares personal story why it's so cool to live and do business there. Marek Zmyslowski is a polish-born experienced entrepreneur and executive, focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets. He co-founded – a Hospitality Technology Company, and Jumia Travel – Africa's Biggest Hotel Booking Portal, with backing from Rocket Internet and Goldman Sachs. In 2014 he was chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine. He is a Lead Mentor at Google’s Launchpad and World Bank’s XL Africa Program. Marek is also a former snowboard instructor and holds a racing license in motorsports, but his real dream is to be a Stand up Comedian.

    Good to know international markets