With a star-studded lineup of speakers, including a keynote by Naval Ravikant, attendees will enjoy a day of deep insights and thought-provoking discussions on the open source startup, and its role in the future of the web.
Meet the 1,200+ OSSS attendees today: http://sfbeta.eventbrite.com
See who’s shining in the spotlight (so far) on April 22:
Salil Deshpande (@salil) Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
Salil Deshpande focuses on software infrastructure, open source, middleware and enterprise software, such as Typesafe (the Scala language; Akka and Play frameworks for Java), Redis Labs (the Redis NoSQL database), Hazelcast (in-memory data-grids for Java), Aria Systems (ERP for recurring revenue businesses), Iron.io (queues and workers in the cloud), ZeroTurnaround (faster Java redeployments), and DynaTrace (application performance management; acquired by Compuware). Salil joined the Forbes Midas List in 2013 and manages a Top 10 syndicate on AngelList.
Greg Schott is CEO of MuleSoft, the most widely used integration platform for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise. Greg recently guided MuleSoft to their $50 million Series E round, positioning the company as a dominant force driving the open, connected, enterprise cloud. Greg is a lifelong leader in open innovation, formerly serving as VP at Springsource, Verticalnet, and Agile Software.
Sarah Novotny (@sarahnovotny) Technical Evangelist, NGINX; Program Chair, OSCON
Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Sarah has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for Amazon.com and the ill fated Ads.com. In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She’s also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.
John Mark Walker (@johnmark) Chief Cat Herder, Red Hat
Called “one of the original generals in the open source army,” John Mark Walker is the Gluster Community Leader for Red Hat. An experienced marketing executive specializing in grass roots community-building for startups, John Mark’s career has spanned numerous organizations, including Splunk, Sourceforge, VA Linux, and Hyperic. He’s widely known for identifying and nurturing community contributors into becoming leaders and evangelists in their own right, allowing communities to benefit from the network effect and a larger center of gravity.
Mark Brewer (@mabrewer7) President & CEO, TypeSafe
Mark Brewer is President & CEO of TypeSafe, the company behind Scala and Akka. Mark previously served as Vice President of Business Operations for VMware’s Cloud Application Platform, where he helped build out their cloud application platform portfolio. Prior to VMware, Brewer was Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Services at SpringSource, where he was responsible for the packaging and delivery of SpringSource’s enterprise (subscription) offerings. Brewer also participates as Board Member for several open source technology companies, including Stormpath, LucidWorks and ActiveState.
Diane joined Mozilla to operate and expand the WebFWD startup accelerator, which incubated 33 developer-led, open source startups across 4 continents. Diane’s current role focuses on developer engagement, and working with startups to keep the web open.
Michael Gold (@michaelgold) Founder, #techdrinkup; Co-Founder, Empirical.ly
Michael Gold is a serial tech entrepreneur with expertise in marketing and product development. He’s advised well known brands such as HBO, LG, Montecristo, Starbucks, and Target. Michael’s marketing strategies have been featured on Mashable and he’s been written up in numerous publications including Forbes, Examiner, The Observer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Techcrunch. His company, Empirical.ly, connects world-renowned innovators and technologists through events, summits, and destination experiences.
Christian Perry (@sfbeta) Founder, #sfbeta; Co-Founder, Empirical.ly
(It’s me!) Christian Perry is the Founder of #sfbeta and Co-Founder at Empirical.ly. For more than seven years, Christian has built and catalyzed technology communities across eight cities on three continents. His work has been featured in Wired, GigaOm, TechCrunch, Mashable, and VentureBeat. He served as a charter member of Intel’s Social Media Advisory Board, actively advises numerous companies and community organizers, and blogs daily from sfbeta.com.
In an interview with the CEO (Jason Gordo) and Marketing Director (Sarah Buhr) of San Francisco startup FlexScore, we discuss the wide world of personal finance, and dive into the ways that FlexScore is bringing financial insight to the 99%, information previously only available to the wealthy.
Thanks to regulatory changes enacted by the JOBS Act, startups, beginning this Monday, September 23, startups may disclose their fundraising information to the public, rather than to accredited investors alone.
The changes were outlined in an email blast recently sent out to founders on AngelList, with the news freshly arriving in people’s inboxes.
President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law on April 5, 2012, after passing Congress with rare bipartisan support. Backed overwhelmingly by Silicon Valley, and supported by entrepreneurs across the country, the law rewrites and eases a number of regulatory requirements that currently burden emerging companies.
In addition to allowing startups to disclose their fundraising information (and ambitions) to the general public, the JOBS Act facilitates a number of changes that will likely prove a boon to a stagnant economy, including:
Increasing from 500 to 2,000 the number of shareholders a company may have before disclosing its common stock to the SEC.
Extend from two years to five years the period of exemption allowed for publicly traded startups to comply with the perfectly titled Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the costliest and most controversial measure of the regulatory act.
Provide simplified regulatory requirements for fundraising rounds up to $50 million, from a previous limit of $5 million.
Many of these changes have gone into effect already, or, like the public fundraising provision, will take effect soon. Also stipulated in the act is a much-touted measure allowing non-accredited investors to crowdfund companies; however, specific regulations governing this change have repeatedly faced delays.
Sometimes a table is more than just a table. When startups demo at tables — whether at #sfbeta, FailCon, or, in this case, Pitch ’13 – amazing things can happen.
Duane Nason is the founder of Pitch ’13, an all-day startup extravaganza taking place at the Club House at AT&T Park on September 19, 2013.
In addition to offering tours of the legendary ballpark, along with access to the stadium’s famous gourmet concession stands (it’s SF, after all), more than 2000 founders, investors, and technologists will join over 100 up-and-coming startups, along with leading authors, for an unforgettable day in startup history.
In this @sfbeta On Air video, Duane shares his thoughts and secrets on how startups can be successful through event marketing, and offers tips and advice on who should participate, and when. Considering that startups from the last Pitch event went on to raise more than $159 million, his advice is well worth listening to.