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Thinc Iowa 2011 schedule

Presenting our MC and speakers of our inaugural Thinc Iowa, an event with a mission to provide the common ground for corporations and startups. Photos courtesy of speakers (in order of speaker order listed below).

With yesterday’s addition of Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann to our inaugural Thinc Iowa speaker lineup, we’re now all set to announce our full schedule and details.

In doing so, we’re also excited to announce that the talented Matthew McIver, the artistic director of the Des Moines Social Club, will be serving as our MC. McIver is an actor, writer and educator, and he most recently shared his sense of humor and wisdom at TEDxDesMoines. A leader in the cultural community since he moved here from New York City to help found the Des Moines Social Club in 2008, we’re excited to have McIver welcome our attendees in the morning and focus the discussion throughout the day.

Find speaker bios and photos at thinciowa.com.


Thursday, October 20

8:00 p.m. Thinc Iowa Opening Party presented by T8 Webware at the Des Moines Social Club (400 Walnut St.) – Open to the public

Friday, October 21

8:00 a.m. Doors open, registration begins at the Temple for Performing Arts (1011 Locust St), Complimentary breakfast sponsored by Pioneer Conference limited to Thinc Iowa badge holders

9:00 Opening remarks from Geoff Wood and Jeff Slobotski of Silicon Prairie News

9:05 A Thinc Iowa welcome from MC Matt McIver, Artistic Director the Des Moines Social Club

9:15 Andy Murray, Founder and Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi X, Founder of Mercury 11

9:50 Jerri Chou, Founder and Managing Partner of Lovely Day

10:20 Break sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership

10:50 Luke Vandermillen, leads Marketing for Retirement and Investor Services at the Principal Financial Group

11:20 Paige Craig, CEO and Co-Founder of BetterWorks


12:00 p.m. Lunch provided by The Principal Financial Group – Lunch limited to Thinc Iowa badge holders

1:15 Ben Milne, CEO and Co-Founder of Dwolla

1:50 Douglas Olson, Partner Director of Development for Microsoft Expression Studio

2:25 Break sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership

2:50 Extended Speaker Q&A

3:30 Robbie Vitrano, Co-Founder and Chairman of Trumpet Group

4:00  Break sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership

4:10 Scott Case, CEO and Board Member of the Startup America Partnership

4:40 Ben Silbermann, Co-Founder of Pinterest

5:20 Closing remarks by Geoff Wood and Jeff Slobotski, Silicon Prairie News

5:30 Happy Hour presented by Quova at Raccoon River Brewing Company (200 10th St) – Happy Hour limited to Thinc Iowa badge holders

8:00 Thinc Iowa Closing Party presented by Microsoft BizSpark at Americana (1312 Locust St) – Open to the public

Register for Thinc Iowa at eventbrite.com

Learn more details about Thinc Iowa, including a list of group discount hotels, visit thinciowa.com.

Note: Schedule subject to change.

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