Startup America Partnership chairman and AOL co-founder Steve Case, one of our standout speakers from Des Moines, represents the caliber of speakers we bring to our Big Series events.
Registration for the Big Season Pass, a golden ticket to attend all three of The Big Series events, is now available. This pass provides an exclusive 20 percent discount and guarantees a seat to Big Kansas City, Big Omaha and Big Des Moines.
The Big Season Pass is on sale for a general admission price of $1,199, and for an entrepreneur/startup discount of $799, effectively making the cost for each conference only $399 for general admission and $266 for the entrepreneur/startup discount.
Individual tickets to Big Kansas City and Big Omaha will be released Jan. 30 and in March, respectively.
Our first four Big Kansas City speakers
Our Big Kansas City speaker lineup will represent a mix of veteran speakers and undiscovered, raw, up-and-comers all who are genuinely willing to share what they have learned. These four speakers we present to you today are the first additions to more than a dozen speakers who will share our stage March 27-28.
We’re bringing back two alums of The Big Series who will help set the tone for this inaugural event, in addition to an entrepreneur with Bieber fever and a Yahoo! acquisition under his belt and the “startup guy” behind Reddit, Breadpig and Hipmunk who is a part of the new film, “Silicon Prairie: America’s New Internet Economy.”
We’re proud to announce the first four speakers who will share on stage their background and expertise in startups, investing and mentoring and share meals, parties and the complete conference experience off stage with our attendees.
Alexis Ohanian, reddit
Let’s give a hearty upvote to the co-founder of reddit, Alexis Ohanian. As a self-proclaimed “startup guy,” Alexis invests and advises more than 50 tech startups. Previously, he helped launch hipmunk before becoming a startup advisor, a Y Combinator Ambassador and joining the fight against SOPA and PIPA. Currently, he focuses on social enterprise Breadpig, a company that publishes authors and donates its profits to worthy causes like DonorsChoose, a Big Omaha 2012 nonprofit. Alexis also recently spent time organizing the reddit’s Internet 2012 Bus Tour and had a hand in producing the film: “Silicon Prairie: America’s New Internet Economy.”
Dan Martell, Clarity
When we last saw Dan Martell, he gave us “Five Unconventional Steps to Entrepreneurship,” a practical outline for tangible results in his Big Omaha 2011 talk. Now in 2013, Dan comes to Kansas City with even more clarity on his position as entrepreneur, investor and mentor. As founder and CEO of Clarity, a community of more than 7,000 entrepreneurs that offer advice over the phone to other entrepreneurs across the world, Dan has found a way to further spread his ideas and lessons learned with the greater startup community. It will be our pleasure to welcome Dan back to The Big Series stage but also a phenomenal opportunity for our attendees to meet and learn from him one-on-one.
Bart Stein, Stamped
If you’re a close follower of The Big Series, Bart Stein may seem to be a familiar face. He was on deck to speak at Big Des Moines 2012 and shortly before the conference, he canceled. He canceled because in the weeks to follow, the company he co-founded would be acquired by Yahoo! in one of the first deals by its new CEO Marissa Mayer. At Big Kansas City, Bart will share his story of how Stamped, his star-funded iPhone app that allows users to give a “stamp” of approval for movies, music, restaurants and books garnered celebrity attention from Justin Beiber to Ellen DeGeneres to Ryan Seacrest and has since developed post-acquisition.
Micah Baldwin, Graphic.ly
Whether its through his “tell it like it is” presentation style or his openness to share the intertwined entrepreneurial and personal journey, Micah Baldwin understands The Big Series. As one of our first speakers at the inaugural Big Omaha in 2009, Micah has always been extremely accessible to our attendees, spending ample time answering questions and creating lasting interactions.
Micah simply refers to himself as a “startup doer,” who also serves as a startup advisor and is the father of Twitter’s #FollowFriday meme. He’s the CEO and chief community caretaker of Graphic.ly, a startup providing an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and associated merchandise, that earlier this month, was working to close $1 million dollar round of funding.
More speakers to come
As we continue to build our speaker slate we consistently look for individuals to represent an inclusive group to create a quality, well-rounded Big Series speaker slate. In the coming weeks, we will reveal more of our complete speaker lineup.
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