Come hear from Geoff Lewis, Principal at Founders Fund and Scott Kveton, CEO/Founder of Urban Airship as they sit down for a casual "Fireside Chat" this August in Portland. They will take 20-30 minutes to talk, and then take questions from the audience for the remaining time. And of course, since this is Portland, there will be beer.
There's a lot to learn from these guys and we're thrilled to see this event coming together for the community here in Portland.
Geoff Lewis, Principal, Founders Fund: Geoff is an entrepreneur, investor, and business advisor. Most recently, Geoff served as the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Topguest, a San Francisco based technology startup enabling the world’s largest loyalty programs to engage with and reward members via mobile devices and social networks. Founded in June, 2010, Topguest has already been adopted by loyalty programs reaching over 260 million members, including United MileagePlus and Hilton HHonors. In Dec, 2011, Geoff sold Topguest to Switchfly, Inc (formerly ezRez Software). The Topguest product is now a standalone offering as part of Switchfly’s broader product suite.
A noted expert on emerging marketing technologies, Geoff has been interviewed on programs including CNBC Power Lunch, MSNBC Your Money, and TechCrunchTV. He’s been a featured speaker at Web 2.0 Summit, Gamification Summit, EyeForTravel, New Digital Future, and numerous other events. Geoff is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship as an alternative to corporate america, and he mentors other young entrepreneurs for the Founder Institute and The Brandery.
In his free time, he enjoys writing, traveling, and long distance running. In March, 2012, StartOut honored Geoff with the “Next Generation” Award in Entrepreneurship, alongside fellow honorees Peter Thiel, Kathy Levinson, and Ramona Pierson.
Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Geoff was an executive at a global macro hedge fund, and began his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble. While he’s been based primarily in New York City and San Francisco since finishing college, Geoff grew up in Calgary, Canada and graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors.
Scott Kveton, CEO, Urban Airship: Scott is the CEO of Urban Airship, a mobile services platform provider in Portland, Oregon. He is widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure. He speaks frequently on app monetization, engagement and the developer ecosystems around the various mobile platforms.
Under Kveton's leadership, Urban Airship has added customers, employees and accolades at a rapid pace. The company powers some of the most successful brands in mobile, including ESPN, Tapulous, Groupon, dictionary.com, msnbc.com and Newsweek. Urban Airship's flagship offerings ”push notifications and in-app purchas” help apps gain success by increasing user engagement and delivering a path to monetization. As of March, the venture-backed start-up has delivered more than 3 billion push notifications across the Apple, Android and Blackberry platforms and enabled more than 3 million in-app mobile transactions.
Prior to co-founding Urban Airship, Kveton had more than a dozen years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies including Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and Vidoop. He also co-founded the Open Source Lab (OSL) at Oregon State University. OSL was instrumental in helping several open source projects grow into mainstream usage, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Linux Kernel and Drupal. In recognition of his work at OSL and with the OpenID Foundation, Scott was named Red Herring's list of 25 Titans in waiting in early 2007 and Information Week Change Agents in December 2005.