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Startup Grind Dallas Hosts Carl Sparks (President and CEO of Travelocity)

Startup Grind

Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

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Carl Sparks, President and CEO of Travelocity

Carl Sparks is president and chief executive officer of Travelocity Global. In his role, Mr. Sparks oversees a portfolio of travel brands across the globe, including: Travelocity.com, lastminute.com in Europe, and the Travelocity Partner Network which provides travel solutions to businesses.   Previously, Mr. Sparks served as president of Gilt Groupe, one of the leading online fashion and travel retailers in the United States, responsible for overseeing the business units of Gilt.com, which included the women’s, men’s, home, children’s and gifts categories.   Prior to the Gilt Groupe, Mr. Sparks spent five years implementing innovative marketing programs for Expedia Inc., serving as general manager for Hotels.com North America. He also served as chief marketing officer for Expedia.com where he was responsible for driving a $10 billion-revenue business by leading the areas of brand strategy, creative development and marketing communications.   Earlier in his career, Mr. Sparks was vice president of direct business and brand at Capital One, where he helped develop the business through direct marketing, new product development and brand strategy. Other positions include senior marketing and strategy roles at Guinness, PepsiCo and Boston Consulting Group.   Mr. Sparks currently serves on the board of directors of Vonage Holdings Corporation (NYSE: VG) and Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN).   Mr. Sparks graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received his master’s in Business Administration with Highest Distinction from Harvard University.

Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By

Lee Blaylock, Dallas Chapter Director

Lee Blaylock is the founder and CEO of Who@. Starting his career at Dell (badge #244) for 7 years he was their 2nd ex-pat and worked two years in Dell Germany then to Oracle, where he left as a practice director in the high technology consulting group. His first company, ServiceLane, was funded by Austin Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank and sold to Owens Corning (NYSE: OC). He later co-founded Annandale Capital, an investment advisor managing ~$500 million in institutional and private client assets. Who@ is a mobile centric app helping professionals, and the companies they work, for maximize the value of their relationships in a unique and private way. Who@ improves the way companies leverage their most valuable asset, their relationships. See more at www.whoat.net.

Email: lblaylock@whoat.net

Hosted By

Scott Shell, Director of Startup Grind Dallas

Global Partners

Google Cloud

Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. App Engine is a full development stack (PaaS), and Compute Engine lets you run workloads on Linux virtual machines (IaaS). Apply to receive credit at cloud.google.com/starterpack and use verification code: sg-org.

Local Partners

Silicon Valley Bank

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

Disclaimer: Startup Grind event ticket sales are non-transferable, non-refundable, and final. If an event is cancelled due to weather, speaker availability, or any other unforeseeable event you will be refunded automatically. If a speaker moves the event date you will have 48-hours to request a refund if you are unable to make the new event date. Please direct any additional ticketing issues to customerservice@startupgrind.com.

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When & Where


The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
1333 North Stemmons Frwy, Suite 110
Dallas, TX 75207

Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)


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Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

More info at http://startupgrind.com/singapore or tweet us @StartupGrindSGP!

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