Modern Marketing Is About Converting Crowds Into Ca$h!
Facebook just launched its Marketplace for connecting would-be sellers and buyers via Facebook (again - if anyone remembers their original version of this). Only, this time it has a MUCH better chance of taking off! And, not just because of technology development; the era of digital marketplaces, shared economies and crowd-based businesses are in full swing; Airbnb, Uber, Kickstarter... to name a few!
Companies are now able to create their own marketplace by building platforms that leverage networks, and ultimately this can lead to rapid growth, with insane margins! Industry-after-industry, you're seeing disruption by virtue of creating unique ways of converting followers into paying customers and a seemingly limitless supply of inventory.
Join us October 18th at Chase Auditorium to meet and hear from the top startups in Chicago currently leveraging crowds in spaces such as; event marketing, sports, investing, and more!
6:00pm - Networking Begins
6:50pm - Doors to auditorium open
7:00pm - Keynote Address by Tom Sosnoff
7:20pm - Startup Showcase begins
8:20pm - Show ends
8:30pm - Afterparty (Location TBD)
September's Keynote: Tom Sosnoff
Tom Sosnoff, is someone that knows a thing or two about converting crowds into revenue!
Tom, a former trader, became one of Chicago's well-known serial entrepreneurs in financial technology by building thinkorswim, an options-trading software platform that he sold to TD Ameritrade four years ago for $606 million. He then launched tastytrade, a website that produces eight hours of educational and other video programming for traders of all experience levels.
Tom Sosnoff is the founder and co-CEO of dough, Inc., which includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network and dough, a financial technology content aggregator. Tom is a recognized online brokerage innovator and sought-after financial educator. Tom founded thinkorswim in 1999, and tastytrade in 2011.
Leveraging over 20 years of experience as a market maker for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and one of the original OEX traders in the S&P 100 Index pit, Tom pursued a vision to educate retail investors in options trading and to build a superior software platform at a brokerage firm that specialized in options.
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