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Xconomy: The Napa Summit

The Napa Summit 2013: New Rules for Growth


Monday, June 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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The stock market may be booming, but jobs and wages haven't come back, and the economy seems stuck in low gear. The challenges precluding a full-on, lasting recovery are legion—from a shrinking pool of risk capital to rising debt and healthcare costs to a gridlocked federal government unlikely to plant the R&D, education, and infrastructure seeds that could grow into long-term solutions. To change the trajectory of these trends, new technologies and strategies are needed, many of which may involve looking outside U.S. borders, from Europe to China and other BRIC nations.

Join us at this year's Napa Summit as we bring together leading high-tech innovators, executives, and investors with unique perspectives on the U.S. and global innovation landscapes. Does growth in China really come at U.S. expense? How can entrepreneurs today build big new global companies—what ideas are paying off, and what previously successful strategies no longer work? Which fields or geographies likely hold the keys to future success? Through interactive chats and panels, and deep-dives on emerging trends in information technology, life sciences, and energy/environment, we'll tackle such questions and more as we look for entrepreneurial solutions to the challenges facing today's high-growth companies and clusters.

Xconomy is convening an extraordinary gathering of 75-85 CEOs, entrepreneurs, angel and venture investors, technologists, and other innovators for this day-and-a-half-long retreat, featuring:

  • Candid chats
  • Entrepreneur and investor stories
  • Interactive panel (and unpanel) discussions
  • Lots of networking time
  • Great food and wine

Featured Participants: We are putting together a fantastic group of speakers. Among the participants who have confirmed so far are:
Robert Ackerman, Managing Director & Founder, Allegis Capital
Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Steve Blank
, author of The Startup Owner's Manual and The Four Steps to the Epiphany
Gerald Brady, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Michael Breen, CEO, GELI

Jon Carder, Founder and CEO, Mogl
Jennifer Carolan, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund
Manish Chandra, Founder and CEO, Poshmark
Brian Chee, General Partner, Polaris Partners
Eric Danziger, Co-founder, Genability

Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Medical Ventures
Dave Feller, CEO, Yummly
Malay Gandhi, Chief Strategy Officer, Rock Health

Stephen Hoover, CEO, PARC
Naithan Jones, CEO, AgLocal
Kevin Kinsella, Founder & Managing Director, Avalon Ventures
Wendy Lea, CEO, Get Satisfaction
Ellen Leanse, Executive Vice President & Strategic Director, Eastwick
Tom Lee, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University 
Mitch Lowe, Founding and Managing Partner, Greenstart
Hillary Mickell, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Foodily
Kiki Mills Johnston, CEO, Full Circle Fund

John Poisson, CEO, Wantful
Phil Porras, Program Director and Internet Security Group Leader, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International
Vivek Ranadivé, Founder and CEO, TIBCO
Jason Riley, CEO of Genability
Robert Rodriguez, Chairman and Founder, Security Innovation Network

Ray Rothrock, Partner, Venrock; outgoing Chair, National Venture Capital Association
Andy Ruben, Co-founder, Yerdle
Adam Salomone, Associate Publisher, Harvard Common Press
Albert Santalo, President and CEO, CareCloud

Steve Schoettler, Founder and CEO, Junyo; Co-Founder, Zynga
Aydin Senkut, Founder and Managing Director, Felicis Ventures
Larry Smarr, Founding Director, Calit2
Peter Stern, former CEO, bitly
Scott Stern, School of Management Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, MIT

Josh Stevens, CEO, Keas
Lisa Suennen, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Psilos Group
Jeremy Toeman, CEO, NextGuide
Matthew Wise, Co-founder and CEO, Cosemble; Organizer, FoodStartups

More Details:
The event will kick off with a special wine tasting and dinner to be held the evening of Monday, June 3, at the Silver Oak Cellars winery in Napa Valley. The summit itself will take place the next day at the nearby Villagio Inn and Spa in Yountville. All told, the event will run from about 5:30pm on June 3 through about 3:30pm on June 4.

Full agenda here

June 3, 2013: Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley Winery
915 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville, CA
Wine reception and vineyard tours begin at 5:30 PM
Dinner commences at 7:00 PM

June 4, 2013: Villagio Inn & Spa
6481 Washington Street, Yountville, CA
Continental breakfast 7:00-8:15
Program from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM
Wine tasting immediately following program end 


More Great Wine:Following the last presentation, we are pleased to present an exclusive tasting of Kinsella Estates cabernet sauvignon from the winery owned by venture capitalist and presenter Kevin Kinsella of Avalon Ventures. Kinsella Estates has become the top rated cabernet in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley, with the 2008 and 2009 vintages receiving 95 and 94 point scores from Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate. Although it is offically sold out, Kevin will pour a few bottles of the '09 from his private cellar for those who can stay.

Registration includes all meals during the event. Hotel is not included, however we have blocked out rooms at the Villagio for this event. Detailed information about accommodations and other logistics will be sent following your registration.

Startup Tickets: We offer a limited number of tickets at a discounted rate for startups (companies that are less than three years old, with 20 or fewer employees). If you would like to apply for a startup ticket, please send details to

Registration for this event is not refundable. Your registration may be transferred to an associate with approval of the event organizers, or to someone on our waiting list, if applicable.

*This is an invitation-only event. If you have not received an invitation and would like to request one, please send an inquiry to


Latham & Watkins LLP


Silicon Valley Bank



BSG Team Ventures               Eastwick            

High Street Partners               IDA Ireland          

Intel              Wells Fargo Insurance

Have questions about The Napa Summit 2013: New Rules for Growth? Contact Xconomy

When & Where

Villagio Inn and Spa
6541 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599

Monday, June 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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