General Assembly Founder Hargreaves, Atlas’s Destin Join XSITE Lineup---And Yes, GA Is Coming to Boston

4/25/12Follow @bbuderi

It was already a star-studded bevy of speakers convening for XSITE, the full-day Xconomy Summit on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship slated for June 14 at Babson College. Now, that lineup boasts some additional stars, as Atlas Venture partner Fred Destin and Brad Hargreaves, co-founder of the vaunted New York startup space General Assembly, have just joined the party.

Both of these speakers will be taking part in a plenary session on new fundraising models for startups.

The new faces help round out what promises to be an incredible day of insight and illumination on innovation—from what it takes to found and run a startup to managing high-growth companies to IPO and beyond. In case you missed our previous announcement, other featured speakers include Evernote CEO Phil Libin; Garrett Camp, co-founder of both StumbleUpon and the disruptive car service Uber; Brian Halligan, co-founder and CEO of HubSpot, and Katia Beauchamp , co-founder of Birchbox. There will even be a keynote featuring Jayashree Subrahmonia, VP of engineering and delivery for Watson Solutions at IBM, who will be demonstrating and talking about Watson, Big Blue’s Jeopardy-winning computer.

For the full list of speakers to date, and for registration information (the Early Bird rate ends next week), check out our event page here.

One thing we are really curious about is General Assembly’s plans for Boston. As we previously reported, a recent tweet-–somewhat ironically, from Destin, not Hargreaves—indicated that GA is planning some sort of not-yet-announced Boston expansion. All will likely become clear before XSITE, though no doubt Hargreaves will be able to tell us more in person. For now, though, all he will reveal is this statement: “With some of the world’s best universities—and no shortage of world-changing ideas—Boston’s startup ecosystem is truly inspiring. Starting in May, General Assembly is excited to be joining this community, offering classes and workshops in technology, design, and entrepreneurship.”

So you heard it here first—GA is definitely coming to town in some form or fashion.

One more thing about XSITE: If you are at a startup, we hope you didn’t miss the incredible offer from CommonAngels and the New England Venture Capital Association, both of whom have purchased 25 tickets for you. The groups are tapping their networks to give away most of these tickets—but CommonAngels has set aside 10 for Xconomy to hand out, and we still have a few left. So if you would like one of those, and you are at a startup, just write to us at events@xconomy.com, and tell us a little bit about yourself.

For the rest of you, XSITE is one of the premier days for the New England Innovation Community. We hope you take advantage of the Early Bird rate and register now.

Bob is Xconomy's founder and editor in chief. You can e-mail him at bbuderi@xconomy.com, call him at 617.500.5926. Follow @bbuderi

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