Miguel de Icaza, Wayne Chang, Founders’ Stories, & Blackjack: XSITE June 19
Tom Leighton, the CEO and co-founder of Akamai, will set the table with a historical perspective on Kendall Square and the Boston-area tech community, followed by a look at how innovators are thinking about the sectors of cloud, mobile, video, and security.
After that, I want to highlight just a few of the discussions of the day:
—In “The New Face of Software,” open source guru and Xamarin CTO Miguel de Icaza will chat with Crashlytics co-founder and Twitter Boston leader Wayne Chang. They will cover everything from how software startups can get distribution to the Boston-area talent war for developers (and what it all portends for the industry). Their chat will be moderated by Izhar Armony from Charles River Ventures.
—In “Serial Entrepreneurs Club,” Olin College President Rick Miller will moderate a distinguished innovators panel that features Ash Ashutosh, CEO of Actifio; David Berry, Partner at Flagship Ventures; Meredith Flynn-Ripley, CEO of HeyWire; and Roy Rodenstein, CEO of TrueLens. These veteran entrepreneurs cut across the sectors of big data, Internet, mobile, marketing, and sustainability. They will share lessons from their fields, talk about markets and timing, and work out how innovators might solve some of the biggest problems in business, education, and society.
—Our annual “Founders’ Stories” breakout panel features four of the most compelling New England CEOs you could ask for: Mike Baker from DataXu; Diane Hessan from Communispace; Jeremy Hitchcock from Dyn; and Jason Jacobs from FitnessKeeper. Moderated by Xconomy’s Curt Woodward, they will share the best lessons (and war stories) from their careers, which span the fields of mobile, advertising, marketing, Web infrastructure, consumer tech, and health.
—We’ll all have some fun with the MIT Blackjack Reunion panel, which features four business and tech leaders returning to the scene of the crime (or at least its origins in the Boston area) to talk about what beating casinos out of millions taught them about starting new businesses and building companies. The group includes Neelan Choksi, President of Tasktop Technologies; angel investor and tech executive Semyon Dukach; SolidWorks founder Jon Hirschtick; and Bill Kaplan, CEO of FreshAddress.
It’s going to be an amazing and inspiring day, and you can still get a ticket here (innovation special runs for a few more days). We hope to see you on June 19.