Northside Festival Day 1: Highlights from the NExT Conference

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06/13/2013 9:00 AM |


  • Jesse Simon Smith

So by now you’ve heard that Northside is hosting the NExT Conference, the technology arm of the Northside Festival. Today and tomorrow, you’ll find panel discussions, demonstrations and fireside chats with the CEOs, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at the forefront of New York’s burgeoning tech scene at the Wythe Hotel and Brooklyn Brewery. But with over 70 speakers and more than 30 events, we get it if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. That’s why we put together a shortlist of some of the events we’re most looking forward to today. Be on the lookout for Friday’s picks, well, on Friday.

You’ll find our NExT Conference picks for today after the jump. For the complete NExT Conference schedule, click here.

And, if you’re at the NExT Conference, you should be sure to check out the NExT Expo, Brooklyn’s biggest (and the only free!) technology and startup trade show. It’s located at McCarren Park (the corner of Bedford Ave. and N. 12th St.) Entry is totally free with RSVP (nope, you won’t even need a Northside badge), which you can do right here.


Bootstrapping a $130 Million Business In Just 4 Years: Building Tough Mudder
Although a little over 3 and a half years old, Tough Mudder has grown to be the pre-eminent company in its industry, creating unconventional life-changing experiences through its unique obstacle course events held in the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany and the UK. The company has sold over one million registrations, employs over 140 people, and will hit $130 million in revenues this year. And oh yeah: Tough Mudder is entirely self-financed by its founders. Guy Livingstone will discuss what it took to build his company from nothing.

Moderator: Brad Weiners (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Speaker: Guy Livingstone (Tough Mudder)
10:45am – 11:30am
The Brilliant Brooklyn Stage, Powered by GE at the Wythe Hotel

Beauty and How It Works: Data from OKCupid
Over the last eight years, Christian Rudder has watched millions upload profiles and photos to his dating site, OkCupid. Analyses of this data has led to some very interesting metrics on perceived beauty and the sexual habits of 21st century Americans.

Speaker: Christian Rudder (OkCupid)
2:15pm – 3:00pm
Bing Presents the Brooklyn Brewery Stage at Brooklyn Brewery

Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year: The Myths and Means of Modern Entrepreneurship
Vanessa O’Connell, WSJ’s entrepreneurship editor, hosts a panel of industry veterans as they explore the critical issues affecting modern startups, highlighting the unseen opportunities and delusive myths that often make or break young companies.

Moderator: Vanessa O’Connell (Wall Street Journal)
Panelists: Nancy Lublin (Do Something Inc.), Jeff Pulver (Vonage), David Tisch (Box Group/TechStars NYC)
4:30pm – 5:15pm
The Brilliant Brooklyn Stage, Powered by GE at the Wythe Hotel

The NExT Happy Hour, Presented by Omnigon
Join us at the NExT Happy Hour and have a complimentary beer (or two), courtest of Omnigon. To RSVP, visit
Brooklyn Brewery