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“The Story of My Acquisition” with Wiley Cerilli
I’m biased because that was an investment I led at First Round, and I helped the company get acquired in a pretty accidental way: I introduced Wiley to a potential hire, who decided to decline the offer but loved the company so much he did a big writeup of it for Forbes in his new job as a journalist. Turns out the corporate development folks from Constant Contact read the story and decided to visit the company because it sounded interesting. The rest, as they say...
Charles Adler, because the Kickstarter guys don’t get out too often. They’re heads-down building a terrific business and are focused more on that then publicity, so getting to hear them at any time is worth going too. Plus, they’re moving back to Brooklyn!
The Scott Belsky event is a must attend, too. I’d love to hear how he got comfortable that Adobe was going to be a great fit for his community—because he’s deeply invested in the quality of that ecosystem. Plus, Adobe is a company in transition to the cloud, making a lot of interesting acquisitions, so he’s got great perspective on that.
Lastly, I can’t wait to hear Guy Livingstone—not only because I’ve done a Tough Mudder, but because it’s a terrific example of how not all businesses need to sell bits. They’re a business that relies on the web and social media for customer acquisition, but that exists in real life with terrific margins to boot.