Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker, Charles Adler of Kickstarter Join the NExT Lineup (Plus, Plenty More!)

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04/08/2013 1:00 PM |


Attention innovators and entrepreneurs! The Northside Festival’s NExT Conference (Northside Entrepreneurship + Technology, June 13-14) is back. What began humbly back in 2011 as Northside Ideas has since grown into the biggest meeting of the most creative and innovative minds in business and technology. New York City’s entrepreneurs are leading a nationwide shift in the way companies are built and grow, and the NExT Conference is your opportunity to see and meet them in your proverbial backyard.

This year, we’ve tapped some of the biggest and most exciting names in technology and innovation to speak at the NExT Conference. Let’s meet some of our initial speakers, shall we? You’ll find the first peek at the NExT lineup after the jump. The 2013 NExT Conference is proud to host Scott Belsky, the founder and CEO of Behance; Charles Adler, the co-founder of Kickstarter; and Ben Lerer, the co-founder and CEO of Thrillist. Plus, we’ve also got Liz Crawford, the CTO of BirchBox and Neil Blumenthal, the co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker. We’ll be engaging these innovators (and many, many more) in discussions and panels at Brooklyn Bowl, the Wythe Hotel and Brooklyn Brewery. Plus, NExT will be hosting networking events and workshops over the two days to help connect the city’s established business leaders with tomorrow’s upstart innovators. As we get closer to June, we’ll post a comprehensive schedule so you don’t miss anything that NExT has to offer (there’s a lot).

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Sneak Peek at the 2013 NExT Speaker Lineup

Charles Adler, Co-founder, Kickstarter
Jon Baltz, VP, Co-founder, INDMUSIC
Thatcher Bell, Managing Director, DFJ Gotham
Scott Belsky, Founder & CEO of Behance
Gil Beyda, Founder of Genacast Venture
Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Jake Bronstein, Founder, Flint and Tinder
Matthew Burnett, Co-founder, Maker’s Row
Anthony Casalena, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Squarespace
Wiley Cerrilli, Vice President, General Manager, SinglePlatform from Constant Contact
Billy Chasen, Co-founder,
Liz Crawford, CTO, BirchBox
Kelsey Falter, Founder, CEO & Head of Product Development, Poptip
Jason Goodman, CEO/Co-founder, 3rd Ward
Ashley Grenata, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer,
Mattan Griffel, Partner, Grow Hack
Brad Hargreaves, Co-founder, General Assembly
David S. Kidder, Co-founder & CEO of Bionic
Zephrin Lasker, Co-founder & Advisor, Pontiflex
Jessica Lawrence, Managing Director, NY Tech Meetup
Ben Lerer, Co-founder & CEO, Thrillist
Brandon Martinez, Co-founder & CEO, INDMUSIC
Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist, bitly
John Pavley: CTO, The Huffington Post Media Group
Georg Petschnigg, Co-Founder & CEO at FiftyThree, Inc.
Amanda Peyton, Co-founder, Grand St.
Christian Rudder, Co-founder, General Manager, Editorial Director, OKCupid
Brian Schechter, Co-founder & Co-CEO, HowAboutWe
Kurt Schrader, CTO, Intent Media
Duann Scott, Industrial Designer, Shapeways
Shane Snow, Chief Creative Officer, Contently
Trevor Sumner, Founder, Product and Marketing Executive, LocalVox
Cheryl Swirnow, COO &Co-Founder, Sherpaa
Richard Talens, Founder & Chief Growth Officer, Fitocracy
Karsten Vagner, Director of People, ZocDoc
Alex White, CEO & Co-founder, Next Big Sound
Ian White, Co-Founder & CTO, Sailthru
And more to come…