Why it’s important to invite speakers from other cities to speak at your startup event

Why it's important to invite speakers from other cities to speak at your startup event

One of the trickiest and most time-consuming aspects of producing these conferences is assembling the speaker slate. All of the conferences that I’ve worked on have emphasized recruiting speakers from outside the host community, but inevitably a question like “if this is Big Omaha why aren’t there any Omaha founders speaking?” comes up. It’s a logical question and there are several answers. Here’s my take on why it’s important to invite speakers from other cities to speak at local startup conferences.

Kauffman’s Top of Mind series takes a look at Startup Genome

Kauffman's Top of Mind series takes a look at Startup Genome

Thom Ruhe, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at The Kauffman Foundation, hosts a regular online video series “Top of Mind” covering a broad range of topics related to entrepreneurship. This week on Top of Mind, Thom interviews our own Shane Reiser about Startup Genome

The next level of Startup Genome

Startup Genome began as a side project for Dave and myself about two years ago. We talked to hundreds of startup community builders around the world, learned what they needed to help their local communities, built a product, grew our curator network to over 300 and slowly improved Startup Genome when we had free time on nights and weekends.

Today I’m excited to share that we’re taking Startup Genome to the next level with a larger team, renewed focus and brand refresh.

The new Startup Genome UI

The new Startup Genome UI

Through the hard work of our good friends at GoodTwin and our rockstar lead developer Chris, we launched the new Startup Genome UI last night.

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