“You don’t have to know how to code to be an entrepreneur… you just have to know how to hustle.”
Hustle Con is a one-day startup conference where the best non-technical founders (aka hustlers) teach how they got started and give practical advice on growing your startup. If you’ve heard of a hacker, well a hustler is its counterpart. Basically, Hustle Con is a rock n’ roll version of TED, except not as hoity-toity and focused on startup entrepreneurs.
Hustle Con is created by The Hustle, an online publication for forward thinkers interested in business, tech, culture, and design.
Hustle Con works like business school: You show up and are taught strategies for starting and growing your company. Except at Hustle Con, you’re not paying $50,000 a year to attend… because it’s only one day and doesn’t cost $50,000. And you’ll actually use what you learn. And your professors have actually accomplished what they’re teaching. And you won’t want to skip it.
When you leave, you’ll be able to implement what you’ve learned. You might be hungover on Saturday, the day after Hustle Con, but that’s your fault.
We’ve gathered the founders of the fastest growing startups to give 30-minute keynotes on actionable tactics for launching and growing your startup. You’ll learn how they got started, how they grew, and what they learned along the way.
The conference will be at the Paramount Theater – a concert-style venue – in Oakland, California (about 5 miles from downtown San Francisco). Capacity is limited to 2,500 people and we sell out every year (proof).
If you want to learn from the best founders in the world and hear their stories, then yes, come.
If you want to learn non-technical tactics (growth, marketing, hiring, getting started), then yes you should come.
If you’re a founder, public company employee, wantreprenuer, technical or non-technical, and want to meet 2,000 similar people who think like you, then you should definitely come.
One attendee last year said, “It felt like I was having an intellectual orgasm during each talk.” That’s pretty gross, but if you want to have an “intellectual orgasm” then yeah, you should come too. You sicko.
Interested in seeing what past Hustle Cons were like?
“Kudos to you for putting on such an engaging and fun event, and getting such f*cking awesome speakers.”
Tom Montgomery is the co-founder of Chubbies Shorts, a weekend-tastic men’s shorts company with a massive following. Tom will be interviewing George Zimmer, founder of Men’s Wearhouse, Generation Tux, and zTailors. While the two brands are taking different approaches to retail startups, one thing is clear: both men have discovered a market that’s downright smitten with what they’re selling.
Amanda Bradford is the founder of The League, an exclusive dating app that matches smart, busy, and ambitious people together. The goal was to create power couples by matching up highly motivated single professionals. She raised $2.1 million in seed funding in January 2015. Amanda studied at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford, and worked for Sequoia Capital, Salesforce, and Google before launching The League.
Andy Dunn is co-founder and CEO of Bonobos, a men’s clothing brand renowned for exceptional fit, bright colors, and great customer experience. Launched in 2007, Bonobos is now the largest retail brand in the United States ever launched over the web, with over 300 employees and $100m in revenue.
Danielle Morrill is the co-founder and the CEO of Mattermark, a data platform for venture capital companies to quantify signals of growing and potentially lucrative startups. Prior to that, Morrill was the Director of Marketing at Twilio, community manager at Pelago, Editor in Chief at Seattle 2.0, and business analyst at Expeditors International.
David Bladow is co-founder and CEO of BloomThat, an on-demand flower delivery service that’s reimagining the way we send thoughtful gifts. BloomThat’s improved system of working with local florists and couriers to deliver next day flowers has actually increased demand, with most of their customers placing orders 3x more than the average American.
Ramit is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of iwillteachyoutoberich.com. He has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, PBS, CNBC and more. Millions of people read his material to learn how to use psychology and systems to live a Rich Life. That could mean automating your finances, making more money, finding your Dream Job, or starting an online business.
Brett Northart is the co-founder of LE TOTE where he leads the creative efforts at LE TOTE and brings years of design experience to the team. Brett most recently worked as an investment banker at Ridgecrest Capital, where he met his co-founder. A lifelong entrepreneur, Brett started his first business teaching CPR to businesses and individuals while still in college.
David Renteln is the co-founder of Soylent where he orchestrates strategic business partnerships and drives sales channels. He coordinates with businesses to formulate Soylent’s manufacturing and logistics processes, builds the company’s advisory board, and works with advertisers. Prior to joining Soylent, David worked at a biotech devices start up and co-founded an education technology company with Soylent CTO, John Coogan.
Andy Puddicombe is a monk-turned-entrepreneur. He’s the co-founder of Headspace and the voice of Headspace’s guided meditations. Rich Pierson, his co-founder, has a background in marketing and new brand development and is the business expert behind Headspace. Rich and Andy met at a meditation training session. Their passion for presenting meditation in a way that their friends would genuinely enjoy lead to the formation of Headspace.
Jeff Chapin is the co-founder of Casper, the e-commerce mattress company that’s taking the sleep industry by storm. Jeff designs things that solve fundamental human needs and has had the opportunity to do so on a global scale, thanks to his experience at IDEO, The Gates Foundation, and the World Bank. At Casper, which earned $100m in cumulative revenue, Jeff’s trying to make sure we all get a good night’s sleep.
The Paramount was originally designed as a movie palace, and was a regular hangout spot for visiting hollywood stars like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Clark Gable. Later, WWII servicemen would use the theater as an oasis from their wartime responsibilities.
Designed in 1931 by SF-born-and-raised architect Timothy Pflueger, the building was constructed in less than a year.
Pfleuger, whose masterpieces are sprinkled all over the Bay (see: Castro Theater, Bay Bridge, Top of the Mark, and Pacific Stock Exchange, to name a few), was mad about Art Deco.
And when you walk through the big brass doors to see gold-ornamented walls, curvy staircases, and plush seats… you’ll be mad about it, too.
As always, the content presented at Hustle Con will speak for itself. But this year we’re excited to add a little glamour to the day. That’s what Timothy Pflueger would have wanted.
Remember: Hustle Con is happening on May 13, 2016
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