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You don’t have to know how to code to be an entrepreneur... you just have to know how to hustle.

Lets face it...everyone knows if you want to start a successful startup you NEED tons of coding experience... Right? WRONG! Rick Marini founded Tickle, one of the world's largest social media websites, in 1999. He sold it just 8 years later for $100 million. And guess what? Rick doesn’t know a lick about coding. Yeah, that’s right, Rick Marini, the founder of multiple successful startups like Tickle and Branch Out isn’t an engineer. And he’s not alone. Tom Montgomery founded Chubbies, a crazy successful clothing startup. Gabe Luna-Ostaseski bootstrapped his startup to $25 million in annual revenue. And Hiten Shah founded both Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Did they know how to code? Nope.

What's Hustle Con?

Hustle Con is a conference focused on nontechnical startupers. We like to call these people hustlers. They’re the type of person who’s scrappy, shamelessly resourceful and frighteningly ambitious. The type of person who gets stuff done...even if they don’t know how to code. Hustle Con is about learning the specific skills and tactics needed to start and grow your startup from successful founders.

Sales, marketing, growth, rapid prototyping, brand building and more. Hustle Con covers it all. And we’re bringing in founders from the hottest startups to tell you how they did it and to give you specific and actionable tactics to get it done yourself.

Whether you work at a startup or run your own business, if you wanna learn real, tactical skills to grow your company and join a strong community of hustlers and do-ers, then this event is for you. Our speakers are founders of proven startups. We don’t have vice presidents, early employees, or community managers speaking at Hustle Con...you’ll be learning tactical advice directly from the folks who created the company from the ground up.

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