1:10pm: Lightning Talks
Joseph Weinberg: Money Ain't a Thang
Scaling open blockchains like bitcoin have been at the forefront of the public discussion for quite some time. As the buzz grows around the space, Joseph will take you through a future outlook on bitcoin and the complexities and realities of scaling a digital currency to billions. Throughout this talk Joseph will hit on everything from sidechains like the liquid network, his work in developing economies, and the new phenomenon of ICO's.
Erika Balbuena: 99 Problems But Giving Ain't One
I’ve spent the past 4 years launching and building Twilio's social impact team and program, Twilio.org. I currently head Strategic Initiatives where I work across departments to increase the company’s social impact. That impact is accomplished by getting developers to code a better world, providing grants to nonprofits, and funding social enterprises through impact investing. In my talk, I'll explain what impact investing is, argue why companies should adopt it as a business strategy and the results they can expect including: Corporate social impact initiatives increase loyalty, satisfaction and retention among employees. Sales, brand recognition, and customer retention are shown to increase for companies who support good causes. Unlike traditional investing, where profit is the only metric of success, an impact investment can still be deemed as winning as long as the cause was served. Imagine the impact we could create if we nurtured and funded social impact organizations in the same way we nurtured technology startups.
Julia Kassam: It's not about the money, money, money: Keep your business tight
Between venture capital, non-dilutive capital, and other private or government sources of funding, entrepreneurs have never had so many options when it comes to raising money in Canada. The public markets, though, offer the same options they have for over 100 years; until now. Learn about how a key change in the Canadian public market means a start-up friendly approach to supporting entrepreneurs throughout their entire journey of scaling a business.