You could have come across this post a dozen different ways: you were browsing The Hustle, you saw this article floating around Facebook, or you’re part of our newsletter. Either way, we have some excellent news to announce: we’ve just announced the first wave of speakers for Hustle Con, as well as released the first set of Early Bird tickets.
Now, before I tell you who’s speaking, there’s one thing I want to address: how we found such amazing speakers. Whenever we announce the speakers at Hustle Con our team gets an inbox full of curious people asking how a relatively small and unknown company is able to contact high profile CEOs and convince them to speak.
Our secret? Gifs.
Silly, personalized gifs is how we, a team with little to no connection to most of the speakers, are able to get in touch with the founders of Silicon Valley’s fastest growing startups.
So there it is. That’s our secret.
What’s Hustle Con?
If this is the first time you’re hearing of us, Hustle Con is a one day, 2,500+ person conference in the Bay Area that’s focused on nontechnical startup tactics. Basically, it’s like an MBA in a day, taught by the founders of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley. And this blog that you’re reading, The Hustle, is run by the folks who host Hustle Con.
This year’s event is in Oakland, California at the beautiful Paramount Theater. Over 2,500 will be in attendance.
More speakers are being announced, as well as a few surprises, so sign up here to be notified. Without further ado, here are this year’s speakers:
Andy Dunn, founder of Bonobos
Bonobos is a men’s apparel startup founded by Andy Dunn and Brian Spaly (also the founder of Trunk Club). Founded in 2007, they raised over $127m and are profitable with around $100m in revenue in 2015. Dunn is the CEO of Bonobos and an avid blogger on entrepreneurship (his post The Risk Not Taken is a personal favorite).
Danielle Morrill, founder of Mattermark
Danielle Morrill is the founder and CEO of Mattermark, a startup that gives dealmakers tools and insights into various companies. While Mattermark is still relatively new (founded in 2013), Morrill has led the company to raise $10m and revenue of $5m. Like Dunn, Morrill is a fantastic blogger and a must-read for startup enthusiasts.
Matt Schwab, founder of BloomThat
BloomThat is an on-demand startup that delivers flowers and other feel-good items. Founded in 2013, they’ve raised $7.6m in funding and are favorite of lovebirds in San Francisco and New York.
Ramit Sethi, founder of I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Ramit Sethi is the king of financial advice. Started as a small finance blog, I Will Teach You To Be Rich is completely bootstrapped with tens of millions of dollars in revenue and dozens of employees. He’s also very photogenic.
Brett Northart, founder of Le Tote
Le Tote is a popular fashion startup that lets users rent clothes from retailers. Think Netflix for fashion. Northart has led the company to $27.5m and is beloved by fashionable women across the globe.
Gautam Gupta, founder of NatureBox
Do you listen to podcasts? If so you have most likely heard NatureBox ads. Gautam Gupta is the founder and CEO of NatureBox, a monthly subscription box for healthy snacks that has raised $58.5m and earned over $100m in revenue. NatureBox is one of the fastest growing companies in America.
David Renteln, co-founder of Soylent
Soylent is one of the strangest and most interesting startups of 2015. Started in 2013 with one the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever, Soylent is a meal replacement drink with $22.3m in funding. We did a little experiment with Soylent a few months back, which you can read about here. And yes, we’ll have some Soylent at Hustle Con so you can give it a try.
Rich Pierson and Andy Puddicombe, founders of Headspace
What can’t be said about Andy Puddicombe’s voice that hasn’t already been said about a relaxing day on the beach? Headspace is one of the most popular meditations apps in the world with millions of users and $38m in funding. Andy is a former monk-turned-entrepreneur as well as the voice behind Headspace’s guided meditation exercises. Rich Pierson is the business brains of Headspace and will be speaking as well. Get to know them by downloading TED Talk (one of the most popular on the site).
Jeff Chaplin, co-founder of Casper
Casper is taking a sexy approach to an incredibly unsexy industry: mattresses. Started in 2013, Casper did an astonishing $1m in revenue in their first 30 days of business. They did close to $75m in revenue in 2015 and have raised $70m in funding. Jeff Chaplin will tell their incredible story at Hustle Con and teach a thing or two about growth.
Amanda Bradford, founder of The League
The League is a selective dating app for successful people. Founded in 2014, The League had over 75,000 users on the wait list while it was still in beta… and only in San Francisco. The League now has over $2m in funding and is one of the trendiest dating apps out there.
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