June 19, 2012
How do you turn something you’re passionate about into the Next Big Thing? This Entrepreneurs Unpluggd features three entrepreneurs who did just that. Instead of going for “traditional” careers or business models, these entrepreneurs took a hobby or passion and turned it into a wildly successful company. They’ll share how they came up with their ideas, how they made them into real businesses, and how you can too.
Our first speaker, Jake Nickell, loved awesome t-shirts and hated that customers had no voice in the design process. He founded a tshirt company with the premise that people should decide what t-shirts should be made. Threadless started in the year 2000 with $1000 in startup capital, and is now a globally recognized leader in crowdsourcing design with millions in annual revenue.
Next Desiree Vargas Wrigley shares the story of GiveForward, the number one fundraising site for out of pocket medical expenses. She founded the company to help families raise money using growing social media platforms. To date, GiveForward has raised over $14 million to help families battle the cost of expenses like chemotherapy. Their mission to inspire people to help each other through generosity and compassion.
Finally, Josh Hernandez will share how he turned his passion for gaming into a multi million dollar in-game advertising company. Tap.me connects games to brands and brands to gamers with the next generation of in-game advertising that is easy, scaleable and effective. The company recently raised $3.2 million in venture funding with big plans ahead.
6:00 – 6:30
6:30 – 8:00
8:00 – 9:00
Jake NickellCo-Founder, Threadless
Jake Nickell is Threadless's young and fearless entrepreneurial leader. Jake has a passion for learning new things, from how to get t-shirts made to figuring out how to design and program an e-commerce website. Currently, he's focused on running the worldwide, hugely successful business that Threadless has become.He likes to think creatively and unconventionally about how to keep Threadless one step ahead by encouraging nutty employee ideas and staying away from the "business" side of running a business. Jake also continues to keep up his geek cred through a love for programming. When he’s not working, he’s busy hanging out with his wife Shondi, daughter Arli, and son Dash.
Desiree Vargas WrigleyCo-Founder and CEO, GiveForward
Desiree is the CEO and Co-Founder of GiveForward.com, an online platform that gives friends and family an answer to the question “What can I do to help?” when a loved one is in need.Desiree has been named part of Inc’s 2011 15 Women to Watch in Tech; CNN’s 12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Health Care; Crain’s 40 under 40 and 2011 Women to Watch, and one of Forbes’ 10 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2011. Since 2008, GiveForward has helped thousands of people raise over $14 million for out-of- pocket medical expenses, like co-pays, high deductibles, and travel to and from treatment.
Joshua HernandezFounder, Tap.Me!
Joshua is a founding member and the Executive Vice President at Tap.Me!. He represents an extraordinary fusion of creativity and passion for community development and interaction. A seasoned leader, designer and developer, Josh has formal training in the video game development pipeline from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago, IL. and has transitioned years of experience to become a strong producer of talent.In 1999 Joshua founded SectionZ.com a peer-to-peer musicians community branded the "Original Electronic Music Underground" where musicians would swap music projects with each other, collaborate and review iterations. Over time the quality of the community spawned SectionZ Records and helped launch the careers of some very well known electronic musicians including Deadmau5.
|Start date:||2012-06-19 06:00 PM|
|End date:||2012-06-19 09:00 PM|
|Address:||1543 W Division St.|
|Cost:||Earlybird $20 Regular: $25|