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Hustle Con 2019
December 2-3, 2019
Oakland, CA
Paramount Theater
Back again for the 5th year, Hustle Con is the Bay Area's premier founder's event. Join Silicon Valley's brightest minds for two days of TED-styled talks from leading founders and professionals. It's the 2-day MBA in startup growth tactics you've been asking for, put together by the folks behind The Hustle newsletter.
December 2-3, 2019
Oakland, CA
Hustle Con 2019
December 2-3 
Oakland, California 
Join Silicon Valley's brightest minds for two days of TED-styled talks from leading founders and professionals. 

It's the 2-day MBA in startup growth tactics you've been asking for, put together by the folks behind The Hustle newsletter.
What's Hustle Con?
What's Hustle Con?
Hustle Con is a two-day startup event where the world’s most successful founders:

Hustle Con is a two-day startup event where the world’s most successful founders:
  • Tell their origin stories
  • Teach the practical tactics they used to start and grow their startup
  • Share behind the scenes insights on their wins and losses
How does it work?
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 $100,000 to attend.

We’ve gathered the founders of the fastest-growing companies to give 20-minute keynotes on actionable tactics for launching and growing your business. You’ll learn how they got started, how they grew, and what they learned along the way.

The conference will be at the Paramount Theatre – an art deco masterpiece of a theatre in Oakland, California (across the bridge from San Francisco). Capacity is 2,500 people and we sell out every year.
Who should come?
This conference is for you if:

• You want to start a company
• You already have a business that you want to grow
• You want to sharpen your non-technical skill set
• You’re technical and want to find a non-technical co-founder
• You're interested in rubbing elbows with founders, investors, and creators. 
• And/or you love hanging out with inspiring and fun people.

In any case, Hustle Con is the must-attend event for people who want learn tactical and actionable advice and join an amazing community of sharp, ambitious do-ers.
How does it work?
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 $100,000 to attend.

We’ve gathered the founders of the fastest-growing companies to give 20-minute keynotes on actionable tactics for launching and growing your business. You’ll learn how they got started, how they grew, and what they learned along the way.

The conference will be at the Paramount Theatre – an art deco masterpiece of a theatre in Oakland, California (across the bridge from San Francisco). Capacity is 2,500 people and we sell out every year.
Who should come?
If you want to learn from the best founders in the world and hear their stories, then you should come.

If you want to learn non-technical tactics (growth, marketing, hiring, getting started), then you should come.

One attendee last year said, “You guys rocked my socks off… I literally had to buy new socks.” If you wanna get your socks rocked by a bunch of entrepreneurs, then you should definitely come.
What's the schedule? 
Day 1 - Keynotes
December 2, 2019
  • 8:00 am: Doors Open, Registration & Exhibits
  • 10:00 am: Keynotes
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 12:00 pm: Exhibits & Networking
  • 1:30 pm: Keynotes
  • 5:00 pm: Hustle Con Happy Hour
Day 2 - Breakouts
December 3, 2019
  • 8:00 am: Doors Open & Exhibits
  • 9:00 am: Opening Keynote
  • 10:00 am: Breakouts
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • ​1:00 pm: Exhibits & Networking
  • 2:30 pm: Breakouts
  • 4:00 pm: Hustle Con Wrap Party

Monday, December 2 – Keynotes

  • The Calm Story: Building the World's First $1B Mental Health Unicorn
    Michael Acton Smith, Co-Founder/CEO, Calm
  • Lessons in Entrepreneurship: 10 Years Powering the Resale Economy
    James Reinhart, Co-Founder/CEO, thredUP
  • This Company Raised $40M by Focusing on Transparency Inside & Out
    Kat Schneider, Founder/CEO, Ritual
  • Startist: Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur
    Eric Ryan, Founder, Method/Olly
  • From Bootstrapping to Billions
    Michele Romanow, Co-Founder/President, Clearbanc
  • Building a $100M Company in 2 Years
    Moiz Ali, Co-Founder/CEO, Native
  • How I Raised $120M Building a Business with a Product No One Cares About
    Amy Errett, Founder CEO, Madison Reed
  • Inch Wide, Mile Deep
    Mark Gainey, Co-Founder, Strava
  • The $1B Unicorn Built on Sex, Drugs & Hair Loss
    Hilary Coles, Co-Founder, Hims
  • Who Needs an Office?
    Wade Foster, Co-Founder/CEO, Zapier

Tuesday, December 3

On Day 2, attendees can select from 3 distinct tracks. Join any of the breakout sessions regardless of the Track you choose, or don't choose. Please note that some of the sessions will overlap.

General Sessions:

  • Master of Positioning: Building a Successful Brand (Adrian Sedlin, Founder/CEO, Canndescent)
  • The Importance of Founder Team Assembly (Sam Parr, CEO, The Hustle; Wade Foster, Co-Founder/CEO, Zapier; Mike Knoop, Co-Founder/Zapier)

Breakout Sessions:

Track 1: Side Hustlers Ready for Takeoff

For side hustlers with full-time gigs or those with aspirations or plans to eventually launch their own companies.
  • Validating Your Startup Idea: When is it Time to Make Your Side Hustle Your Main Gig? (Courtland Allen, Founder, Indie Hackers)
  • Perfecting Your Pitch: Real Talk & Live Mentoring from Investors (Shaan Puri, Founder, Angel Investor and Director of Product, Twitch)
  • Bootstrapping vs. Venture Funding: Which Path is Right for You? (David Hornik, Partner, August Capital)
  • Preparing for Launch: What Does it Really Take to Launch a Company? (Moiz Ali, Co-Founder/CEO, Native) 

Track 2: Founders & Operators Upping Their Game

For folks already running teams and looking to sharpen their organization, communication, and operational skills.
  • How Building a Diverse and Inclusive Team Yields Better ROI (Jana Rich, CEO, Rich Talent Group; Julie Collins, Co-Founder, Planet FWD; Stephanie Lampkin, Founder/CEO, Blendoor)
  • Sales Principles Every Startup Founder Needs to Know (Sam Blond, Chief Sales Officer, Brex)
  • Equity 101 & Retaining Your Ownership (Michele Romanow, Co-Founder/President, Clearbanc)
  • Managing Burn Rate: How to Become Cash Flow Positive (Marc Ruxin, CEO, MIXhalo; Gina Bianchini, Founder/CEO, Mighty Networks; Jeff Yasuda, Founder/CEO, Feed.fm)

Track 3: The Secret Life of Entrepreneurs (The Sh*t No One Talks About)

For folks running one or multiple businesses who are looking for solutions to deal with the realities of being the boss and real talk from fellow founders.
  • The Reality of Entrepreneurship:  Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression (Dr. Sherry Walling, Founder/Licensed Clinical Psychologist, ZenFounder)
  • No Jedi is Ever Truly Alone: How to Find Mentors, Develop Your Tribe, and Assemble Your #squad (Adam Dexter, Founder Coach)
  • Where the Hell is the Exit? How to Flip a Failing Company (Shaan Puri, Founder, Angel Investor and Director of Product, Twitch)
  • Should You Be a CEO? Facing Hard Truths: Do You Have What It Takes? Sam Parr, CEO, The Hustle; Tim Westergren, Co-Founder, Pandora Radio)
Day 1 Keynotes - Monday, December 2nd
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MOIZ ALI
Co-Founder/CEO, Native
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HILARY COLES
Founder, Hims
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AMY ERRETT
 Founder/CEO, Madison Reed
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WADE FOSTER
Co-Founder/CEO, Zapier
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MARK GAINEY
Co-Founder, Strava
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EUWYN POON
Co-Founder/President, Spin
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JAMES REINHART
Co-Founder/CEO, thredUP
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MICHELE ROMANOW
Co-Founder/President, Clearbanc
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ERIC RYAN
Founder, Olly
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KAT SCHNEIDER
Founder/CEO, Ritual
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MICHAEL ACTON SMITH
Co-Founder/CEO, Calm
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HEIDI ZAK
Co-Founder/Co-CEO, ThirdLove
Day 2 Breakout Sessions - Tuesday, December 3rd
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COURTLAND ALLEN
Founder, Indie Hackers
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GINA BIANCHINI
Founder/CEO, Mighty Networks
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SAM BLOND
Chief Sales Officer, Brex
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ADAM DEXTER
Founder Coach
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DAVID HORNIK
Partner,  August Capital
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SHAAN PURI
Director of Product, Twitch
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JANA RICH
Founder/CEO, Rich Talent Group
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MICHELE ROMANOW
Co-Founder/President, Clearbanc
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MARC RUXIN
CEO, MIXhalo
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DR. SHERRY WALLING
Founder/Licensed Clinical Psychologist, ZenFounder
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JEFF YASUDA
Founder/CEO, Feed.fm

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Venue 
Hustle Con will be held at The Paramount Theatre, an Art Deco concert hall located at 2025 Broadway in Oakland, CA. When it was built in 1931, it was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast. Today, the Paramount is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Ballet, it regularly plays host to R&B, jazz, blues, pop, rock, gospel, classical music, as well as ballets, plays, stand-up comedy, lecture series, special events, and screenings of classic movies from Hollywood's Golden Era.
Paramount Theatre
  What people are saying 
“I learned more in one day at Hustle Con than I did in 4 years of business undergrad.”
“An "un-conference". Super laid back, cool people, great vibe and actually fun to attend, unlike most conferences which are really stuffy and kind of miserable.”
“I loved Hustle Con! I was blown away by the speakers, their great advice/insights, the venue, sponsors, freebies, drinks, attendees, staff, organization, headshots. It. Was. Fantastic.”
  What people are saying 
“I learned more in one day at Hustle Con than I did in 4 years of business undergrad.”
“An "un-conference". Super laid back, cool people, great vibe and actually fun to attend, unlike most conferences which are really stuffy and kind of miserable.”
“Like Comi-con for Entrepreneurs”
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Hey there reader,

Sam here, CEO of The Hustle.

In 2014 my co-founder John and I wanted to start a company but weren’t sure what to start.

A web app for finding the perfect fitting jeans? Software for the trucking industry? A daily deals site?

Uninspired with our ideas, we asked a few successful founders how they started.

And that, my dear friend, is how we came up with the idea for Hustle Con.

That spring we wrangled together 15 highly successful founders. Like John and I, most of them weren’t technical and didn’t know how to code. They were hustlers. They had figured out how to get prototypes out the door, find customers, hire a team, and scale their company.

At Hustle Con they explained their company’s founding story and the tactics and strategies they used to scale.

And Hustle Con was born.

Since then, we’ve grown from 400 to 2,000 attendees.

And now, in 2019, we’re hosting the 5th annual Hustle Con in Oakland, CA in December and I’d like you to come.

Here’s why attending will be the best money you’ll spend all year:

The strategies: Speakers dive deep on a specific strategy and tactic they used for starting and growing their company. You’ll get a look under the hood on how they made success happen and their behind the scene stories. Our speakers are not professional speakers. They’re full time operators who we’ve convinced to tell their stories. They’ve built massive businesses and have accomplished a lot of the things you want to do.

Your network: 2,000 people travel from around the world to attend. Attendees range from first time founders to CEOs of large corporations. We’ve set up opportunities for you to meet your fellow attendees. Attendees have met business partners, customers, friends, mentors, and everything in between.

Guaranteed consumption: With so many distractions out there it’s nearly impossible to focus. Getting out of the office, away from your normal day to day, will set you up perfectly to learn and improve yourself and your business.

See you in December,

Sam Parr
CEO of The Hustle
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