December 6, 2018 Brooklyn Expo Center Brooklyn, NY

Inspiring stories from fearless entrepreneurs.

Tactical workshops in intimate groups.

Tools, strategies, and inspiration guaranteed to help you take your business and career to the next level.

You’ll get all this at Hustle Con.

But the best part of Hustle Con — the reason people come back year after year — is the people you’ll meet.

They are the executives, investors, startup experts, and innovators that will make a real impact on your life. They want to partner with you, collaborate with you, brainstorm with you, and learn with you.

They are your people. And you’ll find them at Hustle Con.

 

POP QUIZ
Should you come to Hustle Con?
Let’s find out. Check all that apply.
You want to learn hands-on business tactics
You want to connect with a community of talented self-starters
You want to be inspired by the most successful founders in the world
You’re ready to bring a scrappy, can-do attitude to your business but aren’t sure where to start

2018 SPEAKERS

 

announcing more speakers soon…

 

Alex Chung is the founder and CEO of GIPHY, the people who bring you all the GIFs. GIPHY is a 80-person company with over 300 million daily users, and a valuation of over $600m. GIPHY currently serves up over 2.5 billion GIFs every day. Before GIPHY, Alex was a Hacker in Residence at Betaworks and directed media technology for companies like MTV, and Comcast. His entrepreneurial projects include The Fridge (a private social network acquired by Google) and others backed by YCombinator, Mitch Kapor, Google, Intel, Yahoo, and many more.

Alex Chung

Founder & CEO of GIPHY
Alex Chung is the founder and CEO of GIPHY, the people who bring you all the GIFs. GIPHY is a 80-person company with over 300 million daily users, and a valuation of over $600m. GIPHY currently serves up over 2.5 billion GIFs every day. Before GIPHY, Alex was a Hacker in Residence at Betaworks and directed media technology for companies like MTV, and Comcast. His entrepreneurial projects include The Fridge (a private social network acquired by Google) and others backed by YCombinator, Mitch Kapor, Google, Intel, Yahoo, and many more.
Jon Stein is the CEO and founder of Betterment. Passionate about making life better, and with his experience from his career of advising banks and brokers on risk and products, he founded Betterment in 2008. Jon is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Business School, and he holds Series 7, 24, 63, and is a CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst. His interests lie at the intersection of behavior, psychology, and economics. What excites him most about his work is making everyday activities and products more efficient, accessible, and easy to use.

Jon Stein

Founder & CEO of Betterment
Jon Stein is the CEO and founder of Betterment. Passionate about making life better, and with his experience from his career of advising banks and brokers on risk and products, he founded Betterment in 2008. Jon is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Business School, and he holds Series 7, 24, 63, and is a CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst. His interests lie at the intersection of behavior, psychology, and economics. What excites him most about his work is making everyday activities and products more efficient, accessible, and easy to use.
Suzy Batiz is the inventor, founder, and CEO of Poo~Pourri and Supernatural. For decades, Suzy ignored her instincts and played by the “rules” of business. It was her second bankruptcy at age 40 that propelled her to found Poo~Pourri in a radical way. A serial creator and entrepreneur, Suzy developed the exponentially growing enterprise worth $300 million without borrowing a dime or enlisting a single investor. Today, Suzy has grown an empire by tackling taboo topics and continues to share her knowledge in how to harness intuition, body intelligence and creative energy to achieve a natural flow state of success.

Suzy Batiz

Head Honcho at POO~POURRI and Supernatural
Suzy Batiz is the inventor, founder, and CEO of Poo~Pourri and Supernatural. For decades, Suzy ignored her instincts and played by the “rules” of business. It was her second bankruptcy at age 40 that propelled her to found Poo~Pourri in a radical way. A serial creator and entrepreneur, Suzy developed the exponentially growing enterprise worth $300 million without borrowing a dime or enlisting a single investor. Today, Suzy has grown an empire by tackling taboo topics and continues to share her knowledge in how to harness intuition, body intelligence and creative energy to achieve a natural flow state of success.
Plated is a meal kit service that was acquired by Albertson’s for $300m in 2017. Before that happened, though, Josh and his co-founder spent years building the brand, acquiring users, making mistakes, and learning how to fix them. Today, Plated has shipped millions of meals to over 95% of the U.S. Prior to building Plated, Josh founded two SaaS businesses, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Josh Hix

Founder & CEO of Plated
Plated is a meal kit service that was acquired by Albertson’s for $300m in 2017. Before that happened, though, Josh and his co-founder spent years building the brand, acquiring users, making mistakes, and learning how to fix them. Today, Plated has shipped millions of meals to over 95% of the U.S. Prior to building Plated, Josh founded two SaaS businesses, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Fatherly is a digital media company that provides dad advice for parenting, products, and life. The platform has an audience of over 300m, and its videos on Facebook have been viewed over 1 billion times. Prior to starting Fatherly, Mike was one of the founding employees at Thrillist, where he grew the business team from 0 to 20+ employees, and drove the sales strategy to include a Fortune 500 roster of clients. Mike is also a supporter of and performer at The Moth, and serves as Co-Chairman of the Board at a national nonprofit called Career Gear.

Mike Rothman

Co-Founder & CEO of Fatherly
Fatherly is a digital media company that provides dad advice for parenting, products, and life. The platform has an audience of over 300m, and earned $5.2m in revenue last year. Prior to starting Fatherly, Mike was one of the founding employees at Thrillist, where he grew the business team from 0 to 20+ employees, and drove the sales strategy to include a Fortune 500 roster of clients. Mike is also a supporter of and performer at The Moth, and serves as Co-Chairman of the Board at a national nonprofit called Career Gear.
LOLA is a subscription service that delivers reproductive health care products to women around across the U.S. Alex and her co-founder started the company once they found out that the dinosaur tampon companies weren’t disclosing ingredients in their products. LOLA is taking on these goliaths by prioritizing organic ingredients, transparency in their products, and the ability for customers to customize their shipments. And it’s working. The founders have raised over $35m from people like Serena Williams, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss, the founder of Warby Parker, and the founder of Harry’s.

Alexandra Friedman

Co-Founder of LOLA
LOLA is a subscription service that delivers reproductive health care products to women around across the U.S. Alex and her co-founder started the company once they found out that the dinosaur tampon companies weren’t disclosing ingredients in their products. LOLA is taking on these goliaths by prioritizing organic ingredients, transparency in their products, and the ability for customers to customize their shipments. And it’s working. The founders have raised over $35m from people like Serena Williams, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss, the founder of Warby Parker, and the founder of Harry’s.
Rockets of Awesome is a clothing subscription company for kids. The brand designs and produces the clothing in-house, and sends each child 12 pieces per year. Rachel’s goal is to design clothes that kids love, while helping parents avoid constant trips to the mall to find clothes for their ever-growing tribe. Before Rockets of Awesome, Rachel was the founder and designer of fashion jewelry brand Rachel Leigh; an advisor to her husband Neil at his startup, Warby Parker; and founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle, which was a trusted destination for all things toddler. Shortly after launching, Rockets of Awesome had a waitlist of over 3,000 people.

Rachel Blumenthal

Founder & CEO of Rockets of Awesome
Rockets of Awesome is a clothing subscription company for kids. The brand designs and produces the clothing in-house, and sends each child 12 pieces per year. Rachel’s goal is to design clothes that kids love, while helping parents avoid constant trips to the mall to find clothes for their ever-growing tribe. Before Rockets of Awesome, Rachel was the founder and designer of fashion jewelry brand Rachel Leigh; an advisor to her husband Neil at his startup, Warby Parker; and founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle, which was a trusted destination for all things toddler. Shortly after launching, Rockets of Awesome had a waitlist of over 3,000 people.
Leesa is a direct-to-consumer mattress company that launched in 2015, and earned $150m in sales last year. They’ve raised $35m, but reached profitability before their most recent round of funding. Leesa also has a social impact arm, which has donated over 30k mattresses since 2014. David has a 20-year history of successfully selling and building companies. He’s worked with major consumer products companies including Proctor and Gamble, Chlorox, General Mills, and Purina, but he regards Leesa as the “best business model he’s ever been involved in.”

David Wolfe

Co-Founder & CEO of Leesa
Leesa is a direct-to-consumer mattress company that launched in 2015, and earned $150m in sales last year. They’ve raised $35m, but reached profitability before their most recent round of funding. Leesa also has a social impact arm, which has donated over 30k mattresses since 2014. David has a 20-year history of successfully selling and building companies. He’s worked with major consumer products companies including Proctor and Gamble, Chlorox, General Mills, and Purina, but he regards Leesa as the “best business model he’s ever been involved in.”
Ethan came up with the idea for Aaptiv after putting on some weight in business school, then moving into a high-pressure job with lots of travel. He needed a fitness plan that worked with his schedule, so Ethan created Aaptiv: an on-demand audio fitness app with over 200k members. The company offers over 2,500 classes created by personal trainers (complete with a workout playlist from top artists), and produces 40 new classes a week. Today, Aaptiv has over 100 employees and has raised more than $50m from leading venture capital firms and top companies, including the Amazon Alexa Fund and Disney.

Ethan Agrawal

Founder & CEO of Aaptiv



Tickets
Coming to Hustle Con East as a group has a ton of benefits. Like being able to profit from the educational and collaborative experience as it applies to your business. Getting your project off the ground is overwhelming, we get that. But it’s about getting inspired. Making new business partnerships. Widening your network. Exploring new creative practices. All of which are daunting to do by yourself. So, bring your squad of 3 or more.

PS: Are you a student, veteran or part of a non-profit? Email us at events[at]thehustle.co for a discounted ticket.

FAQs

Where and when is Hustle Con East?

Hustle Con East is happening in New York on December 6, 2018. The event will take place at the Brooklyn Expo Center: 79 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY (map)

Do people love Hustle Con?

Yeah, they do. Check out this subreddit that popped up a few years ago (this is a real subreddit that our past attendees set up. We had no involvement in it).

How will the day play out?

You’ll arrive around 8:30am. When you do, a Hustle Con volunteer will check you in and point you towards breakfast and coffee.

As you’re walking around, one of our Hustle Con team members will introduce themselves. He or she will probably introduce you to another attendee. The conversation will flow naturally. That’s our specialty – creating a very fun and welcoming environment.

The Black Keys will probably be blasting on the speakers… so there’s a 100% chance you’re gonna be bobbing your head. After you’re full and caffeinated, you’ll be asked to take your seat. That’s when the speakers start.

Keynote presentations will be 30 minutes long. The first 20 minutes are designed for the speakers to tell you their stories and teach you one non-technical startup tactic. The last 10 minutes will be reserved for audience Q&A (aka, your questions).

After a lunch break, where you’ll have a chance to meet the other attendees, we’ll come back to the main stage for an onstage interview with one of a founder. And then… we’ll split up into groups for breakout sessions.

Breakout sessions will feature about 50 attendees and one speaker. The topic will be tactical, specific, and interactive. You’ll be able to select from one of 4 breakout sessions. For speakers and topics, see the event schedule.

We’ll close out the afternoon with keynote presentations and onstage interviews with badass founders. And we’ll wrap up the whole day with an after party at the venue. Stick around for drinks and friendship.


How should I get to the venue?

Take the G-train to Greenpoint Ave stop.

Take the East River Ferry to India Street stop.

Take B62 bus to Manhattan Ave and Calyer St.

Take B32 bus to Franklin and Nobel stop

Or, you know, Uber.


What do I get with one ticket?

Each ticket includes: breakfast, snacks, conference attendance, world-class networking, and access to the after party.

Is the ticket price too good to be true?

We know most conferences cost upwards of $800 to attend.

We keep ticket prices low so that everyone from investors to starving startup employees can afford a ticket.


How many tickets are for sale?

500 tickets. Our events have a history of selling out, so if you think you’ll want to attend, book your spot soon.

Who should attend?

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 ask your most pressing questions to successful startup founders
  • you want to connect with people who can help you push your career, business, and skillset to the next level.
  • you want to sharpen your non-technical skills
  • you want to identify new investment opportunities
  • you’re hiring or looking for new job opportunities
  • and/or you love hanging out with inspiring and fun people

In any case, if you want to learn tactical and actionable advice and join an amazing community, then Hustle Con is for you.


I’m an engineer… should I still come?

Yes! If you know how to code but want to learn about the business side of startups, or maybe even find a co-founder, then the tactical advice at Hustle Con will help your startup succeed.

Will you sell tickets at the door?

Yes, but no reason not to buy in advance if you can. Prices start around $300 and go up from there as the date approaches.

Are tickets refundable or transferable?

Tickets are refundable until November 6, 2018. After that cut-off date, you can request a transfer. So, if you can’t make it and want to give your ticket to a friend, colleague, stranger on the bus, whomever, we can help make that happen.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Holler at [email protected], and someone will get back to you.

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