Speakers

Have you ever wanted to know how OkCupid used content to acquire millions of new users? Or how Casper went from $0 to $1m in sales in their first 30 days business? What about how Pandora became a publicly-traded company even though they ran out of cash in their first two years?

Well, those are the kinds of topics you’ll learn about at Hustle Con. We find the most innovative, successful startup founders to teach you the specific strategies they used to grow their companies.

The 2017 & 2018 lineup

Casey Neistat is an American YouTube personality, filmmaker, vlogger, and co-founder of the social media company Beme. Neistat has not only changed the media landscape with his daily vlog that has over 6m subscribers and +1b video views, he also recently sold his startup to CNN for a reported $20m.
Casey Neistat

YouTube Personality, Filmmaker, & Co-Founder of Beme
Miguel McKelvey, a multi-disciplinary designer and entrepreneur is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of WeWork. Started in 2009, WeWork has since grown to become a shared workspace behemoth that does +$1b in revenue and is valued at $20b.
Miguel McKelvey

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of WeWork
Jen Rubio is the co-founder of Away, a direct-to-consumer luggage startup with $11m in funding and over $10m in revenue that’s making luggage easy and fun to buy. Before starting Away, Jen acted as the Head of Social Media at Warby Parker, spearheading content and partnership efforts.
Jen Rubio

Co-Founder of Away
Payal Kadakia is the Co-Founder of ClassPass. Since its launch in 2013, ClassPass has facilitated 2 million reservations across 2,500 studios in 28 cities. ClassPass is a Google Ventures-backed gym membership startup that grew to over $100m in revenue in 2 years and has raised $84m in funding.
Payal Kadakia

Co-Founder of Classpass
Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion. Quest Nutrition is the fastest growing food company…ever. Known for their low carb protein bars, Quest took only 5 years to get $400m+ in annual revenue. Now, Tom is fulfilling the second part of his mission: helping the next crop of disruptors develop the right mindset to grow their mission-based businesses through his mentorship show and community, Impact Theory.
Tom Bilyeu

Co-Founder of Quest Nutrition
Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zola. Launched in October 2013, Zola is the fastest-growing online wedding registry in the country, with 10x revenue growth year-over-year, and 3x growth this year. Before starting Zola, Shan was the Chief Product Officer of Chloe + Isabel, and creator of Gilt Taste.
Shan-Lyn Ma

Co-Founder & CEO of Zola
Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of hint, which produces the leading unsweetened flavored waters with nothing artificial and always no sweeteners. Formerly the VP of partnerships and e-commerce at AOL, Kara started hint in 2005 to make it easier for consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle. Now hint is available in tens of thousands of stores nationwide, and brings in tens of millions of dollars in annual sales.
Kara Goldin

Founder & CEO of hint
Manish Chandra is the Founder and CEO of Poshmark and drives the vision, strategy, and growth for the company. Under Manish’s leadership, the company has grown to become the largest mobile marketplace for fashion in the U.S. With Poshmark, Manish has applied his 20+ years experience building and scaling companies to build a new class of fashion marketplace where the deep connections between users fuels massive engagement and growth.
Manish Chandra

Founder & CEO of Poshmark
Tucker Max is the co-founder and Director of Product for Book In A Box. He has written three #1 New York Times Best Sellers, which have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. He’s credited with being the originator of the literary genre, “fratire,” and is only the third writer (after Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis) to ever have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time. He was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009.
Tucker Max

Co-Founder & Director of Product for Book In A Box
Max Lytvyn is the founder of Grammarly, a fremium grammar writing app with nearly 7 million daily users. Having profitably bootstrapped the company to hundreds of employees, Grammarly recently raised a $110m round of funding.
Max Lytvyn

Founder of Grammarly
Rishi is an Angel investor and advisor to several companies including Opendoor, Nyansa, Common Networks, Upsight, and many others. He also serves on the board of Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII). Tim is an experienced investor and global executive. He has been twice named to the Forbes Midas list of Top Tech Investors and received the Gamification Summit award for Special Achievement. Tim’s venture capital experience includes leading investments at Norwest Venture Partners and Gabriel Venture Partners.
Tim Chang and Rishi Garg

Mayfield
Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to give everyone a healthyish attitude. He is the CEO & Founder of Greatist, a next-generation media startup working to make healthy living cool and build the first truly trusted consumer-facing healthy living brand for this generation. Greatist is profitable and reaches 13 million unique visitors per month.
Derek Flanzraich

Founder & CEO of Greatist
Founded in 2002, Blue Bottle Coffee is a coffee company that’s worth nearly $700 million.

James started Blue Bottle Coffee out of an 86-square-foot converted potting shed in Oakland, California and led its growth to over 50 cafes in 9 cities across the country.

James Freeman

Founder @ Blue Bottle Coffee
Founded in 2002, Blue Bottle Coffee is a coffee company that’s worth nearly $700 million.

James started Blue Bottle Coffee out of an 86-square-foot converted potting shed in Oakland, California and led its growth to over 50 cafes in 9 cities across the country.

Sallie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, the global professional women’s network, and of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. She’s the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.” Prior to Ellevest, Sallie was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Smith Barney, and Sanford Bernstein. She was named in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People” in business list.

Sallie Krawcheck

Co-Founder & CEO @ Ellevest
Sallie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, the global professional women’s network, and of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. She’s the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.” Prior to Ellevest, Sallie was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Smith Barney, and Sanford Bernstein. She was named in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People” in business list.

Impossible Foods has raised $300m to make meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers and address the environmental impact of animal farming.

Pat is the CEO and founder Impossible Foods, which is best known for its Impossible Burger. The company’s Oakland, CA warehouse can now supply burgers for 1,000 restaurants a month.

Pat Brown

Founder & CEO @ Impossible Foods
Impossible Foods has raised $300m to make meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers and address the environmental impact of animal farming.

Pat is the CEO and founder Impossible Foods, which is best known for its Impossible Burger. The company’s Oakland, CA warehouse can now supply burgers for 1,000 restaurants a month.

Founded only 5 years ago, MVMT Watches is a direct-to-consumer watch brand with nearly $100m in revenue. Jake, only 26-years-old and MVMT’s CEO, bootstrapped the company without any outside investors for the first several years.

MVMT’s mission is centered around the idea that “style shouldn’t break the bank” and that premium quality should come without big brand markups.

Jake Kassan

Co-founder & CEO @ MVMT
Founded only 5 years ago, MVMT Watches is a direct-to-consumer watch brand with nearly $100m in revenue. Jake, only 26-years-old and MVMT’s CEO, bootstrapped the company without any outside investors for the first several years.

MVMT’s mission is centered around the idea that “style shouldn’t break the bank” and that premium quality should come without big brand markups.

Henrik Werdelin is the co-founder of BARK, the makers of BarkBox.

BARK is a 350-person company with 500k paying subscribers and $77 million in funding. The company has seen a 70% year-over-year revenue growth rate and 95% customer retention rate.

For over 15 years, Henrik has been involved in a range of successful startups and corporate incubations as either founder, investor or advisor.

Henrik Werdelin

Co-founder @ BARK
Henrik Werdelin is the co-founder of BARK, the makers of BarkBox.

BARK is a 350-person company with 500k paying subscribers and $77 million in funding. The company has seen a 70% year-over-year revenue growth rate and 95% customer retention rate.

For over 15 years, Henrik has been involved in a range of successful startups and corporate incubations as either founder, investor or advisor.

In 2006, Kirsten Tobey, her co-founder, and 4 friends spent hours every day cooking, packaging, and delivering meals to hundreds of schools in the Bay Area. They were proving their concept — that they could provide a healthy meal to every single child in the school system. And it’s working. Today, Revolution Foods serves 3 million meals per week to schools in 30 cities, across 15 states. They’re bringing in $130m in revenue, and working with partners like Target, Whole Foods, and Amazon to sell retail products in 3k grocery stores nationwide.
Kirsten Tobey

Co-founder & Chief Impact Officer @ Revolution Foods
In 2006, Kirsten Tobey, her co-founder, and 4 friends spent hours every day cooking, packaging, and delivering meals to hundreds of schools in the Bay Area. They were proving their concept — that they could provide a healthy meal to every single child in the school system. And it’s working. Today, Revolution Foods serves 3 million meals per week to schools in 30 cities, across 15 states. They’re bringing in $130m in revenue, and working with partners like Target, Whole Foods, and Amazon to sell retail products in 3k grocery stores nationwide.
Kyle launched digital media company The Penny Hoarder in 2010, and has led the company to 100+ employees and over $37m in revenue. The Penny Hoarder is completely bootstrapped and profitable. The company’s focus on personal finance draws in between 12m and 17m readers per month. Inc 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder the no. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. for two years in a row. Less than 5% of their revenue comes from display advertising.
Kyle Taylor

Founder & CEO @ The Penny Hoarder
Kyle launched digital media company The Penny Hoarder in 2010, and has led the company to 90+ employees and over $35m in revenue. The Penny Hoarder is completely bootstrapped and profitable. The company’s focus on personal finance draws in around 15m readers per month. Inc 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder the no. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. for two years in a row. Less than 5% of their revenue comes from display advertising.
Sridhar is the founder of Zoho: a billion-dollar software company that’s almost completely bootstrapped. Zoho has 30m users, and a team of over 5,000 people. The company is based in India, with additional offices in California, Texas, China, and Japan.
Sridhar Vembu

Founder & CEO @ Zoho
Sridhar is the founder of Zoho: a billion-dollar software company that’s almost completely bootstrapped. Zoho has 30m users, and a team of over 5,000 people. The company is based in India, with additional offices in California, Texas, China, and Japan.
In late 2015, Ethan needed a trainer to help shed some grad school weight, so he created Aaptiv, an on-demand audio fitness product. Less than 2.5 years later, Aaptiv has over 200k paying members, 90 employees, and has raised over $30m in funding. Aaptiv offers over 2,500 classes created by personal trainers (complete with a workout soundtrack), and is adding 40 new classes a week. Today Aaptiv has over 80 employees and $30m in funding.
Ethan Agarwal

Founder & CEO @ Aaptiv
In late 2015, Ethan needed a trainer to help shed some grad school weight, so he created Aaptiv, an on-demand audio fitness product. Less than 2.5 years later, Aaptiv has over 200k paying members, 90 employees, and has raised over $30m in funding. Aaptiv offers over 2,500 classes created by personal trainers (complete with a workout soundtrack), and is adding 40 new classes a week. Today Aaptiv has over 80 employees and $30m in funding.
Jerry and his three co-founders started Touch of Modern in 2012. Their idea was simple: create a men’s lifestyle brand that showcased unique, stylish products to elevate their lives. Today, the site is one of the most popular destinations in its industry, with over 7m registered customers and over 1m orders a year. Touch of Modern earned $113m in revenue in 2017, and the founders are anticipating $200m in revenue this year.
Jerry Hum

Co-Founder & CEO @ Touch of Modern
Jerry and his three co-founders started Touch of Modern in 2012. Their idea was simple: create a men’s lifestyle brand that showcased unique, stylish products to elevate their lives. Today, the site is one of the most popular destinations in its industry, with over 7m registered customers and over 1m orders a year. Touch of Modern earned $113m in revenue in 2017, and the founders are anticipating $200m in revenue this year.

 

Past speakers include…

Sam Yagan

OKCupid

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Ramit Sethi

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

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Danae Ringelmann

Indiegogo

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Tim Westergren

Pandora

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Jeff Chapin

Casper

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Andy Dunn

Bonobos

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Jessica Scorpio

Getaround

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David Renteln

Soylent

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Amanda Bradford

The League

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Tim Chen

NerdWallet

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Walker Williams

Teespring

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Danielle Morrill

Mattermark

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Arum Kang

Coffee Meets Bagel

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Jack Smith

Vungle

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Otis Chandler

Goodreads

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Andy & Rich

Headspace

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