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8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast

Grab your badge and fuel up on caffeine and breakfast in prep for what’s bound to be an awesome day.

8:30 am - 9:30 am LOBBY

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION

Grab your badge and fuel up on caffeine and breakfast in prep for what’s bound to be an awesome day.

9:30 am - 9:40 am #301

Opening Remarks

Danny Robinson
9:40 am - 10:20 am #301

Quit wasting time on ideas that suck

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
Build for Speed - How to prototype and test any product in five days.

Daniel Burka
Jake Knapp
10:20 am - 11:00 am #301

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Technologies

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
In an age of ever-increasing distractions, quickly creating customer habits is a key characteristic of successful products. How do companies create products people use every day? What are the secrets of building services customers love? How can designers create products compelling enough to "hook" users?

Attendees will learn:
- The common design patterns of habit-forming products.
- An in-depth look at the psychology behind what drives user behavior and how to build products to cater to core human needs.
- Practical steps for leading a habit design process to ensure your product is used regularly.

Nir Eyal
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am

BREAK

Caffeinate, stretch your legs, make new friends, snag a few more LinkedIn connections, negotiate your next business deal, head back to your seat.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm #301

UX Design for Developers

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
How can you recognize and create the great UX your customers will rave about? Can you teach software developers to understand, appreciate and design exceptional UX?

Attendees will learn to break down and understand great UX. They'll learn the difference between good vs outstanding UX as well as simple and useful methods and techniques to design awesome, delightful UX and teach it to software developers.

Oleg Gutsol
11:30 am - 12:00 pm #306

The New Generation of Investors are Changing the Game

FOUNDER STORIES
Meet the next generation of investors you need to know. If you're trying to raise money, starting at the top doesn't always work. Get in with the people who are driving the future and who will be around long enough to invest in your next few companies. This is a long game if you're planning on winning.

Kristina Bergman
Vicki Levine
Stephanie Palmeri
Shivon Zilis
Danny Robinson
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm #301

Get Some REST: Building Great APIs for Great Apps

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
With the modern explosion of apps and platforms, building APIs has become a core skill for any technology business. Building great web based REST APIs will make scaling your business easier, allow third parties to accelerate your growth, and make supporting new platforms and devices much easier. We'll see why and how building great APIs is key to building great software.

Attendees will learn:
- The state of APIs in 2013
- What makes for a great API
- How to make developers love you
- How to feed and care for your APIs

Allen Pike
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm #306

Resource Code: Innovating the VC firm with Platform & Community

FOUNDER STORIES

Since the beginning of venture capital time, the "product" that VCs offer has been money and , if you were lucky, a smart partner. That is changing quickly as investors begin to use platforms and network effects to improve the quality if the offering they bring to the companies they work with. Come hear how one leading venture firm thinks about how they can best serve their customers.

Rob Hayes
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm #306

Founder to Founder Interviews: Why You Do What You Do

FOUNDER STORIES
Jon Crawford, CEO, Storenvy Interviews: Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder IndieGoGo

Danae Ringelmann
Jon Crawford
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm #301

Daily Active Users Don't Matter!

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
A Blueprint for Collecting & Analyzing Actionable Mobile Metrics

Raj Singh
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm #306

Getting Out of the Weeds to Getting Sh*t Done

FOUNDER STORIES
How to avoid focusing on the everyday little fires to maintaining the engine so nothing blows up.

Scott Kveton
Patrick Lor
Ross Fubini
Brian Wong
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lobby

LUNCH

We’ve fed your brain, but now your belly's probably getting hungry. Grab some grub, make new friends, and snag a few more LinkedIn connections before the afternoon sessions.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm #301

Big Picture CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization)

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
Conversion rate optimization is a powerful tactic to get more value from the visitors finding your site, but there's a lot of mythology out there about what really works and doesn't. CRO is about more than testing button colors, headlines, photos, or videos - even though that's what most testing software is good at. Learn more about the big picture, and what truly moves the needle in this presentation.

Rand Fishkin
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm #306

Art of the Pitch: How to not be annoying and still get coverage.

FOUNDER STORIES
Top tech press spill their secrets on how to get coverage on your company.

John Koetsier
Douglas MacMillan
Frederic Lardinois
Jeremy Toeman
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm #301

Quality over Quantity - Mobile Users Matter.

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
How to identify, acquire and measure quality users for your mobile app.
The cost of building a quality app audience is dramatically increasing. Cost and quality of acquisition varies widely by channel, changes over time and different purchase volumes. To optimize your ROI of marketing spend, you can identify which channels deliver the best users based on engagement, monetization and more. Not ever ad unit is created equal.

Jarah Euston
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm #306

Founder to Founder Interviews: Why You Do What You Do

FOUNDER STORIES
One on One Interviews with Jon Crawford, CEO of Storevny and Scott Kveton, CEO of Urban Airship.

Jon Crawford
Scott Kveton
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm #306

There's only 2 ways to build a 100M company.

FOUNDER STORIES
With tens of thousands of new start-ups being created every year, the potential of a company to truly scale and become a large, stand-alone business is more crucial than ever before. This session looks at the business models and distribution channels that can create a $100 million company.

Boris Wertz
03:00 pm - 5:00 pm Downstairs Room #224

VIP Round Tables (PRIVATE)

This invite-only program brings together promising entrepreneurs with leading Silicon Valley founders, influencers and investors to meet, discuss, debate, and glean information to understand how to innovate in a web-fueled world.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm #301

3 Growth Hacks: The Secrets to Driving Massive User Growth.

PRODUCT TEAM LESSONS
Hear how the former product guy from Linkedin and Twitter grew their users from 10s of thousands to over 200 million users. He'll share his framework for measuring growth.

Josh Elman
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm #224

VIP Round Tables (PRIVATE)

(Downstairs)
This invite-only program brings together promising entrepreneurs with leading Silicon Valley founders, influencers and investors to meet, discuss, debate, and glean information to understand how to innovate in a web-fueled world.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Speaker Dinner (Private)

One of the highlights for speakers, sponsors, and special guests is the private speaker dinner. It’s time for some real life networking at one of the most coveted events to get into.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

**OFFSITE LOCATION -- Private Speaker Dinner

One of the highlights for speakers, sponsors, and special guests is the private speaker dinner. It’s time for some real life networking at one of the most coveted events to get into.

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Gastown

House Party @ GROW

Get your wristband and check out the official kickoff party brought to you by Launch Party & Pixel Crafters. You'll get a map of the “Houses/Bars” hosted by various startup communities from across the country. Think "Olympics for entrepreneurs".

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Gastown

**OFFSITE LOCATION -- House Party @ GROW

Get your wristband and check out the official kickoff party brought to you by Launch Party & Pixel Crafters. Walk down to the square at Water & Carroll in Gastown and you'll get a map of the “Houses/Bars” hosted by various startup communities from across the country. Think "Olympics for entrepreneurs".


8:00am - 9:00am

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST AND SOMETHING FOR A HANGOVER

If you were out late for House Party @ GROW, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Stop by registration for coffee and breakfast to power you up for all the awesomeness of the main conference sessions.

08:00 am - 09:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

10:05 am - 10:30 am

Fast Company goes Public with the CEO of Marketo

Ellen McGirt from Fast Company Magazine sits down for a one-on-one interview with the newly IPO'd founder and CEO of Marketo.

Phil Fernandez
Ellen McGirt
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Break & Smackdown

09:00 am - 09:10 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jeremy Toeman
09:10 am - 09:35 am

The Intersection of Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking

Munjal Shah
09:35 am - 09:55 am

Lead by Design: Bringing Design Culture into the Industrial Internet Age

Greg Petroff
09:55 am - 10:05 am

Innovation Spotlight - Tempo.AI

Raj Singh
10:30 am - 11:00 am

COFFEE BREAK & STARTUP / SMACKDOWN

STARTUP / SMACKDOWN
Select companies will step into the boxing ring throughout the day to pitch their companies to VC and press judge panels.
The teams of judges will score the presenters on their 1-minute pitch and then debate their numbers. Stop in at break to check out the action!

Vicki Levine
Dana Settle
Dave Samuel
Robert Scoble
Rob Lewis
Kelly Clay
Redg Snodgrass
11:00 am - 11:20 am

Thinking Big - No, Bigger

Pablos Holman
11:20 am - 11:50 am

How to Attract and Develop Top Talent to Scale an Organization

Andrew D'Souza
Tobias Lütke
Kirk Simpson
Ellen McGirt
11:50 am - 12:00 pm

Innovation Spotlight - Perch

Danny Robinson
12:20 pm - 01:30 pm

Lunch & Smackdown

12:05 pm - 12:30 pm

Infect your Culture with a Mentality of "Intrapreneurship"

Ellen McGirt
Daniel Weinand
Will Young
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

LUNCH BREAK

We’ve fed your brain, but now your belly's probably getting hungry. Grab some grub, make new friends, and snag a few more LinkedIn connections before the afternoon sessions.

LUNCH n' LEARN WORKSHOPS: Join us for an amazing lunch, while you relax and meet some new friends. There are great "talks" to check out from CMF, Fasken Martineau, and UK Trade & Investment who will each host a private lunch focused around trending topics - stay tuned to learn more! Attendees can enter to win a flight from Vancouver to London courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm #222

Fasken Martineau presents a "FIreside Chat" with the CEO of Layer 7

(Downstairs)
Join us for a fireside chat with Paul Rochester, CEO of Layer 7, talking about what made Layer 7's acquisition the largest tech deal of the year.

Paul Rochester
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm #223

Canadian Media Fund presents

(Downstairs)
A Showcase of Innovative Canadian Productions with Catalina Brecino

Catalina Briceno
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm #220

Entrepreneurs in a Global Marketplace.

(Downstairs)
UK Trade & Investment presents an interactive panel discussion about the importance of growing global. "Attendees can enter to win a flight from Vancouver to London courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways"
Dr. Hossein Rahnama, Founder & CEO, Flybits Daryl Hatton, CEO, FundRazr Sid Paquette, Director of OMERS Ventures Arnold Leung, CEO, Appnovation

Sid Paquette
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm #222

Fasken Martineau presents a "Fireside Chat" with the CEO of Layer 7

(Downstairs)
Join us for a fireside chat with Paul Rochester, CEO of Layer 7, talking about what made Layer 7's acquisition the largest tech deal of the year.

Paul Rochester
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm #223

Canada Media Fund presents

(Downstairs)
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) presents a showcase of eight innovative Canadian productions that combine content and technology that has put Canadian creative industry at the forefront of the digital environment.

Catalina Briceno
03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Break & Smackdown

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

STARTUP SMACKDOWN

STARTUP / SMACKDOWN
The Smackdown startups at 1:00pm during lunch.

Select companies will step into the boxing ring throughout the day to pitch their companies to VC and press judge panels.
The teams of judges will score the presenters on their 1-minute pitch and then debate their numbers. Stop in at break to check out the action!

Matt Golden
John Koetsier
Ethan Kurzweil
Frederic Lardinois
Douglas MacMillan
Stephanie Palmeri
Redg Snodgrass
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm #301

The Age of Context: How it Will Change Your Life & Work.

Robert Scoble explains how technology helps us make sense of the world

Robert Scoble
03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Break & Smackdown

1:50 pm - 1:55 pm

Innovation Spotlight - Moj.io

Jay Giraud
03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Break & Smackdown

01:55 pm - 02:25 pm

How the Internet of Things Changes Everything

The IoT is here, everyday devices talking to one another from connected devices to wearables. We'll have houses that sense when you’re gone and power down to tracking your data while you sleep! We'll learn how IoT is driving the future of business.

Jef Holove
Alex Hawkinson
Kevin Talbot
2:25 pm - 02:30 pm

Innovation Spotlight - Interaxon

Ariel Garten
5:00pm - 6:30pm Mahoney & Sons

Happy Hour

Time for a cold beer at Mahony & Sons in Gastown - drinks are on Happy Hour sponsor Miller Titerle. Meet up with your buddies who are in town from around the world and network with the other awesome entrepreneurs.

02:30 pm - 03:00 pm

The Future of Money: From Virtual Banking to the Bitcoin Craze

Join Doug MacMillian from Bloomberg News as he talks with the founder of Opencoin, one of the hottest companies around the Bitcoin craze and the founder of Simple - the first virtual online bank.

Shamir Karkal
Chris Larsen
Douglas MacMillan
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Press Dinner (Private)

One of the most coveted events to get into, the press dinner hosts journalists from the US and CAN along with a selection of entrepreneurs and special guests for a private dinner and key relationship building.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

COFFEE BREAK & STARTUP SMACKDOWN

STARTUP / SMACKDOWN
This is the last Smackdown before the Final....

Select companies will step into the boxing ring throughout the day to pitch their companies to VC and press judge panels.
The teams of judges will score the presenters on their 1-minute pitch and then debate their numbers. Stop in at break to check out the action!

Kristina Bergman
Rob Coneybeer
John Koetsier
Rob Lewis
Karan Mehandru
Redg Snodgrass
Kelly Clay
8:00 pm - 12:00 am Club Five Sixty

After Party

Attendees of the GROW conference are invited to join us for the after party hosted at one of the hottest night clubs in Vancouver. Make sure you have your wristband to get in, it’s going to be a crazy night – guaranteed.

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Innovation Spotlight - Anti-Robot

Not every entrepreneur needs to or should raise venture capital. The crowdfunding trend has made significant impact on the "makers" of the world and enabled them to build exactly what they want. Danae Ringelmann, founder of IndieGogo discusses the impact of crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and introduces the newest project that pushes the boundaries of what's possible from the creator of the "anti-robot" - www.mondospider.com

Danae Ringelmann
Jonathan Tippett
04:20 pm - 05:00 pm

FINAL SMACKDOWN

Don't miss the final smackdown where a select group of companies will pitch top press and investors from across North America. Imagine a boxing ring. Three top investors on the left, three reporters on the right. Companies get one minute to pitch and highest score on one side will debate the lowest score on the other. This could hurt or it could be a million dollar minute.

Lars Leckie
Shivon Zilis
Josh Elman
Douglas MacMillan
Frederic Lardinois
Robert Scoble
Redg Snodgrass
05:00 pm - 05:10 pm

Closing Remarks

Jeremy Toeman
03:50 pm - 04:20 pm

How the Business of Venture has Changed

We'll explore:
What role at your firm exists today that didn't exist 5 years ago?
What worries you most about being in this business today?
As the number of funds and accelerators are increasing - the # of LPs are not. What questions are LPs asking now vs in the past.
How has your initial check size changed and how about follow on sizes? Theres no denying that the number of investors are increasing - our business is changing.

Dana Settle
Harshul Sanghi
Rob Hayes
Paul Singh
5:00pm - 6:30pm Mahoney & Sons

HAPPY HOUR

*OFFSITE LOCATION*
Time for a cold beer at Mahony & Sons in Gastown - drinks are on Happy Hour Incorpor8 powered by Miller Titerle. Meet up with your buddies who are in town from around the world and network with the other awesome entrepreneurs.

07:00 pm - 9:00pm

PRESS DINNER (PRIVATE)

*OFFSITE LOCATION*
One of the most coveted events to get into, the press dinner hosts journalists from the US and CAN along with a selection of entrepreneurs and special guests for a private dinner and key relationship building. Sponsored by GreenQloud and Tagged

8:00pm - 12:00 am Club Five Sixty

AFTER PARTY

*OFFSITE LOCATION*
Attendees of the GROW conference are invited to join us for the after party hosted at one of the hottest night clubs in Vancouver. Make sure you have your wristband to get in, it’s going to be a crazy night – guaranteed. Sponsored by Dice and Emily Carr University.
Club560 - 560 Seymour Street.