Entries by BreAnn

You’ve Got the SOUL-ution

Young organizations tend to have clear cultures and good-enough workflow practices. These things tend to sprout from the founders and early hires. As these organizations scale into hyper-growth companies, chaos and confusion often ensue. Cultures become unconscious and contradictory and workflow practices descend into endless fire drills. Hyper-growth organizations that sustain through scale create conscious […]

From Startup to Exit: Lessons Learned

Pat Holmes was founding VP Technology of a company which over 20 years went from zero to 4,300+ employees & $750M annual revenue, went public, was bought by a larger public company, and then bought again and taken private! This talk presents highlights and important lessons learned. For an online resume of the presenter’s background, […]

“My First Rodeo”: Campaign Reflections & Insights

After more than 20 years of active public service in the community as a volunteer (including as a co-founder of Innovate Pasadena) earlier this year, Andy Wilson ran for elected office for the first time. Disconnects between expectation and reality were much greater than anticipated (fake news transpires at the local level!). Was it naivety? […]

How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace

How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”) takes a frank and honest approach to examining what women are doing to hold ourselves back in the workplace, and how we can compete on a playing field designed by men to reward their achievements. Using relevant studies in evolutionary biology, anthropology and sociology, […]

5 Hi-Profit Secrets from a Hi-Profit Guy

Red is great for lipstick and the sole of your stilettos  – not so much for your balance sheets and bank accounts. The path to profitability can often be seemingly endless, snarled, and plagued with fender-benders and traffic jams – but it doesn’t have to be mysterious or lonely. And while every brand forges its […]

How to Future Proof your Tech Stack

Optimizing your tech stack with key products is essential for business operations and productivity. This talk will cover essential elements and tips for success: 1. Expect Google to lead on computing, storage, and network. 2. Don’t build a configuration server, instead use Google sheets. 3. Not sure who is gonna win the cloud war? Remember […]

The Evolution of Twitter

We will take a look at how twitter has evolved over the last 11 years, from 140 Characters to a Live Streaming Platform. Listen to the podcast here or on iTunes here. Bio: Alexa Alianiello is based in Los Angeles and serves as an Account Executive to Media & Entertainment clients at Twitter. In her […]

The Roller Coaster Ride to 40 Million Monthly Users

An honest discussion of the realities of a journey of a of a 5 time successful entrepreneur whose company – Ranker – now reaches 40 million people monthly and is solidly profitable with over 60 employees. Benson will take us through his self-funded beginnings to early angel rounds (partly secured in Pasadena), and funding from […]