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A DAY BUILT ON BIG IDEAS

Experience NPR’s How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz

October 16, 2018
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Like NPR's How I Built This with Guy Raz podcast, the inaugural one-day summit brings together a community of big thinkers for a day of stories and activities that can inspire your own venture: business, non-profit, creative, and beyond. 


IDEAS

Discover new ideas by learning from leading entrepreneurs such as Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman, Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia, Lyft’s John Zimmer, Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake, Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry of Method as How I Built This creator and host Guy Raz interviews them on our main stage.


SKILLS

Build the tactical skills you need to make your big ideas happen. You’ll hear from experts who have been there, done that, and built this. With topics ranging from increasing your user acquisition to improving your pitch, a series of concise lessons will give you important takeaways and get you on the right track.

Sponsored by GoToMeeting


SUPPORT

Interact with peers who can relate to what you’re going through in conversations led by experts. You’ll realize you’re far from alone while learning techniques that can help you overcome common challenges.


NETWORKING

Connect with fellow business owners during each of your meal breaks, including the "Birds of a Feather" Networking lunch.


MENTORSHIP

Premier ticket holders will experience a pre-summit reception and one-on-one mentoring session.

Sponsored by American Express




 
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

6:00-8:00PM

Premier Reception

Learn more about Premier tickets.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

8:00AM

Registration Opens

9:00-9:30AM

Breakfast


MAIN STAGE SESSION

 
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9:30-9:45AM

Welcome

9:45-10:15AM

Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway

10:15-10:45AM

Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan of Method


BREAK-OUT SESSION

 
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11:00AM-12:00PM

Skills track

The Skills Track will feature subject matter experts delivering concise lessons across the wide range of skills every entrepreneur should develop.

Sponsored by GOTOMEETING

User Acquisition
With Saar Gur
How are you acquiring users and how much is your cost per acquisition? Increasing users and decreasing cost per acquiring them are key metrics you (and investors) will use to assess your company’s ability to scale. Learn quick tips to do both and how to operate in the new social media environment.

Using Design Thinking to Plan Your Business
With Corey Ford
Every business owner must grapple with being both single-minded and open-minded, focused and flexible. It's all in the timing. Learn the principles of design thinking and how you can apply them to your product roadmap and business plan.

 

SUPPORT TRACK

Support Track sessions will convene a community of trusted peers and advisers to help attendees tackle any challenge that’s thrown their way.

Networking for Introverts
With Morra Aarons-Mele
Network, network, network. It's conventional wisdom that your network brings all good things in business: getting a job, securing funding, finding great hires, and acquiring clients. But what if you're an introvert, and networking drains you? Don’t let it be a barrier. Define your networking goals and set parameters that work for you. Learn how to identify a game plan that fits your nature and your business plan.

 

Mentor Track for Premier Ticket Holders

15-minute one-on-one sessions

Sponsored by American Express

12:00-1:30PM

Peer Networking Lunch


MAIN STAGE SESSION

 
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1:30-2:00PM

Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter

2:00-2:30PM

John Zimmer of Lyft


BREAK-OUT SESSION

 
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2:45-4:00PM

Skills Track

The Skills Track will feature subject matter experts delivering concise lessons across the wide range of skills every entrepreneur should develop.

Sponsored by GOTOMEETING

Perfecting Your Investor Pitch
With Natalia Oberti Noguera
When you pitch investors you have a short window in which to grab their interest. Most investors agree: They only want to see a limited number of slides with some very specific issues addressed, and THAT'S IT. Learn what should be in your pitch (and why).

Learn the Lingo: Common Financial and Investment Terms
Whether reviewing a term sheet or preparing for your next board meeting, you have to know your numbers and your terms cold. Understand how to speak the same language as your business stakeholders.

Which Funding Routes Are Right for Your Business?
With Mariam Naficy
Venture capital is only one of many routes to funding your business's growth. Learn about VC and other funding routes, and how to determine which routes are best for your business at its current stage.

 

Support Track

Support Track sessions will convene a community of trusted peers and advisers to help attendees tackle any challenge that’s thrown their way.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (and Other Entrepreneurial Anxieties)
Moderated by Ellen Petry Leanse with Cheryl Contee and Anil Dash
As a founder of a company, you wear a lot of hats and bear a lot of responsibility. You're likely working outside your educational or experiential wheelhouse, so it's not unusual for entrepreneurs to feel like an imposter in the room. This workshop will be a place to talk about this and other anxieties as an entrepreneur. Learn tactics to know-what-you-don’t-know (and fix it), and also coping mechanisms to manage stress, recognize unhealthy behaviors, and silence the naysaying voices in your head that don't serve you or your business.

Building Great Culture from the Get-Go
Moderated by Laszlo Bock with Sadie Lincoln and Larissa Shapiro

You're building your company from the ground up, and one of your most important roles is establishing company culture. As a manager or team leader you set the tone for your team, and managers are one of the main reasons people go or stay in a job. Don't be the company or manager that people warn each other about. This session will focus on building a great culture from the get-go and on defining the explicit and implicit messages that will help get you there. Learn how to do a great job at both creating and communicating the culture you want.

 

Mentor Track for Premier Ticket HoldeRS

15-minute one-on-one sessions

Sponsored by American Express

MAIN STAGE SESSION

 
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4:35-5:05PM

Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix

5:05-5:35PM

Joe Gebbia of Airbnb

5:35-5:45PM

Closing Remarks

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

 
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

ACCOMODATIONS

We have a limited number of rooms for attendees at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. They cost $369.00 for single or double occupancy. Please use this referral link to obtain the rate: https://book.passkey.com/go/nprhibt. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
If you have any special accessibility needs or to request an accommodation at the venue, please let us know by contacting us at hibtsummit@npr.org by September 30, 2018.
 
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How much does it cost to attend the How I Built This Summit?

General admission tickets are sold out. Included in this ticket is all Main Stage, Skills Track, and Support Track programming, breakfast, a peer networking lunch, and coffee break.

Premier tickets are sold out. These tickets include all of the above benefits, plus a Premier reception hosted by Guy Raz and the How I Built This team the night before the summit, a one-on-one mentoring session (mentor announcements and assignments to be made closer to summit date), and Premier seating for the Main Stage keynote conversations.

All ticket sales are final with no refunds. However, tickets may be transferred to another person before 11:59pm Pacific Time on September 30, 2018 for a $50 administrative fee.

Where can I stay?

We have a limited number of rooms for attendees at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. They cost $369.00 for single or double occupancy. Please use this referral link to obtain the rate: https://book.passkey.com/go/nprhibt. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
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