Let’s Meet! Nov. 17, New Orleans

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How do you become an entrepreneur?

Supercomputing ’14 (SC14) will be in New Orleans this year.  And we are holding our first meetup on Nov 17th in New Orleans. This is a “how-to” session with practical advice, discussion, and Q&A together with some of the best minds in this area. Please check out the agenda, and come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community.

We’re delighted to feature Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures, and Thomas Thurston of both WR Hambrecht & Co and Growth Science, whose illustrious backgrounds are briefly described below.  Additional speakers include Karl Freund of AMD, Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch of UberCloud, Elizabeth Leake of STEM-Trek, Addison Snell who leads the analyst firm Intersect360, and Steve Campbell of Orion Advisors who used to teach a course on entrepreneurship.


Adrian was named one of the top leaders in Cloud Computing in 2011 and 2012 by SearchCloudComputing magazine.  He advises Battery Ventures and its portfolio companies about technology issues and assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.  Before joining Battery, Adrian helped lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform. He was a founding member of eBay Research Labs, developing advanced mobile applications and even building his own homebrew phone, years before iPhone and Android launched. As a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems he wrote the best-selling “Sun Performance and Tuning” book and was chief architect for Sun’s HPC and Visualization group.  Follow him on Twitter: @adrianco.

Thomas-Thurston-imageThomas is a Partner at WR Hambrecht + Co, an investing firm in San Francisco where he leads research and venture capital. The firm and founder Bill Hambrecht have participated in over 500 IPOs and venture investments including Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Genentech, Google and Netscape.  He is also CEO of Growth Science, a data science lab in Portland that uses algorithms to predict the rise and fall of businesses. Growth Science works with an elite roster of Fortune 500 firms and has helped guide billions in growth investments spanning private equity, organic growth and acquisitions.  He serves on the Board of Directors at Ironstone Group, a private equity firm based in San Francisco.  Thomas and his early research were the subject of book The Innovator’s Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth by bestselling author Michael Raynor.  He was a resident Fellow at the Harvard Business School, collaborating with Professor Clayton Christensen.

Tickets for the meet up are on sale now.

Hope you can make it!

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