Core Summit

October 18, 2017 12:00 – 8:00pm Aloft Boston Seaport

Once a year we bring together the Underscore VC Core Community, portfolio companies, limited partners, and a group of Boston’s best founders, entrepreneurs, and executives for our annual Underscore Core Summit.

Last year we brought together a group of exceptional individuals for our first annual summit, who collectively built 80+ companies representing over $100B in enterprise value. The group was a true collective of entrepreneurial energy with 45% of the attendees being founders. As a new addition this year, we will be inviting 50 of the most ambitious up-and-coming student founders from the top universities for the first-ever Core Student Summit. Join us for the best opportunity of the year to engage with a curated community of entrepreneurs and executives in an intimate environment to learn from your peers, share best practices, and build enduring relationships.

Core Summit Agenda

12:00 PM Lunch & Registration
12:30 PM Underscore VC Welcome Address
We’re excited to share with you our updated Trusted Cloud Intelligence investment thesis and introduce you to some of the best entrepreneurs in Boston that we’ve been lucky enough to back.
1:00 PM Insider Tips to Build Boston’s Next HubSpot
A chat with Brian Halligan, Founder & CEO of HubSpot, on what it took to take his company from startup to scaleup and why Boston is a great place for young and emerging entrepreneurs to build an iconic company.
2:00 PM Developing Best Practice – Core Functional Roundtables
Join your peers in meaningful and intimate session to discuss the challenges, opportunities and uncertainties you experience in your day-to-day functional role. These curated and peer-led dialogues will provide all a meaningful opportunity to learn, share and question how to best lead your company to an enduring success. A dozen simultaneous session will focus on different functional areas including: Leadership, Product, Board Membership, Customer Success, Founders Role, Sales, Technology, Design & UX, Finance and Marketing.
Building a Team & Culture to Scale
An intimate conversation with Brett Hurt, CEO and Co-Founder of and Founder of Bazaarvoice and Jason Purcell, Founder and CEO of Salsify about the importance of culture and hiring great people when building an enduring company. They will share their personal experiences and learnings around the importance of getting culture right from the start.
3:30 PM Looking Into The Future – Core Domain Roundtables
The future of trusted cloud intelligence is an ever emerging concept as new technologies emerge in different domains and bold entrepreneurs seek to commercialize groundbreaking products. These peer-led dialogues will expand everyone’s horizons and provide an opportunity to discuss the cutting edge innovations that will change each domain in the next decade. Nine simultaneous session will focus on the future of: Open Source & Community Leadership, IoT & Hardware, VR & AR, Cloud Infrastructure, Machine Learning, Security, MarTech & AdTech and Commerce.
Future of Blockchain
A panel conversation with entrepreneurs leading the future of blockchain including Anders Brownworth, Chief Evangelist at Circle, David Vorik, Co-Founder and CEO of Sia and Jeremy Kauffman, Founder and CEO of LBRY. We will also officially be launching Underscore VC’s Future of Blockchain efforts.
5:00 PM Scaling Up to Wall Street
A chat with Jay Fulcher, Chairman & CEO of Zenefits, and former CEO public company Agile Software, CEO of Ooyala, EVP Peoplesoft, VP SAP.  We’ll discuss what entrepreneurs can learn and expect when dealing with the challenges of going from startup to scale and embracing public markets.
5:45 PM 2017 Core Awards & Closing Remarks
A celebration of the Underscore VC Core Community
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception sponsored by WilmerHale

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