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The Twitter hashtag for the 2019 event is #ACK2019. Request an invite if you are interested in joining us for the 2019 conference.


Wednesday, June 6TH

Welcome Reception – Participants are invited to join our sponsors:
RSMColliersJ.P. Morgan Private BankLatham & WatkinsMorgan LewisPark Square Executive Search, and Square 1 Bank
Nantucket Yacht Club


7:30am – 5:00pm
Registration | White Heron Theatre

8:00am – 9:00am
Breakfast Discussion: Creating a Positive Culture (and Evolving it as You Grow)
White Elephant: Sun Room

Speaker: Rob Biederman, CEO, Catalant
Speaker: Janet Comenos, CEO, Spotted
Speaker: Ryan Healy, Vice President, Colliers International
Moderator: Brent Grinna, Founder and CEO, EverTrue

9:15am – 9:30am
Welcome & Introductions | White Heron Theatre

9:30am – 10:15am
One on One: The Future of Robotics, IOT, and E-Commerce
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: Mick Mountz, Founder, Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics)
Moderator: Eric Paley, Managing Partner, Founder Collective

10:15am – 10:45am
Networking Break

10:45am – 11:30am
IPO Confidential
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: Roger Ehrenberg, Managing Partner, IA Ventures
Speaker: Ric Fulop, Founder & CEO, Desktop Metal
Moderator: Steve Ranere, Partner, Latham & Watkins

11:30am – 11:45am
Networking Break

11:45am – 12:30pm
Book Talk: “Unscaled” & “The Messy Middle”
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: Hemant Taneja, Managing Partner, General Catalyst
Speaker: Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer, Adobe
Moderator: Christina Chase, Managing Director, MIT Sports Lab

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Lunch & Lunch Conversations | White Elephant Deck

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Lunch Discussion: The Entrepreneurial Marathon: Bootstrapping, Outside Funding, and the Merits of Sticking to It
White Elephant: Sun Room

Speaker: Peter Schroer, CEO, Aras Corp.
Moderator: Michael Barron, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

2:00PM – 3:00PM
The Tinder Case Study - Making Tough Decisions
White Elephant: Sun Room

Speaker: Dinesh Moorjani, Co-Founder, Tinder
Moderator: Phil Beauregard, Co-Founder, Brothers Artisanal; Former CEO, Objective Logistics 

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Boards & Founders: Getting It Right
White Elephant: Sun Deck

Speaker: Gina Ashe, CEO, ThirdChannel
Speaker: Seth Levine, Partner, Foundry Group
Speaker, Art Papas, Founder & CEO, Bullhorn

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Startups Operating in Regulated Spaces
White Elephant: Ivory Room

Speaker: Juliette Kayyem, CEO and Co-Founder, Zemcar
Speaker: Bradley Tusk, Founder and CEO, Tusk Holdings
Moderator, Rebecca Liebman, co-founder and CEO, LearnLux

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Networking Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm
How Design Is Changing The Game: New Mediums, New Defaults, DTC Brands, & More
White Elephant: Sun Room

Speaker: Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer, Adobe
Moderator: Eric Paley, Partner, Founder Collective

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Leadership, Teams & Overcoming Challenges
Brant Point Lighthouse - Meet on the White Elephant Front Porch

Speaker: Peg Brandon, CEO, Sea Education Association
Moderator: Scott Miller, CEO, Dragon Innovation

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Understanding Blockchain, and Where It Goes from Here
White Elephant: Ivory Room

Speaker: Sarah Hodges, Partner, Pillar VC

4:45pm – 5:45pm
Artisanal Jerky Tasting | Harbor Cruise

6:00pm – 7:00pm
White Elephant: Sun Deck

7:00pm -
Information Dinner Gatherings


FRIDAY, june 8TH

7:30am – 5:00pm
Registration | White Heron Theatre

8:00am – 9:00am
Breakfast Discussion: Listening to Customers - What You Can Learn (and What You Can't)
White Elephant: Sun Room

Speaker: Raj Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Stealth Startup
Speaker: Michael Skok, Founding Partner, Underscore VC
Speaker: Jonathan Tushman, Founder, GoRocket

9:15am – 10:00am
Roller Coaster Moments: M&As, Shutdowns and Managing Through Chaos
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: Lissy Hu, CEO, Careport
Speaker: Elizabeth Lawler, CEO, Conjur
Speaker: Olenka Polak, CEO, MYLINGO
Moderator: Zoe Barry, CEO, ZappRx

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break

10:30am – 11:15am
The Changing Dynamics of Funding
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: Dayna Grayson, Partner, NEA
Speaker: Holly Maloney, Managing Director, General Catalyst
Speaker: Dinesh Moorjani, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
Moderator: Jodi Gernon, Director of the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School

11:15am – 11:45am
Networking Break

11:45am – 12:30pm
Hanging In as Founder/Taking Over from the Founder
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: David Erickson, CEO,
Speaker: Jeff Glueck, CEO, Foursquare
Moderator: Michael Skok, Founding Partner, Underscore VC

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Nantucket Prime

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Lunch Discussion: Starting Over (Once You've Sold Your Company)
Nantucket Prime

Speaker: Jeremy Hitchcock, Founder and CEO, Minim and Founder, Dyn
Moderator: Steve Faulkner, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

2:00pm – 2:45pm
The Endeca Mafia
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: John Andrews, CEO, Celect
Speaker: Jason Furtado, CEO, Shoobx
Speaker: Aman Narang, Co-founder, Toast
Speaker: Steve Papa, CEO, Parallel Wireless
Moderator: Sarah Hodges, Pillar VC

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Networking Break

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Building High-Performance Engineering Teams
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: Ryan Mack, Boston Site Lead, Facebook
Speaker: Andrei Oprisan, Vice President of Technology and Director of the Boston Tech Hub, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Moderator: Yoav Shapira, Engineering Manager, Facebook

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Can Startups Further Sustainability
White Heron Theatre

Speaker: Brad Feld, Co-Founder, Techstars and Foundry Group
Speaker: Hannah Davis, Program Manager - Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy
Moderator: Scott Kirsner, Innovation Economy Columnist, Boston Globe

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tour of Cisco Brewry