Dave Kerpen - Founder & CEO, Likeable Local & NY Times Best-Selling Author of The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want
Dave Kerpen is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software company serving thousands of small businesses, as well as the chairman and cofounder of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency. Following his sponsored wedding which raised over $100,000 including $20K for charity, his wife Carrie and Dave started and transformed theKBuzz (founded in 2007) into Likeable Media, the only 3-time WOMMY Award winner for excellence from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US according to INC Magazine for both 2011 and 2012. As one of Entrepreneur’s top 10 up and coming leaders, Dave has been featured on CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. He has also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe including Singapore, Athens, Dubai, San Francisco and Mexico City. Dave is a Venture Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners an early-stage venture firm, which is leveraging Gen Y to support Gen Y. His 1st book was a NY Times bestseller – Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and Other Social Networks (Now in its 2nd edition). His 4th book is out now, The Art of People.
Candi Obrentz - Creator of the RestoPresto – the compact pouch that converts to a versatile soft mat in an instant!
Founder Candi Obrentz made an impromptu visit to Central Park in New York on a beautiful day without a blanket or towel so she sat on her jacket, which became damp and grass stained. This led to an extensive search for a portable and versatile product to have readily available for the next planned or spontaneous occasion. When she realized that a compact item like this was not available on the market, she created it herself! RestoPresto® is thoughtfully constructed for all ages to sit on, sit under and wear indoors and outdoors during the four seasons. It is a lightweight, thin and durable innovation that has an “all-in-one” patented clever design so the mat can be removed and stuffed back into the integrated small stretchy pouch quickly and easily. There are no parts to misplace. The open mat has drawstrings, loops and snaps so the configurations of the soft, water-repellent and UPF 50+ fabric are endless. The compnay just wrapped up an event at SXSW in Austin with TechStyle NYC.