Travis Brodeen – Co-founder and CTO of Newchip
Travis Brodeen’s non-traditional career path began in the e-commerce arena with Shopping.com, when the dot-com sector was beginning to materialize as a market. A business foray next took Travis to Microsoft certified partner, KORE, where the then-19-year-old helped bring the majority of Los Angeles record labels into the digital age. Next, Travis was brought on as co-founder and CTO for Physiciansite.com, where he successfully raised $10M in venture capital at the ripe age of 21. He then joined Buy.com, which had recently had a $900M IPO. From there, he withdrew from the dot-com world to work with Ernst & Young’s grey hat hacker group, E Security Online. Travis played a critical role in delivering the first online Pay Per View event in history and was vital in building the world’s first online shopping cart. In 2012, he helped found the 21st fastest growing private company in America (and #1 in Austin), Charfen Institute. Today, he is building a crowdfunding marketplace called Newchip.
Nicole Ertas – Author of Free Range Brands and Founder of The Ertas Group
Nicole Ertas is a recognized global brand strategist, author, and speaker who has helped build many of the world’s finest and most powerful brands. Her thinking has been embraced by companies such as Beam Suntory, Wrigley, SC Johnson, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Kraft, and Nestle. Nicole’s success in global innovation and brand leadership gained her recognition in Forbes, The New York Times and selected to be one of Crain’s Chicago “40 Under 40.” She is also the founder and president of The Ertas Group, a distinguished network of provocative thinkers, strategists, innovators, and creative change-agents who help global brands cultivate, validate and activate cutting-edge brand strategies. Today, Nicole continues to help global brand leaders rethink how they bring their brands to market and navigate the ever-changing terrain of brand building.