the combine april 7th - 8th, 2017

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CELEBRATING ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION

Held in Bloomington, IN, The Combine is a conference exploring the entrepreneurial spark at the intersection of community, culture, creativity, capital, and code.

Laura Gómez

@laura
Previously leading Twitter’s expansion into 50 languages and dozens of countries, Laura is now Founder and CEO of venture-backed Atipica and a founding member of Project Include.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 90%
  • Culture 100%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Capital 60%
  • Code 40%

Pete Yonkman

@cookmedical
An alum of Indiana University and the IU Maurer School of Law, Pete is the President of Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc., one of the largest global medical device companies with over 12,000 employees worldwide.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 100%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 10%

Jo White

@mediamum
A Human Computer Interaction researcher at Willis Towers Watson, Jo explores user experience and Agile environments for testing and rapid product development.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 40%
  • Culture 60%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 90%

Mikel Berger

@mikelberger
Mikel is Director of Startups at Little Engine Ventures, a hybrid PE fund. He is also Co-founder of Layette, IN coworking studio, MatchBOX and partner at DelMar Software Development.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 80%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Capital 80%
  • Code 10%

Max Yoder

@maxyoder
Named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2016 Forty under 40, Max is the founder and CEO of Lessonly, an Indy-based company focusing on learning software for businesses.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Capital 70%
  • Code 20%

Jacqui Bauer

@sustainbtown
Leader of sustainable economic development efforts for the City of Bloomington, Jacqui Bauer is also the driving force behind the multi-city collaborative app project, RentRocket, enabling smarter, greener housing choice.
EMCEE

  • Community 100%
  • Culture 80%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Capital 25%
  • Code 0%

Kurtis Beavers

@kjbeavers
The Creative Director for Stack Overflow, a questions and answers platform used by 46 million developers monthly, Kurtis will be leading a workshop on being a designer in a developer world.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 70%
  • Creativity 100%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 70%

Emily Veach

@editemily
As a professional storyteller, Emily has worked with thought leaders in industries from tech to footwear. Previously based in Hong Kong as Wall Street Journal Asia’s editing desk chief, Emily is now content marketing lead at Feedly.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 75%
  • Culture 40%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Capital 0%
  • Code 0%

Alka Du Mont

@AlkaDuMont
As one of the first employees at Groupon, Alka is no stranger to start-up company culture. Armed with 3 years of paid search experience at local digital advertising company, Hanapin Marketing.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 80%
  • Culture 50%
  • Creativity 10%
  • Capital 80%
  • Code 70%

Blake Grotewold

@groteworld
With 8 years and 17 programming languages of enterprise software experience, Blake is a true renaissance developer. As a senior software engineer at Foxio, he has a lot to say about how developers work.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 70%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 90%

Joe Kratzat

@joekratzat
As partner and development lead at Foxio, Joe has made the transition to “the boss” after 15 years of being the coder. This life-hacker now searches for the best ways to hire, manage, and understand developers.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 40%
  • Culture 80%
  • Creativity 50%
  • Capital 20%
  • Code 90%

Erin Martoglio

@blueburro
Erin is an attorney/owner at Freitag & Martoglio and co-founder of Blue Burro Technology, a consulting and tech company and workspace, a Bloomington coworking space.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 70%
  • Culture 60%
  • Creativity 50%
  • Capital 40%
  • Code 10%

Brad Wisler

@gopsig
Brad is a co-founder of SproutBox, a new approach to venture capital. He is also the founder and CEO at Periodic, a real-time booking engine.
VENTURE PANEL

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Capital 80%
  • Code 40%

Victor Gutwein

@lalayak
Originally from NW Indiana, Victor is Managing director of M25 Group, one of the Midwest’s most active micro-VC firms. Passionate about startups, he is also on the board of U Chicago’s first student-run venture fund.
VENTURE PANEL

  • Community 70%
  • Culture 60%
  • Creativity 50%
  • Capital 100%
  • Code 10%

Jane Martin

Jane Martin is a co-founder of Spring Mill Venture Partners and a general partner with Village Ventures. A veteran Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Jane has 30 years of experience in public and private equity.
VENTURE PANEL

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 50%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Capital 100%
  • Code 10%

Matthew Anderson

@matthewroberta
Matthew launched his first startup upon graduating from the Kelley School of Business in 2012. After four years of getting his teeth kicked in, he and his team pivoted to Mavenly – the eCommerce feedback platform.
CORN PANEL

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 80%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Capital 40%
  • Code 30%

John Wechsler

@wechsler
John has founded, co-founded and served in C-level roles in several high-growth and venture-backed startups. He is also an active advisor to entrepreneurs and startup teams, and founded Launch Fishers in 2012.
CORN PANEL

  • Community 100%
  • Culture 70%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Capital 70%
  • Code 20%

Cornzilla

@thecombineorg
Actually, we hope Cornzilla is not coming, but if you do see him, try and shove him in a microwave. We can always use a snack.
CORN

  • Community 0%
  • Culture 0%
  • Creativity 0%
  • Capital 0%
  • Code 0%

WORKSHOPS

CREATE

GROW

CREATE
Growing Design in a Developer Culture | Kurtis Beavers
10:00am
Kurtis shares lessons learned scaling a team of product designers alongside some of the world’s brightest developers building products for the world’s largest developer community.

GROW
Take Control of the Firehose | Emily Veach
10:00am
Overwhelmed by the endless stream of updates and alerts? You aren’t alone. But you can take control of the firehose and turn it into your own megaphone. In an interactive session, learn best practices used by today’s thought leaders to cut through the noise, reach expert level, and gain visibility for you and your business.

CREATE
Journey Map Your Way to Understand Your Users’ Problem Space | Jo White, Ph.D., Willis Towers Watson
11:00am
“Your job is not to build a solution; it’s to build a customer.” – Ash Maurya. For startups through to enterprise, individuals and teams, this workshop will take you out of your solution-focused mind, and re-introduce you to embracing your user’s problem space. You will leave with the tools to map their pain, and see how the ecosystem of your company can improve it.

GROW
Communicating for Efficiency | Joe Kratzat and Blake Grotewold
11:00am
In the workspace, there are two general types of work activities: Making and Communicating. As a remote company, communicating is vital to our success. We will be exploring how simplifying and automating makes us more efficient.

CREATE
Civic Code
Challenge (all afternoon slots)

City of Bloomington
12:00pm
Attention coders: you can make public transportation more accessible! The City of Bloomington Department of Innovation and ITS Department are looking for a web-based application that securely allows folks to purchase a Bloomington Transit ride ticket from their phone. A total of $1,000 in prize money will be awarded courtesy of the City’s new Innovation Fund. Pre-registration is strongly suggested because we’re providing lunch!

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GROW
How Paying for Digital Marketing Will Help Your Startup | Alka Du Mont
1:30pm
Learn about the various digital marketing platforms and how much a startup should budget to online advertising. See data-driven approaches to inform your startup about viability in the marketplace, including examining click-through rate, conversion rate, session volume, and other metrics.

GROW
A Legal Primer for Startups | Erin Martoglio
2:30pm
Finding a good business lawyer is critical to startup success. Learn not only how to find the best attorney for your business, but also when and how to engage with them during all your startup stages.

SCHEDULE

LEAD UP

APR 5th
5:30pm-8:30pm

Ignite Bloomington 16

Bishop
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APR 6th
5:30pm-7:30pm

Creative Indiana Innovation Network

Monroe Convention Center
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FRIDAY

APR 7th

Morning Workshops

Monroe Convention Center

10:00am

CREATE: Growing Design in a Developer Culture
Kurtis Beavers

GROW: Take Control of the Firehose
Emily Veach

11:00am

CREATE: Journey Map Your Way to Understand Your Users’ Problem Space
Jo White, Ph.D., Willis Towers Watson

GROW: Communicating for Efficiency
Joe Kratzat and Blake Grotewold

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Food Truck Friday

Downtown Bloomington

Afternoon Workshops

Monroe Convention Center

12:00pm

CREATE: Civic Code Challenge
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Lunch provided for participants.
City of Bloomington

1:30pm

Civic Code Challenge

2:30pm

Civic Code Challenge

GROW: A Legal Primer for Startups
Erin Martoglio

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Coffee Break

Main Stage Speakers

Monroe Convention Center

3:45pm

Welcome | Jacqui Bauer

4:00pm

Jo White

4:30pm

Venture in the Midwest | moderated by Brad Wisler
with Jane Martin and Victor Gutwein

5:00pm

Pete Yonkman
introduction by Mayor John Hamilton

6:00pm-7:00pm

Showcase Happy Hour

Monroe Convention Center

SATURDAY

APR 8th

Main Stage Speakers

Monroe Convention Center

10:00am

Welcome | Jacqui Bauer

10:15am

More than Corn Panel | moderated by Matthew Anderson

10:45am

Max Yoder

11:15am

Coffee Break

11:30am

Mikel Berger

12:00pm

Laura Gómez

12:30pm-1:30pm

Closing Remarks
Lunch (on your own)

Downtown Bloomington

Combine is officially over, but be sure to enjoy some great craft beer with friends!

2:00pm-6:00pm

Bloomington Beer Fest

Woolery Mill
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