the combine april 7th - 9th, 2016


The Combine is an annual conference on the intersection of community, culture, creativity, capital, and code.

The Combine features inspirational presentations from nationally-renowned entrepreneurs and innovators.


Justyn Howard

Main Stage Speaker

Founder of Sprout Social, a company that creates software for social media management (SMM).

Katherine Hague

Main Stage Speaker

Founder of Female Funders, an online resource for female investors. She has also been named a Woman to Watch in Wearables, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

The Nerdologues

Main Stage Speaker

A sketch comedy group that celebrates and tells stories about the everyday happenings in the life of a nerd.

Ed Finkler

Main Stage Speaker

Lead Developer and Head of Developer Culture at Graph Story, a graph database tool for businesses looking to tell stories with data.  He is also an advocate for mental illness awareness in the tech community.

JT Wangercyn

Main Stage Speaker

Co-founder of Loopy®, a Kickstarter-funded phone case with a loop to prevent the all-too-common problem of dropping your phone.

Mike Kelleher

Main Stage Speaker

Computer Graphics Supervisor for Blizzard Animation, the game developer and publisher known for epic games, including the Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft series.

Neil Brown

Main Stage Speaker

Nomad. Co-Founder of Baker+Brown Co. Previous: Managing Director Barnum.

Alex Wilhelm

Main Stage Moderator

Editor in Chief at Mattermark. Previously at TechCrunch & TheNextWeb. Also likes whiskey and heavy music.

Mat Alano-Martin

Main Stage Emcee

Our emcee for 2016, Mat is co-founder of Limestone Comedy Festival and the Arch City Comedy Festival and host of his podcast Strangers on This Road. He has also been featured on the Bob and Tom Show and Laughs on Fox TV.

Reuben Vandeventer

Workshop Presenter

Reuben Vandeventer is the co-founder and CEO of Data Clairvoyance Group. He has helped companies such as Allstate, CNO Financial Group and Baxter Healthcare develop practical strategies for managing and leveraging their Data Supply Chain.

Brad Wisler

Workshop Presenter

Cofounder of SproutBox, a new approach to venture capital. Founder and CEO at Periodic, a real-time booking engine.

Taylor Trusty

Workshop Presenter

Taylor is the CEO of Blackstone Media, a digital agency with offices in Louisville, KY and NYC. Blackstone Media’s key clients include Toyota Industrial Equipment, Mercer, ORR Corporation, and PetFirst Insurance.

Julia Reich

Workshop Presenter

Founder of Stone Soup Creative, a marketing agency that provides branding solutions for non-profit organizations.

Ron Bronson

Workshop Presenter

Veteran startup denizen, who has also spent over a decade leading enterprise digital transformation. An award-winning product director & experience strategist, he’s currently building the team at Nordic Strategy Lab.

Paul Kühne

Workshop Presenter

As Principal of ürgency, he helps ed tech companies, enterprise SaaS SMBs, startups and nonprofits build relationships, demand and revenue.

Stay Tuned

As Principal of ürgency, he helps ed tech companies, enterprise SaaS SMBs, startups and nonprofits build relationships, demand and revenue.

Learn from two tracks of hands-on workshops: Create and Grow



Create workshops are designed for attendees interested in learning about ideas and creative processes.

11:00am-12:30pmReuben Vandeventer

Advanced Analytics for Data Quality

2:00pm-3:00pmBrad Wisler

Startup Finance: Hacking Your Way Through the Funding Jungle

3:00pm-4:00pmTaylor Trusty

User Experience: Why Henry Ford Was Wrong


Grow workshops are designed for attendees interested in developing their existing ideas and businesses into something bigger and better.

11:00am-12:30pmJulia Reich

Branding Bootcamp: How to Develop an Authentic Brand

2:00pm-3:00pmPaul Kühne

Intrapreneurship in Demand Generation & Marketing to Get Results

3:00pm-4:00pmRon Bronson

Culture Matters: Building a Team You Can Win With

Three days of innovation, entrepreneurship and networking in Bloomington, IN


April 7th

11:00am-12:30pmMorning Workshops
Bloomington Convention Center

Downtown Bloomington

2:00pm-4:00pmAfternoon Workshops
Bloomington Convention Center

4:00pm-6:00pmHappy Hour
Bloomington Convention Center

April 8th

10:00am-12:00pmMorning Main Stage Speakers
Bloomington Convention Center

Food Truck Friday

1:30pm-3:00pmAfternoon Main Stage Speakers
Bloomington Convention Center

3:00pm-3:30pmAfternoon Break
Bloomington Convention Center

3:30pm-4:30pm Closing Main Stage Speakers
Bloomington Convention Center

4:30pm-6:30pmHappy Hour
Bloomington Convention Center

April 9th

The Combine is officially over, but we encourage you to explore the city!

8:00am-1:00pmBloomington Farmers Market
Bloomington City Hall

2:00pm-6:00pmBloomington Craft Beer Festival
Woolery Mill

The City of Bloomington itself makes an ideal venue.


Bloomington Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403

Food Truck Friday
401 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401

A huge shoutout to our awesome sponsors!


Join Us! You will love it.

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