Social currency—everybody wants it. It is not about being popular or smart or beautiful (although those things help). It is about influence, and power, and money. On the Internet, social currency takes on new meaning. It is about creating influence by mining social relationships online. For businesses, ultimately, it is about turning those social connections into cash. How you do that and who is doing it well will be the focus of our Social Currency CrunchUp on July 30 at Stanford. (Attendees also get to go to our annual summer bash at August Capital that evening—combo tickets on sale here).
The agenda is packed with startups and investors making social commerce a reality. Groupon CEO Andrew Mason (the king of social coupons) will discuss the dynamics of group buying and discounts with leadership from News America Marketing (the largest player in traditional print, in-store and online coupons). Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman will explain the rise of people-powered local directories and how mobile apps are driving a huge chunk of local search.
Speakers from Foursquare, Twitter, and CityGrid Media will talk about the business side of geo and social apps. Bart Decrem, founder of Tapulous (which was recently bought by Disney) and Shervin Pishevar, CEO of SGN, will delve into game mechanics in social games and apps, in general.
We will explore social currency from every angle: group buying, social influence, virtual currencies, social games, and geo-marketing. Capacity is limited to 500 attendees. The CrunchUp event is during the day. The party at night is for a larger crowd but sells out extremely quickly. CrunchUp attendees also get a pass to the party.
About the Social Currency CrunchUp:
July 30, 2010
9 am – 4:00 pm
Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University
326 Galvez Street, Palo Alto, CA 94305
Get CrunchUp-Party Combo Tickets Now @ Eventbrite: $295 INCLUDES admission for one (1) to the August Capital party and expedited fast-pass door entry. You DO NOT need to purchase a separate August Capital Party ticket if you purchase a CrunchUp ticket. Tickets are non-transferrable, based on availability. Capacity limited to 500 attendees.
All details here.
Contact Laura Boychenko to request a press pass.
100 MORE TICKETS RELEASED NOW for the summer party at August Capital (Update: sold out):
July 30, 2010
5:30 – 10:00 pm
2480 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park CA
Get Summer Party Tickets Now @ Eventbrite: $30. Tickets are non-transferrable, based on availability.
We’ll also release a third batch of August Capital summer party tickets on Friday. Tickets will be released weekly in batches. Stay tuned, they sell out quickly.
Andrew Mason is the founder of Groupon as well as The Point, the collective action platform from which Groupon was born. Andrew is originally from Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Mason moved to Chicago in 1999 to attend Northwestern University and graduated with a degree in music. He went on to attend University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy only to drop out three months later.
Jeremy co-founded Yelp Inc. in July 2004 with former colleague and friend Russel Simmons. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy was the VP of engineering at PayPal. He left PayPal in the summer of 2003 to attend the Harvard Business School. Upon completing his first year at HBS, Jeremy joined an incubator started by Max Levchin (co-founder of PayPal) for a summer internship. It was there that he was reunited with his old colleague Russel Simmons and the two teamed up to...
Bart Decrem is the CEO of Tapulous. Originally from Belgium, he now lives and works in Silicon Valley. His first entrepreneurial venture was at the age of 13, when he started a weekly magazine for Belgiumâ€™s leading (only, in fact) underground radio station while working as a DJ there. Bart moved to the US to study law at Stanford University. After graduation, Bart founded Plugged In, one of the nationâ€™s first digital divide programs. In 1999, Bart co-founded...
Shervin Pishevar joined Menlo Ventures as a Managing Partner in 2011 after a successful career as an entrepreneur and angel investor. His focus is on consumer technology investments, specifically in the gaming, mobile and social web industry sectors. Shervin works closely with portfolio companies Uber, Shaker, Warby Parker and Mr. Number, and was the driving force behind Menlo’s investment in Tumblr. During his first few months at Menlo Ventures, Shervin helped launch the Menlo Talent Fund, a $20M seed...