Springboard is Coming to Austin
Peer Focused. Insight Driven.
Founders, CEOs, and business owners invariably find themselves in unknown territory. They may think this territory is uncharted water, but there have been thousands of founders, CEOs, and business owners before them who have experienced the same roadblocks, asked the same questions, or felt the same reservations. And they found workarounds, answers, and peace of mind. The Springboard Symposium allows you to connect with other businesses to learn from their eCommerce experience while you share your own. Together, we can propel our online growth through intimate, day-long symposiums that are curated to provide a safe environment where brand leaders gather insights.
Finding success in the online world is a complex task. Why not learn from those who have found success and offer your own insights?
Founder of The North Face
For 20 years, Kenneth (Hap) Klopp, who holds an MBA from Stanford University, was the president of the North Face, a firm that created the standard for innovation and quality in the outdoors, mountaineering, backpacking and skiing industries. The Company, during his tenure, grew from a 14 person operation into an enterprise employing more than 1,000 people. In 1988 Klopp sold The North Face and founded HK Consulting, a strategic and brand oriented consulting company in the San Francisco area. He has an affiliated consulting office in Japan and their clients range from start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations.
In addition to consulting, Mr. Klopp serves on a number of Boards of Directors and along with 2 partners recently purchased the 100 year old rugby company, Canterbury of New Zealand. He is the author of 2 books on business philosophy and management and is a periodic lecturer at the Business Schools of Stanford, the University of California and the University of Montana.
Gary Hoover is the rare combination of a business scholar and practitioner. He began the learning side by studying businesses large and small at the age of 12, and later studying under four Nobel Prize winning economists at the University of Chicago, including Milton Friedman. His practical side led him to be a stock analyst on Wall Street and then a retail executive at Fortune 500 companies until he and his colleagues started his first company in Austin, Texas in 1982. That was BOOKSTOP, the first chain of giant book superstores, later purchased by industry leader Barnes & Noble. Then he went on to co-found the company that evolved into Hoovers.com, one of the world’s leading company information websites. Hoover’s went public in 1999 and is now owned by Dun & Bradstreet.
In 2009 he became the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the highly-ranked McCombs Business School of the University of Texas at Austin, a role he now serves in the same University’s graduate School of Information. He mentors entrepreneurs and speaks to student and corporate and government leaders worldwide.
Honey Sweetie Acres
eCommerce Product Manager
Who should attend?
Marketing and eCommerce executives of direct to consumer brands generating between $1M and $20M in yearly online revenue. Additionally, we give precedence to brands that are not venture backed and whose eCommerce strategy does not focus primarily on marketplaces.
Want to share your insights and experience? Sign up to be one of our 16 featured speakers.
When & Where
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT
Location: TBD - Austin, TX
Instead of going the traditional hour-long presentations, we have opted for a series of short (7 minute long) presentations. This format does not put constraints on the speakers which ensure that topics are distilled to their core.
After each presentation block, attendees move to a new roundtable to discuss varied topics. This allows the attendees to meet everyone, experience a number of diverse points of views, and forge new relationships.
Connecting Beyond The Events
Attendees will be invited to our exclusive private Facebook group where they will have access to the recordings of all presentations (past and future events) and to special offers, as well as the opportunity to continue the discussion.