Come to iConic:Boston a hard-hitting one day event, presented by Inc. and CNBC, to connect with fellow visionaries and provocateurs, ignite new ideas and be inspired by today’s biggest business icons. Every minute and every session will challenge you to overturn conventional thinking and revolutionize the way you do business. You will discover what it takes to build a lasting brand, get tips on redefining your relationship with your customers, hear strategies on how to compete with giants, learn how to ignite change in your company and community and so much more!
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Paul is a co-founder of Lola, an on-demand, personal travel service powered by humans and AI. Previously, Paul was CTO of KAYAK, a travel company he co-founded in 2004, took public in 2012, and sold to Priceline in 2013. Paul is also cofounder of Summits Education, an organization that is building education systems in rural Haiti. Summits operates a network of 41 schools in Haiti’s Central Plateau, employing over 300 educators, and serving 10,000 students. Paul grew up in Boston and went to Boston public schools until he studied music and computer science at UMASS Boston. (As you can guess, Paul is a Boston Red Sox fan, and his accent gets worse in bahs.) Paul is also the subject of Tracy Kidder’s book A Truck Full of Money, published by Random House on 9/20/2016.
Jim Koch is the founder of The Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and author of Quench Your Own Thirst. Thirty-two years ago, Jim began brewing Sam Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen, and sparked the craft beer revolution. Today, Samuel Adams is the leading craft brewer in the country, and has won more awards for its innovative beers than any other brewery in the world.
Since the 1980s Curt Richardson has owned several companies in the tooling and molding industry, where he developed an intimate knowledge of manufacturing and supply chain. In 1998, from that knowledge and expertise he created OtterBox® — a line of waterproof, crush proof boxes popular among water sports enthusiasts. Leveraging a set of core values and the principles of E-Myth, Richardson cultivated OtterBox for growth by installing strong systems and processes and by putting the customer at the center of all decisions. At the same time, he instilled a culture of innovation, passion and integrity to create an award-winning company culture. Richardson served as CEO of OtterBox until September 2012, when he transitioned into the role of chairman.
Daniel Lubetzky founded KIND Healthy Snacks in 2004. Today KIND is available at more than 150,000 retailers and is among the fastest-growing snack companies in the nation. Through the KIND Movement, it has inspired more than one million acts of kindness amongst its community. Lubetzky is also the founder of PeaceWorks Inc. and the PeaceWorks Foundation’s OneVoice Movement as well as the co-founder of Maiyet. In 2015, President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).
Greg Glassman is the founder and CEO of CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, moms, dads, grandmothers and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Glassman was an elite level gymnast and athlete all his life. In 1995, he began training officers at the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department. In 2001 Glassman started crossfit.com and began affiliating gyms under the CrossFit name. Today there are over 13,000 independently-owned CrossFit affiliates in over 130 countries, and the annual CrossFit Games, which attracted 273,000 participants in 2015, are televised on ESPN.
Julie Rice and her partner Elizabeth Cutler founded SoulCycle on the belief that fitness should be inspiring. Their vision of a motivational 45-minute indoor-cycling workout combined with a chic branded environment, and “above and beyond” customer service came to life in 2006. Today, SoulCycle has 47 locations nationwide, with plans to open over 55 studios worldwide by 2015. Julie has been honored as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Builders + Innovators in 2013 and 2014, and SoulCycle was voted one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness of 2013 by Fast Company. In 2015, Julie was voted one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.
Elizabeth Cutler and her partner Julie Rice were determined to find an alternative to the fitness routines that felt like work. In 2006, they created SoulCycle, a workout that combines inspirational coaching with high-energy music and a full body workout on the bike. Today, riders of all ages have responded to the SoulCycle cardio party with over 60,000 people riding at SoulCycle every week. Elizabeth was honored as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Builders + Innovators in 2013 and 2014, and SoulCycle was voted one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness of 2013 by Fast Company. In 2015, Elizabeth was voted one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.
John Jacobs is co-founder and Chief Creative Optimist of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. John and his brother Bert launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of Boston. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers across the US and Canada.
As Indiegogo’s Chief Development Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives. Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered publicly traded entertainment companies. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank. In September 2013, Danae was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40.” She recently testified before the United States House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America’s Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital.”
Dan Price captured headlines around the world after implementing a $70,000 minimum wage at his company, Gravity Payments. This move has sparked a national debate on the purpose of business and leadership responsibility. Price’s 40-year goal is to be a small speck of sand in the revolution where business ceases to be about profit and greed to one that is about values and serving others. Today, more than 13,000 businesses across the country trust Gravity Payments to save them millions in fees and hours in frustration by making it easy to accept credit card payments.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner has made a significant impact across a range of industries including technology, entertainment, and the charitable world. Wagner revolutionized streaming media when he launched Broadcast.com with business partner Mark Cuban in 1995, serving as CEO and later selling the company to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. He then built a portfolio of entertainment companies spanning content creation, distribution and exhibition with Landmark Theaters, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures and AXS-TV. In 2001 he established the Todd Wagner Foundation focusing on at-risk youth. In his current entrepreneurial pursuit as founder and chairman of the Charity Network, Wagner assists charities with the transition from analog to digital, a long time theme of his career. The Charity Network harnesses the power of celebrity, technology and media to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s toughest challenges through three leading digital fundraising platforms – Charitybuzz, Prizeo and Chideo – raising more than $200 million for charities to date.
Bryn Mooser is the CEO and co-founder of RYOT, the first immersive media company linking content to action. Recently acquired by AOL for the Huffington Post, RYOT has grown to become one of the most prolific virtual reality and 360° content studios over the past year. Bryn has overseen the production of more than 60 virtual reality films created by RYOT in collaboration with some of the most well-known brand partners in the world.
During the four years Eric Schurenberg has presided over Inc., the magazine has seen a 24 percent increase in ad pages and received numerous journalism awards and a National Magazine Nomination for general excellence. Prior to his tenure at Inc., he had leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management website, Goldman.com. In addition to hosting Inc. live events, Schurenberg is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and the Today show.
Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” one of the network’s longest-running program franchises, as well as “Nightly Business Report,” an award-winning evening business news program. NBR was named Best Radio/TV Show in 2014 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
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Before joining Inc., James Ledbetter was the opinion editor of Reuters. He was the founding editor of Slate’s financial site The Big Money and deputy managing editor of CNN Money. Ledbetter has published five books, including Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex.
Kate Rogers joined CNBC in September 2014 as a reporter based at the network’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Rogers covers small business and entrepreneurship for the network, appearing on its Business Day programming and providing daily stories and videos to CNBC.com.
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David Whitford was a senior writer at Inc. in the mid-1990s, and recently returned as an editor-at-large, based in Boston. Between tours at Inc., he was an award-winning feature writer for Fortune and Fortune Small Business. He has written three books about sports, business, and politics, the first of which, A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption, and Football at SMU, was republished last fall by University of Nebraska Press.
Do What You Love, Love What You Do
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No Pain, No Gain: How CrossFit Grew a Fanatical Following
Selling Your Story: Weaving a Narrative into the Fabric of Your Business
The Culture of Innovation: Go From Founding to Future
An Iconic Conversation: Should Business Strive to Have a Social Mission?
Bikes, Branding, and Business: A Conversation with the Founders of SoulCycle®
What I Learned From My Million-Dollar Pay Cut
Lessons in Tech, Business and Life from a Serial Entrepreneur