San Francisco
Thursday, June 6, 2019
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Morning Networking Coffee & Tea
Start your morning off right. Grab a refreshing juice or a hot cup of coffee or tea as you enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast which includes artisanal pastries, handmade granola bars, and seasonal fruit. Also, meet the amazing people you’ll be learning alongside.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Inc. Consulting Corner
We have gathered a team of experts and executive coaches in various areas to offer one-on-one advice about and answers to your most pressing business challenges. Our handpicked team of consultants can tackle questions on these topics and more: finding money, leadership strategies, workplace culture, and scaling growth. Stop by throughout the day to schedule a time to meet with a consultant. Appointments are first come, first served.
9:00 AM
Welcome from Inc.
Remarks: James Ledbetter, editor in chief, Inc. and; and author, Unwarranted Influence and One Nation Under Gold
9:15 AM - 9:50 AM
A View From the Top: A Conversation With Tim Westergren
Tim Westergren spent nearly two decades building and scaling Pandora, including taking it public, and in the process transformed the radio and streaming-music industries. Now a venture capitalist, he nurtures entrepreneurs and is always on the hunt for the next great idea. Find out what’s the right combination of aptitude, acumen, and luck needed for success. And learn how to make moves that matter.
Speaker: Tim Westergren, investing partner, Khosla Ventures; and co-founder, Pandora Media
Interviewer: James Ledbetter, editor in chief, Inc. and; author, Unwarranted Influence and One Nation Under Gold
9:55 AM - 10:35 AM
How to Build a Brand People Love
Known for their marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights, this brand-savvy all-star panel will explain how to make a lasting impression on your customers. Learn relevant best practices and what the future of attracting and retaining customers looks like.
Speakers: Bianca Gates, founder and CEO, Birdies; and Marcela Sapone, co-founder and CEO, Hello Alfred
Moderator: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures
10:45 AM - 11:05 AM
Networking Break
Break Grab a refreshing drink and light snack as you connect with the Inc. team as well as your fellow conference attendees and speakers.
11:15 AM - 11:55 AM
How to Automate Your Business—and Still Keep That Human Touch
Presented by Mailchimp
An increasing number of tools are giving small and midsize businesses unprecedented automation power. But exceptional service remains critical to success. From operations to marketing to supply chain management, our entrepreneurs will share how they leverage new automation tools and technologies—while still keeping a personal touch—to help their organization (and bottom line) grow.
Speakers: Stuart Landesberg, founder and CEO, Grove Collaborative; and Natasha Miller, founder and CEO, Entire Productions
Moderator: Lindsay Blakely, Los Angeles bureau chief, Inc.
12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
The Growth Dilemma: How to Find Your Financing Comfort Zone
Where are you in your business journey? Most entrepreneurs struggle with decisions about how big they want to become, how much money to keep investing, and how to even go about it. This is the growth dilemma. Learn your risk tolerance, and figure out the best possible financing structure to expand your business to the next level.
Speaker: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; author, The Growth Dilemma; and columnist,
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch
Enjoy a deliciously satisfying meal as you take this opportunity to make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.
1:40 PM - 2:20 PM
Competing With Giants: How Small Businesses Solve Big Business Challenges 
Presented by Capital One Spark Business
Everyone knows it takes a certain level of resilience and audacity to be an entrepreneur. From leveraging limited resources to creating strategic partnerships, business owners do whatever it takes to drive their companies’ growth. Learn how to get creative at any stage and what it really takes to compete with industry giants.
Speakers: Craig Combs, owner, Branson Zipline; Mike Lenard, founder and CEO, TaKorean; and Christina Stembel, founder and CEO, Farmgirl Flowers
Moderator: Jenn Garbach, head of brand and marketing, Small Business Card, Capital One
2:25 PM - 3:10 PM
Lessons From a Billion-Dollar Businessman
One day Australian native Brian Smith realized there were nothing like his sheepskin boots in California. With only $500 in capital, he went door to door in search of interested takers. The concept stuck and the much-loved casual footwear brand Ugg was born. Today, Ugg garners more than a billion dollars in sales per year, year after year. Smith will share his sun-kissed business philosophy and what it takes to build a billion-dollar brand.
Speaker: Brian Smith, founder, Ugg
3:10 PM - 3:35 PM
Networking Break
Grab a refreshing drink and light snack as you connect with the Inc. team as well as your fellow conference attendees and speakers.
3:45 PM - 4:25 PM
Guts & Glory: Meet the King of Kombucha
GT's Living Foods’ founder GT Dave owns 100 percent of his kombucha company. With no training, experience, or business plan, GT Dave turned the fermented probiotic beverage into a $600 million category--one that he still dominates. Learn how to attract and keep customers, get onto the shelves of retail giants, and stay ahead of your competitors. And find out how to bootstrap any business and, along the way, singlehandedly create a blockbuster new category.
Speaker: GT Dave, founder and CEO, GT’s Living Foods
Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive director, editorial, Inc.
4:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Disrupting the World: How to Make Products That Matter
Adam Lowry disrupted an industry not once, but twice. From building a $100 million sustainable home-cleaning-products empire to raising $100 million to make dairy-product alternatives to milk, half-and-half, and yogurt using pea protein, Lowry is changing the world one venture at a time. Learn what industry disruption really looks like and how to balance aggressive growth with prudent growth during the process.
Speaker: Adam Lowry, co-founder, Ripple Foods, and co-founder, Method Products
Interviewer: Lindsay Blakely, Los Angeles bureau chief, Inc.
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Closing Cocktail Reception
Spend the final hours of the Inc. Fast Growth Tour relaxing on the rooftop with Inc. editors, your peers, and our speakers. Enjoy scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, sip a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine, and continue to make lasting connections.