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Conference Hound

March 10, 2011 09:00 ET

Conference Hound Fetches Seed Round Funding

Online Resource Helps Attendees, Speakers Find and Connect With Conferences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - Conference Hound, the comprehensive, highly searchable web and mobile based conference platform featuring 45,000+ curated conferences, trade shows, and conventions, just closed its seed round of funding from various angels and other investors. ConferenceHound.com is a consumer-friendly resource where attendees and organizers alike can find, research, track, compare, review and promote conferences.

With this financial backing, Conference Hound marks its territory in the $100 billion a year conference industry. The 'Hound' serves as a valuable tool for the 25-30 million yearly conference attendees (in the U.S. alone), and is also a marketing and promotional tool for organizers, exhibitors, speakers and brands.

"Going to a conference has become an important, under-reported piece of global business culture. The experience is holistic and much more than a pre-set schedule of seminars in an enclosed space," said founder and CEO, Bruce Carlisle. "We know from our research that conference attendees base their choices on many factors beyond industry and topic including who's speaking, who's attending, location, weather, local activities and attractions including golf, dining, concerts, clubs and much more. Our goal is to be the definitive go-to brand for the conference world globally, and with this funding we're here to stay."

Respected, experienced advisory board
Conference Hound's advisory board includes Anil H.P. Pereira, CEO of Verious Inc. and veteran of numerous successful Internet startups; Gregory Raifman, CEO, Careers.org and former CEO, MediaPlex; Robert Sherman, a Private Equity investor and former president, AOL and Time Warner Cable Sales; David Smith, CEO, MediaSmith, Inc.; and Gregory Stern, CEO of Butler, Shine Stern & Partners.

Free listings, multiple features
On conferencehound.com (web and mobile) you can do a filtered search for conferences and location-specific resources for travel planning and logistics. Your experience is enriched with contextual search, and social tools including integrations with LinkedIn and Twitter, sharing, liking, favorites, and add to calendars. Unlike other directories, Conference Hound has an editorial curation team (of humans!) that provides a higher level of trust in its information and helps deliver the highest quality user experience.

Conference planners can easily enter information about their event and attach multiple resources to their listings for free (i.e. agendas, presentations, Slideshare, YouTube and Vimeo videos, speaker bios), or choose to upgrade to sponsored or enhanced listings. All listings are optimized and crawled by Google and other search engines. Conference Hound also offers promotional services to organizers, including SEO, SEM, Digital Media Planning, and Creative Services.

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ABOUT CONFERENCE HOUND

Conference Hound helps people find, research and connect with the conferences that enable them to grow their careers, enrich their professional lives and have fun while making the most of the conference-going experience. Based in San Francisco, Conference Hound was founded by Bruce Carlisle, former CEO and co-founder of pioneering digital marketing agency, SF Interactive. Jay Hung, formerly of Yahoo!, Scripps Networks, and social startup Mixture, is the company's Chief Technology Officer. The 'Hound' currently offers over 45,000 edited and reviewed conference listings, with more added daily. Sniff us out at http://conferencehound.com.

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