SOURCE: First Retail

October 21, 2013 09:00 ET

Tech Companies Team Up to Present Thought Leadership Event Ahead of the Curve in San Francisco

TED Alum Andy Ruben, Founder of, Scheduled to Keynote at October 24 Event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2013) - positivePR - First Retail, Manthan Systems and Retail TouchPoints announced today that they will jointly present Ahead of the Curve SF, an executive thought leadership event for retailers, on October 24, 2013, in San Francisco, CA. The event will be held at the Workshop Café (180 Montgomery St.) from 3:00 - 6:00 PM and will be followed by a networking cocktail hour at Wingtip (550 Montgomery St.) from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

The event's theme, "Wrong is the New Right," will feature presentations on how successful retail organizations are breaking the mold to reinvent themselves in order to stay ahead of the curve. TED alum Andy Ruben, Founder of and former Chief Sustainability Officer for Wal-Mart is scheduled to make the keynote presentation.

"We are very excited to be launching the Ahead of the Curve series here in San Francisco," commented Gam Dias, CEO of First Retail and one of the co-creators of the event. "Technology is now an intrinsic part of the shopping experience so we, along with Manthan and Retail TouchPoints, felt that it made a lot of sense to kick off these events in the tech capital of the world."

Ahead of the Curve SF will be comprised of retail executives who understand that the landscape is changing fast and the only way to survive and excel is to take a sledgehammer to convention. Space is limited to 20 executive attendees. Guests will learn how their contemporaries are breaking the model to keep up with changes in technology, customer interaction points and habits, leaving with at least one actionable impetus for change within their organization. Additional events will be held in New York, Chicago and Dallas in 2014.

Space is limited but some spots are still available. To learn more, see the full agenda, and sign up, please visit

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