SOURCE: Dealmaker Media

Dealmaker Media

June 28, 2012 17:04 ET

The Third Annual GROW Conference Is Focused on Re-Thinking Business

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) - With geeks on trains, planes and buses, the tech community across North America descends upon Vancouver, Canada, August 22-24 for GROW2012.

GROW2012 celebrates its third year bringing together a record 800 tech founders and executives from fast growing companies like Box, Zendesk, Indiegogo and Modcloth to talk about the end of business as usual.

Debbie Landa, Founder and CEO of Dealmaker Media and the Grow Conference, says, "By exporting the Silicon Valley culture to Vancouver, the most beautiful city in the world, the GROW conference has doubled in size in 2 years. This conference is fast-becoming the must-attend event for entrepreneurs around the world."

In addition to the GROW conference, we've added GROWtalks. GROWtalks is a one day conference for startup teams to learn how to create simple, actionable metrics, and use them to make better product and marketing decisions. Industry experts will share actionable advice on how to improve design, product and customer development, acquisition, retention, and more.

The excitement for the conference has spread into the northwest tech community who have created "Geeks on a Train" to ride up to GROW. The train starts in Portland, stops in Seattle and ends in Vancouver. People from San Francisco, LA, and even Vancouver are flying into to PDX to hop on the train and start the celebrating early. "Geeks on a Train? Geeks on things are my thing! I gotta jump on board to make sure they do it right," says Dave McClure, founder of 500 Startups.

Train cars are only the start of the journey. With a week's worth of activities, GROW2012 is one of the must-attend events. "High quality speakers, like minded entrepreneurs and a chance to get a taste of the Vancouver startup community...what else could you want?" says Red Russak from Startup City Seattle.

GROW Conference speakers include:
Scott Dunlap, VP, Emerging Opportunities - PayPal
Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and President - Eventbrite
Eric Koger, Co-Founder & CEO - ModCloth
Dan Levin, Chief Operating Officer - Box
Matt Mickiewicz, Co-Founder - 99designs
Danae Ringelmann, Founder & COO - Indiegogo
Brian Spaly, CEO - Trunk Club
Mikkel Svane, Founder & CEO - Zendesk
Sam Zaid, Founder & CEO - Getaround

GROWtalks speakers include:
Brant Cooper, Author - The Lean Entrepreneur
Sean Ellis, CEO & Founder - CatchFree
Rand Fishkin, CEO & Founder - SEOmoz
Scott Kveton, CEO & Co-Founder - Urban Airship
Debbie Landa, CEO & Founder - Dealmaker Media
Dave McClure, Founding Partner - 500 Startups
Neil Patel, Co-Founder - KISSmetrics
Rick Perreault, CEO - Unbounce
Senia Rapisarda, VP, Strategic Initiatives - BDC
Kate Rutter, Co-Founder & Principal - LUXr
Joe Stump, Founder -
Patrick Vlaskovits, CMO - Drumbi

Geeks on a Train: August 21, 2012 -
GROWtalks: August 22, 2012
GROW Conference: August 23, 2012 -
MORE GROW2012 Events:

About GROW2012
GROW2012 is a unique three-day event that explores technology disruption, social engagement, and scaling for the future. The GROW Conference brings in founders of fast-growing companies to talk about how the consumer revolution is changing the future of business. Learn more at

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