SOURCE: Twiistup


January 21, 2011 14:55 ET

Twiistup 8 Speakers and Showoff Companies Announced

L.A.'s Signature Tech Industry Event Brings Entrepreneurs, Investors and Thought Leaders to Skirball Center February 9-10

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2011) - Twiistup -- the Los Angeles region's seminal tech industry conference and emerging company showcase -- has announced the lineup of speakers and "Showoff" companies for Twiistup 8, which will be held February 9-10 at the Skirball Center in West Los Angeles.

This year's edition of Twiistup will feature some of the region's most promising tech startups and presentations from a world-class lineup of speakers prepared to challenge the status quo. It will combine a showcase for innovation with a platform for discussion among tech industry entrepreneurs, investors, analysts and other thought leaders -- all wrapped in an event with a distinct "L.A." style. 

Twiistup 8 will consist of three core components: 1) technology and business model demos from 10 startup ventures (aka Twiistup "Showoffs"), 2) panels and discussions with some of the biggest names in media and technology, and 3) the legendary Twiistup after party. The daylong event on February 10th will be preceded by a technology "Wildcard Demo" the evening of February 9th.

"Our mission is to celebrate, unify and help grow the L.A. region's startup ecosystem," said Twiistup 8 Organizer Patrick Vlaskovits. "We'll highlight what is unique about L.A. tech, and make a compelling case for why the next great technology startup should be built in Los Angeles."

A brief sampling of confirmed Twiistup 8 speakers, panelists and judges includes:

  • David Cohen, Founder and CEO of TechStars / author of "Do More Faster: Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup"
  • Julie Schoenfield, CEO of Perfect Market
  • Paige Craig, CEO and Founder of BetterWorks
  • Suneel Gupta, VP of Product Development for Groupon
  • Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder of / Co-Author of "Venture Hacks"
  • Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz / Co-Author of "The Art of SEO"
  • Scott Sangster, President of Tech Coast Angels
  • Brian Norgard, Founder of Namesake, and Newroo
  • Loic Le Meur, Founder and CEO of Seesmic / Founder and Host of LeWeb
  • David Travers, Principal at Rustic Canyon

The 10 Twiistup 8 Showoff Companies are:

More than 100 startups entered to be among the 10 Twiistup 8 Showoffs. A team of judges selected finalists based on technology, business model, management team, competitive environment and other key criteria for success. Past Twiistup Showoff winners include Geodelic (2010) and ExpenseCloud (2009). Networking is a hallmark of Twiistup, and the event's format often leads to partnerships and financing deals. The most recent example is the $30 million investment in Cheezeburger Holdings announced January 18th (read more on Foundry Group's blog: 

Twiistup 8 sponsors include: Microsoft, Media Temple, CallFire, EventBrite, Music180, May, and ReTargeter.

About Twiistup
More than a conference, Twiistup is the Los Angeles region's signature technology and digital media industry event. From its humble origins in 2007, Twiistup has grown in scope and stature to attract entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. The conference and innovation showcase is followed by the Twiistup after party, which has become legendary in the tech industry for its unique energy and style.

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