The experts play-book for creating killer web and mobile products.

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GROWtalks is a one day conference focused on 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. See Agenda.


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Meet our MC

Rick Turoczy, Co-Founder - PIE and Editor at Silicon Florist

Rick has been working in high-tech marketing communications jobs in the Portland area for more than 17 years. Out of pure dumb luck, he happened to sit up in bed at 2 AM one night in 2007 with the inspiration to start Silicon Florist, a blog about Portland startups in the Web, Mobile, and Open Source scenes.

09:30am - 10:00am


10:00am - 10:30am

Customer Development: Develop your Customers Like you Develop your Product

Patrick Vlaskovits, CMO - Drumbi

CMO of Drumbi, Patrick founded two startups and co-wrote The Lean Entrepreneur and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development. Stanford, Boston University, and others use his book in courses. Patrick mentors at 500 Startups, organizes LeanLA, and surfs when he has the time.

10:30am - 11:00am

Who Owns Product Development?

Joe Stump, CEO & Cofounder - Sprint.ly

Joe Stump is a seasoned technical leader and serial entrepreneur who has cofounded three venture-backed startups, was Lead Architect of Digg, and has invested in and advised dozens of companies. He is passionate about development processes, iterative product development, and building scalable web infrastructure.

11:00am - 11:30am

UX + Lean = Awesome

11:30am - 12:00pm

Fundraising from Both Sides of the Term Sheet

Karan Mehandru, Principal - Trinity Ventures

Karan joined Trinity Ventures in 2010 with more than ten years of experience in enterprise software and systems, SaaS, semiconductors, consumer electronics and next generations datacenter infrastructure. At Trinity, Karan led the investments in Act-On Software, ScaleArc, Cloudability and works closely with portfolio companies ShopIgniter and Taulia. Prior to Trinity, Karan was a Senior Associate at Scale.

12:00pm - 01:00pm


01:00pm - 01:30pm

How to Earn Customers for free

Rand Fishkin, CEO & Founder - SEOmoz

Rand Fishkin is the CEO of SEO software company; SEOmoz. He co-authored the Art of SEO from O'Reilly Media, co-founded Inbound.org, and was named on PSBJ's 40 Under 40 List and BusinessWeek's 30 Best Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30. Rand is an addict of all things content & social on the web.

01:30pm - 02:00pm

Understanding Lifetime Customer Value

Danielle Morrill, Founder and CEO - Referly

Danielle Morrill is the CEO & Cofounder of Referly. She was previously the 1st non-founding member of cloud communications platform company Twilio. She advocates for and advises entrepreneurs through Startup Weekend, Twilio Fund, and as a mentor to 500 Startups. She was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social/Mobile Technology in 2011. Talk to Danielle on Clarity

02:00pm - 02:30pm

What's Love Got To Do With It. Wooing Your Customers and Keeping the Flame Alive

Kevin Hale, Senior Product Manager - SurveyMonkey

Kevin Hale co-founded Wufoo, one of the earliest Y Combinator funded companies. The online form builder was ranked by Jakob Nielson as one of the best application UIs of 2008 and later acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2011. He now serves as a Senior Product Manager responsible for safe guarding and helping enhance the user experience of SurveyMonkey's products.

02:30pm - 03:00pm


03:00pm - 03:30pm

The Art and Science of Growth Hacking

03:30pm - 04:00pm

10 Metrics You Need to be Tracking

Neil Patel, Co-Founder - KISSmetrics

Neil is the co-founder of 2 Internet companies. Through his entrepreneurial career he has helped large corporations such as Amazon, AOL, GM, HP and Viacom make more money from the web. By the age of 21 he was named one of the top influencers on the web according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Venue

University of Oregon in Portland

70 Northwest Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209

University of Oregon in Portland

Located in Portland’s historic Old Town Chinatown district, the White Stag Block is in walking distance to the city’s notable public transit system.