GROW conference gives entrepreneurs lowdown on boosting business

The journey of an entrepreneur is much like a roller coaster ride: the highs are high, and the sudden, unexpected dips into the lows are gut wrenching. Launching a start-up and running a business takes courage. One must embrace—and perhaps even revel—in the deep uncertainty and fear that comes with not having the right answers or knowing exactly what to do.

Entrepreneurs Breakdowns and Breakthroughs

At this year’s GROW conference, entrepreneurs can expect to get the real lowdown on what it takes to build a successful business, sans sugar coating.

While entrepreneurs may not garner all the answers they need, based on the impressive speaker list and topics, they will certainly walk away with some newfound confidence and ideas that can boost their respective businesses.

On day one, attendees can look forward to eye-opening talks like “Quit Wasting Time on Ideas that Suck” with Daniel Burka and Jake Knapp (Google Ventures), and “Getting Out of the Weeds to Getting Sh*t Done” with Scott Kveton (Urban Airship), Patrick Lor (Dissolve), Brian Wong (Klip), and Ross Fubini (Canaan Partners).  

For those seeking clarity on how to grow their operations, Josh Elman (Greylock) will share tips in “3 Growth Hacks: The Secrets to Driving Massive User Growth” while Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures) will help attendees prioritize in “There’s Only 2 Ways to build a 100M Company.”

On day two, Munjal Shah (Charles River Ventures) will give the much-anticipated talk on the conference theme in “The Intersection of Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking.Pablo Holman (Intellectual Ventures Lab) will challenge attendees in “Thinking Big – No Bigger.”

“How to Attract and Develop Top Talent to Scale an Organization” with Andrew D’Souza (Top Hat), Tobias Lütke (Shopify), Kirk Simpson (Wave) and Ellen McGirt (Fast Company), and “Infect your Culture with a Mentality of ‘Intrapreneurship’” with Ellen McGirt, Daniel Weinand (Shopify), and Will Young (Zappos) will certainly be help attendees looking to hire and create a strong company culture.

And if those talks don’t whip attendees into a new frame of mind, the conference offers a reality check tantamount to a cold shower in “Startup / Smackdown,” where select companies will give a 1-minute business pitch to a panel of high-powered VCs and influential media. Scary? Yes. But it’s all part of the rollercoaster ride.

2013 GROW conference is happening on August 14 – 16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For more information on the speakers, topics and conference activities, visit 

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