Clarity Live: Announcing 11 Upcoming Speakers for Video Q&As

Clarity Live, a new video q&a service that connect up-and-coming entrepreneurs with game-changing  business leaders, kicks off tomorrow (Thursday, May 22nd) with Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup.

Starting Friday, we’ll be featuring sessions with some of the world’s most high-demand founders — covering topics like product development, crowdfunding, and fundraising.

If you see something that you like, feel free to RSVP by signing up for a Clarity Live subscription. Sessions are limited to 7 people, but don’t worry — if you see something that you love, and it’s full, you can always join the waitlist or access the session on demand.

We’re excited to announce our end of May lineup.

1.Ways Lean Startups Do It Wrong

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Speaker: Eric Ries  — Author,The Lean Startup
Time: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University and co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU. Join Eric as he talks about the history of the lean startup, where it is today, and lessons learned the hard way.

2. Navigating Your Sales Strategy


Dan Waldschmidt — international business strategist & author
Time: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Dan and his team help people arrive at business-changing breakthrough ideas by moving past outdated conventional wisdom, social peer pressure, and the selfish behaviors that stop them from being high performers. Join Dan to talk about revenue growth, edgy marketing strategies, and finding unconventional success.

3. Why I’m a Serial Entrepreneur


Speaker: Justin Kan — founder at & Exec
Time: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Justin Kan is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder of live video platforms and TwitchTV, as well as the mobile social video application Socialcam. In 2012, he co-founded Exec, a platform that brings technology to cleaning services. Exec was acquired by HandyBook in 2014. Join Justin to learn about defining your idea, finding backers, and executing.

4. Creating a World Class Conference


Speaker: Jeff Slobotski — founder at Silicon Prairie News
Time: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8:30 AM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Jeff Slobotski is the Co-Founder and Chief Community Builder at Silicon Prairie News. Based in Omaha, Silicon Prairie News is a digital media company and website dedicated to highlighting, connecting, engaging, and supporting entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors. Join him as he talks about finding your niche, building a grassroots ecosystem, and scaling.

5. Scaling Your Personal Brand


Speaker: Josh Shipp — Behavior Expert
Time: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Josh Shipp is an American teen behavior expert, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and TV show host. Josh began professionally speaking at age 17. He has lectured at Harvard, Stanford and other major universities, as well as spoken to over two million students and parents at events such as the National FFA and SADD Conventions. Topics include: defining your persona, building your brand, and navigating unexpected challenges.

6. The Affiliate Marketing Game


Speaker: Jeremy Schoemaker — founder at Shoemoney & PAR Program
Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

From selling washers and dryers at Sears to managing multimillion dollar pay-per-click campaigns, Jeremy “ShoeMoney” Schoemaker has evolved into a self-made marketing legend.

After years of success in the affiliate space, he has launched his newest venture: the PAR program, which builds customer programs from the ground up by focusing on People, Acquisition, and Retention of users. Topics to discuss: the affiliate marketing landscape, customer acquisition, hits and misses.

7. Building Your Brand

Chris Brogan

Speaker: Chris Brogan — Marketing and Branding Expert
Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan has consulted with brands including IBM, GM, Pepsico, Microsoft, Google, Disney, Coldwell Banker, and others on their digital media strategies. Today, he runs Owner Magazine, a digital publication about business and the owner. It’s for everyone from the “employeepreneur” to the person running their own venture. Topics to discuss: defining your persona, connecting with the market, monetization, scaling.

8. Building Products People Love


Speaker: Prerna Gupta — Author, entrepreneur & Futurist
Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Prerna Gupta is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and author, currently working on a book about the future. Her writing has been featured in New York Times, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Re/code and more. She was previously Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Smule, where she remains an advisor to the Board of Directors.

Prior to that, Prerna was Co-Founder and CEO of Khush, the leading developer of intelligent music apps, like the #1 hit app Songify, an app that turns speech into music. She led the company to profitability and acquisition by Smule in 2011. Topics to discuss: product marketing, high-impact marketing strategies, finding unconventional successes.

9. Innovating in the Shipping and Logistics Industry

Kevin Gibbon

Speaker: Kevin Gibbon — founder at Shyp
Time: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Kevin Gibbon is the co-founder of Shyp, a mobile app that makes it easy to ship anything. Topics to discuss: trends in the shipping and logistics industry, emerging opportunities, trends, Shyp’s story.

10. Building a Game-Changing Brand


Speaker: Maren Kate Donovan — founder at Zirtual
Time: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Maren Kate Donovan is the founder and chief executive officer of Zirtual, a virtual assistant startup that is aimed at startup founders and business executives. Topics to discuss: finding opportunities, uncovering your niche, building a high-impact name.

11. Being Authentic in Business

Micah Baldwin

Speaker: Micah Baldwin — founder at Graphicly
Time:  Friday, May 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM (PDT) (RSVP Here)

Micah is President/Founder of Graphicly, a cutting-edge entertainment and digital content publishing platform designed to deliver what authors and publishers need to share their work with audiences.

Previously, Micah was VP, Business Development and Chief Evangelist for Lijit Networks (acquired 2011), the sixth startup Micah has been involved in (having sold his last startup, Current Wisdom, in the beginning of 2007). Topics to discuss: understanding authenticity, defining your persona , building relationships , dealing with haters.

Stay Tuned for More

Our June lineup features leaders like Hiten Shah (KISSmetrics & CrazyEgg), Ron Gutman (founder at HealthTap), Brad Feld (co-founder at TechStars), and more. Have a request for a speaker you’d like to see? Leave a comment here, or email your request to You can sign up for Clarity Live here.


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  • Sunday

    Interesting list of speakers for the Clarity Lives lineup! I am particularly interested to learn of ” Scaling Your Personal Brand” by Josh Shipp – the behavior expert. The topic seems to be like the type that will help motivate businesses to fire up their productivity energy!

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