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Dallas Startup Week is a free five day event highlighting the amazing startup culture of Dallas. Join in for a few events hosted all around town to learn, network and help make Dallas better for everyone. 

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Tuesday, March 3 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Five Ingredients for Fostering a Thriving Startup Ecosystem

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Join community leaders, experts, and collaborators for a very interesting discussion that stems from a whitepaper by Up Global and Google, and why Dallas is ripe for a thriving startup ecosystem. 

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David Betz

VP of Storytelling, UP Global
David Betz is VP of Storytelling at UP Global, the world’s largest nonprofit focused on building grassroots startup communities. | | David has experience leading creative teams in strategic, design, branding, and editorial development for integrated print, Web, and new media programs. Before joining UP Global, he was Global Creative Director for the award winning Lexus magazine program and Creative Director at Story Worldwide... Read More →

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Hayden Blackburn

Founder and Director, IDEA Works Fort Worth
Hayden is responsible for developing and establishing IDEA Works FW, as well as overseeing the operations, delivery of services, and facility management. This includes planning, organizing and marketing all activities at IDEA Works FW. Hayden handles all client leases, vendor agreements and contracts. Hayden is also responsible for managing and operating the building and its facilities, conference and meeting rooms, common areas, and parking... Read More →
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Paula Gean

Director, Addison TreeHouse
Hailing from the piney woods of East Texas, Paula is an avid yogi, intermittent writer and lover of all things tech, marketing or diversity related. She currently serves as the Director of the Addison TreeHouse, a coworking space that is committed to helping North Dallas entrepreneurs and startups grow by offering mentorship, events & direct access to local government. Paula also belongs to the Global Shapers, an initiative of the World... Read More →
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Bradley Joyce

Founder, Socialyzer
Bradley is the founder for Velocis, a web & mobile app studio, and LAUNCH DFW, a community-driven media company that covers startups and technology in North Texas. | | http://about.me/bradleyjoyce
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Pete Nardo

SVP, Business Bank Region Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Regional Executive for the South Region Business Banking Group covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The South Region Business Banking group services clients with revenues up to $20 million and serving 400,000 customers, with $15 billion in deposits, $4 billion in credit outstanding, and generates $500 million in revenue. Pete has over 30 years of management experience with Chase, including credit (commercial and consumer), sales... Read More →
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Michael Sitarzewski

Publisher, LAUNCH DFW
Michael Sitarzewski is co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc. He is a veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Michael considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.In addition to creating companies and running Epic Playground, Michael is heavily involved in the Dallas, Texas startup community, building on the lessons from the Boulder and Denver community – where he... Read More →
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Kyle Taylor

CoFounder, DrawAttention
I'm a web (Drupal) developer, Coffee Enthusiast, Startup Evangelist, and Startup Weekend Facilitator. I love whiteboards so much I started drawattention.co. | | I love being involved in the local tech and startup community and helping out any way I can. I'm a Startup Weekend organizer and the curator for Startup Digest Dallas.

Tuesday March 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific