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Alison Pincus is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of One Kings Lane. A digital media veteran, Alison was inspired to co-create One Kings Lane to converge her passion for e-shopping and design. Alison oversees business development and strategic partnerships.

In this role, Alison and her team are driving alliances with web upstarts, media properties, ecommerce entities and talent to grow membership, increase brand awareness, and enhance the shopping experience at One Kings Lane. Alison serves as a spokesperson and evangelist for One Kings Lane. Previously, Alison held digital marketing and business development positions at The Walt Disney Company, NBC and Hachette Filipacchi.

She is interviewed by Colleen Taylor, a San Francisco based reporter for TechCrunch and the editorial director for TechCrunch TV. 

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Patrick Collison is the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, the simple developer-friendly way to accept payments online. Patrick co-founded Stripe with his brother in 2010 after personally experiencing the difficulty developers face when implementing a way to accept payments online for content and goods.

Patrick has the most valuable of Valley technology skillsets. He's a technical prodigy having won numerous prestigious awards including Ireland's 41st Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2005. Today he is tackling one of the hardest problems of the web which is online payments. Be sure to watch and learn about what he is doing to tackle this problem, the opportunities in Ireland, and what the future holds.

He is interviewed by Darren Mulhivill, Chapter Director of Startup Grind Ireland.

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Jessica Scorpio is a Founder and Director of Marketing at Getaround, which was created to leverage the 1B+ cars on the planet to create a cleaner, smarter and more efficient transportation system through a marketplace for peer-to-peer car sharing.  In August 2011, The Huffington Post picked Scorpio to be on the list of female technology founders to watch. In October 2011, Fortune Magazine recognized Scorpio as being amongst the top eight female entrepreneurs under the age of 25 and in February 2012, Business Insider, Inc. highlighted Scorpio as one of the 14 Incredible Women To Watch In Silicon Valley and listed her in the "Silicon Valley 100". In this talk, Jessica discusses how to pick your launch pad, the future of the sharing economy, overcoming get to market hurdles, and picking the right investors. 

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Logan Green spent a lot of time growing up in Southern California stuck in traffic. From this early identification of a massive pain point, he created Lyft with the mission of filling the  empty seats on the road and transforming the face of transportation around the world. 

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Ryan Smith has been featured in Fortune, The Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and is a popular speaker at the nation's top business schools.

He launched Qualtrics in 2002 with his father, and since then the company has grown to more than 4,800 customers including half of the Fortune 100, 1,300 colleges and universities worldwide, and 95 of the top 100 business schools.

In this talk from Startup Grind's Utah Chapter, he discusses how to grow a company intelligently, when to pivot, and the pros and cons of taking venture money in order to grow.

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Victoria Ransom has been an entrepreneur since her early twenties and has developed three companies. Under her leadership Wildfire grew to tens of thousands of customers, nearly 400 employees, and eight offices worldwide, and was eventually bought by Google. In this talk from Startup Grind 2014, she discusses the process of building your company, when to exit, and her process in making that decision.

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In this epic conversation, Mark Suster interviews Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz about the future of venture capital, the keys of an entrepreneurial mindset, and their favorite hip-hop tunes. 

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Ben Huh is the founder of the Cheezburger Network, a site credited with bringing Internet memes to the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture. Ben founded the Cheezburger Network in 2007 with the goal of making the world happy for 5-minutes a day and grew it into one of the largest humor networks in the world in less than two years while making a profit during one of the deepest recessions.

Ben discusses the changes in content consumption, freedom of expression, secrets of shareability, how to build a digitital customer base, the ingredients of great viral content, and the power of humor.

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Steve Blank has had a 35-year career as a businessman, conservationist and teacher. Steve was part of or founded eight venture-backed companies, four which went public. He is also the author of "The Startup Owners Manual" and "Four Steps to Epiphany." In this conversation we discuss the lessons that Steve has learned from a lifetime of innovation, and his advice for entrepreneurs.

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Clayton Christensen is a professor at the Harvard Business School and best selling author of "The Innovator's Dilemma" and "How Will You Measure Your Life." In this talk from Startup Grind's 2013 global conference, Clayton discusses innovating for a better world and staying efficient and successful in a constantly changing economic landscape.

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