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David Peterson

Partnerships at Airtable

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Currently focusing on building Airtable for Startups, community partnerships and building out a global partner network for Airtable. Past work has included: product and growth partnerships, product marketing and segmentation, pricing strategy, growth marketing, content/SEO strategy and onboarding experimentation.

Devin Patel

VP of Business Development at Passport

Startup Mentor

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Devin Patel is the VP of Business Development at Passport. At Passport, Devin works with cities, urban mobility companies, and elected officials to help drive a more connected and livable city. During his 5 years at Passport, Devin has launched a vertical and fostered a rich enterprise partner ecosystem that has led to Passport becoming the leader on mobility payment solutions. Devin Patel has a wide range of experience with both large and small technology ventures. He is a frequent speaker at mobility and ITS conferences, speaking both at the ITS Americas and World Congress shows. Previously, he was a Product Manager at Salesforce.com and helped scale LivingSocial to international markets.

Andrew Gazdecki

Founder @ MicroAcquire. Inc. 30 under 30

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I’m Andrew Gazdecki and I’ve been an entrepreneur for longer than I can remember. I like to build stuff, mostly companies, and try to tell a story that goes beyond what the company does to how it’s changing markets. I started my first company, Bizness Apps, while still in college. We made mobile app development affordable for small businesses, and initially, raised around $100,000 in funding. By the time Bizness Apps was acquired by private equity firm Think3, we had grown to $10M in annual recurring revenue, operating in 40 countries, and employing over 100 people. Now, $100,000 isn’t a lot of money, so we needed a story that resonated with our target market so we could scale before the cash ran out. What was the bigger picture? What positive change did our business enable? In the end, we had the perfect David vs Goliath tale. We helped small businesses compete against their larger rivals through mobile marketing – and this struck an emotional chord with our customers. My second business, Altcoin.io, was a decentralized exchange (DEX) for trading digital assets. The story here was simple: by trading on our decentralized, non-custodial platform, traders could protect their assets. Altcoin.io became a champion of security in a market dominated by custodial platforms that put users’ funds at risk. By challenging the status quo, we were defending the rights of traders everywhere – a story that our prospects loved. This eventually lead the company to be acquired by global investment firm BnkToTheFuture. A good brand story elevates companies above the competition. While someone can copy your product or service, they can’t copy your brand. So tell stories that excite your customers and align with their goals.

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