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Monday, March 10 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Age Matters: Leverage It for Startup Success

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Are you leveraging age to your advantage? Our youth-centered society promotes the young in pursuit of the "bright shiny object". The current entrepreneurial renaissance reinforces stereotypes that innovation is the domain of those under 30. Once 40 under 40 lists were a goal. Now it's a fail if you don’t make the 30 under 30. While the average age of successful start-up founders is 40, startups focus on recruiting millennials. A study of 32 tech firms found only 6 had employees whose median age was above 35. What does that mean for the future? From Picasso to Steve Jobs we have seen innovation get better with age. High-growth start-ups are almost twice as likely to be launched by people over 55 as those 20 to 34. If diversity is an indicator of revenue growth, how can we recognize age diversity in our teams? This panel will challenge common stereotypes around age and startup success, generating thoughtful debate about what to consider when selecting your startup team.

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Speakers
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Sarah Kunst

InvestorPearl Street Venture FundsSarah is an investor, philanthropist and startup executive who has worked for Apple, Chanel and Red Bull, many consumer and b2b startups and is currently invests on the web and mobile team at Mohr Davidow Ventures. She is also part of the Venture... Read More →
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Susan McPherson

FounderMcPherson StrategiesSusan McPherson is a serial connector, passionate cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. Recently, she launched McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good... Read More →
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Christina Vuleta

Managing Dir40:20 VisionChristina Vuleta is founder of 40:20 Vision, a resource to start conversations and facilitate mentoring between generations. She runs a mentoring network for established and aspiring / early stage entrepreneurs and is co-creator of the 40 Women to Watch Over... Read More →


Monday March 10, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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