Founders School LIVE

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The Kauffman Founders School taps the potential of online education, presenting a robust curriculum from which entrepreneurs can learn anywhere, anytime. Founders School LIVE brings our experts before a live audience, where they can engage participants in further discussion of lessons that will make a difference in what they do in their business today, tomorrow, and in the future. Join us in person, or via the internet, to learn more. 

Upcoming Events:

Please check back for upcoming Founders School LIVE events!

Past Events:

February 19, 2015 - 5:30-7:00 p.m. pacific
Bill Reichert and Nathan Gold - Kauffman Founders School LIVE (GSVlabs, 425 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063)
Kauffman Founders School LIVE brings experts in a variety of topics into discussion with entrepreneurs to help prepare them for the challenges they are or will face in their growing ventures. Join us as our experts tackle 'how to prepare for investors' in the areas of financials and handling Q&A. Bill Reichert, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, is a VC and serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Nathan Gold is a demo coach who has helped improve the pitch and presentation of hundreds of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.  Watch Bill Reichert and Nathan Gold's Presentation >

November 19, 2014 - 3:30 p.m. central
Nathan Gold - Kauffman Founders School LIVE (Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, MO)
"Preparing for a pitch is one thing entrepreneurs usually spend a lot of time on. However, most people do not prepare for the Q&A session that typically follows a presentation. In fact, most people are actually answering questions for longer than when they are formally presenting. But not as effectively as they could be!

On Wednesday, November 19, demo coach Nathan Gold will be presenting a workshop from 3:30-5 p.m. CT that is going to help people become more aware of what they are doing or could be doing during a Q&A session in order to be seen as more persuasive, credible, and likeable. If you want to see how to get prepared to answer any question you are ever asked, join us via Livestream next Wednesday evening.  Watch Nathan Gold's Presentation >

July 2, 2014 - 10:15 a.m. central
Bill Reichert - Kauffman Founders School LIVE (Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, MO)

Bill Reichert, serial entrepreneur, will discuss “the art of the start,” including tips for founders looking to craft strong WOW statements and the new rules for entrepreneurship and innovation. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 2, directly following 1 Million Cups. It will be open to the public and also will be live streamed. Watch Bill Reichert's Presentation >

June 29, 2014 - 12:30 p.m. central
Anita Newton - Kauffman Founders School LIVE (Union Station, Kansas City, MO)

Anita Newton who serves as vice president of marketing with Hallmark will be sharing her tips on marketing for makers. She continues to advise several startups in the Midwest. Previously, Newton led marketing at Procter & Gamble, Sprint and AMC Theatres, as well as startups such as Zave Networks, which was acquired by Google. In her Founders School LIVE session, she will offer tools and ideas to acquire new customers and rapidly grow their business. Watch Anita Newton's Presentation >

May 6, 2014 - 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. central
Neil Patel - Kauffman Founders School LIVE (Kauffman Labs)

Neil Patel, Co-Founder KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg, is a leader in digital marketing who will be sharing his insights on how companies (B2B and B2C) can rapidly grow their businesses. Patel was named one of the top influencers on the web by Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine named his company one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. Neil works with clients such as AOL, General Motors, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and Viacom to earn more money through digital marketing. During his Founders School LIVE presentation, Neil will share his own founding story, discuss lessons learned, and share tips for successful digital marketing with entrepreneurs.

April 29, 2014 - 6:20 - 7:45 p.m. central
Daniel Pink - Kauffman Founders School LIVE

Daniel Pink will offer a fresh look at the art and science of sales when he shares insights from his book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. Using a mix of social science, survey research, and rich stories, the book reveals the three personal qualities and three specific skills necessary for effectively and ethically persuading, influencing, and moving others.

March 7, 2014
Craig Wortmann - Kauffman Foundation, UpGlobal

Craig Wortmann, CEO & Founder of Sales Engine, will ask "How to work a room? Or a phone? How do you know when you are in a "sales" conversation? And once you are, how do you qualify potential customers and then handle their inevitable objections?  Join Craig at the Startup Oasis in Austin, TX.

November 22, 2013 - 10 a.m. - noon central
Nathan Gold - Founders School LIVE

Nathan Gold is an internationally known presentation coach who will teach you how to engage and captivate any audience whether 1 or 1,000 people. Entrepreneurs and business people will learn how to design and implement their own specific value statement. A brainstorming exercise will engage all participants in applying new knowledge to the discovery of more compelling ways to articulate the value of what they do and why they do it. Watch Nathan Gold's Presentation >

November 21, 2013 - 1 - 2:30 p.m. central
Craig Wortmann - Founders School LIVE

Craig Wortmann, CEO & Founder of Sales Engine, will ask "How to work a room? Or a phone? How do you know when you are in a "sales" conversation? And once you are, how do you qualify potential customers and then handle their inevitable objections?" These are some of the most challenging skills and disciplines for entrepreneurs to tackle when they focus on selling.  Watch Craig Wortmann's Presentation >

October 18, 2013 - 8:30 - 10 a.m. central
Meg Cadoux Hirshberg - For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families

Join us for a conversation at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center to learn about how entrepreneurs and their families can survive and thrive amidst the inevitable ups and downs of the entrepreneurial life. Meg Hirshberg has written extensively on work-life balance in her "Balancing Acts" column for Inc. magazine and in her book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families. As the wife of entrepreneur Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of Stonyfield Farm, Meg has lived the financial and emotional challenges of entrepreneurship that she will address in her talk.