One Spark Speaker Summit

The World's Crowdfunding Festival Features World-Class Speakers

At last year’s One Spark festival, several people from the Harbinger team attended the underrated speaker series that was programmed by Carl Smith. At first, we just wanted to get out of the heat and melee of the festival experience to chill out in a library auditorium and see what Carl had put together, but once inside we were handily seduced by some great quality presentations. Our favorite was Scott Stratten (see his video below).

Get Your Tickets to the 2015 One Spark Speaker Summit
Tuesday, April 7 @ The Florida Theatre, 8am – 5pm

The 2015 Speaker Summit

This year Harbinger Innovation decided to sponsor the Speaker Summit. We are passionate about seeing the education component of One Spark grow and this year they moved it out of the library auditorium and into the Florida Theatre. A better venue, for sure, but if only the sparse couple hundred people that showed up last year come to the Florida Theatre, it will look and feel empty to the presenter. So please help us spread the word about this rapid-fire, single-day event loaded with talented and experienced people in the tech and startup worlds. From Jacksonville’s own activist rockers Flagship Romance to GE’s Jack Welch, this event runs the gamut with speakers from localvore to supercorporation statuses.

Better Venue, Better Entertainment, Passionate Host

FlagshipRomanceFortunately One Spark also upped their game on programming the summit as well. There is love music from Flagship Romance this year, which is a marked improvement that scales the speaker summit up closer to many other conferences in the tech world. Also, the event is hosted this year by the fabulous Daniel Austin. Jacksonville activists, downtown enthusiasts and local thespians know Daniel because of his position as Communications Director for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and/or his Best Actor in Jacksonville accolade from Folio Weekly’s 2014 Best of Jax for his role in the Northeast Florida premier of Angels in America. Daniel is passionate about Jacksonville and about One Spark, serving on the TEDxJacksonville leadership team and a proud supporter and volunteer with One Spark since its inception, including helping lead The 5 & Dime Theater Company to victory in the Art category during One Spark 2013.

The Speakers:

Jack & Suzy Welch

jack_welchJack Welch began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, became its eighth Chairman and CEO in 1981, and was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine in 2000. Upon retiring from GE in 2001, Mr. Welch published his autobiography Jack: Straight from the Gut, an international bestseller; his second international bestseller, Winning, was published in 2005 and written with his wife Suzy Welch. In 2010, he founded the Jack Welch Management Institute, a fully accredited online MBA program. Together Jack and Suzy have written the new book “The Real Life M.B.A.” which is not yet available except at their speaking engagements. The first 850 ticketed attendees will get an advance copy of the book and have an opportunity to have it signed after the event.

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff-HoffmanThe founder of and has served as leadership for a number of other familiars companies. Jeff is a featured business expert for Fox, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national CEO council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, as well as receiving the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital. Jeff supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis, serving on the global advisory boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the US State Department’s GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology), the APEC Startup Initiative (the Asia Pacific Economic Council’s 21-member nation association), and many others. He supports the White House, the State Department, USAID, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.

Tamara Mendelsohn

The Vice President of Marketing at Eventbrite, Tamara helps guide the Eventbrite brand as they acquire and delight new users and build a growing community of event organizers and attendees worldwide. Prior to Eventbrite, she was a Senior Analyst with Forrester Research, where she specialized in eCommerce technology.

Jason Zook

The founder of, Jason is an unconventional marketer and entrepreneur. He created IWearYourShirt, a company that used sponsored t-shirts to promote businesses on social media and generated over $1M. In 2012 and 2013, he auctioned off his last name to the highest bidders and most recently wrote the first fully sponsored book titled Creativity For Sale. Jason has been featured by The Today Show, CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times. Jason is an entrepreneur at heart, lives a life of intention, and continues to strive to help other people unleash their inner creativity.

Maya Penn 

MayaPennThe Founder & CEO of Maya’s Ideas, this 14-year old philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, inspirational speaker, artist, animator, coder, illustrator, and writer started designing and creating eco-friendly clothing and accessories that are sold all over the world when she was just 8 years old. She’s been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, NPR, CNN, TIME, ESSENCE, Wired, Black Enterprise, Cosmo, Ebony, and many other publications. She’s done three TEDTalks and has over a million views and growing. 10-20% of her profits go to causes that she is passionate about. In her “free time,” she runs a non-profit called Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet. She seems like a pretty amazing kid.

Ted Murphy

ted_murphyFounder, CEO & Chairman of IZEA, Ted Murphy is a serial entrepreneur who has founded six companies since 1994 and has been called the father of paid blogging and is largely credited for creating the social sponsorship industry. His vision for democratizing content and influencer compensation is now a reality in most marketing strategies, from top brands and agencies to small businesses. He has bootstrapped companies off credit cards, been VC backed, and brought IZEA public. His disruptive approach and leadership have enabled him to raise over $36 million in equity for his entrepreneurial endeavors in both public and private markets.

Nick Cicero

Editor of Social Fresh and Founder of influencer talent agency Delmondo, Nick is a digital media strategist, marketing consultant, freelance writer, audio producer and professional speaker. He works with ad agencies, brands and startups improving their digital strategy, content marketing, social media and branded entertainment marketing efforts. He was the first person to put Instagram Video on TV for Oprah, and built an innovative social content experience for the PS4 launch in North America. He is a frequent speaker and writer, having given talks at at SXSW, iSummit, Syracuse University, Pace University, San Francisco Hacker News as well as writing for The Next Web, Lost Remote, Social Fresh, The Wrap, Convince and Convert and others. He will be hosting the “Launching your idea: Promotion & Funding” panel.

Drew Hendricks

Drew is a contributor to Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur. In addition to his primary roles at Founders Space and Audiencebloom, he’s written for everything from National Geographic to The Huffington Post and has worked with a variety of startups around the globe.

Ryan Feit

RyanFeitCEO and Co-Founder of SeedInvest, a leading equity crowdfunding platform, Ryan’s background includes work for Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group. He received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

John Boitnott

Serial Entrepreneur and Columnist for Inc. Magazine, John is a journalist and digital consultant that has worked at TV, newspapers, radio and internet companies in California for 20 years. He’s an advisor at StartupGrind and has written for NBC, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, USAToday and Venturebeat among others.

Joy Randels

joyrandelsFounder/CEO of New Market Partners, Joy Randels is a serial and parallel entrepreneur who has launched 13 technology companies. New Market Partners is a startup advisory company and accelerator she founded in 2003 to assist emerging technology companies in building successful scalable businesses, andconduct due diligence for capital raises, mergers and acquisition. Joy has seen success through the acquisition of several startup ventures, most recently Velocitude, a mobile technology company acquired just 14 months after launch by Akamai Technologies. Capitalizing on years of experience she has led two IPO’s, 17 acquisitions for major tech companies and nine of her companies have been acquired. She has led public and private companies from bootstrap through venture, IPO and acquisition; raising over $350M in capital and leading teams generating in excess of $15B in revenue. She has held executive positions at industry leaders, Apple, Akamai, Netegrity, Cheyenne Software and CA Technologies. She is also an active angel investor.

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