If there is a reckoning coming in 2016 (and there is), then it’s clear that discipline and execution have never been more important for founders and executives of fast-growing, advanced early- and mid-stage startups looking to raise more funding, scale their companies and improve their overall financial and operational performance. On March 1 and 2, venture capitalists and C-level executives of hot startups pushing the bounds of what’s possible gathered at The Union League Club in New York to talk vision, speed and execution.
Jet founder and CEO Marc Lore delved into pricing, deals, distribution and why Amazon alone won’t own the shopping club marketplace. Sidewalk Labs chairman and CEO Dan Doctoroff detailed the urgency of rethinking cities and how technology will play a pivotal role in improving urban life for residents and businesses. Symphony founder and CEO David Gurle talked openly about cloud-based secure communications, embracing other apps as part of Symphony’s architecture and the much-talked about challenge to Bloomberg. Plus, POPSUGAR’s Anna Fieler on marketing, First Round Capital’s Howard Morgan on the talent wars, Greycroft Partners’s Alan Patricof on funding, NextNews Ventures’s Gordon Crovitz on beefing up management ranks and CollegeHumor’s Ricky Van Veen on selling his company and going corporate.by