Empower Conference

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The industry's best collection of CEOs and CTOs will discuss their lessons learned and insights to help you build your business faster.

Suhail Doshi

Co-founder, Mixpanel

Suhail Doshi is CEO and Co-founder at Mixpanel, which he launched in 2009 with co-founder Tim Trefren. Recognizing that technical products were being built with outdated metrics or no data at all, Suhail invented the first product analytics solution that could grant deep insight into what users are doing. He leads vision and strategy at Mixpanel, as the company continues to transform how product leaders build and measure innovative technologies across the web, the mobile space, and the internet of things.

Fireside chat

Lessons learned on Mixpanel's journey to 5 trillion data points every year. How do you know when it's time to graduate from features to products to solutions - do you let your customers drive this decision or your product aspirations?


B Byrne

Head of Product, Twilio | Co-Founder, Clef

B leads the account security Products at Twilio, including the two-factor authentication Authy products. He previously founded Clef, which powered secure, passwordless logins for more than a million websites and was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016 for Enterprise Software.

Talk: Building the ROI case for Account Security

A lot of security products are sold with big contracts based on fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Here's how API-driven products are disrupting that model by demonstrating a clear return on investment (ROI).


Kyle Wild

CEO, Keen.io

Kyle Wild co-founded Keen IO in 2012 as a part of the first class of Techstars Cloud. In his earlier career, he held positions focused on product management, software engineering, game design, and distributed systems scalability. At Keen IO, Kyle sits on the board of directors and has worked in the areas of API design, brand marketing, developer community evangelism, finance, organizational design, and recruiting. Kyle is a small-time angel investor and startup advisor, and has himself spearheaded several rounds of financing from angel investors, seed funds, and large venture capital funds.

Building & Monetizing a Hosted API Company

Strategies and anti-patterns for building powerful API businesses


Charity Majors

CEO and Co-founder, Honeycomb

Charity has been on call since age 17, a terrifying thought. She has been every sort of systems engineer and manager at Facebook, Parse, Linden Lab, etc., but somehow always ends up responsible for the databases. She likes free software, free speech and peaty single-malts.

Talk: "Everything's up!" (and other useful lies)

You can't build a great platform without great reliability and great support - and both of those depend on your platform being understandable.  Traditional monitoring tells you about the health of the service, but none of your users care about the average request latency or error rate; they care about their OWN request latency and error rate.  Let's talk about where the differences lie, and how the world's greatest platforms use tooling to inform both systems engineering and support.


Joseph Walla

CEO, HelloSign

Joseph Walla is the CEO and co-founder of San Francisco based startup HelloSign. The company’s software platform — which includes eSignature, digital workflow and electronic fax solutions — converts process to revenue for over 50,000 companies around the world with HelloSign, HelloFax and HelloWorks.

Talk: Top Lessons Learned Growing From 0-1M in SaaS Revenue

For SaaS companies, early decisions on product, pricing, partnerships, metrics and more will have a direct impact on whether your company will succeed or fail. Here are the lessons we've learned on growing from 0 to 1 million in ARR.


Ellen Chisa

Founder & CEO, stealth

Fireside Chat


Richard White

CEO, UserVoice

Richard White is Founder and CEO of UserVoice. During his time at the helm, starting in 2008, UserVoice has expanded from a small, virtual operation to a company with bi-coastal teams in San Francisco, CA and Raleigh, NC. Richard’s foundational expertise lies in UI design & UX and he has made notable contributions to the startup community through his involvement as an early member of both Founder’s Network and Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). He speaks at conferences around the world on various topics, including entrepreneurship, UX design, and the critical importance of putting customers at the center of building products.

Talk: Build vs. buy - how to navigate complex product roadmap decisions

UserVoice has gone from a simple feedback tab to a full suite of solutions to help product teams gather, manage, and analyze feedback to make data-driven decisions. Rich will talk about how UserVoice uses data to inform its product and positioning versus other tools and in-house, home-built solutions.


Christine Spang

CTO and Co-Founder, Nylas

Christine started working on free software via the Debian project when she was 15. After studying at MIT, she wrote the core mail synchronization engine for Nylas and now runs its platform team.

Talk: The markers of a healthy, well-maintained, stable API

APIs need to be available and reliable. Part of reliable includes consistency, even as you add new features and functionality. Lessons learned from scaling the Nylas API from 0 to 10 billion email messages.


John Kodumal

CTO and Co-Founder, LaunchDarkly

John co-founded LaunchDarkly and currently serves as CTO. Prior to that, he was a development manager at Atlassian, where he led engineering for the Atlassian Marketplace. He has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in programming languages and type systems and a BS from Harvey Mudd College.

Talk: SOC2 is not a 4 letter word: A startup guide to compliance

Security and security audits can be scary, time-consuming and expensive - but they don't have to be. Learn the best practices and tips on how to navigate the SOC auditing world.


Nicolas Dessaigne

Co-Founder and CEO, Algolia

Nicolas Dessaigne is the CEO and Co-founder of Algolia, a hosted Search-as-a-Service platform. Seeing search as a great touch point to optimize user engagement, Nicolas launched Algolia in 2012 with CTO and Co-founder Julien Lemoine to help developers connect their users with what matters most. Over 3,000 customers are now using Algolia to deliver instant, relevant search results to their users anywhere in the world.

Nicolas is a firm believer of “culture-first” companies, and is focused first and foremost on building just that at Algolia where ownership is the path to accomplishing their goals.

Fireside Chat: Intentionally Building A Culture For Growth



Beyond the talks we will feature many events that will give you an opportunity to network.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Meet & Greet Breakfast
Nametags, swag, light breakfast, and dark roast coffee.
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Morning Sessions
Build or buy: increasing your development team's efficiency through identification and smart deployment of best-in-class solutions.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch and Networking
Grab lunch and learn from our speakers, vendors, and fellow attendees in a gorgeous, intimate setting on the Presidio.
2:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Afternoon Sessions
From tech enablement to increased revenue: identifying and using leverage points to dramatically increase revenue through new and enhanced features.
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Cocktail Hour
Mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, product managers, and developers solving similar problems.

Why Empower

Product and engineering teams face more complex problems today than ever before. Teams must balance product, infrastructure, and user engagement needs while scaling their business. At Empower, you’ll learn how leading CEOs and CTOs have made those decisions. Product managers, tech leads, and investors will leave Empower with actual tactics and insights to make the decisions that make the difference between winning and falling behind.

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Empower will take place at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco's world-famous national park, the Presidio.

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We’ve blocked out a few discounted hotel options as it’s shaping up to be a very busy week in San Francisco, but you are free to stay wherever you like.

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Empower brings together leading CEOs, CTOs, senior product managers, engineering leaders, and investors to discuss hyper-tactical methods to building product and scaling companies. Tickets are limited to 120 leaders in the SaaS industry - get yours today!


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