NewCo Detroit: Sept 18, 2014

 VIP Plenary Kick-offs NewCo Detroit 2014

For a second consecutive year Detroit’s most innovative companies will open their doors to executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and future influencers during NewCo Detroit (previously called OpenCo). 56 host companies, in several Detroit neighborhoods, have signed up to deliver 58 presentations designed specifically for the NewCo audience .

A VIP Plenary will kick-off the one-day festival on Wednesday night, September 17 at 6:00 pm at the fabulous Madison Building, 1555 Broadway St.  The keynote speaker is New York Times best-selling author and local business leader, David Farbman,  Farbman, CEO of HealthRise Solutions, founder and chairman of Carbon Media Group and a principal in NAI Farbman, will share how he used the hunt system, as high-lighted in his book, The Hunt: Target, Track and Attain Your Goals, to overcome his own challenges and create a highly successful media company.

He’ll share how an individual can align the needed variables to create a solution, reveal his secrets to becoming a true hunter and speak to how vision, belief, conviction and clarity are imperative to future success. In addition to our keynote speaker, John Notarianni from Issue Media Group will moderate a panel of local entrepreneurs who will discuss “How Detroit Entrepreneurs Are Transforming Neighborhoods.”  In Detroit, entrepreneurs are driving positive neighborhood change.  The panel will examine doing business in Detroit and forward facing lessons to share.  They’ll explore how entrepreneurs are activating physical spaces and laying the groundwork for neighborhood reinvention.  You will get an inside peek to these Detroit businesses!

The panel consists of:

Following the program is a cocktail hour for networking and discussion.  Food and drinks will be served.  The Madison rooftop with its fabulous view of the city has been reserved. We hope you join us for this exciting evening to kick off this year’s NewCo Detroit!  To purchase your VIP ticket, sign up now at NewCo Detroit. Discounts are available for group sales.



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2013 Host Company Participants

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Global Advisory Council

John Borthwick – CEO – Betaworks   /   Ron Conway – Founder & Managing Partner – Angel Investors   /   Dick Costolo – CEO – Twitter   /   Brad Feld – Managing Director – Foundry Group   /   Jason Hirschhorn – CEO and Chief Curator – The ReDEF Group   /   Arianna Huffington - President and Editor-In-Chief – Huffington Post Media Group   /   Matt Seiler - Global CEO – IPG Mediabrands   /   Morgan Spurlock – Filmmaker – Warrior Poets   /   Gary Vaynerchuk – CEO & Founder – VaynerMedia   /  Jeff  Weiner – CEO – LinkedIn   /   Rachel Whetstone – Sr. VP, Communications & Public Policy – Google   /   Fred Wilson – Co-Founder – Union Square Ventures

2014 NewCo Detroit Advisory Council

Jay Adelson – Chairman, Founder, Opsmatic; Formerly CEO, Digg  / Devon Akmon - Director, Arab American National Museum  /  Toby Barlow - Detroit evangelist/business owner, NY Times writer, novelist (Sharp Teeth and Babayaga), Chief Creative Officer of Team Detroit (Ford’s Global agency)  /    Jeff DeGraff - Professor at University of Michigan Ross School of Business, author, TED speaker extraordinaire, head of Innovatrium  /  Kerry Doman - Founder/CEO, After5Detroit  /  Dave Egner – CEO, Hudson Webber Foundation; Director, New Economy Initiative for SE Michigan  /  Mary Henige - Director, Social Media, Digital Communications, Research & Reputation Strategy General Motors Company  /  Mary Kubitskey - Chevrolet /   Josh Linkner - NYT Best Selling Author/Speaker on Creativity|CEO/Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners|Founder/Chairman, ePrize  /  Sue Mosey - President, Midtown Detroit, Inc.    /  Jason Raznick - CEO, Benzinga/Contributor to Forbes  / Richard Rogers – President, College for Creative Studies (CCS) /Rev. Lary Simmons – Interim Executive Director - Administration, Brightmoor Alliance, Pastor of Baber Memorial A.M.E Church / Ned Staebler - VP for Economic Development, Wayne State University /  Susan Thompson - Directory of media, social media & CRM, Chyrsler Group, LLC /  Marc Weiser - Founder and Managing Director, RPM Ventures