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Building More Resilient and Empowered Zebras
As non status quo leaders, Zebras face all the challenges of starting and growing businesses with the added risk of being marginalized and even attacked by status quo competitors and opponents. This session will discuss ways to minimize that risk and build greater resiliency as leaders and organizations. This session shares the story of someone whose business was temporarily destroyed by not being prepared to deal with targeted opposition and the lessons learned through the process of recovery and reinvention. Come learn tools for developing resiliency and empowerment as a non-status quo leader (and human being).Cylvia HayesNo limit
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How to measure IMPACT? Pull vs Push ImpactMany of us are familiar with financial metrics such as profit. The focus on growth or profit alone has led to many destructions. Impact, as a soft metric, is difficult to measure. However, what gets measured, gets improved. So how do we measure impact and define pull (positive) vs push impact.Mina FungNo limit
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How to disrupt venture capitalVenture Capital (VC) has been around for a long time and the way these VC firms operate seems to have been set in stone. There has to be new and different ways to approach Venture Capital. Let’s discuss different models the structure of VC firms, VC funding, and selecting companies.McKeever (Mac) ConwellNo limit
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Unicorns Are From Mars and Zebras Are From Venus: Investigating Masculine and Feminine Energy in the Business WorldTo state the obvious, the current business world is totally out of whack. In the Unicorn vs. Zebra ethos, Unicorn businesses align very closely with masculine energy and Zebra's with feminine energy. It is my supposition that through hundreds of years of western cultural alignment with patriarchal systems, masculine energy has been prioritized and feminine energy has been devalued, creating a world out of balance. This conversation will shed light on what these energies are, how they play into our current state of business and what we can do to move forward to balance these energies inside of us and in the (business) world around us. Andrea NewberryNo Limit
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Zebra, what are you? Zebras, what are we?Part I: “Zebra” is an emerging concept. Self-identified Zebras are as varied as they are similar. Founders describe them in many ways, emphasizing one or more of the following: social impact; growth profile; industry focus; geographical focus; target market; founder profile (female, minority, etc.); ownership or governance structure (ESOP, cooperative, etc.). When I describe the Zebra movement, people ask, “What’s a Zebra?” How would you answer? Part II: Do Zebras have enough in common to cohere as an activist Community? What might it look like? What might it accomplish?Neil KimmelfieldNo Limit
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What is Branding?You know you need branding, but what is it really? How does it work? What’s involved? And can you do it yourself? Come find out what branding is and how it works. Get tips for how to do your best when you’re DIY-ing your branding. And find out what to consider when it’s time to bring in expert help.Janet HagerNo Limit. needs to be an early session, preferably the first time slot.
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Unique Legal Issues for Zebra CompaniesFrom raising capital to exit, Zebra companies behave differently from others, and traditional legal constructs don't always fit. We will discuss the spectrum of possible Zebra legal structures, from traditional for-profit models to "hybrid" or "tandem" structures to non-profits, as well as opportunities and pitfalls related to the same. We will also discuss how lawyers can better serve Zebra companies... How can we reduce transaction costs? What changes need to be made to legal ethics rules to permit a more collaborative model of business? What should the lawyer's role be?Kate Kilberg, Kimberly Pray, Brian MikulencakNo limit. Please schedule an early session.
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Blockchain to the People[THIS NEEDS A DESCRIPTION]Kelcey GosserandNo limit
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Building a Community Around Your BrandBuilding an engaged community around your brand is one of the most affordable ways to grow and support your startup. When we launched our company, Webjunto, we focused on giving back to the community and have since built up a community that has grown to 1400+ active members. As we continue to grow, we’ve also begun building out sub-communities and increasing our mailing list to 4000+ entrepreneurs and technologists. Together we’ll uncover how you might get started with building and growing your own community!Liz BrownNo limit
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Enough with Tech! Building Durable Companies with Durable Products Delivering Durable Value
Science and engineering based companies making physical products deliver durable value to society and the environment but are challenged with long development paths, limited opportunity to "fail fast and iterate" and demanding customers in regulated markets. What can we learn from each other about making the success path more likely?Joseph Steig, Chair of Greentown LearnNo limit
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Generative Organisations, Sustainable leadership, Meaningful workplacesBefore answering the question of who we are as Zebras, what and how we want to build our organisations and our world, we need to ask where the questions and answers are forming. Why? Because we have noticed in our years of working in deep transformation and change that what we create ultimately reflects our internal personal or collective paradigm. No amount of new funding concepts, clever branding, feel good bandaids or strategic planning can hide this for very long. A paradigm shift outside requires a paradigm shift inside. The key to generative personal and collective growth is a lived experience of connection, relationship and our underlying interdependance. At the Open Circle we focus on rebuilding the infrastructure of connection where it is needed most, in organisations and communities that are on the frontlines of system change and social evolution. Come to this session to experience practices and skills we share that have helped to support continued connection and meaning amidst constant planetary change.Adam Rumack and Miriam Joy Jones - co founders of the Open Circle no limit
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Alternative Financing Models: Does Equity Even Work for Most Zebras? A Brainstorming and Feedback SessionThere's a divide between financing for small businesses - traditional bank loans, small business grants, etc - and venture-backed startups. But there's a middle ground missing, a blindspot in how investors diligence and invest in zebras, specifically. At Village Capital, we have been using revenue share agreements for our less traditional but still high potential companies to meet them in the middle: but is that enough? There's a world of wonky funding vehicles out there - join me in discussing and assessing the pros and cons of non-traditional funding strategies. Emily Edwards, Village Capitalno limit
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Know your numbers to grow your biz and communicate your vision with numbers for funding roundsFoster dialogue on the challenges facing by Zebra founders on skills such as growth, money and scale as suggested by fellow Dazzlecon partcipant, Ava St. Claire. Share knowledge on business & financial models for operation and funding purposes. Money / number is critical for any business plan or marketing plan.Mina Fung, M+Consulting, CoCanopyno limit
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Human Computer Interaction Design Paradigms in Immersive ComputingHow will people design products and experience in VR and AR? We will discuss new HCI design principles to consider for the next geneation of consumer productsRussell Ladson (Founder/CEO of Drop)
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Steward-Ownership - Structuring and Financing Purpose Driven CompaniesThe question many Zebras are asking themselves is: how can we align our impact and financing, without sacrificing our mission in the long term. Steward-Ownership is a solution that allow Zebras to get the best of the for-profit and non-profit models. This session will be to dig into the practicalities of implementing S.O. and sharing examples and templates of terms that entreprenuers can use to finance their mission-driven companies.Derek Razo & Alex Kuhl (Co-founders at Purpose Ventures)
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