Hot topics at HostingCon 2012 will range from the practical to the political, with keynote sessions presenting expert advice for starting and running a hosting company, as well as a look at the policy issues that may impact hosting providers. HostingCon, the conference and trade show for the hosted services and Internet infrastructure industry, is scheduled for July 16-18 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA.
This year’s event is anticipated to bring together more than 2,000 professionals from 30 countries to network and learn about the industry. Use coupon code DCKHC2012 to receive discounts ($60 off full 3-day conference with lunch, $30 off a single day pass, or $10 off an exhibits only pass).
Noam Wasserman, a professor at Harvard Business School and author of the book titled “The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup,” is this year’s opening keynote. Wasserman, who for more than a decade has focused on founders’ early decisions that can make or break the start-up and its team, developed and currently teaches an MBA elective “Founders’ Dilemmas.” In his class and book, Wasserman draws on more than a decade of research into the most common pitfalls faced by the founders of technology startups. He integrates data collected from 10,000 founders with the inside of stories of three dozen founders, including Evan Williams (Blogger and Twitter) and Tim Westergren (Pandora Radio), to provide insights into how decisions made early in a business’s life can affect its success. In a keynote presentation, Wasserman will address early equity decisions, investment dilemmas, and the conflict between wealth and control.
The second day keynote is Eric Hanselman, a 20-year tech industry veteran and current Research Director at 451 Research (operators of Uptime Institute.) On the final day, a panel of key legislative decision makers will discuss the topic of “Legislating for the Global Good: How We Can Help Lawmakers Understand the Internet.” Panel participants include technology advisers to U.S. Congress, and public policy counsel from Google and the Consumer Electronics Association.
The event includes:
Deep-Dive Educational Sessions – More than 72 industry experts and thought leaders present 50+ educational sessions across four tracks including marketing/sales, technology/operations, management and emerging industry trends.
An ISV Focused Tuesday Track – The market opportunity independent software vendors (ISV) provide hosting companies is huge. The Industry Trends track on Tuesday will focus solely on how hosting companies can leverage this massive opportunity, bringing in speakers from the thriving Boston ISV market to provide insights and share experience.
A Range of Speakers – Joining familiar HostingCon speaking veterans such as Christian Dawson, William Toll and Adam Eisner are new speakers. Rebecca Corliss of HubSpot will teach attendees tips on using inbound marketing for lead generation, Lou Honick of Host Merchant Services, LLC, will lead a panel on best practices for payment processing and Rob Duffy of mindShift Technologies, Inc. will show attendees how to talk to non-technical SMBs in a language they can understand.
A Bigger Exhibit Hall – Organizers say the exhibit hall size has been increased by 20 percent. More than 150 exhibitors will be on hand, including Data Foundry, Dell, EVOswitch, GlobalSign, LuxCloud, Neustar, NovaStor, Scality, Secure128, SoftLayer, TeleCity Group, VMWare, and more innovative companies serving cloud, data security and storage markets.
Registration is available on www.HostingCon.com. Use coupon code DCKHC2012 to receive any of the following discounts depending on your registration type – $60 off full 3-day conference with lunch, $30 off a single day pass, or $10 off an exhibits only pass.