Network with other independent entrepreneurs and learn from seasoned professionals to navigate the complexities of working for yourself.
Mitch Ratcliffe, Partner, Metaforce
Mitch Ratcliffe is a business, product and marketing leader with 35 years of experience in local media, technology marketing, online and broadcast publishing, digital media, and the on-demand economy. He solves hard problems, coaches teams through product ideation, and creates successful product management and go-to-market programs. Mitch is co-inventor of an early social influence analytics system and, at The Gig Economy Group, designed the company’s machine learning-enabled sales coaching platform and marketplace technologies.
As an advisor and consultant, Mitch has served on the founding board of directors of match.com, supported the business planning and launch of Audible.com and its early podcasting offerings, social media initiatives at Lenovo, and publication turnarounds and launches at Ziff-Davis, SoftBank Conference & Exposition Co., ZDNet, and CNET.
Olivier Taupin, Founder, Joivy
Olivier Taupin is known as one of the top 10 most connected
professionals on LinkedIn. His work includes founding some of the largest LinkedIn
groups, including 1M-member Linked:HR, the world’s largest HR community,
256K-member Linked:Energy and 122K-member Career & Leadership Development
Strategies, and Linked:Seattle with 56K members. He is the founder of a new
social platform, Joivy, intended to connect internal and external
communications in one integrated tool.
For the last 30 years, Olivier has used his networking talent to build
multi-million-dollar business partnerships with OEMs, distribution channels,
and technology joint-ventures.