Entrepreneurs gather to hear how tech fuels growth

Entrepreneurs from companies including 2U, Ionic Security, The Lean Startup, Communiclique, Speek and Take the Interview are at the Dell Inspire House in East Hampton this weekend to talk about how to use technology to scale their businesses. Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs, an organization that provides start-ups with the resources to grow, arranged a series of panels on topics from creating buzz to accessing the media and securing data.

Barry Johnson, principal of 32 Advisors and former economic advisor to President Obama, asks a question at a data security panel at Dell's Center for Entrepreneurs Weekend in East Hampton, NY

Barry Johnson asks a question at a data security panel at Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs Weekend in East Hampton, NY.

Attendees include Barry Johnson, former economic advisor to President Obama and current principal of 32 Advisors, a global consulting firm in New York City that helps companies navigate various economic, financial and regulatory obstacles; and Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invitation-only organization comprised of successful young entrepreneurs.

Friday’s sessions began with a discussion about how early-stage companies can address threats to business continuity. Panelist Jeremy Johnson, co-founder of educational technology firm 2U, described how the cloud saved his New York office during Hurricane Sandy. Panelist Adam Ghetti, founder of Ionic Security, elaborated by saying that the cloud is now a utility we’re all using, whether we’ve chosen to or not, and pressed companies to secure the data itself rather than the device on which it’s created.

The following session addressed the difficulties that women, minorities and veterans face in securing funding. Tim Reese, founder of the National Minority Angel Network and Joseph Schlater, CEO of Busara Advisors, a firm that creates customized portfolios run by minority or female hedge fund managers, stressed the importance of establishing and sharing tactics rather than dwelling on problems.

The last panel of the day featured Scott Gerber talking about how founders can tie into global trends in order to earn media coverage by serving as experts about the issues their businesses address.

The weekend’s activities run through Sunday.

Stephanie Losee

Stephanie Losee

Managing Editor at Tech Page One
Stephanie Losee is the Managing Editor of Dell Global Communications.
Stephanie Losee
Stephanie Losee
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