Before we show you what we’ve got up our sleeve, let me give you an idea of how we pulled this off.

Through the awesome support of people like like you, and our close partnership with Exact Target, we’ve been able to bring you some awesome speakers in this inaugural year of the Powder Keg. Since Powder Keg attendees will be joining the Connections 2012 crew for a half day on the first full day of the Powder Keg, we’ll experience some astonishing presentations as well as some of our own…

Scott Case, Startup America

Scott Case

Startup America CEO

Scott is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was a founding CTO of As the CEO of Startup America, Scott now helps build enterprises that use technology, commercial processes, and incentives to create sustainable, scalable solutions to improve people’s lives.

david blaine magic

David Blaine

Professional Illusionist

For more than a decade, David Blaine has been attracting the world’s attention with his high-profile endurance stunts—from being buried alive in New York City for a week to being encased in a six-ton block of ice for three days and three nights, among other amazing feats.


jonathon perrelliJonathon Perrelli

Founding Partner at

Founder at Plesk, The Shadow Group, eTantrum, SecureSoftware, and SecureForce. he then became an Angel investor in companies like Plaxo, FormSpring, FormStack, and Blackridge. He founded, a DC-based investment fund and their accelerator, The Fort.



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zach maier

Zach Maier

Product Manager at foursquare

Zach is the Product Manager at foursquare, where he is building an entirely new way for businesses to connect with local customers. Prior to foursquare, he spent 2.5 years at Google, where he worked to kickstart Google’s social business platform and social search ads teams, as well as a complete redesign of Google’s API.


dave knoxDave Knox

Co-Founder at The Brandery

Dave Co-Founded The Brandery, a Cincinnati-based startup accelerator that was recently named as one of the top programs in the country. Knox has a knack for identifying emerging trends in the digital space and leading innovation. He leads as the the CMO at Rockfish Interactive and Rockfish Brand Ventures.


erik martinErik Martin

General Manager at reddit

Erik has a passion for community and crowdsourced content. At reddit, he leads as the General Manager and helps make online advertising suck less. Erik was also recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.


tom searcyTom Searcy

Author and Sales Expert

Tom Searcy is a nationally recognized author and expert in key account sales. His methods of unlocking explosive growth were developed through years of real-world success. By the age of 40, Searcy has led four corporations, transforming annual revenues of less than $15 million to as much as $200 million in each case.


We just released 50 Early-Bird tickets available for purchase now. If you can’t grab one now, don’t sweat it. We’ll make more tickets available at different price tiers later.

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