More you say? Why, certainly.

We are proud to announce yet another five speakers for the Powder Keg today! Once again, thanks to all of you for your support. And a another huge shout out to ExactTarget for their collaboration with our event. Take a peek at these impressive additions to an already jam-packed speaker lineup – all the more reason to snag your ticket, while there are still some left! Want the definition of a go-getter? I think I have five for you to choose from below.


Carla Valdes,

Carla Valdes

General Partner at

Carla is the lady of the land when it comes to Founders Funding Founders. Along with Jonathon Perelli (another Powder Keg speaker!), she has helped grow, a D.C.-based investment fund, and co-founded their accelerator, The Fort. She knows social, marketing, PR and portfolio management and strategy as she works to find, mentor and grow successful startups time and again.


Chris McCann, Startup Digest

Chris McCann

Co-founder at StartupDigest

You can call him an entrepreneur, writer, or lifelong student of psychology and philosophy. He’s led the entrepreneurial programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, co-founded StartupDigest, helped start TEDx Silicon Valley, served as a mentor for the Thiel Foundation 20 Under 20 program, and on and on. When it comes down to it, he’s recognized around the world for his entrepreneurial drive and expertise, especially when it came to creating a new group structure for StartupDigest’s 300,000 member community, thinking about events as an entry point to new communities.


Brent Hieggelke, Urban AirshipBrent Hieggelke

CMO at Urban Airship (Connections Presenter)

Hailing from Portland, Brent has built several strong brands in his career. He can talk brand strategy, web analytics, behavioral targeting, site optimization, and, most passionately, entrepreneurship. In the midst of his impressive marketing career, he co-founded Second Porch, which was then acquired by a larger online vacation rental platform, HomeAway. He’s now the CMO at Urban Airship, an ExactTarget partner and highly successful mobile technology company.


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Manpreet Singh, Seva CallManpreet Singh

President & COO at Seva Call

Manpreet started early. He began his entrepreneurial career running a social networking startup in high school with his brother and continued his entrepreneurial drive as first employee at a D.C.-based investment management firm, Profit Investment Management, which went on to grow its assets 100 times over. While studying full-time, he became one of the youngest CFA charter holders in the world. Today, he’s President & COO of Seva Call, which recently went through a $1.3 million funding round and plans to launch nationally. He’s on a roll.


Matt Blumberg, Return PathMatt Blumberg

Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman at Return Path (Connections Presenter)

Matt is a technology and marketing entrepreneur in NYC, Colorado, California, and event London or Paris, depending on the day of the week. He’s an internet industry veteran of 16 years and started a company called Return Path in 1999 that boasts status as the global market leaders in a corner of the email universe called email certification and deliverability. He still runs it today. He’s also played his hand at marketing and online services at MovieFone, venture capital at General Atlantic Partners, and consulting at Mercer Management Consulting. Not to mention, he’s a Princeton grad. Oh, and he blogs.


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