StartupHPC Community to Host Meetup at SC14 in New Orleans

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StartupHPC-imageIn this special guest feature, Cydney Ewald writes that the newly formed StartupHPC community will host its first-ever Meetup at SC14 in New Orleans.

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SC14 will be in New Orleans this year. And we are holding our first meetup on Nov 17th in New Orleans.  Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community.

We’re delighted to feature Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures, and Thomas Thurston of both WR Hambrecht & Co and Growth Science, as two keynoters.  We’ll announce additional speakers over the next few weeks.


Adrian Cockcroft, Battery Ventures

Adrian was named one of the top leaders in Cloud Computing in 2011 and 2012 by SearchCloudComputing magazine.  He advises Battery Ventures and its portfolio companies about technology issues and assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.  Before joining Battery, Adrian helped lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform. He was a founding member of eBay Research Labs, developing advanced mobile applications and even building his own homebrew phone, years before iPhone and Android launched. As a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems he wrote the best-selling“Sun Performance and Tuning” book and was chief architect for Sun’s HPC and Visualization group.  Follow him on Twitter: @adrianco.


Thomas Thurston, CEO of Growth Science & Partner at WR Hambrecht + Co.

Thomas is a Partner at WR Hambrecht + Co, an investing firm in San Francisco where he leads research and venture capital. The firm and founder Bill Hambrecht have participated in over 500 IPOs and venture investments including Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Genentech, Google and Netscape.  He is also CEO of Growth Science, a data science lab in Portland that uses algorithms to predict the rise and fall of businesses. Growth Science works with an elite roster of Fortune 500 firms and has helped guide billions in growth investments spanning private equity, organic growth and acquisitions.  He serves on the Board of Directors at Ironstone Group, a private equity firm based in San Francisco.  Thomas and his early research were the subject of book The Innovator’s Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth by bestselling author Michael Raynor.  He was a resident Fellow at the Harvard Business School, collaborating with Professor Clayton Christensen.

startuphpcThe agenda for the meetup will also include advice on how to go about forming a company, building a team, launching the company/product, and finding early customers.

Tickets for the Meetup are on sale now.

Hope you can make it!

Sign up for the StartupHPC Community * Register for the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

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