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Wednesday, Sep 30
6:00pm — 9:00pm
Chambers Grant Salon
555 attending

Denver Founders - Ground Control to Major Tom

You've heard of rocket ship companies? In this session the Denver Founders meetup recruited a panel of VIP Founders from some of the biggest rocket ship companies in the area. We'll explore what hyper-growth looks like through a founder's eyes. We'll ask the big questions, like "how do you scale culture?", and "what roles do founders play in companies that are blowing up... in a good way?" As they look back on their creation from orbit, we ask "If they could do it all over again, what would they change and why?" Consider Space Camp to be in session.

Panelists include:

Edward Kim -- Co-Founder and CTO of Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

Stuart Wall -- Founder and CEO of Signpost

Lawrence Hester -- Co-Founder and CEO of FareHarbor

Edward Kim, Co-Founder and CTO, Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

Edward oversees all engineering and software development at ZenPayroll, ensuring customers have access to the most secure and easiest to use payroll solution on the market.

Prior to co-founding ZenPayroll, Edward was the CEO and co-founder of Picwing.com, a Y Combinator-funded startup and photo-printing platform that was acquired by Picplum in 2011. Before founding Picwing.com, Edward worked as a senior project engineer at Volkswagen Group of America Electronics Research Lab, where he led research and development for cloud-based navigation and speech recognition systems for Volkswagen and Audi. Edward is also the developer of several award-winning Android apps that have generated more than $1 million in revenue.

Edward holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Stuart Wall -- Founder and CEO of Signpost
As the CEO and founder of Signpost, Stuart oversees all aspects of strategy, operations and product development. Stuart launched Signpost in 2010 and has since led the company through initial funding from Google Ventures and Spark Capital to the large, growing business Signpost is today. Stuart writes a blog on the local advertising space for the Huffington Post, VentureBeat, Business Insider and CNBC.

Prior to Signpost, Stuart worked at Bain & Company, a leading global consulting firm, where he provided strategic advice to Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms. He graduated summa cum laude with honors from Miami University with a degree in Finance and a double minor in French and Entrepreneurship. Stuart received an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School.

Lawrence Hester -- Co-Founder and CEO of FareHarbor
Lawrence is the CEO of FareHarbor and co-founded the company with his brother in January 2013. Before founding FareHarbor, Lawrence launched a gourmet crouton company and worked as a marketing and business development consultant for OvaScience, Inc., a leading female fertility biotechnology company. Lawrence previously worked at Credit Suisse in New York as an equity block trader.

Lawrence graduated from Brown University in 2006, where he was an active member of the sailing team and the general manager of the school’s independent newspaper. Lawrence is an Ironman and is regularly training for a biking, running, or swimming endurance event.

Denver Founders network hosts a community-driven conversation every month. Join us for what promises to be an insightful and entertaining evening.