Top 10 Entrepreneur Conferences in 2018 for Aspiring CEOs of the Future

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“As an entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges that you will face will be building your brand. The ultimate goal is to set your company and your brand apart from the crowd. If you form a strategy without doing the research, your brand will barely float – and at the speed industries move today, brands sink fast.” – Ryan Holmes – Founder and CEO – Hootsuite

With success stories of the past, such as Snapchat and Hootsuite, being an entrepreneur looks like a piece of cake; come up with a rocking idea and voila! Success is upon your feet! Well, hate to burst your bubble, but not quite. The above scenario mentioned by Ryan pretty much sums it up as this is what happens with virtually all the aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.

Have you ever thought about from where you can get the best insight about the tech industry and a chance for networking with likeminded people? Conferences are perhaps the answer for both the questions. There are hundreds of conferences which are scheduled all year round. Of course you can’t attend them all, but as an aspiring entrepreneur, such conferences are an amazing experience to say the least.

Following is the list of top 10 Entrepreneurial Conferences which I can recommend to students, fresh graduates and people in the industry as all can benefit everyone in some way or the other:

  1. SaaStr Annual, 6th-8th February, San Francisco, CA

While this exclusively serves the enterprise software industry, there are ample opportunities for everyone attending it to gain some insight and knowledge about what’s trending in the overall tech industry as well. This event features over 250 speakers including HubSpot’s co-founder Dharmesh Shah and Box’s CEO Aaron Levie. With over 40 hours of content that includes how to double your sales in 30 days to making inroads in the AI field, this is surely going to be a conference that you can’t afford to miss.

  1. Startup Grind Global Conference, 12th – 14th February, Redwood City, CA

With leaders and top ranking officials from companies like Google, LinkedIn, Reddit and Slack offering keynote speeches, the Grind Global Conference is looking to be in top shape this year. And don’t forget that over 5,000 investors and founders will also grace the event. So as an aspiring entrepreneur or a CEO yourself, note the dates for making the most of the conference on the very first day.

  1. The Montgomery Summit, 7th – 8th March, Santa Monica, CA

Montgomery Summit is an extension of the Montgomery Technology Conference which is in its 11th year now. Top investors from around the world are expected to come to Santa Monica along with top executives of Fortune 500 companies to discuss and explain what is going to be the future of technology and business in the days to come.

  1. CEO Space 19th – 24th March, Palm Harbor, FL

Not that well known among people who are new in the industry, you will be astonished to know that the event has been going strong for over 30 years now. It is billed as a business growth accelerator conference and why not. With 5 annual conferences, each constituting a 5 day event, it’s rather hard to miss this one as you have 5 choices to attend the event starting in March, and repeating in May, July, October and December. Please refer to the official website for more information.

  1. The Human Gathering, 5th – 7th April, Los Angeles, CA

You can deem this conference somewhat peculiar in the sense that it gathers a community of impressive individuals who look forward to helping all the people attending the conference get empowered. This is done by speakers who are authority in their respective fields. This year alone, the illustrious list includes billionaire Todd Wagner and Rainn Wilson to name a few.

  1. Collision, 30th April – 3rd May, New Orleans, LA

This conference attracted scores of people in 2017 from around the world, who got a chance to enjoy the unique culture of New Orleans along the way. It was amongst the most hyped conferences in the tech and entrepreneurship circles throughout 2017 and this year it’s also going to be exciting. With CEOs of top companies and influencers certain to attend the event, this is surely the place to network with industry giants and like-minded people.

  1. Consensus 14th – 16th May, New York, NY

With the recent upsurge of Bitcoin which was unheard of in recent times along with other cryptocurrencies, these are the hottest topics circulating nowadays and will be discussed in this conference along with the Block chain. The stage will be set in the Big Apple that is also a good reason to attend especially if you are from a small city or rural area to make your mark by networking with the big-wigs of the Industry. If you want to know firsthand what the future holds for cryptocurrencies in general and where the industry is heading in the future, this conference is the right fit for you.

  1. TechCrunch Disrupt, 15th – 17th May, New York, NY and 5th – 7th September, San Francisco, CA

This is one conference offering cutting-edge information to everyone attending it with emphasis on tech startups. Future entrepreneurs will really love to hear from the industry experts and the now famous Startup Battlefield competition is the one place to make your dreams come true. Another important feature is that the conference will be held in NYC and San Francisco in May and September respectively so people living on either East or West coast would have equal opportunities to attend it.

  1. Gathering of Games, 5th – 7th September, Dallas, TX

The name sounds a lot like a new episode of Game of Thrones, but believe me, this is a serious and proper conference you should really think about attending. In 2017, it drew a lot of participants who interacted with each other to learn and share the best practices. The conference covered influential topics, such as employee empowerment, leadership development, information sharing and business and financial literacy training. This year will also witness lots of topics that will garner the attention of participants for sure.

  1. Web Summit 5th – 8th November, Lisbon, Portugal

Web Summit is the only conference in this list that will be held outside the United States and in the capital of Portugal. With over 60,000 attendees likely to be present in Lisbon in November, it is one of the most important events in the calendar for aspiring and current entrepreneurs looking for knowledge and wisdom. The large number of participants make it the best place for networking as well.

Final Word

Tech and entrepreneurial conferences are very common these days, which is why it’s not easy for any person not familiar with the theme and style of such conferences to find the right one for him. I am sure that by going through the above list just once, you will be able to identify exactly what the conference is all about and what you can learn by attending it.

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