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The Refine Series: Mike Johnston - Music and Startups
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Refine Series: Mike Johnston - Music and Startups

The Refine Series bring influential entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to the stage. Presented by The Refiners and Parisoma, each talk features a speaker with a unique success story, providing tips along the way to inspire others as they grow their business.

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Mike Johnston began studying the drums at the age of 5. He spent the next fifteen years studying privately with drumming legendsPete Magadini, Steve Ferrone, and Will Kennedy.

At the age of 21 he received his first major label record deal with his band Simon Says and spent the next 5 years touring the world. He received a gold record for his contributions to the Varsity Blues soundtrack and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as on MTV's Fashionably Loud. Mike has also toured with Warner Brothers Recording artists Filter.

In 2016 Mike won the Modern Drummer Readers Poll award for Clinician/Educator of the Year.

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Refine Series: Clara Shih - In the Facebook Era, “digital” is everyone’s job
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Refine Series: Clara Shih - In the Facebook Era, “digital” is everyone’s job

The Refine Series bring influential entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to the stage. Presented by The Refiners and Parisoma, each talk features a speaker with a unique success story, providing tips along the way to inspire others as they grow their business.

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Clara will present her last book "Social Business Imperative" and makes the case for why social media and digital have become too important and too strategic for organization leaders to completely delegate. 

Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Social, the complete client engagement solution that empowers salespeople to reach out to clients at the right time with the right message while staying in compliance with industry regulations. A pioneer in the social media industry, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007 and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured best-seller, The Facebook Era. Her latest book, The Social Business Imperative: Adapting Your Business Model to the Always-Connected Customer, was released in 2016. 

Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” BusinessWeek’s “Top Young Entrepreneurs,” and both Fortune’s and Ad Age’s “40 Under 40.” She was also named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, InvestmentNews’ “40 under 40,” and “5 to Watch” in ThinkAdvisor’s 2015 IA 35 for 35.

Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com

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Refine Series: Renaud Visage, co-founder of Eventbrite
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Refine Series: Renaud Visage, co-founder of Eventbrite

The Refine Series bring influential entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to the stage. Presented by The Refiners and Parisoma, each talk features a speaker with a unique success story, providing tips along the way to inspire others as they grow their business.

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Renaud Visage is the technical co-founder and CTO of leading online event management company Eventbrite.

Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any live experience. Launched in 2006 and based in San Francisco, Eventbrite has raised $200M in venture capital. It employs more than 500 people on four continents, and is available in 14 countries and 7 languages.

When Renaud is not writing code, he’s either helping other start-ups scale and this is exactly why he will be here tonight!

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