Take your business to the next stage

with real world tools and actionable insight.

When

September 10-12, 2017


STAGES PDX IS


Stages PDX is a two-day working conference for entrepreneurs from all industries. Join expert speakers and successful startup founders to learn the specific tools and knowledge that will take your company to the next stage. Most conferences stop at the why. Discover the how at Stages.



HERE AT STAGES

WE HELP YOU:




  • Connector.

    Build Community

    Bringing together entrepreneurs from across industries and levels

  • Connector.

    Make Connection

    Connecting you with entrepreneurs who are at the same stage of business development

  • Connector.

    Develop Skills

    Providing programming that addresses the challenges most critical to you Features main stage talks, pitch practice, work sessions with experts, and networking with fellow entrepreneurs and industry experts


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• Listen to inspirational talks.
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• Get advice from experienced founders.

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Some of the Amazing


CAST

& CREW


of last year’s stages

Genevieve LeMarchal


Get Sadie
www.genevievelemarchal.com
Learn More Here

Genevieve LeMarchal

COMPANY:GetSadie
SHORT BIO:I am an entrepreneur with nearly a decade of experience ranging from basket weaving in the Amazon Rainforest, to SaaS mobile platforms in Portland. I have worked on everything from apps for aviation; to business development for agencies. I’ve pitched at YCombinator, in airplane hangers, and while dragging a pressure washer through downtown Seattle. I’ve keynoted to huge ballrooms of executives, roasted coffee, and created marketing plans for women in the Peruvian Andes.
WEBSITE: www.genevievelemarchal.com
TWITTER:@genlemarchal

Kedma Ough


Small Business Development
@KedmaOugh
Learn More Here

Kedma Ough

COMPANY:Small Business Development Center MHCC
SHORT BIO: Kedma Ough is a proven champion for small businesses. She is an inventor, author, speaker and a fifth-generation entrepreneur. Ough provides honest, straightforward education to innovators on feasibility, funding and free resources.
WEBSITE: www.entrepreneur.com/author/kedma-s-ough
TWITTER: @KedmaOugh

Ray King


Top Level Design
www.toplevel.design/
Learn More Here

Ray King

COMPANY: Top Level Design
SHORT BIO: Ray King began his career by creating The Computer Workshop with a group of friends which offered computing classes at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. This venture earned him $60,000, enough to cover tuition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for one year. King studied computer science there until he left in 1984 to start Semaphore Inc. which sold accounting and project management software, that he had begun developing in college, to architecture and engineering firms. He founded SnapNames, which specialized in “snapping up” expired domain names, in 2000 after relocating to Portland, Oregon. King left the company in 2005 and founded the wiki Internet domain directory AboutUs.org in 2006. He served as chief executive officer until stepping down in 2013. In 2012, he and his brother-in-law founded the registry Top Level Design, which manages the new top-level domains .design, .ink, and .wiki. King and his wife have one daughter and reside in the Portland metropolitan area.
WEBSITE: www.toplevel.design
TWITTER: @rathbone

Heather Wilde


CTO of ROCeteer
heathriel.com/about/
Learn More Here

Heather Wilde

COMPANY: Roceteer
SHORT BIO: Heather is currently the CTO of ROCeteer, a Las Vegas company that provides Coaching and support services to ecosystems globally. In tandem to this role, she enjoys performing as an advisor to startups and coaching their entrepreneurs.
She also serves on the IT Sector Council of Nevada to help create and expand initiatives statewide in STEM Education and job growth, and volunteers her time with Girls in Tech, a 501(c)3 that encourages diversity and inclusiveness in the STEM sector and also serves on the board of directors of the NeverGiveUp Foundation.
Heather is also proud to be a member of the Advisory Board for the Howard R. Hughes School of Engineering at the University of Nevada.
WEBSITE: heathriel.com/about/
TWITTER: @heathriel

Janet Clesse Hager


Tinfishi
www.tinfishi.com
Learn More Here

Janet Clesse Hager

COMPANY: Tinfishi
SHORT BIO: Janet Hager grew up in Buffalo, NY and she firmly believes that professional hockey should only be played in cities that get actual snow on a yearly basis. Her parents tricked her into attending Cornell University (thankfully) after which she spent time in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. She was born a Boston driver, but living there made her a better Boston driver. Janet has been working in design and marketing for over 20 years, crafting an approach grounded in communication theory, solid business thinking, education, and relationship development. In 2001 she moved to Portland and opened Tinfish Initiatives, where she helps business owners build their best business with evocative marketing and branding.
WEBSITE: www.tinfishi.com

Ivo Lukas


Founder/CEO 24Notion
24notion.tv/
Learn More Here

Ivo Lukas

COMPANY: 24Notion
SHORT BIO: Ivo has over 16+ years of experience in building and maintaining an all integrated brand, marketing, digital and technology power for Fortune 500/1000 companies. She builds unique offline/online marketing/technology businesses from ground up with track record in bringing in the bottom line results.
Ivo Lukas is the Founder/CEO for 24Notion. 24Notion is the first integrated marketing/digital PR & lifestyle agency with special emphasis on giving back to the global communities. With a broad understanding the art of non- traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence. 24Notion ranked #12 in Corporate Philanthropy nominated by Portland Business Journal Book of List.
WEBSITE: 24notion.tv/
TWITTER: @mssonicflare

Rebecca Lovell


Director, Entrepreneurship and Industry City of Seattle
www.seattle.gov
Learn More Here

Rebecca Lovell

COMPANY: Roceteer
SHORT BIO: Entrepreneur enthusiast. Mentor, coach, and matchmaker. Instructor and operator. Startup yenta.

Currently serving:
*As a mentor for Techstars (Summer 2010- present)
*As a mentor for Founder Institute (Summer 2011-present)
*On the employer advisory board for the UW Foster School of business
*On the board of advisors for LikeBright
*As an instructor in the UW MBA Program on Venture Capital (Fall 2008-present)

Startup Weekend frequent-flier. Seasoned public speaker (TEDx, Ignite). Karaoke junkie.
WEBSITE: www.seattle.gov
TWITTER: @lovelletters

Robert Caruso


Founder of Fondalo
fondalo.com
Learn More Here

Ray King

COMPANY: Roceteer
SHORT BIO: Recognized on Forbes list of top 40 social media marketers, Robert Caruso is a social media, digital marketing and technology professional with over 20 years creating, planning and executing strategies within various industries. Robert was the co-founder of Bundlepost and holds multiple internet technology patents.
Robert writes, speaks and consults on social, relationship and digital marketing, but he focuses on working with B2B, Enterprise, SaaS and Startup brands to develop, design and executive integrated digital marketing programs that impact their traffic, lead generation and net results online.
WEBSITE: fondalo.com
TWITTER: @fondalo

Some of the Amazing



CAST

& CREW



of last year’s stages

Genevieve LeMarchal


Get Sadie
www.genevievelemarchal.com

Genevieve LeMarchal

COMPANY:GetSadie
SHORT BIO:I am an entrepreneur with nearly a decade of experience ranging from basket weaving in the Amazon Rainforest, to SaaS mobile platforms in Portland. I have worked on everything from apps for aviation; to business development for agencies. I’ve pitched at YCombinator, in airplane hangers, and while dragging a pressure washer through downtown Seattle. I’ve keynoted to huge ballrooms of executives, roasted coffee, and created marketing plans for women in the Peruvian Andes.
WEBSITE: www.genevievelemarchal.com
TWITTER:@genlemarchal

Kedma Ough


Small Business Development
@KedmaOugh

Kedma Ough

COMPANY:Small Business Development Center MHCC
SHORT BIO: Kedma Ough is a proven champion for small businesses. She is an inventor, author, speaker and a fifth-generation entrepreneur. Ough provides honest, straightforward education to innovators on feasibility, funding and free resources.
WEBSITE: www.entrepreneur.com/author/kedma-s-ough
TWITTER: @KedmaOugh

Ray King


Top Level Design
www.toplevel.design

Ray King

COMPANY: Top Level Design
SHORT BIO: Ray King began his career by creating The Computer Workshop with a group of friends which offered computing classes at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. This venture earned him $60,000, enough to cover tuition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for one year. King studied computer science there until he left in 1984 to start Semaphore Inc. which sold accounting and project management software, that he had begun developing in college, to architecture and engineering firms. He founded SnapNames, which specialized in “snapping up” expired domain names, in 2000 after relocating to Portland, Oregon. King left the company in 2005 and founded the wiki Internet domain directory AboutUs.org in 2006. He served as chief executive officer until stepping down in 2013. In 2012, he and his brother-in-law founded the registry Top Level Design, which manages the new top-level domains .design, .ink, and .wiki. King and his wife have one daughter and reside in the Portland metropolitan area.
WEBSITE: www.toplevel.design
TWITTER: @rathbone

Heather Wilde


CTO of ROCeteer
heathriel.com/about/

Heather Wilde

COMPANY: Roceteer
SHORT BIO: Heather is currently the CTO of ROCeteer, a Las Vegas company that provides Coaching and support services to ecosystems globally. In tandem to this role, she enjoys performing as an advisor to startups and coaching their entrepreneurs.
She also serves on the IT Sector Council of Nevada to help create and expand initiatives statewide in STEM Education and job growth, and volunteers her time with Girls in Tech, a 501(c)3 that encourages diversity and inclusiveness in the STEM sector and also serves on the board of directors of the NeverGiveUp Foundation.
Heather is also proud to be a member of the Advisory Board for the Howard R. Hughes School of Engineering at the University of Nevada.
WEBSITE: heathriel.com/about/
TWITTER: @heathriel

Janet Clesse Hager


Tinfishi
www.tinfishi.com

Janet Clesse Hager

COMPANY: Tinfishi
SHORT BIO: Janet Hager grew up in Buffalo, NY and she firmly believes that professional hockey should only be played in cities that get actual snow on a yearly basis. Her parents tricked her into attending Cornell University (thankfully) after which she spent time in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. She was born a Boston driver, but living there made her a better Boston driver. Janet has been working in design and marketing for over 20 years, crafting an approach grounded in communication theory, solid business thinking, education, and relationship development. In 2001 she moved to Portland and opened Tinfish Initiatives, where she helps business owners build their best business with evocative marketing and branding.
WEBSITE: www.tinfishi.com

Ivo Lukas


Founder/CEO 24Notion
24notion.tv/
@mssonicflare

Ivo Lukas

COMPANY: 24Notion
SHORT BIO: Ivo has over 16+ years of experience in building and maintaining an all integrated brand, marketing, digital and technology power for Fortune 500/1000 companies. She builds unique offline/online marketing/technology businesses from ground up with track record in bringing in the bottom line results.
Ivo Lukas is the Founder/CEO for 24Notion. 24Notion is the first integrated marketing/digital PR & lifestyle agency with special emphasis on giving back to the global communities. With a broad understanding the art of non- traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence. 24Notion ranked #12 in Corporate Philanthropy nominated by Portland Business Journal Book of List.
WEBSITE: 24notion.tv/
TWITTER: @mssonicflare

Rebecca Lovell


Director, Entrepreneurship and Industry City of Seattle
www.seattle.gov

Rebecca Lovell

COMPANY: Roceteer
SHORT BIO: Entrepreneur enthusiast. Mentor, coach, and matchmaker. Instructor and operator. Startup yenta.

Currently serving:
*As a mentor for Techstars (Summer 2010- present)
*As a mentor for Founder Institute (Summer 2011-present)
*On the employer advisory board for the UW Foster School of business
*On the board of advisors for LikeBright
*As an instructor in the UW MBA Program on Venture Capital (Fall 2008-present)

Startup Weekend frequent-flier. Seasoned public speaker (TEDx, Ignite). Karaoke junkie.
WEBSITE: www.seattle.gov
TWITTER: @lovelletters

Robert Caruso


Founder of Fondalo
fondalo.com

Ray King

COMPANY: Roceteer
SHORT BIO: Recognized on Forbes list of top 40 social media marketers, Robert Caruso is a social media, digital marketing and technology professional with over 20 years creating, planning and executing strategies within various industries. Robert was the co-founder of Bundlepost and holds multiple internet technology patents.
Robert writes, speaks and consults on social, relationship and digital marketing, but he focuses on working with B2B, Enterprise, SaaS and Startup brands to develop, design and executive integrated digital marketing programs that impact their traffic, lead generation and net results online.
WEBSITE: fondalo.com
TWITTER: @fondalo

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