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The best way to experience and learn about the innovation economy isn't in a stuffy ballroom... it is up close and personal and in its native habitat.
John Battelle
New York, California
United States
1 Team Member

The OpenCoNY Festival

The best way to experience and learn about the innovation economy isn't in a stuffy ballroom - it is up close and personal and in its native habitat. Experienced marketers and conference organizers Brian Monahan and John Battelle would like your support for a new type of business conference called OpenCo, which we like to think of as a mix between a business conference and artist's open studio with the vibe of a music festival. With your help, more than 100 of the most innovative businesses in NY will open their doors to the public on May 23rd.

This festival of innovation will celebrate companies that embrace a set of values surrounding the concept of openness: open collaboration, open communication, open community, open company and open doors to you. Attendees will meet these innovators in their native habitat and hear from the founders and executives about how they are trying to change the world and why. They will inspire you and help you make new connections, whether you are a job seeker, investor or simply a curious neighbor.

We already have a growing list of host companies ("HostCos"), who have signed on to open up their doors and share their vision including: AOL, AppNexus, Betaworks,  Business Insider, Buzzfeed, Estee Lauder Online, Etsy, Fab.com, Foursquare, General Assembly, Kickstarter, Lerer Ventures, Local Response, Pave, PolicyMic, Rap Genius, Rebelmouse, Thrillist, Warby Parker, ZocDoc and many more coming soon!

We ran a "beta test" of OpenCo in San Francisco last Fall and the one day event was a huge success. We had over 80 participating companies and 2,000 registered festival goers. Here is a video that gives you a taste of that event: 

We hope that you will help us launch the first-ever, three-day OpenCo in New York City. We're expanding everything - the technology platform, the video coverage, the staffing, and the services we provide to HostCos and partners. We are increasing onsite video coverage so that these exciting stories remain told throughout the year and to audiences far and wide.

Please help us support some of NYC's most exciting and dynamic companies...

John Battelle and Brian Monahan

Co-founders, OpenCo

For more info on OpenCo including the companies and individuals participating, please visit: http://openco.us

partial list of participating companies

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  • $25USD

    Fan - Help us get OpenCo off the ground. You’ll receive advance notice when OpenCo scheduling opens so you can make the event if you’re in NYC, plus early access to all the videos. Plus you’ll get limited-edition, commemorative poster.

    14 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100USD

    Reserved - Your Reserved Pass to OpenCo NY 2013 will give you early access to pick your sessions at OpenCo as well as a limited edition festival poster. Most OpenCo sessions sold out within days in San Francisco, this is your way of ensuring you can see the companies you want to see!

    22 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $500USD

    The Backstage pass gets you first access to the session pickers - before the reserved level, giving you the greatest certainty of getting into the companies you want. Also included is entry to the VIP Plenary session May 22 (with Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman, and noted Venture Capitalist Eric Hippeau, among others) with VIP Reception following. Even more: reserved front row seating at sessions, limited edition OpenCo t-shirt, festival poster, and early access to videos.

    6 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Lifetime VIP/All Access

    Lifetime VIP/All Access- Have a lifetime of OpenCo All-Access experiences all over the country and the world as we continue to grow. Includes the Backstage and All Access benefits at each event. In 2013 alone, you can be backstage with us in New York, Detroit, San Francisco and London. We’re already speaking with the cities of Paris, Tokyo, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dublin, Berlin, Shanghai, Austin, and many more. Just imagine where we’ll bring OpenCo in 2014 and beyond. We’ll see you there.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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