The Bend Venture Conference will feature two keynote speakers this year, one from Zillow and one from Adobe, EDCO announced today. The BVC is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 14.
The new Social Impact Competition, taking place on Thursday afternoon of the conference, will feature keynote speaker Rebekah Bastian, Vice President of Product at Zillow. Bastian was one of Zillow’s first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and has led the development of several areas of the site since its launch. She currently drives the strategy and execution of product teams focusing on advertising, financial systems and connecting real estate buyers with agents. Always searching for ways to connect her personal values to her technology career, Bastian launched the Community Pillar program to help connect low income renters with affordable housing. She also serves on several local boards related to rising housing costs and homelessness.
“We felt like the addition of the Social Impact Competition on Thursday warranted its own keynote,” says Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “Having Rebekah speak on how she has used her position at Zillow as a platform to discuss social issues like affordable housing will provide terrific context for this new competition.”
The keynote speaker for Friday is Loni Stark, Senior Director of Strategy & Product Marketing at Adobe. In her role, Stark leads business growth and go-to-market strategy and execution for Adobe’s digital experience management business. Stark is also a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator, named one of the top five accelerators in the U.S., where she advises founders of start-ups and frequently speaks at industry conferences. In 2015, she was recognized as a Silicon Valley Business Journal Top 40 under 40.
“Loni brings a wealth of experience in global product positioning and go-to-market strategies,” says Vierra. “Combined with her work at one of the top accelerators in the country, she brings a unique perspective to those companies working their way through early product iterations. We are lucky to have her at BVC this year.”
BVC is still accepting applications. Companies interested in applying to present at the 2016 Bend Venture Conference can now choose from one of three competition categories: Social Impact, Early Stage and Growth Stage. The deadline is August 12, 2016. For more information, visit the BVC website.