It’s all about perspective, really.
A lack of traction and direction can drive a wedge between your exhilarating big ideas and rewarding follow through when you least expect it.
VenturePOP is a two-day experience designed to give you a break from the daily grind and to gain some perspective. The conference is your big picture planning catalyst. It’s time to shake things up, get fired up and reconnected to WHY you did the work, started your business, and took this unconventional road in the first place.
Prosperity is in perspective… endless emails and daily to-do’s sabotage clarity.
VenturePOP 2016 | September 17+18 in New Orleans
We know that small creative businesses simply don’t fit into a box. Our speakers will share both inspiring stories and tangible steps to amp up your unique business and mindset.
It’s Not About You: Money-Making, Systematization, and Sanity for Creative Entrepreneurs
Tara Gentile is the founder of Quiet Power Strategy®, a company specializing in hands-on business training for idea-driven entrepreneurs. She’s passionate about helping people with smart ideas make more money, reach new audiences, and live life with ease. Tara is the author of The Art of Earning, Quiet Power Strategy, and The Observation Engine. She’s the host of Profit. Power. Pursuit. a podcast that goes behind-the-scenes of the real grit, administration, and logistics of running a successful business.
Tara’s work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Design*Sponge, and in the New York Times bestselling book The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. She’s a regular instructor on CreativeLive and speaks on entrepreneurship, money, and marketing all over the world.
Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson
Goal-setting like a boss
Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon are co-founders and hosts of the Being Boss Podcast for creative entrepreneurs. Emily Thompson is founder of Indie Shopography, a design and strategy web studio, where she and her team develop websites for creative entrepreneurs who want to rock their online presence. Kathleen Shannon is founder of Braid Creative, personal branding for creative entrepreneurs who blend work and life – like designers, writers, artists, foodies, yogis and lifestyle professionals. Being Boss is where Emily and Kathleen share advice and tactics for freelancers, small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to turn their dreams into a sustainable, profitable business.
How to partner with brands to support your passion project
Wesley Verhoeve is an infinitely curious photographer, writer and director at large. He explores creative communities across the world for his project One of Many.
He works with publications and companies to tell moving stories. These include including Travel + Leisure, Saveur, Wildsam, Squarespace, WeTransfer, Harry’s, Birchbox, Photojojo, Shinola, and others. His work has been featured by It’s Nice That, The Fader, PSFK, Cool Hunting, Buzzfeed, Instagram, and more.
Instagram Marketing: Grow Real Followers
A creator, digital designer, and entrepreneur at heart, Jennifer Puno is the Founder of (Instagram @madewithmap)—an online platform that celebrates people and their journeys. She also founded ilovecreatives, a digital classifieds website connecting talented individuals in the creative community. You can find her in Iceland making Star Trek gifs, out and about collaborating with other creatives, or in DTLA on the hunt for the city’s best food.
How to build a thriving online community from your couch
Sarah Morgan is an online strategist teaching people to build engaging blogs, thriving businesses, and profitable infoproducts. In 2012 she escaped the clutches of a corporate web design job to run away with the circus (literally!) and strike out on her own. She strives to help bloggers, creatives, and business owners build a home online that not only provides a stable income but fuels their passion for what they do without busyness and stress getting in the way. Since making her escape she’s launched three books, five e-courses, and shares all of her badass business and blog-building secrets at XOSarah.com.
Branding You: Get Paid For Being Yourself
Shenee Howard is a writer and brand strategist with over five years of experience helping people to do what they want and get paid for it. She is also the creator of the 100 People Project, featured in Born For This and the pop culture and branding newsletter, Brand Fix. Other interests include The Backstreet Boys, Keanu Reeves and Ramen.
Juliet Meeks specializes in brand design for small businesses. It’s been 1 year since Juliet left her full-time job and we are so proud of the business she has built for herself!
Since attending #VenturePop2015 Juliet has launched an online shop full of her custom painted patterns, watercolor prints and floral stationery, perfect for any occasion!
Nathan Allotey is a digital strategist and complete jack-of-all-trades. His passion is to create things and then make them better, which is why he started his blog to showcase how you can make your business more successful through branding, digital marketing and web design.
Since attending #VenturePop2015 Nathan has launched 2 podcasts, Freelance Jumpstart TV and Road to Launch. Currently, Nathan is building the Freelance Jumpstart course, a step by step guide to growing your business as a freelance creative which is set to launch before VenturePop 2016!
Sam Randolph of Little Histories – Sam is the illustrator of a series showcasing architecture from popular cities! Her New Orleans features are our favorites, of course. Colorful and geometric, the designs are pleasing to the eye and nostalgic for the soul. They also make fantastic prints to add to a gallery wall.
“Meeting new people at VenturePop got me the largest client that I’ve ever had. Through Bashir Wali’s speech, I learned about the connections my business and Provenance Hotels has. I contacted them after the conference, and they commissioned a set of all their hotels from me!” – Sam Randolph
Chelsea Friend started Atchafalaya Trading Co in 2014 with the mission of creating a digital community to connect people to the small businesses of New Orleans that create beautiful, well-designed, and sustainable goods. Now two years later, the company is thriving and supporting small business owners the way they know best! Not only is Chelsea the coolest, but she knows the best people and places to shop from in NOLA.
“Without attending VenturePop my biz would not be where it is today. I can’t give enough praise to this fantastic event!” – Chelsea Friend
Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18
9:00am – 5:00pm both days (registration starts 30 minutes before sessions)
Curated top-notch speakers will present clarifying insights and actionable information.
Sarah Morgan – How to build a thriving online community from your couch
Wesley Verhoeve – How to partner with brands to support your passion project
Community Building Break
Shenee Howard – Branding You: Get Paid For Being Yourself
Panel – Law and Accounting
Community Building Break
Being Boss – Goal-setting like a boss
Meetup hosted by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson of Being Boss
Jennifer Puno – Instagram Marketing: Grow Real Followers
Community Building Break
Pioneer Collective – Mastering the Art of Visual Storytelling
Panel – How to start, manage, and grow a Social Good Business
Community Building Break
Tara Gentile – It’s Not About You: Money-Making, Systematization, and Sanity for Creative Entrepreneurs
After Party at Tchoup Yard
(405 Third St, New Orleans, LA 70130)
Mix and mingle with fellow attendees. Featuring 2 freebie drinks and tacos for purchase from La Cocinita