The new Silicon Valley 100 List is now live, documenting people who did the coolest things in 2011. And Business Insider has a way to hang out with the innovative folks on it.
Want to get in-person time with the founder of Instagram, or the investors backing Path, Angry Birds, and other exciting companies?
Come to IGNITION West, the conference on the future of mobile — from apps to devices — taking place March 21st in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now, including discounted startup rates, but early-bird pricing ends Friday.
Here are some of the SV100 honorees you could meet:
Sarah Lacy, Founder, Pando Daily
I first met Lacy was I was an aspiring tech journalist in San Francisco and asked for her advice. We met at a cool bar near her house and I got carded for ordering a Sprite. I quickly forgot my embarassment when Sarah generously shared tips on her career in journalism — this was before her TechCrunch days — and offered to help me out in the future. That’s the Lacy spirit: supporting the tech community, be it bloggers or entrepreneurs. And to call BS on, well, BS. You can bet her new venture, Pando Daily, will carry on this tradition. See her in action at IGNITION West!
Kevin Systrom, CEO, Instagram
Want to transform a ho-hum photo of your kitchen table, your girlfriend, or basically anything into a colour-saturated and poignant visual? The kind people share, vote on, and smile at? So do the 15+ million Instagram users who have download the iOs app, which customises your photos with delightful results. How did Systrom build such an addictive, awesome app? Find out in person.
Kevin Rose, CEO, Milk
The Digg co-founder is now running an app incubator dedicated to creating innovative new products for mobile devices. The most popular, Oink, netted 100,000 users in a mere three weeks. Why? Download it and see for yourself. Or listen to Rose speak at IGNITION West on how to build mobile-native social apps that make users happy.
Dave McClure, Founding Partner, 500 Startups
Seed funder McClure has moved from administering Facebook’s early-money fund to housing startups in his resource-packed incubator, where he promises to “Make Your Startup Go Boom!” (Did I mention that IGNITION West also offers a startup rate, for both ticket and booth space? It’s pretty cheap compared to the full ticket. And we’ve baked time into the agenda for investors and executives to still the exhibition hall.)
Aydin Senkut, Founder & Managing Director, Felicis Ventures
He’s making plenty of bets on emerging companies in social shopping, but perhaps the biggest buzz has come from Senkut’s investment in Angry Birds, the addictive game that’s netted more than 1 billion downloads. What will he invest in next? We’ll be sure to ask him next month.
Michael Arrington, Founder Partner, CrunchFund
The former TechCrunch blogger — whose must-read opinions not only ignited controversy, but also dictated popular opinion on emerging companies — is now an active investor. What’s worthy and what’s hype? He’ll doubtless give us a piece of his mind.
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