Second Annual OpenCo Festival in San Francisco Announces Initial HostCo Lineup - Organization Appoints Key Members of Executive Team

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OpenCo, a conference-as-festival where innovative businesses open their doors to the public, today announced details for the second annual OpenCo event that will take place in San Francisco.

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OpenCo, a conference-as-festival where innovative businesses open their doors to the public, today announced details for the second annual OpenCo event that will take place in San Francisco. On October 10th and 11th, host companies (HostCos) will open their doors and host hourly, citywide interactive sessions where they will share their business vision and outline their founding principles and values. For 2013, the OpenCo event series is occurring in four markets: New York, London, Detroit and San Francisco with additional cities planned for 2014.

An exciting list of 59 innovative companies have already confirmed participation – most of which participated in the 2012 event - including: 140 Proof, 99 Designs, Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet, American Conservatory Theater, Adobe, AdRoll, AppMesh, Bloomberg, Carbon Lighthouse, Center for New Music, Children’s Creativity Museum, Cleantech Group, Clear Channel, Code for America, Dijit, Eventbrite, Federated Media Publishing, Granicus, Google, High Fidelity Inc, Hotel Tonight, IDEO, IFTTT, Imagine H2O, Kiva Zip, LaCocina, Lemnos Labs, Lookout Inc, Microsoft, Media Camp, Nextdoor.com, Obscura Digital, PARISOMA via faberNovel, Practice Fusion, Presidio Trust, Quantcast, Rackspace/Geekdom, Radium One, Rickshaw Bagworks, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Public Press, Shopseen, Shoptouch, Sidecar, Soundcloud, Superfly Presents, SV Angel, TastemakerX, TCHO Chocolate, The Bold Italic, Tumml, twofifteenmccann, Universal McCann, Watchwith, WideOrbit, WillCall, WIRED & Zoosk.

To personally get involved or to have your company considered as a potential host, please visit openco.us. Applications to become a HostCo close on August 16th.

Key Members of OpenCo Executive Team Appointed

  •     Greg Kerwin will take on the role of CEO for OpenCo and be in charge of strategic direction and growth of the business. Kerwin has 20 years experience developing leading global events and digital media brands, including collaborating with OpenCo founder John Battelle on the successful Web 2.0 event series. Most recently, Kerwin ran a $90 million portfolio of global business-to-business events and digital products at UBM based in Amsterdam.
  •     Elissa Hambrecht will take on the role of COO for OpenCo handling business operations and will serve as the main point of contact for partners, including HostCo relations. Hambrecht is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of start-up experience in addition to decades of experience in event marketing & production.
  •     Stacey Foreman will take on the role of Executive Producer and will continue managing all logistics to support ongoing OpenCo events globally. Foreman was a founding member of the OpenCo team and has worked closely John Battelle for more than 18 years.

Those Who Make OpenCo Possible
OpenCo is made possible by a list of impressive organizations that have pledged their support as partners. The founding partner is American Express OPEN Forum with Yahoo! and IPG Media Labs as sustaining partners.

About OpenCo
OpenCo is a mix between a business conference and artist's open studio with the vibe of a music festival. The events offer business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and marketers direct access to the leaders of the most innovative companies across the globe and in their natural habitat. Visit openco.us for more information.

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