It’s Official: TechFire is Catching Fire

It’s official: TechFire is catching fire.

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David Murphy, CEO of TechFire, introduces a speaker.

David Murphy, CEO of TechFire, a leading organizer of “fireside chats” with digital leaders, just announced the speaker lineup for TechFire’s May 28 TechFire Ignite Summit.

These events are generally recognized as top quality gatherings, where entrepreneurs can learn from legendary business builders who have come before.

Brandee Barker of the Pramana Collective.

Brandee Barker, Co-Founder and Partner of the PR firm called “Pramana Collective,” helped grow Facebook into a global phenomenon. Some of her teammates come from Skype, Hulu and Twitter. Barker has advised clients like Uber, Dropbox and Spotify.

Tony Conrad, founder of “” Tony is now a partner in TrueVentures.

Tony Conrad started and then sold it to AOL four days after launching. He later bought it back – at a hefty discount. At True Ventures, he has led investments in, MakerBot, Blue Bottle Coffee, Typekit and High Fidelity. He’s also a personal investor in Slack.


Dan Morehead is founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, which has a $150 million bitcoin investment fund.

Therese Tucker is CEO of BlackLine, an online finance platform used by companies like Verizon, Hyatt, United Airlines, MasterCard and NBCUniversal.

Therese Tucker, CEO of BlackLine.

Last year, TechFire speakers included David Lee, Managing Partner at SV Angel; Josh Elman of Greylock Partners; Dana Settle, also of Greylock; Brad Feld of Foundry Group; R. Brandon Sokol of Tribune Media; Troy Carter, CEO of the Atom Factory; Beth Seidenberg of Kleiner Perkins; Aaron Hirschhorn, Co-Founder and CEO of DogVacay; William Hsu, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Mucker Capital and Mucker Lab; Howard Morgan of First Round Capital; Andrew Morbitzer, VP of Corporate Development with GoDaddy; and Michael Dubin, CEO of Dollar Shave Club.  Rob Kornegay of Wilson Sonsini often serves as moderator.

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Guest; Andrew Morbitzer of GoDaddy; and William Hsu, Mucker Capital and Mucker Lab. This photo was taken at a TechFire event held at UCLA last fall.

The summit will be held May 28 at the Historic Women’s Club on Fourth Street in Santa Monica.

This TechFire event will be sponsored by: Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, Silicon Valley’s premier law firm; BlackLine, an online financial services hub; CBRE, a huge commercial real estate management company; and EY, professional service consultants.

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Brad Feld of The Foundry Group and TechStars spoke last year in Santa Monica.

David Murphy, who organizes the TechFire events, is the author of the widely acclaimed LA Tech Agenda, a blueprint for building LA’s tech infrastructure and community. Murphy has been involved in several startups of his own and is well-known throughout the Silicon Beach community.   He has also been active in efforts to combat LA’s notorious gridlock.

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Beth Seidenberg of Kleiner Perkins at the UCLA Anderson School event.

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