My Picks for Crossmedia Toronto – Feb 21, 2013

Crossmedia Toronto, Feb 21, 2013

Crossmedia Toronto, Feb 21, 2013

Crossmedia Toronto will take place on February 21st, 2013 at the Toronto Reference Library. It’s a 1-day conference with a twist: twenty-six leaders in technology, mobile, gaming, and music present 7-minute demos throughout the day.

The day is jam-packed. It will be hard to walk away empty handed with the proposed line-up of international demo-ers.

My picks
I’m interested in hearing from Andrew Macdonald, General Manager of taxi startup Uber which has done a remarkable job disrupting the car-for-hire business in New York and has since moved into 30 cities all over the world.

I’ve not heard anyone from Bitcoin speak previously, so it will be a treat to hear Peter Vessenes, Chairman & Executive Director of Bitcoin Foundation talk about the decentralized digital payment system. Will Vessenes mentions this recent news: 23-year-old who recently released new chips that ‘mine’ Bitcoins 50 times faster. We shall see.

Jeffrey Remedios, President and Co-Founder of the Arts & Crafts music label will be on hand to talk about digital disruption in the music business. Remedios is an inspiring entrepreneur. His record label includes a few artists you may have heard of: Broken Social Scene, Feist, Los Campesinos! and more. I recently read a great Globe and Mail article about Remedios’s unique approach “in an industry under siege” – it’s worth reading.

Veronika Sonsev, previously of AOL and now CEO and Founder of InSparq will be on hand to promote her startup and demo the company’s solution for social commerce.

The 22 remaining speakers are equally impressive. However, for me, the pinacle will be the 25 minute one-on-one with Reddit.com General Manager, Erik Martin. Reddit is that colossal tell-it-like-it-is, no holds barred, link sharing website you may have heard of with no apparent revenue model.

If you’d like to attend, register for Crossmedia Toronto this week – the conference will likely sell out. See you there.

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