These Are the 6 People You’ll Meet at Tech Conferences

August 23, 2016

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Tech conferences are a great place to contribute to a budding startup ecosystem. You can network, invest, advise, and learn more than anywhere else, all while enjoying a little time out of the office. With Innovate! and Celebrate 2016 a few weeks away, you’re probably getting your devices ready to take on the panels, mentor circles and speakers in Silicon Valley. While there will be more than enough entertainment and information to go around, the people at tech conferences are the lifeblood of the event.

Who are you going to meet at tech conferences? Well, we can’t speak for all the other ones, but at Innovate! and Celebrate 2016, you’ll see a wide range of individuals that will make your journey in the startup world a little easier and a lot more fun.

Check out the six types of people you’ll meet at a tech conference and don’t forget to attend Innovate! and Celebrate 2016 in Silicon Valley next month.

The Investor

Perhaps the most sought-after networking opportunity at any tech conference, investors hold the key to a startup’s future: capital. These angels of the ecosystem will likely be on the prowl for the next big idea in their respective industry and are always ready to be impressed.

Remember, have your elevator pitch down, you never know who you’ll meet at our networking events.

The Startup Founder

These budding entrepreneurs are living their dream of running their own company. They’ve come to this tech conference to either network with investors, find team members, engage with mentors or to compete in the Startup of the Year competition, all of which will yield positive results for the future of their companies.

The Wantrepreneur

Not every founder at a tech conference has launched their startup, yet. In fact, there will be a number of attendees that are merely in the idea phase of their next venture. While these people haven’t taken the leap just yet, their enthusiasm and excitement will make any tech conference a lot more engaging.

The Engineer

When it comes to being part of a startup, founders want to build, build, build. With so many networking opportunities in one location, it’ll be hard not to meet an architect, UX/UI specialist or designer who will swap stories about grinding code in the wee hours or a challenge they are facing with an iteration.

These attendees have a lot to offer. Who knows, you might just find your next CTO to help you innovate the next Facebook.

The Tech Blogger

These are the soldiers on the ground for the startup world. These brave souls will be covering, networking, and taking in all the sights of the conference. This includes rubbing shoulders with high-profile investors, shaking hands with startup founders that want to get their names out there, and avoiding PR people like the plague.

Definitely talk with these individuals as they will be the proprietaries of free marketing. One etiquette note: if they’re in the middle of writing, they’re less likely to listen to your pitch.

The Tech Titan

Whether they’re a speaker, a mentor, or a Startup of the Year judge, most tech conferences are filled with some of the biggest names in the tech world. It could be Jeff Clavier, a super angel in Silicon Valley, or Naveen Jain, the CEO of first company allowed to travel to the moon.

The most important thing to remember is that these startup celebrities are people too. And you can tell that to their bodyguards after you try to get their autograph.

Register Now to Attend Innovate! and Celebrate 2016

Come join us at the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Jose, CA. The event will take place September 20 – September 22, and is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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