OpenAir 2014


Building the bridge between the online and offline world

Many companies transforming tomorrow aren’t just building online franchises; they are building marketplaces of exchanges, trust, and community in the offline world.

OpenAir is a one-of-a-kind event that will bring together some of the BEST technologists for an afternoon of conversations on the best tips, tricks, and lessons learned for building a business that spans both online and offline worlds.

Date

Thursday, April 24

Time

2:00 – 7:00 pm

Address

888 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

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Building the Bridge Between the Online and Offline World

Many companies transforming tomorrow aren’t just building online franchises; they are building marketplaces of exchanges, trust, and community in the offline world. OpenAir is a one-of-a-kind event that will bring together some of the BEST technologists for an afternoon of conversations on the best tips, tricks, and lessons learned for building a business that spans both online and offline worlds.

Join us on Thursday, April 24th from 2:00 – 7:00 pm at 888 Brannan, San Francisco, CA

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Presentations

Ben Horowitz in Conversation with Airbnb’s Mike Curtis

Ben Horowitz in Conversation with Airbnb’s Mike Curtis

2:00 - 2:30 pm

From Lyft to DogVacay to Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz has had its eye (and money) on the sharing economy movement and how it is dramatically changing the way people exchange goods and services. In conversation with Airbnb’s VP of Engineering Mike Curtis, Ben will share advice for technical entrepreneurs and his thoughts on why the sharing economy is emerging as a major force in the future.

Mastering Marketplace Matchmaking

3:10 - 3:50 pm

Marketplace search is the ultimate matchmaking game: “How do you perfectly match supply and demand?” With hundreds of thousands of unique properties across the globe and millions of travelers, finding the right home for the right person is an incredible algorithmic challenge. Airbnb will take you under the hood to explain how to facilitate great matches between the online and offline worlds.

Featuring: Surabhi Gupta, Software Engineer, Airbnb

Driving Sustainable & Scalable Growth

4:20 - 5:00 pm

Building an online business takes more than a great product, especially when your customers’ primary experiences ultimately happen offline. Creative strategists explain not only how to grow your user base but also how to measure, repeat, and create effective levers for success offline.

Featuring: Gustaf Alstromer, Growth Product Manager, Airbnb; Annie Chang, Head of Product, HomeJoy; Sam Schillace, SVP of Engineering, Box

Moderator: Ryan Lawler, TechCrunch

Payments on a Global Scale

2:30 - 3:10 pm

As we increasingly build for the online-to-offline world on a global basis, payments in the marketplace become more complex with hundreds of foreign currencies needing to change hands via a variety of methods. This panel will explore how to build and maintain an application that manages financial transactions at scale. Hear from marketplace experts on how to best develop the right application for your business: core payments processing, currency exchange, reconciliation, financial reporting, and more.

Featuring: John Collison, Founder and President, Stripe; Gilad Horev, Head of Payments & Fraud, Eventbrite; Ian Logan, Engineering Manager, Airbnb

Moderator: Owen Thomas, ReadWrite

Algorithmic Pricing Models

3:50 - 4:20 pm

One of the hardest questions for anyone selling a product is: “How much should I charge?” Today’s Internet companies are charged with putting a price tag on products and services in a people marketplace, with minimal historical data or comparative models to lean on. Leading companies explain the magic behind why their dynamic pricing models work.

Featuring: Dan Hill, Product Lead, Airbnb; Henry Lin, Senior Data Scientist, Uber

Moderator: Drake Baer, Business Insider

Paul Graham in Conversation with Nathan Blecharczyk

Paul Graham in Conversation with Nathan Blecharczyk

5:00 - 5:30 pm

Paul Graham told the founders of Airbnb to “Do things that don’t scale” and it became an early mantra that informed many important moves for the company. Nathan and PG will discuss how companies from Vayable to HomeJoy can build businesses that cross the chasm by doing things that aren’t built to scale… and then scaling them.

You’re welcome to stay for drinks and bites with the speakers and fellow attendees from 5:30 - 7:00pm.