LAUNCH Beacon Wrap-up - Thanks for coming!

Thank you for attending LAUNCH Beacon. In total, over 300 people took part of the summit, discussing what’s next in retail, e-commerce, payment, and location.


1. Keynote Conversations and Fireside Demos
@Jason sat down with Ryan Caldbeck (CircleUp) and Ryan Craver (Lord & Taylor) for two keynote fireside chats. Ryan Caldbeck discussed the future of crowdfunded investment, while Ryan Craver shared what’s on the horizon for tech in retail.

We also heard from:

  • Ken Denman (Emotient), who has developed facial gesture recognition whose retail applications can range from in-store merchandising to omni-channel discovery.  
  • Jared Schiffman (PERCH), leading the way in interactive retail displays.
  • Phillip Bückendorf (Downtown) showed us how easy ordering and paying in a restaurant can be.

2. Power Lunches
The conversation didn’t stop when lunch was served – our four Power Lunch breakout sessions fostered discussions about payment strategies, location & analytics, clienteling & engagement, and social & mobile discovery, each moderated by our friends at Pivotal Labs.

3. Photos and Video
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3. Press Coverage
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4. Partners and Sponsors
Thanks again to Pivotal Labs & for supporting the event!