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The Information 50: Scaling Startups In the Covid-19 Era

Thursday, February 4, 2021 • 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Information 50 is a day-long event for startup managers, CEOs, and investors to learn from founders of category-defining businesses. Join us to better understand how the most promising and fast-growing startups work and how leaders are managing during these challenging times.

    Speakers to include:

    • Carta CEO & Co-founder Henry Ward
    • Notion COO Akshay Kothari
    • Cloudflare COO & Co-founder Michelle Zatlyn
    • Substack Co-founders Chris Best & Hamish McKenzie
    • Coupang CTO Thuan Pham
    • OpenAI CEO & Co-founder Sam Altman
    • Zola CEO & Co-founder Shan-Lyn Ma
    • Cameo CEO & Co-founder Steven Galanis
    • Magic Leap Chief Business Officer Walter Delph
    • Precursor Ventures Founder & Managing Partner, Charles Hudson
    • Forerunner Ventures Founder & Managing Partner, Kirsten Green
    • Upfront Ventures Partner, Kara Nortman
    • Mirror Founder & CEO, Brynn Putnam

    Topics include:

    • The ways in which tech leaders are navigating cultural and financial pressures and opportunities amid the pandemic, including managing WFH productivity and office plans for 2021.
    • How leaders are balancing the political views of their employees and their customers.
    • How founders are exploiting new and traditional capital opportunities, as well as a slew of exit opportunities, while paying close attention to terms. 
    • Traps to avoid when buying cloud computing services, and building teams and software to take advantage of them.

    The Information 50 brings attendees deeper into the fold with insider knowledge from established public company executives, founders of late-stage startups (with the scars to prove it), and an exclusive look into the next-generation of billion-dollar tech companies. This event is being offered in conjunction with the publication of The Information’s inaugural list of the 50 most promising early- and mid-stage software startups.

    Join us for a day of conversations and the opportunity to connect with and learn from fellow startup leaders during our networking sessions.

    When you purchase a ticket, you’ll have access to:

    • An action-packed full day of content + recordings if you can't attend a session live.
    • A directory of all attendees, including contact information (with permission!) so you can connect with each other once the event concludes.
    • "Speed dating" networking sessions with other attendees, one-on-one, for three minutes. You'll be able to continue the conversation later and request a private video chat should you wish.
    • 1 free ticket for a guest

    Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

    For more information about sponsoring this event, contact sponsorships@theinformation.com.

    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Virtual Event
    Who Can Attend
    • Tickets are $750 and prices will go up January 4, 2021. 
    • Current Information subscribers can purchase a discounted ticket for $600
    • For a limited time, buy a ticket and bring a guest for free!
    • All Access subscribers will receive a free ticket to the event (1 ticket per All Access subscriber, tickets are non-transferable)

    Sam Altman

    CEO & Co-founder,


    Michelle Zatlyn

    COO & Co-founder,


    Akshay Kothari



    Steven Galanis

    CEO & Co-founder,


    Chris Best

    Co-founder & CEO,


    Hamish McKenzie



    Shan-Lyn Ma

    CEO & Co-founder,


    Henry Ward

    CEO & Co-founder,


    Thuan Pham



    Walter Delph

    Chief Business Officer,

    Magic Leap

    Charles Hudson

    Founder & Managing Partner,

    Precursor Ventures

    Kirsten Green

    Founder & Managing Partner,

    Forerunner Ventures

    Kara Nortman


    Upfront Ventures

    Brynn Putnam

    Founder & CEO,



    8:30am PT (11:30am ET)

    Programming begins

    3:30pm PT (6:30pm ET)

    Programming Ends