FountainBlue’s VIP Roundtable

Become a host or attendee for our monthly VIP Breakfasts

Launched in December 2015 at the request of our community members, FountainBlue’s VIP Roundtables convene executive leaders in monthly conversations on innovation and market trends. This invitation-only event is designed for senior executives, to facilitate connections between peers and share best practices on today’s hottest opportunities and challenges.

FountainBlue’s VIP Roundtable Series, $200/exec/event or $1500 for up to 2 VP or C-level execs to attend each event or $300 for the remaining events in 2016


2017 VIP Roundtables

ISMAC

January 13, 8-10 a.m. @ TCV in Palo Alto, Immersive, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (iSMAC) Predictions for 2017

Bring your crystal ball to this month’s VIP roundtable. Share your thoughts on what’s hot and what’s not in the iSMAC (Immersive, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) space, what the sleeper technologies and companies are, how the technology and business climate will evolve in 2017, and what that means for entrepreneurs, executives and investors.

Convergence

February 3 @ Texas Instruments, Convergence of Technologies and Industries

With the rapid evolution of technologies and markets, corporate leaders are under tremendous pressure to deliver customized solutions to a very demanding customer base. This month, we will share best practices on how to adapt solutions and technologies applied to different problem sets and niche customers to an entirely new and different market, opening up new opportunities and challenges.


Collaboration

March 3, 8-10 a.m. @ Techlab Innovation Center, Collaboration Best Tools and Practices

Everyone touts the merits of collaboration. When done well, increased collaboration and coordination between internal and external stakeholders leads to greater productivity, increased innovation, and a more empowered and loyal workforce/customer base, for example. But few speak up when online collaboration goes awry – when tools and processes add more overhead, more complexity, more expenditure, with less impactful results. Share your best practices on processes and tools that support your collaboration goals in this interactive roundtable.

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IT Trends and Predictions

April 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Flex, IT Trends and Predictions

We have seen much advancement in the past decades around network, computer, and IT growth and expansion. Our conversation this month will be around expected IT trends around big data, security, access, scalability and customization, and most notably, the key collaborations that need to happen between companies, partners and technologies integral for customer success and corporate expansion.

HumanDigital

May 5, 8-10 a.m. @ Samsung, 3655 North First Street in San Jose, Pacific Room, Being Human in an Age That’s Digital  

Everything has gone digital: From the bots to the IoT solutions, from big data and analytics to cloud and social solutions, from AI to mobile apps and security scripts. Where does the human come in? Share your best practices on how to best leverage the tech and empower the leader, so we can be human in an age that’s digital.

Facilitating Hypergrowth

June 2, 8-10 a.m. @ Intel, Facilitating Hyper-growth

When the product, the team and the traction are good enough, companies must gear up for rapid growth. This month’s roundtable of investors, entrepreneurs, and leaders will share best practices on how to best maintain product integrity when delivering to aggressive timelines, customer relationships and support as adoption and expansion ramps up, and quality talent when leadership and growth are key. 

July 28, 8-10 a.m. @ Texas Instruments, Stretching the Technology and Business Envelope

This month we will feature companies stretching the technology and business envelope, adopting collaborative and sustainable business models for the new wave of technologies, including IoT, block chain, security, open source, AR/VR and AI. Central to the discussion is the development of partnerships and collaborations between ecosystems of players.

August 4, 8-10 a.m. @ Palo Alto Networks, Balancing Privacy, Security and Access 

There’s as much pressure to have secure communication as there is to have convenient and full access to information you own, as there is to have privacy so that only those who are approved are allowed that access! This month, we will feature experts who will share their best practices on how to balance the three, making a win-for-all.

September 1, 8-10 a.m. @ Polycom, Age of the Customer  

The empowered customer is discerning, demanding, informed and all-powerful. This month, we will share best practices on how tech companies are changing the way they do business to better anticipate and serve these customers and how they keeping in front of the curve and soliciting the input of marquis customers to shape product and service offerings and direction.

October 6, 8-10 a.m. @ Atypon, ​Best Practices in ​Collaborative Innovation ​ 

The new model for innovation involves collaboration – getting together people with disparate backgrounds and points of view to collaborate in generating ground-breaking ideas, and innovative technologies, services and solutions. This month’s VIP roundtable will feature success stories from companies and teams at the innovative edge, working in collaboration with other leaders, teams, companies and industries.

November 3, 8-10 a.m. @ SineWave, In Search of Unicorns 

Many tech companies today outsource their innovation, by buying out start-ups, by spinning out tech ideas, by incubating technologies and entrepreneurs. All are in search of unicorns, companies touting the disruptive technologies that warrant billion-dollar valuations. Come share your best practices for nurturing, identifying, growing unicorns, as well as your cautionary tales.

December 1, 8-10 a.m. @ Intel, Navigating Transitions: Best Practices for Strategy and Integration during M&A Events

M&A is part of today’s tech company’s game plan for growth – as it has been for a few decades. But M&As today are different than that of last decade, and going forward. Our conversation this month will be on best practices for today’s integration and implementation for M&As.


See our notes from our past VIP roundtables at https://fountainblue.wordpress.com/category/vip/.

Business People Standing On A Symbol Of RecyclingVIP Breakfast Pre-Launch Event, December 11, 2015, 8-10 a.m., Altera Corporation, 101 Innovation Way, San Jose 

Navigating Transitions: Best Practices for Strategy and Execution During M&A Events When stakes are high and tech companies are moving fast, you need winning strategies and execution best practices to proactively manage mergers and acquisitions. Our hand-selected audience of senior executives have a wide range of experience and expertise and will share their knowledge and experience at this pre-launch event for FountainBlue’s VIP roundtable. See notes from this event. Please join us in thanking our execs who participated in this conversation as well as our hosts at Altera! 


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January 15, 8-10 a.m. @ OCZ, 6373 San Ignacio Ave, San Jose, Negotiating for Success

The stakes are high when you’re an exec in a fast-moving tech company. Whether you’re negotiating the terms for multi-million dollars deals or the details for an imminent M&A or licensing terms for technologies, senior execs are chartered with the economic health and brand integrity of the company and team and products they represent. Share your negotiation trials and best practices at this roundtable discussion. Please join us in thanking our hosts at OCZ and our attendees for this event. See notes from this discussion here.


 

TechConvergence2February 5 @ Applied Materials, Convergence of Technologies and Industries

With the rapid evolution of technologies and markets, corporate leaders are under tremendous pressure to deliver customized solutions to a very demanding customer base. This month, we will share best practices on how to adapt solutions and technologies applied to different problem sets and niche customers to an entirely new and different market, opening up new opportunities and challenges. See our notes from this event. Please join us in thanking our execs who participated in this conversation as well as our hosts at Applied Materials! 


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March 4, 8-10 a.m. @ ​Verifone, Technology for a Multi-Generational Customer Base

Technology is pervasive – in so many products, services and industries. Understanding the need of the customer, particularly when they are from different cultures and generations is critical to the success of any product and organization. Share your best practices on how to understand needs and deliver value to your diverse customer base. See our notes from this event at notes. Please join us in thanking our execs who participated in this conversation as well as our host at Verifone! 


 

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Information Technology or IT as a Art Background

April 1, 8-10 a.m. @ Dell, IT Trends and Predictions

We have seen much advancement in the past decades around network, computer, and IT growth and expansion. Our conversation this month will be around expected IT trends around big data, security, access, scalability and customization, and most notably, the key collaborations that need to happen between companies, partners and technologies integral for customer success and corporate expansion.

See notes from this roundtable. Please join us in thanking our execs who participated in this conversation and to our hosts at Dell!


May 6, 8-10 a.m. @ Symantec, Recruiting Best PracticesRecruiting and Retention Best PracticesAll leaders know that companies and team are only as good as the best talent you can attract. High potential talent for tech companies is at a premium. Our conversation this month will feature best practices for attracting, retaining and developing these high potentials.


shopping mallJune 3, 8-10 a.m. @ Newmark Carey, The Future of Retail 

The pace, complexity and versatility is rapidly changing with the empowerment of the customer, the versatility of technology, and the breadth and depth of markets. Share the opportunities and challenges to retailers and tech companies alike at this month’s VIP roundtable.


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July 8, Communication Strategies in a Time of Great Change at Polycom

With the advancements in analytics and social media, marketing and leadership teams have a much more robust arsenal of information and tools to understand and serve a broader and deeper customer base. This month, marketing leaders will share best practices on how to structure and implement revenue-focused communication and service programs to serve and event anticipate the varying needs of a diverse customer base.

Balancing Privacy, Security and Access

Balancing Privacy, Security and Access

August 5, 8-10 a.m. @ Dell, 5450 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, Balancing Privacy, Security and Access

There’s as much pressure to have secure communication as there is to have convenient and full access to information you own, as there is to have privacy so that only those who are approved are allowed that access! This month, we will feature experts who will share their best practices on how to balance the three, making a win-for-all.

Customer

September 2, 8-10 a.m. @ Hitachi Age of the Customer

The empowered customer is discerning, demanding, informed and all-powerful. This month, we will share best practices on how tech companies are changing the way they do business to better anticipate and serve these customers and how they keeping in front of the curve and soliciting the input of marquis customers to shape product and service offerings and direction.


Innovation

October 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Cisco, ​Best Practices in ​Collaborative Innovation ​

The new model for innovation involves collaboration – getting together people with disparate backgrounds and points of view to collaborate in generating ground-breaking ideas, and innovative technologies, services and solutions. This month’s VIP roundtable will feature success stories from companies and teams at the innovative edge, working in collaboration with other leaders, teams, companies and industries.


In Search of Unicorns

November 4, 8-10 a.m. @ Samsung San Jose, In Search of Unicorns

Many tech companies today outsource their innovation, by buying out start-ups, by spinning out tech ideas, by incubating technologies and entrepreneurs. All are in search of unicorns, companies touting the disruptive technologies that warrant billion-dollar valuations. Come share your best practices for nurturing, identifying, growing unicorns, as well as your cautionary tales.


Best Practices in Mergers and Acquisitions

December 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ NetApp, Navigating Transitions: Best Practices for Strategy and Integration during M&A Events

M&A is part of today’s tech company’s game plan for growth – as it has been for a few decades. But M&As today are different than that of last decade, and going forward. Our conversation this month will be on best practices for today’s integration and implementation for M&As.


See notes from this roundtable. Please join us in thanking our execs who participated in this conversation and to our hosts for each VIP roundtable in 2016!