Some Updates (Updated)

After taking a few months off since February, I’ve had a lot of time to think and reflect on these last few months, and choose my next steps going forward.

I’ve tried to stay off the grid as much as possible in terms of public events and such, but I’m excited that I’m starting to ramp up my speaking engagements, starting off with Tomorrow’s Web at the end of this month in San Francisco. Sure, Tomorrow’s Web maybe a competitor to the Teens in Tech Conference, but in the end, we’re aiming for the same mission, so I’m gladly going to help where I can to achieve our mission. Grant and his team have put in a lot of work into Tomorrow’s Web, so I’m excited for the upcoming event! I’ve also got three 20% off conference ticket codes that the first three people can use. If you want to attend Tomorrow’s Web on Saturday, July 31, use the code “DANIELBRU” when checking out, and your ticket price will be deducted 20%!

I’m really excited to announce that at Tomorrow’s Web, during my talk, on stage, I’ll be announcing two new exciting things that Teens in Tech is working on, as well as side project that Michael Costigan and I have been working on.

Also, since stepping down as CEO of Teens in Tech Networks, I’ve had a lot more free time to think about the future of the Teens in Tech Conference with my business partner Sam Levin. In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing some exciting news from the company that I’ve been hinting at on my Twitter feed.

Not to be left out, of course, that I’ll be starting college in a few weeks as well, which I am more then excited about. I’m more excited about the courses that I’ll be taking, like Video Production, Digital Video Editing, and more!

Another thing that I’m excited about, is the launch of iPhone Case Finder. Much like its sister site, iPhone Case Finder is all about finding iPhone cases that are right for you, the user. We’ve been focusing on iPhone 4 cases, after the whole “Antennagate” issue, so if you need an iPhone 4 case, iPhone Case Finder is your place. Check out the site, and let me know what you think!

I’m really excited for the future, and I hope that you all can join me in it!

Update: So after some miscommunication, and disorganization, Tomorrow’s Web was unfortunately canceled. Hopefully next time around, they can prevent the issues.

Thanks For The Memories

Before I start of, I wanted to let everyone know that this has probably been one of the hardest posts I’ve written on my blog. Over the last two years, I’ve done a lot in technology — I joined Qik in January 2008, started Teens in Tech Networks in February 2008, worked with some amazing companies like Apture, TechCrunch, atebits, Wonder Warp Software, etc., and had a blast doing it all. I’ve worked with startups in the past, but there is nothing the feels the same as working on your own startup.

I’ve made a very important decision in my life that was not easy, but I feel is the right thing to do at this time. Today is my last day as President and Chief Executive Officer of Teens in Tech Networks, the company I started over two years ago.

I would not have made this decision if I didn’t feel confident in my successor, and their abilities to lead our team. Spencer Schoeben, who is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Teens in Tech Networks, will become the the President and CEO of Teens in Tech Networks.

Spencer has been my right hand man at Teens in Tech Networks for the last seven months, when he joined Teens in Tech Networks in October 2009, and has been an amazing asset to the company.

I may not be the CEO anymore, but I will remain the Chairman of the Board of the Directors, and remain a key asset to the team helping with the products and the business.

I’m excited to see the company grow under new leadership, and being Chairman will give me a different perspective on that. I’m also looking forward to attending college, like I mentioned in my last post. Who knows — maybe I’ll have a new company by the end of the summer!

Thanks to our amazing Advisors, and the amazing team we have at Teens in Tech Networks. I feel very confident that Spencer will be able to lead Teens in Tech Networks into its next phase.

Wrap Up: Teens in Tech Conference 2.0

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On Saturday, February 6th, it was the second Teens in Tech Conference, or as we called it, Teens in Tech Conference 2.0. It was a really exciting day filled with amazing attendees, speakers, sponsors, giveaways and overall fun. I just wanted to take a little bit of time to go over some of things that happened at the conference.

The conference would not have been made possible with out the amazing content of our speakers. Danny Trinh from Digg kicked off the conference, and gave an amazing talk, just like last year. Joey Primiani started his talk off with a bang, entering the room in a space suit, and with a “fan club” — it definitely woke everyone up in the morning. Our first interview in the morning was with John Ramey and Zak Hassanein, the Co-Founders of isocket, a new startup that handles advertising solutions for companies, which recently raised $2 million in funding from top VC’s and Angels’ in Silicon Valley. Tim Showalter-Loch from Best Buy talked to the crowd about what Best Buy, a large electronics seller is doing to attract teens, and to make their business more eco-friendly, as well as their new project, @15.

Our amazing sponsors had a few moments to demo their products, and give a little talk about them. Following that, we had lunch along side some networking between attendees.

Alex Nichols kicked off the afternoon sessions talking about marketing and entrepreneurship in the 21st century — Adam Debreczeni, who designed and built our conference web site, talked about designing for youth, and gave some really interesting examples on good and bad designs. We ended up the afternoon with a eco-friendly talk from SmartPowerEd, an interview with Josh Shipp, and a really great talk from Dropbox Co-Founder and CEO, Drew Houston.

Whenever someone registers for the conference through Eventbrite, I get an email notifying me. At 6:00 PM, I got a very interesting email from Eventbrite, saying that Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, just registered for the conference. My jaw immediately dropped. At first, I couldn’t believe that it was actually him, but when he showed up on time at 9:00 AM on Saturday, I was blown away even more. Steve was an amazing attendee, offered feedback, signed a few attendees personal MacBook Pros, and even helped us giveaway some raffle tickets!

The Teens in Tech Conference would not have been made possible with out the support of our amazing sponsors and partners. Most importantly, I’d like to thank Google for letting us use their San Francisco office, as well as provide snacks, drinks, audio equipment, chairs and tables for us to use. Not mentioned, Google gave away two Nexus One’s at the conference, plus t-shirts, puzzles, stickers, Wave and Voice invites, and much more. Some of our other sponsors, like Pana.ma gave away an iPod Touch, and Altec Lansing gave away amazing speakers, and list goes on. If you’d like to see all of our sponsors, check them out here. Lastly, special thanks to Rickshaw Bagworks for creating custom Small Zero Messenger bags for the conference.

If you weren’t able to make the conference, we streamed the entire conference via Ustream, where you can watch all the sessions.

Obviously, there is a lot that we can improve on for the conference, and we are always open to suggestions, but in my opinion, this years conference was much better then last year, in all ways. Thank you for making that happen! Until next year, we’ll see you online!

The Line Was Crossed

In the nine months that I’ve worked at TechCrunch, I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it. I couldn’t be more thankful to Michael and Heather for giving me this opportunity to work with an amazing organization, and with an amazing group of individuals.

In some way or another, a line was crossed that should have never been. At this time, I do not want to go into details, but I will publicly say that I am truly sorry to my family, friends, TechCrunch, and especially the tech community. Since 2006 when I first got into the internet, I have felt comfortable, and working at TechCrunch has made this experience even better. TechCrunch is not to blame for any of this — TechCrunch has given me the opportunity of a life time. I can never say thank you enough for TechCrunch for the amazing last nine months I’ve had.

This is the first day of the next learning stage for me. Yes, I am young, but from here, I can only learn more. To my family, friends, colleagues and especially, TechCrunch, I am sorry. I am taking this entire experience, learning and moving on.

For those who have messaged me with your thoughts — thank you. At this point, I’d like to take some time to myself after the Teens in Tech Conference, to focus on school, and enjoy being a teenager. I’ve invited Michael and my friends from TechCrunch to come the conference as well.

Thank you for the support thus far, and I hope you respect my decision to have some privacy.

Teens in Tech Conference 2.0

We started Teens in Tech Networks in February 2008 with a simple goal — bring teens together online. Over the years, we’ve succeeded. We have numerous products (Teens in Tech, Teens in Tech Games, Yazzem, Youth Bloggers Network, and of course the Teens in Tech Conference) that help us accomplish what we’ve set to do.

In January 2009, we had our first Teens in Tech Conference, where over 125 attendees came to the conference, and learned from our amazing speakers. We became the number one trending topic on Twitter, one day before the Super Bowl, which was a huge accomplishment.

This year, we’re coming back, bigger and better. Teens in Tech Conference 2.0 is at Google’s San Francisco office on February 6, and we’re thrilled to have Google as a sponsor. They’ll be supplying snacks and drinks, as well as the venue, throughout the day.

I’m even more excited about our amazing speakers including Joe Hewitt of Facebook, Danny Trinh of Digg, Vitor Lourenço of Twitter, Josh Shipp, Drew Houston of Dropbox, and many more! You can find the full list here.

And of course, we have our amazing sponsors behind us again this year, including Rickshaw Bags, who once again is making custom bags for the conference, Intel, Blue Microphones, JBL, Speck Products, Best Buy @15, RadTech, and more. You can also find the full list here.

And with that, I encourage everyone to register for the conference if you’re in town. And, for reading my blog, you get a special discount code! Just use the code ‘danielbru‘ when you register, and you’ll save 15% of your ticket price.

Hope to see everyone in San Francisco at Google’s office on February 6th!

NextGen Conference in November

I tend to take on too many projects, so here’s another one. Teens in Tech Networks has partnered up with teenage entrepreneur Cory Levy, to produce the 2009 NextGen Conference. NextGen is a one-day conference at Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley. NextGen’s mission is to help you succeed, by providing lectures, panels and networking opportunities on areas that are vital in building and maintaining your business.

We’ll have a business plan competition, where startups and entrepreneurs can go on stage, and pitch some investors of their idea. The panel of judges will then go over the business plan, and pick a winner. So far, we have Kevin Hartz, co-founder/CEO of Eventbrite, Ann Miura-Ko, Partner at Maples Investments, David Lee, a partner at Ron Conway’s investment firm, SV Angel, LLC, and Skye Lee and Brian Phillips (early PayPal employees and co-founders of Thread).

We’re still getting a lot of the details figured out, but if you’re interested in sponsoring, or speaking, please contact Cory or myself through the contact page. You can go ahead and register for a ticket today.

Also, don’t forget that the second annual, Teens in Tech Conference, or as we are calling it, Teens in Tech Conference 2.0, is coming in February 2010 at Google’s San Francisco office. You can pre-register for tickets today.

Tatango Gains An Advisor

white_bg-630x150I have been very fortunate in the last couple of years with what I’ve accomplished, and I couldn’t have done it with out support from mentors and advisors. That’s not to mention that Teens in Tech Networks wouldn’t be where it is now with out it’s amazing group of Advisors (Robert Scoble, Louis Gray, Daniel Ha, Chris Yeh, etc). I’ve always had the mentality that if someone gives you something, you should always give back, and I try to do that as often as possible.

Today, I’m proud to announce that I’ve taken an Advisory role at Tatango and Derek Media. Tatango and Derek Media are both run by Derek Johnson, whom I’ve been friends with for quite some time. I took a trip during Spring Break earlier this year to go visit some startups in Seattle, and Tatango in Bellingham.

Tatango has done really well in the last year, and I’m really excited to be working even closer with the team there. Derek recently launched Derek Media, which is a social media consultancy company, that I’ll be involved in as well. Tatango has a great team, and looking forward to seeing the product evolve even more.

Update: Tatango’s announcement is here.

Speaking at Ypulse Mashup

After speaking at eComm 2009 in early March, I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be speaking at the Ypulse Mashup this June in San Francisco. I’ll be speaking on a panel called ‘Totally Wired Youth Entrepreneurs’ moderated by technology pioneer, Guy Kawasaki. I look up to Guy a lot, and it will be honor being on a panel with him.

On my panel are Jun Loayza, Co-Founder, Future Delivery, Carly Wertheim, Co-President, Teens Turning Green and my good friend and Teens in Tech Conference keynoter, Jessica Mah of internshipIN. My panel is at 4:45 PM on Tuesday June 2, 2009 at Hotel Nikko San Francisco (map).

I highly recommend that any teenage focused startup or company attend the Ypulse Mashup. If you want to buy tickets, use the code ‘SPKR09‘ and you’ll get a 10% on your ticket! I’ll try to attend both days of the conference, so come and say hi!

Speaking at eComm 2009

I’m honored to announce that I’ll be speaking at the eComm Conference in San Francisco, CA on March 3-5. The eComm Conference is the world’s leading-edge telecom, Internet communications and mobile innovation event. The debut 2008 conference broke a lot of new ground and created a revitalized forum attracting over 300 people, and 80 speakers. Those were the just the stats for last year – 2009’s eComm conference should be even better!

I’ll be speaking on how teenagers are using mobile telecommunications, especially cell phones and the internet. My session will be held at 12:10 until 12:20 PM on Thursday, March 5, in Salon E.

More and more teenagers are getting connected through mobile phones, social networks, and the internet. During 2005, online social network sites like MySpace and Facebook became common destinations for young people in the United States. The rapid adoption of social network sites by teenagers in the United States and in many other countries around the world raises some important questions. Learn why teenagers are using social networks, cell phones and the internet to stay connected with fellow classmates, and teenagers all around the world. You’ll find out why the internet is important to teenagers, and the youth. From mobile development, to video, to the iPhone, to the internet.

If your interested in attending, use the code ‘danielbru‘ to recieve 20% off your ticket price. Hope to see you at my session at the eComm Conference in San Francisco!

UPDATE: My friends at eComm have agreed to give one free ticket away to my readers! Here’s how to win. Post a comment saying why you think you deserve the ticket, and I’ll pick the winner. Good luck!

UPDATE 2: Below are my slides that I’ve posted to SlideShare from eComm. Enjoy!

UPDATE 3: Sam Levin (@samlevin) also Qikked my talk, so you now have video and my slides!

Teens in Tech Conference

The past couple of months, Sam Levin (@samlevin) and I have been planning a event called the Teens in Tech Conference. The Teens in Tech Conference, simply put, is bringing youth and technology together in San Francisco. We have some amazing speakers, Daniel Ha (CEO of Disqus), Eric Kerr (CEO of AppLoop), Adam Jackson (Evangelist at Yoono), Jessica Mah (Founder of internshipIN), Jake Jarvis (Facebook developer), Sam Purtill (Engineer at YouNoodle), Derek Johnston (CEO of Tatango) and many more amazing speakers. You can find the full list here. Here is the information on date, time, location and other details of the Teens in Tech Conference:

When: Saturday January 31, 2009
Where: Microsoft San Francisco – 835 Market St Suite 700 – San Francisco, CA 94103 (Map)
Time: Registration opens at 9:00 AM PST. Full schedule here.

The Teens in Tech Conference has partnered with the amazing Eventbrite for tickets to the conference. You can buy your tickets to you Teens in Tech Conference here, but for those lucky readers of The Weblog of Daniel Brusilovsky, if you use the code DANIELBRU, you get a $4.00 discount on tickets for the first lucky few! Prices are as follows:

Adult (18+) $30.00 USD
Teen (18-) $20.00 USD

If you do not want to order tickets via Eventbrite , you can also come directly on January 31 to Microsoft and get tickets at the following prices:

Adult (18+) $35.00 USD
Teens (18-) $25.00 USD

And we can’t forget about the amazing media folks! If you are media, please email Teens in Tech Media with your name, publication name, email address, URL, topics you cover for the publication, links to recent and relevant articles, and any other information you think is needed.

See you on January 31 at the 2009 Teens in Tech Conference in San Francisco!

Update: The Teens in Tech Conference will be streamed live via our service provider sponsor, Ustream.TV. The channel will be here. See you at the Teens in Tech Conference!

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