Atending EBE11 will be Jared Hecht, co-founder of GroupMe, one of the most successful startups involving worldwide mobile communications. Jared Hecht, will be on Saturday from 12:00 to 13:00 hours at the main stage. The last half hour we will interview him.
Since our first EBE we have invited founders of the most successful startups. These companies’ products and services are now used by millions of people globally. Matt Mullenweg (WordPress), Biz Stone (Twitter), Bret Taylor (Friendfeed), David Karp (Tumblr), among others, have been presented in first person the know-how that has led them to succeed.
The explosion of social media has given every individual a voice through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and more. But this noisiness is subjecting us to broadcast-overload, as well as increasing privacy concerns. People are becoming much more aware of their personal social media boundaries and many are starting to appreciate social interactions in more intimate settings. To address this, GroupMe has taken advantage of the personal nature of mobile phones and offers a way to create private social networks, allowing users to easily interact with the important people in their lives.
GroupMe’s Jared Hecht will share his view on what GroupMe’s private, mobile social networks do for users, developers, marketers and retailers. He will share how it fits into larger trends as social-planning goes mobile, purchasing becomes more social and decision-making is focused on local.
Jared (@jaredhecht) is the Co-Founder of GroupMe, a group messaging service that lets you stay in touch with groups of people via mobile phones and the web. In August 2011, GroupMe was acquired by Skype, which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in October 2011. Previously, Jared led Business Development at Tumblr where he focused on international expansion and strategic partnerships. Before Tumblr, Jared received his BA in Political Science from Columbia University in 2009 where he served as the Publisher and Managing Director of Inside New York. During college Jared also ran Mixed Bag Productions, a music marketing and production company that worked with nationally touring acts and festivals.
In his free time Jared serves as a mentor to TechStars, as well as an investor and advisor to various NYC startups. Jared is a national chess champion who enjoys all racquet sports and anything involving the outdoors. Originally a native of San Francisco, Jared now resides in New York City with his wife, Carrie.