As Sean Parker’s character said in The Social Network, “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” From the app market to the virtual goods market to group deals, the new tech companies are ballooning to billion dollar valuations seemingly overnight. What does it take to scale a startup and achieve that magical number? At what moment is a midstream shift in strategy and operations necessary? What is the tipping point? How do you bring your company to the next level? Where are the next billion dollar ideas? What markets are growing most aggressively? How much capital is necessary to push?
Mo Koyfman, Principal, Spark Capital
Ben Lerer, Co-Founder and CEO, Thrillist.com
Nicolas R. Perkin, Co-Founder and President, The Receivables Exchange
Jason Kelly, Private Equity Reporter, Bloomberg News