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Monday, March 11 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Rise of the Planet of the Creatives

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In 2005, Etsy made a splash, allowing anyone with knitting needles to reach an audience, and MySpace helped musicians like Adele get their big breaks. While the internet has long aided creators trying to get the word out, things have come further in recent years. Targeted platforms like Kickstarter, hitRECord, 20x200, and Of a Kind have emerged, catering to full-time creative professionals looking to market, distribute, and find funding to fuel their careers. At the same time, creative-leaning social media channels like Tumblr and Behance have flourished, allowing makers to build followings. Providing access to marketing and distribution channels, these sites are helping more and more creatives make a living. This panel brings together founders of e-commerce platforms, a social-media director of product, and a photographer who has utilized these tools to discuss and debate this class of independent creative professionals, what’s working now, what’s missing, and where to go from here.
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Jamie Beck

Photographer, co-creator of the Cinemagraphcinemagraphs.com
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Jen Bekman

Founder, CEO20x200/Jen Bekman Projects IncJen Bekman is a gallerist, entrepreneur, and writer. After building a successful internet career at companies including New York Online, Electric Minds, Disney/GO Networks, Netscape, and Meetup, Jen opened her eponymous gallery in downtown... Read More →
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Danielle Strle

Dir of ProdTumblr

Monday March 11, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Omni Downtown, Lone Star

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