Scottsdale tech company brings Apple, Google executives for biz conference

Scottsdale telecommunications company Nextiva is hosting a conference about business, for businesses, with all proceeds going to local charities.

Scottsdale telecommunications company Nextiva is hosting a conference about business, for businesses, with all proceeds going to local charities.

NextCon16, planned for Nov. 14-16 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, is available for all businesses, not just Nextiva partner companies, said Yaniv Masjedi, Nextiva’s vice president of marketing.

“We wanted to bring the best speakers, not just a sales pitch for Nextiva,” Masjedi told me. “They can share their knowledge with our audience. Business owners, sales, marketing and HR reps should all come.”

Nextiva is bringing out several well-known speakers for the event, includingApple co-founder Steve Wozniak, LinkedIn Chief Human Resources Officer Pat Wadors and former Apple Chief Evangelist Guy Kawasaki.

Other speakers include Glassdoor Head of Employer Brand Kirsten Davidson,Gopi Kallayil, Google’s chief evangelist of brand marketing, and Nextiva CEOTomas Gorny.

“This is an opportunity to take actionable insights right away into their business,” Masjedi said. “Most business conferences are just business gurus that talk about the next big thing about business. We’ve hand selected all the speakers, and they’re brilliant. Most have had an impact on our business, and we’re hoping other businesses will experience the same thing.”

Fast-growing Nextiva ranked third on the Phoenix Business Journal’s recent list of Arizona telephone companies, with 510 local employees.

NextCon is a nonprofit conference with all proceeds benefiting about a dozen nonprofits Nextiva has supported over the last year through Nextiva Cares, the company’s nonprofit organization.

Nextiva Cares selects a different nonprofit monthly to support.

Conference profits will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Horses Help, Mayo Clinic and the Joy Bus, among other organizations.

Nextiva will also donate $5 through every use of #NextCon16 on social media throughout the conference, with no maximum donation, Masjedi said.

The $499 price of the conference includes lunch, drinks, all panels and evening events.

“There will be a Q&A with Wozniak and an opportunity to meet him for photos and autographs,” Masjedi said. “This is also an opportunity to meet great people, including local business professionals and people from across the country.”

Nextiva is expecting more than 1,000 people to attend.

“Our goal is to really bring the best minds in business, whether they’re attendees or speakers from Arizona,” he said. “We’re filling the gap.”

Phoenix Business Journal Publisher Ray Schey will moderate the “Thriving in the Silicon Desert” panel 1 p.m. Nov. 16, which will talk about the success stories of Arizona, including Tuft & Needle and the University of Arizona Tech Launch.

The Phoenix Business Journal is a sponsor of the conference, along withPolycom, Panasonic and Cisco.

The official NextCon16 mobile app is available to download for free through iPhone or Android. The app has the agenda, a conference map and a profile opportunity for each attendee for better collaboration during and after the event.

The app was developed locally by Attendify, a Palo Alto, California-based company that recently opened a Phoenix office.

Source: Scottsdale tech company brings Apple, Google executives for biz conference – Phoenix Business Journal

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