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Crossing The Talent Gap

March 6, 2019

Crossing The Talent Gap
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
DocuSign Executive Briefing Center
221 Main St., San Francisco, CA
5:30 - 8:00 pm

*** The first 50 tickets are 50% off with the code TALENTGAP ***

Is there a talent gap? You bet there is!

On Wednesday, March 6th, join us as we tackle the talent gap head-on and explore timely recruitment issues and what successful scaling and measured growth should look like.

Senior talent executives from Bombora, Figure, Brightback, and Anaplan will dive deep into a discussion on the challenges, and the wins, of finding and retaining top talent in this frothy and bubbly market and will juxtapose the SF market to smaller ecosystems like the fledgling startup and tech scene that’s popping up in Reno. Who knew, right? The backstory is below.

* Cristina Gutierrez, Senior Director, Talent, Figure (SF, Reno)
* Lindsey Dal Porto, Head of Talent, Bombora (Reno, SF, NYC)
* Krystal Smith, Head of Talent & Ops, Brightback (SF)
* Pete Lawson, Global Director of Talent Acquisition, Anaplan (Global)

* 5:30 - 6:00 pm Networking + refreshments
* 6:00 - 7:30 pm Presentations, discussions
* 7:30 - 8:00 pm Further networking

Light beverages and munchies will be served.


There’s trouble in paradise -- what was once a no-brainer is now a huge question mark.

It’s not new news that Bay Area tech workers are realizing there’s more to life than just trying to get by. Some say SF is done -- put a fork in it. Really, who wants to share a $5,000 one bedroom apartment in a neighborhood littered with needles and human waste with 4+ other glassy-eyed and over-worked geeks? And forget about starting a family in this town -- you’ll be strapped before you know it. Especially if, or more likely when, your startup goes belly up.

The quest for quality talent in the Bay Area is creeping into a new era as more-and-more skilled workers are bolting for the border.

What's an engineer with a lust for life to do? Head for the hills? Well, maybe -- yes!

Enter Reno, the new SOMA.

Just on up over the hill the pioneering grit and innovative spirit run strong and startups are popping up all over the place. There's good reason Tesla, Apple, Google, Microsoft, eBay, Blockchains, Figure, Bombora, and many other game-changers are boots down in Reno. They're on to something.

Reno is a quick 45-minute flight to/from SFO. Or, if you prefer, 3.5 hours in a car with good tunes. Either way, you can be at meetings in downtown SF and back again with less effort than riding the N-Judah.

Life is on sale in Reno: the cost of living and the cost of doing business is discounted 40% less than what you're paying the Bay Area. Add in cheap(er) real estate, zero traffic, close proximity to Lake Tahoe and its amazing mountains, and the absence of corporate and personal income tax and BOOM -- the Biggest Little City is shines with opportunity. And if Burning Man is your thing, Reno is the gateway to the Playa and you can feel it.

Reno is on the rise in startup world, and San Francisco is listening.

Grab a seat and let's cross the talent gap, together.

This event is sponsored by our friends in Reno Tahoe -- where the secret is out! Get in touch and learn more!

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Cristina Gutierrez

Senior Director, Talent
Figure (SF, Reno)

Lindsey Dal Porto

Head of Talent
Bombora (Reno, SF, NYC)

Krystal Smith

Head of Talent & Ops
Brightback (SF)

Pete Lawson

Global Director of Talent Acquisition
Anaplan (Global)


  • Figure

    Figure Technologies, Inc. (Figureâ„¢) creates innovative consumer financial solutions for home improvement, debt consolidation, and retirement while providing financial literacy and financial empowerment. Its mission is to build and promote innovative financial products on blockchain that benefit consumers and eliminate rent-seeking, illiquidity, and other inefficiencies present in current financial markets. The company's flagship product, the Figure Home Equity Loan PLUS, utilizes the blockchain protocol Figure created, Provenanceâ„¢. Headquartered in San Francisco, Figure was co-founded by Mike Cagney, former co-founder and CEO of SoFi, along with Alana Ackerson, Cynthia Chen, June Ou, and Sara Priola.

  • Bombora

    Bombora is the leading provider of Intent data for B2B marketers. Bombora’s data aligns marketing and sales teams, enabling them to base their actions on the knowledge of what companies are in market for which products. The source of this data is the first co-operative of premium B2B media companies. Members contribute content consumption and behavioral data about their audiences. In turn, they can better understand their audiences, serve advertisers and monetize their inventory.

  • Brightback

    Brightback, the automated customer retention company, is on a mission to help subscription-based businesses increase their customer lifetime value and gain actionable insights to reduce churn. Brightback was founded in San Francisco in 2018 by Guy Marion, then an EIR at Matrix Partners, who partnered with co-founder Cory Watilo. The team brings decades of subscription and SaaS experience from companies like Zendesk, Autopilot, BrightRoll, Heap Analytics and is backed by top Silicon Valley investors.

  • Anaplan

    At Anaplan, our aim is to make the world better by connecting organizations and people so business leaders can make better-informed decisions. Anaplan is driving a new age of connected planning. Large and fast-growing organizations use Anaplan’s cloud platform in every business function to make better-informed plans and decisions and drive faster, more effective planning processes. Anaplan also provides support, training, and planning transformation advisory services. Anaplan is a publicly held company based in San Francisco with 16 offices and over 150 expert partners worldwide.