Tech talent expansion for ROI and prosperity across America

Reno, March 5-7, 2018


Co-Founder & Managing Director

The Foundry Group

Managing Partner Softbank Capital

Ira Ehrenpreis





Ronald Fisher

Vishal Makhijani

Tim O'Reilly

Co-Founder & Managing Director

DBL Partners

Early Investor & Board Member


Brad Feld

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder

Way to Wellville

Founder, Chairman & CEO

O'Reilly Media

Help tech companies increase higher paying jobs across America and expand economic opportunity for all.

Day 2: 

Inspirational keynotes, success stories and panel discussions  accompanied by several small-group working sessions with all participants

Day 1: 

Tour of major tech expansion success stories in Reno, followed by 

BLUEPRINT kick-off event

Day 3: 

Bringing together all of Day 2’s work, announcements of critical new initiatives, and visionary keynote

2017 Speakers

Ronald Fisher

Managing Partner Softbank Capital


Vishal Makhijani



Esther Dyson

Executive Founder

Way to Wellville

and more...

Will Price

Founder, General Partner
Next Frontier Capital

Brad Feld

Co-Founder & Managing Director

The Foundry Group

Tim Schigel

Founding Partner

Refinery Ventures

Anne Raimondi

SVP Operations


Tim O'Reilly

Founder, Chairman & CEO

O'Reilly Media

Dino Vendetti

Managing Director

Seven Peaks Ventures

Matt Dunne

Founder & Executive Director

Center on Rural Innovation

Mark Orttung



Mike Kazmierski

President & CEO Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Michael Erisman

Head of Human Resources 


Chris Shipley

Author, Advisor Work to Learn

John Fillmore

Chief of Business Operations

Chegg Inc.

David Walker

Executive Director

Nevada Museum of Art

Kristy Campbell


Rev1 Ventures

Ira Ehren­preis

Co-Founder & Managing Director 

DBL Partners; 

Early Investor & 

Board Member


Mark Muro

Senior Fellow,

Policy Director

Brookings Institution

Chris Marks

Founder, Managing Director

Blue Note Ventures

Nick Smoot


Innovation Collective

Rahim Fazal


SV Academy

Thomas Wadsworth

Director of Corporate Growth & Business Development

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Tom Walker

President & CEO

Rev1 Ventures

Tim Ryan


Jon Swartz

San Francisco Bureau Chief


Jakob Kistorp



Patrick Mckenna


High Ridge Global

Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur in Residence


Peter Hirshberg

Principal &


Maker City Project

Victor Hwang 

VP of Entrepreneurship Kauffman Foundation

Marcia Kadanoff

Civic Innovator

Maker City Project


Tech companies on the coasts are finding it more difficult to attract and retain talent due to rising costs and quality of life impacts.  Meanwhile, America's fly over states are seeing an incredible tech resurgence and could offer up a solution to traditional tech centers looking for an HQ2 expansion.  

Now is the time to create a BLUEPRINT, one that builds on existing success stories that have allowed high-growth tech companies to create jobs and expand the wealth beyond the coasts — and optimize profitability for coastal tech companies and other large employers by relocating some of their business activities to the heartland. 


  • Regional cities showcase - and illuminate possibilities for your HQ2 
  • Tech Success stories in the Heartland: See Details
  • Accelerating and supporting heartland talent - workforce readiness: See Details


BLUEPRINT is VentureBeat’s intimate event (audience cap of 300), including:

  • Tech company executives exploring HQ2 and expansion opportunities outside of the coasts
  • All executives interested in impacting job prosperity across America.
  • Investors looking to grow their investments beyond the traditional coastal hubs.
  • National, state, and local government leaders looking to develop policies that will accelerate growth in the heartland 
  • Economic development professionals looking to showcase their region to technology companies and investors and talent.


Located at 401 N Center St., Reno, NV


Besides being tucked up against the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range, and an hour’s drive to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, Reno is one of the most inspiring economic growth success stories in the last decade.

In 2009, the city had an unemployment rate of 14% and one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. It was, you could say, left for dead. Yet, due to the vision of an intensely committed community, the city has seen a remarkable comeback and now boasts an unemployment rate of 4%, a vacancy rental vacancy rate of 2% and wage growth at 20-50%.


Driving this remarkable turn around was a community focus on economic development and importing jobs and opportunity from companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Tesla as well as 170 others that have relocated to Reno. And with this foundation, tech startups that have taken root in Reno as well. It’s a fitting setting for the inaugural Blueprint event to inspire regions across America.


Join us in Reno to get a first-hand look at how Reno has entirely reinvented itself and enjoy all its beautiful location has to offer. All main event activities will take place at the Reno Ballroom.

Location: Reno, Nevada | Reno Ballroom

Located in the heart of the Biggest Little City in downtown Reno Nevada, Silver Legacy Resort Casino offers amenities and attractions for the perfect vacation getaway. Towering above downtown as the newest and tallest casino hotel, spacious guest rooms and suites offer grand views of the city skyline and mountains. 

Hotel Packages

Silver Legacy


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Reno hotel and casino thoughtfully designed for relaxation, celebration and rejuvenation. Recognized for luxurious accommodations, exciting casino action, fine dining and an award-winning spa, Atlantis offers everything you're looking for and more.


Named the “Best Hotel” in Reno by Casino Player Magazine three years in a row, the Grand Sierra Resort offers luxurious hotel rooms and suites in Reno NV, with contemporary decor in the center of everything Reno, Nevada, has to offer.  At Grand Sierra Resort we cater to families too, with a host of activities to provide hours—if not days!—of family fun. 

Take advantage of special 2-night pricing we’ve secured at selected hotels that are bundled in with your event fee. Simply choose on of these packages when you reserve your ticket. 

Grand Sierra Resort


Providing the best hotel service and amenities is an art that Peppermill Reno's hotel has perfected over 40 years. Peppermill's hotel holds the AAA Four Diamond rating for hospitality industry excellence, and is voted one of Reno's best resort hotels year after year by leading hospitality and gaming publications.

Stay at the Reno hotel that is fun for the whole family - including the family dog! Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino is your destination for fun and entertainment at an affordable price. The hotel, located in the heart of Downtown Reno, is a short walk to the Reno Events Center and the ideal starting spot for those who want to experience the Biggest Little City.


Circus Circus

Welcome to the Whitney Peak Hotel - a new, landmark property that caters to those looking for that "extra something" in their hospitality experience. Whitney Peak is Reno's first and only non-gaming, non-smoking, independent hotel. We are centrally located; just two blocks from the beautiful Truckee River Walk and adjacent to the historic Reno Arch.


Experience timeless luxury and friendly, personal service in the heart of Downtown Reno. Escape to the Eldorado Resort Casino, named "Best Rooms and Suites" by Casino Player Magazine, where every detail has been considered in order to provide you with the stay of a lifetime. Lose yourself in the nonstop excitement and elegance of our luxurious Reno resort casino.

Whitney Peak

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