Igniting America's Next Frontier

Reno, March 5-7, 2018


Managing Partner Softbank Capital

Tim O'Reilly



Kate Behncken

Ronald Fisher

Co-Founder & Managing Director

The Foundry Group

Vishal Makhijani

Featured Speakers

Associate General Counsel , Lead 

 Microsoft TechSpark Initiative

Brad Feld

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder

Way to Wellville

Founder, Chairman & CEO

O'Reilly Media

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

Day 1:

How tech companies can increase higher paying jobs across America and expand economic opportunity for all.  Why tech companies are capitalizing on HQ2 opportunities beyond the coasts, supporting growth, and spreading prosperity across America.

Day 2:

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

Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur in Residence


Michael Erisman

Head of Human Resources


and more...

Patrick Poels

VP Engineering


Rahim Fazal


SV Academy

David Hall


Rise of the Rest

Tim Ryan


Mark Orttung



Mark Muro

Senior Fellow,

Policy Director

Brookings Institution

Ronald Fisher

Managing Partner Softbank Capital

David Walker

Executive Director

Nevada Museum of Art

Lorenzo Gomez III


80/20 Foundation

Vishal Makhijani



Matt Dunne

Founder &

Executive Director

Center on Rural Innovation

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder

Way to Wellville

Patrick Mckenna


High Ridge Global

Chris Shipley

Author, Advisor

Work to Learn

Tim O'Reilly

Founder, Chairman & CEO

O'Reilly Media

Chris Marks


Managing Director

Blue Note Ventures

Thomas Wadsworth

Director of Corporate Growth & Business Development

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Ira Ehren­preis

Co-Founder & Managing Director 

DBL Partners

Early Investor & 

Board Member


Bill Pescatello


Lightbank Ventures

Michael Fitzgerald

Founder & CEO


Kate Behncken

Associate General Counsel , Lead 

Microsoft TechSpark Initiative

Eric Rea



Victor Hwang

VP of Entrepreneurship Kauffman Foundation

Lee Mayer



2018 Speakers

Mike Kazmierski

President & CEO

Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Kristy Campbell


Rev1 Ventures

Dino Vendetti

Managing Director

Seven Peaks Ventures

Tim Schigel

Founding Partner

Refinery Ventures

Nick Smoot


Innovation Collective

Peter Hirshberg

Principal &


Maker City Project

Will Price

Founder, General Partner
Next Frontier Capital

John Fillmore

Chief of Business Operations

Chegg Inc.

Jakob Kistorp



Matt Marshall

Founder & CEO


Eric Daimler


Conversion Capital LLC

Tiffany Apczynski

VP of Public Policy & Social Impact


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 one of VentureBeat’s intimate events (audience of 250), 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
  • Socially-minded entrepreneurs looking to help with positive-impact social engineering
  • 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


Reno, Nevada | Reno Ballroom

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.

Located at 401 N Center St., Reno, NV



Come a day early and ski Tahoe's beautiful Mt. Rose mountain located just a short 45 minutes outside of Reno.  Blueprint attendees are invited to participate in this outdoor excursion and enjoy 360 degree views into Nevada's Truckee Meadows and Lake Tahoe. 

What: One day of skiing at Mt. Rose

When: Sunday, March 4, 8 am to 5pm

Cost: $295/per person

Cost includes: 

  • Round trip transportation
  • A bus will pick the group up from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and return there at the end of the day too
  • One-day lift ticket
  • Basic ski package (this can be increased at additional price)
  • Package to include boots, skis, poles
  • Pre and on-site coordination 

Mt. Rose has all the terrain to fit the needs of most skiers. From the ideal beginner slopes in the Enchanted Forest zone, novice skis and riders will quickly advance to the expansive groomers in the Slide Bowl. Cap it off with the adrenaline charged steeps of The Chutes, offering some of the most accessible extreme terrain in Lake Tahoe, not to mention the longest continuous vertical in North America. 

Please note that attendees who wish to join us for the ski trip, will need to fly in Saturday, with the ski trip taking place on Sunday, and conference activities beginning on Monday.

For more information about this package email Elena DelPiccolo.

A Day of Skiing | Mt. Rose

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.

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

Hotel Packages

Silver Legacy

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. 

Grand Sierra Resort


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.

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.

Circus Circus

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.


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. 

Whitney Peak

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