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Pre-conference photos

On my way to General Sessions:

  • Great Entrepreneurial Minds: Unlocking the Secrets of Small Business Growth with Susan Sobbett, President of OPEN from American Express and,
  • Marketing in a Digital World: How to Leverage Technology and New Media to Build Lust for Your Brand
    Mark Jarvis, CMO, Dell

1 Inc 500 companies I want to know more about

Inc 500 ConferenceI’m in Chicago this week and will be blogging while I attend the 500 Conference

As you probably already know, Inc recognizes the top 500 fastest growing companies in America based on 3 year revenue growth. The conference, presented with OPEN from American Express, Principal Financial Group and Dell, is a celebration of entrepreneurship and recognition event for the 500 honorees.

Here are couple Inc 500 class of 2007 entries that look very interesting.

  • Bill Me Later – #6 – Bill Me Later is a convenient and secure new payment method designed for purchasing on the web or over the phone.
  • Zorch International – #28 – New approach to branded promotional products
  • Right Media – #46 – Interactive ad network now owned by Yahoo!
  • Wpromote – #62 – Search marketing firm
  • Vibes Media – #92 – Interactive mobile marketing – the phone’s the thing
  • Instinct Marketing – #199 – Doing some nice things with local search and CRM
  • AbsorbentInk – #216 – Another promotional products company
  • eROI – #402 – Lead generation firm using email and other e forms of marketing
  • DirectoryM – #458 – Local online directories

More to come!

Success secrets of the fastest growing companies

Inc 500I will be in Chicago next week at the Inc 500 Conference covering as many emerging companies as I can. I want to find out what makes them tick and share that with you here.

    Three places you will find me:

  • The conference is sponsored in part by OPEN from American Express, which will host a session called Great Entrepreneurial Minds.
  • Dell CMO, Mark Jarvis, will deliver a session called Marketing in a digital worldCheck out SB360
  • Scott Cook, founder of Intuit, speaks about the future of small business in America (nice article in Inc this month)

I also plan to get a word with Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick and Jack Stack, godfather of open book management.

If you’re a Duct Tape reader and plan on attending the event (maybe you’re even one of the Inc 500!) I would love to meet you. Drop me a line.