The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful.

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John Zeratsky

John Zeratsky was a designer in the tech industry who became obsessed with the idea of redesigning time. He is the author of New York Times bestseller Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days and Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day, coming in September 2018.

John has also written for The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fast Company, and many more. John has appeared on stage more than 100 times, including at Harvard University, IDEO, and the Code Conference.

For nearly 15 years, John was a designer for technology companies. At GV, he worked with close to 200 startups, including Slack, 23andMe, Pocket, Foundation Medicine, One Medical Group, and Nest. He was also GV's in-house copywriter, editor, and content strategist; he created and edited the GV Library, which has attracted million of views since 2012.

Previously, John was a senior designer at YouTube and Google, and an early employee at FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007.

Originally from Wisconsin, John and his wife Michelle have lived in Chicago and San Francisco. Today they split time between their sailboat "Pineapple" (currently in Panama) and their home in Milwaukee.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, August 21