Magento Conference 2013: Countdown to Imagine

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The Imagine E-commerce Magento Conference is just four weeks away! To keep you aware and prepare you for the extravaganza, we’ll be posting periodic updates in the coming weeks. Here are this week’s announcements:

Keynote Speakers Announced

The long wait is over. Here are the 2013 Keynotes, all experts and leaders in their industries. First, the Magento Keynotes:

Roy Rubin (Co-founder and COO, Magento): Roy enables customers and partners to build their businesses on the Magento platform. He directs organizational strategy and oversees Magento initiatives in education, marketing, sales, and support.

Matthew Mengerink (CTO, Magento): The tech genius behind Magento’s products and services, Matthew meets the growing demands of merchants worldwide with aplomb. His responsibilities encompass lead engineering, architecture, infrastructure, and product management.

John Lunn (Director, PayPal Developer Network): With 15+ years’ experience building online payment and anti-fraud systems, John is truly an innovator in the realm of payment and transaction security.

Jimmy Duvall (Head of Product, Magento): Jimmy’s extensive history with e-commerce, in combination with his formidable industry expertise, equip him to deliver best-in-class product solutions for Magento.

Now for the exciting Guest Keynotes:

John Donahoe (President and CEO, eBay Inc.): John has helmed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in tech history, emphasizing innovation and customer focus across eBay’s core suite: eBay Marketplaces, PayPal, GSI Commerce, and X.commerce.

Steven Levitt (Economist, Co-Author of Freakonomics): A tenured professor in the University of Chicago’s economics department and a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, Steven’s books are among the best-selling and most influential economics books ever published.

Jeff Jordan (Partner, Andreessen Horowitz): Jeff serves on the board of such leading portfolio companies as Airbnb, Belly, Fab, Lookout, and Pinterest. His executive history speaks for itself: CEO/Executive Chairman of OpenTable, as well as leadership roles at eBay and PayPal.

Jamie Clarke (Extreme Adventurer and Storyteller): Jamie’s exploits include two summits of Mt. Everest and the first crossing of the Empty Quarter of Arabia by a Westerner. Founder of, Jamie dedicates his life to spreading his passion about the great outdoors.

Exclusive Prizes

This year’s Grand Prize is an extraordinary seven-night stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort in Hawaii. You can enter for a chance to win during registration.

POKEN Networking

These handy digital business cards will be handed out at registration to all Magento conference participants. Simply touch POKENS to trade contact information; you can even include files such as one-sheets. Expect your POKEN email shortly with further details on capabilities and the particulars of registration.

Expert Consulting Group Sessions, Going Fast!

Just a reminder that Magento’s own Expert Consulting Group (ECG) will be on premises to conduct free half-hour consulting sessions. Current Enterprise users as well as Enterprise hopefuls should look into this rare opportunity, which addresses performance optimization, new development plans, business expansion, and more. It’s first come, first served: act now!

Post-Conference Magento Training

Don’t forget two classroom courses offered by the Magento U team immediately after the Magento conference. Learn how to jump-start your online store management or fine-tune your Magento development credentials with in-person certification.

More Prizes from SecureBuy!

Platinum Sponsor SecureBuy has quite the incentive for five minutes of your time: an iPad or an iPad Mini! They’re conducting the first annual payment fraud survey to Magento merchants. As a token of appreciation for your assistance, two random participants will be selected to receive a new iPad 3 or iPad Mini. Be sure to check out SecureBuy’s breakout session at the Magento conference for results and their lounge in the Marketplace for a personalized assessment.

Why wait? Take the survey!

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