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Startup Bash
August 31, 2017 | Santa Monica | Expecting 500+ attendees
Partner:  Schmoozd
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AbramEvents is the only business event in Los Angeles where it’s common to meet some of the most 
well-known biz leaders from the technology, entertainment, and other industries. The event 
regularly brings out hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and marketers.  
It was created by Aaron Abram in 2011 and soon grew into monthly panel discussions, networking mixers, 
and executive dinners. LA's first co-working space "Blankspaces" sponsored the venue 
that first year and still continues to host many of our events.
Aaron is also the Founder of SurveyRebel- survey templates that grow events which will be launching soon and the CoFounder of Osurv- a mobile survey platform that was sold in May of 2017
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Growth Hacking for Startups
May, 2017 | Santa Monica | 437 attendees
Partner:  Schmoozd
A panel of developers, media experts from CBS, app marketers and specialist brand experts to share with you some of the techniques they have done to get more customers. Will discuss strategies like low-cost ad networks, referral rewards, SEO, cross-promotion, email, blogger outreach, social media, and many others. Hear what worked for them and why. Moderated by John Diep, Founder of Schmoozd & Director of Quality Assurance @ICANN.
LA Tech Mix & Mingle
February, 2017 | Santa Monica | 500 attendees
Partner:  Schmoozd
Eat, drink, and connect with other startups, Venture Capital firms, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts - check out what they’re doing now, what the future holds, and how they’re setting the trends. 
Looking Ahead
December, 2016 | Santa Monica | 680 attendees
Partner:  American Marketing Association (AMA) 
About Digital content creation and distribution channels. Hosted at Edmunds HQ. 
Speakers: 1) Exec. Director, Content Edmunds, 2) CMO, Defy Media, 3) BizDev Exec., CAA, 4) VP of Regional Sales, Business Insider, and 5) SVP, MediaLink. Moderated by Philip Rebentisch, President @AMALosAngeles
#BLURREDLINES
October, 2016 | Santa Monica | 250 attendees
Partners:  American Marketing Association (AMA) & Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
Marketing vs. PR. Who owns messaging in the social media age? All-star marketers square off against elite public relations professionals. Speakers: 1) Judy Johnson, CMO of Caruso Affiliated, 2) Erica Samadani, SVP, Brand Marketing of Ogilvy PR, 3) Diane Bergman, VP, Marketing & Communications at the LA Opera, and 4) Clint Schaff: VP, Strategy & Development at the Los Angeles Times and moderated by Philip Rebentisch, President of AMA Los Angeles.

Launching a New Brand
September, 2016 | Santa Monica | 435 attendees
Partner:  American Marketing Association (AMA)
About understanding best practices to launching a new brand, product, or new campaign. We spoke about crafting a brand narrative, designing go-to-market strategy, creative advertising/publicity, & measuring ROI. Speakers 1) Jason Sperling, Exec. Creative Director, SVP at RPA, 2) Talia Goldstein, Founder/CEO at Three Day Rule, 3) Trevor Jones: Founder/CEO at Flex Watches, and 4) Helen Melluish, SVP, Marketing at Omaze. Moderated by Philip Rebentisch, President @AMALosAngeles.
A Toast to Success
September, 2016 | Beverly Hills | 717 attendees
Partner:  American Marketing Association (AMA)
Got a great marketing success story? Then come share it with us at the Trader Vic's poolside lounge at The Beverly Hilton. It's a perfect evening get away. Legend has it this is the home of the original Mai Tai. Bathing suits / flip flops are optional.
Future of Entertainment Marketing
April, 2016 | Santa Monica | 250 attendees
Partner:  American Marketing Association (AMA)
It’s never been a more exciting time to be a marketer in the entertainment field.  At this event, we’re asking some of the brightest marketers to look over the horizon and tell us what they see. Speakers: 1) Jason Klarman, CMO at Fullscreen, 2) Julia Tang, VP of Product & Marketing at Victorious , 3) Scot Chastain,  EVP Marketing and Development at NBC, and 4) Marissa Nance, Director of Multicultural Marketing & Partnerships at OMD and moderated by Saba Hamedy, Digital Entertainment Reporter at Mashable.
East Meets West Shabbaton Weekend
February, 2016 | Beverly Hills | 500 attendees
Partners:  Beth Jacob Beverly Hills & Congregation Ohab Zedek NYC
Multi-event Shabbaton weekend for Jewish Young Professionals in Beverly Hills. It started off with a 200 person exclusive dinner with a keynote talk by James Harris- Luxury Real Estate Mogul & Co-Star of Bravo TV's hit show "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles."  There was a private cocktail party on Saturday night at a mansion overlooking the downtown LA skyline and the weekend ended with a wine tasting at Baron Herzog Winery. 
Psychology of Success (Showbiz Edition)
January, 2016 | Miracle Mile | 210 attendees
This event was an on-going series about what it takes to achieve consistent success.  Speakers:  1) Michael Borkow, Exec. Producer of Friends, 2) Daniel Schnider, Producer of Straight Outta Compton, Josh Feldman, VP/Co-Head of StoryTelling at Hasbro, and Gil Goldschein, Exec. Producer of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Project Runway. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
JShabbat Dinner w/ the Queen of Matchmaking
August, 2015 | Los Angeles | 300 attendees
Partner:  Westwood Jewish Center
Friday night dinner w/ Talia Goldstein, Founder/CEO of Three Day Rule- a technology enabled personalized matchmaking service based in Los Angeles and backed by Match,com & IAC, a $6B company that owns Tinder.  She'll join other young professionals for Shabbat dinner and tell us her journey to running the leading matchmaking service in the country. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
JShabbat Dinner with a Grammy Singer
July, 2015 | Los Angeles | 300 attendees
Partner:  Westwood Jewish Center
Friday night dinner w/ Grammy Awards Singer Carly Robyn Green. Her music has been featured on over 90 television shows spanning 30+ networks, including NBC’s 30 Rock and Fashion Star, ABC’s One Life to Live, Showtime’s The Real L Word, HBO’s Hung, Lifetime’s Dance Moms, BET’s Born to Dance, the CW’s Beauty & the Beast, Fly Girls, and Remodeled, MTV’s The Real World and Made, Teen Nick’s Degrassi, and E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She'll be sharing her amazing journey of rising up the ranks in the music industry as a Jewish woman. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Psychology of Success
June, 2015 | Beverly Hills | 600 attendees
This event series was all about how to be successful in whatever career you choose.  Speakers: 1) Ann Gentry, Founder/CEO of Real Food Daily, 2) Jamie Masada, Founder/CEO of the LaughFactory, 3) David Weiss, Screenwriter for The Smurfs 1 & 2, Shrek 2, and The Rugrats Movie, 4) Jaspar Weir, CoFounder/President of TaskUs, 5) Eli Portnoy, Founder/CEO of Sense360, and 6) Mark Goldin, CTO of Cornerstone OnDemand. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Sell Yourself
May, 2015 | Beverly Hills | 571 attendees
This event was all about how to sell yourself in less than 30 seconds. Whether you're trying to land a new client, get a new job, raise funding for your startup- you need to know the art of the pitch.  Speakers: 1) Paul Cohen, MLB Sports Agent to multiple A-list stars, 2) James Harris, Real Estate Mogul and Co-Star of Bravo TV's hit series "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles", Aviv Grill, Shark Tank Winner, and Greg Goodfried, Top Talent Agent with United Talent Agency. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Psychology of Success
March, 2015 | Beverly Hills | 450 attendees
This was the 1st event in a series of all about the secrets to being successful. Whether you're trying to land a new client, get a new job, raise funding for your startup- you need to know the art of the pitch.  Speakers: 1) Howard Marks, CoFounder of Activision, 2) Joseph Essas, CTO of OpenTable, 3) David Sacks, Exec. Producer of The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle, and 4) Scott Greenberg, Motivational Speaker for brands like Nike, CBRE, and US Army. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Next in Mobile
February, 2015 | Culver City | 210 attendees
Join mobile entrepreneurs & developers for quick presentations on what's next in mobile. Symantec and J2 Global (billion $ co.s) will give you a peek of what's to come. Symantec will go through their new mobile projects, while J2 Global will answer the question if you can spend $10K on your app and reach 50M downloads. And Jad Meouchy will step you through a button-hack on the new Lenovo Yoga 11s.  Hosted at Symantec's offices were three presentations on upcoming trends in the mobile industry.  Speakers:  1) Shuki Lehavi, Sr. Director of Engineering for J2 Global, 2) Jad Meouchy, CEO of Osurv, and 3) Jonathon Salehpour, Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Symantec. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Tinder Holiday Party / Lightning Talks
December, 2014 | West Hollywood | 402 attendees
We produced the 1st Tinder community event at their headquarters!  Entrepreneurs and mobile developers hung out with the Founders of Tinder- Sean Rad and Jonathan Badeen and their CTO- Ryan Ogle over beer and delicious appetizers. Plus, each of them gave short talks about the future of Tinder, their technology and other cool stuff. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Next in Mobile
November, 2014 | Santa Monica | 100 attendees
Partner:  Schmoozd
This was an awesome evening with three presentations on what's happening next in mobile:
1) Stacy Stubblefield, CoFounder of TeleSign will talk about mobile user registration, balancing ease of use and account security. She'll discuss online security as it pertains to recent data breaches at Home Depot, LinkedIn, etc.  2) Jad Meouchy, CoFounder of Osurv will talk about disrupting customer feedback with wearables. He'll give a live demonstration, talk about leveraging Beacons and the concept of 'weaponized feedback.'  3) Eric Pomerleau, Software Engineer for Victorious will give a presentation about online video streaming on Android. Moderated by Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv  and John Diep, Founder @Schmoozd and Director of Quality Assurance @ICANN.
Get 1 Million Users
June, 2014 | Santa Monica | 485 attendees
 This was a panel discussion at a private lounge in Venice Beach all  about mega-growth in the mobile world, and how to gain over ONE MILLION USERS. There were five speakers including Jeremy Wasser, VP of Mobile for Experian.  Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv and Jad Meouchy, CoFounder @Osurv.
Love Your Customers
November, 2013 | UCLA | 400 attendees
This event was all about realizing that your customers are the most important part of your business. As such, listening to them and providing exceptional service will cause them to frequent your business as loyal customers. Whichever your industry, customer service and satisfaction will either make you successful or a failure.
Our panel of business leaders represents some of the most recognized brands in the world. They will share their war stories, success, failure and secrets they use to provide amazing customer service and satisfaction.  Speakers: 1) Dirk Elmendorf, CoFounder of Rackspace, 2) David Hagan, CEO of Boingo Wireless, 3) Kay Bogeajis, COO of El Pollo Loco, 4) Lisa Lillien, Founder/CEO of HungryGirl and TV Personality on the Food Network, 5) Efrem Harkham, Founder/CEO of Luxe Hotels, 6) Jad Meouchy, Founder/CEO of Osurv, and 7) Rasesh Patel, SVP, Customer Experience. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
The CFO Role
June, 2013 | Culver City | 301 attendees
 This was a panel discussion at the startup DataPop. It was all about the importance of the Chief Financial Officer's role at a startup.  Speakers: 1) Shuki Lehavi, Founder/CEO of Gumiyo, 2) John Hoang, CFO of Gumiyo, 3) Jordan Posell, CFO of BeachMint, and 4) Scott Brooks, Founder/CFO of S.R. Brooks- outsourced CFO for LegalZoom and TrueCar. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Branding Your Company
March, 2013 | Culver City | 325 attendees
This event taught how to brand your company through the different stages of its development. Topics include brand assessment, positioning, messaging, tone and strategy, etc. Speakers: 1) Gregg Spiridellis, CoFounder/CEO of Jib Jab, 2) Adam Popescu, Contributing Columnist for ReadWrite, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, and LA Times, 3) Sam Friedman, Founder/CEO of ParkMe, 4) Matt Kovacs, VP of Blaze PR, and 5) Serena Ehrlich, Director of Marketing at Mogreet. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Pivoting Your Startup
January, 2013 | Miracle Mile | 315 attendees
Every startup wants to create a product/service that produces the highest amount of revenues and the largest following. The challenge is that business is not all sunshine and rainbows. Business is full of challenges, potholes and curves balls. This event is all about learning how and when to pivoting your company. Speakers: 1) Howard Marks, CoFounder of Activision, 2) Stuart Halperin, CoFounder of Hollywood.com, 3) Jeffrey Tinsley, Founder/CEO of MyLife, and 4) Erik Oberholtzer, CoFounder/CEO of Tender Greens. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Surviving Year 1
November, 2012 | UCLA | 500 attendees
You will come to this event to gain insight from other survivors about how to sustain a business through its first year. Our Guest Panelists will share with you their war stories, failures, successes, emotions and the ingredients they used in their first year in business to setup their companies for huge success in coming years to follow. Speakers: 1) Zohar Levkovitz, Founder of Amobee, 2) Aaron Broder, Founder/CEO of Gorilla Nation and Evolve Media, 3) Eddy Lu, CoFounder/CEO of GrubWithUs, 4) Joseph Essas, CTO of OpenTable, 5) Eli Portnoy, Founder/CEO of ThinkNear, 6) Robyn Gould, Biz Attorney at Cooley LLP, 7) William Brown, Founder/CEO of BigManBakes, 8) JJ Yore, VP/GM of The Marketplace, and 9) Jason Feffer, CoFounder/CEO of SodaHead. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
The Odd Couple
October, 2012 | Santa Monica | 374 attendees
This event taught strategies on how to find common ground and build an effective relationship with your CEO & CTO even though it's likely that you have two very different personalities as one is the biz guy and the other technical. Your instructors will be proven CEOs and CTOs who run some of the most incredible companies in LA. Speakers: 1&2) Adam Miller and Mark Goldin as CEO/CTO of Cornerstone OnDemand, 3&4) Rob Kramer and Andrew Skinner, CEO/CTO of Hipswap, 5&6) Dr. Jo Webber, Founder/CEO of and Pardeep Ittycheria as CEO/CTO of REGO Payment Architectures, and 7) John Iorillo, CEO of Ambrose which was later purchased by TriNet. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Striking a Favorable Deal
August, 2012 | Miracle Mile |300 attendees
The photo depicts the line that went around the block to get into this event.
All about raising money and negotiating the best possible deal for your startup. This event was a conversation between the major players in a deal, your startup, your lawyer, your adviser and the Venture Capitalist (VC) who will be funding you! Speakers: 1) Richard Wolpert, Managing Director of Amplify, 2&3) Robyn Gould / David Young, Associate and Partner at Cooley LLP, 4) Jason Feffer, CoFounder at SodaHead, 5) Sam Friedman, Founder/CEO of ParkMe, 6) Max Gottlieb, Founder/CEO of Lovvvit, and 7) Bill Elkus, Founder/Managing Director at Clearstone Venture Partners...the lead investor in PayPal. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
CoFounder Matchmaking
July, 2012 | Beverly Hills | 325 attendees
Cofounder Matchmaking was about finding that imperfect person, that's the perfect match for you and your biz. Speakers: 1) Bryce Maddock, CoFounder/CEO of TaskUs, 2) Jaspar Weir, CoFounder/President of TaskUs, and 3) Tracy DiNunzio, Founder/CEO of Recycled Media...now  Tradesy. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
UX Design- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
June, 2012 | UCLA | 300 attendees
This event helped translate a founder's vision into a UX (user experience) website design that is easy to use and looks super cool. This event will help you deliver a superior user experience every time to your users.  We started off with a presentation of why you need a great User Experience (UX). Then, select members will present screen shots of their app/website LIVE to our panel of 6 guests and get their suggestions and guidance on how to improve their UX. Speakers: 1) Asher Hunt, CoFounder/Lead UX Designer at Look.io, 2) Sarah MacKinnon, Sr. UX Designer at eHarmony, 3) Ruth Kaufman, Sr. Interaction Designer at Yahoo!, 4) Zak Richards, Lead UX Designer/Creative at Docstoc, 5) George Ishii, CoFounder/Lead UX/UI at Yammer, and 6) Joselle Ho, CoFounder/Creative Director at Miso Media. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
The Elevator Pitch
May, 2012 | Miracle Mile | 150 attendees
This event is designed to teach you how to pitch investors on the fly without a laptop or pitch deck. All of our Guest Judges are experts at pitching people. Ten pitches will be performed LIVE and critiqued by our six guest judges. Following the ten pitches, the guest judges will take Q&A from the audience. Speakers: 1) Jason Feffer, CoFounder of SodaHead, 2) Marc Pariser, Founder/CEO of ShowBizCentral, 3) Eli Portnoy, Founder/CEO of ThinkNear, 4) Nick Bicanic, Founder/CEO of Echoecho, 5) Aviv Grill, Founder/CEO of Miso Media & Recent Winner on "Shark Tank", and 6) Boris Sokolsky, VP of BizDev for 
Ambrose Employer Group...now TriNet. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
CoFounder Matchmaking
March, 2012 | Miracle Mile | 100 attendees
This event series was all about Founders of startups meeting their better half- their CoFounder.  At this event our special Guest Speaker was Sam Tell, Managing Director of Launchpad LA- a popular startup accelerator in Santa Monica. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
Inside Google Funded Miso Media
December, 2011 | Miracle Mile | 65 attendees
Miso Media develops mobile and iPad applications specializing in music education.  Funded by Google Ventures and Justin Timberlake, they were the hottest startup company to emerge from Silicon Beach.  With that said, we hosted Miso Media's Founder/CEO, Aviv Grill and their VP of Engineering, Brandon Goldman to dissect their route to success and give us both mindsets of running a successful startup. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
CoFounder Matchmaking
November, 2011 | Miracle Mile | 45 attendees
This was the 1st of a very successful event series about finding a cofounder,  It's a challenging task, especially outside of Silicon Valley. Beyond taking a significant equity stake, your cofounder is going to be with you through your daily struggles and breakthroughs. You will have to get along with this person and trust that he/she will always have the companies’ best interests first.  Come and be yourself, share what your startup will disrupt and why you think it will be successful. Discuss what types of people you want to team up with. All attendees will be able to present to the group. We want to provide a relaxed environment for people to have their ideas and needs heard and challenged in a constructive manner. Moderated by Aaron Abram, Producer @AbramEvents and CoFounder @Osurv.
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