What’s Up with Philly’s WhatsNext? See for yourself

Created by Philly Music Festival founder Greg Seltzer, WhatsNext is a virtual conference for the local tech, entrepreneur and startup community.

Trust me. I know you’re tiring of live streaming shows and virtual meetups. Everybody in a band is doing them, just as is aerobics instructors, life coaches, actor-playwrights, and counselors of all stripes. That’s what makes – or I’m guessing will make – WhatsNext different when it pops up June 24. Created by Philly Music Festival founder Greg Seltzer, a partner at Ballard Spahr, WhatsNext is a feast and a beast of a virtual conference for the local tech, entrepreneur and startup community, but with a music fest vibe –and bands. Think… an Apple launch at Coachella.

Low Cut Connie
Connor Barwin

Sure, there might be some drypoints, with panel topics such as Product Design, Branding, Financing and Valuation, Employment, Open Source versus Closed Source, Stock Options and Maximizing Value in M&A. But, along with promoting bustling chatrooms and interactive webinars, some of Philly’s finest will get in on the act. So Low Cut Connie will thrill crowds with their hot brand of punk rock boogie-woogie, while jazz-bo Arnetta Johnson wows the virtually assembled mob. Federal Donuts’ Tom Henneman and Matt Fein will host a dough-making instructional. Eagles center Jason Kelce and former Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, will speak about what it means to have animal drive and gumption – as will the team from Guru Technologies, a local software company. Live Nation Urban’s Shawn Gee is the inaugural event’s keynote speaker. There’s a virtual beer-tasting with Victory Brewing Co. that will keep onlookers active through happy hour. And the entire registration for the June 24 conference is free for all attendees and will be held on the online event platform Hopin

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