Broad Tech Ecosystem Convenes in San Francisco

Monday, June 12, 2017

William Blair's Technology Company Growth Conference convened over 600 attendees in San Francisco. Featuring presentations by more than 60 high-growth tech companies and more than 500 one-on-one meetings between investors, corporate development professionals, and technology executives, the conference has become a mainstay for highlighting late-stage technology companies.

"Our conference connects entrepreneurs and business owners with the sources of capital and strategic support they need to achieve their visions," said Brent Gledhill, William Blair's global head of investment banking. "The event has become a leading forum for idea exchange and strategic dialogue between transformative companies and the technology industry's leading investors and strategic acquirers."

Since 2015, William Blair's technology investment banking team has raised more than $23 billion in capital and liquidity transaction value for the firm's clients, including deals involving strategic acquirers such as Cisco, Google, and IBM.

"Drawing on our broad and deep expertise across the technology landscape, our global footprint and relationships, and our significant market momentum, our technology investment banking team is uniquely equipped to help high-growth, market-leading companies capitalize on opportunities for growth and liquidity," said Jonathan Skinner, William Blair's head of technology investment banking.

The event featured a keynote address by Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy. Attendees were uplifted by Mr. Khan's journey and presentation as a true catalyst for changing the way we learn around the world.

A former hedge fund analyst, he explained that Khan Academy sprang from helping family with math homework over the phone. A friend of Mr. Khan's asked how he could scale his efforts and suggested that Mr. Khan record some of the math lessons on video and upload them to YouTube. In four short years, Mr. Khan's videos were generating 50,000 to 100,000 views per month. "Soon it became clear that people who were not my cousins were watching," Mr. Khan said. The videos' viral growth and Mr. Khan's efforts attracted the attention and financial support of benefactors such as Bill Gates and Google. Today, Khan Academy's free online materials are being translated into 36 languages with nearly 50 million registered users across nearly every country in the world.

Learn more about Khan Academy

William Blair is proud to support this organization's mission and made a donation to Khan Academy on behalf of the Technology Company Growth Conference's attendees. 

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