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January 29, 2013

Startup Spirit Comes Alive This Week at StartupCamp7

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor

Some say that successful entrepreneurs are born, not made, while some say entrepreneurship is a talent that can be learned. The truth of the matter probably lies somewhere between the two. The desire to create and grow a business, no matter the size, requires a combination of character, talent, vision, energy and timing. And, this is exactly what StartupCamp7: Comms Edition is all about.

TMC (News - Alert) and its partner EMBRASE, a business consulting firm for next generation communications providers, will be hosting StartupCamp7, kicking off on Thursday, January 31st at 4pm. This entrepreneur pitch event produced by EMBRASE and collocated with ITEXPO (News - Alert), focuses on new business ideas in the communications sector.

“We're excited to have StartupCamp7 at ITEXPO Miami 2013. It is a unique opportunity for the communications technology industry to discover the companies and solutions that will evolve how businesses and employees connect, communicate and achieve goals,” said Rich Tehrani, TMC CEO and ITEXPO conference chairman.

Over the last several years, ITEXPO has grown to become the world's largest and best-attended communications and technology trade show. StartupCamp7, sponsored by Momentum, UberConference, Twilio and (News - Alert), is continuously one of the most popular events during ITEXPO, is an industry networking and early stage startup event that connects startups with potential collaborators, investors and clients, and provides a forum to exchange insight about new products and services.

This year, StartupCamp7 will be featuring keynote speaker John Sculley, former president of Pepsi/CEO of Apple and recognized leader in big brand marketing, will keynote the seventh installment of StartupCamp7.

“The opportunity to share in the experiences and wisdom from the likes of someone as accomplished as John Sculley is nothing short of once-in-a-lifetime,” said Larry Lisser (News - Alert), co-founder of StartupCamp.

Since his youth, Sculley has been an innovator. By age 10, Sculley was dismantling radios and converting them into intercoms and by age 30, he was Pepsi's youngest vice president of marketing. In 1977, Sculley was named the youngest president of Pepsi-Cola, and became known as the man behind the Pepsi Challenge. By the time Sculley left Pepsi in 1983, before becoming the CEO of Apple, the Pepsi brand had become the largest-selling consumer packaged goods brand in America, surpassing Coca-Cola in market share.

Today, Sculley is focused on sharing his experience with corporate executives, 'serial entrepreneurs,' and third-wave companies that are ready to take risks, adapt to change or use technological advances to achieve their goals.

The StartupCamp7 judging panel includes Craig Walker, CEO of Firespotter Labs, a telecom focused incubator that's launched UberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly since its founding in April 2011; Jeff Uphues, vice president, Cbeyond (News - Alert), a communications provider that delivers cloud services and communications to SMBs and; Gerry Dehaven, senior partner, QAdvisors, a merger and acquisition firm focused in technology, communications and business services.

Additionally, the panel will be moderated by Gary Pudles, CEO of AnswerNet, which was recently named a 'Best Run Company' by SmartCEO.

Previous companies that have participated in StartupCamp events include CallTrunk,, Phonism, RingDNA, Townhall 140, Verona, Vsnap, Zello and more.

Come be a part of the entrepreneurial spirit at StartupCamp in Miami on Thursday!

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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