Alan Webber, co-founder of Fast Company magazine and author of “Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self,” will speak June 7 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at Union South in Madison.

Visit to register and learn more. “Early bird” registration is open through May 15 and special hotel rates apply through mid-May.

Fast Company, the fastest-growing business magazine in U.S. history, sold for $360 million in 2000. Webber’s work with emerging companies has continued with mentoring and coaching, as well as his creation of “One New Mexico” to advance that state’s economic outlook by nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation.

His latest book, “Rules of Thumb,” is a guide for people in all walks of life who want to make sense of the work-life balance in confusing, challenging and compelling times. The first 100 paid registrants for the Entrepreneurs’ Conference will receive a copy of “Rules of Thumb” included in their registration price.

Webber was a candidate for governor in New Mexico in 2014. A former managing editor of the Harvard Business Review, Webber was AdWeek’s Editor of the Year in 1999. His public-sector experience including working for governors, mayors and federal Cabinet officials in three states and Washington, D.C.

Webber will speak before the awards ceremony for the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, where Gov. Scott Walker is also an invited guest.

“Alan Webber brings a national perspective to the Entrepreneurs’ Conference, as well as hands-on advice to entrepreneurs of all stripes on how to succeed in their own ‘fast company’ surroundings,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council.

Produced by the Tech Council, the annual conference is one of the largest events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in the Upper Midwest. More than 500 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, to be held June 6-7 at Union South on the UW-Madison campus.

Other highlights will include:

  • Other nationally known speakers to be announced
  • The 2017 Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award will be presented to Zach Halmstad on June 6th
  • Diligent Dozen: Top 12 finalists from the Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off
  • Panel discussions and educational seminars for emerging companies on how to “Launch, Grow and Succeed”
  • Innovation Showcase featuring more than 45 companies from around the state
  • Plenty of chances to network with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors over food and refreshments

Sponsors thus far are: Aberdean Consulting, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, BMO Harris Bank, Boardman & Clark, Bunker Labs – Wisconsin, Carroll University, Center for Technology Commercialization, City of Fitchburg, Dedicated Computing, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, DXC Technology, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Godfrey & Kahn, Google, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Madison College, Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ HEY!, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic, Michael Best, Midwest Prototyping, Murphy Desmond, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, Noble Applications, Quarles & Brady, Red Arrow Productions, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, River Valley Bank, Rockwell Automation, Summit Credit Union, Uber, University Research Park, UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation, UW-Madison Discovery to Product (D2P), UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, UW-Madison University Relations, Venture Investors, Veritas Technologies, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WERCBench Labs, Wisconsin Health & Educational Facilities Authority, WIPFLI, Wisconsin Technical College System, WTN Media, and Yahara Software.

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