Crescent Solutions’ sister company, Captive8, recently launched a technology industry event at the Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas strip. The top executives from the city—from heavy hitters like the Venetian, the Wynn, and Caesar’s Palace—attended the mixer, and were linked with technology suppliers hand-picked by Captive8, for some intimate one-on-one sessions.
“We act as the middle-man—the matchmaker,” said Brian Richards, president of Captive8.
Captive8 runs these events every quarter, jet setting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, giving vendors face time with the CIOs and CTOs of major Fortune 500 companies—an opportunity they normally would not have otherwise. In a collaborative environment with 15 to 18 vendors and buyers on each side, the suppliers are able to present and pitch ideas to the tech experts, gaining essential and valuable feedback. The leaders in the major tech companies gain access to the latest trends, newest products, and innovative ideas.
Brian Fischbein, the CEO of Crescent Solutions—a leader in the I.T. recruiting and consulting field, launched Capitve8 in 2011 and recruited the help of Richards—who previously worked as a general manager for a global event company for different verticals from I.T. to the legal industry. The two of them leveraged their impressive network of contacts to build a top-tier list of forward-thinking innovators. Each session is tailored to match the right vendors with the right companies based on initiatives and categories, making sure the best matches are made.
“The most memorable moments are when vendors tell us that they just had a great meeting with so and so—saying they got something here, closing on a six-figure plus agreement from just a ten-minute meeting,” Richards said. “It’s seeing our clients and vendors be successful that’s important.”
There is even a VIP portion of the event, where the CIO and CTOs get to interact with each other, a casual way to network with their peers to discuss best practices within the industry as well as a forum to bounce ideas on how to solve problems.
For more information on Captive8, visit their website.