Get your early bird ticket to Pandoland, our annual festival of entrepreneurship, tech and... whiskey

By Sarah Lacy , written on December 1, 2014

From The News Desk

Earlier this year, on the final day of our sold-out Southland conference, I sat on stage and promised the audience we’d do our big annual event in Nashville every year, no matter what.

As promised, Pando is coming back to Nashville in 2015 and we’re bringing dozens of hot investors and entrepreneurs with us. If you thought this year's standing-room-only, star-studded, whiskey soaked conference was great, next year's event is going to make you lose your mind.

The event will be held June 15-17 2015, at Marathon Music Works by the same team who brought you every single thing that happened on stage at Southland last time.

There are just two changes: Our flagship conference is now called Pandoland and unlike this year’s event, which was produced in partnership with the state of Tennessee, Pandoland will be a totally independent, 100% Pando production. (One day I'll share the fun story of how we decided to end our partnership with LaunchTN, but for now let's just say there's a reason why startups tend to be wary of doing business with politicians.)

Last time, the line-up included Chrisy Turlington Burns, Vice President Al Gore, Braintree's Bill Ready, Box’s Aaron Levie, Evernote’s Phil Libin, Forerunner's Kirsten Green, Walker & Co's Tristan Walker, Bonobos' Andy Dunn, Hotel Tonight's Sam Shank, Vox's Lockhart Steele, Bustle's Bryan Goldberg and many, many other huge names. (See below for a video of everything you missed.)

Next year's line-up will be even bigger: Amongst those already confirmed to speak are filmmaker and Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas, Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp and Floodgate’s Mike Maples. Top investors and entrepreneurs like Kirsten Green, Ben Lerer, Jason Hirschhorn have also committed to coming back. Over the next few months we'll be announcing dozens more huge names from the overlapping worlds of technology, entrepreneurship, media, politics and entertainment.

If you liked the frank conversations, the all-star lineup that started with Christy Turlington Burns and ended with music from Moon Taxi; the brass band; the food; the whiskey; the music and the awesomely intense startup competition, you are absolutely going to want to come back for more. Much more.

Early bird tickets to Pandoland 2015 have just gone on sale. As a thank you to this year's attendees who are champing at the bit to come back next year -- and to encourage first timers to hop on a plane to Nashville -- we're starting with a special early bird ticket for the low price of just $599.

The early bird is only available until December 31st 2014 and we promise this will be the lowest priced ticket sold for Pandoland. Don't worry that you might get a better deal if you wait: We guarantee there'll be no bait-and-switchy last minute price cuts. This year's event was beyond sold out and we expect next year's to sell out even faster.

Get your ticket to Pandoland 2015 right now.

We'll see you in Nashville next June. We can't wait.