Conference Hound, a San Francisco-based searchable platform of upcoming events, is after the leading spot in its niche. With more than 45,000 human-curated listings and a recent injection of seed funding from various angels and other investors, we'd say they're well on their way. 

Sweet Schmooze Spots makes finding a spot to schmooze and network fairly easy with a filtered search option for events, and location-specific resources for travel planning and logistics. Social tools including integrations with LinkedIn and Twitter also enhance the experiences, as well as the ability to share, like, favorite, and add events to calendars. 




On the other side of the fence, event planners are able to enter information about their event and attach various resources to their listings for free (e.g. agendas, Slideshare presentations, YouTube and Vimeo videos, speaker bios, etc.). 

"Going to a conference has become an important, under-reported piece of global business culture. The experience is holistic and much more than a pre-set schedule of seminars in an enclosed space," said founder and CEO, Bruce Carlisle. "We know from our research that conference attendees base their choices on many factors beyond industry and topic including who's speaking, who's attending, location, weather, local activities and attractions including golf, dining, concerts, clubs and much more. Our goal is to be the definitive go-to brand for the conference world globally, and with this funding we're here to stay."

Carlisle is the former CEO and co-founder of SF Interactive, a digital marketing agency, and Conference Hound CTO Jay Hung previously held technical roles with Yahoo, Scripps Networks and social startup Mixture.