Heather Wilde

Business & Management

Government, Social Sector & Education

Information & Communications Technology

Travel & Tourism

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Heather Wilde

Unicorn Whisperer, CTO & Angel Investor

Heather Wilde is CTO of ROCeteer and is also known as the Unicorn Whisperer because of her special focus on entrepreneurs. She is a professional growth expert, executive coach, best-selling author, and speaker. One of the founding team of Evernote, and co-founder of TWIP, she has won multiple awards for her writing, technology, coaching, and mentorship, including the 2020 International Impact Award for her latest book, "Birth of a Unicorn".

Both a patent inventor and game designer, she is trailblazing the way for other women to do the same.
She has appeared on Huffpost Live and ABC News, and has appeared in Mashable, BBC News, Huffington Post, and in the Wall Street Journal as well as many other industry publications. Her clients cover North America, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East and she offers training internationally on tech topics such as Cybersecurity, Anticipatory Design, and the Dangers of Overwork.

Wilde's popular Inc and Forbes columns span social media, entrepreneurialism, startups, leadership, fundraising, and diversity issues. She lives in Las Vegas.

Current sessions

I Spent Millions On Video Game Development So You Don't Have To

No matter what type of technology background you have, one thing the majority of us have in common is at some point in time you probably thought it would be "neat" to publish a game. I started out in the world of game design, working with major studios to create some pretty awesome titles.

In this talk, I'll take you through what goes into creating a game -- the teamwork, the spiraling budgets, the secrecy, and the stress when years of your life can depend on the outcome of the whims of reviewers.

You've seen Mythic Quest, now hear the real story.

Leadership Skills for the Non-Manager

You don’t have a manager’s title to be a leader within an organization, nor do you have to be in charge to successfully lead others through a meeting or project.

This workshop explores what leadership is, the language of leadership, motivation, and actions people can immediately take to lead regardless of the positions they hold within their organizations.

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

Define the attributes leaders have in common.
Explain the importance of influence, how to gain it, and how to use it.
Describe how to build a professional network.
Explain what motivates others.
Develop a plan for leading.

Your Customers Hate You (And Other Lies)

When you release your software and products into the world, you open yourself up to the gamut of possibilities. This includes negative feedback from customers that can leave even the most experienced developer unprepared.

This is something that applies to every developer and unfortunately usually doesn’t get addressed until it is too late, causing entire product pivots for non-issues.

How can you stay on track when everything you hear tells you you’re wrong?


Provide developers with a framework for filtering customer requests while still keeping them engaged
Provide teams with a perspective on how to understand their customer

Choice is Overrated - Designing Products That Know What You Want Before You Do

According to CEO Aaron Shapiro, the next big breakthrough in design and technology will be the creation of products, services, and experiences that eliminate the needless choices from our lives and make ones on our behalf, freeing us up for the ones we really care about: “Anticipatory design”. Rather than traditional UI/UX, where the tendency is to provide options in a participatory manner to determine a result, here you remove all choices from the user, and use predictive modeling to give an outcome to liberate them from so-called “decision fatigue,”

“Flow not friction,” “convenience not choice,” and “efficiency not freedom” are the mantras of anticipatory design.

In this talk, we’ll explore some implementations of anticipatory design, discuss areas where it is done well, and issues with the overall movement.

Spectacular Failures

Each speaker has 7 minutes to tell their story followed by 3min QA.


Aaron Powell
Heather Wilde
Stephen Haunts
Orin Thomas
Heather Downing
Jimmy Bogard
Scott Allen
Richard Campbell

Hacking for Fun and Profit -- Legally

Hacking for Fun and Profit
Cybercrime is at an all-time high and has no signs of slowing down. And yet, the profile of the average hacker is still not that much different from Matthew Broderick in WarGames or Robert Redford in Sneakers - they’re just doing it for the lulz.

The only problem? You need to follow strict rules.

Recently, a new industry has appeared - a reward-based ecosystem that can pay handsomely for people who like to break the law.

In this talk, find out what motivates people to hack, what it takes to become a Certified Ethical Hacker, and who is hiring hackers today.

Keep Yourself Alive: Stopping the Effects of Burnout

The tech community puts a warped badge of honor around burnout.

It’s often seen as an indicator of success and working hard when it’s actually harming the growth of our developer communities and teams.

This talk will cover:

Identifying burnout within yourself and your colleagues
Why compromising your personal life really does affect your work performanceWhat you can do to turn it all around

Apps are Making Us Dumber

Attention spans are at an all-time low. People are making more choices per day than ever before, adding to a rise in Decision Fatigue. By creating UX that removes choice, we are at a crossroads, visually and ethically, to create products that can help or hurt this trend.

As applications get smarter, design becomes more spartan.

Augmented Intelligence allows us to be more anticipatory with our software, and user experience turns into a world of distraction-free notifications rather than endless buttons and keypresses.

In this talk, we’ll examine the trend toward proactive design and the cultural shift it is creating.

Do You Want Fries With Your Compiler? Marrying Liberal Arts and Tech

General Assembly. The Iron Yard. Singularity University - even Khan Academy are lowering the barrier to entry for programmers to get started, so what is the value of a Computer Science degree anymore?

The world has flipped-turned-upside-down and once shunned Liberal Arts degrees have started to become desirable to startups and larger technology companies, where they can be given the freedom to be resourceful and think for themselves.

How can you navigate this new world of hiring? As a manager, how can you be sure to hire the right person for the positions you have available? As a job candidate, how can you make sure you present your skills in the way companies are looking for in this new, crazy era?

Join me for an interesting open floor discussion about the wacky world of human resources.

Sincerely, Allan: Tales of a Woman in Tech

What would you do if you had to say everything three times to have people listen? Research shows that no matter the industry, people automatically believe men, but women need three tries.

That’s the dilemma I was faced with – so I invented my male alter ego, “Allan.”

As a 20+ year veteran of the startup world, including over 5 years designing and managing online game properties for EA, SOE, Disney, THQ and others, I’ve had an interesting perspective on life, the universe, and everything when it comes to breaking into Bro Culture.

Cute, sad, funny and inspirational talk about how to become successful in places where you don’t quite fit in.

The Business Case for Blockchain: It Ain't Just CryptoCurrency

“This changes everything.”

Bitcoin’s blockchain technology has triggered a new wave of innovation. Payments, websites, file storage, software, and even social networks will all change.

Sir Tim Berners Lee himself has expressed interest in blockchains recently.

Attend this session and prepare for how these technologies will affect your business and how developing with them can prepare you for the future.

So, You Want to Be a Digital Nomad?

You’ve heard the pitch: Work from the beach, whenever you want, in your PJs, margarita in hand. Awesome, right?

In 2007, I spent much my time planning, researching, minimizing and laying the foundation for my new life as a digital nomad. Leaving a three bedroom house in Boston to a 47’ foot sailboat in Mexico was unlike everything I'd known before, and brought unanticipated challenges at every turn.

I haven't looked back since.

Find out first-hand tips and tricks for living the nomad life, as well as observations, and ask all the things you’ve been dying to know, like:

How do I get paid?
Why isn’t there any toilet paper!?
Is this really for me?

In this session, you’ll learn the reality from a veteran nomad, gain practical steps to get started and find out if you have what it takes to be location independent.

Past and future events

NDC Sydney 2017

13 Aug - 17 Aug 2017