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nestCON Winter 2013: Mobilizing the Connected World

This event is organized by nestGSV.

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How can corporate America support the success of mobile startups? How do mobile startups play into the innovation strategy of corporate giants in America?

During this  event, nestGSV will explore the intersection of startup and corporate America in the mobile industry. Keynote addresses and panel discussions will examine the role of corporate involvement in the success of startups working to "Mobilize the Connected World."




7:30 AM Registration & Breakfast

9:15 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Kayvan Baroumand, Founder & CEO, nestGSV

9:30 AM Keynote Address: Adventures in Innovation
Liz Gasser, VP Business Operations, Qualcomm Labs

10:00 AM Growth-Stage Company Presentations

Peter Mullen, Evangelist, Bizzabo
Mark Grandcolas, Founder & CEO, Fatskunk
Moe Motamedi, CTO, Phizzle
Lee Blaylock, Founder & CEO, Who@
Mikael Brener, CEO, EasilyDo
Craig S. Bassin, CEO, Easy Ask

11:00 AM Networking Break

11:20 AM Panel Discussion

The conversation will focus on the whys and hows of corporate engagement with the startup ecosystem, exploring all facets of engagement -  from corporate incubators, R&D labs, outbound developer evangelism, 3rd party "Open Innovation" platforms, and, of course, investment and acquisition.

Moderator: Eric Savitz, San Francisco Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine
Mark Nagel, Executive Director, Marketing, AT&T Foundry
Kaustav Mitra, Vice President and Global Program Lead, SAP Startup Focus, SAP
Mark Grandcolas, Founder & CEO, Fatskunk
Brendon Kim, Senior Director, Samsung Open Innovation Fund
Amir Sarhangi, Founder & CEO, Jibe Mobile

12:30 PM Lunch

1:45 PM Panel Discussion*

The conversation will focus on comparing and contrasting traditional VCs with strategic (corporate) venture arms. We'll aim to uncover and address friction points as well as opportunities for the two investment entities to collaborate.

Moderator: Eric Savitz, San Francisco Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine
John Gardner, Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
Ajit Deshpande, Senior Associate, Opus Capital
Jack Leeney, Portfolio Manager, Telefonica Ventures
Clint Chao, Managing Director and Founder, Formative Ventures
Venu Pemmaraju, Senior Investment Manager, Intel Capital

2:45 PM Networking Break

3:00 PM Early Stage Company Presentations
Li Hong, CEO, LemonCrate
Pedro Valdeolmillos, CEO, BlooSee
Belal Hummadi, CEO, Excitem
Chris Drew, CEO, Parent University
Oliver Leung, CEO, Qoture
Evan Wray, CEO, TextPride
Anand Jagannathan, CEO, NewzSocial
Cary Cole, CEO, YouDazzle
Robert Cole, CEO, SurvCast
Sandra Persing, CEO, Blueprint Fit

4:30 PM Networking Reception

What is nestCON?

What is nestCON? nestCON is the premier Silicon Valley showcase for introducing "best of breed" emerging technology companies. nestCON occurs on a quarterly basis, and each one has a unique, industry-specific focus that informs the conference.

The agenda rotates between keynote speeches, panels and pitch sessions. The pitch sessions feature pre-qualified companies presenting in front of venture capital and industry expert panelists, followed by the opportunity for deeper conversation during networking sessions.

The keynote speakers, who are industry leaders within their respective fields, provide thought leadership pertaining to the chosen nestCON theme. These conferences bring together Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and multiple media channels and promote networking in a highly interactive, intimate and relaxed environment.


About nestGSV

nestGSV sits at the intersection of two Americas -- startup and corporate America. Recognizing that both parties' inventiveness can be expounded through cross-collaboration, nestCON serves as a conduit between corporate and startup entities, enabling the exchange of ideas and connecting instigators.


Thank you to our Event Sponsors

Hanson Bridgett

Melita Group



Samsung Electronics

SC Palo Alto



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    A former member

    Excellent mtg and location. Very professional and knowledgeable staff. Great job!

    February 21, 2013

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