Pitch: your Start-up to a panel of VCs / Angels (Prior registration is required
Demo: your your product at world's largest Mobile Entrepreneurs community, in the heart of Silicon Valley!
Welcome product for Android, iOS, WP, HTML5, Facebook, Chrome, and Cloud.
Co-founder Pitch: Are you looking for mobile developer or co-founders? Join this event! (Registration not required)
==== Agenda ====
9:30M Opening & Introduction
9:35AM Opening Remark
Lori & Jensen James, Partner, Perkins Coie"Financial trends in angel and venture capital financings"
9:45AM Startup Pitch
10 selected startups (From around 30+ submissions)
5m pitch for each startup, including Q&A
Bojan Kahvedzic, Accel Partners
Ayden Ye, Sierra Ventures
Mel Sampat, Angel Investor
Vas Bhandarkar, Angel Investor
Jensen James, Partner, Perkins Coie
Moderator: David Cao, Founder, SEVentrepreneurs
Pre-application required: Apply for demo or speak: goo.gl/8D29i
Judges will select one winner for "Startup of the Month"
10:45AM Panel discussion: Funding challenge for the earlier startup companies
Panelist: judge panel + Winner
11:25 App Demo & Co-founder Pitch
Pre-registration not required.
Noon: Lunch and Networking
==== Selected Startup Pitches =====
1 Hammad Mazhar Saleem, Founder and CEO from Faalsa Labs
“We let users organize & enjoy Online Shopping Trips anytime, anywhere with anyone!”
Bio: Stanford trained engineer (EE/CS '02), with technical and leadership experience at startups as well as industry leading large corporation. Before starting work on WannaGet, I was working at Apple as a lead engineer for SyncServices and iCloud in the OSX group. Earlier, I was the first engineering hire at Sharpcast (now SugarSync), where I helped build the first push synchronization platform for arbitrary consumer data. The products built on that platform launched to rave reviews by Walt Mossberg and other leading technology reviewers.
Product Name: WannaGet
WannaGet is designed to blend the best of offline and online shopping in a delightful experience.
It all starts with the observation that In the offline world its very rare to see a person going to the shopping mall alone, in contrast online shopping today can be a very lonely experience.
People try to break this pattern with various hacks such as emailing links back and forth or sharing links over various semi-public platforms. But these methods are inefficient and problematic.
WannaGet starts with the observation that people love going to the Mall as groups of friends or family, but extends that to incorporate online shopping as well by introducing the concept of an Online Shopping Trip. A user creates a Trip with a certain goal and invites some friends and family to join it. Beyond that WannaGet provides a delightful interface to conduct and enjoy these virtual trips and accomplish real shopping.
Whats great is the realization that the Online Shopping Trips are big leap forward in the shopping experience even if users intend to keep the trip completely private.
We envision a world where all shopping is done this way! And we intend to lead the way in making this transition happen.
2 Chandra dekeyser, CEO & co Founder from www.mach-3D.com
“MoodMe: emoticons with your own face!”
Bio: co-Founder of MoodMe, 3D avatars with live emotions.
Palo Alto based & inspired by Silicon Valley people.
Multicultural Citizen of Spaceship Earth. Speaks 7 languages.
Geek turned CEO. US, Italian, Brazil startups & intl sales with Northrop &TRW.
Product Name: MoodMe
MoodMe is about to revolutionize emotional communications!
Our 3D avatars with emotions are the most realistic.
Think Emoticons using real faces!
They live in the Cloud, web, desktops, smartphones. They are social.
MoodMe brings WOWing experiences for the fans of brands, sports clubs, celebrities and their fans.
3 Dick Wolf, Founder and CEO from mutu, Inc
“We are doing for video what Pandora did for music”
Bio: Background includes a BS in Electrical Engineering from ISU, IT development in SAP, C-Level enterprise sales to Fortune 500 companies, and label ownership during years spent in the music industry.
Product Name: mutu
mutu curates, classifies, and analyzes user preferences and playback data to vastly improve the delivery of online videos. We are bridging the gap between content creators and users by streaming videos utilizing the Youtube API and adding intelligence to the delivery system. Our Social Discovery Algorithm will achieve preferred content discovery 50-100x faster than traditional searching. The current iteration is being called an Interactive MTV.
I'm looking for a CTO, have investors lined up, and finalizing an amazing advisory board. With right CTO, we have funding.
4 Jeh Daruvala, Founder/CEO from Yactraq Online Inc.
Bio:Jeh has 22 years of entrepreneurial, investment banking, product management and business/systems analysis experience in information technology at startups, Microsoft, T-Mobile, TELUS, Avendus Advisors, Gateway Capital & Aditi Technologies. His specialties include corporate strategy, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, product management, business development, systems analysis & business analysis.
Before migrating to North America in 2002, Jeh played a key role in incubating Customer Asset, an India based IT infrastructure services venture that evolved into the $100 million, Firstsource Solutions (Bombay Stock Exchange – BOM:532809). Jeh sourced the acquisition of Customer Leverage, the software solution on which Firstsource offers its customer management services, and the team that developed it, into Customer Asset. Prior to that while working on Delsys, his first startup, Jeh sold the first-ever ethernet switch in India (Kalpana-Cisco).
Jeh has a Masters in Management Studies (Finance) & a Bachelors in Engineering (Electronics) from Bombay University. He is also a lifelong manned spaceflight enthusiast and believer in technology innovation as the key driver of corporate and economic growth.
Product Name: Speech2Topics and Speech2Ads
The problem we solve: Currently, there is no cost effective way for machines to understand video and audio content. As a result, despite explosive growth, video internet suffers from poor monetization and user experience.
The Yactraq solution: Quick, inexpensive and near universal meta-tagging of video/audio content allows application developers to quickly and easily manipulate such content. This capability enables new ways of monetizing video and revolutionizing the video/audio user experience.
5 Allen Jiang, Chief Operation Officer from LetsLunch
“LetsLunch is LinkedIn in real life.”
Bio: Allen has experience working with early stage startups focused on commercializing emerging technology. His background includes work in social discovery and robotics. Allen is also an officer of Stanford BASES that runs a 150k startup competition. Prior to entrepreneurship, Allen worked as an investment banker advising technology companies through mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising.
Product Name: LetsLunch
LetsLunch is an international startup and is the easiest way to expand your network. Simply tell us three things 1) who you want to meet, 2) when you can eat, and 3) how far you can move your feet. With our algorithm, you'll be matched up with like-minded professionals instantly. What happens at lunch is completely up to you. LetsLunch is live in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Italy! Find us here: www.LetsLunch.com
6 Sean Shakirov, CEO from RideAuction
“Priceline for Limo”
Bio: BA in International Business, BS in Management of Inormation Systems
12 years of experience consulting for Fortune 500 in Software Development field.
Series Enterpreneuer. Founder: RideAuction, My Shofer Dot Com. Co Founder of SQA Solution.
Product Name: RideAuction
Unique platform created to utilize transportation providers excess capacity and to allow consumers to negotiate the best price for limo and taxi services in real-time.
Website is: Live www.rideauction.com
Iphone App has been released to App Store (RideAuction)
Full mobile version of the site is developed and Live
50+ Vendors Signed Up in the pilot market (SF & Bay Area)
7 Al-Hassan Hleileh, Founder & CEO from Nudge Technology
“Making the Most out Of Life's Spare Moments.”
Bio: Stanford MBA, and founder of Nudge Technology, which graduated from Steve Blank's Lean Startup course at Stanford, and was featured by him at SXSWhttp://www.slideshare.net/sblank/the-startup-owners-manual-sxsw-11954724.
“I also was a co-founder at Yamsafer.me, which is a VC backed regional hotel booking portal.”
Product Name: Nudge
Nudge Technology Inc is developing a unique technology platform, with a data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence components, that mines data and delivers users unique recommendations that enrich their lives.
Early beta version can be found on: http://blooming-water-9486.herokuapp.com/
Angel list: https://angel.co/nudge-technology
8 Nathan Chandra, Co-Founder from WeLink“WeLink - Social Platform as a Service for mobile”
Bio: I am a strategic leader with value based practices that guide my personal and business decisions. Always on my way; I enjoy the process more than the result. My drive to connect and build community guides the vision of WeLink. Our 'social platform as a service' is designed to facilitate the speedy development of social communities for mobile apps. WeLink allows any app to have awesome social discovery tools which drives user engagement and networking.
Product Name: WeLink - Social Communities SDK
WeLink is a B2B company that provides a 'Social Platform as a Service’ for mobile. Enterprises and mobile app developers can now easily create a mobile solution that builds social communities and facilitate social discovery. “With 10 lines of code and 15 minutes of development WeLink can turn any boring app into a socially connected location aware beast!” WeLink’s suite of plug and play SDKs provide cross-platform native and HTML5 social components that instantly creates an awesome private social network for mobile apps.
We provide gorgeous looking design and pour insane amounts of effort obsessing over providing a great user experience. Developers not only get great design for a dime but also powerful features that push social trends. WeLink makes developing absolutely awesome social apps for mobile as easy as “falling off a log”. WeLink provides a social network for mobile apps aimed at Events, Employee Directories, Corporate Communities, Conferences, Festivals, Concerts, Sports teams, Games, Schools, Universities, Hotels, Airlines and many more!
9 Faheem Kajee, Co-founder and CEO from Pashash
“Pashash is the app that lets you share real-world shopping.”
Bio: Faheem is the co-founder and CEO of Pashash.
Previously a global equity analyst covering tech and media companies, specialising in small-caps and emerging markets. He then joined the VC, World of Avatar, as their Chief Analyst to focus on innovative, mobile startups in Africa.
Product Name: Pashash
Pashash (www.pashash.com) is the app that lets you share real-world shopping. When you see a great buy: snap a picture >> tag the store and price >> share it. You can discover the best buys based on popularity, location and your preferences.
Pashash is an alum of the Google Umbono acceleratorhttp://www.google.co.za/intl/en/umbono/index.html in South Africa.
They also won the local leg of TNW Startup Worldhttp://thenextweb.com/africa/2012/09/08/pashash-wins-startup-world-cape-town/
10 Chris Hohman, Founder CEO Connect6
Connect6 is a social recruiting platform that connects companies to top talent using a social rewards system, powerful recruiting tools & big data analytics.
Connect6 is the most comprehensive and intelligent social recruiting platform in the market. Connect6 connects companies to top talent using a social rewards system leveraging the best of professional networks, powerful recruiting tools such as video screening and one click job promotion and big data to accurately predict a successful outcome.
Chris has spent over 15 yrs in product management, marketing and engineering, at companies ranging from newly minted start-ups to fortune 100 companies. In 2009, Chris successfully founded and ran a multinational management consulting firm that partnered with Yahoo, Backcountry.com, B&K batteries (China), and several start-ups.
Chris has an MBA from Santa Clara University, completed graduate work at Stanford, and holds a BSME from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
11 Matthew Ftacnik, Founder, Live Agent
Live Agent is helping companies communicate better with their customers.
Providing an excellent customer support experience is the right way how to win customers hearths. But today, customers are expecting to get the same great experience over all possible communication channels. Unfortunately most companies don’t deliver on this expectation as they either don’t offer support for facebook, twitter, and don’t regularly monitor their community forum or knowledge base comments.
Bio: Live Agent offers a way how to integrate all communication channels to one neat dashboard and then to automatically distribute every single interaction to the right person in the company that can deliver the best response. With Live Agent, no interaction goes unanswered everything is tracked and employees just need to login to one dashboard in comparison to 8 or 9 different platform otherwise. This saves time, increases response numbers and the overall customer satisfaction with the company.
Working on a product called Live Agent, a truly multi-channel helpdesk system ths integrates all support channels in one place.
Also I love startups, that's why I founded and co-founded startups such as lingibli.com or inovasys.sk and I adivise a couple of others. Thanks to winning StartupAwards.sk with nicereply.com for the best startup in Slovakia in the last year, I spent a my first few months in Silicon Valley. In my spare time I co-founded the first creative workplace for startups in Bratislava - theSPOT.sk, before that I used to organize monthly startup meetups called Startup Camps and I facilitated a few Startup Weekends in Bratislava and Prague.
==== Speaker bio =====
Mel Sampat is a seasoned iOS developer and rookie angel investor. He was previously a program manager at Microsoft, cofounded Cupidtino and Mist Labs, and currently leads the mobile efforts at H&L, a stealth mode startup in San Francisco. He has been covered by the WSJ, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, TUAW, and a number of iOS-related blogs. With a long career building mobile apps going all he the way back to the Palm and Windows Mobile days, he is interested in helping nurture other mobile startups. His investments are focused on iOS apps, specifically those focused on productivity and time management. He particularly enjoys working with teams that espouse simplicity and great design. You can follow Mel on Twitter at @melsam.
Jim Jensen, a partner in Perkins Coie's Emerging Companies Group and a leader of the Firm's China Emerging Company and the Investment Fund Formation practices in Silicon Valley, represents emerging companies, accelerator/incubators and venture capital funds in diverse industries, including clean technology (e.g., biofuels, LEDs, smart meters and solar), digital media, Internet, medical devices, mobile, security and software. He is a technology entrepreneur and has formed and run multiple e-commerce and other Internet companies, which gives him a unique understanding of legal issues as viewed through the eyes of entrepreneurs. He also represents traditional brick and mortar businesses that produce profits and cash flow, anathemas to Silicon Valley startup companies. Jim has been involved in more than 250 investment and exit transactions during his legal career and, as importantly, a handful of exit or restructuring transactions as a business executive. His transactional experiences range from a few hundred thousand dollars to several billion dollars. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Jim managed hundreds of investment transactions as General Counsel, Emerging Markets, with VantagePoint Capital Partners, a large venture capital and private equity firm. He benefits his client through his broad network of contacts in the angel investment and venture capital community.
Lior Zorea is a corporate and securities Partner with Perkins Coie and a key member of the firm's Emerging Companies practice group. Lior's practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies in their formation, funding, and exit (whether through a sale or public offering). He has led clients in hundreds. Lior also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience having worked on over 100 such transactions with deal values of up to $2.5 billion and spanning a variety of transaction structures commonly used in the technology space, including public/private acquisitions, private/private acquisitions, and public/public mergers. His mergers and acquisitions practice is currently focused on the sale of private technology companies (ranging from "boot-strapped" to venture-backed) and public company acquisitions. With a background in finance, economics and math, Lior brings a uniquely quantitative and practical approach to the practice of law, particularly in the transactional context. Lior's clients include emerging growth startups, later stage private companies and public companies in the information technology space, including the internet, software, digital media, gaming, semiconductor, and fixed and mobile communications technology.
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