Pitch: your Start-up to a panel of VCs / Angels (Prior registration is required)
Win for the Startup of Month Jan. 2013
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=== Agenda ===
9:30M Opening & Introduction
9:35AM Opening Remarks
Food Sponsor: Elance
Venue Sponsor: nestGSV
9:50AM Startup Pitch
5 minutes for each company. Additional 5m for Q&A.
Cynthia Typaldos, Founder at Kachingle
Greg Mandanis, Scrum Master/QA Automation at YouScreenWriter.com
Michael Fedyna, co-founder & CEO at Grocerize
Jimmy Johnston, Founder at Viciniti
Eric Tao, Innovate, Integrate and Inspire
David Downes, Founder, CEO and Gamemaster at YouGaming
Iddo Tal, Co-founder & CEO at invi Inc.
Artem Gassan, CEO at Whale Path
Speaker & Judge Panel List
Cory Langner, Seasoned pro, Business Development Associate at Elance
Kayvan Baroumand, Founder and CEO at nestGSV
Mel Sampat, Angel Investor
Richard Melmon, Managing Partner at Bullpen Capital, LP
Akhsar Kharebov, CEO at InfoMeters.com
Moderator: David Cao, Founder & Fire Starter
11AM Founder Story
Fred Radford, Founder at NinjaMyApp, winner of Dec startup pitching
11:10AM Panel Discussion
12:30 Lunch and Networking
=== Judge of Panel ===
Cory Langner is a seasoned pro with a passion for connecting people and nurturing customer relations. He’s helped small and medium businesses embrace new technologies to freshen-up their brand image, acquire new customers, foster relationships and develop solid frameworks to enhance business operations. Currently he is a Business Development Associate for Elance, the leader in connecting freelancers with businesses who need online workers. Since 1999 Elance has been helping businesses hire skilled freelancers for jobs in Finance, IT & Programming, Marketing, Writing & Translation and more. Whether it’s small project or long-term contract, Elance can connect you with instant, on-demand talent without draining your budget. Elance is pioneering a new way to build and grow your company.
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 atH&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.
Richard Melmon, Managing Partner, co-founded Bullpen Capital in December, 2010. Bullpen has offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco. It focuses on funding early stage companies that have begun to show product/market fit. It sits between the microVCs and large funds. Bullpen has invested in 25 companies over the past two years, and has had two exits.
Richard is a long time resident of Silicon Valley. He helped launch Apple, the first spreadsheet, and many other well-known Silicon Valley brands. He and Trip Hawkins founded Electronic Arts in 1982.
Richard’s hobby is re-teaching himself physics, his first passion. He received his MBA from Stanford University, and a BA in physics from UC Berkeley.
Kayvan Baroumand is the Founder and CEO nestGSV, a global platform supporting innovation that aims to connect the “Global Silicon Valley”. nestGSV has one of largest networks of venture capitalist, angel investors, large corporations, governments, universities, professional service providers (investment bankers, lawyers, accountants) and entrepreneurs that that enables cooperation amongst these entities to compete in the global marketplace. nestGSV aims to develop a standard around entrepreneurship with a focus on entrepreneurial development and training and by coordinating its activities, programs and processes to create a global filter of entrepreneurs that could compete without prejudice of where they come from. nestGSV is a partnership with GSV Capital a 300 Million Dollar venture capital firm that invest in global companies. nestGSV aims to establish center around the world to support “global entrepreneurship”. nestGSV is strategically located at Stanford University Mid Point Technology Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Kayvan Baroumand was also the Founding Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Plug and Play Tech Center. In this role, Kayvan was responsible for Plug and Play's multiple business divisions providing early stage technology companies accelerated access to angel, institutional and corporate venture funding, flexible real estate services, datacenter services, product development, corporate development, government partnerships, recruiting services, events, legal and financial services all under one roof to help build tomorrow’s technology leaders.
Prior to Plug and Play, Kayvan was an Investment Manager at Amidzad Ventures, a seed stage investment company with a portfolio of over 50 early stage companies. Some of the notable investments in the portfolio include companies like Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Paypal (acquired by ebay) and Sendori (acquired by ask.com).
Kayvan gained turnaround experience as Director General of Triple A France, a water production and distribution company. Within four years, Kayvan took the financially distressed Triple A to profitability and successfully sold the company to Eden Springs, the largest water distribution company in Europe.
Kayvan also spent more than 7 years with Xerox Corporation, holding a variety of sales and management positions.
Kayvan holds a degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of California, Irvine. He and his family reside in the Silicon Valley.
Akhsar is an engineer-turned-entrepreneur and an advisor for HTH, with a passion for health care. During the past eight years, Akhsar has built products and companies in web, mobile, social and health. He spends his time helping startups solve their technology and business problems. His focus is on opportunity and strategy in new-stage or developing markets.
Akhsar's other passion is helping promote entrepreneurial culture and exploring new models and ecosystems. This is loosely centered around crowdfunding and co-working communities. He started the Health 2.0 chapter for Silicon Valley to create a community of health care startups. He is also involved with StartUpBnB, which enables entrepreneurs’ peers to judge their ideas, and StartUpIdol, which invites startups to pitch their “hatching” companies to venture capitalists, investors and early adopters.
=== Selected Startup Pitching ===
Cynthia Typaldos, Founder at Kachingle
Cynthia is the co-inventor of Kachingle, a platform for app bundling, billing and co-marketing. She previously was a software developer at Bank of America, and Director of Software Product Management and Marketing at Sun Microsystems. She founded GolfWeb and RealCommunities before starting Kachingle. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley and MIT. Her passion is internet bundles and micropayments.
Kachingle is a platform that allows web and mobile app vendors and cloud services providers to team up and co-market their complementary apps and services to their users, in the form of bundles for a recurring subscription fee. Because the value of these bundles is so compelling, users who normally would not subscribe to an individual app or service will actually sign up to start paying ongoingly. And app vendors get a reliable ongoing revenue stream and access to eachother's users.
Scrum Master/QA Automation at YouScreenWriter.com
Greg Mandanis is the author of the best-selling Software Project Management Kit For Dummies (Wiley and Sons), and The Genes of Wrath, from The Man From V.E.N.U.S. Series, first edition published by Dry Bones Press.
He works as a software Agile program manager, and is co-founder and president of YouScreenWriter.com, the first one-stop-shop social media network where aspiring content creators can write, publish and monetize quality content all online with only a web browser.
YouScreenWriter.com deploys the first one-stop-shop platform that allows for aspiring social marketers, journalists, videographers and producers, to write/video, edit, distribute and monetize publishable New Media content via a set of online tools, processes, and a social network business model.
The value is a distributed, social network of story producers, who will be able to deliver content faster, cheaper, and with comparable quality to all social advertising and news outlets.
co-founder & CEO at Grocerize
Michael has spent the past 10 years working with startups around the world in Australia, South Korea, Canada and the US.
Grocerize is a widget, browser plug-in and mobile app that makes any digital recipe show what ingredients to buy, where to buy them and what they cost. Grocerize will solve the problems between meal inspiration and grocery procurement, connecting shoppers at the point of relevance with local grocery retailers and food brands.
username: user99 password: cheese07
Founder at Viciniti
"20+ years in IT where I've worked with business both large on small, and in all sorts of roles. Today, I'm trying to document every single interesting thing that I can on San Francisco - from the useful to the fun to the strange."
Viciniti Guides are for when you’ve reached your destination rather than just trying to help you pick one like other travel guides. See a tree and wonder what it is? Viciniti can tell you. How about an old building – Viciniti will tell you all about its history and even show you old photographs. Looking for something to do, or a spot to take a rest? Viciniti has you covered. We even show you where the restrooms are and what they look like so you can judge if they are clean and/or safe enough. Each app takes over a thousand hours to create, covering hundreds of locations and including thousands of photographs. On the AppStore now.
Innovate, Integrate and Inspire
Dr. Eric Tao is a professor of School of Information Technology and Communication Design (ITCD) at California State University Monterey Bay
since 1998 and serves as director of the school since 2005. The School offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He also directs of theInstitute for Innovation and Economic Development. Supported by Economic Development Administration of United States, the Institute serves the Greater Monterey Bay region by providing a venue for innovative ideas, the commercial transfer of research and technology, and a support network for start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Dr. Tao has taught and conducted research in information technology, innovation, e-learning and globalization. He has published numerous academic papers in educational technology, globalization, medical image processing and higher education. He often speaks at international conferences on global technology, innovation and education issues. He also serves as judges at many business plan competitions.
He currently serves as a board member of Leadership Monterey Peninsula, Zeuss Group Inc. and CALMAT - California University of Management and Technology. His past board services including Substantive Change Committee of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six accreditation bodies sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education, Digital Technology advisor for the National Health Research Institute of the Republic of China, Marina Technology Cluster and University Corporation.
Between 1987 and 1992, he worked for RMO Inc as Chief Software Engineer. Between 1992 and 1997, he co-founded and worked as CEO of WingTech Corporation, a firm that specialized in industrial and medical image-based inspection systems.
Eric Tao received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Bachelor's degree is in Electrical Engineering is from National Sun Yat Sen University.
Founder, CEO and Gamemaster at YouGaming
David has over 20 years of marketing, sales and engineering experience with leading network equipment and wireless telecommunications companies such as Cisco and AirTouch (now Verizon Wireless). He has previous startup experience, having co-founded a wireless company, obtained VC funding, and qualified as a bidder in the December 2000 US PCS spectrum auction.
Recently, David completed the Master of Hospitality Administration program from the Harrah Hotel College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, David holds a MBA from National University, a MSEE and BSEE from California State University, Sacramento, and is a licensed Electrical Engineer in the State of California.
YouGaming is creating a new category in the gaming market by developing pari-mutuel fantasy games, protected by multiple patents, providing innovative fantasy sports skill games and new offerings to the regulated pari-mutuel wagering market.
Corporate website (live): www.yougaming.com
Skill game website (live): www.procontest.com
Co-founder & CEO, at invi Inc.
"I’m an entrepreneur. I make things happen. I find an idea I like, talk with the target audience, learn the market and design a product they need. Build a team, develop strategic partnerships and raise funds. Get into the garage with a few talented developers and bring it to life."
invi is the next generation of texting. No more tiny thumbnails and dull links. Share pictures, YouTube videos and so much more within your text conversations, as beautiful and interactive content.
You can read more about us here on our press release, Techcrunch , TheNextWeb, AndroidSpin, Applatter, keithwkoch, VentureBeat, Talk Android and Drippler.
CEO at Whale Path
Artem Gassan is a lifestyle entrepreneur, source of ideas and founder at viestly.com and Vesta Digital. Served as mentor and adviser to numerous startups in software technology space.
Whale Path is a crowdsourced research platform where professionals such as financial analysts, lawyers and management consultants can outsource their research projects to a selected group of students from top universities and save up to 50% on quality research.
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