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Pitch & Demo Day - Aug 2014 #SVEPnD

  • Aug 16, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Pitch: your Start-up to a panel of VCs / Angels (Prior registration is required) 

Demo: your product at world's largest Mobile Entrepreneurs community, in the heart of Silicon Valley! 

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=== Agenda===

8:30AM Networking

9AM Opening & Introduction

9:05AM Opening Remark

9:15AM Keynote

9:20AM Startup Pitch

Total 10 minutes for each presentation and Q&A. 
     - 5 minutes for Presentation 
     - 5 minutes for Q&A 
Note: A judge can extend the presentation time limit by an extra minute 

10:30AM Founder Story

Iddo Tal, Founder & CEO, invi Labs Inc., F50 Season 1 Fundable Founder

10:45AM Co-founder pitch (Open mic)

11AM Judging Panel Discussion

11:45AM Closing Remark 

12AM Networking (Welcome sponsors)

=== Judge of Panel List ===

Ted Kraus, Managing Partner at Tech-Rx Ventures

Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures

Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Accelerator

Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50

David Cao, Founder and Partner at F50 Ventures

=== Judge Panel Bio ===

Ted is a Managing Partner at Tech-Rx ( where he focuses on commercializing consumer products and technologies in the energy, biotechnology and web industries.  Prior to Tech-Rx, he was a Principal at 8 Rivers Capital ( where he managed deal flow and due diligence for potential investment opportunities and developed commercialization strategies for NET Power, ParkIntuit and Hemosonics. In 2011, he Founded BUYSTAND (merged), an ECN and trading platfor

m for consumer goods, where he served as COO from 2011 - 2013.  Early in his career, Ted was a Technology Analyst for Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment network in the US. He received an MBA from Loyola Marymount and a BS in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. In 2013 Ted completed the Executive Program in Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.
He lives in Silicon Valley and is an avid snowboarder, runner and mountain biker.

Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures

Espial Ventures was launched to invest in the next generation of leading companies with a keen focus on backing imagination and innovation. Prior to Espial Ventures in 2014, Adam founded Espial Capital in 2012 to capitalize on the tectonic shifts underway across the global public equity technology, media, and telecommunication (TMT) universe. Espial’s strategy capitalizes on powerful tailwinds and headwinds that result in behavioral changes in consumption, distribution, retailing, and computing, across dozens of electronics, services, and digital and physical product categories. Adam previously ran money at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co (GGHC) in New York, which he joined in 2008. GGHC managed $5B in capital with a focus on global growth investing. Prior to GGHC, Adam worked at Coatue Management, a $10B fund with a focus on global TMT investing, which he joined in 2007. Adam began his career at EnTrust Capital in 2001 as an Intern and Summer Analyst, and became a full-time analyst in 2005, where he covered all of EnTrust’s TMT investments. Graduating early with numerous honors and distinctions from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2004, Adam holds a B.S. Magna Cum Laude with double-majors in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Journalism & Mass Communication. Adam is also Chairman of the Espial Foundation, which he started in 2013 to invest in the next generation of student leaders and innovators. The Foundation’s core tenet: TECH (Technology | Education | Children | Health) is an investment in a more innovative and skilled workforce, and a more vibrant economy.  

Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Venture Partners 

We invest and grow leading mobile startups from around the world.

Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50

David Cao, Founder and Partner at F50 Ventures

=== Pre-selected Startup List ===

• Flow State Media: MIT/Zynga casual gaming studio with strong live, mobile multiplayer game engine

• iSmart Alarm, Inc.: iSmartAlarm is making the best smartphone enabled home system and connected home system.

• Inventalator: Inventalator is a crowdsourced development community that helps entrepreneurs validate, develop, & launch technology products.

• Fundoo Innovations: Integrating "E-Commerce & E-Gaming," to create a novel channel of gamified promo marketing 

• FeelingsIntel Company:  Targeted Advertising from Context specific feelings extracted from Smart-Phone texting

• Grush: Grush transforms the brushing chore into a fun and interactive game. Motion sensing brush and mobile games guide kids' brushing and lets parents track results.

• Groopie, Inc: Groopie is a place where you can create shows with groups of friends.

=== Details ===

Flow State Media: MIT/Zynga casual gaming studio with strong live, mobile multiplayer game engine

Startup Desc:

Strong team: CEO: Zynga, Activision, Call of Duty, Rockstar Games. MIT MBA, CompSci degree from Penn. 

CTO: 20th Zynga Employee. Original Zynga Poker and FarmVille developer. Client/server/web/mobile experience. 20+ yrs making games. 

Head of Product: Zynga 4.5 yrs. 8 games launches, 6 mobile, 2 MIT degrees. 4 more artists & developers each with 15-20 yrs game development experience. Most in Philippines keeping our dev costs a small fraction of US developers.

 Strong traction: 750k installs via organic growth and several Facebook App Center Features. No marketing spent yet. Live crossword game "Letter UP" generates $29 ARPPU and $.24 ARPU (12x better than average Facebook ARPU). 3M+ games played on Facebook and growing. Long-term retention: June 2013 installers still contribute 15% of monthly revenues in 2014. Players average 1/hr a day, twice the competition. Generating $5k+/month. Net monthly burn is only $17k/month. Tops in terms of "quality per dollar spent".

Presented by Kahn Jekarl, CEO at Flow State Media

iSmart Alarm, Inc.: iSmartAlarm is making the best smartphone enabled home system and connected home system.

iSmart Alarm, Inc. is a leader in the DIY Home Security market and an innovator in the Internet of Things (IoT). The iSmartAlarm ecosystem was created to be the first smartphone-controlled do-it-yourself (DIY) home security solution that is easily portable, easy to set up, requires no wiring, and gives the user the opportunity to protect their home intelligently. There are no monthly fees, no subscription fees, and no long-term contracts as would be expected from older, traditional systems.  The iSmartAlarm communicates through the user’s smartphone, giving access to monitoring, system control, and statistics to increase the safety of home, property, and family.  Revolutionary in the home security space, iSmartAlarm provides the whole family the ability to integrate with the free iPhone and Android Apps and remotely arm, disarm, and monitor the security system from their cell phone, from anywhere, in real time. Currently iSmartAlarm products are available at tier-1 online retailers such as Apple, Amazon, Walmart, Newegg and smarthome, etc as well as “Brick and Mortor” such as Fry’s Electronics and Micro Center, etc.

Presented by Raymond Meng, Co-founder & CEO at iSmart Alarm, Inc.

Inventalator: Inventalator is a crowdsourced development community that helps entrepreneurs validate, develop, & launch technology products.

Inventalator is an intelligence community that provides crowdsourced research and development to entrepreneurs and SMB’s. Our platform allows companies to connect with our crowd to perform research & development on new product concepts, allowing them to gauge demand, perform market analysis, raise financial capital, and connect with the resources necessary to develop and commercialize new products.

Presented by Coby Skonord, Co-founder and CEO at Inventalator

I'm passionate about crowdsourcing and the implications that it will have for taking mankind to an entirely different level of prosperity in the 21st Century. I graduated at the top of my class with a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Accounting & Finance and landed a job at one of the Big Four accounting firms Ernst & Young.

I put in my 2 weeks on the first day of work to start Inventalator. This was the opportunity to seize the moment, and since then we have developed and released our beta and are working day and night getting ready for the full release of the Inventalator platform.

Fundoo Innovations: Integrating "E-Commerce & E-Gaming," to create a novel channel of gamified promo marketing 

Our product line, seamlessly integrates (a) entertainment, (b) simple wagering by players, on (c) easy-to-learn games, with a (d) winning opportunity on (e) selected discounted consumer products & services (P&S). We have granted patents, a couple of customers and dev teams in USA & India. Adequate funding will accelerate our growth trajectory.

Presented by Founder/CEO Jay Karmarkar 

FeelingsIntel Company:  Targeted Advertising from Context specific feelings extracted from Smart-Phone texting

Human communication has to be processed by an "affect language parser" (ALP) to extract emotions and draw human-like inferences, which are credible & therefore understandable / acceptable to humans. This emotion extraction enables targeted advertising for products & services, to be sent to opt-in consumer, in a timely manner. We have an "unfair advantage" in ALP technology, disclosed in granted patents, thereby making "FeelingsIntel" a sustainable funding-worthy enterprise. 

Presented by Walt Froloff, CTO

Grush: Grush transforms the brushing chore into a fun and interactive game. Motion sensing brush and mobile games guide kids' brushing and lets parents track results.

Problem: Tooth brushing is often viewed by children as an unpleasant chore because they can’t see what they are doing and do not know whether they are doing it properly. Additionally, they find the twice daily task as boring because they don’t understand the benefits of brushing and receive no feedback or reward from it. It’s hard for kids to consistently brush their teeth with proper technique when they get no feedback. Parents have to spend a lot of time supervising their child’s brushing to avoid tooth decay and high dental treatment costs.

Solution: The Grush (Patent Pending)platform makes brushing visible for kids and turns brushing into a fun game. This interactive game rewards kids for proper brushing technique. Parents are provided with a method to monitor kids’ brushing. Brushing results are stored in the cloud for data access.

Grush Campaign

High resolution images:

Indiegogo Video and embed code:


Presented by Ethan Daniel Schur, COO

Futurist and inventor. Ethan has over ten years of technical experience in the gaming industry. An expert in the Android Smart Peripheral exosystem, he was also a pioneer in developing technology standards for stereoscopic 3D to the home. Ethan is a speaker, moderator, and panelist at dozens of conferences. He was an IFJ Accredited Journalist with published papers and books.

Groopie, Inc: Groopie is a place where you can create shows with groups of friends.

We have developed a mobile first platform that brings vlogging to a collaborative social era. Groopie is the only place that lets you create shows with your friends and share stories together. Everyone part of a show can contribute to the story with their unique perspectives and social experiences, from anywhere in the world. Unlike YouTube, the recording and editing tools are part of the user experience, and simple enough for anyone to achieve TV-style production. With Groopie you can send someone a record request and shoot an episode using two cameras from two locations. Our editing studio lets you merge footage by choosing which camera angles you want to create one continuous video. Finally, titles and subtitles can be added to any part of an episode, giving viewers and content creators a reality TV like experience. Groopie adds a fun, social dynamic that is essential for engaging mobile users.

Presented by Fuad Hawit CEO & Founder

Fuad Hawit is the Founder and CEO of Groopie, Inc., where he has been leading design and product development from its inception. Fuad brings high energy and a fearless drive, motivating his team to achieve success and greatness while ensuring that everyone shares the same vision. Prior to undertaking his own venture, Fuad co-founded Mixberry Media as a technology sales and business development executive, where he structured new business opportunities, strategic alliances, partnerships and the sales process. In 2009, he co-founded Monica, the first virtual assistant iPhone app to use voice recognition (before Siri). Fuad holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing Management from California State University.


Looking for FOOD SPONSORS. Please contact event assistant organizer Viki if you have interest. Thank you.


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  • Robin N.

    Groopie took first place!

    August 17, 2014

  • David C.

    Groppie won the first place following by iSmart Alarm, and folow state media.
    It was a great event with very good turn out

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Daniel D.

    Is there wifi available?

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Ashish

    Chairs are available at the back.

    August 16, 2014

  • thagen

    not enough chairs

    August 16, 2014

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.

    we are going to have food for lunch!

    2 · August 15, 2014

  • Jin Pyuo (J.P.) L.

    For audience, should we register beforehand?

    2 · August 14, 2014

    • Vicky

      No, audience don't have to register. Welcome!! :)

      1 · August 15, 2014

  • Sagira S.

    This event RSVP is for my son 14 year. He has a startup and is looking for investors. Can he register here for it? please let me know so he can fill up the registration form and can attend. Thanks

    1 · August 14, 2014

    • Vicky

      Surely he can register, pls find the registration link in the event desc. However not every candidate can get opportunity entering the pitch as we have pre-selection process by team. Good luck to your son :)

      1 · August 15, 2014

  • William

    Is this at 2901 Tasman Dr or 20 S Santa Cruz Ave #300? I see this crosslisted on another meetup but at a different location, same time.

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Jim P.

      The address that I signed up for and downloaded with iCal is for Los Gatos. Tasman is the more likely location though. Or maybe Moscone Center? :-)

      August 15, 2014

    • Vicky

      Hi guys, the location should be@InnoSpring.

      August 15, 2014

  • Vicky

    Hello! Would like to clarify the location info. The correct location is: InnoSpring, 2901 Tasman Dr., Santa Clara, CA. Look frd to seeing everyone tomorrow!

    2 · August 15, 2014

  • Petr G.

    If anybody is interested in carpool I've created an event on with event key


    Please feel free to participate.

    August 11, 2014

    • Petr G.

      More drivers needed. I'll route it tonight.

      August 15, 2014

  • Hemant j.

    Hello everyone. I am CEO of Rapidera Technologies, a product development outsourcing company serving clients around the globe. Rapidera's excellent talent pool,best in class project management, and use of agile methodology with team largely based offshore in India provides a winning combination of delivering world class products at highly economical cost. We offer:
    1) Mobile Applications - iOS, Android, Hybrid apps
    2) Custom web applications using Java/PHP/HTML5/JavaScript
    3) and applications.
    For further inquiries, please email my team at [masked]. You may also call us at:
    USA - (001)[masked]
    India -[masked],[masked]
    My profile:

    August 14, 2014

  • S K.

    Toying with some ideas. PoC in progress

    August 12, 2014

  • frederick t.

    Hey guys, I'm coming from Europe to SF for 4 days and would love to pitch to your audience. I'm the co-founder of a mobile app to create mobile apps in a snap, in your browser (#nodownload #noappstores). Tell me how to be considered for pitching (email: [masked])

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • Juan Diego C.

      Use it. Love it. Would be fun to hear your *magic trick* pitch

      August 4, 2014

    • Vicky

      Hi Frederick, I emailed you the registration link but haven't seen your application.

      August 8, 2014

  • Ileana

    Does this start at 9AM or 9PM? The time posted and description seem to contradict one another..

    August 3, 2014

    • Vicky

      Correct: 9AM

      August 4, 2014

  • andy b.

    Did you figure out?
    I have the same question, but I cannot find answer.

    July 29, 2014

  • Xiaoming L.

    I remember the event I did RSVP should be on July 30th but not Aug 14th. But I couldn't find an event on tomorrow. Who could tell me why. Thanks.

    July 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, am interested to make a pitch and how can I register? Also I'm Deaf so for QA it would be helpful if I can get an interpreter. Otherwise I could my ISeeWhatYouSay product for one on one conversation.

    July 25, 2014

    • Vicky

      Hey, we just updated the registration link in the content above.

      July 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Viki, thank you and when I clicked on the link it is requesting me to get approved for access.

      July 28, 2014

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