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Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs: Journey From Mobile Apps to Startups

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We invited several startups who turned their app biz into a startup.

This event is sponsored by:

GetJar (Food)

TechCU Multiple $50 Giftcard, raffle at the end of the event.

Agenda:
6PM Registration, food, and Networking
6:30 Introduction
6:40 Speaker

Speaker speech

Moderator questions

Audience questions.

Startup founder speakers:

Arik Waldman is the CEO and Co-Founder of TekTrak (www.tektrak.com (http://www.tektrak.com/)), a mobile security company which lets users track their phone, if its gets lost or misplaced, as well as secure any private or sensitive information stores on the device. Before TekTrak, Arik worked with numerous start-up companies from seed stage into successful IPOs. He also served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Arik has a BA and MBA from UCLA. Twitter: @arik_

TekTrak is a mobile security company. We developed a unique application that allows smartphone owners to accurately track their smartphone in real-time, in case they get lost or misplaced, and secure any private or sensitive information stored on the device. TekTrak’s application combines push and pull technology, offering both remote features and background operation, thus providing comprehensive solution, giving users peace of mind, knowing their smartphone is protected. TekTrak’s smartphone application and website offer the customer top-notch user experience. Our application works in the background of the operating system, which means the user does not have to physically activate the application to track his or her phone. TekTrak uses a combination of push and pull features to make sure the user gets the best possible experience through automated features and on demand functions. Users will be able to remotely enable the GPS and Wi-Fi features of the phone, if they are off, thus enabling accurate location of the device.

TekTrak was incorporated in March of 2010, and released it's first product in November of 2010. The first version of our security software was a paid app available through the Apple app store. The app became one ofthe top 20 paid utility apps within the first day. The second app, release in late December, app was a free version of TekTrak. TekTrak Mobile Security for Android was officially released in May through a partnership with Samsung. All Android based Samsung devices will be preloaded with Samsung Apps, a store for strategic partners, and TekTrak is one of the 20-40 partners featured on the store. TekTrak will be available for all Android based smartphones in August, 2011, and for all other platforms later this year.

Website: www.tektrak.com (http://www.tektrak.com/) Blog: blog.tektrak.com (http://blog.tektrak.com/) Twitter: @tektrak Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tektrk

Aaron Greenspan, President & CEO, Think Computer Corporation

hink Computer Corporation was formed in 1998 when Aaron Greenspan began offering IT consulting services from his bedroom in Shaker Heights, Ohio. With demand high due to the dot-com boom, he quickly found it necessary to hire a few of his fellow classmates. Upon graduating from high school, Aaron changed the focus of the company from consulting to software development. Today, Think operates the integrated FaceCash (https://www.facecash.com/) mobile payment system and ThinkLink (http://www.thinklink.com/) accounting network.

Shortly after starting Think Computer Corporation, Aaron spearheaded the creation of Think Computer Foundation (http://www.thinkcomputer.org/), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the goal of helping children through technology. While attending Harvard College, Aaron created a web site in September, 2003 referred to as "The Facebook," inspiring the separate creation of Facebook, Inc. He is the author of Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era and various other essays.

Through the Advanced Standing program, Aaron graduated cum laude from Harvard College in three years with an A.B. in Economics.

Trevor Cornwell, Founder & CEO, appbackr inc.

Trevor Cornwell is the founder and CEO of appbackr inc. appbackr is the first wholesale digital marketplace for apps. Developers get immediate payment for their apps. Buyers profit when the apps sell in retail app store. Appbackr has been awarded three major honors: Winner, PayPal X Developer Challenge, Winner, SVASE/Cambridge West Ventures SEED Award, AlwaysOn Top 250 Company.

Cornwell's career has been spent developing and growing new enterprises in media and technology-based businesses deploying Internet technologies to create market efficiencies. Most recently Cornwell created Embarkons a peer financing utility for developers. Earlier he developed video personalization software which produces customized video streams based on viewer behavior. One of Cornwell's most successful entrepreneurial ventures was a reservation system for business jets, which was sold to Bombardier in 2000.

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Yadong Liu, Founder & CEO, KwiqApps

Yadong Liu is the founder and CEO of KwiqApps Inc., a leading developer of interactive ebooks and educational apps for mobile devices. Based in Silicon Valley, USA and Beijing, China, KwiqApps developed a series of fun and educational apps, many of which were featured by Apple and reached top rankings on the App Store. Prior to founding KwiqApps, Mr. Liu directed product management and marketing for Immersion Corporation’s Mobility product lines that delivered multi-million dollar IP license and services revenue. He also worked at Silicon Valley’s iconic software company Sybase Inc. for over seven years, where he drove product management, product marketing, customer advisory and developer relation activities for its market leading Mobile Middleware business.

LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/yadongliu

Topics Discussion: Mark Radcliffe (http://www.dlapiper.com/mark_radcliffe/), Partner, DLA Piper.

Mark F. Radcliffe

Mark F. Radcliffe concentrates in strategic intellectual property advice, private financing, corporate partnering, software licensing, Internet licensing and copyright and trademark.

Leading international legal publishers consistently rank Mr. Radcliffe among the top lawyers in his profession. The respected English publishers Chambers and Partners has repeatedly named him in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and has described him as "outstanding" and "a leader in open source-related matters." Legal 500 also recognizes him, commenting: "His expertise in providing strategic IP advice, with particular specialism in open-source matters, has won him plaudits. Indeed, one client describes him as 'probably the best lawyer in his field.'"

Additionally, Mr. Radcliffe is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2004, he was named one of Northern California's Top 100 intellectual property Super Lawyers, in a joint project of Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines.

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