Come to Silicon Valley for Startup Grind 2014, a worldwide community event bringing together entrepreneurs and founders from every continent across the globe.

Learn from the world's
best entrepreneurs,
educators
and investors.

Be inspired by
people and products
we use and
believe in.

Make the lasting
friendships needed
to survive our
journey.

No pitching and no
panels. Just founders
teaching and
helping each other.

Presented By

Speakers

Reid Hoffman - Greylock Partners Reid Hoffman - Greylock Partners
Reid Hoffman
Greylock Partners
Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD). Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, Hoffman has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth. Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 150 million members in 200 countries around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising and software licensing. Hoffman led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer, Prior to LinkedIn Hoffman served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. At PayPal he was responsible for all external relationships, including payments infrastructure, business development, international, government and legal. Reid was instrumental to PayPal’s acquisition by Ebay and responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells Fargo. Reid is a board observer at Airbnb and Swipely, an advisor to Groupon, a director at Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Shopkick, Wrapp, Edmodo, and Kiva.org, and the Executive Chairman at LinkedIn. He is an angel investor in numerous influential Internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Six Apart and Zynga. Hoffman earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. In 2010 Reid was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.
Ben Horowitz - Andreesen Horowitz Ben Horowitz - Andreesen Horowitz
Ben Horowitz
Andreesen Horowitz
Ben Horowitz is a founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs become successful CEOs and build important and enduring companies. Andreessen Horowitz provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies, and the firm currently has $2.5 billion under management across two funds. Among its investments are Airbnb, Facebook, Foursquare, Jawbone, Coinbase, Pinterest, and Zulily. Ben was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Ben has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Okta, Magnet, Nicira and Tidemark. Ben also pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog (www.bhorowitz.com), where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company. You can also find him on Twitter at @bhorowitz
Aileen Lee - Cowboy Ventures Aileen Lee - Cowboy Ventures
Aileen Lee
Cowboy Ventures
Aileen Lee is a founder and partner at Cowboy Ventures. Prior to Cowboy, she joined the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999. At KPCB she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies including Bloom Energy, Blue Nile (NILE), Good Technology (acquired by MOT), One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, Shopkick, Tellme (acquired by MSFT), and Trendyol. During that time she was also founding CEO of RMG Networks (RMGN), the leading digital out-of-home media company, backed by KPCB. Aileen has also held operating roles at Gap Inc., The North Face and Odwalla and started her career at Morgan Stanley. She has degrees from MIT, Harvard Business School, and Millburn High School; and she's the proud mom of 3 kids plus a dog, chickens and bees, and the wife of a series A stage co-founder/CTO.
MC Hammer - MC Hammer -
MC Hammer
MC Hammer is an American MC who brought rap music to a mass pop audience during the late 1980s and early 1990s, selling millions of copies of his chart topping albums. He is known for his important influence on hip hop culture and music. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hammer released the patriotic album Active Duty on his own WorldHit label and donated portions of the proceeds to 9/11 charities. MC Hammer has a television show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Hammer is an advisor to the online video site for the dance community, Dance Jam.
Scott Cook - Intuit Scott Cook - Intuit
Scott Cook
Intuit
Scott Cook co-founded Intuit Inc. in 1983 and now serves as the chairman of the Executive Committee. Before founding Intuit, Cook managed consulting assignments in banking and technology for Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm. He previously worked for Procter & Gamble, the household products giant, in various marketing positions, including brand manager, for four years. Cook is a member of the board of directors of eBay; Procter & Gamble; the Asia Foundation; the Harvard Business School Dean's Advisory Board; the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin; and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation. Cook earned an MBA from Harvard University and received a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Southern California.
Jessica Livingston - Y Combinator Jessica Livingston - Y Combinator
Jessica Livingston
Y Combinator
Jessica Livingston is a founding partner at Y Combinator. She is also the organizer of Startup School, the big annual startup conference, and the author of Founders at Work, a collection of interviews with successful startup founders. Y Combinator was the first of the new startup "incubators" that fund a bunch of startups at once. Since 2005 YC has funded over 644 companies, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.
Steve Blank  - Four Steps to the Epiphany Steve Blank  - Four Steps to the Epiphany
Steve Blank
Four Steps to the Epiphany
Steve Blank has had a 33-year career as a successful businessman, conservationist and teacher. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Steve was part of/or founded eight venture-backed companies. Four of his eight startup companies went public. After he retired, he started new careers in conservation, public service, and teaching. After retiring, Steve moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. Steve wrote a book (actually his class text) about building early stage companies: Four Steps to the Epiphany. He followed it in 2012 with his next book; The Startup Owners Manual. The “Customer Development” model that he developed in his book is one of the core themes for these classes. In 2010, he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. In 2009 Steve was awarded the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the department of Management Science and Engineering. In 2007 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Steve to serve on the California Coastal Commission, the public body which regulates land use and public access on the California coast. Steve currently sits on the board of Startup Weekend and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV.) He’s a past board member of Audubon California (and its past chair), the Audubon National Board and Peninsula Open Space land Trust (POST).
Dave McClure  - 500 Startups Dave McClure  - 500 Startups
Dave McClure
500 Startups
Dave uses his uncanny ability to function without sleep and frequent flyer miles to uncover geeks around the world. His ominous past includes work at Founders Fund, Facebook fbFund, PayPal, Mint.com, & Simply Hired. Dave blogs & rants @ 500hats.com.
Mike Maples Jr.  - FLOODGATE Mike Maples Jr.  - FLOODGATE
Mike Maples Jr.
FLOODGATE
Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of "8 Rising VC Stars" by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was an entrepreneur and operating executive who worked in a variety of senior management roles in high-growth companies. His background spans a variety of markets including consumer technology, small business, and the enterprise, and he has led various functions in product development, marketing, business development, and corporate strategy. Mike began his technology career in high school, when he started a software company that developed games and educational products for the original IBM PC. He has been passionate about the technology industry ever since. Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world's leading broadband software company in 1997, and played key roles in its growth from raw start-up through sales of more than $75 million. Prior to Motive, Mike was responsible for worldwide product marketing at Tivoli Systems, where he managed the company's product portfolio from its early-stage development through its 1995 IPO and growth to a $750M line of business within the IBM Software Group.
Danae Ringelmann - Indiegogo Danae Ringelmann - Indiegogo
Danae Ringelmann
Indiegogo
Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo - the largest global crowdfunding platform - to democratize fundraising. Fast Company recently named her one of the Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology, while AWNY recently awarded Danae the "No Apologies" Changemaker award. Passionate about empowering artists, causes and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and confidence to bring ideas into reality, Danae speaks at conferences across the globe. Recent speaking engagements include DLD, US State Department, TEDx Dubai, SXSW, Dublin Web Summit, MAD Hong Kong. Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lions Gate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling. Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower.
Jessica Herrin - Stella & Dot Jessica Herrin - Stella & Dot
Jessica Herrin
Stella & Dot
As the brains behind Stella & Dot, Jessica has proven just how one woman can go about styling her life with smarts, courage, and tenacity. After joining two successful tech startups out of college, she went to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where, at the ripe age of 24, she co-founded the now world's leading wedding site, WeddingChannel.com. Jessica's been recognized for her business savvy even more than her style savvy -- Oprah, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Forbes have saluted her for her vision. Taking Social Selling to the next level, Jessica's been honored by Ernst & Young and Inc. 500 as a Top Entrepreneur. She is also actively involved in Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in the San Francisco Bay area. But Jessica is most proud of the recognition she gets from the women of Stella & Dot, who are mirroring her success in reinventing the home business opportunity for the modern woman. Because, as Jessica claims, "nine-to-five just doesn't flatter."
Jason Goldman - Obvious Corporation Jason Goldman - Obvious Corporation
Jason Goldman
Obvious Corporation
Jason Goldman grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated with a degree in Astrophysics from Princeton University. He was part of the Blogger team acquired by Google in 2003. He worked as a product manager for Google from 2003 to 2006. In 2007, he helped start Twitter Inc where he was Head of Product and served on the board of directors until his departure in 2010. Along with Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone he started the Obvious Corporation in 2011 which has helped finance and found companies such as Branch and Medium.
Greg Tseng - Tagged Greg Tseng - Tagged
Greg Tseng
Tagged
Greg Tseng co-founded Tagged in October 2004 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since its inception. He has been a driving force in creating social discovery products at Tagged with his partner, co-founder and long-time friend, Johann Schleier-Smith. Previously, Greg co-founded Avivon Inc., which introduced the textbook comparison-shopping agent flyingchickens.com to the Harvard campus during the Fall semester of 1999, and served as COO of Limespot.com LLC, a leading network of 100+ local college portals. Greg holds an A.B. in Chemistry & Physics & Mathematics from Harvard University, where he served as a Director of the Harvard Entrepreneurs Club (HEC) from 1998-2000 and co-authored The Harvard Entrepreneurs Club Guide to Starting Your Own Business (Wiley, 1999). Greg is presently on leave from Stanford University, where he is pursuing the Ph.D. in Physics on a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. His academic research lies in the field of nanotechnology and he has published his results in top journals such as Science.
Victoria Ransom  - Wildfire Victoria Ransom  - Wildfire
Victoria Ransom
Wildfire
Victoria has been an entrepreneur since her early twenties and has developed three companies. As founder & head of Wildfire, a social media marketing technology provider recently acquired by Google, Victoria has built the company to tens of thousands of customers, nearly 400 employees, and eight offices worldwide. Clients include major brands and agencies such as Pepsi, Unilever, Sony, AT&T, Ogilvy, Publicis, and Digitas. Wildfire is a two-time winner of the fbFund; investors include Summit, Accel Partners, and the Founder\'s Fund. Victoria has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a recent Techfellow winner for the category of General Management, was named one of the \'25 Women to Watch in Tech\' for 2011 & 2010 and was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Zealand. Victoria has spoken at numerous events including Le Web, SXSW, OMMA, AlwaysOn, Ad:tech, and Web 2.0.
Hosain Rahman - Jawbone Hosain Rahman - Jawbone
Hosain Rahman
Jawbone
Hosain Rahman is the CEO and founder of Jawbone, a leader in human-centric products for better daily living . Hosain is passionate about bringing innovative, intuitive, and elegantly designed products to market that let consumers' get the most out of their mobile experience. Jawbone is one of the largest venture capital-backed consumer electronics companies in the world. Jawbone is a 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade winner. Jawbone created the JAMBOX line of speakers which are now the best-selling speakers in North America and the UK. Jawbone also invented NoiseAssassin® technology, the only military-grade noise- eliminating technology that's built into its Bluetooth headsets like the Jawbone ERA and Jawbone ICON. In 2012 Hosain was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 and as well to Vanity Fair's Next Establishment List.
Alison Pincus  - One Kings Lane Alison Pincus  - One Kings Lane
Alison Pincus
One Kings Lane
Alison Pincus is co-founder of One Kings Lane, and the General Manager and Chief Hunter of the company's new peer-to-peer marketplace, Hunters Alley. In addition to serving on the board of directors for One Kings Lane, Alison is also spokesperson and evangelist for One Kings Lane and Hunters Alley. A digital-media veteran, she previously held digital-marketing and business-development positions at The Walt Disney Company, NBC, and Hachette Filipacchi. Alison received her MBA from UCLA and her BS from UC Berkeley. She was named one of Fortune’s "Ones to Watch" in 2011 and was featured in Vanity Fair’s 2012 "New Establishment" list. She serves on the boards of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (the CJM) and the Aspen Art Museum. A food lover, Alison was ecstatic to be in Food & Wine’s "40 Under 40" in 2010 and enjoys exploring new places.
Mark Suster - Upfront Ventures Mark Suster - Upfront Ventures
Mark Suster
Upfront Ventures
Grew up in NorCal Graduate of UCSD (economics) and University of Chicago (MBA) First job: programmer at Accenture Startups: BuildOnline (sold to publicly traded French company) and Koral (sold to Salesforce.com) Now: Partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Southern California Current Investments / Boards: Maker Studios, RingRevenue, Adly, Awe.sm, Burstly, Pose, TextPlus, DataSift, MyTime, Gravity, Moonfrye Also: on the board of UCSD’s Rady School of Business Venture Capital Fund I founded Launchpad LA, a mentorship program designed to help the most promising LA-based companies get funded and become successful (and stay in Los Angeles!)
Megan Smith - Google[x] Megan Smith - Google[x]
Megan Smith
Google[x]
Megan is an entrepreneur, tech evangelist, engineer, catalyst and connector. As VP at Google[x], Megan works on a range of projects including co-creating/hosting SolveForX to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and collaboration. For nine years prior she led Google’s New Business Development team managing early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing for Google’s global engineering and product teams. She led the acquisitions of Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps) and Picasa, and also led the Google.org team transition to add more engineering with Google Crisis Response, GoogleforNonprofits, and Earth Outreach. Prior to joining Google, Megan was CEO and earlier, COO of PlanetOut, the leading LGBT online community. Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.
George Zachary - Charles River Ventures George Zachary - Charles River Ventures
George Zachary
Charles River Ventures
George joined Charles River in 2004 with 20+ years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. George's focus is on building consumer internet and infrastructure companies. Previously, he was a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). Prior to MDV, George led the Nintendo 64 development business at Silicon Graphics, managed sales and marketing for virtual reality pioneer VPL Research, and served as a product marketer at CATS Software. He is on the board of Stanford SSE, Stanford's StartX, and is an advisor to the X PRIZE Foundation. George earned a joint BS from MIT and MIT Sloan School of Business (1987).
Kirsten Green - Forerunner Ventures Kirsten Green - Forerunner Ventures
Kirsten Green
Forerunner Ventures
Kirsten is the founder of Forerunner Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. She combines an experience and thesis driven approach, with a consumer centric view, to identify visionary entrepreneurs and compelling brand platforms. Through her work at Forerunner, she has partnered with some of the most promising companies in the current evolution of commerce. Representative investments include: Birchbox, Bonobos, Hotel Tonight, Nomi, Warby Parker.
Angela Benton - NewME Accelerator Angela Benton - NewME Accelerator
Angela Benton
NewME Accelerator
Angela Benton is the Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator. Launched in 2011, NewME’s mission is to accelerate underrepresented entrepreneurs around the world. NewME has received critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Inc. Magazine, among others for the work they are doing to ensure the technology entrepreneurship is accessible to women and minorities. Additionally, Angela and the inaugural class of NewME Accelerator were featured in CNN’s award winning documentary series Black in America: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley in 2011. Since their launch NewME has accelerated over 200 startups through their 12 week program in San Francisco and their national 3 day program in cities around the country. Angela has been recognized as a change agent and trailblazer by numerous publications and organizations including: Fast Company, Business Insider, Ebony Magazine, TheRoot, TheGrio, National Urban League, Black Enterprise Magazine, et al. She is the youngest Hall of Fame inductee of Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) and has been honored by Goldman Sachs as one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.”
Jeff Clavier - SoftTech VC Jeff Clavier - SoftTech VC
Jeff Clavier
SoftTech VC
Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most established seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 150 investments since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll, Milo (eBay), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Fitbit, Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Fab, Poshmark and Class Dojo. The portfolio has also seen acquisitions by Groupon, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. The firm is currently investing out of its $55M Fund III, making 20 commitments of $500K per year in mobile/cloud saas, monetization infrastructure, marketplaces and e-commerce. Born, raised and educated in France, Jeff graduated with a MS in Computer Science and a degree in Distributed Computing. He joined Effix, a financial services startup, as one of the initial developers while still at school and eventually led it as CTO. After 5 years, Reuters acquired the company and Jeff expanded his remit to several product and development organizations in Europe and the USA. In 2000, he moved to Silicon Valley as General Partner for RVC, the $450M venture fund affiliated with Reuters. In 2004, Jeff left RVC to start SoftTech VC and invest in the early pioneers of Consumer Internet. Within a couple of years, he was being recognized in the media as one of the “super angels”, and in 2007, he subsequently raised one of the first micro-VC funds, $15M Fund II. After three years, and 60+ investments closed on his own, Jeff built a team and raised a larger, $55M Fund III. One of the early VC bloggers in 2004, Jeff is now a popular conference speaker and social media/TV commentator. When he is not spending time with SoftTech’s portfolio companies, Jeff enjoys traveling, skiing, scuba diving and hanging out with friends and family.
Ann Miura-Ko - FLOODGATE Ann Miura-Ko - FLOODGATE
Ann Miura-Ko
FLOODGATE
Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security, and big data. She currently sits on the boards of Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Zimride, Ayasdi, Inscopix, and CSS. She was previously a board member of TaskRabbit. In addition to serving at FLOODGATE, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. She teaches High Tech Entrepreneurship with Steve Blank and is a frequent lecturer in courses such as Technology Venture Formation, High-tech Entrepreneurship, and the Mayfield Fellows Program. Prior to joining FLOODGATE and her stint at Stanford, Ann worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company. Ann grew up in Palo Alto, California (her father is a rocket scientist at NASA) and, as a result, was exposed at an early age to the world of startups, technology and venture capital. She developed an early passion for robotics and went on to major in electrical engineering at Yale University where she received her BS degree. For her senior project, she was part of a five person team that designed four robots to autonomously play soccer which competed at the Robocup competition in Paris, France.
James Park  - Fitbit James Park  - Fitbit
James Park
Fitbit
James Park is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating great products and companies. Fitbit is the third startup that he has founded. Previously, James was a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, where he led product management, engineering, and design for Webshots. Before CNET, James was a co-founder of Windup Labs, which was acquired by CNET in 2005, and prior to Windup Labs, he was the co-founder and CTO of Epesi Technologies. James also worked at Morgan Stanley, where he helped develop trading strategies and software for a quantitative trading fund. James never quite finished his computer science degree at Harvard College.
Alfred Lin - Sequoia Capital Alfred Lin - Sequoia Capital
Alfred Lin
Sequoia Capital
Alfred Lin focuses on consumer internet, enterprise and mobile investments. He is a Director of Achievers, Airbnb, Houzz, Humble Bundle, Kiwi, Romotive and Stella & Dot. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2010, Alfred was Chairman and COO/CFO of Zappos.com (AMZN). Prior to Zappos.com, Alfred was VP of Finance and Business Development of Tellme Networks (MSFT). Previously, Alfred was Co-Founder and General Manager of Venture Frogs, LLC and invested in companies such as Ask Jeeves (IACI), MongoMusic (MSFT), MyAble (OPWV), OpenTable (OPEN), Tellme (MSFT) and Zappos.com (AMZN). Alfred began his startup career as VP of Finance of LinkExchange (MSFT). Alfred has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford.
Tony Conrad  - about.me Tony Conrad  - about.me
Tony Conrad
about.me
Tony is the co-founder and CEO of about.me, the platform for representing personal identity online. In addition to founding about.me and blog search engine Sphere (acquired by Aol), he is a member of the True Ventures founding team, leading investments in WordPress.com, Blue Bottle Coffee, MakerBot, Typekit, High Fidelity and more. Tony is a T4O national co-chair of Technology for Obama. His interests include being a dad, travel, architecture, the Cubs, scuba and IRONMAN triathlons. He’s a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington. Tony is originally from a small Indiana farming community, has lived in Paris, Jakarta, New Dehli, New York and currently lives in San Francisco.
Deena Varshavskaya - Wanelo Deena Varshavskaya - Wanelo
Deena Varshavskaya
Wanelo
Deena Varshavskaya is the founder and CEO of Wanelo (“wah-nee-loh,” from Want, Need, Love), an online community for all of the world’s shopping. Deena started Wanelo in 2010. She always found it frustrating to shop in mainstream malls because she was always looking for unique products to buy. She really wanted to know where her friends shopped and realized that shopping was extremely disorganized. Fed up, she decided to build a platform that reorganizes all of shopping around people. Deena didn’t know how to build websites or companies or raise funding, but she bootstrapped Wanelo for two years until it finally started growing. She then moved to San Francisco and raised $14 million in funding. Today, Wanelo has millions of members who are using it to organize all of their online shopping.
Mike Abbott - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Mike Abbott - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mike Abbott
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mike Abbott is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing and “big data.” He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hyper-competitive recruitment environment. An engineering leader, entrepreneur and investor, Mike led the building of innovative, high-performance applications and services at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before he joined KPCB. Mike is also an expert in “big data” businesses, having founded Composite Software. Formerly the vice president of engineering at Twitter, Mike led the team to rebuild and solidify Twitter’s infrastructure, growing the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than a year and a half, and scaling Twitter’s architecture to support 250 million daily tweets. Before joining Twitter, Mike led the software development team at Palm that created HP/Palm’s next-generation webOS platform. Earlier in his career, Mike was the general manager at Microsoft for .NET online services, which became Azure. He was also co-founder of Passenger Inc. Mike has advised and invested in numerous software companies throughout his career, including Cloudera, Hearsay Labs, Jawbone, Saynow, Reverb Technologies, Toytalk and Locu. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Washington.
Burton Goldfield - TriNet Burton Goldfield - TriNet
Burton Goldfield
TriNet
Since 2008, Burton M. Goldfield has served as president and CEO of TriNet, a strategic partner to small businesses for payroll, HR, benefits, employment law compliance and risk reduction. Burton has more than 25 years of experience in sales, operational, and technology leadership positions and is known for driving product innovation and business growth. Since joining TriNet, Burton has transformed the company into the largest independent cloud-based HR provider and Professional Employer Organization (PEO). With offices throughout America, TriNet serves more than 8,000 customers and over 210,000 employees. Its services allow small businesses to regain focus on executing their visions and growing their businesses while TriNet manages their payroll taxes, day-to-day HR, employment law compliance, and conformity with the Affordable Care Act. TriNet’s revenue exceeded $250M in 2012 and has more than tripled during Burton’s tenure. To expand TriNet’s market reach and strengthen the company’s ability to serve more clients than ever before, he led the company to acquire LMC, Gevity, AccordHR, SOI and ExpenseCloud. In addition, Burton invested heavily in the company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology platform, leveraging his background from Hyperion, IBM, and Rational Software.
David Eun - Samsung David Eun - Samsung
David Eun
Samsung
David Eun, Executive Vice President and Head of Open Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics As Head of the Open Innovation Center, David Eun leads Samsung’s innovation efforts to develop new software services to complement the company’s diverse set of hardware devices. In this capacity, he is responsible for early stage investments, acquisitions, partnerships and Accelerators in Silicon Valley and NYC, which will build internal start-ups with preferred access to Samsung’s operating units. Before joining Samsung, he served as President of AOL Media and Studios and headed Google’s Content Partnerships with leading media and internet companies globally, most notably for YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Books. Before Google, he worked at Time Warner and NBC Entertainment, focusing on business development and digital distribution roles. He is a former management consultant at Bain & Company and is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project.
Jay Simons - Atlassian Jay Simons - Atlassian
Jay Simons
Atlassian
Jay Simons is president of Atlassian, a leading enterprise collaboration software company with more than 30,000 customers worldwide. Atlassian's products -- including JIRA, the industry-leading issues management software, Confluence, its enterprise collaboration software and its developer product portfolio including Stash and Bitbucket – are used by more than 85 percent of the Fortune 100 to plan, build and launch great software. Jay has more than 15 years of experience in the software industry. He began his career in sales and marketing at Plumtree Software before becoming vice president of marketing at BEA Systems, later acquired by Oracle in 2008. As president of Atlassian, Jay has overseen the company's global expansion, introduced its Starter License program – called Causium, it’s a mashup of freemium and cause marketing - grown its worldwide customer community and programs and helped introduce the company’s cloud-based offering, Atlassian OnDemand.
Sue Siegel - GE Ventures Sue Siegel - GE Ventures
Sue Siegel
GE Ventures
Sue Siegel is the CEO, GE Ventures & healthymagination. She works on GE’s growth and innovation initiatives as CEO of two company-wide platforms: GE Ventures, which partners entrepreneurs with GE capabilities and investments, and healthymagination, which harnesses innovation and partnership to drive better health outcomes. Sue is a 25+ year industry leader with corporate and venture capital experience in growing technology companies in biomedical research and healthcare. Prior to joining GE, she was a General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Sue has been featured in the bestselling business book: Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and was recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley.”
TD Lowe - EnovationNation TD Lowe - EnovationNation
TD Lowe
EnovationNation
TD Lowe is the founder and CEO of EnovationNation, TD spent 10 years working in Technology, Strategy and Finance at Fortune 100 and small companies alike. TD holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from the University of Alabama and holds a Stanford University Computer Science Masters Certificate.
Elizabeth McKee Gore - United Nations Foundation Elizabeth McKee Gore - United Nations Foundation
Elizabeth McKee Gore
United Nations Foundation
As the first-ever Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation, Elizabeth McKee Gore works with the United Nations and the Foundation to support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. In her role, she chairs the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and builds global partnerships that positively affect the UN’s most pressing humanitarian issues. Ms. Gore previously served as Vice President of Global Partnerships at the Foundation, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the Shot@Life. Additionally, she manages partnerships with Fortune 100 companies and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ryan Smith - Qualtrics Ryan Smith - Qualtrics
Ryan Smith
Qualtrics
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Mary Grove - Google for Entrepreneurs Mary Grove - Google for Entrepreneurs
Mary Grove
Google for Entrepreneurs
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Ben Rattray - change.org Ben Rattray - change.org
Ben Rattray
change.org
Ben Rattray is the founder and CEO of Change.org, the world's largest petition platform. He has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 rising young business leaders. Since its founding in 2007, Change.org has achieved international prominence, attracting 35 million users from every country, hundreds of thousands of user-generated petitions, and coverage in every major media outlet, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Time Magazine writes: "Rattray's site has quietly enabled tens of thousands of people, many with little exposure to social activism, to launch homegrown crusades on issues ranging from corporate malpractice to immigration reform without ever gathering in a park or square. By marrying one of the world's oldest organizing tools, the petition, to one of its newest, the social-media loop, Change.org is putting companies and governments under tremendous pressure to change their policies, sometimes in a matter of a few weeks or less, and it has invited everyone around the globe to participate." Rattray is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics. He leads Change.org's strategic vision and is a frequent public speaker about the intersection of technology and social change.
David Cohen - Techstars David Cohen - Techstars
David Cohen
Techstars
David Cohen is the Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Techstars. Previously, David was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive [Amazon]. David was also the founder and CEO of earFeeder.com, a music service which was sold to SonicSwap.com in 2006. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog atDavidGCohen.com. He recently co-authored Do More Faster with Brad Feld. He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Computer Science Department, the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Silicon Flatirons, and the Board of Advisors of the Deming Center Venture Fund. He is a member of the selection committee for Venture Capital in the Rockies, and runs the Colorado chapter of the Open Angel Forum. His hobbies are technology, software/web startups, business history, and tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he’s ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.
Anamitra Banerji - Foundation Capital Anamitra Banerji - Foundation Capital
Anamitra Banerji
Foundation Capital
Anamitra Banerji became a Partner at Foundation Capital. He came to Foundation with eight years of product management leadership experience in the consumer internet space at Twitter, Yahoo! and Overture. Before working in product roles, Anamitra was a software engineer in the enterprise data space for four years. He also co-founded an internet-healthcare company during the '98-'00 boom-bust. Anamitra joined Twitter in March 2009 as its 30th employee and first product manager. While there, he built out Twitter's advertising team, incubating from scratch all three products—promoted tweets, promoted trends and promoted accounts—and led the team in getting those products up and running. As Partner at Foundation Capital, Banerji focuses on identifying and investing in promising startups in the communications, commerce, mobile and marketing technology industries. He uses his vast personal experience working alongside entrepreneurs to identify those who stand out in their respective industries. During his time as an EIR, he served as a consultant in the investment process and also helped launch Widescope, an early-stage research project at Stanford focused on crowd-sourcing federal and state budget deficit reduction. Anamitra earned an MBA from Cornell University and a degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India.
Colleen Taylor - TechCrunch Colleen Taylor - TechCrunch
Colleen Taylor
TechCrunch
Colleen Taylor is a journalist living in San Francisco, California. Colleen is a reporter for TechCrunch TV. She also has her own business, Ookoo Media, a video production company that conducts reflective, guided interviews of loved ones. Previously she worked for GigaOM, where she reported on startups and Silicon Valley. Earlier, Colleen reported for Mergermarket, an online newswire and subsidiary of the Financial Times focused on M&A. Before that, she was a contributing editor for Electronic News, the semiconductor industry trade newsletter. Colleen has a B.A. from Columbia University's Columbia College in New York City.
Ryan Sweeney - Accel Partners Ryan Sweeney - Accel Partners
Ryan Sweeney
Accel Partners
Ryan has been with Accel since 2008. He focuses on enterprise software, online marketplace, and financial technology investments. Ryan currently is active with the boards of Atlassian, a creator of software development and collaboration tools; Qualtrics, a SaaS provider of enterprise data collection and analysis products; Braintree, a developer-centric software company simplifying online, mobile, and peer-to-peer payments; Hootsuite, a SaaS provider of social-media marketing and management tools; LightSpeed, the leading Apple/Mac-centric retail management platform; and 99designs, a marketplace for crowdsourced web design. His prior boards and investments include OzForex (IPO), an online foreign exchange payments marketplace for SMBs; and Groupon (IPO), a global market place linking consumers with local merchants. Ryan also helped lead Accel's investments in Airwatch, the leading mobile security and device management software platform; lynda.com, a provider of online videos and instructional training to enterprises; and Squarespace, a premier web and mobile publishing platform. Prior to Accel, he spent nearly a decade in the Boston area at Summit Partners leading technology growth investments. Ryan resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons, yet maintains a strong allegiance to the four major professional sports teams in Philadelphia (as will both of his boys). He also serves on the board of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Entrepreneurship. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame and also received an MBA from Harvard.
Shivani Garg Patel - Samahope Shivani Garg Patel - Samahope
Shivani Garg Patel
Samahope
Shivani Garg Patel is Co-founder of Samahope, a crowdfunding site for doctors providing critical medical treatments for the world's poorest. She is a former Microsoft product manager, McKinsey consultant turned social entrepreneur. Her technology-driven social innovation work spans the Grameen Foundation, World Bank and World Health Organization. Her work with Samahope is inspired partly by her time in college leading a non-profit that provided free medical and social services to the low-income population of Berkeley. She also works with the Beyond Capital Fund, a seed-stage impact investing fund.
Charles Huang - Guitar Hero, Green Throttle Games Charles Huang - Guitar Hero, Green Throttle Games
Charles Huang
Guitar Hero, Green Throttle Games
Charles Huang is currently the CEO of Green Throttle Games, Inc., a Trinity Ventures and DCM funded startup based in Santa Clara, CA focused on creating video games on the go and on the TV in the new era of video games. Previously, Charles was co-founder of RedOctane and co-creator of the Guitar Hero video game franchise. In 2005, the company published Guitar Hero, which has exceeded $5B of total revenue to date. Guitar Hero was the best-selling video game in the world in 2007 and 2008.
Perri Blake Gorman - Archively Perri Blake Gorman - Archively
Perri Blake Gorman
Archively
Founder & CEO of @archively. Passionate about all things people, process& productivity. Former Wall St Headhunter. #ProudMama of @unroll.me
Eric Ryan - Method Products, Inc. Eric Ryan - Method Products, Inc.
Eric Ryan
Method Products, Inc.
Eric is the Chief Brand Architect for method. His expertise and enthusiasm for creating distinctive consumer and retail concepts has transformed cleaning into a stylish pursuit. Prior to founding method, he cut his teeth in advertising, trend spotting and brand positioning for consumer juggernauts like Gap, Old Navy and Saturn. Combining his knowledge of design and fashion, Eric built the method brand with the conviction that cleaning products can be beautiful and non-toxic and still fight dirty. Eric lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Ingrid and three children, Anya, Matias and Anders, all of whom think he is a rock star on Guitar Hero.
Ido Leffler  - Yes To Carrots Ido Leffler  - Yes To Carrots
Ido Leffler
Yes To Carrots
Ido Leffler is Co-Founder and “Chief Carrot Lover” of San Francisco-based Yes To Inc. (makers of Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Blueberries and Yes To Grapefruit). Since 2006, Leffler and his team have built Yes To™ into one of the world’s top natural beauty brands, with distribution in over 28,000 stores in 25 countries (including retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Whole Foods Market, and Sephora Europe). Ido is currently on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneur Council and sits on numerous Corporate Boards and Corporate advisory boards.
Jim Hornthal  - Zignal Labs Jim Hornthal  - Zignal Labs
Jim Hornthal
Zignal Labs
Jim is a parallel entrepreneur, angel investor, and entrepreneurship educator. His private investment fund, Hornthal Investment Partners, has made investments in over 50 early stage companies. Jim is the co-founder and Chairman of Triporati, Zignal Labs, LaunchPad Central and M34 Capital. He sits on several boards including KIND Snacks, Revinate, and Via.com. Jim has taught the Lean LaunchPad course at UC Berkeley, Stanford and Princeton and was on the teaching team for the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program at Stanford and UCSF. Jim is the author of the TED Book “A Haystack Full of Needles”.
Gil Elbaz - Factual Gil Elbaz - Factual
Gil Elbaz
Factual
Gil Elbaz is the founder and CEO of Factual, a location platform that enriches mobile location signals with definitive global data, enabling personalized and contextually relevant mobile experiences. Prior to Factual, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI), which developed contextual advertising products, including ASI's AdSense. In 2003, Google acquired ASI and Gil stayed on as the Director of Engineering, continuing to work on AdSense and other products. Gil serves on the board of trustees for the X Prize Foundation and is also founder of the Common Crawl Foundation.
Michael Wood  - Smarty Ants Michael Wood  - Smarty Ants
Michael Wood
Smarty Ants
Mr. Wood is currently founder and CEO of Smarty Ants, Inc. an on-line, assessment based, adaptive reading program for kids. He previously founded LeapFrog Enterprises. Mr. Wood graduated from Stanford University with honors in 1970, and received his JD/MBA degrees from Hastings, University of California Law School and University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Business in 1979. Mr. Wood is the inventor or co-inventor in more than 30 issued patents. He currently is a member of the University of California, Berkeley, Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education.
Harry McCracken  - TIME Harry McCracken  - TIME
Harry McCracken
TIME
Harry McCracken is an editor-at-large for TIME. He covers personal technology for the magazine and for TIME.com. Prior to joining TIME, he was the founder and editor of Technologizer, an award-winning independent blog that is now part of TIME.com. He also spent 14 years at PC World, the world’s largest computing publication, serving as editor in chief of the magazine and website from 2004 to 2008. McCracken is a winner of American Business Media’s Timothy White Award. He was honored as one of min’s 21 Most Intriguing People and was on Folio’s Folio 40 list of media movers and shakers. TechRepublic said he was the No. 1 techie to follow on Twitter, and Kiplinger Personal Finance named him as the best tech-gadget guru.
Jay Marcyes  - FirstOpinion Jay Marcyes  - FirstOpinion
Jay Marcyes
FirstOpinion
Jay is currently Co-Founder and CTO of First Opinion, which allows you to text a doctor for free. In his past lives he has been an engineer at Path and a Co-Founder of Plancast, which was acquired by Active Network in 2012.

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Chief Marketing Officer
California, USA
Ricky Phung
ShopStoree
Founder, CEO
California, USA
Rishi Trivedi
Jet Set Social
Founder
New York, USA
Peter Komornik
sli.do
CEO
Slovakia
Kari O'Brien
NSCS
Senior Marketing Manager
District of Columbia, USA
John Galbraith
Galbraith Ventures, LLC
Founder & CEO
California, USA
Grainne Barron
Viddyad
Founder & CEO
California, USA
Rudy Bianco
Viclone Corp.
Founder
Spain
Shakhina Pulatova
eBay
Sr. Product Manager
California, USA
Tony L. Chen
zPark Venture
Partner
California, USA
Marc Hoag
Venturocket
CEO & Co-Founder
California, USA
Param Vora
OpenSilo
CEO and Cofounder
California, USA
Nagib Georges Mimassi Mimassi
RockSpoon
Founder CEO
California, USA
Nanxi Liu
Enplug
CEO & Co-Founder
California, USA
Kenes Beketayev
SparcIt
Co-Founder, CTO
California, USA
Farzad Eskafi
SparcIt
Co-Founder
California, USA
Sherard Houston
Confirm 365, Inc.
Founder & CEO
Florida, USA
Walid Singer
Presella.com
COO
Lebanon
Nima Adelkhani
PITME
Founder
California, USA
Scott R. Schreiman
Kerio Technologies, Inc.
CEO
California, USA
John Starr
Startup Grind North Bay
Chapter Director
California, USA
Amanda Stratton
Startup Canada
Startup Communities Manager
Ontario, Canada
David Bankston
Sparksfly Technologies
Co-Founder, CEO
California, USA
David Waxman
TenOneTen Ventures
Managing Partner
California, USA
Islam Shousha
Seqwel Group
CEO
Texas, USA
Joshua Lipton
BikeShopHub.com
CEO
Arizona, USA
Lisa Winter
Entrepreneur Circle
Product Management
California, USA
Baat Enosh
Intuit
Innovation PM
California, USA
Ankur Patel
OpenSilo
Founder and CPO
California, USA
Matt Foster
iRent.com
Founder
California, USA

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Agenda

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
6:00 pm
Registration Opens
6:00 - 8:30 pm
6:00 - 6:45
Drinks & Networking
6:45 - 8:00
Opening Fireside Chat: Mark Suster & Ben Horowitz
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
7:30 am
Registration Opens
8:00 - 9:00 am
Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 am
Welcome from Startup Grind founder & CEO, Derek Andersen
9:15 - 10:45 am
General Sessions - Hahn
9:15 - 9:55 - Fireside Chat
Hardware Starts With Hard
A conversation about the challenges (and rewards) of building a great product
Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
James Park, Founder, Fitbit
9:55 - 10:20 - Fireside Chat
Unicorn Tales: the Data and Stories Behind Billion Dollar Companies
Aileen Lee, Founder and Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Brian Park, Startup Grind D.C.
10:20 - 10:45 - Fireside Chat
"Nail it then scale it" - From Bootstrapping to scaling the Enterprise
Ryan Smith, co-founder, Qualtrics
Ryan Sweeney, Accel Partners
George Anders, Forbes

General Sessions - Grand Hall
9:15 - 9:50 - Fireside Chat
Entrepreneurs That Change The World
George Zachary, Charles River Ventures
Derek Andersen, Founder & CEO, Startup Grind
9:50 - 10:20 - Fireside Chat
Platform Businesses: How To Build A Great Business On Top Of Someone Else's
Victoria Ransom, founder, Wildfire
Douglas Crets, Microsoft Bizspark Social Strategist
10:20 - 10:45 - Fireside Chat
Getting From Angel to Series A and Beyond: How Startups Are Getting Funded
Kirsten Green, founder, Forerunner Ventures
Lee Blaylock, Startup Grind Dallas; Joy Randels, Startup Grind Tampa
10:45 - 11:15 am
Networking Break
11:15 am - 12:20 pm
General Sessions - Hahn
11:15 - 11:35 - Keynote
From Siberia to Millions of Users as a Solo Female Founder
Deena Varshavskaya, Wanelo
11:35 - 12:15 pm - Fireside Chat
30-Company: How Intuit Began, Survived, And Thrives 30-Years Later
Scott Cook, Intuit
Harry McCraken, Time Magazine

General Sessions - Grand Hall
11:15 - 11:35 - Keynote
Creating Productive Partnerships: Risk, Reward, and Long-Term Results
Ido Leffler, Chief Carrot Lover, Yes To Inc.
11:35 - 12:20 - Fireside Chat
Finding Thunder Lizards + Picking Your Partners
Ann Miura-Ko & Mike Maples, Floodgate Ventures
12:20 - 1:45 pm
Lunch
1:45 - 3:00 pm
General Sessions - Hahn
1:45 - 2:15 - Fireside Chat
Acquisitions & Valuations from a CEO perspective
The man behind a mega cloud-based HR company shares first hand experience with startup valuation and the complex acquisition process.
Burton Goldfield, President & CEO, TriNet
Perri Gorman, founder & CEO, Archively
2:15 - 2:30 - Keynote
Engineering Fun: Building Experiences That Educate and Entertain Consumers
The attorney turned toy-maker talks about inventing and innovating.
Michael Wood, founder, SmartyAnts
2:30 - 3:00 - Fireside Chat
Network Effects, Talent, and Moonshot Thinking
Megan Smith, entrepreneur, VP @Google[x]

General Sessions - Grand Hall
1:45 - 2:15 - Fireside Chat
The Importance of Partnering with Entrepreneurs and Startups
Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures & healthymagination
TD Lowe, founder & CEO, EnovationNation
2:15 - 2:30 - Fireside Chat
Bootstrapping: Building A Big Business With Lean Funding
Eric Ryan, Co-founder, Method Products
2:30 - 3:00 - Keynote
Fusing Identities: Perspectives from an Entrepreneur and Investor
Tony Conrad, Co-founder & CEO, About.me
Jay Marcyes, Co-founder, FirstOpinion

Workshop Q+A - Lovelace
2:10 - 2:30
Growth Hacking for Mobile Startups
Limited seating for 30 people
Jim Scheinman, Maven Ventures
Michael Cayley, Startup Grind Toronto & Cdling
3:00 - 3:20 pm
Networking Break
3:20 - 5:00 pm
General Sessions - Hahn
3:20 - 4:00 - Fireside Chat
The Evolving Entrepreneurial Journey
Mary Grove, Director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach, Google for Entrepreneurs
MC Hammer
4:00 - 5:00 - Fireside Chat
Reid Hoffman, Partner, Greylock; Co-founder, LinkedIn
Greg Tseng, Co-founder & CEO, Tagged
6:00 - 8:00 pm
After Party @ Microsoft BIZSPARK HQ
Microsoft Bizspark HQ | 1065 La Avenida Street | Mountain View, CA 94043
We will walk over to Microsoft Bizspark’s newly-renovated headquarters for an evening of cocktails, delicious food, and quality networking.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
8:00 am
Registration Opens
8:00 - 9:00 am
Grab & Go Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am
General Sessions - Hahn
9:15 - 9:45 - Keynote
The International Entrepreneur
Dave McClure, founding partner, 500 Startups
9:50 - 10:10 - Keynote
Reinventing the Enterprise Software Business Model
Jay Simons, President, Atlassian
10:10 - 10:30 - Keynote
Product Market Fit: Figuring Out The Product People Want
A journey building Guitar Hero, Green Throttle, Blue Goji and Singtrix
Charles Huang, founder, Green Throttle Games

General Sessions - Grand Hall
9:00 - 09:05
Welcome, Day 1 Recap
Derek Andersen, founder & CEO, Startup Grind
9:05 - 09:50 - Keynote
Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship - Playing Moneyball with the Investment Readiness Level
Steve Blank, author, Four Steps to the Epiphany
Jim Hornthal, Co-founder, Zignal Labs
9:50 - 10:10 - Keynote
Using Mobile to Supercharge Big Data
Gil Elbaz, founder & CEO, Factual
10:10 - 10:30 - Keynote
Crowdfunding the Future.
Danae Ringelmann, Co-founder, Indiegogo
10:30 - 10:50 am
Workshop Q&A
Limited to 30 people
Advice Not to Take, Especially for Startups Outside the Valley
Ariel Poler, Best of Angel
10:30 - 11:00 am
Networking Break
11:00 - 12:20 pm
Social Entrepreneurship Track

General Sessions - Hahn
11:00 - 11:15 - Keynote
Shivani Garg Patel, Samasource; Co-founder, Samahope
11:15 - 11:45 - Fireside Chat
Ben Rattray, founder, Change.org
Rip Empson, TechCrunch
11:45 - 12:10 - Fireside Chat
Elizabeth Gore, Resident Entrepreneur, United Nations Foundation

General Sessions - Grand Hall
11:00 - 11:15 - Keynote
Controlling The Customer Experience for Startups
Angela Benton, founder, NewMe Accelerator
11:15 - 11:40 - Fireside Chat
How to Scale Your Start-up
Jessica Herrin, founder & CEO, Stella & dot
Alfred Lin, Sequoia Capital
11:40 - 12:20pm - Fireside Chat
Building World Class Hardware and Software Together
Mike Abbott, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Hosain Rahman, founder & CEO, Jawbone
12:20 - 1:45 pm
Lunch
1:45 - 3:15 pm
General Sessions - Hahn
1:45 - 2:15 - Fireside Chat
Incubating Startups: What TechStars Has Learned In The Past Eight Years
David Cohen, Founder, CEO and Managing Partner, Techstars
Derek Andersen, founder & CEO, Startup Grind
2:15 - 2:35 - Keynote
Ecommerce Unplugged: Build A Business Way Beyond Flash Sales
Alison Pincus, Co-founder, One King’s Lane
Colleen Taylor, TechCrunch

General Sessions - Grand Hall
1:45 - 2:10 - Fireside Chat
Twitter: From 4 Employees to IPO
Jason Goldman & Anamitra Banerji; Foundation Capital
2:10 - 2:40 - Fireside Chat
How Samsung is Working with Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs
David Eun, Samsung Open Innovation Center
Jason Calacanis
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Closing General Session - Hahn
3:00 - 3:45 - Fireside Chat
The Ideal Y-Combinator Applicant (cir 2014)
Jessica Livingston, Co-founder, Y Combinator
3:45 - 4:00 - Closing Remarks
Derek Andersen, founder + ceo, Startup Grind
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Farewell Happy Hour sponsored by Braintree

Travel Info

Airports View

San Francisco (SFO)

This seems to be the most popular airport in the bay area, receives the most traffic and has a BART station running through it that can take you to Caltrain (for travels to Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Jose) or can take you directly into San Francisco. (24.3mi/39.1km)

Oakland (OAK)

Located across the peninsula in the East Bay, Oakland airport tends to have cheaper airfare and inexpensive accommodations. This could be an ideal solution if you're on a tight budget, but still want easy access to Mountain View and/or San Francisco. The airport has a BART station very close by that can be used to get into the peninsula/Silicon Valley. (32.7mi/52.6km)

San Jose (SJC)

The San Jose airport lies on the bottom of Silicon Valley and is closest to Mountain View and Palo Alto. This is a great place to arrive if you only plan on being near the conference for your duration of the trip. (10.9mi/17.5km)

Public Transportation View

BART

BART is the best solution to get in and out of OAK and and SFO airports. BART has stops within the airports (via Airtrain/shuttle) to get you to San Francisco or Caltrain and other public transportation systems. This is the best way to quickly travel around major districts in San Francisco. See Bart locations and schedule here.

Caltrain

Caltrain is the major transport system running between San Francisco and San Jose, covering the entire Bay Area with stops at the main cities in between. This is a great option if you are staying in either San Jose or San Francisco and need to get to the Peninsula and Silicon Valley. See Caltrain schedule here.

VTA

VTA is a great option to travel in the southern end of Silicon Valley in between Mountain View and San Jose. It has stops in popular districts and even on some company campuses such as Symantec.

Clipper Card

The clipper card is a great option to pay for public transportation without having to keep track of multiple tickets, cash/credit only machines, and time limits. It can be used on Bart or Muni (SF bus system). You can purchase and preload this card at a local retailer. This an especially good idea if you plan to stay longer than the two days of the conference.

Hotels View

Four Seasons Hotel Palo Alto

It's only fitting that the capital of high tech offers the highest standards of luxury and personalized hospitality. An environment of scenic beauty and state-of-the-art energy defines one of California's most vital communities, just 30 miles (48 kilometres) south of San Francisco. (5.4mi/8.6km)

Palo Alto Sheraton

Set amidst picturesque water and flower gardens and koi ponds, the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel is a source of familiar comfort in the Silicon Valley. Retreat to one of our 346 spacious guest rooms, many of which feature a patio or balcony. A 24-hour business center, wireless Internet access, and a lobby concierge will keep you connected, even when miles away from home. The entrance to Stanford University is just outside our door. (5.8mi/9.3km)

Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

$249 Computer History Museum discount online code 1402STARTU
Located in Mountain View, Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel is near the San jose Airport, and Computer History Museum. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This 3-star property has a business center and offers a meeting/conference room, audio-visual equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is also available. The property has an area shuttle and parking, which is complimentary. (2.8mi/4.5km)
The Cut-off Date is: Midnight on the day of Monday, January 6, 2014.
Any reservations requests made after the Cut-off Date will be accepted subject to room and rate availability.

WildPalms Hotel

Rack $159/night 20% discount off of best rate.
Online discount code 1402GRIND2
The Cut-off Date is: Midnight on the day of Monday, January 6, 2014.
Any reservations requests made after the Cut-off Date will be accepted subject to room and rate availability.

Domain Hotel

Rack $179/night

Hotel Zico

King $165 - Queen $155
As Silicon Valley's newest certified green hotel and boutique experience, Hotel Zico melds stylish modern Mediterranean decor, welcoming service and a wealth of wonderful amenities. Our entire hotel has been completely renovated with the business and leisure traveler in mind while staying true to our green commitment. We’re in Mountain View, California, which is in the heart of Silicon Valley and oh-so-close to San Jose, San Francisco and many Bay Area attractions. (2.5mi/4.0km)
200 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone:(650) 969-8200
parag@concepthotelgroup.com

Quality Inn and Suites @ NASA Ames

The Quality Inn & Suites At NASA Ames is ideally located to take advantage of the best of Silicon Valley. Business travelers will appreciate modern conveniences like free high-speed Internet access, computer hook-ups, access to copy services and a business center. There is also a large meeting room with audio/visual equipment that accommodates up to 30 people. (0.9mi/1.4km)

Super 8 Mountain View

Single $119 w/breakfast - Double $129 w/breakfast
Ph. 650 969 9641
The Super 8 Mountain View/Silicon Valley provides a welcoming place to recharge - whether you’re returning home after a long day at the office or a night of exploring the Super 8 offers budget accommodations for the on-the-go traveler. With limited amenities, but clean rooms and free wi-fi access at all their locations. This hotel chain is suitable for business folk who don't plan on spending much time in their room. (1.9 mi/3.0km)

Best Western Plus Silicon Valley

Call 650-962-9912 use startup grind as the code
Standard $159 - Double $169
Best Western Plus is located in the heart of many startup an corporate locations, giving you convenient access to Silicon Valley. Enjoy just a short commute to Lockheed Martin, Intel/Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Google, Apple, IBM, Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Convention Center. Located just five miles from San Jose Airport, you'll also be able to travel to and from this Silicon Valley hotel with ease (3.1mi/4.9km)

County Inn

$79 single - $89 double
Use Startup Grind for code must call. (650) 961-1131 email: sales@sundowner.com
Despite being one of the most affordable hotels in Mountain View, CA, the County Inn is always looking for ways to add value to your experience with us. Featuring modern, well-appointed accommodations in the heart of Mountain View, we invite you to enhance your stay by taking advantage of our remarkably priced hotel deals and vacation packages. Whether business or leisure brings you to Silicon Valley, the County Inn has the ideal package to meet your needs. (0.9mi/1.4km)
Mr shaw 408 734 9900

FAQ

If this is your first trip to Silicon Valley and you’re used to great public transportation systems as seen in Europe or Asia, we apologize in advance for what you may experience here.

The Computer History Museum is approximately 2 miles from the Mountain View Caltrain/VTA Light Rail Station located at Castro and Evelyn Streets in downtown Mountain View. Weekday service from the Mountain View Station to Pear Avenue and Shoreline Blvd is available via the Caltrain Shoreline Shuttle. For more information on routes including fares and schedules, please visit Caltrain and VTA web sites. Get more information on these airports and other general travel info on the Travel Info section.
San Jose International Airport (SJC) is the closest airport to the Computer History Museum (11 miles, 18 km). San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is a bit further but has better public transportation and is closer to San Francisco (24 miles, 39 km). Oakland International Airport (OAK) is further ( 33 miles, 52 km) but is only a 45-minutes drive from the CHM. Get more information on these airports and other general travel info on the Travel Info section.
We currently do not plan on having any startup booths at the event. We will have great networking opportunities and we highly encourage that you take advantage of those to push your startup ahead.
As long as you have your event wristband on, you will be permitted to come and go while the event is in progress.
The event begins at 6pm on Monday February 3rd and ends Wednesday February 5th at 6pm.
Yes we plan post the scheduled speaker times and other activity schedules sometime after New Year’s Day.
If you’re a journalist and plan to come and interact with founders, add lots of value, and be cool to everyone then please continue reading. If you plan to work on your laptop all day then this is not the right event for you. If you pass that test, please make sure you’re a full time writer for a blog on the Techmeme leaderboard and send an email to press at startup grind dot com. First come first served. We look forward to meeting you.
Volunteer spots are very limited, but if you're a broke founder, and you have the right skill set to be an awesome volunteer, please email us at icanhelp at startupgrind dot com.
We do not issue refunds, but you can exchange your ticket with a friend or business colleague as long as it is before December 1.
We would appreciate that you don’t do this because it detracts from the overall experience.
Yes! We will have a range of exhibitors in the exhibit hall. Contact sponsors@startupgrind.com for details.
There will about 300 free parking spaces available at the Computer History Museum. Come very early to ensure that you get one of them, or find a legal parking space around the museum.
Yes, we need to cover this. While we greatly respect anyone who sleeps in their car to save money to put towards their startup, this is not a good idea for the event. Sleeping in cars in the parking lots is not permitted for anyone.