FounderX: Taking Traction (October 5-7th, 2016 in Silicon Valley)

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier startup launch program, was proud to host its second ever FounderX event, a private gathering of the FI Network in Silicon Valley that gathered some of the biggest industry leaders from around the world.

This 3-day long event, held on October 5 - 7, 2016, was attended by over 150 international startup leaders, and featured a series of networking events, workshops, and formal dinners.

The topic for the 2nd FounderX was how to gain traction for technology startups. As gaining traction is now more important than ever, this event covered how to get investor, user, and revenue traction, and provided Founder Institute Graduates with the opportunity to connect with top startup experts.

Speakers for the event included:

  1. Gagan Biyani: Co-Founder & CEO of Sprig, Co-Founder of Udemy, Former Growth Advisor at Lyft
  2. Nir Eyal: Best-Selling Author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products", Behavioral Design Expert
  3. Chandini M Ammineni: Distribution Partner at 500 Startups, Co-Founder & CEO of ActivityHero
  4. Rajil Kapoor: Founder of Snapfish & Fitmob, Prolific VC at Mayfield Fund and Angel Investor
  5. Jim Kaskade: CEO at Janrain, Multi-time CEO, VP, and GM of SaaS and Big Data Companies
  6. Ben Narasin: General Partner at Canvas Ventures, Investor in Dropcam, Zenefits, Realty Mogul
  7. Greg Pietruszynski: Founder & CEO at Growbots, Founder of SocialPaths & Gameboxed
  8. Jed Katz: Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners
  9. Bob Rosin: VP Business Development at LinkedIn, Former Biz Dev Lead at Skype, Qik, OQO
  10. Walter Roth: CEO of Inward, Business Development Advisor for Mutliple Startups
  11. Jeff Bonforte: SVP at Yahoo (via acquisition of Xobni), Founder of Xobni
  12. Paul D'Souza: Master Trainer at Peak Performance, Multi-time Biz Dev Executive
  13. Omar Valle: Business Development Executive at Amazon Web Services

And of course, FounderX would not have been possible without the support of our generous partners: 

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.
  • Silicon Valley Bank - Every day, innovation businesses strive to bring out the next big thing. From technology to healthcare, from San Jose to Shanghai, their clients define what comes next. At Silicon Valley Bank, they support businesses that invent the future. Everything they do helps innovators, enterprises and investors move bold ideas forward, fast.
  • SendGrid Accelerate - is a global program for top tier startups, accelerators, incubators and VCs. They help the next generation of Founders grow their business with reliable technology, mentorship and growth expertise.
  • CodigoDelSur - is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

Inaugural FounderX (May 4-6, 2017 in Silicon Valley)

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier startup launch program, was proud to host its first ever FounderX event, a private gathering of the FI Network in Silicon Valley that will bring together some of the biggest industry leaders from around the world. This 3-day long event from May 4 - 6, 2016 featured a series of networking events, workshops, and formal dinners, bringing together some of the top members from FI’s global network, including startup CEOs, technology executives, and Directors. 

Registered attendees included startup founders and leaders from over 25 countries across the Founder Institute's global networkIn addition, through a new 'FounderX Advisory Program', over 40 of our top up-and-coming Graduates participated in a VC roadshow to visit top Silicon Valley investors; such as Sequoia CapitalFLOODGATEVenrockShasta VenturesBessemer Venture PartnersMohr DavidowTrue VenturesFounders FundAltos VenturesKhosla Ventures, and 500 Startups

FounderX is designed to facilitate meaningful connections across our global network, which spans 110+ cities and 60+ countries. In addition, the event celebrates the efforts of the members of our network, all of whom have used their talents to support local founders and foster entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Together, they have helped launch more than 2,100 Graduate companies, resulting in over 15,000 jobs created, and furthering FI’s mission of "Globalizing Silicon Valley."

Speakers for the first-ever FounderX event included:

  1. Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH and Inside.com: Jason is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and talk show host. He has invested in such companies, as Uber, Tumblr, and Evernote, and is the founder of ThisWeekIn.com and the host of the live streamed "This Week In Startups" show.
  2. Dan Arkind, JobScore: Dan is the Founder & CEO of JobScore, a freemium online hiring solution used by 1000+ employers. Dan is a 15+ year veteran of the tech startup talent wars and has filled every role from hire 0 to 150 at technology startups.
  3. Scott Heiferman, Meetup: Scott is the CEO and a co-founder of Meetup, the world's largest network of local groups that is dedicated to revitalizing local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup hosts nearly 20,000 events everyday.
  4. Scott Painter, Truecar: Scott is the Founder and CEO of TrueCar, an automotive solutions provider focused on changing how cars are sold. He is also the Co-Founder of Pricelock, which is providing protection from rising gas prices.
  5. Jordan B. Peterson, University of Toronto: Jordan is a tenured research and clinical PhD psychologist at the University of Toronto. His research includes self-deception, mythology, neuroscience, personality, deception, creativity, intelligence and motivation.
  6. Ana Baltodano, Founder Institute: Ana is the Founder and CEO Visualyst, an innovative social-retail destination for today's new-gen online shoppers. She also served as the Director of Global Mobile Innovators, and was the Co-founder and CEO of LocalHero.
  7. Daan Weddepohl, Peerby: Daan is a Graduate of the Amsterdam Founder Institute, and is the CEO and Founder of Peerby, a platform that enables users to borrow and rent the things they need from people in their neighborhoods.
  8. Eric Duffy, Pathgather: Eric is a Graduate of the New York Founder Institute, and is the Co-founder and CEO of Pathgather, a social learning platform for companies that connects people around personal and professional development.
  9. Jill Bourque, Rushtix: Jill is a Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, and is the Founder and CEO of RushTix, the first unlimited subscription for local arts and culture. She previously served as the Co-Founder and CEO of Paiz Public Relations.
  10. Khalil Zahar, Hykso: Khalil is a Graduate of the Montreal Founder Institute, and is the Founder and CEO of Hykso, a Y-Combinator backed company that builds wrist sensors for boxing and MMA that is used for broadcast media and athlete monitoring.
  11. Ludovic Ulrich, Salesforce: Ludovic is the Head of Startup Relations at Salesforce, a customer success platform that uses mobile and cloud technology to help companies connect with customers, partners, and employees in entirely new ways.
  12. Matthieu Dejardins, NextUser: Matthieu is the CEO and Founder of NextUser, which enables marketers to map and respond to the full customer journey across any marketing channel. He is also the Founder of the Dell Founders Club 50.
  13. Mike Fleck, CipherPoint: Mike is the Co-founder of CipherPoint Software, the first provider of transparent data encryption solutions for SharePoint. He also currently serves as the Co-Founder and Board Member of Colorado Cyber.
  14. Mike Galarza, Entryless: Mike is the Founder and CEO of Entryless, which transforms the way businesses across the globe manage their expenses through automated services. He was also included in Business Insider’s "13 Badass Immigrants In Technology" list.
  15. Phil Alexander, ConceptDrop: Phil is the CEO and Founder of ConceptDrop, a leading marketplace that offers an on-demand design service, and is a member of 1871, a community of Chicago’s brightest digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs.
  16. Roger Dickey, Gigster: Roger is the Founder and CEO of Gigster, which provides software development on demand. He is also an Investor and Advisor to 60+ great startups, including Docker, Addepar, Thiel Foundation, and the Disney Accelerator.

And of course, this event wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of our partners:

  • SAP Startup Focus - Platinum Partner - The SAP Startup Focus program is a global program helping startups in the big data, predictive and real-time analytics space develop new applications on SAP HANA and accelerate market traction.
  • CodigoDelSur - Bronze Partner - CodigoDelSur is an app design and development firm specializing in programming & maintenance, mobile development, web development and games.
  • Ravix Group - Bronze Partner - Ravix Group provides seasoned consulting expertise to outsource the finance, accounting and human resources functions for early-stage and middle market companies.
  • Salesforce for startups - Track Partner - Salesforce for Startups provides access to the technology, tools and expertise needed to become a customer and community-focused company – and succeed. Join to build, grow and give back with Salesforce technology, tools and expertise.
  • ConceptDrop - Track Partner - ConceptDrop is a design on demand service in as little as 24 hours. Clients receive an agency-quality design that reinforces their brand in record time and at an affordable cost. FounderX invites get $50 off their next project.
  • Gigster - Track Partner - Gigster connects you with Silicon Valley based product managers and top 1% software developers from their vetted talent pool. Get a guaranteed price quote and hire an elite development team in minutes.

Founder Showcase 16 (May 12, 2015)

The 16th edition of the Founder Showcase will gather over 400 investors, founders and press to hear talks from global change agents in technology; including Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation & Co-Founder of Singularity University; Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder of The Social+Capital Partnership & Owner of the Golden State Warriors; and Gabe Zichermann, the World's Leading Expert on Gamification & Founder of Dopamine and Gamification Co.

Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 6 promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares.

For more information, visit the full website at www.FounderShowcase.com.

 

Keynote Speakers

 

Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Co-Founder of Singularity UniversityHuman Longevity & Space Adventures

 

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine. Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, and Co-Founder of Human Longevity Inc, a genomics and cell therapy-based company. He is also the Co-Founder of Singularity University, an institution that studies exponentially growing technologies and their ability to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Diamandis is the NYT Bestselling author ofAbundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think, and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World

 

Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder of The Social+Capital Partnership, Owner of the Golden State Warriors

Chamath Palihapitiya is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership (Social Capital) – a venture capital fund based in Palo Alto, CA that incubates and invests in breakthrough companies in healthcare, education, financial services, mobile and enterprise software.  Preceding his focus as an investor, Chamath was the longest tenured member of Facebook's senior executive team and helped drive its ascension to one of the most important companies in the world. In addition to his focus at the fund, Chamath is Owner and Director of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.  


Gabe Zichermann, World's Leading Expert on Gamification, Founder ofDopamine and Gamification Co, Conference Chair at GSummit

Gabe is the world's foremost expert on the subject of gamification, user engagement and behavioral design. His highly-anticipated forthcoming book - Gamification by Design 2 (2015) - updates the definitive reference guide on the use of game mechanics in non-game contexts - The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill, 2013). In addition, Gabe is the Founder of the industry's primary publication, Gamification.co; co-designed the live-event gamification platform livecube (http://livecube.co); and co-founded strategy/design consultancy Dopamine (dopa.mn) where he works with leading brands to drive customer and employee engagement. 

 

 

Additional Keynote Speakers for the 16th Founder Showcase will be announced shortly.

 

Panelists

 

Boris Wertz, Founding Partner, Version One Ventures

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of version one ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 50 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Clio, Edmodo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, Indiegogo, Julep, Top Hat, Unbounce, and Wattpad. Boris is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz and one of the founders of start-up accelerator GrowLab. Before becoming an investor, Boris was the COO of AbeBooks.com, the world’s largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008.

 

Cyan Banister, CEO at Zivity, Owner of Banister Capital

Cyan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity, a prolific angel investor with her husband Scott Banister (Tagged, SpaceX, Uber and others), board member, advisor and also a contributing writer for TechCrunch and Women2.0. Cyan co-founded the controversial website Zivity.com, which is a subscription based social networking site for creators and fans of beautiful and tasteful glamour photography. She currently serves on the board of directors for Mimoco, best known for their MIMOBOT line of designer USB storage devices. 

 

Jed M. Katz, Managing Director, Javelin Ventures

Jed Katz is the Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners, and has led investments in BoostMedia, Famo.us, Linqia, Netpulse, SmartAsset, SmartZip, Spikes Security, Thumbtack, Trumaker and WeddingtonWay.  Prior to joining Javelin, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, COO of Yamcon, and COO and Founder of Rent Net, the Internet’s first rental and relocation guide, whose infrastructure was the starting point for the formation of Move.com, which was acquired by Homestore for over $900 million. Jed holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, of which he is currently on the advisory board. 

 

 

Manu Kumar, Founder & Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures

Manu previously founded, grew and sold two successful ventures, including SneakerLabs – a company which developed software and services for web-based customer interaction – and iMeet – a provider of webconferencing services. After the merger of iMeet with Netspoke (August 2002), Manu served on the Board of Netspoke until its acquisition by Premiere Global Services (August 2005). He also serves as an investor and/or advisor for Refocus Imaging, Dolores Labs (CrowdFlower), Twilio, DNAnexus, and others. 

 

 

Jessica E. Lessin, Founder & Editor in Chief at The Information

Jessica E. Lessin founded The Information in 2013 and is the publication's Editor-in-Chief. She covered Silicon Valley and the technology industry for eight years at the Wall Street Journal. At the Journal, she wrote nearly 1,000 articles for the paper, consistently breaking news about major products, management changes and strategy shifts at Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet companies. She was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a 2011 series on digital privacy and has appeared on CNBC, NPR, CNN and PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show.” Jessica graduated from Harvard University in 2005 and lives in San Francisco.

Founder Showcase 15 (May 15, 2014)

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event.

At the 15th edition of the Founder Showcase, you can hear talks and learn from today’s leading startup investors, like Mitch Kapor (Founder of Lotus DevelopmentKapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, and PC Industry Pioneer), Mike Maples Jr. (Managing Partner at FLOODGATE, and the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes), and Thomas Korte(Founder of AngelPad, one of the world's top startup accelerators).

In addition, investor panelists include Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners), Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures), Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), Brigette Lau (The Social+Capital Partnership), Cyan Banister (Banister Capital), Frank Chen (Andreessen Horowitz), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), Jeff Richards (GGV Capital), Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), and more.

Guests will mingle over appetizers and drinks in a networking hall, and all attendees get free access to the exclusive Starship Showcase Afterparty at NASA!

For more information, visit the full website at www.FounderShowcase.com.

 

Keynote Speakers

 

Mitch Kapor, Founder of Lotus DevelopmentKapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, PC Pioneer

Mitch Kapor has been a pioneer in personal computing for more than 30 years. He is widely known as the Founder of Lotus Development. In addition, Mitch was the Founding Investor in UUNET, Co-Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Founding Investor in Real Networks, a Founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, and a Founding Investor and Chair in Linden Research. Currently, Mitch is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that generate both economic returns and positive social impact, and a Co-Chair at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, whose mission is to provide educational access for all Americans, diversify the tech industry, and support startup companies that have a positive social impact.

 

Mike Maples Jr., Managing Partner at FLOODGATE

Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes. His early investments include Twitter, Chegg, ng:moco, IMVU, Gowalla, Kno, YuMe Networks, TaskRabbit, Kongregate, BranchOut, and many more. Before his investment career, Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world's leading broadband software company in 1997, and oversaw its growth through the "dot-bomb" to a successful IPOs in 2004.


Thomas Korte, Founder of AngelPad

Thomas Korte is the founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. AngelPad was named by MIT's 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and Forbes Magazine called AngelPad a "TOP 5 Global Accelerator" in 2012. AngelPads exits include Mopub ($350m to Twitter), Adku (Groupon), and Astrid (Yahoo), among others. Prior, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years staring in 2002. He was Google's first International Product Manager. Other roles included European Search Agency Business Lead and Google Evangelist. He is the co-author of several patents related to improving efficiencies in search advertising and local search results. 

 

Investor Panels

 

Alex Gurevich, Partner, Javelin Venture Partners

At Javelin, Alex focuses on consumer web, mobile, e-commerce, big data analytics and enterprise. He is active on the boards or led investments in Coterie, Engrade, PowerCloud Systems, Prismatic, Skytree, Telerivet, Thumbtack, Uncovet and WellnessFX. Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, one of the first Western venture funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, Alex was the first employee and Director of Business Development at ooma, and also co-founded Say-Hey-Hey.com, one of the web’s first free video dating sites.

 

Aydin Senkut, Founder/ Managing Director, Felicis Ventures

Aydin is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. He has been named one of the top tech angels by Businessweek and was featured as one of the top 50 VCs by Forbes’ Midas List. Felicis Ventures portfolio encompasses over 80 companies including Brightroll, Clearslide, Counsyl, Inkling, Practice Fusion, Rovio, and Shopify. In the last 5 years, more than 47 Felicis backed start-ups have been acquired by firms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Microsoft, AT&T, Disney, Ebay and Intuit. Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was Google’s first product manager and launched its first 10 international sites in 2000. He speaks five languages: English, German, French, Portuguese and Turkish.

 

Boris Wertz, Founding Partner, Version One Ventures

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of version one ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 50 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Clio, Edmodo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, Indiegogo, Julep, Top Hat, Unbounce, and Wattpad. Boris is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz and one of the founders of start-up accelerator GrowLab. Before becoming an investor, Boris was the COO of AbeBooks.com, the world’s largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008.

 

Brigette Lau, General Partner, The Social+Capital Partnership

Brigette Lau is a Partner at The Social Capital Partnership ("SocialCapital") where she focuses on early stage investments in education. Previously she was the COO at SocialCapital from inception through the raising of their second fund and was responsible for all staff, infrastructure, legal and financial oversight. She currently sits on the board of Descomplica, Vittana, and CodeNow. Previously, she held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, business development and engineering at several startups and large Fortune 500 companies including IBM.

 

Cyan Banister, CEO at Zivity, Owner of Banister Capital

Cyan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity, a prolific angel investor with her husband Scott Banister (Tagged, SpaceX, Uber and others), board member, advisor and also a contributing writer for TechCrunch and Women2.0. Cyan co-founded the controversial website Zivity.com, which is a subscription based social networking site for creators and fans of beautiful and tasteful glamour photography. She currently serves on the board of directors for Mimoco, best known for their MIMOBOT line of designer USB storage devices. 

 

Dave McClure, Founding Partner, 500 Startups

Dave is the Founding partner of 500 Startups, a global seed fund & startup accelerator that has invested in hundreds of companies all over the world, including Twilio, SendGrid, Credit Karma, MakerBot (acq by SSYS in 2013 for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq by Google in 2012 for $350M), and Viki (acq by Rakuten in 2013 for $200M). Previously, he managed early-stage internet investments for Founders Fund, and led the Facebook fbFund incubator program. 500 Startups invests in technology companies building consumer and business internet services, and currently manages ~$100M in capital. 

 

Frank Chen, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Frank Chen is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He runs the deal and research team at the firm, which systematically identifies and evaluates investment opportunities, and builds knowledge about technology, people and trends. Prior, Frank was the VP of Strategy for HP Software, where he helped the company understand and act on changes resulting from the rapid enterprise adoption of virtualization technologies across servers, network and storage. Frank joined HP Software through its acquisition of Opsware, where he was the VP of Products and User Experience for a broad set of Opsware’s data center automation products.

 

 

James Cham, Partner at Bloomberg Beta

James is a Partner at Bloomberg Beta, a new $75 mllion fund backed by Bloomberg L.P. Previously, James was a Principal at Trinity Ventures and a VP at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing in consumer services, enterprise software and digital media companies. While at Bessemer, James was a board member at CrowdFlower and Open Candy, and observer at LifeLock, ReputationDefender, and BillShrink. 

 

Jeff Richards, Managing Partner, GGV Capital

A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Jeff joined the firm in 2008 after spending 13 years as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Jeff focuses on the Internet, Software and Mobile sectors, and currently sits on the boards of Appirio, Citrus Lane, Evolv OnDemand and Percolate. Jeff led GGV’s investments in BlueKai (acquired in 2014 by Oracle), Buddy Media (acquired in 2012 by Salesforce.com), Flipboard, Quixey, HotelTonight and Spreecast, and is actively involved in GGV’s investments in 21ViaNet (VNET), Flipboard, hiSoft (HSFT), Qunar, SocialTouch, Square, and MediaV. 

 

 

Manu Kumar, Founder & Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures

Manu previously founded, grew and sold two successful ventures, including SneakerLabs – a company which developed software and services for web-based customer interaction – and iMeet – a provider of webconferencing services. After the merger of iMeet with Netspoke (August 2002), Manu served on the Board of Netspoke until its acquisition by Premiere Global Services (August 2005). He also serves as an investor and/or advisor for Refocus Imaging, Dolores Labs (CrowdFlower), Twilio, DNAnexus, and others. 

More investor judges will be announced shortly. 

Founder Showcase 10 (April 24, 2012)

The Founder Showcase is a quarterly seed-stage startup pitch and networking event that gathers Silicon Valley leaders to hear talks from top CEOs and investors, and help launch a promising startup to greatness.

The 10th Founder Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, and will be our largest event yet. Guests will be treated to an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies, as well as talks by Kevin Hartz, Co-Founder & CEO of Eventbrite., and Dan Shapiro, Founder & CEO of Sparkbuy (acquired by Google) and Ontela (merged with Photobucket). In addition, the international winners of the Founder Institute's Startup Mentor awards will host a special panel on global entrepreneurship, to dicuss how the recent wave of innovation is not limited to the United States. Appetizers and drinks will also be served in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in the Demo Table Competition.

We are expecting over 500 startup founders, investors, and press in attendance, including representatives from Charles River VenturesBlumberg CapitalJavelin Venture PartnersShasta VenturesVenrock, AVP Ventures, Azure Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, First Round Capital, K9 Ventures, Leapfrog Ventures, Matrix Partners, Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Opus Capital, SoftTech VC, TriplePoint Ventures, and many more.

Purchase your tickets today. 

For more information, visit the full website at www.FounderShowcase.com. 

 

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Hartz, Co-Founder & CEO of Eventbrite

Kevin is the Co-Founder & CEO of Eventbrite. Previously, he co-founded Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company, and ConnectGroup, a hotel industry Internet access company that was acquired in 1998. Kevin has been an investor/advisor to numerous startups, including PayPal, Pinterest, Friendster, Airbnb, Milo, Skybox Imaging, Palantir, Indinero, TripIt, Flixster, Yammer, TokBox, Trulia, and more.

 

Dan Shapiro, Founder & CEO of Sparkbuy, Ontela

Dan works at Google following the acquisition of his most recent company, Sparkbuy. Dan was Founder & CEO of Sparkbuy, a comparison shopping website, and sold it to Google within 6 months of inception. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of Ontela, a pioneering mobile imaging company that merged with Photobucket, where he was named CEO of the Year by MobileBeat.

 

Judges

George Zachary, Partner, Charles River Ventures

George Zachary joined Charles River Ventures in 2004, bringing more than 17 years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. Zachary focuses on building services and software technology companies, and he's led CRV's investments in Twitter, Yammer, Millennial Media, Cloudshare, Geni, SocialMedia, Metaplace, and Scribd (co-led with Bill Tai).

 

Noah J. Doyle, Managing Director, Javelin VP

Noah has founded, launched and grown dozens of tech companies in 20 years of entrepreneurship and management of innovation. He previously directed the enterprise product line for Google Earth and Google Maps, Marketing Strategy and Corporate Development at Keyhole, Inc., and was a co-founder of MyPoints.com, which underwent an IPO and acquisition by United Airlines.

 

David Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital

David Blumberg is the Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital. David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. His current investment focus includes Digital Media, Social Media, Mobility, SaaS/Technology Enabled Services and Internet.

 

 

Rob Coneybeer, Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

Rob is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Shasta Ventures. Rob is particularly interested in Mobile & Wireless, Technology Applications, and Infrastructure. Prior to Shasta, he was a partner at New Enterprise Associates, where he led 15 investments. He also helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft at Martin Marietta.

 

 

Brian Ascher, Partner, Venrock

Brian focuses on a broad range of Internet (both consumer and B2B) and Healthcare IT investments, and currently serves on the Boards of several private companies, including Vocera, Awarepoint, Retail Solutions, Inrix, and Billfloat. Past investments include ADiFY, DATAllegro, Redbeacon, RelayHealth and Unicru - all of which were acquired. Prior to Venrock he was a Senior Product Manager at Intuit.

 

Interviewers

Dylan Tweney, Executive Editor at VentureBeat

Dylan Tweney is an award-winning writer and editor specializing in technology, science and business. He is currently the executive editor at VentureBeat, a news site devoted to covering the technology revolution and its impact on business and daily life. Previously, he was senior editor at Wired.com. Follow him on Twitter at@dylan20.

 

Michael Copeland, Senior Editor at WIRED

Michael Copeland is a Senior Editor at WIRED focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and emerging products and technologies. Before WIRED, he was a Senior Writer at Fortune, Business 2.0, and Red Herring. Follow him on Twitter at @MVC.

 

 

Hamish McKenzie, Writer at PandoDaily

Hamish McKenzie is an experienced international journalist who writes for the tech blog PandoDaily. His work has appeared across the globe, including in the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. He has interviewed many leading figures, including Sting, John Cleese, Robert Smith, Bret McKenzie, Billy Corgan, Wayne Coyne, and more. Follow him on Twitter at@HamishMcKenzie.

 

Special Speaker

Mark Frohnmayer, CEO of Arcimoto, on Sustainable Transportation

Mark is a lifelong transportation nerd with a background in software. After 11 years in the computer games industry and the sale of his first startup company, GarageGames, to IAC, Mark turned his entrepreneurial energy to clean transportation. His current endeavor, Arcimoto, is building the SRK, an ultra efficient, ultra fun vehicle for everyday driving trips.

 

 

 

Panelists

Founder Institute Mentors provide the passion, feedback and support that helped our founders launch over 500 businesses since 2009. Among the over 800 mentors there are those that stand out, and the 10th Founder Showcase will feature a special panel with 5 international winners of the Startup Mentor Awards to discuss trends in global entrepreneurship. Finalists include Anke Corbin (MapQuest), Bill Hunt (OptTown), Brent Halliburton (Verve Wireless), Brian Reale (Colosa), Camilo Gomez (SnappyGo), Dan Shapiro (Sparkbuy, Ontela), Gioia Messinger (LinkedObjects, Avaak), Heiko Rauch (UFOstart, GLOBUMBUS), Izak Jenie (PT MMS), Jeff Bonforte (Xobni), Jim Franklin (SendGrid), Joe Bezdek (DivX), Jonathon Perelli (Fortify.vc), Jon Carder (MOGL.com, MojoPages.com), Jon Nordmark (UsingMiles.com, eBags.com), Joerg Rheinboldt (Betterplace.org), Mark Pickett (Nail Your Mortgage), Michael Clark (SafetyWeb.com), Naval Ravikant (AngelList), Philippe Spruch (LaCie SA), Rajesh Setty (Foresight Plus), Remco Lupker (Tokobagus.com), Robin Chase (Buzzcar, Zipcar), Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz (Sepulveda Capital), Stu West (Andreessen Horowitz, Wikipedia), Tim Delhaes (mon.ki), Tuan Pham (TOPICA), and Ziv Gillat (Eye-Fi).

Founder Showcase 14 (July 17, 2013)

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event, gathering top technology founders and investors to hear and learn from leading experts, and to help launch promising new companies to greatness. 

The 14th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17th in Mountain View, and will feature a series of practical, "How-To" workshop talks designed to help seed-stage entrepreneurs.

Confirmed to speak are Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote, Nir Eyal, acclaimed business writer and advisor, and Joe Abraham, Author and Founder of BOSI Global. Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 6 promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares.

All tickets include free access to the exclusive Showcase Showdown Afterparty, at NASA

We are expecting over 150 early-stage startup investors in attendance,including representatives from Altos Ventures, Blumberg Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Javelin Venture Partners, K9 Ventures, Baidu, Bain Capital Ventures, General Catalyst Partners ,Jafco Ventures, Matrix Partners, North Bay Angels, ONSET Ventures, Sequoia Capital, TriplePoint Ventures, VoiVoda Ventures, and over 70 angel investors.

For more information, visit the full website at www.FounderShowcase.com.

 

Speakers

 

Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote 

Phil Libin the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications. Follow him @plibin.

 

Nir Eyal, Business Writer & Advisor

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and today is a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nir is also an advisor to several Bay Area start-ups and incubators. Nir’s last company received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and was acquired in 2011. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir is a contributing writer for ForbesTechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

 

Joe Abraham, Author, Founder of BOSI Global

 Joe is founder of BOSI Global which operatesbosiDNA.com, recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for its assessment technology for startups, andBOSIFast50 – a portfolio of high-growth entrepreneurial companies. Joe has started and exited three companies, invested in over 20 early stage companies, wroteEntrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery That Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths (McGraw Hill 2011), and has been featured on FoxNews, CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC for his expertise on entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

Pitch Judges

       

 

Manu Kumar, Founder & Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures

Manu previously founded, grew and sold two successful ventures, including SneakerLabs – a company which developed software and services for web-based customer interaction – and iMeet – a provider of webconferencing services. After the merger of iMeet with Netspoke (August 2002), Manu served on the Board of Netspoke until its acquisition by Premiere Global Services (August 2005). He also serves as an investor and/or advisor for Refocus Imaging, Dolores Labs (CrowdFlower), Twilio, DNAnexus, and others. 

                            

 

Noah Doyle, Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners

Noah is a Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners and over the past 20 years has fouded, launched, and grown dozens of high tech products and companies. He most recently directed the enterprise product line for Google's geospatial products, Google Earth and Google Maps. Prior to Google, Noah managed the Marketing Strategy and Corporate Development functions at Keyhole, Inc. 

 

 

James Cham, Partner at Bloomberg Beta

James is a Partner at Bloomberg Beta, a new $75 mllion fund backed by Bloomberg L.P. Previously, James was a Principal at Trinity Ventures and a VP at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing in consumer services, enterprise software and digital media companies. While at Bessemer, James was a board member at CrowdFlower and Open Candy, and observer at LifeLock, ReputationDefender, and BillShrink. 

 

 

Jon Soberg, Managing Director at Blumberg Capital

Jon is a Managing Director at Blumberg Capital and has over 17 years of experience as an early-stage investor, entrepreneur, and operational executive specializing in transactional business. Prior to joining Blumberg, Jon held CEO, COO, and CFO positions at a number of startups. Jon has also consulted for top companies including Toyota, HSBC, and Accenture. 

 

 

 

Ho Nam, General Partner at Altos Ventures

Ho Nam is a General Partner of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of software, mobile, and internet technologies. He currently serves as a director of Accolo, Digital Path, Trilibis Mobile, and WhiteHat Security. Ho led the firm's prior investments in Axis Systems (Cadence), Enwisen (Infor), Evolve (Oracle), Immunet (Sourcefire), Listen.com (Real Networks), Nishan Systems (Brocade), Pixo (Sun), SayNow (Google). 

 

Startup Mentor Awards

Founder Institute Mentors provide the support, feedback, and guidance that has helped our early-stage founders launch over 800 businesses since the Institute was founded in 2009.

While all of our 2500+ Mentors help our companies, among these great individuals, there are some that stand out. At the 14th Founder Showcase, we will celebrate those who unselfishly give back to the startup community with a special Startup Mentor Awards Ceremony. 

Founder Showcase 13 (March 27, 2013)

The 13th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, and will be an exclusive, investor-focused event centered around the theme: “The Future of Funding”. 

The event will feature talks from some of the best early-stage investors of 2012, who will discuss emerging trends and “The Future of Funding” for 2013 and beyond. Confirmed as our first speaker is Chris Dixon, Investing Partner at Andreesen Horowitz, and Keith Rabois, Investor at Khosla VenturesAdditional speakers will be announced shortly.

We are expecting over 150 startup investors in attendance, and there are only 175 tickets available to the general public.

Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in the Demo Table Competition. 

Are you a seed-stage startup looking for exposure? Applications to the free pitch competition have ended, but you still have a chance to get onstage in theDemo Table Competition

For more information, visit the full website at www.FounderShowcase.com.

 

Keynote Speakers

Chris Dixon, Investing Partner at Andreesen Horowitz

Chris was the cofounder and CEO of two startups, SiteAdvisor (an internet security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2006), and Hunch (a recommendation technology company that was acquired by eBay in 2011). As an investor, Chris cofounded Founder Collective, a seed venture fund, where he made early stage investments in GroupMe, Buzzfeed, Betaworks, and MakerBot. He’s also made personal angel investments in Foursquare, Kickstarter, Stripe, Warby Parker, Pinterest, OMGPOP, Behance, Stack Overflow, and others. Follow him @cdixon, or at http://cdixon.org.

 

Keith Rabois, Investor at Khosla Ventures

Keith Rabois joined Khosla in March 2013.  He served as the COO at Square from 2010 until January 2013, where he lead the company’s business operations. He specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs. An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, and Slide, was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube, and currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp and Xoom. Follow him@rabois, or at http://krabois.com.

 

 

Judges

 

 

Jon Soberg, Managing Director at Blumberg Capital

Jon Soberg has over 17 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and operational executive. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Jon held CEO, COO and CFO positions at several startups, and has built large organizations from the ground up in several companies including Ditech, Broadband Digital Group and Adforce, which had a highly successful IPO. A CFA Charterholder and adjunct faculty in the Wharton Marketing Department, Jon has consulted for top companies including Toyota, HSBC, Neiman Marcus, Capital Group and Accenture. Jon started his career in technology at CMU’s Field Robotics Center. 

 

Alex Gurevich, Principal, Javelin Venture Partners

At Javelin, Alex focuses on consumer web, mobile, e-commerce, big data analytics and enterprise. He is active on the boards or led investments in Coterie, Engrade, PowerCloud Systems, Prismatic, Skytree, Telerivet, Thumbtack, Uncovet and WellnessFX. Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, one of the first Western venture funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, Alex was the first employee and Director of Business Development at ooma, and also co-founded Say-Hey-Hey.com, one of the web’s first free video dating sites.

 

Paul Bragiel, Partner, i/o venturesGolden Gate Ventures

Paul Bragiel is the co-founder of multiple successful ventures, including Golden Gate Ventures, an accelerator and seed investment firm that aims to ‘bridge Silicon Valley and Asia”, and i/o Ventures, an early stage startup program in Silicon Valley. Under i/o Ventures, Paul has incubated 11 companies helping 8 access additional investment, and 3 have been acquired. Paul is an investor/advisor to 20+ companies. Prior to i/o Ventures, Paul founded three global companies, Lefora, Meetro, and Paragon Five.

 

Andrew McCollum, Co-Founder of Facebook, EIR at NEA

Andrew McCollum is an active angel investor and advisor focusing on the consumer space. Previously, he was part of the founding team of Facebook. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at NEA in Menlo Park, and at Flybridge Capital Partners in Boston.

 

 

Ben Narasin, President of Seed Investments, TriplePoint

Mr. Narasin, an entrepreneur since the age of twelve, spent much of the early 2000s acquiring companies in the consumer Internet and e-commerce industries and providing liquidity to shareholders. Prior to his acquisition investment and consulting roles, he founded Fashionmall.com in 1993, which became one of the first e-commerce companies in the world and the first cost-per-click portal. He took Fashionmall.com through a successful public offering in 1999. Mr. Narasin holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.

 

Interviewing Journalist

 

 

Eric Eldon, Co-Editor of TechCrunch

Eric Eldon is the Co-Editor of TechCrunch. He was previously the co-founder and editor of Inside Network, where he managed publications including Inside Facebook, Inside Social Games and Inside Mobile Apps. Before that, he spent a couple years covering technology and finance at VentureBeat, a leading Silicon Valley publication where he was the first employee. 

 

Special Speakers: Early Stage Startup Track

 

 

Ash Fontana, Head of Fundraising Products, AngelList

Ash Fontana runs Fundraising products at AngelList. AngelList drives more than $50M of fundraising per month and has more than 150,000 companies raising money and recruiting on the platform. Previously, Ash founded and sold Topguest, worked at Macquarie, and studied Law at the University of Sydney, resident at St Paul's College.

 

 

Russ Reeder, President & COO, Media Temple

Russell P. Reeder is President and COO of (mt) Media Temple, Inc., a top provider of web hosting and cloud services that powers 1.5 million websites in 100 countries worldwide. An 18-year veteran of the IT field, Reeder has steered organizations out of distress, led multiple turnarounds, and managed global high-growth businesses that have sold for billions of dollars. 

 

Founder Showcase 12 (November 7, 2012)

The Founder Showcase is a quarterly seed-stage startup pitch and networking event that gathers global entrepreneurial leaders to hear talks from top CEOs and investors, and help launch a promising startup to greatness.

The 12th Founder Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Guests will be treated to an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies, as well as talks by David Sacks (Founder & CEO of Yammer), and Justin Moore (Founder & CEO of Axcient). Appetizers and drinks will also be served in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in theDemo Table Competition.

We are expecting over 600 startup founders, investors, and press in attendance, with over 200 investors. Confirmed investors include representatives from August CapitalJavelin Venture PartnersMohr Davidow VenturesTrinity Ventures, Altos Ventures, Bay Partners, BV Capital, Claremont Creek Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, General Catalyst Partners, Google Ventures, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Jafco Ventures, K9 Ventures, Maven Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, North Bay Angels, Opus Capital, Sierra Ventures, SV Capital, TriplePoint Ventures, US Venture Partners, and many more. 

For more information, visit the full website at www.FounderShowcase.com.

 

Keynote Speakers

David Sacks, Founder & CEO of Yammer

David has been involved in the Internet space for 10 years as an entrepreneur, executive and investor, starting with PayPal in 1999. He was PayPal's chief operating officer and product leader, taking the company from startup to IPO and eventual sale to eBay for $1.5 billion. Subsequently, he founded Geni.com, a genealogy website that enables millions of family members to collaboratively build an online family tree. He also produced and financed the movie "Thank You For Smoking." David recently sold Yammer to Microsoft for $1.2 billion.

 

Justin Moore, Founder & CEO of Axcient

Justin Moore is a multi-time entrepreneur and recognized authority on cloud computing, SMB market strategy and entrepreneurship. As the CEO and Founder of Axcient, Justin leads the transformation of the data backup and business continuity industry to end data loss and IT downtime for businesses. Under Justin’s leadership, Axcient has been growing at a three-year rate of 2,462% – enough to earn the company Inc Magazine’s recognition as Silicon Valley’s #7 fastest-growing company.

 

 

Judges

 

David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital

David is a General Partner with August Capital and the creator and Executive Producer of The Lobby Conference. He invests broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on consumer facing software and services, enterprise applications and infrastructure software. He is also the author of the first Venture Capital blog,VentureBlog, and teaches business and law at Harvard Law School, Stanford GSB and Stanford Law.

 

Katherine Barr, General Partner, Mohr Davidow

Katherine is a Partner with Mohr Davidow Ventures where she focuses on digital media, consumer internet, and mobile sectors. She has also worked as a Negotiation at Vantage Partner for IBM, Cisco, HP, and more. Katherine also teaches a yearly Professional Education Negotiation seminar for the School of Engineering at Stanford University. 

 

                                   

 

Noah Doyle, Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners

Noah is a Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners and over the past 20 years has fouded, launched, and grown dozens of high tech products and companies. He most recently directed the enterprise product line for Google's geospatial products, Google Earth and Google Maps. Prior to Google, Noah managed the Marketing Strategy and Corporate Development functions at Keyhole, Inc. 

 

 

James Cham, Principal at Trinity Ventures

James is a Principal at Trinity Ventures where he focuses on consumer services, social media, and digital media. Prior to joining Trinity in 2010, James was Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners where he played active roles in numerous investments in consumer internet services and digital media sectors, along with a number of seed investments. 

 

 

Jon Soberg, Managing Director at Blumberg Capital

Jon is a Managing Director at Blumberg Capital and has over 17 years of experience as an early-stage investor, entrepreneur, and operational executive specializing in transactional business. Prior to joining Blumberg, Jon held CEO, COO, and CFO positions at a number of startups. Jon has also consulted for top companies including Toyota, HSBC, and Accenture. 

 

 

Interviewing Journalists

 

Leena Rao, Executive Editor, TechCrunch

Leena Rao is currently a Senior Editor for TechCrunch. From 2004 to 2007, she helped lead Congresswoman Carloyn Maloney's community outreach and relations efforts in New York City. She recently finished graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and Graduated from Columbia University in 2003. She has also contributed technology content for Oprah.com.

 

Kym McNicholas, Executive Producer & Reporter, PandoDaily

Kym is an Emmy Award Winning Anchor/ Reporter/ Producer, who is building her fifth video department from scratch at PandoDaily. Previously she spent four years at Forbes, where she built the West Coast video team, contributed to the magazine, and appeared weekly on Fox News. She's also a regular contributor on NBC 11's PressHere and TechNow, as well as KRON 4's weekend broadcast. 

Founder Showcase 11 (July 25, 2012)

The Founder Showcase is a quarterly seed-stage startup pitch and networking event that gathers Silicon Valley leaders to hear talks from top CEOs and investors, and help launch a promising startup to greatness.

The 11th Founder Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th at the Microsoft Mountain View Campus. Guests will be treated to an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies, as well as talks by Kevin Rose (Founder of Digg and Venture Partner at Google Ventures), Aaron Levie (Co-Founder & CEO of Box), and Hiten Shah (CEO of KISSmetrics). Appetizers and drinks will also be served in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in the Demo Table Competition.

We are expecting over 350 startup founders, investors, and press in attendance, including over 100 investors. Confirmed investors attending include Charles River VenturesJavelin Venture PartnersTrinity Ventures,Shasta Ventures, Alloy Ventures, Bee Partners, Blumberg Capital, BV Capital, CrunchFund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Google Ventures, Jafco Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Maven Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Opus Capital, Right Side Capital Management, Shasta Ventures, and over 50 angel investors. 

 

For more information, visit the full website at www.FounderShowcase.com. 

 

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Rose, Venture Partner at Google Ventures

Kevin is a Venture Partner at Google Ventures, focusing on early-stage and seed investments. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Kevin co-founded Milk, a mobile application development company in San Francisco. Previously Kevin was the founder of Digg, and co-founder of Revision3 and Pownce (now Six Apart). He has also been named on Bloomberg’s list of “Top 25 Angel Investors,” Time’s and BusinessWeek’s lists of “Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web,” and MIT’s list of “Top 35 Innovators under 35.”

 

Aaron Levie, Co-Founder & CEO of Box

Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box was launched from Aaron's dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box's product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Web 2.0, Dreamforce, Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase.

 

Hiten Shah, CEO of KISSmetrics

Hiten started on the Internet by founding a Internet marketing consultancy, ACS. He then went on to create Crazy Egg, an analytics tool that visualizes the user experience on a website. Now with KISSmetrics he is building a data driven solution to help online businesses make better business decisions. Hiten is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and startup people.

 

Judges

George Zachary, General Partner at Charles River Ventures

George Zachary joined CRV in 2004, bringing more than 17 years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. Zachary focuses on building services and software technology companies, and he's led CRV's investments in Twitter, Yammer, Millennial Media, Cloudshare, Geni, SocialMedia, Metaplace, and Scribd (co-led with Bill Tai).

 

Jed Katz, Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners

One of the pioneers of Internet commerce, Jed has spent his 18-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage tech ventures. Jed also served on the Technology, Telecom & Media advisory group for President Barack Obama's campaign. Prior to Javelin, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, where he was selected in the "Silicon Alley 100."

 

James Cham, Principal at Trinity Ventures

James joined Trinity in 2010, with over 5 years of investing experience in consumer services, enterprise software and digital media companies as a VP at Bessemer Venture Partners. While at Bessemer, James was a board member at CrowdFlower and Open Candy, and observer at LifeLock, ReputationDefender, and BillShrink.

Rob Coneybeer, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures

Rob is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Shasta Ventures. Rob is particularly interested in Mobile & Wireless, Technology Applications, and Infrastructure. Prior to Shasta, he was a partner at New Enterprise Associates, where he led 15 investments. He also helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft at Martin Marietta.

 

Featured Journalists

Liz Gannes, Senior Editor at All Things Digital

Liz Gannes has been a Silicon Valley-based business technology reporter since 2004, where she started her career as a reporter at Red Herring. She was the second employee at the technology blog network GigaOM, where she covered the rise of the social Web. Follow her on Twitter at @LizGannes.

 

Michael Copeland, Senior Editor at Wired

Michael Copeland is a Senior Editor at WIRED focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and emerging products and technologies. Before WIRED, he was a Senior Writer at Fortune, Business 2.0, and Red Herring. Follow him on Twitter at @MVC.

 

Farhad Manjoo, Writer at SlateFast CompanyNYT

Farhad is currently a technology columnist at Slate Magazine, and contributing writer to Fast Company, The New York Times, PandoDaily, and more. He is also the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-fact Society. Follow him on Twitter at @fmanjoo.

 

Founder Showcase 9 (January 19, 2012)

Keynote Speakers

Mark Suster, General Partner at GRP Partners and Writer at Both Sides of the Table

Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Most recently he was a VP at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was the Founder & CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder & CEO of BuildOnline. Mark currently sits on the Boards of many companies, and writes the influential blog “Both Sides of the Table.”

 

Mike Maples, Jr., Managing Partner at FLOODGATE

Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of “8 Rising VC Stars” by Fortune Magazine. His early investments include Twitter, Digg, Chegg, ng:moco, IMVU, Formspring.me, Gowalla, Kno, YuMe Networks, TaskRabbit, Kongregate, BranchOut, and many more.

 

Dave McClure, Founding Partner at 500 Startups

Dave McClure is a greedy venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft.

Interviewers

Evelyn Rusli, Reporter, New York Times

Evelyn Rusli is a reporter at The New York Times. Previously she was an Anchor Reporter at TechCrunch and the Forbes Video Network, with nearly 200 television appearances, including on BBC, CNN and MSNBC. At Forbes, she interviewed top business leaders, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Carlos Slim, and filed reporting from the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland.

Ina Fried, Senior Editor, All Things Digital

Ina Fried is the Senior Editor for All Things Digital, where she authors the blog Mobilized. Prior to that, she was a senior staff writer for News.com. She is a frequent commenter on technology news on NPR and other print and broadcast outlets. In April of 2011, Ina scored an exclusive interview with CEO Steve Jobs and other Apple executives about the iPhone location tracking controversy.

Alexia Tsotsis, Writer, TechCrunch

Alexia Tsotsis is a writer for TechCrunch. Before TechCrunch, she ran the SFweekly.com website while covering the tech scene, and human behavior in the digital age. At TechCrunch, she covers early stage startups, and has interviewed everyone from Groupon’s Andrew Mason to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Most recently she made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.”

Founder Showcase Champion

Spinnakr is a service for displaying targeted messaging on your website based on the specific audience segments. Spinnakr graduated from the Washington D.C. Founder Institute, as well as 500 Startups.

Runner-Up

Kloudless is a service for managing all of your stuff across the cloud and devices.

Demo Table Winners

  • ClientMagnet – ClientMagnet enables you to easily predict your customers’ needs and respond with email marketing.
  • TagSeats – With TagSeats you can discover friends’ seats at concerts and sporting events – and share yours!
  • Breezy – Breezy enables you to print any document from any device to any printer.

 

Finalists

  • Appsperse – Appsperse is a cross promotion platform for mobile applications.
  • Gickup – An easy to use video chat gaming platform
  • IndustryGraph – A local sales & support channel for B2B cloud services
  • JetJaw – The proactive way to protect & promote your brand
  • PetHub – Award-winning technology to keep pets safe
  • Zoko – Kickstarter for parties