Startup Weekend Bali

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Bali

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Monkey Forest Road 88x
Ubud, Bali 80571

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No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours!

Bali is hosting the first Startup Weekend on the island! We are bringing entrepreneurs, wantrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts together to share ideas, build products, launch startups, and get their dreams out to the world. Startup Weekend and Hubud are proud to be a part of this type of innovative collaboration and supporting this global movement in Indonesia.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, creating business model development, and basic prototype creation. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday November 14th

5:30 pm
Arrive at Hubud and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Enjoy healthy delicious food by Dayu's Warung, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work with your team at Hubud as long as you like.

Saturday November 15th

9:00 am
Participants arrive
Day 2. Welcome!

9:05 am
Morning check-in
Morning check-in, status reports for 60 seconds, call for help

9:20 am
Arrive. Breakfast by the Living Food Lab and Bapak Bakery

10:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Coaches presenting themselves to the team

10:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Mid-day check-in
Team gathers at the Living Food Lab area. Each team tells an update for 60 seconds about their work so far

12:15 pm
Enjoy healthy delicious lunch by Bali Buda

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! Meanwhile, don't be shy to take a bite of raw chocolate, provided by Ubud Raw Chocolate Factory

6:30 pm
Evening check-in, status reports, call for help

6:45 pm
Enjoy tasty delicious food by the Onion Collective

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may also stay and work at Hubud until the next morning

Sunday November 16th

1:00 am

1:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS! Meanwhile, you may enjoy the delicious frozen yoghurt provided by Frozen Yogi

9:00 am
Participants arrive
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Morning check-in, status reports for 60 seconds, call for help

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Enjoy delicious Balinese buffet by Ibu Kadek of the Green School

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm

10:30 pm
Go Home!


Anna Curran
Founder & CEO at CookbookCreate

Anna Curran is the founder of a print-on-demand startup Cookbook Create, a site where anyone can make their own perfectly personal cookbooks. 

Cookbook Create has appeared in The New York TimesThe KitchnEdible, and on the Katie Show. Cookbook Create, which produced The Official SXSW Cookbook, combines the best of Web 2.0 and print-on-demand technology delivering a fun, easy to use tool to collect recipes and make your own custom cookbooks. 

Anna is a Pipeline Fellow and is the co-founder of the Boost Club, a group of angel and VC investors who are interested in investing in female founded companies. She is formally trained artist, printmaker, and dancer. You can keep up with Cookbook Create on their blog or on your favorite social media platform  Facebook,  Twitter,  Pinterest,  Instagram.

Benoit Laurent
UX/UI Centric

Former glassblower, proud dad of 2 and UI/UX centric, Benoit Laurent is a passionate entrepreneur always looking for new online opportunities. Previously to its moving to Bali in 2013, Benoit was involved in many business adventures like, which he founded in 2011. With $3M raised with French, Brazilian and American investors, he built as CEO a major international crowdsourcing marketplace focused on translation, copywriting and proofreading. Since he left this company and his country, he has been involved in several projects around the world with a major focus on content, translation and internationalization.

Event Judges

Andrea Loubier
CEO of Mailbird

Andrea Loubier is the CEO and co-founder of Mailbird, an email tech startup based in Bali building the most creative platform for email innovation ever. As a "third culture kid" obsessed with travel and a strong passion for spicy food, Andrea is a firm believer in the strength of women in the world of tech.

Ketut Sulistyawati
Founder and Managing Director of Somia Customer Experience

Sulis has over 9 years of experience in User Research, Strategy and Design. She received her Bachelor degree in Product Design and PhD in Human Factors from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She has led international user research and design activities, and contributed to award-winning products and websites.Sulis previously worked for Dell Experience Design Group, Hewlett-Packard Global Design Studio, and Reading Room. She has consulted commercial and government clients including Philips Design Hong Kong, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Singapore, Permata Bank, XL Axiata.

J Moses
Director of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

J Moses is a media executive, entrepreneur and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the television, radio, publishing, video game and digital media industries in the U.S and abroad.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive, where he has been Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee since 2007. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Boards of Simulmedia, Inc. and Flow Corp, Inc.

Concurrently, he is an Advisor to the President of KapanLagi, the largest online media business in Indonesia, as well as a consultant in the United States, where he works closely with a range of clients and in strategic alliance with Borden Media Consulting. Most recently, Mr. Moses was founder and President of Bagooba, Inc. a social media start up based in New York City.

John Stanton
Co-Founder of Chōsen

John Stanton co-founded Chōsen in 2013 with Robin Connelley and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an MBA from the Pembroke College at University of Oxford.

John is also an investor and entrepreneur with nearly 15 years of experience. In 2007, he launched Momentum Ventures, to focus on bringing clean technology to MENA. He expanded the business to Hong Kong in 2010 to support the Asia Pacific region. The business represents his life-long passion to empower innovators and affect change in traditionally dirty industries in the developing world.

His fitness background is rooted in his experiences as a first team rower at the University of Texas at Austin and Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, and as the head coach of Oxford’s Saïd Business School Boathouse.

John has a passion and commitment to being healthy, happy and fit. He finds happiness is the quality of his meals, rest, challenging physical activity, and the rejuvenation and reflection time he gives himself.

Matt Hagler
Partner at Group One Project Advisors LLC

Mark began his career in the Luxury Hotel sector and participated in the development of the Ritz Carlton Brand (GM-Laguna Niguel and Marina del Rey), including the Malcomb Baldridge process. He migrated to oversight of large-scale resort development and operations in 1995 with The Ginn Company growing to 34 projects and $1.2 billion in real estate sales within five years. As Executive Vice President of Development/Operations, I played an integral role in envisioning, opening, or repositioning widely acclaimed resorts and clubs, including Hammock Beach, Reunion, Quail West, Tesoro, and Bella Collina.

In 2009, Matt became a Partner of Group One Project Advisors and has assisted a variety of industry leaders in re-imagining their positioning, strategy and profitability post downturn. Engagements have been singular in focus and include acting as Senior Vice President Operations and Chief Development Officer for Oakwood Worldwide, assisting Replay Resorts with Acquisitions and Development, and functioning with the newly acquired Kiawah Partners as Chief Marketing Officer.

Robin Connelley
Co-Founder of Chōsen

Robin Connelley co-founded Chōsen in 2013 with John Stanton and has 17 years of entrepreneurial finance and new-venture experience, including three profitable exits of SME companies. She is a bar-certified US attorney with an international law certification. Her business and legal experience spans across MENA, the US, EU, Asia and Australia. In 2007, Robin co-founded Momentum Ventures, UAE with John Stanton, to focus on incubating sustainable urban development and innovation-centric companies.

Robin is a former competitive kick boxer, collegiate rower at Christchurch Boathouse, University of Oxford, and a regional CrossFit athlete in Hong Kong.

She holds a Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University as an 1843 Academic Full Scholarship recipient, dual Bachelors of Science in Finance and International Business, magna cum laude, from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of Oxford, Kellogg College.

Coaches and Mentors

Andy Zain
Managing Director at Mountain Kejora Ventures

The man whose advices and words are heeded by many companies wishing to expand into Indonesia. For the past 19 years, Andy Zain has advised and helped multiple companies to set up and developed their business in Indonesia. Some of those companies are Disney Mobile, Yahoo! Mobile, Cartoon Network, EA Games, and Gameloft. Andy is the managing director of Mountain Kejora Ventures, a venture capital with investments in companies such as Qerja, Jualo, Ngomik, and Compare88 (Cekaja). He also serves as the director of Jakarta's Founder Institute and chairman of MobileMonday Indonesia. Along with that, he’s also the CEO & founder of Numedia Global, one of the first mobile VAS companies in Indonesia. If your startup involves connecting with Indonesia's telcos or offers mobile solution, Andy is your guy. Andy holds an MBA degree from Monash University.

Colleen Schell
Founder and Creator of The Leadership Revolution

Colleen is the Founder and Creator of The Leadership Revolution, an online training course that gives emerging leaders the tools and capabilities to step fully into their leadership so that they can transform the world. Her current and past clients include global companies like Intel, Google, GAP, and Microsoft, and start up organizations like IGIGI, MindTime, Cortica, and OpenDoor. 

In the past, Colleen worked as the VP of Marketing for the environmental marketing and research agency, ecoAmerica, where she partnered with top organizations (REI, ClifBar, Disney) and NGO's (Sierra Club, Environmental Defense, The Nature Conservancy) to create national programs to change the behaviors of “environmentally agnostic Americans". She also worked as the Director of Business Development at Carat, the world's only independent global communications agency, securing and growing some of the world's leading brands including Microsoft, New Line Cinema, Adidas, Gateway, Sony, Intel, Sprite and CBS. 

Judit Layana
UX Researcher and Strategist

Judit investigates and analyse to deliver actionable design guidance provided by market insights, user research and innovation analysis. In close collaboration with designers and developers, her UX research outcome helps guiding and informing direction throughout the design process to produce useful, usable and engaging user experiences.

Juliana Mendez
Business Developer for Latin America & Asia Pacific at Aexea

Juliana is Business Developer for Latin America & Asia Pacific for the German tech company, Aexea. Juliana started out as a journalist and obtained her degree in Marketing & Communication Sciences in 2010 in Germany. During and after university, she landed opportunities to work as SEO consultant, e-marketing strategist, writer, UX conceptioner, eye tracking practitioner and coach at Robert Bosch, L´Óreal, & Aexea. Being a Colombian-German culture blend, working in different European countries and based since 2 years in Indonesia, she experienced globally about the value of meaningful content for business. As economist seeking for scalable concepts, she became an active supporter of data driven communication approaches.

Maire Shanahan
Founder of Bumblebee Enterprises

Maire has two successful ecommerce businesses, is about to launch a third, and is now building Bumblebee Enterprises to manage her businesses and serve as a launchpad for more. After starting with $500 and a space in her garage 3 years ago, Maire has bootstrapped her brand up to market dominance.
Maire has spent the past year based in Ubud and is enjoying being part of the startup scene consolidating around Hubud Coworking Space. She is passionate about nurturing growth in small business, about finding the 80/20 that gives big results from small actions and about leveraging the power of social media & the internet to make new ideas grow fast.

Matt Homer
App Designer (UX + UI)

Matt is a designer with over 13 years experience creating digital products, specialising in designing apps (UX & UI). Matt is London based, but he is currently in Bali to avoid winter. He loves aesthetics, technology, learning and he can't wait for the future.

You can find his portfolio on Behance, his CV on Linkedin, and sometimes you can see the stuff he is working on Dribbble.

Merav Knafo
CEO of and

Merav is the founder CEO of and, she runs a team of 20 talented geeks, who are located in 7 different countries and believes that remote working, when done right, is the great way to go.

Merav has been creating user-friendly and useful web applications since 2001. Her apps include social networking, eLearning, SEO, advertising and online publishing.

In 2013 Merav has acquired, the most popular commercial add-on for Joomla, and completely turned it around as far as customer service, quality assurance and usability. In 2015, Merav launched a new social networking plugin for WordPress, called PeepSo, that is getting rave reviews from its growing customer base.

Pieter 'Levels'
Digital Nomad and Founder of 12 Startups in 12 months

Pieter 'Levels' has launched 12 startups in 12 months, such as GIFbookNomad List and Go Fucking Do It. He travels to work from anywherebootstrap companies and only own what fits in his backpack. Previously, he founded a music network on YouTube with 100+ million views. You can follow his adventures on Twitter or read his posts

Yohan Totting
Google Developer Advocate and Google Launchpad Mentor

Yohan work with Google as Developer Advocate at Google Web Developer Relations team. He is an urban cyclist and web developer who passionate to builds product that make impact. He also a mentor at Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bali team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Hubud [Hub-in-Ubud] is a collaborative working space home to a diverse community of local and visiting creatives, techies, entrepreneurs and businessfolks, changemakers, downshifters and truth-seekers.

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