Startup Weekend Austin | Veterans, presented by Grow With Google

    Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Austin | Veterans, presented by Grow With Google

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018



Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Galvanize Austin
119 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701

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Techstars Startup Weekend and Grow with Google have joined forces to offer this special event FREE of charge to the first people who register. 

Although anyone can sign up, the event will be geared towards active duty service members, veterans, their family members and civilians in the defense space.

Hurry to secure your spot; this event will sell out quickly!

Techstars & Google recognize that veterans make exceptional founders and employees. Their resourcefulness and ability to execute is unparalleled. Many veterans have gone through Techstars accelerators and successfully exited. In fact, Patriot Bootcamp was born because their founders are both Techstars alumni and veterans. Techstars now has 2 accelerators focused on defense, one in Boston & one in Adelaid. This Startup Weekend exists because Google & Techstars believe in the military community and want to create access to the startup ecosystem.

What is Grow with Google Startup Weekend Austin for Veterans? It is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers.  It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems.

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Techstars Startup Weekend Austin and Google have joined forces to bring this special event to life as part of Austin Startup Week.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 28th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 29th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive to help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, and calls for help.


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


9:00 pm
[Optional] Pitch Practice!
Highly recommended opportunity to get feedback on pitches early so you can make the most of tomorrow morning.


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 30th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


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


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


James Durago
Recruiter for Technical Program Managers

James is from Union City, CA and joined Google 2 years ago. He is a Staffing Channels Specialist recruiting Program Managers for Google Cloud Platform. In addition, he serves as the Global Co-Lead for VetNet partnering with VetNet Googlers, Google Product Area teams, Executives, External Orgs, and Community Leaders to establish Google as a top company for Veterans. Prior to Google, James was in technology sales at a Bay Area startup and university recruiting in San Diego, CA. During his time in the Army, he was a medic supporting Civil Affairs Soldiers and State Department Diplomats in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. James holds a Bachelors and Masters degree, and is a proud parent of a very popular Goldendoodle. 


Alex Goldberg
Chief Innovations Officer at Texas Air National Guard

Chief Innovation Officer for the Texas Air National Guard. Alex has a distinguished career as an aviator flying multiple aircraft to include the F-16, MQ-1, and MQ-9 in combat operations around the world supporting Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and Nomad Shadow. He is currently responsible for synchronizing and driving the innovation strategy within the Texas Military Department and acting as a liaison between academia, local businesses, and the DOD innovation ecosystem which includes AFWERX, Defense Innovation Unit, Air Education Training Command Technology Integration Detachment,  Pilot Training Next (PTN) program, and the Army Future Command. In addition, Alex also serves as an action officer for the disruptive innovation division under the Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, leading a portfolio of over 80 projects and $200 million focused on:
  • C4ISR
  • Remotely Piloted Technology
  • Manned-Unmanned Teaming
  • Homeland Defense
  • Emergency Disaster Response

Event Judges


Jenny Fielding
Managing Director @Techstars

Jenny Fielding is Managing Director at Techstars who has run multiple accelerators including Internet of Things and Fintech focused programs. Prior to joining Techstars, Jenny headed up Corporate Venture and Digital Innovation at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. She has also started several tech companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2009. Jenny began her career as a lawyer, spent time in banking at JP Morgan and is a graduate of Columbia University.


Zach Walker
Defense Innovation Unit Texas Lead

Currently working on an Executive MBA from MIT, Zach has had a long career in cybersecurity for NSA, BAE and USAF. At DIU he leads Texas in accelerating commercial innovation for the U.S. Department of Defense, with the ultimate goal of enabling our men and women in uniform to address our toughest national defense challenges. Using rapid contracting authorities, direct access to the warfighter, broad access to the commercial technology sector and a diverse team of service members and entrepreneurs, DIU is delivering solutions in months rather than years. Our portfolios include:
• Artificial Intelligence
• Information Technology
• Life Sciences 
• Autonomy
• Space


Coaches and Mentors


Dave Perez
CEO, Founder

David is Founder of Austin based Lumen Insurance and a Commercial Insurance Producer. He launched his career with a multi-location Austin based insurance agency with a 60 year history. The agency was part of an aggregator making among the top 10 of largest Insurance Aggregators in America. His primary areas of expertise were in technology and real estate with a focus on complicated professional liability issues.

David’s prior success was heavily attributed to his ability to connect with and understand C-Level Executives. He leveraged business acumen and communications skills to uncover issues and align the best solutions for his clients. David was particularly astute with the use of technology, analytics, and creative problem solving.

Military and Industry Leadership

David’s leadership expertise comes from his formal training and field experience leading airmen as a Combat Crew Commander and Flight Commander in the Air Force. David spent over 6 years in the Air Force serving as a nuclear weapons officer. His industry leadership includes serving on the board for the Independent Agents of Austin and Young Agent Advisory Council for the Independent Agents of Texas. David is also a graduate of the highly selective Leadership Austin Emerge Program. His non-profit leadership includes various boards and committees and he is the current President of the Capital City A&M club focused on raising scholarships for the local youth.


Matthew Walden
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Online Partnerships

Matthew Walden is passionate about transforming good ideas into scalable business models. In his role at Google in the Online Partnerships Group, Matt manages Google partnerships with hundreds of iOS and Android developers, assisting them with growing their business ideas through Google’s development (Firebase), monetization (AdMob), and advertising (Google Ads) platforms. In particular, Matt has been active in the games industry, especially in piloting new business models of hybrid IAP+Ads monetization.
Originally from Los Angeles, Matt has an educational background in Economics and Political Development from Brigham Young University. Before Google, Matt has did DHS-sponsored work with DC-based tech incubator Affinis Labs to create products that help resolve the global refugee crisis. Matt comes from a family of veterans, and sees the community as an important force for good in the entrepreneurship space.



James Durago
Recruiter for Technical Program Managers

James is from Union City, CA and joined Google 2 years ago. He is a Staffing Channels Specialist recruiting Program Managers for Google Cloud Platform. In addition, he serves as the Global Co-Lead for VetNet partnering with VetNet Googlers, Google Product Area teams, Executives, External Orgs, and Community Leaders to establish Google as a top company for Veterans. Prior to Google, James was in technology sales at a Bay Area startup and university recruiting in San Diego, CA. During his time in the Army, he was a medic supporting Civil Affairs Soldiers and State Department Diplomats in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. James holds a Bachelors and Masters degree, and is a proud parent of a very popular Goldendoodle. 


Paul O'Brien
CEO

Long time Silicon Valley technology and startup veteran, known as SEO’Brien on the internet for my extensive past in the search industry. Now Texan, I work in Venture Capital Economic Development, serving the investment and venture capital economies. I have a passion for media innovation and seeded and run MediaTech Ventures, a media industry venture development group. I'm also a Director of Founder Institute for Texas.

Historically, I'm seasoned marketer with an early career at Yahoo! and HP. From there, I led the early growth of startups such as Outright.com (Acquired by GoDaddy), Zvents (Acquired by eBay’s Stubhub), and MicroVentures (Venture Capital). Strong technical background considering the role I tend to play today; I built my first website in the '90s and operate my personal site to hone my skills. I was featured in the book, Online Marketing Heroes, and continue to blog business at seobrien.com.


Nathan Ryan
CEO

For over a decade, Nathan Ryan has been developing forward-thinking, people-focused leadership, business, and creative skills. His self-education began when he dropped out of college to accept a job at The Walt Disney Company, and continued when he founded Proxart, a non-profit organization and publication with a mission to create and support artistic communities around the world.

Those leadership roles––in strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, technology, and design thinking––prepared him to assume an advisory role for Emmy-winning culinary media company, Life & Thyme. Shortly after, Nathan was a co-founder of internationally-recognized digital agency, Toi, where he developed relationships with clients from startups like Genee and Set For Service—both of whom went on to be acquired—to major corporations like Verizon and Red Bull.

As CEO of Toi, Nathan managed the company’s strategy, financials, operations, marketing, and sales, and emphasized the importance of both employee and client satisfaction. There, the new realities of freelance culture came into focus for him, inspiring Toi’s partnership with WeWork to host roundtable and speaking events around the country. Discussions focused on the future of the Creative Class intended to share solutions for a more equitable future––for freelancers, agencies, and other businesses that work with contract labor.

In 2017 he co-founded Blue Sky Partners, which helps business leaders, startups, and companies of all sizes put sustainable systems in place so they can scale.


Jorge Manresa
AFWERX - Rapid Acquisition Professional

Jorge-Luis Manresa, is currently charged with establishing rapid acquisition
processes across Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and AFWERX-Austin
technology hub. In his current position, Jorge has enabled business
processes to reach non-traditional business entities, start-ups and regional
academic centers.  Previously, Jorge led as Deputy Division Chief, Air Force
District Washington (AFDW) Contracting Division, where he led 25 contracting
professionals with the administration of AFDW's $1.2 billion contract
portfolio. He also served as the Source Selection Decision Authority over
the Headquarters Air Force National Capital Region, Enterprise Information
Technology and Infrastructure services contract. Prior to his tour in
support of Headquarters Air Force, he served as the lead Contracting Officer
supporting NATO & Jordan's F-16 Training Systems Foreign Military Sales
program, USAF MQ-1 & MQ-9 aircraft sustainment program, and USAF E-3
Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft sustainment program.
Jorge also served as a Professional Military Instructor at Air University,
Spaatz Center for Officer Education, Squadron Officer School (SOS). He
obtained both his Baccalaureate in Aviation Business Administration (2000)
and Master of Business Administration in International Commerce (2006) from
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida. Jorge has also
obtained an unlimited Contracting Officer's Warrant from Air Force Materiel
Command, completed Air Command and Staff College, and attended the Program
on Negotiations Certificate Program at Harvard Law School.


Matthew Scott
Principal, Investing in Technologies with Aerospace and Defense Applications - AFWERX

An MBA with experience building business cases for investment in start-ups. 

AFWERX's core mission is to improve Air Force capabilities by investing in early-stage businesses to drive growth of technological solutions that will enable the Air Force to address national defense challenges. 

Our portfolios include:
• Artificial Intelligence
• Information Technology
• Machine Learning
• Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
• Blockchain  
• Space  

My role includes:

1) Determining the required amount and source of funding to support the entrepreneur's startup
2) Identifying capable Air Force entrepreneurs with an innovative approach to an established unsolved Air Force challenge
3) Conducting product due diligence to access technological feasibility
4) Coaching entrepreneurs: developing and delivering a business plan to drive scalability of a product; providing strategic market validation
5) Scouting technical solutions by networking with diverse, innovative members from industry, academia, and government


Andy Aguiluz
Global Training and Development Manager

Andy joined the People Ops team at Techstars to help scale our employee training and development programs.Most recently, Andy spent 2 years providing internal operational support to our accelerator programs by helping improve systems, processes, training, tool development, and knowledge share. Before that, she spent 3 years helping establish the Austin and Cloud accelerator programs. Prior to joining Techstars, she led business case competitions and executive mentorship programs while attending the University of Denver. During her time in Denver, she gained experience with the challenges of scaling companies at RG2 Franchise Consulting, the Daniels Consulting Firm, and Biotrends™ International. Before earning her masters, she helped operate a small aviation company in Mexico City.Andy has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA with Management Consulting and a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Shaun Martin
Advisor, Speaker, Founder and CEO at Rebase

Shaun has over 20 years experience in Software as an Engineer, Manager, Executive and Leader. Most recently, he served as Sr Director of Engineering at uShip, where he helped to rapidly scale the Product-Engineering team and led a dozen+ teams towards unparalleled estimation, execution & delivery. 

Shaun specializes in helping small, agile teams grow, execute and succeed beyond what they thought possible. Much of his time is spent coaching individuals & teams to realize their true potential.

He formed Rebase to help growing teams attract, employ and retain amazing people through consulting, coaching & training services. Teams shouldn't have to struggle to grow, and through Rebase he is on a mission to turn every great organization into a Talent Magnet. 


Alex Goldberg
Chief Innovations Officer at Texas Air National Guard

Chief Innovation Officer for the Texas Air National Guard. Alex has a distinguished career as an aviator flying multiple aircraft to include the F-16, MQ-1, and MQ-9 in combat operations around the world supporting Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and Nomad Shadow. He is currently responsible for synchronizing and driving the innovation strategy within the Texas Military Department and acting as a liaison between academia, local businesses, and the DOD innovation ecosystem which includes AFWERX, Defense Innovation Unit, Air Education Training Command Technology Integration Detachment,  Pilot Training Next (PTN) program, and the Army Future Command. In addition, Alex also serves as an action officer for the disruptive innovation division under the Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, leading a portfolio of over 80 projects and $200 million focused on:
  • C4ISR
  • Remotely Piloted Technology
  • Manned-Unmanned Teaming
  • Homeland Defense
  • Emergency Disaster Response


Craig "Yogi" Leavitt
National Security Strategist

Craig Leavitt is the Managing Director of AFWERX-Austin, a US Air Force innovation center dedicated to
accelerating solutions to current and emerging challenges by connecting innovators from the
commercial sector with counterparts in the USAF. In Austin Texas he leads a team of innovation coaches
and mentors charged with developing entrepreneurial processes with the Air Force. A USAF veteran
with more than 20 years of service, he is a former F-16 pilot with over 3500 flight hours and has served
as F-16 unit commander in the United States and around the world. As a program manager he was
responsible for developing requirements of over $2B of Air Force programs, and he also served on a
special rapid acquisition task force within the Office of the Secretary of Defense designed to quickly
deploy technology solutions to keep Americans safe around the world. More recently he has been
engaged with commercial industry while working to accelerate development of low-cost access to space
through public private partnerships.


Jenn Marrs
Product Manager and Community Outreach Director


Jennifer Marrs is the Director of Community Outreach for AFWERX Austin Hub, where she connects academia, technology companies, startup founders, and technology incubators/accelerators, to the U.S. Air Force innovation ecosystem. She is also a product manager at AFWERX where she is involved with due diligence on acceptance into the various AFWERX programs. She also leads ongoing support with product development, fundraising, and establishing key partnerships for portfolio companies as they scale. In addition to her role in AFWERX, she is currently a Captain in the Texas Air National Guard serving as the Chief Innovation Officer for the 136th Airlift Wing.

She graduated 2016 from the McCombs School of Business with a Masters in Science Technology Commercialization.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Austin | Veterans, presented by Grow With Google team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Austin is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Rachelle
    Oribio
  • Elisa
    Sepulveda
  • Therese
    Byrne
  • Diego
    Tovar Quiroga

Facilitators


Joey Arora
Director, Community Development - United Stated Air Force Innovation

Director of Community Development for Air Force Innovation, Veteran Entrepreneur, Speaker, Startup Weekend Facilitator. Hellbent on making our Govt innovative.

I believe that entrepreneurship is the way to make the world a better place for people. Creating access to capital and jobs drives our economy. Enabling people who foster innovation and change is critical to our success as a society.

I love speaking on entrepreneurship and why/how governments need to work with startups.

I am an Air Force Captain and have served as an Airfield Operations Officer in the US and in Afghanistan. These are the things I have learned from the military:
I had the opportunity to lead both large and small teams in day-to-day operations as well as critical mission based objectives. We have built teams to address the execution and planning of over $1.2 billion dollars of construction, executing airport operations with teams ranging from 60-128 people.

Specialties: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Community Development, Collaboration, Public Speaking, Change Management, Logistics and Project Management.

6X Startup Weekend Facilitator all around the US. Always happy to do another one!

Event Staff


Brandon Melo
ValorUp Intern

Brandon is senior in high school interning at ValorUp to gain entrepreneurial skills. His goal is to attend college. Brandon loves to socialize, learn new things, being outdoors, playing sports and working with vehicles. He enjoys challenges because of everything he learns overcoming them.


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