Startup Weekend Boulder Decentralize

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Boulder Decentralize

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018



Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

CU IdeaForge
2445 Kittredge Loop Drive
Boulder, Colorado 80309

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Create the Decentralized Change you want to see in the World

Decentralize:
A worldwide movement is underway to redistribute centralized bases of power, authority, control, access and other aspects of interactions with tools, services, entities and relationships.  Just as the internet fundamentally changed the world, these models—aiming to decentralize almost everything you can imagine—are poised to do the same again.

Techstars Startup Weekend - Decentralize will enable you to find the right people, right tools, and the right idea to put your stake in these new markets.

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend - Decentralize is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy and passion! You'll pitch your own idea and/or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span technical, social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues - we hope centered around our theme of decentralized systems. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your minimum viable product (MVP) that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!
  
NOTE: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend - Decentralize is an immersive full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Major benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with top-notch mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to cultivate a more decentralized, equitable, and just world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and when you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “boulder@startupweekend.org”.

Need help with costs? Apply for a scholarship here: 
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Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend - Decentralize movement!

No more simply talking about it, Let's #BUIDL!
 


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 16th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 17th


8:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


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

Sunday November 18th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 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


David Brown
Co-CEO of Techstars

David Brown is a founder and co-CEO of Techstars.

David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people.

David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role, overseeing global operations.

David has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a ski instructor in the past, David still enjoys hitting the slopes on a good powder day.

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Daniel Riddell
Ambassador - Decent Platform

Daniel currently serves as Adviser to the DECENT Foundation, a Switzerland based content distribution blockchain technology company, CTO of Kidoodle.TV, a global children's entertainment service, and President of ReacDev Studios Inc., a software company focused on developing enterprise-scale cloud computing application solutions.

In the past he has successfully created and deployed cloud-based linear television broadcast solutions, asset management and encoding systems, schedule management and business management systems. He is skilled in data modeling, systems administration, systems architecture, network architecture, software programming/design and blockchain technology. Daniel has helped to develop many global OTT platforms, which support a full range of OEM devices including delivery for mobile, set-top box and SmartTV.

Daniel has spoken at significant industry events such as the Consumer Electronics Show, ConnectionsEU, Advertising Week EU/Asia, MetroOnline, Global Blockchain Summit and more on the topics of Blockchain content distribution, artificial intelligence, adtech, OTT monetization strategies and second screen content experiences. He is familiar with all aspects of OTT and digital content delivery and is an expert in lean operations. Daniel is also one of approximately 400 members of the GLIA society globally.

In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, working on his off-grid farm, programming, practising amateur (HAM) radio and spending time with his friends and family.


Event Judges


Amy Cosper
Former VP, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine

Amy Cosper is the CEO of Radical Upstarts, former Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur magazine and has been reporting and commenting on the world of entrepreneurship for 12 years. Cosper is an evangelist for innovation and disruption around the globe. She is keenly aware of the power of entrepreneurship on a cultural and economic level.
Her mission is to spread the word and promise of these philosophies on a global scale and to make an impact by teaching these ideas. 
She is the Producer of the Creative Business Cup—Adventure Zone featuring a business pitch challenge focused on human performance entrepreneurs.

Cosper recently completed a book and a documentary that explore the deep economic and cultural impact heralded by the global entrepreneurship movement. She is an award-winning editor and writer and strongly adheres to the idea that “on the other side of your fear, is your success.”  And she would know, since she rides a Ducati and only does sports that require a helmet.


Daniel Riddell
Ambassador - Decent Platform

Daniel currently serves as Adviser to the DECENT Foundation, a Switzerland based content distribution blockchain technology company, CTO of Kidoodle.TV, a global children's entertainment service, and President of ReacDev Studios Inc., a software company focused on developing enterprise-scale cloud computing application solutions.

In the past he has successfully created and deployed cloud-based linear television broadcast solutions, asset management and encoding systems, schedule management and business management systems. He is skilled in data modeling, systems administration, systems architecture, network architecture, software programming/design and blockchain technology. Daniel has helped to develop many global OTT platforms, which support a full range of OEM devices including delivery for mobile, set-top box and SmartTV.

Daniel has spoken at significant industry events such as the Consumer Electronics Show, ConnectionsEU, Advertising Week EU/Asia, MetroOnline, Global Blockchain Summit and more on the topics of Blockchain content distribution, artificial intelligence, adtech, OTT monetization strategies and second screen content experiences. He is familiar with all aspects of OTT and digital content delivery and is an expert in lean operations. Daniel is also one of approximately 400 members of the GLIA society globally.

In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, working on his off-grid farm, programming, practising amateur (HAM) radio and spending time with his friends and family.



John Carpenter
Co-Founder Global Blockchain Summit

John is the co-founder of the Global Blockchain Summit is focused exclusively on Blockchain technologies that support fin-tech, smart contracts, energy, healthcare, IoT, and supply chain solutions, and presented by visionary speakers that have developed Blockchain solutions using leading edge technologies like Ethereum, and Hyperledger.  John is a blockchain solution consultant, President of the Denver Chapter of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA), a Blockchain Trainer, Speaker and Consultant and he leads the Hyperledger Meetup in Colorado. John is also an active contributor to the Accord Project smart contract platform and earned a Juris Doctorate degree and MBA from the University of Denver.


Coaches and Mentors


Angela Fulcher
Growth strategist

Angela's senior level entrepreneurial experience creates growth for companies, through effective strategy and integrated sales and marketing support, with a track record of creating then guiding national and regional teams to revenue increases, targeted lead generation, and successful exits. With agency and client side experience in targeted messaging, communications strategy, and brand design / implementation, Angela brings the entire package to clients in customized, effective fashion. Her entrepreneurial background provides business sense combined with nimble, practical, get-it-done holistic strategies for companies that are ready to grow. Current/recent clients include various biometric/tech companies, M&A positioning work, professional services and Saas firms, with other experience including SaaS, blockchain, real estate, hospitality, and biometrics. Key part of leadership team that took healthcare tech product through FDA process and to successful IPO/exit. Exceptional media relations and presentation skills; PBS television host and spokesperson for The Walt Disney Company. Leadership role in taking two companies public; mentorship leader for client marketing teams, various accelerators, graduate school guest lecturer, college level internship programs.


Alex Kramarchuk
Investment Banking and Advisory

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->An experienced finance executive skilled in capital formation, financial planning & analysis, budgeting & forecasting, valuation, risk management, research and due diligence. Alex likes to nurture relationships and companies so that they can grow to be all that they can.


Alex Barkell
Software Developer at Ideas By Nature

I work at Ideas by Nature as a back-end/blockchain engineer. I like long walks in the park and building things.


Brett Karjalainen
Emerging Business Opportunities Leader

I am a high-tech industry strategy and innovation leader with more than 20 years' experience leading new business initiatives in B2B enterprise software. As Managing Director of Hyperscale Ventures, I work with private equity and venture capital firms that provide growth capital to high potential scale-up opportunities in the information technology industry. Prior to Hyperscale Ventures, I was a Strategic Marketing Director in Seagate Technology's New Business Incubator where I held product management, market development, and corporate development roles for new business initiatives that fueled over $500M in revenue. Before Seagate, I served as Director of New Business Development at Imation, a spin-off of 3M, where I led a team that executed the strategy to transform the company into a trusted storage expert by launching new businesses in storage consulting, product services, and cloud-based data protection and recovery services. Prior to Imation, I held engineering and product management positions at IBM where I led the first cloud-based deployment of an enterprise retail industry application for the SMB market. I have an M.S. in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Engineering from The University of Iowa and am an avid life-long learner completing multiple executive education programs in general management, entrepreneurship and venture capital at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, MIT's Sloan School, and UC Berkeley's Haas School.


David Lechner
CFO/advisor to growth and seed stage companies

Former CFO of a blockchain company, Salt Lending. Versatile business growth catalyst with $25B of transaction experience. Deep-rooted passion for analytical problem solving and 15+ years experience delivering superior M&A, capital markets and financial management solutions across multiple industries. Equally skilled in strategic planning, process improvement and project management. Outstanding communicator with keen attention to detail and an innate ability to forge collaborative relationships with investors, executive leadership, customers, team members and industry peers. International experience. MBA.


David Raymes
Executive VP Corporate Development

Serial entrepreneur w/engineering background. Large company & startup experience in several industries including Tech.


Harrison Neff
Product Manager at Ideas By Nature

I have worked in a variety of disciplines including Blockchain, Finance and Big data and have a deep passion for disruptive technology. My skill set is mainly in product management and I have expertise in every step of product development. I focus on blockchain technology during the day, but have a deep passion for music, art and an active lifestyle. I would love to help your team bring your idea to life!


Justin Caswell
Founder | CEO | Sr. Architect of RevoKind, Programming Supervisor, Blockchain Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur

After serving in the US military for four years in NATO forces, Justin began his career in Communications and Data Systems in April of 2000. Over the course of the next 8 years, Justin gained a deep understanding of communication infrastructure including installation, service, programming and automation, which eventually lead to large-scale project management spanning four states across the Southwest. In 2008, Justin became an automation technician for XTO Energy which continued for nearly 6 years and earned Justin a reputation for being an automation guru. During this time, Justin re-designed multiple communication networks for XTO / ExxonMobil spanning 5 states. By then an expert in his field, Justin became Chief Technology Officer for an Industrial Automation company in Colorado, followed by a Senior Automation Engineer and Programming Supervisor in his current role at Winn Marion Companies. Throughout his career, Justin has also worked on several entrepreneurial ventures including owning a successful recording studio and record label called Seven Life Records, as well as doing computer programming and graphic-design work on the side. One project has spanned the course of his career and is considered to be a culmination of his life’s work to date. Realized in 2002 and officially started in 2008 is what Justin called X-Source, an entirely new communication infrastructure. With the help of his collaborators, X-Source has evolved into the RevoVerse, which is the world’s first blockchain-based communication infrastructure and internet platform.


Kelley Gil
Experienced Sales Leader | Early Stage Adviser

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->Kelley has over ten years of experience working with, building and managing revenue focused teams. She spent the first part of her career working for technology startups in Atlanta (Anteo Group - acquired by Recruit Holdings; Cloud Sherpas - acquired by Accenture; and Salesfusion - a B2B marketing automation platform) where she developed an immense appreciation for the power of startup ecosystems. In the summer of 2016, Kelley left Atlanta to travel around the world for 16 months, visiting over 30 countries. When she returned to the states, she began advising multiple B2B technology startups in San Francisco and Tel Aviv and relocated with her husband to Boulder. An avid yoga practitioner, outdoor enthusiast and runner, Kelley is grateful for her new community and spends her free time exploring new trails with her Bernedoodle Jack.


Kerby Meyers
Independent Provider of Strategic Thinking and Messaging

A longtime entrepreneur, Kerby has turned his focus to startups and early stage businesses over the past few years. Seeing the need to connect passions with sustainable business models, he helps facilitate growth through communications, messaging and strategy. In addition to advising a number of early stage companies, he's a Co.Starters facilitator at the Commons on Champa; he served as a mentor at the Rockies Venture Club HyperAccelerator program last summer; and he's an advisory council member for the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Management.


Kylen McClintock
Co-founder of Blockchain for Sustainable Development & Proof of Impact at Flux

Kylen Co-Founded Blockchain for Sustainable Development (B4SD.org) to promote UN Sustainable Development goal attainment through applications of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. He also leads Proof of Impact at Flux, A distributed network for environmental data collection, storage, and intelligence. He has created the Proof of Impact Canvas as a new way to approach market design that internalizes externalities, and to create currencies backed by provable impact.


Laura Rich
Founder at Exit Club, Digital Media Expert, Startup Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author

Founders need mentors like Luke needed Yoda; another perspective can unlock great potential.  

Two-time entrepreneur with expertise in media, events and how to ace an exit.   


Paul Foley
CEO of SmartCapital

Paul is a Colorado native and huge tech startup and blockchain enthusiast. He co-leads the largest blockchain community in Colorado, Colorado Blockchain, as well as was appointed by the Governor to join the Colorado Blockchain Council where he leads the General Regulatory Environment Working Group. He co-founded and sold a tech startup Augur to BounceX, at the age of 27 and has since turned his attention to investing and venture capital. He runs an angel group Connector Investments and is actively working on a firm to allow anyone to invest in a portfolio of early-stage tech companies with SmartCapital.


Kevin Shiuan
Product | Blockchain | Mobile | dangerous when bored

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->A startup product leader, Kevin has frequently contributed to high growth at companies in nascent industries such as mobile marketing, cannabis, and blockchain. He succeeds at building products from scratch and forming Product organizations that focus relentlessly on user needs, analytics, and prioritization. Kevin is currently a Blockchain Product Manager at Ideas By Nature focusing on blockchain and cryptocurrency projects. His favorite hobbies are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Rick Brodie
CEO Odin & Pluto - CEO BrodieOCS - Managing Partner St. Vrain Ventures - Regional Partner at FasterCapital

38 years of operational finance with a marketing slant.


Sasha Stewart
Customer Experience Consultant @ Logio LLC

Innovative, entrepreneurial, customer-driven operations executive with 19+ years of professional experience. Primary focus on leading organizational change and driving strategic initiatives to deliver measurable results in order to elevate customer experience and customer engagement. Excel in primary and secondary research, opportunity analysis, planning and project implementation to achieve organizational goals.


Sean Mitchell
Mentor

I love working with startups and fine tuning business cases/value propositions and strategic plans!   

Proven business professional who loves new challenges and delving deep into business needs.





Steve Paul
Contractor, Consultant, President

Steve Paul – Is a husband, father and grandfather first. Steve has been married to Theresa for 30+ years, sixteen of those years she was his business partner and CFO. They have three children, and four grandchildren. Steve is the founder, President and owner of SPCS Inc Construction Services from 1993 to 2018 – (that’s 25 years!) Steve opened the business as a startup operation to solve the construction services needs of the Denver metro Community Association Industry, Community Managers and Property Owners. Steve draws on his experiences of wearing many hats as a business owner and entrepreneur to mentor and encourage people to grow their businesses and careers. Increased sales to sustain revenue growth rate of 20% + annually since inception to a multi-million dollar per year business. Built a team and process that executed on 4000 service calls per year, 1800 bids per year and 600+ contracts per year. Developed custom access database for service communications that significantly reduced turnaround times, brought near real time reporting to Property Managers with before and after pictures of work completed, which gained increased customer retention and brought quantifiable organic new customer growth. Steve recently decided to shift to a new half time of adventure in his personal and professional life and started a new venture called Six68 Consulting Group where he coaches, mentors, and provides training for other leaders and organizations.


Melodie Reagan
CEO

Melodie is the CEO and owner of Crazy Good Marketing (CGM). CGM is a national, full service offline and online marketing agency that delivers crazy good results with a twist. We become your marketing team. With your flexibility and genius talent, we always keep it fresh and cutting-edge, and you can count on high performance. Melodie leads from experience, having personally worked with numerous clients to create top-performing top brands, and has served in leadership roles in sales, marketing and product. Most recently, she served as the Chief Marketing & Product Officer for ProfitStreams, a closed-loop marketing SaaS solution provider serving merchants. Prior to launching her own company and becoming an entrepreneur, Melodie served as SVP of global marketing and sales operations and SVP of transport services for Level 3 Communications, was a global practice leader and industry analyst with Telechoice, and held marketing and product leadership positions with WilTel Communications, Sprint Corporation and US WEST (now CenturyLink). She has managed businesses with profit and loss accountability of up to $1 billion and operating budgets greater than $35 million; developed, launched and managed more than 150 products and services; led and implemented comprehensive marketing strategies spanning consumer and small to large businesses; sold through direct and indirect channels; drove eCRM and systems development; and managed technical and non-technical staffs throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Melodie graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing, management information systems and management science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Jackie Ros
Regional Director, Americas

Jackie Ros is the Regional Director of the Americas, from Alaska all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, including Brazil. Jackie was born in Miami, and she's lived in Mexico City, Boulder, and Switzerland. She is an alumnae of the Techstars accelerator program where she led her company, Revolar, as CEO and raised over 5M from incredible investors such as Foundry Group. Jackie has experience working with governments and was formerly a Teach For America educator. She's now based in NYC.


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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Justin Joseph
    Taylor
  • Dan
    Nguyen
  • Dan
    Shields
  • Drew
    Kernosky
  • Rich
    Kopcho
  • Yev
    Muchnik
  • Jordan
    Rothenberg

Facilitators


Chris Franz

I found, fund, and drive the creation of high growth companies, primarily in high-tech, and data driven areas. I love the ability to disrupt markets that haven't moved in years with the leverage of technology and intelligence. I have pursued this goal in a number of markets that include real estate, finance, big data analytics, energy, healthcare (ouch), defense and first responder technology.

I love the power of data and technology to transform the efficiency and profitability of almost any industry sector.

I am passionate about Startups and how they drive our economy and future. I am committed to supporting, mentoring and doing everything I can to help good startups become growing companies.


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