Startup Weekend East Bay

    Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend East Bay

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Start Up Weekend East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542

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Startup Weekend East Bay - General Theme

This Event Has Ended, Join us for Startup Weekend East Bay, May 19th 2017!

Congratulations to Bass King, Spokn and SolveDB for winning top 3 at Startup Weekend East Bay 2016!

1st Place: i-Gate
  • 3-month coworking membership.
  • Access to mentors office hours
2nd Place: Startup House
  • 1 month membership to workspace
3rd Place: Laptop Lounge
  • 1 month membership to workspace

Welcome to CSU East Bay's 3rd Startup Weekend! Startup Club on campus is bringing students and professionals together to experience the process of building a startup in 54 hours! Participants have the opportunity to network, learn new skills, build teams and pitch their business idea to a panel of judges. Mentors and coaches will be available to help guide each team to launching your own business.

In order to elevate the level of participation, we are offering FREE workshops leading up to the main event:

Past Workshops


Building Your Brand 
@Feedbacknation X CSUEB
Andy To - Feedbacknation
Friday 4/1 12m - 4pm (University Union)


Sold in 60 Seconds
Master the one minute pitch:
  • How to present with clarity
  • How to prioritize key points
  • How to build confidence by knowing the material
  • The most valuable skill you will need in your career
Tim Wat - CSUEB
Thursday 4/7 - 6-8pm (MI2002)


From Idea to Profit
The Business Model Canvas
  • What's an Entrepreneur? 
  • Evidence from Academia: Why testing, failing and re-testing are important?
  • What's the Lean Canvas, really? Why do you need it? How do you create it?
  • Interactive Session: Taking you through the journey, Create a Lean Canvas!

Dr. Izzet Darendeli - CSUEB
Tuesday 4/12 6:30pm-8pm (UU Bayview Room)

CSU East Bay students use Promo Code: CSUEB_STUDENT (75% off)
Only CSU East Bay students will receive full refund after Sunday presentations 4/17

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Friday April 15th

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

6:00 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

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
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 April 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
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

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

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

Sunday April 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Tim Wat
Faculty at California State University, East Bay

Tim Wat has enjoyed a 20-year career in executive management, business development, technology, and finance. He has turned around industry influencers, helped take companies public, led diverse teams, and planned and executed successful strategy. As an instructor, he is committed to preparing his students for the real world, while also challenging them to attain far more than mere material success. Students concur that Wat’s long experience in executive leadership drives his engagement in the classroom. Aside from teaching, Wat enjoys an active career as a professional jazz pianist throughout Northern California.

Janet Zamora

Is a senior at California State University, East Bay where she studies Business Administration and Marketing Management.  She founded a carpooling app for Universities and is an alumna of Startup Weekend East Bay. After leaving the company, Janet self-published a Best-Selling Self Help E-book. She is currently in the process of launching her new company where she mentors authors to create best-sellers in the self-publishing world.  Aside from writing, Janet loves planning new adventures around the world.

Event Judges

Rajan Vaish
Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University

Rajan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, where he works in MS&E and CS departments. His research interests include HCI, crowdsourcing, social computing and education - specially focussing on the aspects of mobilizing the citizen crowd and how we can leverage crowd potential to accomplish worthwhile global goals. In the past he has worked and collaborated with various groups at MSR Redmond, PARC, LANL, IBM Research, MSR India, Accenture Labs, Google SoC, OpenStreetMap and OLPC. Rajan earned his M.S. and Ph.D from UC Santa Cruz and was a recipient of the University of California Regents Fellowship.

Brett Noyes
Director of Partnerships at Hero City at Draper

Brett Noyes started his startup journey in Eastern Washington when he put on his first Startup Weekend 5 years ago.  Following the success of his first event Brett went on to put on the region's first hackathon and run 2 angel investment groups.

Brett relocated to the Bay 2 years ago.  In his time in the Bay, he has worked for the #1 angel on Angel List, Jason Calacanis and worked for world famous venture capitalist Tim Draper at Draper University.  In addition, he has managed the NEXT pre-accelerated, LAUNCH Accelerator and Draper FinTech Incubator.  Brett has a passion for helping early stage entrepreneurs find the resources they need to grow and scale their companies.

Chad Kaul
Founder at Startup Design Strategy

Chad Kaul has spent his entire career in startups. He’s been a founder, founding team member, and advisor/consultant/mentor to 51 startups. His work has been leveraged to generate more than $100M in funding and exits for clients.
He is currently the founder & principal of Startup Design Strategy where he leads workshops and off-sites for startups who want to find product-market fit faster, design more valuable businesses, and improve their stories to investors.
Previously, he spent 4 years on the founding team of a startup advisory that helps entrepreneurs develop and leverage their intellectual capital to raise funding and position for acquisition.
Before that, Chad co-founded a tech-media startup where he lead product to a 25 minute average session (on par with Facebook at the time, 2007-2008). He began his career as an associate for a private equity firm after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in economics.

Andrew Morozov
Co-founder at Payment Labs

Andrew Morozov, CEO at RBK Money, RBK Games and NKO "Electronic Payment System", which is a licensed banking entity behind RBK Money's operation in Russia. 

In 2004, joined the team of Rupay, a company which became one of the leaders in the market of electronic payment systems within a few years. In 2008, Rupay payment system entered RosBusinessConsulting Media Holding and began working in the domestic and international e-commerce market under the brand RBK Money.

From 2008, Andrew Morozov became a head of RBK Money. Under his leadership, there began a process of a new brand formation along with the development of new RBK Money’s business lines within the territory of Russia, Ukraine, Eastern and Western Europe, and North America. Andrew holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Technology from the Donetsk National Technical University.

Business development professional and entrepreneur, with more than 10-year experience in the e-commerce industry, an extremely creative and yet effective manager. He combines a non-standard way of thinking with strong results. Andrew is a regular participant and speaker in the dedicated international and Russian conferences.

Ian Pollock
Assistant Professor at CSU East Bay

Ian Pollock holds a Master of Fine Art from the University of California, Berkeley, is an Assistant Professor of Art and the Director of the Graduate Multimedia Program at the California State University, East Bay. His creative work with communications technologies is featured in several anthologies of digital media art. In addition to the generation of fruitful collaborations in Guerrilla Grafting, his recent work includes mapping prejudice and developing an after-school program in neuroscience and game making.

Patrick Maloney

Patrick Maloney is the Marketing Manager at Startup Grind, an entrepreneur community with chapters in 220 cities. Previously he founded "Entreprenoma", a student led entrepreneurial thinking program housed in the Business Dept at Sonoma State University. Previously at SSU, Patrick was involved in student governance & NCAA Tennis. Patrick is also co-founder of, a specialty coffee retail/wholesaler.

Darnell Kemp
US Angel Investors,, SF Angels Group

Darnell has developed and launched over $1b of software, hardware, e-commerce, biotech, and medical device products for companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 corporations. As co-founder of DreamFunded, the online venture capital platform, he's worked with 1000s of investors and companies across industries including SaaS, IOT, big data, machine learning, transportation, infrastructure, e-commerce, and biotech. 

With the unique combination of investment, business, and deep technical experience, Darnell has the key skills required to identify venture value and guide strategy for industry defining companies and products. He also has the ability to quickly understand, evaluate, and contribute across departments and industries. He currently focuses on business development, strategy, advising, and supporting top startups and value-add strategic and financial investors. 

In his "spare" time, Darnell is an active speaker, panelist, and mentor. He has worked with VC Taskforce, SXSW, Startup Showcase, US MAC, US Angels, Haas School of Business, Global Venture Forum, and several others groups that support the startup ecosystem.

Darnell completed an SB in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and an MBA at Haas School of Business with a focus on Venture Capital.

Coaches and Mentors

Yazmin Najera
M.S. Engineering

Enjoys working with multidisciplinary teams and learning how each person fits into the bigger picture of our mission. I am seeking an opportunity in which I can foster and develop customer relationships, relay customer needs to our technical teams, and where I can go beyond the requirements of my role.

Lesli Agcaoili
Senior Design Quality Engineer

Lesli Ann Mie Agcaoili has forged a career in product development, leveraging design, engineering and
business and continues to be a strong supporter of education. As a Senior Design Quality Engineer at
Tesla, she works with studio designers, product engineers and automotive suppliers to meet the
appearance and design intent of Tesla’s expanding product line-up. Her career has allowed her to
combine her varied interests: in addition to design at Ford Motor Company, she has design experience in
consumer hardware at BlackBerry and in fashion and has worked for many years as an educator. As a
continuous learner, she holds a B.A. from Smith College, B.S. from Art Center College of Design in
transportation design and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan focusing on corporate strategy and
organizations. She rounded out her studies in fashion at trade school. She is committed to help develop
opportunities for others and enjoys connecting ideas and people. When she is not geeking out over cars,
or falling off her new skateboard, Lesli enjoys work as an image consultant and makeup artist helping
clients develop and amplify their personal brand.

Izzet Darendeli
Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay

Darendeli is an Assistant Professor of Management at California State University East Bay. He holds a Ph.D in Strategic Management from Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia,  M.S.c in International Affairs and Public Policy  and BA degree in Management from Bilkent University.  Before joining the PhD program at Temple, he worked for Turk Telekom Turkey as on a multi-billion dollar IP-TV project, Ministry of Transportation as Assistant European Union Expert and Project Synergy, a tech startup providing software to Ford-Michigan as a Business Analyst. He is the founder of service app called Trunger, and  provides strategic consulting to various tech-startups and companies on competitive strategy, positioning and innovation management.

Daria Dubinina
CEO of Payment Ninja

Entrepreneur since the age of 21. Started as a co-founder of DanceGalaxy DJ shop, then decided to go to FinTech. Joined RBK Money international payment processing company in 2011, where worked her way up from Customers Support manager to VP of Global Sales. At RBK Money were involved in key international partnerships in England, USA, Europe and China. After successful exit of RBK Money in 2015th co-founded international payment processing company Payment.Ninja. Right now, being a CEO of Payment.Ninja, also involved in several tech startup projects as an advisor.

Helen Huang
Founder of String

Curious about how dating apps work? Helen Huang is the founder of String, a dating app that matches users based on their responses to meaningful questions, creating long-lasting and deep relationships. For the past five years Helen has overseen product development at TRUSTe and recently completed the San Francisco Chapter - Startup Leadership Program 2016. Check out the String application on

Sanket Firodiya

Is a design and product-focused engineer who likes to solve real user problems with simple products. I currently work as an iOS engineer at MyFitnessPal, which is one of the largest health and fitness app. My specific strength lies in taking a idea like “I wish I could build X in the world”, and breaking it down into discrete, conceptual pieces and figuring out how to make it possible. I have been a part of several startup weekend events and hackathons and love the energy and hands-on approach at such events.

Puneet Jaiswal
Software Engineer

Software Engineer with 8 years of experience in information technology. Experienced in using modern frameworks, proven methodologies, best practices, and patterns. Hands on experience developing, deploying and maintaining cloud based scalable Java solutions.

Leonardo Leon
Lead Designer

With the Bachelor’s degree in Graphic design, Leonardo pursues to expand his horizon. He has attended and worked in previous startup weekend projects. He has done collaborations for people and in various projects for the CSUEB Multimedia Club and is doing branding work for his team of professionals building multimedia games named: “Project Beanstalk.”  In his spare time, he dedicates working in personal projects and thrives to improving his abilities. Leonardo is the lead designer for his own brand of designs: Lldesign3r.

Cindy Solomon
Founder, Startup Product Academy

Cindy F. Solomon is a product marketing leader and product management lifecycle expert. Solomon founded Startup Product Academy, The Product Summit, and the movement for product excellence to facilitate a holistic view of product and provide a strategic foundation for forwarding both product leaders and professional product management organizations with innovative approaches across disciplines.

Trevor Buswell
Product Manager at F50

Trevor founded and exited his first company in college (thanks to Startup Weekend). He has built 2 IoT companies, fully bootstrapped, and holds a variety of experience in B2C, health tech, fintech, and SaaS. Trevor has been a Product Manager at F50, a VC fund, and is now working in the VC space in SF. He also has deep knowledge working with Chinese, Russia, French, and Swedish manufacturers and investors. His most recent venture is building an IoT device and app that protects health care data through end to end encryption.

Mark Svetik
A entrepreneur working on CharityLiveStream

Mark is both a CSU East Bay and StartUp Weekend Alumni. A gamer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, he has spent the last 4 years working in Digital Marketing and Operations positions at startups in the Bay Area. In Feb. of 2015 he began work on CharityLiveStream (currently in Beta), a community empowerment platform to grow the next generation of fundraisers. By assisting gamers and artists in organizing and promoting digital, charity events, CLS provides the back-end for individuals to develop their skills, connect with others, and access greater collaboration opportunities. He has bootstrapped the venture, working solo to help 50+ charity events since July of 2015.
If you have an interest in gaming, digital art, livestreaming, philanthropy, or changing the world, feel free to reach out to him anytime!

Lan Wang
Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay

Lan Wang is currently an Assistant Professor under department of Management in California State University - East Bay. In 2004, she received her Ph.D. in Information System and Operations Management at University of Florida. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing. She had working experience as an IE intern at Nissan Motor Corporation and Supply Chain Consultant at headquarter Chick-fil-A, Inc. Her current research interests encompass Supply Chain contract and coordination, Sustainability and Green Supply Chain Management.

Sameer Bhasin
Marketing & Branding Strategist

Sameer helps companies build "Value Proposition" and address the audience question “WIIFM?” (What’s In It For Me?). His passion is in Brand Strategy, Key Messaging, Social Media Marketing in the Social Impact industry. With a background in hospitality and food business, his approach is very customer centric. He has diverse experience working in Asia, Europe and Americas and helps put an international perspective in providing solutions. In his first Hackathon, he was able to build a solution with his team that won the Best Design Award. He is currently involved with Impact Hub Oakland as Director of Marketing and also working with other projects in the social impact sector.

Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner is an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He came out to San Francisco to participate in the startup culture, has run a Startup Weeekend - Education, and is a founder of Kaufman Foundation's 1 Million Cups- SFO. In addition to founding his own niche events promotion organization, Brian has advocated for Internal Innovation projects including Hack Week, and an Internal Incubator at companies around the Bay Area. He is currently working on a Certificate of Business Excellence in Innovation from UC Berkeley, and was a finalist in the 2015 Global Startup Battle. He's also a committed to Creative Problem Solving and Public Speaking. He can help you with pitch coaching and pivoting.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend East Bay 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.




Organizing Team

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

  • Aaron
  • Andrew
  • Sirui
  • Jerry
  • Karishma
  • Peter
  • Jamaal
  • Cherno
  • Ivette
  • Clare
  • Alex
  • Linda


Tim Wat
Faculty at California State University, East Bay

Tim Wat has enjoyed a 20-year career in executive management, business development, technology, and finance. He has turned around industry influencers, helped take companies public, led diverse teams, and planned and executed successful strategy. As an instructor, he is committed to preparing his students for the real world, while also challenging them to attain far more than mere material success. Students concur that Wat’s long experience in executive leadership drives his engagement in the classroom. Aside from teaching, Wat enjoys an active career as a professional jazz pianist throughout Northern California.

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