Startup Weekend Orange County
Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016
Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm
UCI Applied Innovation
5141 CALIFORNIA AVENUE
UCI Applied Innovation Hosts Startup Weekend Orange County
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Friday June 24th
Saturday June 25th
Sunday June 26th
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After a decade of building her company Dr. Rose sold her company in 2008 and rested. She took some time off to enjoy her family, travel the world and attend speaking engagements and entertain new ideas for her next phase of business. Energized and inspired in June 2010, Dr. Rose re-joined her namesake brand as a principal under the Schottenstein Luxury Group while also creating partnerships to design for the ever popular Home Shopping Network (HSN) and high-end specialty retailer Neiman Marcus.
Ash is also Chairman of the board for one of Southern California's largest entrepreneurship education non-profit Tech Coast Venture Network ("TCVN"), Co-leader for the California Team for White House/Steve Case founded "Startup America" (now owned by Up Global), Advisor board member for UC Irvine's Merage School Of Business and on the leadership advisory board for the Clinton Foundation's 20/30 initiative.
Coaches and Mentors
Chief IoT Evangelist and Technologist, Calit2-Irvine; Chief Technical Officer, Integra Devices
Principal, Searchlight Advisors
Howard co-managed Mitsubishi Electric’s U.S. high-tech business incubator, which created PocketNet, AT&T Wireless’s first Internet-capable smart phone, and On Command Video’s first digital pay-TV system for hotels. The incubator also seed-funded OpenWave, which had a successful IPO. Prior to this, Howard led advanced product planning in Mitsubishi’s U.S. Information Systems Group, and he supervised product marketing in Mitsubishi’s U.S. Computer Division, where he launched several new products that achieved leading U.S. market shares and started a U.S. final assembly facility for PC’s.
At Western Digital, Howard led the company’s entry into the Imaging business, achieving the top share of the worldwide PC display controller market. Earlier in his career, he headed market research and planning at Microdata Corporation and led Deloitte & Touche’s information systems consulting practice in Philadelphia. He began his career in software engineering at McDonnell Douglas.
Howard is extremely active in community affairs and has served on the boards of numerous charitable and public sector organizations. Among these, he co-chaired the Orange County Transportation Authority Measure M Taxpayers’ Oversight Committee and served as Treasurer and Board Chair of the Mental Health Association of Orange County; he also is Board Advisor to the Illumination Foundation, and was Foreman pro tempore of the 2006-2007 Orange County Grand Jury. Howard has taught New Product Development in the MBA program at UCI’s Merage School of Business and presently serves on the Board of Advisors of the school’s Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Howard received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Newport Beach, California.
Roadiy is looking to disrupt the outdated automotive service industry by uniting dealerships onto their platform, in order to deliver a new car maintenance experience that consumers can trust and depend on.
Roadiy is a grant recipient and graduate of the prestigious National Science Foundation Innovation Corp program in Silicon Valley. And most recently was awarded with acceptance into Facebook's FB Startup Program for promising mobile startup companies.
Bill and his team have recently launched their Roadiy's pilot program in the greater Los Angeles and are laying the foundation of the next fastest growing startup.
"We believe that every student has the ability to achieve academic excellence by staying organized and engaged with their peers. We help students stay organized. Meanwhile, we enable professors to do what they do best: Empower the next generation of doctors, lawyers, researchers, artists, writers, educators, and scientists!"
She is a recent graduate from UCI and a past participant in Startup Weekends. She was a Blackstone Launchpad finalist and launched Bulletin right here in the Cove.
His broad technical experience coupled with his business experience provides clients a valuable perspective for identifying, capturing, protecting and exploiting their intellectual property. Mr. Backofen counsels industry leading organizations how to develop and run formal IP management programs. Some representative clients include Industrial Light and Magic, Lucas Digital, Skywalker Sound, THX, The Wattstopper Inc., Inc., Zoll Circulation, Inc., Fakespace Inc.
Mr. Backofen began his legal career at Brunell & Associates, and joined the Intellectual Property department of Irell & Manella LLP for 6 years. He moved to Crockett & Crockett PC to build a practice and bring his experience to smaller clients and startup companies.
Mr. Backofen began his technical career in high school earning an AS in Electronics while in high school and then with Hewlett Packard during college. After graduating college he worked as an electrical engineer for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory doing a range of work from designing hardware and communication systems to designing, testing and operating the Galileo spacecraft.
Mr. Backofen received a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California and he attended Southwestern University School of Law, where he received his J.D.
Thuong won Startup Weekend Garden Grove with LED Lending and is returning to mentor and inspire the participants.
Don owns his own consulting company and currently works with medium-sized businesses on how to design, implement and optimize their online marketing and sales funnels.
Don’s startup project has recently been accepted by UC Irvine’s tech incubator (“The Cove @ UCI”) for mentorship.
Don runs one of the largest monthly meetups (2,000 members) on the topic of digital marketing.
Don is the author of three books, including The Early Career MBA, Pre-Med Success Stories and Great Letters of Recommendation and has published marketing- and sales-related articles on his website (DonOsborne.com). He lives in Huntington Beach, Calif.
He has registered and maintained over 20 federal trademark registrations for his clients and currently advising a client on corporate structuring in anticipation of acquisition from a larger entity.
Sean has been in telecommunications and technology for over 23 years, having held roles at Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in product marketing, sales management, business development, and global account management. He has built product roadmaps, managed strategic alliances, and framed sell through and GTM strategies. Sean is a follower of various aspects of the ever growing IoT ecosystem, including applications in the smart home, enterprise, and medical arenas. He holds a BS in Business and Management from the University of Redlands, and currently manages a large global relationship for an internationally based telecommunications company. Having been at two start - ups in his career (in the “dot com” era), Sean has continued to follow new and disruptive technology trends, was a follower of Benjamin Kuo’s socalTECH website in the early days, and is a huge fan of Seth Godin!
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