Startup Weekend - Social Impact

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend - Social Impact

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015



Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

ROC at The Vine SD
101 W. Broadway Ste. 300
San Diego , CA 92101

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Ready to Change the World?

San Diego's Startup Weekend - Social Impact is a 54-hour business innovation challenge with a special vertical focused on using business as a platform for changing the world!  Our event is also a part of Global Startup Battle! If you are in the top teams to emerge from this weekend, you will move on to compete with other winning teams from across the WORLD! 

What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends are held all over the world as a global organization with over 1,500+ events held worldwide. This event allows people to pitch their ideas, form teams, create a viable product or service, and present to judges all in one weekend!

What is social entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. 

Watch Short Clip: 
https://youtu.be/M5XK7Gr9Hjw

What is different for a social entrepreneurship-theme?
For the first time in San Diego, we are reinventing our Startup Weekend to incorporate giving back, supporting causes, and inspiring socially sustainable models and cause-based businesses. This event has a designated vertical to encompass the area of social entrepreneurship. Follow your passion and purpose! Join us as we create sustainable businesses that create a positive social impact!

Consider causes like:
  • Environment 
  • Poverty & Homelessness 
  • Global Issues
You are free to choose any cause; these are only examples!

Hybrid models or for-profit models welcome. As we find it essential to have sustainable models to run an organization to scale, we ask our participants to develop a structure that does not depend solely on donations. If you are less familiar with this side of the business, we will be providing guidance and assistance in this area as well as supplemental material prior to the event. We've got you covered!

*Important Note: A general requirement for our event is that you have not invested too much time working on your idea (i.e. created actual services, already functional business).  The reason for this is that as you form teams and get customer validation, your idea will transform and pivot throughout the weekend. 
So bring your half-baked ideas or ideas you have been thinking about doing for a long time! Or if you don't have an idea, feel free to come too and have a great experience joining a team!

All you need to do is come prepared to pitch your idea and have a brief overview of how it might work! This will help you get people to join your team. A workshop will be held on October 21st.  Checkout our workshop event + Register HERE.
 
All tickets include:
+ All Access to the Event  - mentors/coaches, speaker panels, etc.
+ San Diego Social Impact branded SWAG (tumbler)
+ Meals Inclusive** (subject to change)
+ Sponsored parking garage at location
+ Digital Version of "Win-Win for the Greater Good" by Bruce Burtch, the Father of Cause Marketing
+ 10% of proceeds will go to the crowd-favorite cause of choice, voted on Sunday

As with all Startup Weekends, funds go to costs associated with running this three day, 100% volunteer-led event. Additional funds are re-invested into the local entrepreneurial community via future Startup Weekends.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Sponsorship
If you would like to support our event, please let us know how by filling out this form. It includes information on sponsorship packages so we can help your organization with brand awareness as well!

Sponsorship Formhttp://bit.do/sponsorsocialimpact 

We appreciate all the help and support!

Questions? Email sandiegosocialimpact@startupweeken­d.org

Join our San Diego online communities:
http://www.meetup.com/SDstartupweekend/
http://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Social-Entrepreneurs-Meetup/

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!
https://www.facebook.com/sdsocialimpact







EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 13th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in.


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Keynote #1
Hear from our Keynote Speaker. Sarah Hernholm is the Founder and President of WIT- Whatever It Takes, the only college-credit Social Entrepreneur and Leadership course offered to high school teens. WIT (www.doingwit.org) focuses on equipping teens with the skills needed to launch and sustain social enterprises.


7:50 pm
Keynote Speaker #2
Joon S. Han is a strategist that is on a mission to help as many entrepreneurs as possible. After a lifetime of hunches and over eight years compiling hard‐to‐find cross-industry research, "Get Ahead by Giving Back" was born in both book form as well as a TED talk. This book shows people how to leverage the power of generosity for greater sustainable success in business and life.


8:15 pm
IceBreaker Pitch Game


8:30 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 November 14th


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 & Speaker Panel
Lunch will be served! Hear from four honorable guest panelists on "What It Takes to Start a Social Enterprise", CEOs of Neqtr, Rockethub, Hostel KC, and EntoBento


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 15th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Final Presentations Workshop
Get trained on what makes a successful presentation regarding your business as you prepare for your final presentations! This will be lead by Joshua Schukman


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


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:00 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
After Party!



Speakers


Sarah Herholm
Founder, President of W.I.T - Whatever It Takes

Sarah Hernholm is the Founder and President of WIT- Whatever It Takes, the only college-credit Social Entrepreneur and Leadership course offered to high school teens. WIT (www.doingwit.org) focuses on equipping teens with the skills needed to launch and sustain social enterprises. It also teaches the valuable lessons that come with failing, pivoting and taking something to market fast. WIT can be found in San Diego, St. Louis and soon will be in Austin, New York City and New Jersey. WIT was created for students as a platform to get their voice and ideas heard. Since its creation in 2009, over 500 students have been involved and numerous projects have been launched. In addition to doing all things WIT, Sarah travels and shares the message of the importance of fostering and bringing authentic self-expression to the world. Sarah gave a TEDx talk on this topic a about a year ago. She also takes on between 5-10 teens per year for Teen Coaching — Sarah is dedicated to helping teens turn their life vision into reality.


Brian Meece
Co-Founder at RocketHub Inc.

Brian Meece plays a mean ukulele and is the CEO of RocketHub. RocketHub is known as The World's Crowdfunding Machine and has recently added a focus area based on social impact. The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, NPR, Wired, Nature, The Economist, CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News, USA Today, etc. while helping thousands of funding campaigns raise millions of dollars globally. Crowdfunding platform RocketHub, which was recently acquired by entrepreneur network EFactor for $15 million, has partnered with independent network Ovation TV to launch a TV special about creative people raising money to fund their dreams through crowdfunding. The TV special will be available to a potential audience of 50 million strong. (The Ovation TV network includes subscribers from Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, and a handful of other smaller providers.) He will also be participating as a mentor throughout the weekend.


Joon S. Han
Founder & Specialist

Joon S. Han is a strategist that is on a mission to help as many entrepreneurs as possible.

After a lifetime of hunches and over eight years compiling hard‐to‐find cross-industry research, "Get Ahead by Giving Back" was born in both book form as well as a TED talk. This book shows people how to leverage the power of generosity for greater sustainable success in business and life.


Sonya Davis
Founder, CEO of Neqtr

Sonya Davis is a socially conscious tech entrepreneur, style consultant, humanitarian & visionary. She has done gutsy projects in countries like Nepal to help women and children, thrown countless benefit events to raise money & awareness, and has a background in digital marketing & advertising. She founded her startup baby, Neqtr, which through the use of tech & giving back helps people fall in love, build community, and save the world. She has built up a multinational conscious tribe who make Neqtr successful on a daily basis. The app has since been in Inc., Buzzfeed, and on-air on Techcrunch. She also helps people build their confidence through style consulting & blogging. 


Brittain Kovac
Founder of Hostel KC

Brittain Kovac is the founder and Chief Nomad at Hostel KC (HKC)(www.hostelkc.com), the place where Sleep has a Purpose. Catering to professional millennials, HKC provides accommodations for business travelers, flashpackers, the professional backpackers, and students. For every 300 beds booked, HKC builds a home for a homeless family in the Caribbean. It all started in 1999 on a 14 year old's mission trip to the developing world of inland Jamaica. Little did she know the impact at the time. Fifteen years later, a hostel was born.

After many years working in sports, management and communications, Brittain set out to combine her love for travel and mission work. Her knowledge of the industry, both as a self-employed travel agent, world traveler and professional hostelite and her experience working with startups, and learning business and entrepreneurship basics from her father, aided in the launch of Kansas City's first and only hostel in the fall of 2014. A small but mighty operation, just 13 months into operation HKC has hosted hundreds of guests from more than 25 countries around the world. They've built their first mission home and are well on their way to building more!

Event Judges


Miguel Marshall
CEO at Centro Ventures, Kauffman Fellow, Global Shaper

Miguel is the Founder and CEO of Centro Ventures, an urban development group focused on revitalizing emerging communities through high-impact infrastructure projects mostly in real estate and urbanization. He holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting from CETYS Universidad and in Business Administration from City University of Seattle. He also attended the Summer Venture in Management Program from Harvard Business School and is a Riordan MBA Fellow from UCLA Anderson. He launched Endeavor, the emerging market accelerator, in Tijuana and was the Regional Director for Angel Ventures Mexico, an Angel Group and Co-investment Fund. Miguel is a Kauffman Fellow as an Entrepreneur in Residence with Angel Ventures Mexico. He is the co-founder of AhorroLibre.com, a startup in the LatAm fin-tech industry, and HUB STN, a binational co-working space in Tijuana.

Miguel is a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and a Mentor for Endeavor Mexico and Startup Mexico.



Eric Gasser
Co-Founder Seed San Diego | VP Hi-Tech Screening and Board Member at Tech Coast Angels San Diego

Eric is the Co-Founder of Seed San Diego (SSD) which invests in early stage companies with disruptive technology that need both capital and additional business insight to achieve their next mile-stone. We seek out startups with passionate founders and a bold vision who also understand their true strengths. Ultimately we invest when the combination of SSD’s capital and intellectual value can combine to measurably move the company forward. SSD’s funding strategy is to lead Series Seed or Bridge to Series A. He is also an experienced investor and building up the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the local community. He is a Board Member of the Tech Coast Angels and the VP of Hi-Tech Screening.


John (Jack) Scatizzi
Lead Analyst for San Diego Tech Coast Angels

TCA is the nation's largest and most active network of angel investors, who fund early-stage technology and life science companies in Southern California and syndicate funding with other Angel groups and Venture Capital affiliates. Since 2013 SDTCA has either led or participated in raising over $15.5M from our members for 32 current or new portfolio companies.


Zuleyma Bebell
Co-Founder at ImpactSpace and ImpactAlpha

Zuleyma is the Director of Operations and Data Lead of ImpactAlpha- the leader in impact investing news. Passionate about connecting people and harvesting mutually beneficial relationships, Zuleyma believes social enterprises are a vehicle for real economic growth. To this end, Zuleyma co-founded ImpactSpace the open data platform powering the global impact marketplace to showcase successful models, results and gaps within the impact investment industry.

Zuleyma worked for UNDP Iraq in Amman, Jordan, as a reporting analyst and continues to work toward the advancement of the social enterprise field in the Middle East. She is fluent in Spanish and Arabic. With a Master’s degree in Investment and Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida, she is dedicated to sustainable development solutions. 


Coaches and Mentors


Renee Zau
CEO of DonationMatch.com

Renee is Co-founder and CEO of DonationMatch.com, an online platform streamlining how goods become promoted prizes in charitable auctions, raffles, and gift bags of school and charity events. Sampling for Good, powered by DonationMatch, gives CPG marketers and agencies easy access to event audiences for product sampling. She has also been a franchisee of two companies, started six businesses, managed regional marketing for a franchise co-op, and personally mentored over 100 business owners.


Sneha Jayaprakash
CEO at Giventure

Sneha Jayaprakash is the founder and CEO of Giventure, a social enterprise that aims to double the number of volunteers by the year 2020. The Giventure mobile app is designed to help anyone make good anywhere, anytime, by recommending volunteer opportunities based on your skills, location, and availability. As a Computer Science major, she manages the database and back-end development for the platform, and also has experience in product development and user research. Her previous work experience includes NASA and Microsoft.


Brian Meece
Co-Founder at RocketHub Inc.

Brian Meece plays a mean ukulele and is the CEO of RocketHub. RocketHub is known as The World's Crowdfunding Machine and has recently added a focus area based on social impact. The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, NPR, Wired, Nature, The Economist, CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News, USA Today, etc. while helping thousands of funding campaigns raise millions of dollars globally. Crowdfunding platform RocketHub, which was recently acquired by entrepreneur network EFactor for $15 million, has partnered with independent network Ovation TV to launch a TV special about creative people raising money to fund their dreams through crowdfunding. The TV special will be available to a potential audience of 50 million strong. (The Ovation TV network includes subscribers from Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, and a handful of other smaller providers.) He will also be participating as a mentor throughout the weekend.


Joshua Schukman
Founder of Social Change Nation

Josh Schukman is the founder of Social Change Nation, whose mission is to provide startup social entrepreneurs with the best tools for growing their companies. He hosts a podcast featuring interviews with the world’s leading change agents and creates educational content to help businesses make a dollar AND a difference. Prior to starting Social Change Nation, Josh was an AmeriCorps member, a community developer in Peru, financial counselor in Tennessee, and a grad student in social entrepreneurship.


Sonya Davis
Founder, CEO of Neqtr

Sonya Davis is a socially conscious tech entrepreneur, style consultant, humanitarian & visionary. She has done gutsy projects in countries like Nepal to help women and children, thrown countless benefit events to raise money & awareness, and has a background in digital marketing & advertising. She founded her startup baby, Neqtr, which through the use of tech & giving back helps people fall in love, build community, and save the world. She has built up a multinational conscious tribe who make Neqtr successful on a daily basis. The app has since been in Inc., Buzzfeed, and on-air on Techcrunch. She also helps people build their confidence through style consulting & blogging. 


Evan Malter
Founder, CEO of ZipCap

Evan Malter founded ZipCap in 2012 to further his mission to strengthen local economies. He worked previously with Local Mom & Pops as founder and CEO of FingerPrint Web Design (FPWD), a firm that partnered with small businesses to strengthen the community of their customers while also expanding their reach and revenues as a result. At the time (2001), these businesses had little access to affordable web strategies. A decade later, as Evan began considering how he could help small businesses again, he set his sights on access to affordable capital. Evan combined his experience with FPWD and lessons learned working in the financial world to create an exciting new financing ecosystem that would help shift capital from Wall Street to Main Street.


Lolita Taub
Founder of the F Show

Lolita Taub is the founder of The F SHOW. The F SHOW is a women empowerment and first-on-it's kind online show for emerging female millennial entrepreneurs. The show highlighting exceptional female millennial CEOs from 20+ countries in 15+ industries and provides video inspiration to young women around the world (currently present in over 300 cities, 60 countries, and 6 continents); and has been featured on Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, and more. Lolita Taub has over 7 years of experience as business strategist & sales executive working for two of the world's largest tech companies: IBM & Cisco Systems. Lolita Taub is the World Economic Forum's Global Shaper Curator in San Diego, the United Nations Women's Entrepreneur Day Ambassador in San


Cameron Ripley
Founder of Community Boost

Cameron is the founder and Director of Community Boost, an award winning digital marketing and web design agency that primarily focuses on the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship space. At Community Boost, we are a caring group of millennial social entrepreneurs that are passionate about digitally strategizing and executing for great causes. We love applying and leveraging our experience from both the for-profit tech space and the nonprofit social space, so that you and your organization can scale your social impact and together we can make the world a better place. He is also the co-founder of the San Diego Social Entrepreneurship Meetup group, bringing together social entrepreneurs and the cause community.


B.H. Kim
Founder of Impact Hub - San Diego

Mr. Kim is passionate about social impact. With an extensive leadership and management background in the social sector, he has led and grown several non-profit community-based organizations, was a Mayoral appointee in municipal government, and led a philanthropic regional civic engagement initiative. He is currently leading a region wide effort to launch a new start-up focused on supporting impact entrepreneurs who tackle social problems using market driven mechanisms. Prior to this, Mr. Kim recently served as the Vice President/Executive Director to lead the startup of a new initiative for the San Diego Foundation. He led a region wide civic engagement process to engage leaders from diverse sectors and communities and leverage its social and philanthropic capital to address the needs of diverse communities throughout the region. Prior to working for the San Diego Foundation, Mr. Kim was appointed by then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as the General Manager for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Approved by a majority of voters as part of the City’s Charter reform in 1998, the purpose is to improve government responsiveness to local concerns through a city-wide network of 95 Neighborhood Councils. Mr. Kim was a recipient of the NAACP Equality Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Drum Major Award, and the California Wellness Foundation’s Peace Award in recognition of his efforts to fight for the civil rights of all people. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and is a certified yoga instructor. 


Winnie Xu
COO of Giventure

As the COO of Giventure and UCSD computer science undergraduate, Winnie Xu wields tech for good. If you are interested or involved in the social innovation community, love human computer interaction, enjoy mobile user experience, need dining suggestions in San Diego, or like long walks on the beach, let's connect! 


James Halliday
Cofounder ImpactSD

San Diego native. Stanford alum. Lived internationally, 2003-2014 (Poland, Russia, Korea, Turkey). Serial social entrepreneur. Education nonprofit professional. Passionate about public education & ed tech, nextgen philanthropy, impact creation & measurement, storytelling, improv, & sandwiches.


Clarissa Redwine
Program Manager at Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars

Clarissa has enjoyed tremendous success in the tech sphere. She is currently serving as the program manager of The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The program will host approximately ten companies on our campus for a four month Techstars program building the next generation of robots and intelligent machines. Clarissa also has experience as cofounder of TechMill, Associate at TechStars, and CEO & Founder of Render Crowd Intelligence. In addition, she's been a strong community leader building platforms for entrepreneurship and tech alike.

Clarissa's expertise includes: Business development, Ideation and Follow-through, Community Organizing, Risk mitigation, Crowd-funding, V
alue proposition strategy, Marketing analysis, Sustainable growth


Lindsay LaShell
Owner, Chief Strategist

Lindsay Dayton LaShell began her career in technology way back in the Bay Area in the late nineties. Since then, she’s worked for funded startups, bootstrapped projects and marketing agencies, with a brief detour into the wilds of public education. This year she established her own marketing agency and provides her clients with informed strategy, SEO and content marketing. Always a participant and planner in community events, she is currently exploring ways to encourage and empower female entrepreneurship in San Diego through the #ImpactSD movement.


Ken Davenport
CEO of Mission Edge

Ken Davenport is the CEO and co-founder of Mission Edge, a social enterprise that provides both capacity support to nonprofit organizations and start-up services for new social entrepreneurs. Prior to Mission Edge, he was a Partner and Board Member at San Diego Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy organization that invests in mission-driven organizations. Ken has had a long career as an entrepreneur, having been a co-founder and President of data analytics company PerformanceG2, Inc, a VP of Client Services at Quovera, a Silicon Valley consultancy and co-founder and CEO of a healthcare technology company NOVUS Technologies, Inc. Ken has been an active mentor of dozens of start-up CEOs, and served as an EIR at CONNECT. Ken is currently on the Board of the Travis Manion Foundation which provides transition support and programs for military veterans and their families.

He has a Masters in International Management from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego, a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA from UCSD.


Andrew Gottlieb
No Typical Moments

Andew is the co-author of the Amazon Best Seller The Two-Week Notice. His company offers digital marketing and software solutions to for-benefit organizations. He's grown the company into a multi six figure business that has doubled in growth with no outside investment two years in a row. The company and its projects have appeared in GOOD Magazine, NEXT Pittsburgh, ASPIRE Magazine, Yahoo Small Business & UNICEF.


Derric Haynie
Co-Founder of Splash

Die hard entrepreneur and hater of buzz words, Derric is a speaker, author, and educator who works tirelessly to learn all things "growth marketing" and throw the knowledge onto entrepreneur's and startups in the San Diego area.

He runs a blog and educational resource for entrepreneurs - SplashU - and a growth marketing agency SplashOPM, as well as maintains a few distracting side projects.


Andrew Horowitz
Board Member at InnovatorsOC

Andrew (Andy) Horowitz is a twenty-year telecommunications entrepreneur and founder of Office Telephone Management (OTM), a Southern California telecom company he started in 1983 to provide voice and data services to tenants of multi-tenant office buildings. After selling his company in 1995, Mr. Horowitz became an angel investor and has invested in 25 high tech startups.

Today, Andy spends most of his time mentoring social entrepreneurs and fostering the growth of social entrepreneurship in Orange County. He was a founding member of InnovatorsOC, a citizen's group that invests in individuals in Orange County who are working in innovative ways to create self-sustaining enterprises that address social and community problems. He is particularly committed to improving the educational achievement of low-income students in Orange County by promoting the growth of high quality charter schools throughout the county.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend - Social Impact team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Charity
    Prado
  • Kevin
    Hopp
  • Mia
    Mian
  • Bogdan
    Matuszynski
  • Mack
    Lorden
  • Amin
    Iman
  • Kaison
    Tanabe
  • Julian
    Bryant
  • Jerry
    Nieland
  • Leo
    Martinez
  • Nicole
    Leandra
  • Desiree
    Eleanor
  • Khirsten
    Neita
  • Jennifer
    Chang
  • Andrea
    Valenzuela
  • Robyn
    Kay

Facilitators


Kyle Ashby
Founder :: The Sandbox Santa Barbara | Founder, StartupSB || Startup Advisor

Kyle is the founder of THE SANDBOX Santa Barbara, a creative coworking, collaboration and event space and StartupSB, Santa Barbara's largest entrepreneurial network.

Ashby is also the founder of Kaldera an advisory firms that focuses on strategy, marketing and community building for startups, technology companies and organizations. 

Ashby was on the founding team of BrandLive and Mobile Corporation and has worked in executive, marketing and project management roles with a number of multinational companies including Yardi Systems, Citrix Online and Forms+Surfaces. 

Kyle is an active advisor to startup companies and has taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Antioch University Santa Barbara.  

Kyle organized the first four Startup Weekends in Santa Barbara and has facilitated Startup Weekends globally as part of TechStars. Kyle was a Startup America Champion and is a founding member of a national non profit called the Startup Champions Network.   

MBA from Babson College. Undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master. 

In his free time he is continues to learn, tinker, travel, surf, paddle, explore the outdoors, play the drums and bass, and spend time with his wife and daughter.



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