Startup Weekend San Francisco

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend San Francisco

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Citizen Space
425 2nd St #100
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Global Startup Battle Returns to San Francisco

Back for Global Startup Battle 2014, SF will --once again-- take the stage as a leader in world-wide innovation. A 54 hour "rock-your-socks off" entrepreneurial extravaganza, this will be one Startup Weekend you won't want to miss. As a participant in UP Global's Global Startup Battle, this Startup Weekend will have you and your mates teeing off against teams from over 200 other events going on world-wide! Embrace the chance to compete for unique tracks and prizes while vying for worldwide championship! No talk, all action, come to show the world what San Francisco's got!

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Friday November 21st

6:30 pm
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
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 22nd

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 November 23rd

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!


Event Keynote: Saumil Mehta

Saumil is the Founder and CEO of LocBox. Formerly at Kosmix, Ning, Voltage Security and Stanford. Engineer by training, online marketing junkie by trade. Unhealthily fond of obscure startup quotations.

Event Judges

Leena Rao

Leena Rao is a partner leading content at Google Ventures. Previously she was the managing editor for TechCrunch, where she spent five years writing about startups, tech, and business.
Leena graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she studied business journalism and videography. From 2004 to 2007, she helped lead Congresswoman Carloyn Maloney’s community outreach and relations efforts in New York City. She graduated from Columbia University in 2003, where she was the captain of the women’s varsity tennis team.

Sara Haider

Sara is currently the Android lead at Secret, a new social network that lets you share anonymously with your friends. Previously, Sara spent over four years on Twitter's engineering team, working on Twitter for Android and as the technical lead on Vine for Android. Sara is an advisor to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization focused on inspiring young girls to pursue engineering fields, and she is a strong proponent of technical education for girls. She also advises startups in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Toronto. Sara has holds a degree in Software Engineering and Cognitive Science from the University of Waterloo.

Andy Sparks

Andy is the Co-Founder & COO at Mattermark, a B2B research platform for discovering great companies to invest in, partner with, or sell to. Previously, he was the founder & CEO of LaunchGram, a failed media-meets referral commerce company started at a Startup Weekend. Andy was also the Head of Product at a healthcare focused mobile app development company, and even tried to start a microbrewery once. He has been a Startup Weekend organizer and facilitator for over three years and is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

VJ Anma

Vj Anma, is Cofounder and CEO at IdeaMarket, a platform to connect people with idea, talent and money. Vj is a technology entrepreneur with a focus on Mobile and Social Space. He is passionate about leveraging technology to positively impact the life of a billion people in the next decade. He is interested in early-stage startups with big vision.

Vj earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Madras in 1998. He earned his Master’s in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Vj attended the inaugural Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University in 2009.

Coaches and Mentors

James Caplan
Engineer Manager at Pivotal

Specialties:Environmental dispute resolution for communities, regional governments, and businesses. Environmental analysis, planning, and management. Environmental leadership training.

Orlanda Arroyo
Brand manager, El Cupcake

A recent graduate marketer from Hult International Business School, Orlanda currently lives in San Francisco and works on a personal project called Makai Roots, specializing on digital marketing with General Assembly. Orlanda is constantly looking for ways to acquire more knowledge in brand strategy and to put it into practice.

Priyanka Sharma
Co-founder, Wakatime

Priyanka is a co-founder of WakaTime, a product which provides analytics and insights for developers.  Prior to WakaTime, she worked at Google and GoDaddy as a product marketer.  With a career spanning roles in India, Singapore and the United States, Priyanka is particularly passionate about global business models.  Priyanka is a McCaw scholar from Stanford University. 

Pragathi Kanth
User Experience Director at Mokriya

Specialties: Strategy, Consulting, User experience design, Web and Mobile applications Design and Development.

Christopher Kung
Founder @ Kungfoo Labs

Entrepreneur with heavy specialization in Mobile (development, growth, ads, analytics)

Past Companies: Groupon, Google, Admob, Yahoo, Microsoft

Alan Hamlett
CoFounder & CTO at Wakatime

Alan is an experienced programmer who loves to mentor and teach.  He runs the San Francisco Flask Meetup Group for people interested in full-stack web development.  He built WakaTime, and is currently scaling it internationally with users in over 20 countries.

Colin Kinner
Startup Ecosystem Builder, Entrepreneur Trainer

Colin is one of Brisbane's startup experts, having worked with several hundred startup teams over two decades. He is founder of Startup Onramp, a training and mentoring program for first-time startup founders. He has previously run a startup accelerator, an incubator and an early stage VC fund.

Peter Laurie
Startup Mentor

Peter is a software engineering professional who focuses on delivery of projects to a high level of quality in an effective, efficient and elegant manner. He has been in the software industry for 17 years.

Peter is an electrical engineer by training, a software engineer by choice, a business analyst by necessity, and a consultant when required. He has a Bachelor Electrical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Computer Engineering, and an MBA that focused on Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Peter runs a small software engineering firm called Junta. Junta focuses most of its energy on developing prototypes and proofs of concepts for people with great ideas or interesting problems.

Pranav Piyush

Pranav is a Product Manager at Dropbox. He is helping Dropbox become the best place for SMBs to get work done. In previous lives, he has co-founded two startups and has worked at PayPal. In his spare time, he enjoys coding and exploring nature.

Anusheel Bhushan

Co-founder at ThinkApps, Anusheel was previously at StartX and eBay. He is a self proclaimed techie, foodie, nonconformist. Wants to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Rafael Dahis

Rafael is Product Manager at Twitter, working with international growth. Before, he was product manager for Peixe Urbano, the fastest-growing startup in Latin America. He is also advisor to various startups, and was a mentor in many Startup Weekend editions in Brazil.

Dvid Silva
Senior Front End Developer, Doctor On Demand CTO,

Leveraging networking experiences to distributed pivoted platforms, to compose and present data-centered platforms that could create a positive effect in the way that webscale is conceived. Crowdsourcing bandwidth in the iteration market fit to value proposition the user experience through shared synergy. At Doctor On Demand, Dvid is in charge of some of the internal tools used in the company. Mainly the tools that the medical providers use to communicate with the patient, create prescriptions, save notes, and manage their calls. works to create a platform that will allow event organizers to find sponsors, and for sponsors to discover great audiences for their products. Dvid supervises a couple developers in Colombia.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Nidhi
  • Sydney
  • Chris
  • Alex
  • Toby


Joey Aquino
Business Development Manager at

Joey Aquino is currently a Business Development Manager at working specifically on the Amazon Appstore. His main role is working with app developers and startups all around the world to help them get integrated into their platform and scale their business through the Amazon ecosystem. Prior to Amazon he has been involved in the startup space for a few years where he founded 2 non-profits (an incubator for student entrepreneurs and micro-financing program that funded student startups), Business Development Manger @ (acquired by and then was a PM at UP Global running their innovation program. His current SW count is over 60 events in 10 countries and has hung out with one cheetah.

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