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Startup Weekend San Francisco: Asia-America
Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015
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Startup Weekend San Francisco: Asia-America
Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015
Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm
599 2nd St
What happens when the best brains of Asia and America work together?
Why Asia-America?Throughout history, communication and exchange of ideas among cultures have always led to tremendous changes and progress for involved parties. That exchange is always powered by a platform - the Silk Road, the sea trade routes of the British Empire, the telephone, the Internet… Entrepreneurs always love to venture into the unknown, lured by the prospect of rewards beyond measure. At Startup Weekend, we aim to bridge the East and West. It is time to get out of your comfort zone, learn to speak a new language, and challenge your assumptions. If the idea does not scare you, it is probably not big enough!
What you get for attending:
- All meals are provided (see schedule)
- A free .co domain name
- Awesome coaching by investors, founders and experienced startup members
- Swag from Google
- A network of new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends who are excited starting up
- Validate your startup ideas with judging panel including VCs, angel investors, accelerators
About Startup WeekendStartup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. We want entrepreneurs from Law, Business, Humanities & Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Education to join us to create the next great company.
Join Startup Weekend for a 54-hour whirlwind of pitching, business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of a panel of judges and an opportunity to win great prizes. Please stay tuned for updates about the amazing coaches, sponsors, and prizes involved with this event.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and teams organically form around the top ideas. All ideas, applications and platforms are welcome – remember that the sky is the limit!
At Startup Weekend: Asia-America, we would like to add a twist - participants are highly encouraged to join a team with members from different nationalities. Who knows what can happen when the best minds of different countries work together to solve the biggest issues of the world!
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I buy a ticket if I am not an Asian?
Yes! Although this Startup Weekend event aims to gather, inspire and connect Asian students, professionals and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, participants regardless of race, ethnicity and professional are welcome in Startup Weekend San Francisco Asia - America.
- Do I have to have an idea?
No! Get ready to be inspired.
- Do I have to have experience?
No! Each person brings something valuable to the team. We will be
hosting a practice pitch night.
- Do I have to have a team?
No! If you have a team, great. If not, you can form a team on Friday night.
- How can I be a mentor or coach? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday July 17th
Saturday July 18th
Sunday July 19th
Anson Zeall is the Co-founder/CEO of a 500 Startups backed company CoinPip, a money transfer service leveraging blockchain technologies. Anson is also the Chairman of the Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups Singapore (ACCESS). Prior to CoinPip, he ran a private family office in Singapore, managing various asset classes, equities, derivatives and real estate. Anson is an alumni of University of New South Wales and Columbia Business School.
Jerrod leads the venture team at FundersClub, the world’s most selective & fastest growing online VC firm, targeting early investment in the world's most promising tech startups. Since Jerrod's joining of FundersClub in June 2013, the platform has increased its total invested capital from ~$7M to >$40M. FundersClub’s highly vetted portfolio of over 140 startups have raised over $700M of follow-on capital from other leading startup investors.
Jerrod came to FundersClub from Vector Capital in San Francisco, where he was a Private Equity associate focused on technology investments. Prior to Vector, Jerrod worked as an Investment Banking Analyst in Greenhill & Co.'s New York office. Jerrod graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics.
Dr. Wang co-founded China America Innovation Network (CHAIN), a professional non-profit organization envisioned to help transform innovation into value through fostering entrepreneurship in 2011. She is an honored associate member of Tsinghua Entrepreneur andExecutive Club (TEEC) and the president of Tsinghua Alumni Association of Northern California (THAA-NC).
Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital
Coaches and Mentors
Himawan holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in Management Science, and is an adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore Overseas Colleges, where he develops curriculum and teaches classes in product and market innovation, and lean venture creation.
Sayyed Ahmad Masud
Director - Founder Institute
He is director of Founder Institute at Islamabad. Founder Institue is an American business incubator, entrepreneur training and startup launch program that was founded in Palo Alto, California in 2009. Although based in Silicon Valley, The Founder Institute maintains chapters in over 80 cities and more than 40 different nations across the globe. It offers a four-month part-time program for new and early-stage entrepreneurs that helps them develop their business ideas and form a company. Among the key requirements for graduation is the creation of a fully operational company by the end of the four-month program. As of 2014, over 1,300 companies had been created from the program, 89% of which were still operational.
After playing collegiate soccer at UC Riverside I founded my first company, PaidGrade. PaidGrade was an online site where college students could participate in paid academic competitions, a hybrid of online poker and Jeopardy. From the fallouts with money laundering and online poker, I needed to make a change. I used the same technology and pivoted to Trommelo, a site that mass screens candidates in real-time for hiring companies. Since our launch we have established a unique partnership with SXSW in Austin, Texas and have worked with some large brands such as IBM, Zumba, Prudential, OpenTable, Macys.com, McDonalds, 3M, and Verizon. In addition to our web platform Trommelo also transforms job fairs by allowing job seekers to participate in engaging onsite job competitions. I have experience creating and launching products, raising funds, establishing large partnerships, and working with Fortune 500 companies. In my free time I enjoy traveling, surfing, and photography.
She is a trailblazer and community leader, having co-founded several organizations, including the Women of Color Acton Network (WCAN) a professional development network for Asian, Latina, Black and Native American women, now in it’s 15th year.
Linda is an Integral Coach, certified in the Five Dynamics assessment method. She is a facilitator for Stanford Business School’s world famous Interpersonal Dynamics course, and serves as an alumni judge in their Executive Challenge, developing leadership skills in first year MBA students. Linda holds an MBA from Stanford, and a BA from Boston University’s School of Management. With her husband, Greg and their son, James, Linda recently moved to the historic, new development at San Francisco’s Naval Shipyard.
In addition, Sean is the Executive Producer of SteadiProductions, a non-profit film collective in Singapore that produces meaningful social videos. Sean also has experience with digital marketing and marketing automation as he previously worked as a Growth Hacker in Visually, an online marketplace for visual content.
Having worked in marketing and advertising prior to her experience in the design industry, Tiffany can speak to the different perspectives at which a product can be viewed at or created with, how best practices are continuing to change across industries and why all that matters to a growing company.
Tiffany graduated with a Psychology Degree with a focus in Marketing from UC Berkeley.
In late 2014 he moved to the infrastructure and application performance management industry. He contributed to the go-to-market of Sysdig, the container visibility company acquiring 100 customers within 6 months from the launch worthy the company the Series B of $15M. Sysdig open source project attracted a community of over a million of developers worldwide.
Enrico is currently bringing to the market Instana, the Dynamic APM for Microservice Applications. Applications performance management (APM) has always been limited to collect data and fill a screen with time charts. Instana is the first APM to analyze and understand data for you with machine learning techniques so to provide plain English information and not just data.
Nikhil was born in India and came to the United States in 2010 to pursue his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Southern California.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend San Francisco: Asia-America 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend San Francisco is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Previously, Chris was a Regional Manager for Techstars Community Programs, where he supported the West of the USA and Canada.