Startup Weekend San Francisco: Entertainment for Social Change

    Friday, July 29 - 31, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend San Francisco: Entertainment for Social Change

Friday, July 29 - 31, 2016

Friday, July 29 - 31, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

44 Tehama St
San Francisco, California 94105

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54 Hours to Entertain Change!

Block your calendars for San Francisco's next Startup Weekend on July 29th to July 31st, 2016

This Startup Weekend will focus on Entertainment for Social Change. From mobile apps, to games, to events, bring your ideas around entertainment that will positively impact society. Participants from all backgrounds will pitch ideas and create teams to develop solutions to social issues. With the guidance of some of the Bay Area's top mentors, you and your co-founders will build a viable MVP and pitch to judges over the course of 54-hours. Use this weekend to 
connect with talented influencers from around the Bay Area to build something new and impactful, and possibly start Silicon Valley's next big venture! 

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Friday July 29th

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 July 30th

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 July 31st

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 Judges

James Lee
Partner, Schaffer&Combs

James is a partner at the management consulting firm Schaffer&Combs. A serial entrepreneur, James has built a multi-million dollar business and has served as a senior executive, board member, and consultant for innovative organizations (including KIPP, BizWorld, and Junior Statesmen foundations) over the last two decades since beginning his career at McKinsey & Company. A graduate of Princeton University, James is also a cofounder of Knowmia, an award-winning Y Combinator ed tech company.

Carlos Ramón
Globapreneur, CEO, and Board member

Independent Board Member – Help the CEO and his executive team win globally with an emphasis in the areas of global strategy, scaling operations, and capitalization/exit. Currently serve in the boards of Avetta, Choice Technologies, and EdgeTheory while advice others such as Riverwood Capital and the PwC Global Accelerator program.

CEO – Built the strategy and core team that led the company evolution from a start-up to a promising and well-funded Silicon Valley company. Raised $20M from world-class venture capital firms - NEA and Foundation Capital.

Global General Manager – successful 20+ years track record in developing and executing the international strategy and operations of leading high-tech companies such as Peoplesoft, Akamai and Silver Spring Networks. 

Citizen of the World – born and raised in Uruguay, educated and lived in the USA for 8 years, in Chile for 1 year, in Brazil for 3 years, in France for 7 years and now back in Palo Alto, USA for the past 8 years. Fluent in 4 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French).

Brandon Knicely
Technical Marketing Executive; services marketing, strategy and execution.

Track record of innovation and creativity in building market leading companies.

Venture backed technology executive with 25 years operational experience developing and executing innovative growth strategies. Operating experience includes leading early-stage, mid-cap and two global service companies. Executive management responsibilities have included technology, engineering, marketing, product and corporate development.  Fifteen years of deal experience; Entrepreneur, Angel and Venture Partner in a Private Equity firm.

Tatiana Fedorova

Serial entrepreneur, social innovator, philanthropist. Tatiana brings together individual and collective efforts to create a flourishing “startup ecosystem”. Tatiana strives to build a world where entrepreneurship is available to everyone. "I believe in entrepreneurship as the engine for solving the major problems facing the world today." 
As part of her non-profit activities, Tatiana is the CEO and a Board member @ AmBAR (, growing it over the years from a small local gathering to the largest business network of Eastern-European and Eurasian professionals in the world with 50K+ members.
Tatiana helps startups to bring their ideas to the global market, by providing them with high level business development tools and connecting them with VCs and incubators that are specific to their needs. 

Tatiana Fedorova is a Co-Founder of GOODdler (SaaS solution for global charitable organizations to collect and manage in-kind donations from individual donors). 
Tatiana has successfully led a number of philanthropic initiatives, mobilizing people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems with a goal of building a movement for social change. These include tackling poverty issues in families with children to prevent parents from losing custody of their children, creating an awareness around mental disabilities, and mobilizing people to volunteer in local orphanages. 

Tatiana is an active participant in global social entrepreneurship and impact investment movement. Tatiana organized a variety of tech conferences in Silicon Valley, such as SVOD Conference, and a dozen of other events and hackathons. 

Coaches and Mentors

Yin L. Yin
Multilingual Software Builder & Strategizer to Globapreneurs, Navigators & Conquerors.

Globapreneur with extensive experience in cross-border strategy and execution. Extrovert who excels at building relationships with clients, partners and internal team members
Dreamer in English, German and Mandarin Chinese. Enough Spanish and French to be dangerous. 
Alumna of Wharton MBA and Penn/Wharton dual-degree in Finance and Int'l studies
Wedding singer, Conference MC, Black Belt in TKD
Personally dedicated to women's education in STEM, environmental conservation, social impact.
Tweeting on Biz + Global @yinergy. 

Gleb Nikitenko
Director of Co-Curriculum Activities at University of San Francisco

Gleb Nikitenko has worked in various director-level capacities at the University of San Francisco since 2001. He has also taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in business and public management since 2004. His current research interests are in the areas of cross-sectoral management and corporate governance, Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and innovation, international politics and business, and contemporary developments in learning and assessment.

Following his brief tenure in the Ukrainian government (1994-1995), Gleb pursued international educational and professional opportunities in the U.S. and Europe. He was head of department of Political Science and Public Administration at Girne American University in North Cyprus, where he supervised curriculum development and taught various courses in public administration, business management, transnational corporate governance, and international relations/ issues of globalization for almost three years. Gleb was part of the research team at the Monterey Center for Nonproliferation Studies, a major U.S. think tank, advocating nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in Monterey, California (1995-1997) and worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna with the Division of External Affairs conducting policy research and analysis in the office of the IAEA Director General.

Previously, Gleb held management positions in the private sector companies in Ukraine during the country's transition to market economy.

Gleb holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Kiev State University (Ukrainian Institute of International Relations), a Master of Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a doctorate in learning and instruction from the USF School of Education.

Gleb is a recipient of the 2008 "Excellence in Education Award for Exemplary Dedication to Teaching" of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

KC Chew

KC Chew, Doctor of Business Administration, is currently Chairman of the Board for Gravitas International Corporation (GIC). GIC is a holding company with subsidiaries focusing in Wealth Management, Asset Management, Investment Banking, and Merchant Banking.   He was Chief Operating Officer and senior VP with Managed Portfolio Advisors. Managed Portfolio Advisors is one of the largest overlay portfolio management firms in the United States, building customized investment overlay solutions. Prior to that, he was the director of investment operations with Dresdner RCM Global Investors, a subsidiary of Dresdner Bank in Germany and later on Allianz, for ten years.  KC is Highly strategic and innovative business process improvement executive with over 20 years of demonstrated success in collaborating with senior leadership to identify organizational direction and recommend solutions that enhance business effectiveness. KC is Skilled in translating strategy and vision into action plans that increase operational efficiency and cost savings.  He has the ability to inspire collaboration within and across teams to drive on-time, on-budget project delivery.

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.

Darendeli Izzet Sidki
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 innovation strategy and strategic positioning.

Paul Applegate

Over 10 years as a consistent top performer with a proven track record, successfully driving new business revenue as both an individual contributor and team lead selling enterprise-class software & business solutions for early stage, mid-tier, and larger companies. A diverse background serving multiple industries and markets encompassing sales, business development, and entrepreneurial endeavors enables him to draw on those experiences and ensure that customer needs are understood and providing outstanding solutions. 

Based out of San Francisco, Paul lives and works in Silicon Valley giving him an intimate understanding of the nuances and culture of the Bay Area. Paul's experience in various industries from personalized business analytics software to unified communications software, give him insight into the ways companies pursue developing cutting edge applications. 

While he's achieved success professionally, he also followed his passion, founding Synced Smiles, a "buy one give ten" model for toothbrushes, creating a sustainable way to give back to the less fortunate. Following his passion allowed him to balance his professional success with personal ones. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Jessica Falkenthal
Education Community & Growth Marketing Strategist

Jessica Falkenthal leads growth marketing, community building and experience design for education startups, schools and nonprofits. She serves on the SXSW EDU Launch Advisory Board and CUE SF Board.
Jessica loves creating engaging education experiences and  previously managed a dozen online learning communities, coached early-stage education entrepreneurs, grew the Startup Weekend Education program worldwide, founded her own education startup, led professional development workshops for hundreds of educators, and designed and taught technology classes for the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H Youth Development programs. She is also a community organizer for the SF Edtech Happy Hour, 4-H, Startup Weekend Education, and Education Startup Digest.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend San Francisco: Entertainment for Social Change 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

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Kris Riley
Director of Partners

Just another entrepreneur trying to take over the world one idea at a time. 

Kris has 3+ years experience organizing Startup Weekend events. His expertise is in payments, e-commerce, hospitality technology, product strategy, and positioning. He's started 2 businesses and is working on his 3rd currently. 

I love the startup world and mentoring/helping people mold their ideas into MVPs and eventually into validated businesses. The magic is in helping them realize that an idea needs legs to grow. And these legs are built out of involvement, sharing and doing. Let's go! 

Event Staff

Eric Liddle

Eric Liddle is a Graduate Student completing a Masters of Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) at the University of San Francisco. His time in the masters has sent him around the world developing an unparalleled understanding of the role of cultures in the workplace. Relevant coursework has leveraged this knowledge to create socially impactful for-profit business models to counter real world problems such as the global shortage of pure drinking water. 

Prior to his entrance in the program, he worked as an implementation consultant in Human Resources Software where he lead and completed the implementations of over 120 NEOGOV / HR Cloud systems while maintaining the lowest customer attrition rate and highest customer satisfaction rate in company history. Noteworthy clients included the State of Rhode Island, The City of Dallas, Texas, San Luis Obispo County, Zendesk, and his personal favorite, The City of Las Vegas.

Looking to the future, Eric aspires to continue his entrepreneurial momentum, building his skill set and growing as a young professional by working for an accelerator assisting early stage start ups to overcome hurdles on their paths to greatness.

Kate Hung

Tsung Hsiao (Kate) is a positive team player from Taiwan. She is currently attaining a Master's in Global Entrepreneurial Management at the University of San Francisco, a diverse cohort representing 16 different countries. She specializes in Marketing, Customer Service and Project Management. Her work experience includes startup consultant, marketing intern and HR specialist. With a passion for innovation, adventure and community, she actively participated in diverse volunteer activities. In this era of globalization, she aims to use her cross cultural communication skills to assist companies in finding the ideal talent worldwide, and come up strategies for long-term sustainability.

Mariana Fernal

Mariana grew up in Brazil, graduated with a degree in Business Administration, Post-Graduated in Strategic Business and Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management and Business Administration. Mariana then worked as a sustainability consultant at BSD Consulting. She also worked and interned at AIESEC and Santander Bank. 

When she was consulting for the Spanish branch of a Swiss company, she provided a business strategy expansion for bulk containers. The company wanted to start a branch in Brazil as a demand from their world wide clients. 

Mariana traveled extensively during her youth around North & South America and Europe and have experience living in Ukraine, Barcelona, Taipei and San Francisco. 
She is interested in the management consulting industry. 

Cinthya Flores

I am currently finishing a Master's degree in Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) at the University of San Francisco with intentions of working in a social enterprise focused on creating economic equity for both entrepreneurs and global communities. I am passionate about business development and creating sustainable communities and am therefore interested in a position that will allow me to take steps in the direction of my career goals. 
As far as: 
• Business acumen – In my MGEM program, I have had the opportunity to study business operations and supply chain strategies of SMB and F500 companies in Spain, Taiwan and the U.S. I am currently devising a business development strategy for a social enterprise specializing in youth sports, to support their launch in the U.S. 
• Business development – After volunteering with Casa Guatemala, an NGO focused on children’s health and education in Guatemala, I launched a fundraising initiative selling jewelry handcrafted by the center’s children at cultural events and festivals in the Bay Area. I also created a Facebook page that connects the international buyers with the child artists so that the children are integrated into the success of the sales of their products.
• Coalition building – I have extensive experience partnering with organizations to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. In my previous roles as a case manager, I collaborated with local community providers and agencies to negotiate the fair treatment of families in the Latino community in San Francisco and developed successful preventative action plans.

My geographically and culturally diverse experiences will allow me the ability to bring an expansive perspective and assist people towards economic equity. I am very focused in becoming a part of people's growth and supporting entrepreneurial communities throughout the world in reaching their fullest financial potential.

Noluthando Kossi

Noluthando M. Kossi grew up in South Africa and now lives in the United States, graduated with a degree in Business Management and is a current candidate for a Master of Global Entrepreneurial Management and Business Administration at the University of San Francisco (United States of America); IQS Universitat Ramon Llull (Spain) and Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan). Interested in International development. Participant in Athgo International 6th Global Innovation Forum partnered with the World Bank Group. An active golf player and has significant experience in customer service and event planning.

When she was consulting for a Spanish company, she provided business strategy expansion and market research expertise for Angelini a pharmaceutical company. Angelini was interested in brand expansion and entering a new demographic. Juanola prepolis, their main product would be the driving force of this endeavor as it is well known and used in the community. 

Noluthando has traveled extensively during her youth around South Africa, United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions and has experience living in Washington, DC, Taipei, Barcelona and San Francisco. She is interested in International Development; as well as working in the Global Business Development, economic upliftment, international relations, public sector, outreach and investment industries.

Po Yuan Chang

Po grew up in Taipei, Taiwan where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, graduating in 2015 from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences in Kaohsiung city. Just after graduating, he joined the Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management program to gain a global business perspective in all aspect, especially in the entrepreneurs and incubator/ accelerator field. During this study, he improved cross-cultural management skills, living in Asia (Taipei), Europe (Barcelona) and USA (San Francisco) as well as entrepreneurial techniques which will help him to run his own company one day. He has been involved in two consulting projects, both marketing related. The first was with EQUATORIAL COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY LTD from Barcelona and the second with project SoccerPod, a soccer relative business based in San Francisco.

Po defines himself as a passional chaser who always wants to bring good and great to the world. In the belief that Cultural diversity is not the barrier but the key elements to be innovation and greater. Observation and critical thinking are my two interests that I always love to do during daily. Sharing my thought and listen to others is always fun and interesting thing to do. 

He is passionate about marketing, entrepreneurship, and business development fields. In this globalization era, he aims to use his cross culture communication experiences to help companies.

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