Startup Weekend San Jose, CA

    Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend San Jose, CA

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

San Jose State University
Clark Hall
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95152

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First Google Startup Weekend at SJSU!

We are extremely excited to bring you the first ever Google Startup Weekend at San Jose State! 

Whether you're a hacker, hipster, or hustler, this event is perfect for beginning entrepreneurs and seasoned startup veterans. Come on April 17th to join a team of strangers (or bring a team) and leave on April 19th with a viable business model and a roadmap to your first entrepreneurial journey!

Get ready to launch a startup in 54 hours.


Friday April 17th

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

8:00 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 April 18th

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 April 19th

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!


Sam Liccardo
San Jose Mayor

A graduate of Bellarmine, Sam grew up in the Santa Clara Valley. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, where he studied government, economics, and Spanish. After obtaining a law degree at Harvard Law School and a master's degree in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Sam returned to the Bay Area. Sam served as a member of the city council from 2007 to 2014, after which he was elected mayor of San Jose.

Peggy Gibbs

Co-Founder, CFO, COO, Camp BizSmart,  BizTech High and BizSmart Global. Prior to these positions she was Sr. Vice President for Business Development at Benetech, a best practice social enterprise dedicated to creating unique technologies to benefit humanity. She has more than 25 years in non-profit management, creating initiatives and developing strategic partnerships for education, arts, health, and technology solutions. 

Event Judges

Arjun Buxi

Arjun Buxi is a Professor of Communication at San Jose State University with 7 years in Higher Education, and a Consultant of Speech and Communication to C-Suite execs, VPs and Professionals of Fortune 200 and 500 companies, Tech Companies and Seed-funded Startups.

He is passionate about the power of speaking and culture to connect to diverse audiences and achieve goals. 

Saif Ahktar

Currently I am a Managing Partner at Spartups, an early-stage tech accelerator in San Jose, as well as Director of Product for Smashon, a health & fitness tech startup. Before that I’ve been an early employee at four tech startups, advised more than 80 others, and created a comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes startups, service providers, investment groups and universities. The core of my experience lies in project management across engineering, sales and marketing, but I also spend a significant amount of time building my network through various initiatives. That network then allows me to help more businesses grow and integrate with technology while I get to work with smart people every day!

David Hadden

Founded, built, raised VC and eventually successfully sold two electronics companies that developed and manufactured electronic safety and data logging instrumentation for the energy and petrochemical industry. For the last 25 years I've operated one of the first virtual corporations in Silicon Valley. Through this company I have a dozen or more patents that resulted in licensing of over 250 SKUs in several different field's of use Including numerous consumer products. Several products I developed over 35 years ago are still being sold, basically and are considered industry standards in the oil field.

Dustin Yoder

Dustin Yoder is a Bay Area Native, a startup enthusiast, and a lean product development pro. He is the founder of two software companies, an online platform for life insurance education, comparison and purchasing.... And Vendus product Labs, a product development firm with a focus on designing and building custom software products for some of the best Bay Area companies. Dustin manages a team of 27 developers, designers and project managers and builds product in a range of technologies. His main area of expertise is product development for web platforms and iOS/Android applications. 

Albin Bajramovic

Sanjiv Goyal

Sanjiv Goyal is the CEO and President of Droisys, which he co-founded in 2003. Sanjiv is considered a thought leader and key speaker on the Internet of Things and has a keen passion for the future of mobile and the possibilities of big data. Sanjiv is a successful serial entrepreneur and pioneer of emerging new territories and verticals. He also brings 25+ years of business acumen from several Fortune 500 companies, most notably from IBM, Autonation, Mastech, GMS, and RMS.
He grew with progressive leadership roles in corporate strategy, business development, and project management.

Sanjiv is an active angel investor with a successful high-tech portfolio. Sanjiv has been pivotal in mentoring promising new entrepreneurs and has won awards for several of his innovations; most note-worthy, is the location based contesting platform. Every single bottle of Heinz ketchup served in restaurants is labeled with it.

He has architected first automatic vehicle location of Singapore in 1996, since then he is focused on Innovation. Fortune 1000 organizations like Kelloggs, Caesars and many more trust him for Innovation. He believes is essence of any organization! It's not enough to just have a good idea. Only when you act, when you implement, then it matters. He has build amazing solutions leveraging emerging technology such as ibeacons, Augmented Reality, NFC, brain sensors. He has in-depth understanding of consumer analytics more specifically to retail, CPG and casinos.

As Angel Investor, he is looking for startups leveraging mobile in Digital marketing, Retail, Healthcare, Gaming, Hospitality. He has invested in Vriti, Fanminder, Admaxim, Appgravity, Gameloot, Raffity, Ebsavvy, Pregame, Mobifusion, Edseva, Demars Group, Mobiglue, Pyxa, SampleUP, iShopthrifty, Contest Anywhere, Mobiglue and more.

He believes in supporting our youth and focuses his philanthropic duties on children’s charities.

Sanjiv holds Master’s degree in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India.

Coaches and Mentors

Marcia Daszko

Prateek Gupta

Jim Stewart

Connie Weisman

Organizing Team

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

  • Tawan
  • Emily
  • Peter
  • Davis


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! 

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