San Diego LegalTech / Blockchain / FinTech Startup Night

    Friday, August 23, 2019

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San Diego LegalTech / Blockchain / FinTech Startup Night

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Walmart Labs
5600 Avenida Encinas
Ste. 150
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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This isn’t a full 3-day Startup Weekend, but we hope this evening can help jump-start your startup idea.

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Do you have a Blockchain, Legal Tech or Financial Tech idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Come meet other startup founders, developers, and coaches for dinner, networking, and 1-on-1 mentoring. You leave the evening with new skills, mentors, and a supportive community.

We’ll start the evening with a talk from Vinny Lingham, Co-founder and CEO of Civic. Prior to Civic, Vinny’s startup Gyft was acquired by First Data Corp. for $50M. After some Q&A with Vinny we’ll help you get matched with coaches based on information you provide when you register. Finally, we’ll talk about some exciting future events.

Event Schedule
  • 5:30 - Doors Open, Registration, Networking
  • 6:15 - Welcome Message & Introductions
  • 6:20 - 6:30 Speaker: Vinny Lingham, CEO Civic
  • 6:30 - 6:50 Coaching Session I (Blockchain 101)
  • 6:50 - 7:10 Coaching Session II (Machine Learning 101)
  • 7:20 - Wrap Up & Preview Upcoming Events
  • 7:30 - Closing & Mingling
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5:30 pm
Doors Open
Registration & Networking

6:15 pm
Welcome Message & Introductions

6:20 pm
Guest Speaker
Vinny Lingham, CEO Civic

6:30 pm
Coaching Session I
Blockchain 101

7:20 pm
Wrap Up
Wrap Up & Preview Upcoming Events

7:30 pm


Vinny Lingham
CEO & Co-Founder of Civic Technologies, Inc.

Vinny Lingham, who is also the star of Shark Tank in South Africa, is a well- recognized South African Internet entrepreneur who immigrated to California a decade ago and is currently the co-founder and CEO of Civic, a startup that is leading a global digital identity revolution. Civic is spearheading the development of an ecosystem that is designed to facilitate on-demand, secure, and low-cost access to identity verification services via the blockchain. Prior to Civic, he was the co-founder and CEO of Gyft a mobile gift card company founded in 2012 and backed by Google Ventures. Within 2 years, Gyft quickly become the leading player in the space and was acquired by global payments giant, First Data Corporation in 2014, for over $50m. 

Vinny is an active technology investor primarily in Silicon Valley, focusing on Bitcoin & Blockchain projects in particular. He also partnered with one of his previous co-founders to establish an investment fund in South Africa, called Newtown Partners, where he has led early stage investments into successful an notable startups such as Sweep South and Augmentors. Currently, Vinny is a Shark on Shark Tank South Africa, has also appeared as a Dragon on the South African edition of Dragon’s Den, the longest running UK investment reality show, along with being an "Angel" in the non-profit spinoff of Undercover Boss- National Geographic's Undercover Angel. He is a co-author of “I’m In: Essential Advice for Entrepreneurs.”

Coaches and Mentors

Ryan Kuder
Managing Director, Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars

Ryan started his first business when he was in fourth grade...

Later in life he served as the VP of Marketing at @ecoATM, where the business grew 4X in just about a year and exited for $350M. He has grown companies from 0 users (@Bizzy), as well as managed large established global brands (@Yahoo).

Today, he helps early stage startups figure out product, customer acquisition, and branding to make things that users love. Basically, he digs startups and people who do awesome things. Nuff said.

Cody Barbo
Founder & CEO

I am an entrepreneur from San Diego, CA, and currently Founder & CEO of Trust & Will, an easy, fast, and secure way to set up your estate plan online. We are live in 46 states, have raised from some terrific investors, and went through Techstars Anywhere (Winter 18’). Excited to roll out some more amazing products this year for our customers.

Prior to Trust & Will, I served as Founder & CEO of Industry, a ‘LinkedIn’ for the service and hospitality industry, where we took the company from idea to helping thousands of hospitality professionals move up in their careers with our platform. Over the course of several years, we built an amazing company that is my proudest accomplishment to date.

Additionally, I sit on the San Diego State University Alumni Board of Advisors. My commitment to SDSU is driven by my experience there as Student Body President, which uniquely placed me as CEO of Associate Students, a $26M student-directed not-for-profit auxiliary organization of San Diego State University.

I love connecting with intelligent, motivated, and inspiring individuals. Please be sure to include a custom message when inviting me to connect ;)

Carter Crockett
Founder & Principal, Emerging Ventures

A trusted advisor to founders, joining their team, solving problems, and getting things done in the following areas:
- Strategy & Partnership Development
- Marketing & Brand Development
- Go-to-Market Strategy

Recent clients include a new Brewery and Taproom, a medical device startup, and a mobile app for e-commerce on college campuses. The story a new venture tells the world needs to be crafted well and supported authentically, and I can ensure your brand is positioned well. For more than 25 years, on 3 different continents, I have offered such services, primarily within the following contexts:
- Start-up ventures
- Technology
- Business solutions to poverty
- Purpose-driven organizations
- Various industry sectors (retail, B2B, FMCG, automotive, agriculture processing, etc.)

Dr. Mary Beth McCabe
Academic Program Director for Marketing

As National University’s Academic Program Director for Marketing since 2010, she brings 25 years of hands on experience in television and digital advertising plus business ownership to the School of Business and Management.

Tara Pelan

As an accomplished attorney, Tara’s curiosity and fascination with what drives people has shaped her resolve to support entrepreneurs and investors in building high performance organizations that solve problems and inspire lifestyles. She has spent most her legal career gaining experience in areas such as business and intellectual property, with a focus on brand protection and monetization. 

Brian Dirkmaat

I’ve been representing startup and emerging growth companies for over 17 years both in Silicon Valley and in San Diego.  I’m currently the founder and CEO of Coeptus Law.  In everything we do, we believe in pursuing better.  We question the status quo so we can provide solutions that are simple, elegant, and easy to understand.  We’re business lawyers who provide personalized, proactive strategy, guidance, and project implementation to better prepare you for opportunities.  Learn more about how we can help you at

Dan Flanegan
CTO & VP Product at Snowball

Product obsessed entrepreneur, advisor & angel investor with a focus on Social, Blockchain, AI, AR/VR & Digital Health. MuckerLab advisor. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The San Diego LegalTech / Blockchain / FinTech Startup Night 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.
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