Santa Barbara Startup Weekend #4

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Santa Barbara Startup Weekend #4

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Santa Barbara Art Foundry
120 Santa Barbara St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Santa Barbara Takes on the World for Startup Weekend #4 and the Global Startup Battle!

Startup Weekend returns to the Santa Barbara area November 14, 15, and 16, 2014. Last year we received global attention with a huge, amazing, Maker and Technology Startup Weekend. Our Friday Pitch night was a massive party, complete with a band and a standing room only crowd. 

Now it is time to do it all over again. Are you going to be on one of this year's winning teams? Sign up and join in!

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

Events are 54-hours long where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts alike come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch a startup!

Startup Weekends are  where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

We begin with open mic pitches on Friday where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.
Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product.
On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Global Startup Battle

All teams that participate can enter to be part of the Global Startup Battle against other teams from around the world competing that same weekend. We'll be posting more information soon, and will be covering details at the Bootcamp but for now, checkout the Global Startup Battle website.

Psst… There are lots of prizes to be won!

Startup Weekend Santa Barbara Details!  (We Go Big...)

There will be 3 distinct events as part of Startup Weekend:
  • Opening Night 
  • The Working Sessions  
  • The Closing Event

     If you are participating in the weekend as a Hustler, Hacker, Hipster or Maker, your ticket gets you in to all 3 events and locations.  

Attend and Support!

If you would like to attend the opening and closing nights only, please purchase the event night tickets!  Everyone in attendance Friday night will get a vote on the ideas that continue through the weekend! 

Event Locations:

Friday Night Opening Event
When: 6pm to 11pm
The Santa Barbara Art Foundry
120 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Working Sessions Saturday & Sunday (2 Locations):
351 Paseo Nuevo 2nd floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

1025 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Closing Presentations and After Party
When: 4:30 PM
The Blind Tiger 
409 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Yes!  There will be an after party!  

You can also sign up for our Nov 5 Boot Camp Pre-Event

Interested in helping out?

Complete our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.


Friday November 14th

6:00 pm
Registration Starts
Check In starts at Santa Barbara Art Foundry.

6:30 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

9:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:30 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 15th

8:00 am
Working Sessions Begin at Workzones. A simple breakfast & coffee will be provided.

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:30 am
Coaches Arrive
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:55 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 16th

8:00 am
Sunday working sessions start at Workzones. A simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

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

4:30 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations
Final Presentations will be held on the stage at the Blind Tiger!

9:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:30 pm

10:00 pm
After Party!
After Party on the 3rd floor of the Blind Tiger! Socialize with your new team mates and friends!


John Greathouse
Partner, Rincon Venture Partners

John Greathouse has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups over a period of more than fifteen years. He has repeatedly been one of the very first businesspeople hired, helping build large businesses from the ground up, with an emphasis on market engagement and scalable customer acquisition.At Computer Motion, John served as CFO and VP of Business Development. Computer Motion was a pioneer in the surgical robotics industry, went public in 1997 and was subsequently acquired by Intuitive Surgical for $148 million. At Expertcity, John served as CFO and SVP of Strategic Development, with responsibility for marketing, sales, business development, finance and administration, and services. Expertcity was acquired by Citrix for $236 million to become Citrix Online, which currently generates approximately $400 million in annual recurring revenue.At CallWave, John served as the SVP of Sales & Business Development and assisted in the company’s 2004 IPO.John was an active Angel Investor, Advisor and Board Member at: Central Desktop, RightScale, Eucalyptus, Frontier Technology, RedMojo (sold to Novell), RightCart (sold to, Vcel (sold to Fotochatter) and AppFolio.John Greathouse is a partner at Rincon Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage web-based businesses. John has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups during the past fifteen years, spearheading transactions, which generated more than $350 million of shareholder value, including an IPO and a multi-hundred-million-dollar acquisition. He is also a Co-Founder of RevUpNet, a performance-based online marketing agency.John is a CPA and holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. He is a member of the University of California at Santa Barbara's Faculty where he teaches several entrepreneurial courses.

Helene Schneider
Santa Barbara Mayor

Helene will be Speaking at the event on Friday.

Helene Schneider was elected to her second term as Santa Barbara’s Mayor in November 2013. She has served at Santa Barbara City Hall since January 2004, winning her first election as City Councilmember in 2003 and first election as Mayor in 2009. 

In addition to her regular municipal duties, Mayor Schneider strives to connect local government with the business community, non-profits and philanthropic organizations. She has paid particular attention to Santa Barbara’s artistic and cultural economy, and spearheaded the "Art in the Mayor’s Office" program in coordination with the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, creating a rotating exhibit for local artists during 1st Thursdays events throughout the year.

Mayor Schneider serves in leadership roles on a number of regional-wide policy issues, such as transportation, air quality, solid waste, public education, youth violence prevention and homelessness. She represents the City of Santa Barbara on the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Task Force, Partners in Education, the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs and the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H). She is the immediate past-President of the League of California Cities Channel Counties Division.

In the private sector, Mayor Schneider is a human resources management consultant with HRxpress. She earned her BA degree from Skidmore College and her Professional Designation in Human Resources Management from UCSB Extension.

Daryl Bernstein
Founder and CEO, RightSignature

Daryl will be Speaking at the event on Friday.

Daryl Bernstein has had repeated success turning ideas into thriving companies and is an entrepreneurial thought leader, technology investor, and author. 

Daryl is founder and CEO of RightSignature, a software-as-a-service for filling out and signing documents online, which was recently acquired by Citrix (Nasdaq: CTXS). With a diverse user base of professionals, small businesses, and enterprises around the world, RightSignature enables parties to complete contracts, forms, NDA's, and other business-critical documents in any browser or on a mobile device. Thousands of customers range from early-stage businesses like Pinterest, Squarespace, Getaround, 99Designs, and Twilio to leading companies such as Farmers Insurance, Valpak, oDesk, ServiceMaster Restore, Browning, and Wedbush.

Previously, Daryl was founder of Global Video, an educational media distributor and producer. While still a teenager, he grew the company from his kitchen table to the market leader, with a team of 125 people serving over 100,000 customers. Global Video was acquired by School Specialty (Nasdaq: SCHS). 

Daryl is an advisor to and investor in innovative software-as-a-service companies, such as MindBody. He is the author of The Venture Adventure (Simon & Schuster) and Better Than a Lemonade Stand (Simon & Schuster) and is featured in Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul (HCI). He is an advocate for youth entrepreneurship and was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Event Judges

Mike Panesis
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, California Lutheran University

Executive Director of the Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship. He comes to Cal Lutheran from Technology Management Program (TMP) in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering, where he ran UC Santa Barbara’s highly successful New Venture Competition (NVC) and played a key role in creating the new start-up incubator for the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet.

Mike is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest accredited angel investor group in the country. He heads TCA’s Central Coast Investor Network.

Mike’s career spans a diverse range of industries and roles, including executive management, tech start-ups, information technology management and management consulting for companies like Semtech, Whitestone Research, DealerTrack, Church & Dwight, Deloitte & Touche and AT&T.

Mike has an MBA Marketing from Rutgers University and a BS in Computer Science for Business from the DeVry Institute of Technology. He lives in Camarillo with his wife and two children. He is on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast Chapter and Steering Committee of the Ventura County Greek Festival.

Howard Leonhardt
Inventor & Serial Entrepreneur

Howard Leonhardt is an inventor and serial entrepreneur.  He has 21 U.S. patents for products for treating cardiovascular disease.  His TALENT stent graft developed in the early 1990′s holds a leading world market share for repairing aortic aneurysms without surgery.  His inventions have treated over 200,000 patients in 60 countries. 

In early 1999 Leonhardt founded Bioheart, Inc. a leader in applying adult muscle stem cells to treat heart failure.

Leonhardt holds a Diploma in International Trade from Anoka Technical College.  He attended the University of Minnesota and Anoka Ramsey College.  He holds an honorary Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Northern California and is an honorary alumnus of the University of Florida and Florida International University. 

He is co-leader of Startup California and Founder and Chairman of The California Stock Xchange (Cal-X) preparing to be the first social good impact stock exchange and DPO listing service in the USA - - working through multiple partnerships. He founded Cal-X Crowdfund Connect and Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. a business incubator and accelerator focused on cardiovascular life sciences and social good impact innovations.  His Leonhardt Ventures angels network has raised and put to work over $145 million in 28 companies to date, most of them founded by Leonhardt.  BioLeonhardt is developing the first implantable programmable and re-fillable stem cell pump. 

Leonhardt serves as state spokesperson in California for the JOBS ACT and Crowdfunding for Startup California and has given over 40 speeches on the subject.  He has signed a contract via Go Go Luckey Productions to co-host the upcoming CNBC TV Series CrowdFund.   He is testing the waters to be a 2018 candidate for Lt. Governor of California..

Helene Schneider
Santa Barbara Mayor

Helene will be Speaking at the event on Friday.

Helene Schneider was elected to her second term as Santa Barbara’s Mayor in November 2013. She has served at Santa Barbara City Hall since January 2004, winning her first election as City Councilmember in 2003 and first election as Mayor in 2009. 

In addition to her regular municipal duties, Mayor Schneider strives to connect local government with the business community, non-profits and philanthropic organizations. She has paid particular attention to Santa Barbara’s artistic and cultural economy, and spearheaded the "Art in the Mayor’s Office" program in coordination with the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, creating a rotating exhibit for local artists during 1st Thursdays events throughout the year.

Mayor Schneider serves in leadership roles on a number of regional-wide policy issues, such as transportation, air quality, solid waste, public education, youth violence prevention and homelessness. She represents the City of Santa Barbara on the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Task Force, Partners in Education, the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs and the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H). She is the immediate past-President of the League of California Cities Channel Counties Division.

In the private sector, Mayor Schneider is a human resources management consultant with HRxpress. She earned her BA degree from Skidmore College and her Professional Designation in Human Resources Management from UCSB Extension.

Jeff Patterson
Co-Founder, Directly

Jeff Patterson is currently a co-founder and the head of product of Directly (, a service that helps companies tap the free cycles and skills of their community to deliver a superior customer support experience at a fraction of the cost. Directly’s current investors include True Ventures, CrunchFund, Toba Capital, and Esther Dyson.

Over the past 21 years, Jeff has successfully started and grown multiple companies in a variety of industries. In 1993, he co-founded IUMA, the first online music distribution company, while still in college and stayed on to run product and engineering after it was acquired by eMusic in 1999. In 2002, Jeff co-founded Visible Path, a pioneering corporate social networking company funded by Kleiner Perkins and acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2008. More recently, Jeff worked with IDEO and New Venture Partners to fund and launch ShopWell, a mobile personalized nutrition app, as acting CTO. ShopWell was acquired by YottaMark in 2013.

Jeff specializes in product design and development, community building, and homebrewing.

Mike Everman
Principal and CTO, Bell Everman

Mike oversees the development of Bell-Everman's custom motion solutions for biomedical, semiconductor, metrology and assembly equipment. His technical expertise includes advanced servo integration as well as the design of multi-axis robotic control architectures and purpose-built actuators.

Prior to co-founding Bell-Everman, Mike owned Everman Mechanism Company, which specialized in automation systems for the semiconductor industry. Earlier in his engineering career, Mike designed deployable spacecraft systems while working as an engineer and program manager at AEC-Able Engineering Company, a NASA contractor. Among his notable projects, Mike designed the 12-foot diameter rotary joints that allow the U.S. Space Station’s solar arrays to track the sun. He was also the principal designer of the Pantographically Unfolding Modular Array (PUMA) solar panel that's been deployed on various spacecraft.

Mike has founded two start ups in the last two years:  Tessolar, Inc., Boston, a solar PV company specializing in some novel cell encapsulation technology, and Techmothership, Inc., here in Santa Barbara, a tech product development company focusing on mentorship and local manufacturing.

In addition to his work in motion control, his 15 patents include unique spacecraft deployable mechanisms and processes for immunohistochemistry diagnostics, for which he was a founding member of Celerus Diagnostics Inc. As a hobby, Mike develops novel timekeeping mechanisms and jet engines. His work on novel new clock pendulums has been featured in the Horological Science Newsletter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), and he is the owner of a popular home-build jet engine site,

Mike studied manufacturing processes and aerospace engineering at Cal Poly State University.

Coaches and Mentors

Steven Sereboff
Partner, SoCalIP Law Group

Steven C. Sereboff is a partner of SoCal IP Law Group. He has specialized in intellectual property law since 1991. Strategic IP counseling – where business, technology and IP law intersect – has become the hallmark of his practice. His practice includes patents (including patent prosecution), trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, licensing and contracts. He regularly works with clients to develop and implement corporate IP programs which emphasize quality, economy and risk management. His technical expertise includes many aspects of computers (both software and hardware), networks and myriad electronic and electrical devices, their operation and manufacture.

Mr. Sereboff’s clients have included multibillion-dollar multinationals, medium-sized public and private companies and growth-oriented start-ups.

Mr. Sereboff holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and had seven years of experience in the computer software business before earning his law degree from Boston University. While at Boston University, Mr. Sereboff founded Boston University’s Technology, Science and Law Association, and was employed by MIT to negotiate and manage software licenses. He founded and is President of the Conejo Valley Bar Association.

Mr. Sereboff is a member of the California bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Mark Goldstein
Partner, SoCal IP Law Group

Mark A. Goldstein is a partner of SoCal IP Law Group LLP. He has specialized in intellectual property law since 1999 after working as a civil litigation attorney. In addition to a practice that includes patent preparation, trademark acquisition, intellectual property licensing and related counseling, Mark renders patent and trademark infringement opinions, prepares intellectual property agreements, implements corporate patent programs, and develops trademark portfolios. He gained experience in the computer software business at Codex Corporation/Motorola Information Systems Group and Xerox Corporation.

While obtaining his law degree, Mark earned an Exceptional Achievement Award for his performance in an Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Software seminar. His technical experience includes applications software, networking software and devices, digital multimedia creation and broadcasting, and electronic commerce. Mark is a member of the International Trademark Association and the International Technology Law Association. Mark has presented talks on intellectual property at UCSB, Cal. Poly San Luis Obispo, California State Univ. Channel Islands, and Startup Weekend Santa Barbara.

Mark is a member of the California bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Bob Greenberg
Angel Investor

Bob Greenberg is a high tech entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in growing companies and bringing complex technologies to market.

Bob is an active angel investor and member of the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF) and Tech Coast Angels (SoCal). He is currently serving on the boards of these companies: Columbia Power Technologies, Celly, and Sonoma Beverage Works.

Bob recently re-entered the startup fray by co-founding TablesUp. TablesUp enables restaurants to broadcast their current wait time to anyone with a smartphone.

Bob is a founder and former CTO of Pixelworks, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that produces image-processing, system-on-chip ICs for high-definition, flat-panel displays (NASDAQ: PXLW).

Prior to Pixelworks, Bob was an Engineering Manager at InFocus, Inc., a leading manufacturer of business projectors. While at InFocus, Bob was responsible for many of the breakthrough products that made InFocus a market leader.

Bob received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is named as an inventor of over 12 issued patents.

Colin Kelley
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder at Invoca

Prior to founding RingRevenue, Colin was the Chief Technology Officer at CallWave, Inc. from 2000 to 2008 where he architected the company's voice services platform to scale to over 10 million free and paid users. From 1989 – 1999, Colin was staff scientist and lead software architect at Unisys/Pulsepoint Communications, a supplier of highly scalable and reliable voicemail systems to major carriers and corporations such as Pacific Bell, Verizon, Motorola and 3M. Colin earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Villanova University. While there he founded and co-wrote Gnuplot, an open source data visualization tool distributed with the Gnu project that remains widely in use today at universities and research organizations worldwide.

Jacob Tell

As CEO and Creative Lead of Oniracom, Jacob innovates premiere brand positioning throughout the entertainment industry. With an educational background in film and politics, Jacob seeks world-changing solutions for positive and creative humans. He embraces technology-driven solutions striving to make them accessible for all to enjoy. With an appreciation for nature and hope for the future of human ecology, Jacob supports forward-thinking environmental & political leaders and aims to further meld artistry and science. Oniracom operates based on his vision for positive and lasting change.

Jacob is actively speaking at academic and industry focused events. He is a board member of @BuyVite, a member of the @CECSB partnership council and UCSB's All Gaucho Reunion.

Specialties: Music/Entertainment Consulting; Translation of Business Plan to Web; Brand Awareness; Social Media Trending; Idea Structuring

Michael Franco
RipTide, Co-founder and CEO

Mike is responsible for guiding Riptide IO through the operational, strategic and day-to-day growing pains associate with an innovative, early phase start up. He has 25 years of managing software and real estate development projects in a variety of management roles. Under his leadership, Riptide has grown from a visionary concept to nearly 5,000 buildings integrated into the company’s products. This is his fourth technology start-up.

Prior to Riptide IO, Mike managed the professional services group at Cisco Systems responsible for the deployment of the Network Building Mediator systems to thousands of buildings in retail and corporate real estate portfolios.

Cathy Feldman
Board Chair/CEO of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Cathy Feldman is Board Chair/CEO of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation that puts on the annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards event each May celebrating successful women entrepreneurs for the benefit of high school and collegiate student entrepreneurs in the region.  The students who get seed money for their businesses from the SOE Foundation are the winners of SBCC's Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge business plan competition.  Cathy works closely with the Startup community to encourage student and women entrepreneurship.

Cathy is the publisher of Blue Point Books, an independent imprint that has published nearly 30 books "that make a difference" over the past 20 years.  

George Bradshaw
VP/Creative Director & Co-Founder, Creative Butter

George Bradshaw is a creative visionary, who spent eleven years as a “Mad Man” in New York City – nine as VP/Creative Director for global experiential marketing agency GEM Group. Nearly twenty years into his design career and still going strong, Bradshaw has created successful campaigns for some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Chances are you have seen/interacted with his work. Clients include 3M, Amway, Betsey Johnson, Bud, Callaway Golf, Coke, Disney, ESPN, Fujifilm, GE, HBO, History Channel, Labatt USA, Matador Records, Mercedes, MIT, MTV, NBC Universal, Pfizer, Philips, Showtime, Skyy Vodka, Spectrum Health, Telemundo, TruTV, VH1, Visa, UBS, UPS and the list goes on…

During his tenure at GEM Group, his company was honored with over fifty awards, including The Global Marketer Diamond Award for Best Interactive Campaign in the World and a Cannes U.S. Promo Lion. Bradshaw partnered with NBC Universal on marketing communications for four Olympic campaigns, culminating in the 2008 Beijing Games as the most-watched U.S. TV event of all time with 211 million viewers.

Jim Lisi
Partner at American ValueMetrics

Mr. Lisi’s focus is small business, capital stock, and solvency-related valuations, business plans and free cash flow analyses related to start-up and fast-growing enterprises, and valuation of incentive stock options to meet IRC 409a. He also performs ESOP plan feasibility studies and analyses of intellectual properties and other intangible assets. He has valued businesses with AVM since 2004.

Mr. Lisi has an MBA from the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and a BS Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He started work in his family’s Cleveland, Ohio based industrial distribution business as a teenager and then began his aerospace manufacturing and international product marketing career in Costa Mesa, California at a Fortune 100 firm after graduating college. Shortly after completing his MBA, Mr. Lisi became responsible for strategic planning activities at his division. Then following a period as Director of Special Products at G&H Technology in Camarillo, Mr. Lisi acquired his own firm in Santa Barbara, California and led it for fifteen years while consulting in business valuation and strategic planning part-time to small business and private equity firms.

In 1991 Mr. Lisi was selected by People-to-People International as a delegate to exchange business management information with companies in Russia, Latvia and Estonia following the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served as interim Executive Director of the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County during a management transition at the non-profit. Mr. Lisi is active on several non-profit boards of directors, where he has served as trustee, board president, executive secretary, treasurer and finance chair.

Jill Feldman
President of Strategic Development Associates

Jill Feldman is the President of Strategic Development Associates.  SDA’s clients include start-ups, mid-sized companies, and large national companies with a focus on technology.  SDA partners with senior level executives in strategic planning, qualitative and quantitative market research, and competitive intelligence efforts.  SDA’s areas of specialization include consumer insights, market validation, and industry and competitive analysis.  Jill founded SDA in 1997, following roles as Market Research Director and Marketing Director with AT&T Wireless Services and as Strategic Planning Manager with Verizon Wireless.  Previously, Jill was an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Merchant Banking Departments with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company.

Since 2008, Jill has served on the faculty of University of California, Santa Barbara teaching courses in the College of Engineering’s Technology Management Program.  Jill holds a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

When she is not working, you can find Jill training for a marathon or practicing the drums.

Doug Lynch
Managing Director, The LYNCH Group

Doug is presently the Managing Director of the The LYNCH Group, providing Lean Startup, Strategic Planning and Leadership Development services for startups and small rapid growth businesses. Doug has been involved with the startup scene in Santa Barbara for many years and was recently the first Executive Director of GEM, a local business incubator/accelerator.  Doug is also a Certified Lean LaunchPad® Instructor and an Accredited Investor and Advisory Board member for several tech startups.

Doug was previously Managing Director of The REACH Group, a company he co-founded last century. Based in Houston, Texas and with offices around the world, REACH is a leader in the implementation of organizational effectiveness programs to the upstream oil and gas industry. His clients included all of the world’s largest oil and gas companies and government organizations.

Now semi-retired and no longer living on an airplane, Doug lives in Santa Barbara and consults part-time, he is on the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast, an Instructor and Mentor at UCSB’s Technology Management Program and Adjunct Faculty in the MBA program at Antioch University.

In his spare time, Doug is a player, referee and past President with the Grunion Rugby Football Club; on the Executive Committee for The Santa Barbara Beer Festival and trains for Ironman Triathlon races.

Jon Walker
CTO and Founder, AppFolio

Jon is one of the original founders of AppFolio and is responsible for technology and engineering. He is an entrepreneur at heart and is passionate about building and leading great engineering teams. He is a competitor off the computer as well. He played basketball in college and still finds time to play in his free time.

Prior to AppFolio, Jon was the CTO of Versora (sold to Kaseya in 2006), providers of open source Windows to Linux migration software. Before working at Versora, Jon was the CTO for Miramar Systems (sold to Computer Associates in 2004) where he led the development and quality assurance teams. The software developed under his direction has been deployed to over 20 million computers worldwide. Jon has also been a senior technologist for Nortel Networks and Xing Technology Inc. (sold to Real Networks), a Contributing Editor to LinuxWorld Magazine and he is the inventor of multiple patents. Jon also teaches Software Engineering as an adjunct professor at Westmont College in the Computer Science department.

Christian Smith
CEO, Hypothesis Factory

Christian Smith is an entrepreneur who started his career creating the Bluetooth Tracking category in college. He co-founded TrackR (now Adero) in 2009, where he served as President, scaling the company to over $55MM in annual revenue, shipping over 8 million devices, and raising a $50 million series B round. In 2018, Christian handed the day-to-day responsibilities to the team at TrackR. Now, he helps founders prove their business hypothesis by guiding the process of creating growth and generating the key results.

Patricia Schwartz
Executive Coaching

Patricia Schwartz has over 30 years experience in business and nonprofit leadership and management. She is a Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation) and Leadership Facilitator for business teams, business leaders and nonprofit executives and boards.  Patricia specializes in strengths based approaches to increase bottom line results, teamwork, strategic thinking and performance. She has raised over 10 million dollars for nonprofits. 

She works locally, nationally and internationally. Clients include: over 1,500 entrepreneurs, DreamWorks Animation, Reiter Affiliated Companies, NMB Technologies, Fielding Graduate University, Pacific Capital Bancorps (now Union Bank), Santa Barbara Foundation, Ventura College Foundation, First Beverage Group, Leadership Santa Barbara/Ventura, Women’s Economic Ventures, Alpha Resource Center, Dos Pueblos Boosters, and the College of Executive Coaching where she trains leaders in coaching approaches. 

John Horton
Principle Consultant @ SenexRex

John helps the world's largest software companies and scaling startups rapidly transform their product development, delivery, and innovation capabilities. He teaches executives, managers, and teams to rigorously apply best practices such as Systems Thinking, Agile, Lean Startup Style Innovation, Customer Validation, and Complexity Reduction. 

Over the last 20 years John has help companies such as Microsoft, Skype, Citrix, textPlus, Estée Lauder, Philips, Allergan, CostCo, and Bacardi to accelerate new product introduction and innovation. Additional highlights include:

Building a SaaS startup from the group up to a successful acquisition by Persistent Systems (NSE: PERSISTENT)

Helping develop and rollout Microsoft's Agile Transformation Program driving innovation and improving customer responsiveness

Training hundreds in Agile and Lean practices including executives, managers, product owners, engineers, and designers

Helping lead Citrix's Collaboration division (GoToMeeting) to achieve $100M / 53% growth over 2 years

John also has an obsession with dissecting the performance issues of mobile and web applications from the network up. If he regularly uses your app, expect to get an unsolicited report on all aspects of its of its performance including battery usage, network optimization, caching, CPU usage, UX, and more.  Beneficiaries have included, Spotify, Google, and Yahoo. 

Outside of work John enjoys trying to keep up with his four boys (ages 3-14), teaching kids to build their own startups businesses, advocating for children with Dyslexia, running, and writing fiction. 

Jeremy Bodenhamer
Co-Founder and CEO, ShipHawk

Jeremy Bodenhamer is a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder and CEO of ShipHawk. Jeremy’s companies have pioneered shipping technologies that have produced ground-breaking automations and efficiencies.  These companies have won numerous awards including the TechCrunch Disrupt Audience Choice Award, the Silicon Beach Summit Big Kahuna Award and the Pitch SF Startup MVP Award.  Jeremy has a BA in English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.  

Aaron Freeman
Co-Founder and CTO, ShipHawk

Aaron Freeman is the Co-Founder and CTO of ShipHawk, a startup building amazing shipping software. ShipHawk's software allows anyone to get an instant shipping quote on almost any item.  Aaron also owns Pack and Post, a top independent retail shipping store and freight broker located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Previously, Aaron was a Senior Manager at a Fortune 500 mining company and led a team that produced over $8 million in annual cost savings through strategic sourcing. 

He has a B.S.M.E from the University of Akron and brings an engineering approach to all of his endeavors.

Michael Terebessy
Solutions Architect, Internet of Things (IoT) at Cisco Systems

Michael Terebessy is a Consulting Systems Engineer in Cisco’s Internet of Things Group (IoT). Michael supports the Western US and Canada field sales teams.  Michael is an industry expert on the subject of IT/OT integration and has spent nearly 20 years providing design, implementation, operation and compliance to OT and IT organizations. 
Before joining the IoT team, Michael was a Consulting Systems Engineer to Cisco’s Connected Energy team focusing on utilities in the Americas as well as the Converged Building Systems unit focusing on energy management solutions.
Prior to Cisco, Michael spent ten years as a technological strategy and security consultant to government entities and several Fortune 500 companies. Michael spent six years providing technical and project management services to several overseas projects with Department of State; including U.S. Embassy Beijing - PRC, U.S. Embassy Kathmandu Nepal, U.S. Embassy Freetown – Sierra Leone, U.S. Consulate Hong Kong, - PRC, U.S. Embassy La Paz – Bolivia.

Michael earned his Bachelors of Arts in Business with a focus on Management Information Systems from Washington State University and currently resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Guillermo Chavez
Founder and CEO of We Gift, LLC

Guillermo Chavez is Founder and CEO of We Gift, LLC a marketing agency that was born out of a startup weekend event two years ago. He is also Co-founder and president of the Santa Maria Young Professionals.  Guillermo came to the United States when he was only 11 years old not speaking a word of English. He grew up in Santa Maria, CA where he attended high school and community college; he then transferred to Fresno State University where he earned his B.A. in Business Administration with a Focus on Entrepreneurship.
Today Guillermo is working on two new startups and he aspires to be a successful entrepreneur by starting new ventures. Guillermo’s passion is thinking outside the box, coming up with new business ideas and building teams around those ideas to be able to make them a reality.

Dave Coburn
EVP Product Management, Invoca

Dave is a proven product leader with a passion for bringing innovative technology solutions to small business and Fortune 500 customers. He combines 10 years of experience at Microsoft, leading product and technology teams to develop new online services, with more recent experience leading lean and agile development of online real-time platforms and applications. Dave graduated from San Marcos High School in Goleta, has a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley, ​and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Washington. 

Bob Kryczko
Managing Partner,

Bob Kryczko has owned businesses, managed IT and software projects, and conducted thousands of customer interviews. He has been a part of the Santa Barbara Hackerspace/Makerspace community for over two years. This is his second Startup Weekend.

Nick Winters
SB Hackerspace

Formerly specializing in web, desktop, and mobile business development, Nick now spends most of his free time building 3d printers; he also modifies 3d printers to do things other than 3d printing (such as the ZAR plotter drawing machine).  Beyond working on 3d printing hardware, Nick also has experience creating and modifying 3d models to better suit them for printing, so feel free to run any final tweaks and design changes through Nick before printing your product!

Robert Ramey
Computer Software Consultant and Professional

Robert Ramey has been developing software in the Santa Barbara area for over 20 years; with vast experience in prototyping, planning, developing, and testing software applications both large and small on hardware platforms that run from PCs to PIC microprocessors to the Nintendo Gameboy, Robert's development experience and expertise with both hardware and software platforms benefits coders and makers alike.

Tom Quisel
Leader, Hacker, Dreamer

Tom Quisel is a Technical Strategy and Data Science consultant based in Santa Barbara. He has 10 years of experience in the software industry and studied Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He recently moved from NYC, where he guided OkCupid through acquisition and massive growth as its CTO. At OkCupid, he focused on servant leadership, creating a top-tier technical team, using statistics to guide decisions, and building scalable distributed systems.

Tom is passionate about helping startup founders achieve their fullest potential. He previously mentored with TechStars NYC and is currently serving as the Technical Advisor for the Impact Engine, a Chicago-based social good incubator. Tom is excited about social and environmental causes, and wants social responsibility to be a cornerstone of startup culture.

Outside of work, Tom loves going outdoors to hike, paraglide, run, and practice acroyoga or staying indoors to learn more about our world through Radiolab, Coursera, and TED Talks.

Mack Fixler

Mack Fixler is an experienced Maker. Mack has a strong background in 3D printing and design.  He is currently a teacher at a local private school that implements 3D printing across all grade levels. During the summer he offers summer camps for kids on 3D printing, robotics, coding, and circuitry. In his spare time, Mack loves to tinker and work on  projects.

Mike "Swiss" Bales
Founder, Santa Barbara Hackerspace

Mike "Swiss" Bales - As the founder of the Santa Barbara Hackerspace, Mike’s interests and abilities seem to be limited only by hours in a day. He learns it, he builds it, he improves it. He is a natural leader with interests in electronics, robotics and many other impressive “ics”.

Carey Caufield
Senior Product Manager, Citrix

Carey Caulfield is part of a team of 4 "intrapreneurs" inside Citrix coming up with new products that simply solve problems for small business including entrepreneurs and startups. This team created Citrix Convoi for iPhone which is a free app for anyone needing a faster, easier way to quickly conference call and group message their team in just a tap. The team is highly adept at conceiving of and releasing software from inside a larger company using Lean Startup techniques to repeatedly build, measure and learn.

Previously, Carey was the GoToMeeting Mobile Product Manager launching the mobile app for both Android smartphones and the iPhone. Carey actively engages with users in every step of the research and design process. From her past as the lead UX designer at launch for GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining, she truly seeks to first understand the problem, the unmet needs and goals and then come up with real solutions that delight.

In Silicon Valley for 5 years, Carey worked as as UX designer at Oracle before moving to beautiful Santa Barbara. She holds a BA from UC Riverside. Follow her @careycaulfield

Dan Friedman
co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, FuelBox

Dan Friedman is the co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer of FuelBox, a Santa Barbara technology startup that develops, manufactures and distributes consumer electronics. Their first product the FuelBox powerStation is the first universally compatible charging solution for all mobile devices that provides stationary charging at-home and mobile charging on-the-go all in one elegantly designed device.

Recently, FuelBox had a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, achieving 142% of its fundraising goal and winning the "Indiegogo Maker Challenge" sponsored by Amazon & Autodesk for the best entrepreneurial inventor campaign! 

As Chief Marketing Officer for FuelBox, Dan keeps busy with market research, product positioning, media, branding, advertising, investor relations and the overall image of FuelBox. He’s an expert at anything web related, including social and viral media and has created an impressive marketing and branding platform for FuelBox to launch products far and beyond.

Mark Evans
VP Engineering, Local Market Launch

10 years in the High Tech Startup and Product Development scene. I have recruited and hired small to large engineering teams. Managed product development from start to finish. I have created & managed engineering budgets well over a million dollars. I have designed large scale web infrastructures that support hundreds of thousands of users. I have been a key player in defining and executing product marketing & analytic strategies.

As VP of Engineering along with all my other engineering & management duties, I also work closely with the CEO and CMO in fundraising and investor meetings, additionally reviewing our monthly engineering burn to keep our team lean.

Alex Kehaya

Alex is an entrepreneur and founder of He works to help startups, corporate product teams, and accelerators launch new products and services. His passion for education and entrepreneurship inspired him to pioneer teaching lean startup methods and Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad at middle schools and high schools. He has helped over 100 schools start their own entrepreneurial studies programs and has hands on experience as a startup founder. Alex’s mission is to effect positive change in the world through entrepreneurship and education. 

Jeff Rawlings
Founder, Koolaburra LLC

Jeff Rawlings is the founder of Koolaburra LLC. Starting many years ago with a small distributor of classic sheepskin boots, Jeff has transformed the brand into a bona fide women's fashion footwear company that has recently earned a spot as one of Oprah's Favorite Things for 2014. His experience involves the widespread facets of a growing consumer product business, including sales, marketing, branding, design, finance, sourcing, operations, and international trade. He currently manages the company's website and direct-to-consumer sales and marketing. 

Prior to Koolaburra, Jeff created websites for several AOL business units, including Navisoft, Naviservice, Primehost, AOL Hometown, and 1-2-3 Publish. Jeff has a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in neurobiology from Caltech.  

Mike Kapuscik
Board Member, Santa Barbara Hackerspace

Mike Kapuscik is a board member of the Santa Barbara Hackerspace.  An avid electronics hobbyist, Mike has designed and prototyped devices that range from RFID card readers to 3d print controllers to french fry assistants (you'll have to ask him).  Currently working as an embedded systems design consultant, Mike's design and component experience make him an invaluable resource to anyone thinking of creating a physical product.

Sky Gilbar
Creative Director, Experience Designer, Social Innovation Strategist

Sky Gilbar is a freelance creative director, experience designer, and social innovation strategist based in Santa Barbara, California. Sky works with brands and organizations that empower others to do good through the creative use of technology, experience, design, and storytelling.

Dean Nevins
Computer Science Professor and Consultant

Dean Nevins is a Professor of Computer Science at Santa Barbara City College where he teaches a wide variety of courses in Computer Science including such topics as iOS, video game, and Python programming. He is also active in faculty leadership as a former Academic Senate President and Interim Dean (yes, he was Dean Dean) of Nursing, Health Technologies, and Physical Education.

Through his consultancy Castlebar Technologies Dean has implemented iOS apps for several local companies under NDA and has developed applications for national companies like Scholastic, Inc.. Additionally, he has worked in the embedded systems field where he has developed hardware and software solutions for industries ranging from Nanotechnology systems to Spacecraft. 

Ben Uyeda

In 2006 Ben founded ZeroEnergy Design (ZED), an architecture firm that specializes in ecologically conscious housing. ZED’s work has been published in numerous publications including Architectural Record, Popular Mechanics, Design New England, and Boston Home.

In 2008 Ben founded, a web-based media company that distributes green home designs over the Internet. By 2009 FreeGreen had become the largest supplier of home designs in the world and was recognized by I.D. Magazine in its annual I.D. 40 issue as one of the 40 projects/people that is transforming the world. FreeGreen’s innovative business model has been discussed in numerous publications including: The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Fast Company.  FreeGreen was acquired in 2014.

In 2010 Ben led a team that won the U.S. Green Building Council’s Natural Talent Design Competition by creating affordable green home designs for New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood.  Ben would later return to New Orleans in 2011 as a selected participant of the NolaBound documentary Film project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

In 2012 Ben launched, a creative agency that distributes instructional design content over the Internet and generates revenue by creating product integrated content.  Since its launch, Ben's designs for simple, affordable furniture have reached more than two million people.
Currently Ben is working on his first book to be published in 2015 by Running Press, blogs for the Huffington post and serves on the Autodesk Secondary Education Advisory Board.

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Kyle Ashby
Founder :: The Sandbox Santa Barbara | Founder, StartupSB || Startup Advisor

Kyle is the founder of THE SANDBOX Santa Barbara, a creative coworking, collaboration and event space and StartupSB, Santa Barbara's largest entrepreneurial network.

Ashby is also the founder of Kaldera an advisory firms that focuses on strategy, marketing and community building for startups, technology companies and organizations and Travel in Company a boutique tour and travel experience company.

Ashby was on the founding team of BrandLive and has worked in executive, marketing and project management roles with a number of multinational companies including Yardi Systems, Citrix Online and Forms+Surfaces. 

Kyle is an active advisor to startup companies and has taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Antioch University Santa Barbara.  

Kyle organized the first four Startup Weekends in Santa Barbara and has facilitated Startup Weekends globally as part of TechStars. Kyle was a Startup America Champion and is a founding member of a national Startup Community Building Organization called the Startup Champions Network.   

MBA from Babson College. Undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master. 

In his free time he is continues to learn, tinker, travel, surf, paddle, explore the outdoors, play the drums and bass, and spend time with his wife and daughter.

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