Startup Weekend UCSB

    Friday, January 15 - 17, 2016


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend UCSB

Friday, January 15 - 17, 2016



Friday, January 15 - 17, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

UCSB Student Resource Building/Corwin Pavilion
552 University Road
Santa Barbara, California 93101

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Welcome to the First Annual Startup Weekend hosted by UCSB!

The world renowned event Startup Weekend is coming to UCSB January 15-17, 2016. 

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.

Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of July 2015, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. 

This will be a 54 hour event during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more come together to take ideas and create them into something more. 
On Friday we will begin with open mic pitches where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. 
On 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.

In addition to attendees, the event attracts speakers, coaches, panelists (generally well-respected members of the local startup community or notable names in the tech industry), and various sponsors and company representatives to maximize the value for the aspiring young entrepreneurs. 

Cal Poly SLO Startup Battle


Not only will the teams be competing against each other, the top teams will also be competing against Cal Poly SLO as they will be competing in their own start up weekend at the same time. More details on this to come.

Startup Weekend Event Breakdown

The event will be split up into three distinct parts:
  • Opening Night
  • Working Sessions
  • Closing Night
If you are participating as a Hacker, Hustler or Designer, your ticket will get you into all 3 events and both locations.

Can't Make the Whole Thing? Attend and support!

If you would like to attend the opening and/or closing nights only, please purchase the event night tickets! Everyone in attendance Friday night gets to vote on the ideas that count through the weekend!

Event Locations

Opening Event (Friday Night)
When: 6pm to 10pm
Where: UCSB Corwin Pavilion
UCEN Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Parking Lot #3

Working Sessions (Saturday & Sunday)
Workzone:
UCSB Student Resource Building
Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Parking Lot #23

Closing Night/Presentations (Sunday Night)
When: 5pm
Where: UCSB Corwin Pavilion
UCEN Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Parking Lot #3

Interested in Helping Out?

Email santabarbara@startupweekend.org with "Volunteering for Startup Weekend UCSB" in the subject line.




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday January 15th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


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


9:00 pm
Voting
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 January 16th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday January 17th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Dinner
Move to Corwin Pavilion for dinner and presentations to follow


6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review the agenda for the night and introduce our closing speaker


6:30 pm
Final Presentations


8:00 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Jim Semick
Founder, ProductPlan

Jim Semick is co-founder of ProductPlan, a fast-growing SaaS company building product roadmap software for companies around the world. Jim has helped launch new products now generating hundreds of millions in revenue. 

Jim was part of the founding team at AppFolio, helping the company validate and launch its first products. Prior to AppFolio, he validated and created product requirements for GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting (acquired by Citrix). Jim is a frequent speaker on product management and the process of discovering successful business models. He contributes at www.productplan.com/blog. Follow Jim at @jimsemick


Clint Nelsen
CEO Ticketbase

Entrepreneur. Investor. Ecommerce. Marketplaces. Product management. Events. Throughout my career I've been deeply involved in building ecommerce platforms and events. Partners and clients include: Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Martha Stewart, Marco Rubio, Github, Amazon, and many others.

From Startup Weekend, where we produced 1,200+ events in 600 cities spanning 127 countries to Massivo where I mastered producing large events and festivals with 5,000 - 10,000 attendees. In total I've organized events that have brought in more than 500,000 total attendees on a global scale.

Currently I'm working on solving many of my own problems relating to the platforms I was using to manage ticketing, selling tickets, dealing with high email volume, finding venues, & producing events on a global scale.

Clint is passionate about startups and technology. He regularly serves as a lecturer on entrepreneurship & startups at universities such as Stanford. 

Currently, Clint and Kathleen Kennedy serve as the two board members on "The Common Good" in the U.S. He is featured in many publications around the world including the New York Times, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Based in Seattle, Clint is a pilot, enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, and photography.


Alex Kehaya
Founder ActionWins.co

Alex is an entrepreneur and founder of ActionWins.co. 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. 


Event Judges


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.


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.


Clint Nelsen
CEO Ticketbase

Entrepreneur. Investor. Ecommerce. Marketplaces. Product management. Events. Throughout my career I've been deeply involved in building ecommerce platforms and events. Partners and clients include: Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Martha Stewart, Marco Rubio, Github, Amazon, and many others.

From Startup Weekend, where we produced 1,200+ events in 600 cities spanning 127 countries to Massivo where I mastered producing large events and festivals with 5,000 - 10,000 attendees. In total I've organized events that have brought in more than 500,000 total attendees on a global scale.

Currently I'm working on solving many of my own problems relating to the platforms I was using to manage ticketing, selling tickets, dealing with high email volume, finding venues, & producing events on a global scale.

Clint is passionate about startups and technology. He regularly serves as a lecturer on entrepreneurship & startups at universities such as Stanford. 

Currently, Clint and Kathleen Kennedy serve as the two board members on "The Common Good" in the U.S. He is featured in many publications around the world including the New York Times, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Based in Seattle, Clint is a pilot, enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, and photography.


Lisa Riolo
Co-Founder Workzones

In 2013, Lisa Riolo co-founded workzones, a Santa Barbara-based co-working club, and her third start-up business. Prior to workzones’ launch, Lisa contributed to the early and successful growth of Commission Junction (later acquired by Conversant), co-founded Impact Radius, and has played an executive or advisory role in several other local technology start-ups. Lisa’s areas of expertise include customer experience, product strategy, marketing, and operations. (And, unofficially, coffee.) Lisa earned a BA in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.


Andreas Forsland
Founder and CEO of Cognixion™

Andreas is the Founder and CEO of Cognixion™ a company building AI-powered software that enables people to control mobile and AR applications with brainwaves and other biosignals. 

Cognixion has been internationally recognized for its innovation and use of exponential technologies to solve a social and healthcare global challenge - affecting the lives of 370 million people unable to speak. Cognixion has won the prestigious Roddenberry Prize, the Gold Edison Award for Social Impact, the Global Elevate Award and the Singularity University Global Grand Challenge for Education for its potential to impact over a billion lives.

Cognixion is located in Toronto Ontario and Santa Barbara California, and builds technology solutions that elegantly blend the power of artificial intelligence (A.I.), neuroscience (BCI) and augmented reality (AR).

Prior to founding Cognixion, Andreas envisioned and grew remarkable design teams at Citrix, Philips Electronics, Progressive Insurance, IBM and has pioneered innovative solutions that have disrupted markets and created new categories across consumer digital lifestyles, mobile communication, and healthcare, improving lives and revenues.

Andreas has also spoken around the world on topics of innovation, transforming healthcare, universal design and most memorably, the ‘Future of Communication’ at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt to an audience of over 1000 Muslim IEEE member engineers, inspiring collaboration and unity through new methods of communication.

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Andreas will be speaking Sunday Evening.


Jennifer Kelley
Sr. Manager, Innovation Management at Citrix, LLC

With more than fifteen years' experience in the software (SaaS) space, Jenn orginated working for small startups in across spectrum of business functions such as Marketing, Sales, Account Management, Business Development and Data Management before managing Customer Marketing responsible for existing customer growth, retention, and new customer conversion.

Jenn now applies her experience working with Citrix Product Development, Technology & Research Offices with charter to foster and support employees with passion to innovate within the large company, proving tools and resources to turn ideas into experiments. Employees are trained and encouraged to design, build, and validation of “real world” customer environments, gathering input from customers, partners, and existing product teams to build solutions that are relevant to existing or emerging customer needs. She is responsible for managing a new innovation process resembling an internal Venture Capitalist startup model, cultivated by lean design methodologies to benefit both Citrix Customers, Shareholders by systematically producing new strategically aligned customer solutions, founded by employee ideas. 

Citrix is leading the transition to software-defining the workplace, reinventing how people connect with ideas to enable new ways for businesses and people to work and is passionate in supporting both intrepreneurship & entrepreneurship endeavors.


Coaches and Mentors


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.


Robin Campbell
Lecturer at UCSB Technology Management Program; Chairman of the Board at Aptitude Medical Systems

Dr. Robin Campbell is a lecturer in the Technology Management Program of the College of
Engineering at UC Santa Barbara where his concentration is Strategy, Leadership, New Product
Development and Marketing. He is an active angel investor and is a member of Tech Coast
Angels.

Robin’s professional career spans more than 30 years and includes both U.S. and international
experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales, marketing, product development and
general management. Currently, he is a Chairman of the Board of Aptitude Medical Sciences, an
early stage company developing innovative ways to isolate and purify high performance aptamers
for drugs and diagnostic technologies. He also is a Director at Pfenex, Inc., a public
biotechnology company and at Acelot, Inc., an early stage bioinformatics company. From 2004 to
2008, Robin was President and CEO of Naryx Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company
developing novel, topically delivered treatments for chronic sinusitis and other conditions
treatable by intranasal drug delivery. Prior to joining Naryx Pharma, Robin was at Amgen Inc.,
where his last position was Vice President and General Manager of the Oncology Business Unit.
In this role, Robin led an integrated team responsible for the marketing, sales and medical
development of products with over $1 billion in revenue.

Robin currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Cancer Support Community,
Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara, an organization devoted to the education and psychosocial
support of people with cancer and their families. He also is a member of the Business
Roundtable of the City of Thousand Oaks.

After he received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Wake Forest University, Robin
was a postdoctoral fellow at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Harvard Medical School.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Matthew Stotts
Partner at Tenor; Lecturer at UCSB

Matthew is the founder of Tenor, a strategic consulting firm for startups, growth companies and investors in the private capital markets. Matthew has helped launch dozens of companies, products and services in consumer, enterprise and financial markets, working with companies from two-person startups to Fortune 50 enterprises. His technology experience spans enterprise software, telecommunications, consumer internet, consumer electronics and semiconductors. Since founding Tenor, Matthew has also advised over two dozen private investment firms on branding, fundraising and communications.

Matthew is a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and a lecturer at UCSB College of Engineering’s Technology Management Program.


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.


George Rusznak

15 years of industry and entrepreneurial activities and 30 years of management consulting.  

Entrepreneurial experience include:
- Founding a computer services company, a computer network provider and several professional service providers
- Turnaround management
- Real Estate Syndication  

Industry experience includes positions and management in the Financial Services and High Tech industries in the functional areas of:
- Planning, Operations, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, and Information Technology Consulting experience include:
- As an independent consultant, manager in a major consulting firm and partner in an international consultancy and provided assistance to both senior managers and boards of major corporations in multiple areas.

Clients primarily in the Air Transportation, Communication, Energy, Financial Services, and High-Technology industries in Asia, Australia, Europe, Central and North America. Additional industries served: Media, Health Care, Food Manufacturing and Distribution, Materials Sciences, and Chemicals.- Sample client list: American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Southwest Bell, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Trygg-Hansa, Transamerica Financial, Blue Cross of California, Chevron, Edison International, Nestle, Apple Computer, Intel, IBM. 
 

Graduate, School of Economics, Budapest, Hungary  

Lecturer, USC Marshall School of Business MBA program, Executive Education Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management.  

Current activities:
Member, Board of Trustees, Sansum Clinic, Member Executive Committee, Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Mentor, Technology Management Program, UCSB, School of Engineering, Mentor, Virtual Enterprise Class, SB High School, Member, Past Chair, SB Chapter of SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business  


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.


Ron Gans
CTO @ Observables, Inc

Ron is a founder of several small startup companies, including a startup weekend first place winner.

Ron is currently CTO of Observables, Inc, an IoT, SaaS startup in the Security, A/V, and IT space.

Ron was previously Vice-President of Technology at MEDSEEK, where he led the technology side of the business, boosting growth from under 30 people to over 300, until it was acquired by Silverlake Sumeru and Essex Woodlands.

Ron's expertise is building the appropriate technology, team, and processes for startups and small companies to match their phase of development. He holds a Ph. D. in Physics from MIT and undergraduate degrees in Physics and Material Science Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.


Alex Kehaya
Founder ActionWins.co

Alex is an entrepreneur and founder of ActionWins.co. 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. 



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.


Tyler Susko
Lecturer PSOE, UCSB

Professor Susko completed his PhD at MIT in the department of mechanical engineering.  His research focused on the development of a novel robotic platform (the MIT Skywalker) for the neurorehabilitation of gait following a static brain injury such as stroke or cerebral palsy.  Before this, he worked as a design engineer for two companies within Ingersoll Rand. The first of these was Club Car in Augusta, Georgia where he was part of a design team for a new 4x4 UTV (Club Car XRT950) and a LSV (Villager 2 LSV). He then moved to Annandale, NJ to work for the industrial solutions sector of the company and designed the most powerful cordless impact wrench (IR W7150) on the market today which went on to win industry , automotive and internal design awards.

Professor Susko also holds a BS in Integrated Business and Engineering and a Master of Engineering both from Lehigh University.  He continues to be interested in business and especially hardware-based entrepreneurship.  


Dennis Baker
President of DM Baker Media

Dennis Baker (DM Baker Media) has consulted to dozens of non-profits, for-profits and start-ups. Baker has raised millions of dollars for non-profits ranging in size from $100k to $127 million annual budgets in areas as diverse as museums, hospitals to universities. Managed many New York Times best selling authors and other influencers and has led many public relations campaigns for advocacy groups, movie projects and celebrities. Baker serves on several non-profit boards of directors and has a special interest in Human Rights issues. During his tenure as Chairman of Hardwired global, Hardwired (in concert with Pope Francis) successfully secured the release of the famous Sudanese refuge Meriam Ibraheem in 2014.

Dennis Baker is a graduate of Westmont College and a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics in London, England. Before starting DM Baker-Media Relations, Baker worked for a U. S. Senator, the British House of Commons, in management at a national media buying/PR firm, and for FOX TV. Most recently, Baker has partnered with Gray Matter Productions as an Executive Producer. He is also a member of the Nexus Summit and Larry Pages’ (Google CEO/Founder) Google Zeitgeist community.


Vietor Davis
CTO & Co-Founder, cielo24 Inc.

Vietor is the Co-Founder and CTO of cielo24 where he heads the technology team that pioneered their market-leading human/machine hybrid media data creation system. Enabling rich media experiences across the web, cielo24 blends automated systems with large scale human microtasks to create high quality media data in the form of captions, searchable indexes, speaker or topic indexes, and more.

A UCSB alum, Vietor was studying Physics and Computer Science when he became involved with the local SB startup community and hasn’t looked back since. He launched his first company, Zettabyte Storage, upon completion of his Masters in Computer Science. An early developer of cloud-backed NAS devices, Zettabyte Storage shipped a unified hardware/software platform that provided their customers with high-performance disaster proof data storage.

When he’s not working, Vietor enjoys reading, computer games, and training Capoeira.


Chris Horne
Marketing Consultant at Fresh Perspective Consulting

Chris’s independent consulting practice has been delivering pragmatic product management and marketing services on demand to help agile technology companies deliver greater results with less effort for the past ten years.

Chris has been in the software technology industry for more than twenty years, building and marketing products for enterprise content management, business process automation, cloud management and enterprise customer engagement. Serving in various roles within startups such as RightScale and Cloudscaling as well as large enterprises such as Documentum, Sun Microsystems and VMware, Chris has led product management, marketing and software development teams to define and deliver innovative customer solutions. Primary areas of focus include market research, requirements analysis, competitive analysis and positioning, go to market strategy and sales enablement.

As a long time technology enthusiast, Chris tracks all things digital business (cloud, mobile, social, big data/analytics, internet of things, etc) as well as technologies like drones and wearables because they’re just plain fun. When not working or playing Minecraft with his kids, Chris is likely to be playing racquetball and wishing he was snowboarding.


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”.


Nathan Radtke
Electrical Engineer at Santa Barbara Infrared

Nathan is the lead electrical engineer at Santa Barbara Infrared which makes electro-optical test equipment, infrared cameras, and infrared scene projectors.  His areas of specialty are embedded systems, FPGA design, hardware video processing, and high speed digital & analog design.  He designs products for a wide customer base that includes research universities, large commercial companies, and the military.

Nathan is a UCSB alum with past experience in millimeter wave research, robotics, and software development.  If you play basketball in Santa Barbara, it is very likely you have already ran into him.


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.


Bob Lansdorp
CTO at Milo Sensors, Inc.

While pursuing his PhD in Materials, Bob co-founded Milo Sensors, which won the 2015 New Venture Competition at UCSB. Milo Sensors recently launched PROOF™ - the first wearable for alcohol - on Indiegogo. They hit their fundraising target in 24 hoursand sold out in a week. The next big challenge is scaling up to meet the demand!

Bob's favorite pastime is brainstorming about science and engineering, so if you want to bounce around an idea, he's happy to chat.


Daniel Imberman
Software Engineer at Origami Logic

Daniel Imberman is a graduating master’s candidate in computer science at UCSB. He will graduate in Winter 2016 an emphasis in Machine Learning for Distributed Systems. He is also a cofounder and former COO of the 2015 New Venture Competition winning team Milo. He has worked for tech companies at every step of development, ranging from early stage start-ups to name-brand industry trendsetters.         

Through years of acting, musical theater, and live performance, Daniel gained extensive experience in public speaking. These public speaking skills were honed through rigorous training by prominent speech and presentation coaches during his employment at Apple, and by multiple central-coast tech moguls in preparation for the New Venture Competition.
 

Beginning in February, Daniel will be joining Origami Logic as a Platform Engineer. With fewer than 50 employees, Origami Logic has raised over $50 million dollars in just over 2 years and is on track to become the industry standard for real-time market analytics. Over the next few years, Daniel hopes to merge his technical expertise and business insight into a unique perspective that will lead to a prosperous and impactful career.


Nate Lawrie
Brazyn Life - Founder, CEO

 Nate was an All-American Tight End at Yale University before being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2004 NFL Draft.  He played 8 years of professional football.  In his third year in the NFL, as a member of the New Orleans Saints, he suffered a season-ending back injury.   As he began the rehab process, trying to get ready for the next season, he became addicted to foam-rolling.  He used it religiously throughout the rest of his football career, and gives it credit as one of the most important tools to allowing him to play another 5 season.  But Nate, like many others, was annoyed that he couldn’t take his foam roller with him when he was roaming about.  Whether it was to an away-game, or in the off-season (when he was training at different gyms or exploring the globe with his wife) he wanted a foam roller with him so that his training and his body wouldn’t suffer.
So Nate set out to create a better foam roller.  One that he could take with him anywhere…no questions asked.  In 2015 Nate’s company, Brazyn Life, launched THE MORPH Collapsible Foam Roller with a successful Kickstarter campaign and is currently working towards it’s first production run.   Brazyn Life is a performance lifestyle brand centered around providing the "athlete-on-the-go" with the tools they need to stay in peak physical condition.

Since retiring from football, Nate has also headed operations for Connecticut Greenstar - A door hardware company selling highly innovative storm door hardware.   As Director of Business Development, Nate has successfully led efforts to grow sales across numerous channels - including eCommerce, Direct Marketing, Wholesale, and OEM.  Greenstar has sold over 9 Million units of its initial product, the Touch ’n Hold Door Closer.

When Nate is able to sequester a little personal time away from his hectic work life and his energetic 3-year-old son, you can find him out at Coal Oil Point trying to look like a surfer.


Wiley Uretz
Attorney

Wiley Uretz is a Business and Intellectual Property (IP) attorney located in Santa Barbara. Starting January 1st he will be joining the Santa Barbara law firm of Reetz, Fox & Bartlett LLP. Before becoming an attorney he attended Westmont College where he earned his B.A. in Economics/Business. During his time at Westmont he was very interested in entrepreneurship and helped create several business plans for startup companies. Also, while interning for a local attorney during his senior year, he conducted trademark research and wrote memoranda on what steps a company, who was a client of the attorney, should take to receive a trademark. The experience of doing trademark work helped lead Wiley to Whittier Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate with a certificate (similar to a major) in IP Law. While at Whittier Wiley was named the Outstanding Student in IP Law. He is currently admitted to the State Bar of California, is a member of the Santa Barbara Inns of Court and is a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association


Daniel John Colantonio (Sat Kiret)
Co-Founder and President, Santa Barbara Hustlers for Peace and Prosperity; Co-Founder and Chief Networking Officer, Serve Community

Daniel Colantonio is the co-founder of Santa Barbara Hustlers for Peace & Prosperity and Serve.Community. The Hustlers is a community service team and social club dedicated to transforming Santa Barbara through a team approach to community service. Serve.Community is a tech startup and social network, built to help tribes and movements expand and meet their goals. Born and raised outside Boston, he received a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Boston University. His background includes more than a decade’s experience in network marketing, team-buliding and coaching. 


Matt Turner
Co-Founder and CEO, Serve Community; Co-Founder and Director of Development, Santa Barbara Hustlers for Peace and Prosperity

Matt Turner is an entrepreneur and Strengths Coach. He co-founded and runs two businesses: the Hustlers for Peace & Prosperity, a non-profit community social club and service organization whose mission is to positively impact every resident of Santa Barbara by 2020; and Serve Community, an alternate reality game designed to unite humanity by merging play with service, whose mission is to impact 1 billion people in 10 years (a challenge issued by Peter Diamandis, founder of X Prize Foundation and Singularity University).  He is also a business consultant who works with employees of large organizations to optimize their strengths and maximize their impact on the company's bottom line. 


David Campos
Founder of Inertia7

David is a startup and technology junkie with a passion for building products that help humans reach their highest potential.

Currently, David is focused on building out Inertia7 (https://www.inertia7.com), a social platform for computer & data science enthusiasts to share their open-source projects. Still in early stage, Inertia7 has garnered ~30 contributors, ~100 open-source projects, and ~9000 users.

In 2012, David founded Napses, a EdTech startup, which provided a digital and cheaper alternative to traditional class readers. After placing 3rd in the 2013 New Venture Competition at UCSB and serving ~100 students, Napses failed to scale due a lack of technical and product expertise in the founding team. After this experience, the entire founding team (including David) shifted their focus toward learning code.

Professionally, David has experience in product management, technical support, and enterprise sales. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Spanish, as well as a Technology Management Certificate from UC Santa Barbara. In his free time he loves learning, coding, drumming, painting, hiking, music festivals, and hanging out with friends.


Oliver Townsend
Junior Partner at Caugnate

Oliver Townsend recently received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and has returned to complete a master’s degree in Computer Science. He has held numerous internships at companies including IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Qualcomm in various areas ranging from digital design to database development and management software.

Last Spring, his team Caugnate tied for 2nd place in the UCSB New Venture Competition with their augmented reality-enhanced mobile video conferencing technology. Oliver, along with the rest of the core Caugnate team, is still successfully pursuing the venture where he helps with software development, customer discovery, and any other management need.

Over five years ago, he and a friend began a mobile car detailing business, which is still operational to this day. In his free time he enjoys playing drums and longboarding around the Santa Barbara area.


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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Mark Cardona
Attorney

Mark is an attorney at Cardona Law in downtown Santa Barbara. 

He was the director of operations at Otojoy, and attend LaVerne College of Law.
 
Mark facilitated the 2015 Startup  Weekend and is a sponsor with Cardona Law assisting with legal advice for the winning teams. 


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