Stanford Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014


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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Stanford Startup Weekend

Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014



Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm



Stanford, CA

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November 7, 2014—November 9, 2014

Join over 100 of Stanford’s most motivated, creative, and excited entrepreneurs for 54-hours to pitch ideas, form teams, develop product, and pitch investors. More than a hackathon, Startup Weekend is a cultural phenomenon. We want entrepreneurs from Law, Business, Humanities & Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Education to enter Stanford Stadium Skybox to create the next great company.

StartX, BASES, STVP, GSB CES, GSB E-club, SLS E-club, SWIB, and Stanford Athletics are all coming together to bring you Startup Weekend Stanford; Stanford Athletics is hosting us up in the Stanford Stadium Skybox; and more.  What’s left? You.  Take the jump and build your idea today.

Apply now for a chance to attend: http://stanford.startupweekend.org/


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 7th


5:00 pm
Registration
Gate 4 open, come in and register


6:15 pm
Kickoff


6:30 pm
Welcome & Keynote
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
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


11:55 pm
Midnight Meal

Saturday November 8th


9:00 am
Gate 4 Open & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


11:00 am
Mentors Arrive & Team Check-in
Mentors arrive to work with teams


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Mentor session ends


4:30 pm
Hardware Pow-wow Begins
Hardware specific mentors will be around to help teams with hardware challenges


6:30 pm
Dinner


11:55 pm
Midnight Coffee

Sunday November 9th


9:00 am
Gate 4 open, Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch & Coaches Arrive


12:30 pm
Coaches Meetings
Ask questions and hone your final pitch!


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


5:00 pm
Final Presentations & Dinner


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He first gained attention for innovations in banking and startup finance. Today he is known as the mentor of the PayPal mafia of entrepreneurs, as well as for his warnings of a coming technology deficit with severe economic consequences. He works to accelerate innovation to prevent such a crisis by identifying and funding promising technology ideas and by guiding successful companies to scale and dominate their industries. In 1998, Mr. Thiel made e-commerce easier, faster, and more secure by co-founding and leading PayPal, which now has more than 128 million active financial accounts. In 2002, he sold PayPal to eBay and founded a global macro fund, Clarium. In 2004, he co-founded Palantir Technologies, which offers platforms for finance companies and intelligence, defense, and law enforcement communities to integrate, visualize, and analyze the world’s information. In the same year, he made the first outside investment in Facebook, a social networking hub that now has more than a billion million active members. He serves on its board. Building on his personal success as a venture capital investor, Mr. Thiel co-founded and manages Founders Fund, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital fund that has pioneered new methods of venture financing that benefit founders. Through Founders Fund, as well as through his private investing, he has helped the next generation of tech companies, such as SpaceX, LinkedIn, YelpRoboteX, and Spotify. And in 2012 he co-founded Mithril Capital Management, an international technology investment fund. Mr. Thiel established and funds the Thiel Foundation, which promotes freedom in all its forms. He sponsors the Committee to Protect Journalists, The Seasteading Institute, and the Human Rights Foundation. He funds the artificial intelligence research of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. He also aids work against violence through the Oslo Freedom Forum and through the research of philosopher René Girard, which is extended and promulgated by Imitatio. He also promotes better health by funding the longevity research of Dr. Cynthia Kenyon and the SENS Research Foundation. Mr. Thiel created the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, which nurtures the tech visionaries of tomorrow. And he formed Breakout Labs to help independent scientists, engineers, and inventors advance their most radical ideas. Mr. Thiel earned a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he occasionally teaches on globalization and technology and serves on the board of overseers of the Hoover Institution. His articles have appeared in Policy Review and the Wall Street Journal. He co-produced the film Thank You for Smoking, was rated a master by the United States Chess Federation, and received the Innovation Award from the Economist in 2010. He lives in San Francisco.

Event Judges


Mar Hershenson
Managing Partner, Pejman Mar Ventures

Mar is a Managing Partner at Pejman Mar Ventures. She has over 13 years of founder experience, having co-founded three start-ups in the mobile, e-commerce, enterprise software and semiconductor industries. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University with a combined hardware/software focus.


Andrew Reed
Partner, Sequoia Capital

Andrew focuses on partnering with the next generation of great technology and financial entrepreneurs. Prior to Sequoia, Andrew worked at Goldman Sachs, where he was involved in mergers & acquisitions, financings & strategic advisory in the technology sector. Andrew has a B.A. from Amherst College, where he competed on the football and track & field teams. He sharpened his competitive instincts growing up with an identical twin brother, over whom he holds a winning record in one-on-one basketball, and loves working with relentless, determined entrepreneurs who are driven to build the fundamental companies of tomorrow.


Michael Baum
CEO, Founder.org

Michael is the Founder and CEO of FOUNDER.org. Michael's entrepreneurial journey has spanned 25 years, six start-ups, five acquisitions and the IPO of Splunk (SPLK). Michael’s projects have created more than 3,000 jobs, over 150 millionaires and more than $10B in shareholder value. He is a Computer Science graduate from Drexel University and earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael is also an inventor of several patents in big data, machine learning and financial transaction management. He is still chasing big ideas with student entrepreneurs around the world.


Shanna Tellerman
Partner, Google Ventures

Shanna is a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. Her career has focused on the intersection between design and technology, especially in the realm of 3D technology platforms.Shanna was the founder and CEO of Sim Ops Studios (Wild Pockets), a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University that focused on democratizing 3D game development. Sim Ops was acquired by Autodesk in 2010, and Shanna worked there as a product line manager responsible for launching the cloud platform and Autodesk 360 applications.Shanna holds a BFA and a master’s degree in entertainment technology from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2009 she was named one of BusinessWeek’s best young entrepreneurs, and in 2012 she was featured in the book “Creating Innovators” by Harvard education expert Tony Wagner.


Alice Brooks
Founder and CEO, Roominate

Alice is the Co-Founder and CEO of Roominate, a company that makes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fun for kids. Roominate products are currently distributed at major retailers, including Walmart and Toys R Us. Alice holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and Stanford. She first realized her love of engineering and toy design as an eight year old, when she built dolls with her very own saw. Roominate participated in StartX's Spring and Summer 2012 sessions.


Coaches and Mentors


Michael Baum
CEO, Founder.org

Michael is the Founder and CEO of FOUNDER.org. Michael's entrepreneurial journey has spanned 25 years, six start-ups, five acquisitions and the IPO of Splunk (SPLK). Michael’s projects have created more than 3,000 jobs, over 150 millionaires and more than $10B in shareholder value. He is a Computer Science graduate from Drexel University and earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael is also an inventor of several patents in big data, machine learning and financial transaction management. He is still chasing big ideas with student entrepreneurs around the world.


Tony Ayaz
Chief Business Officer, Founder.org

Tony Ayaz serves as Chief Business Officer and helps drive investments across FOUNDER.org  companies. Tony also serves on the Board of Directors of Zoomdata and Securly.  Tony has helped build and scale successful disruptive companies from start-up to IPO for more than 15 years. Tony's experience spans domestic to international markets and has held many different management roles.  Tony previously served as Entrepreneur in Residence at NovakBiddle Venture Partners working with Big Data and Security companies and was Vice President-Sales at Splunk (SPLK) helping develop strategy and sales across N. America, Europe and Public Sector markets since product launch in 2005.  Tony was also an early employee at Wily Technology (CA), BEA Systems (ORCL), Azul Systems and SoftChoice Corp (SO). Tony graduated from the University of Arizona and resides in California


Christopher Fong
Business Development, VCs & Startups, Google Inc.

Fong is an 8 year Google veteran that is responsible for developing long lasting relationships and partnerships with top venture capital funds and their high potential startups. He strategically consults with these startups to help them across all of Google’s product areas to scope out new partnership opportunities to take advantage of emerging technologies and business trends. His experience also includes working in Tanzania evaluating business plans and mentoring entrepreneurs for Google.org.   While at university he founded an education startup in Australia which helped students trade textbooks which evolved into a classifieds portal and worked at Expedia in the United States and Canada. Fong holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a dual MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is a mentor at Cornell University’s EntrepreneurshipLab, member of the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business Executive MBA Advisory Council and was a venture advisor in residence at UC Berkeley’s joint engineering and business schools incubator. He is an investor in a StartX company.


Michela Fitten
Strategic Thinker and Social Entreprise Enthusiast

Michela currently works at YouTube managing strategic partnerships with TV and Film studios.  Prior to YouTube Michela worked on Google Play launching new hardware devices around the globe.  She is also the Social Media Manager for Google for Nonprofits where she manages a community of 1.5 million nonprofits.  Prior to Google Michela worked for an LA based market research startup in gaming and a creative services startup where she got her first fix of entrepreneurial adrenaline.

Michela is a Startup Weekend fanatic. She has participated in four Startup Weekends. In 2013 she lead her SW team to first place with a controversial sex-positive adult industry startup. In 2012 her team snagged 3rd place at Mega-Startup Weekend in the gaming vertical. 

Michela is passionate about social entrepreneurship focusing on the intersection of tech and social change. She is a Starting Bloc Social Entrepreneurship Fellow and a 2011 AT&T New Media fellow. She earned a Bachelors of Arts with Honors from Brown University in Media Studies and International Relations. She loves powder days, barefoot soccer, and fire-dancing. 


Tim Harris
Partner, Morrison and Foerster

Timothy J. Harris is the Palo Alto Office Head of the Corporate Department and an active member of the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital group. Mr. Harris represents public and private companies and venture capital firms in corporate and securities matters.


Mar Hershenson
Managing Partner, Pejman Mar Ventures

Mar is a Managing Partner at Pejman Mar Ventures. She has over 13 years of founder experience, having co-founded three start-ups in the mobile, e-commerce, enterprise software and semiconductor industries. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University with a combined hardware/software focus.


Pejman Nozad
Managing Partner, Pejman Mar Ventures

Named by Forbes in 2012 as "one of the most successful angel investors", Pejman has over 15 years of experience investing in early stage high tech start-ups. He's invested in over 100 startups and has seeded several multi-billion dollar companies such as Dropbox, Zoosk, and Lending Club.


Ryokichi Onishi
Senior Researcher, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

Ryokichi is a senior researcher at Toyota InfoTechnology Center - an open innovation hub of Toyota. His engineering career of 13 years has spanned various projects, from developing automated driving systems to creating business models for car sharing services. His current interest lies in automotive wireless M2M/IoT technology geared for next generation, data-driven Kaizen platforms. He is currently looking for innovative partners in emerging technology in a variety of capacities, including internships, joint development, prototyping and licensing. He holds B.S. and M.E. degrees from the University of Tokyo and had four years of on-site collaboration experience at Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bell Communication Research. He has been awarded 14 patents by the U.S. Patent Office.


Angelika Blendstrup
Co-founder, SV LATAM Fund

Angelika is Co-founder of SV LATAM Fund, the first VC fund born in Silicon Valley with a unique focus on Latin America, and ZFunction University, Latin America’s tech entrepreneurship program in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Angelika is a regular mentor at 500 Startups, Endeavor (Global), UpWest Labs (Israel), Imagine (Spain), Deep Dive (Russia) and mentor and advisor at Brazil Innovators, Silicon House (Brazil) and Startup Embassy. She has also been a judge at Startup Chile.
She has received a Master’s from UC Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford University. Angelika also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Author of “They Made It!: How Chinese, French, German, Indian, Iranian, Israeli and other foreign born entrepreneurs contributed to high tech innovation in the Silicon Valley, the US and Overseas”, and co-author of “Communicating the American Way.”


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Stanford Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Signature Sponsors

Main Sponsorship

Stanford Collaborators


Organizing Team

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

  • Andrew
    Scheuermann
  • Angela
    Hayward
  • Greg
    Mulholland

Facilitators


Joey Aquino
Business Development Manager at Amazon.com

Joey Aquino is currently a Business Development Manager at Amazon.com working specifically on the Amazon Appstore. His main role is working with app developers and startups all around the world to help them get integrated into their platform and scale their business through the Amazon ecosystem. Prior to Amazon he has been involved in the startup space for a few years where he founded 2 non-profits (an incubator for student entrepreneurs and micro-financing program that funded student startups), Business Development Manger @ TeachStreet.com (acquired by Amazon.com) and then was a PM at UP Global running their innovation program. His current SW count is over 60 events in 10 countries and has hung out with one cheetah.


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