Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 USA West

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 USA West

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

USA West, CA

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About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: 
This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 

Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details Startup Weekend US

About Startup Weekend Unite to Fight COVID-19 USA West:
At this online version of Startup Weekend, geography is no longer a limitation. We are taking the best of the in-person experience and amplifying it with the power and reach of the best digital tools available.

The Unite to Fight COVID19 Startup Weekend is nationwide, and brings together hundreds, even thousands, of participants to work on project ideas and prototypes for three days. This is an unprecedented opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired to work together and develop inclusive solutions.

Are you passionate about solving a problem related to COVID19? 
Do you have an amazing idea for a solution?  
Are you trying to find talented people to work with?
Do you want to launch a startup that will improve the world now or after COVID19?  

Join us, make a difference — and experience the thrill of seeing your idea come to life!

To help focus our work for the weekend and address key topics related to the Covid-19 health emergency, we’ve identified several themes. Winners will be selected from each of these: 
  • Health: Address and scale a range of health initiatives, including preventative/hygiene behaviors (especially for at-risk countries and populations), supporting frontline health workers, scaling telemedicine, contact tracing/containment strategies, treatment and diagnosis development.
  • Vulnerable Populations: The set of problems facing the elderly and the immuno-compromised, such as access to meals and groceries, and supporting those who are losing jobs and income.
  • Businesses: The set of problems that businesses are facing to stay afloat, collaborate effectively, and move parts of their business online.
  • Community: Promoting connection to friends, family, and neighbors to combat social isolation and the digitizing of public services for local governments.
  • Education: Alternative learning environments and tools for students, teachers, and entire school systems.
  • Entertainment: Alternatives to traditional forms of entertainment that can keep the talent and audiences safe and healthy.
  • Other: The above themes are just suggestions. Feel empowered to get creative!
Stay Home, Work Together. Change The World.
For the first time ever, Techstars staff and our US-based team of passionate startup community leaders has reimagined every aspect of Startup Weekend and converted everything into a remote, online, high-energy experience.  

How much does it cost to participate? 
Nothing! Tickets to register for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation to an organization that's 
tackling the COVID19 crisis (selected by the organizing team). If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option. 

How does the “East” and “West” region work?  
We recognized that someone is Albany, NY will get off work 3 hours earlier than someone in Portland, OR. So we set up the schedule to help match the schedules more easily. However we are still running one nation-wide event. You can work in teams with anyone you want, from anywhere in the country. But you will see some of the timing will depend on your timezone, and others will be “live” and therefore fixed across all time zones. (Think you want to sign up for the Eastern US? Click here.)

How does a normal Startup Weekend work?
All Startup Weekends have the same 7 key activities: 

  1. Attendee registration
  2. Kickoff event
  3. Pitch ideas, vote, and form teams
  4. Enroll your teams
  5. Begin working
  6. Submit for Judging
  7. Judging and closing event
You can also visit here to learn more, watch a short video here.  Be sure to come back and keep reading and sign up below!

How will an online Startup Weekend work?
This online Startup Weekend has all 7 features of a regular Startup Weekend, but the timing and techniques are a bit different.  So let’s start with the basics in 10 easy steps.

  1. Register yourself and invite all your friends to do the same (on Eventbrite)
  2. Pitch ideas for problems and solutions (within Discord)
  3. Discover projects and vote on your favorites (within Discord)
  4. Meet attendees and connect with other attendees (within Discord)
  5. Form a team with other people who share your passion (within Discord)
  6. Enroll your team and idea so we can assign a facilitator and help your team (using a Google Form)
  7. Watch the kickoff on Friday night (using YouTube Live)
  8. Work all weekend on your project (using Discord + video conferencing) 
  9. Submit your project for official judging (using Google Forms)
  10. Watch the closing event on Sunday night (using YouTube Live and Zoom)
What’s the time commitment?  
Just like a standard Startup Weekend, we are expecting everyone to make this their focus for the full weekend.That generally means attending the kickoff on Friday night, working with teams, mentors and facilitators through the weekend and attending the closing event on Sunday night. See the event schedule overview on this page.  

However, since we aren’t all together in a single location, it’s up to each team to stay focused. You will need to stay actively connected and engaged with each other, your facilitator, the agenda and the process. That also means that if you have family or other obligations, you can work with your team members to help each other out and juggle those commitments.
What if I can’t launch a startup right now?  
That’s fine! We want to help you unlock your entrepreneurial spirit to solve important problems related to COVID19. Your project could become a fundable startup business, a community passion project or an open-source solution. What matters is the focus on creating value for the world, learning the tools of entrepreneurship, making connections and having fun!  

Are You Ready to Jump In?
Head over to Eventbrite at the "Buy Tickets" button to the left and register to attend. We will get you all the details in your welcome email. 

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Monday April 13th

6:00 pm
Registration begins

Wednesday April 22nd

12:00 pm
Pitching ideas opens
You may begin pitching ideas within the Discord application.

Thursday April 23rd

11:55 pm
Event registration on Eventbrite closes
Deadline to register for the event.

Friday April 24th

12:00 pm
Idea pitching CLOSES!
Opportunity to post and discuss ideas and form teams within Discord closes.

1:00 pm
Team Enrollment Submission CLOSES!
Deadline for teams to enroll.

6:00 pm
Kick-off Livecast Begins
"Doors Open" for our Livecast!

6:30 pm
Welcome to Participants
Livecast program begins; facilitators review agenda for the weekend.

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.

Saturday April 25th

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend.

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday April 26th

9:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 pm
Final Pitch Submission CLOSES!
Deadline for submitting teams' final pitches for judging.

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS.

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation.

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Ky Holland
Technology Commercialization Officer @ University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska startup community activist, educator, B2B industrial business ops manager and founder, angel investor and seed fund manager. Ky is a community organizer that has been working in Anchorage to develop the startup ecosystem as an educator, investor and startup entrepreneur.  Contact Ky for more information about the Innovation to Launch model that bridges the world of Lean and traditional business startup plans and financing.

Jacqueline Summers
Owner, Program Manager @ Health TIE & Paxaro Solutions

Jacqueline Summers is the Managing Director of Health TIE, a healthcare innovation hub based in Anchorage, Alaska and owner of Paxaro Solutions. Established in 2014, Paxaro Solutions is a woman-owned small business based in Anchorage, Alaska which specializes in providing business operations services, strategy, and resource development. Along with business office management, she has experience with municipal, state, and federal government contracting.

Justin Soliz
Engineering Manager @ Stripe

Justin is originally from Texas and now based in Seattle. He has a software development background and has most recently focused in B2B enterprise domains.

Rich Kopcho
Mentor, Founder and Event Producer

Rich Kopcho's core competencies are Business Development, Product and Project Management, Marketing and Sales. His lifelong work is building startups, having formed or joined over 15.  Always parallel processing, he teaches sales at Sales180 is a partner at Visceral Art and producer of the Wyohackathon.
His experience includes international marketing, product management and business development for Hewlett Packard and others. As well as 10 years as managing partner of an international manufacturing consultancy to fortune 100 clients.
He actively mentors entrepreneurial students at the University of Colorado—Boulder. 
He is interviewed in the book: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs.

Amyr Haq
Program Manager @ Microsoft

Program Manager | Microsoft & Google Alum | Enterprise & Consumer Software

Amado Guloy
CEO @ Life Sciences Startup

Amado is a Techstars alum and the founder/CEO of Rex Animal Health (now Rex Ag Labs), the first agriculture tech company within the Techstars portfolio. He's a chemist by training and has experience in business development, strategic partnerships, and data science.

Charu Sharma
Tech Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Charu Sharma is a Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneur, startup investor and board member. In 2019, Charu was named the AI entrepreneur of the year by VentureBeat and a Top 10 Woman in Cloud by Sheryl Sandberg and Cloud-now.

John P. Vajda
Product Manager

I'm a product & engineering leader who loves to code and my mission is to empower makers and creators to build amazing things that will change the world.

Allison Winston
Vice President of Thinkful

Allison Winston is a Silicon Valley-based tech executive, with 15 years in education and wellness technologies, and expertise in B2C and B2B mobile and SaaS. She has been a startup founder, raised millions in venture capital, and led successful business, sales, technology, and product teams. She is currently the VP of Local Growth at Thinkful, a career accelerator that was recently acquired by one of the largest American public education company for $100M.

Jay Millard
SVP of Operations

Jay brings over 20 years of Sales, Marketing, Operations and Executive Leadership experience, with demonstrated success in diverse industries from Technology Services, Digital Agency and Real Estate.

Elian Pres-Gurwits
Senior Advisor @ Entrepreneur First

Elian is an experienced entrepreneur who is currently serving as Senior Advisor at the leading talent investor, Entrepreneur First. Previously, Elian served as Senior Management Associate at the world’s largest Hedge Fund, Bridgewater Associates, incubated new ventures at Europe’s leading venture builder and investor, Rocket Internet, and built GlossyBox (an international beauty subscription player) across Europe, Asia and North America (raised $72m in funding; acquired by the Hut Group in 2017). Born and raised in Germany, Elian earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Bhaskar Manam
Sr. Product Manager @ ADP

Build value-driven products that matter. Leading teams to see beyond the status quo.

Praveen Yadav
Co-Founder @ SciArt Software, Inc.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Research expertise in computational mechanics with focus on assembly-free methods for a wide range of large-scale finite element analysis in solid mechanics. Interested in addressing challenges with exa-scale problems in physics-based simulations and analyses software.

Post PhD transitioned into the role of an entrepreneur, delivering high-performance FEA and topology optimization software as a service. Avid follower of LEAN start-up, low-cost experiments and customer validation.

Matthew Loewengart
Sales Engineer Director @ Adobe Systems

Matthew spent the first half of his career in product management and product marketing in many VC-backed start-ups with a focus on interactive/rich media and Internet technologies including the launch of the first streaming audio website, educational gaming software used by speech language pathologists and public school districts, and blending community building web tools with branded content.

More recently, he leads a pre-sales, solution consulting team focused on strategic account planning, demonstrations for business users to technical team to C-level executives, and generally acting as a trusted advisor to leading Retailers including Nike, Amazon, Nordstrom and many others specifically in content management, personalization and digital experiences.

David Villaseca
Global Head of CX, Marketing & Sales @ Oracle Financial Services

Digital Banking, Marketing & Sales expert. Based in Silicon Valley, I help companies to accelerate digital transformation and P&L growth, boosting customer experiences, brands and digital sales at Oracle. Previously I led digital transformation for a global bank, BBVA. Founder of BBVA Open Innovation, global fintech ecosystem. Also Co-founder of Caltops, an education startup

Kim D. Snyder
CEO & Founder @

Kim D. Snyder is the CEO & Founder of Online Marketing In A Box. They specialize in B2B strategies for growth & profit.  Kim is an author, podcaster and speaker. She spends time with her husband Rob, enjoying a glass of red wine or taking a walk. 

Beth Blecherman
Digital & Product Marketing Consultant @ Blecherman Consulting

Digital & Product Marketing Consultant, Co-Founder/Advisor @SavitudeAI (Techstars Retail ’17). Past: Tech blogger @Techmama, Sr.Manager Deloitte

Steven C Paul
Principal Consultant, Owner @ Six68 Consulting Group

Six68 Consulting Group - Principal, Revenue Driver, Innovator, Team Builder, Mentor, Entrepreneur, Class A General Contractor, Life Long Business Owner

Robert Phillips
Founder @ Phillips Marketing

Robert served as the Chief Marketing Officer for JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service. He has spent more than two decades building and leading marketing teams for technology companies, most of which have been high-growth, SaaS services. Robert is a data focused marketer who is passionate about customer acquisition, growth, and revenue.

Prior to JumpCloud, Robert served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Kapost, a content marketing platform for the enterprise. He was also Vice President of Marketing for SendGrid, an email API for developers. Robert also worked for Netflix (2002 IPO) and PeoplePC (2000 IPO, purchased by Earthlink in 2002). Robert began his career at Ogilvy and Mather and DDB Worldwide advertising working with brands such as American Airlines, GTE (now Verizon), Embassy Suites Hotels and Level 3 Communications.

Jeb Hurley
Co-Founder & CEO @ Xmetryx

Dr. Jeb Hurley is co-founder & CEO of Xmetryx, a team relationship management platform. His career includes VP/GM roles in the Fortune 100 and CEO of three B2B start-ups. His expertise is team behavior.

David Cohen
Co-Founder, Co-CEO | Techstars

Previously, David was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive [Amazon]. David was also the founder and CEO of, a music service which was sold to in 2006. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between.

David is a active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Computer Science Department, the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Silicon Flatirons. David also runs the Colorado chapter of the Open Angel Forum. David’s hobbies are technology, software/web startups, business history, and tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he’s ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.

Kushaan Shah
Founder at Social Rise and Consultant at IBM

Kushaan is an IBM Consultant and Founder of Social Rise, a non-profit organization focused on closing the digital divide and empowering marginalized communities to learn social media through workshops and advocacy. He is a StartingBloc Fellow and an advocate for social entrepreneurship, digital equity, and innovation in the social technology space. With a strong interest in digital hacking, he has consulted with Fortune 500 executives, non-profit organizations and early-stage startups on social media strategy and growth. Aside from being a published blogger and TedX Speaker, Kushaan enjoys rooting for his hometown Boston sports teams, watching re-runs of the Office, tweeting unconventional musings at @kushaanshah and a well-made burrito.

Richard O'Connell
Director of Partnerships @ Atlassian

I am a technology leader with over 20 years of global technology and business transformation experience. I am currently Director of Strategic Partnerships at Atlassian, a fast growing SaaS software company where I'm responsible for growth (customers, revenue, new products) of our most complex partnerships (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft).
Prior to joining Atlassian I held senior management positions at Facebook, Microsoft and Accenture.

I love breaking new ground for companies and solving complex problems, and I use technology in every part of my life. I know how to build teams and clear the path for teams to do great things. I am a calm, service-oriented leader and get tremendous satisfaction from creating high performing teams.

I’m an avid reader, scuba diver, and love camping and hiking.

Sara Milles Gupta
Founder @ StartWise Consulting

Sara is an established Sales executive backed by over 18 years of experience building and running high-caliber teams across a number of industries and functions. Her clients span NA, LATAM, Europe, and APAC, and range from small technology start-ups to Fortune 100. She is known for her ability to build happy, high-performing teams with a consistent record of exceeding goals.

Sara studied evidenced-based executive and leadership coaching at Fielding Graduate University and is an active member of the International Coaching Federation.

Sara grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, and has been a key member of 4 startups and therefore understands the hard work it takes to reach one’s goals.

Bhanu Prakash
Cofounder, Exploring Infinities

Bhanu’s Superhuman Abilities in doing complex mathematical calculations at unimaginable speed with 100% accuracy has earned him the nicknames like “The Fastest Human Calculator in the World.”
He holds 50 Limca Book Records and 4 World Records for being The Fastest Human Calculator. Founder and CEO of 3 companies,  he has been invited by various global institutions to share “how to amplify human brain’s efficiency”.

Sahil Saini
Founder & CEO @ AKOS

A software developer turned strategist, Sahil leads the team at AKOS - an agile digital agency that believes in outcome-driven innovation to design, develop and launch full-scale digital products.

Sean O'Brien
Venture Partner @ NextGen Venture Partners

Former founder featured in TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, & Inc. Venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners, the largest early-stage VC firm by headcount. Angel investor in & NowRx. Studied marketing at Wharton, Northwestern, & Cornell.

Rob Krecak
Business Owner @ uBreakiFix

Rob is an eight-time business owner in various industries such as fitness, cell phone repair, and mental health. He started his career as a sell-side equity analyst covering healthcare stocks.

John C Cook
Head of Mobile Product @ Mozilla Corporation

I'm an experienced Product and Innovation leader. A left-brain/right-brain person, who's as comfortable talking tech, marketing, business. I enjoy building great products, developing super teams, and delivering award-winning programs that excite users worldwide.

Keely Cormier
VP Operations @ Techstars

A senior leader who specializes in growth-stage businesses. A tireless champion for developing and implementing strategic plans to achieve ambitious visions and mission-critical goals. Passionate about inspiring and leading global, cross-functional teams to achieve amazing results.

Dave Cass
Director, Business Development @ Techstars

Techstars alum and mentor, Director of BD at Techstars. Particular interests include education, and health/wellness.

Tiffany Willson
CEO / Founder @

Tiff Willson is the CEO and founder of Roomhints is the #1 platform for sustainable residential or commercial remodeling helping over 1 million customers to date to design their space. Roomhints uses technologies such as, computer vision, AR/VR and AI to build a sophisticated communication tool to connect all parties involved in a remodeling project. Tiff has been featured in the following publications; Fast Company, Mashable, NY Times, Fox News,, and

Harry Hollines
Founder & CEO at The Hollines Group

Harry Hollines is an accomplished senior executive with more than 20 years of corporate development, business development, strategy and legal experience in the SaaS, software and technology sectors. He has demonstrated success in creating new revenue streams, increasing shareholder value, building and launching profitable distribution and partnership channels and leading mergers, acquisitions and other strategic business initiatives.

Sophie Nazerian
Strategic Account Manager @ Techstars

I use a human centered approach to drive innovation, build programs, and strengthen relationships.

Patrick Renner
Co-founder and COO of Citruslabs (formerly MindMate)

Patrick is the co-founder and COO of MindMate (Techstars ’16), which is an internationally top-rated app, geared towards individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of cognitive decline. He leads business and product strategy and oversees the platform's data collection and monetization capabilities. Also, Patrick was recently named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list and is honored as the University of Glasgow's Alumnus of the Year.

Once a competitive soccer player who trained 4-5 days a week, he now can be found playing pick up soccer games in Santa Monica or maxing out his MoviePass account on the weekends.

Patrick holds an MSc in Finance from The University of Glasgow and a BSc in Economics and Business from Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Dave Roberts
Entrepreneur | Business Growth Coach

Most startups and small businesses fail. Offten for reasons that could have been prevented. I help the leaders of these ventures to put the right strategies and systems in place to enable profitable growth. I bring the expertise and experience to guide small business leaders through the turbulence and get them organized and focused on the right priorities. This helps them to get more done with limited resources and provides them with the personal support they need to develop as leaders.

Nicole Carrico Jackson
Consultant & Advisor

Award-winning creative and digital executive with 20+ years experience at the intersection of media and technology, Nicole launched her first startup in 1998, won her first Webby in 2001 and has been active in the entrepreneurial community ever since, as a co-founder, operator, mentor and advisor. She’s held leadership roles with high-growth, DBL startups Upworthy and Girlgaze, and top-tier media companies Discovery Communications, HBO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and AOL. Her work has won Webby, Shorty, Digiday and 4A Awards for client partners Unilever, Facebook, The Ad Council and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. She has dedicated her career to exploring the power of technology to elevate storytelling and the power of storytelling to drive positive social change and she’s is a frequent speak on the subject at SXSW, Social Media Week, Digital Innovation Summit and Digital Hollywood.

Carie Lemack
Advisor @ Morpheus

An experienced innovator skilled in conceiving and building ideas and products into globally-recognized entities, Carie Lemack has more than a decade of experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, organizational management, space-based product development, advocacy and security policy. Currently a mentor to startups in the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator program, and most recently co-founder and CEO of DreamUp, she focuses on spearheading programs, products and partnerships to inspire the next generation of innovators and explorers.

Raul Flamenco
Founder and CEO, Acopola Networks

Raul is a fourth-time entrepreneur working on a marketplace platform for networking services. In addition to entrepreneurial experience, Raul has done business development and sales for two Fortune 50 telecom-companies. As an electrical engineer with an MBA, Raul is passionate about networks and global businesses.

Alex Park
Web Development Engineer @ Amazon Web Services

I am a frontend engineer working at AWS. I can answer questions related to hiring software engineers, choosing a tech stack, and scaling web applications. I also have previous experience giving pitch deck feedback.

Adriana Tavares
Product Expert | Serial Founder

I’m a seasoned product expert and serial founder, with a deep passion for the transformations that occur at the intersection of business, people and technology.

Julie Penner
Venture Partner @ Next Frontier Capital

Julie is a Venture Partner at Next Frontier Capital. She aspires to help founders through their startups live their best lives, do their best work, and in the process, build great companies. Over her career, Julie has worked closely with and invested in more than seventy early-stage companies through her five years working at a premier accelerator, Techstars Boulder, and as an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Telluride Venture Accelerator. Julie’s career has led her to roles as a leadership coach, a facilitator, and a COO. She has extensive training in Conscious Leadership and lean startup principles and works to integrate those principles into her daily life and investing.

Sophie Cheam
Founder, Industrial Designer @

Sophie Cheam is the founder of, a global design and manufacturing consultancy specializing in design, engineer and manufacturing consumer electronics in the health and wellness space.

Matthew Tenenbaum
Product Manager @ Nimble.LA

Matthew Tenenbaum is a Product and Project manager at Nimble.LA, a technology and engineering consulting firm. Previously, Matthew has worked as a marketing director for a real estate tech startup.

Cesar Garcia
Principal Advisor @ IVGAdvisors

Cesar Garcia is an entrepreneur, advisor, and tech enthusiast with broad experience in business strategy, merchandising, e-commerce, monetization, digital marketing, financial planning, and operations. In his over 20 years of experience in complex omni-channel and multi-billion dollar organizations, he led multiple teams as an e-commerce executive at Bed Bath and Beyond, Inc and Toys R Us, Inc. He focuses on three elements of success: building collaborative and strategic teams, product merchandising, and customer experience/conversion.

Cesar is a valuable advisor and mentor for startups looking to further develop their business plan, merchandise or services go-to-market strategies, and insights into potential strategic partnerships. He also works with VC’s to provide advisement on potential portfolio companies before they invest.

Jed Lambert
EVP Commercial Strategy

Jed has led business development, go-to-market and partnerships teams across the advertising-supported digital media ecosystem, including B2B, SaaS and media-funded business models. Most recently Jed has been leading the commercial strategy for blockchain-based tech company Lucidity following executive leadership roles with AdColony, Rubicon Project and iHeartMedia. Primary focus has been on scaling business unit revenue/profitability via p/l leadership, partnership development, data strategy, and revenue operations.

Laurent F Oppenheim
Managing Director

Laurent is a global marketing services senior executive, with more than 2 decades of experiences in helping brands acquire, grow and retain their customers by developing integrated solutions leveraging media, data and technology.

Anya Boguslavsky
Project Manager and Co-Founder @ STEMed SF

Anya is a task-oriented professional with technical expertise and record of success in engineering and consulting organizations analyzing and designing infrastructure and big data. She has participated in several hackathons and sits on a board that evaluates startups in the AEC industry. In addition to pushing technology forward, she is a cofounder for STEMed SF which focuses on TED like talks and informationals. She has experience in finding sponsorships, creating sold out events, budgetary management, getting people interested in your product(s), marketing via social media and other networks. Additionally she is extremely connected all over the world and can connect you to someone that would suit your needs if she cannot directly help.

Joseph Imbriano
CEO | Executive Coach @ OminKai

Joseph Imbriano is a global leader with 17+ years of experience building and coaching sustainable, scalable organizations that drive profitability and impact. He is a versatile entrepreneur that has directed, built, and launched 3 million-dollar products and services globally. Joseph is the founder of OmniKai, a coaching agency that helps leaders overcome today's challenges and shape tomorrow's world.

Iris Cole
Founding Partner @ She Raises the Bar

Iris Cole is an entrepreneur and Founding Partner of She Raises the Bar, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability consulting firm. Iris’ background includes 20+ years of experience working as an executive and sustainability consultant in both the public and private sectors. She works with investors, businesses, government agencies and NGO’s to help them leverage and execute more impactful social/ environmental investment strategies, inclusive business models, and community engagement, as well manage risk and identify strategic growth opportunities through the lens of their stakeholders. Her clients include multi-national, family-owned, and small businesses and start-ups, and her experience in a broad range of industries has helped foster best practices and bottom-line results for her clients.

Her most recent venture, Do Good Artist, is pioneering social change through multi-sector collaborations between the arts and other industries. Do Good Artist’s virtual reality experience on human trafficking has received national recognition and is currently being piloted by the Winston Salem Police Department.

Iris serves on the Board of the Hispanic League, Reynolda House, the Arts Council, and is the Board Co-chair of the REACH Women’s Network.

Kine Paulsen
Partner @ Kinfizz

Kine Paulsen is a marketing expert, investor and entrepreneur. She is a partner at kinfizz, a global management consulting company based in Los Angeles. Since 2014, kinfizz has helped companies globally increase sales through improving their marketing strategy with the proprietary method, called blue-penciling. Some of the companies kinfizz has worked with include: Adobe, HP, and Bausch & Lomb. Kine is an alumnus of University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and New York University.

Martin Montero
Co-Founder and Director of Hudson Community Incubator

Digital media professional with extensive experience helping startups, small business and non profits create a successful online presence to engage with their customers. 10 yrs experience in business model design and place based innovation.

Carl Silverberg
Sr. VP Outreach & Public Affairs @ iUNU

Mr. Silverberg is the Senior VP for Outreach and Public Affairs with iUNU a Seattle startup that provides AI and computer-generated imagery to the greenhouse industry. His job revolves around telling the company’s story through the website, articles, social media, sales collaterals, webinars and other events designed to ensure that iUNU’s message is easily understood. Carl often helps companies and individuals craft their messaging and story as a way of giving back to the community.
Carl Silverberg started his career as an investment banker and subsequently spent over thirty years in domestic and international politics. He has worked in almost every state in the U.S., and consulted with presidents and presidential campaigns in Central America, South America, and Africa. The strategic political skills and messaging has enabled him to understand how to focus on what matters to individuals and audiences.

Jedd Marcus
Enterprise Account Executive @ Stack Overflow

Jedd Marcus is a technology sales executive with 14+ years of market experience at both large companies- as well as early stage and late stage start-ups. During his 7+ years at Google, he was part of the initial Google Cloud customer team and helped scale the SaaS business.

Jedd is currently a sales leader on the Stack Overflow Enterprise team and is responsible for partnerships with global organizations. He has been active as a start-up advisor and mentor since 2017 and primary areas of expertise include: sales strategy, account development, customer success, and negotiations.

Along with this, Jedd has a M.B.A. from Thunderbird: School of Global Management and a B.A. from UC Davis.

Ajay Kuckreja
Product Director

Product director leading the product lifecycle from initial concept to market launch for 20+ chips. Proven track record of developing, and introducing disruptive technical products for 100+ clients.

Alina Tioupikova
Director, Software Product Management @ Techstars

Specialist in business and product strategy, user centered design thinking and creating products that drive seamless market adoption.

Regina Rosi
Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ Marlborough School

Regina is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Marlborough School, an independent school in Los Angeles, where she launched its first-ever entrepreneurship program in 2016. With over fourteen years of experience as a teacher and administrator, Regina not only has a keen sense of what problems need to be solved within the education space, but also knows how to build and scale sustainable programs and gain buy-in from key stakeholders. She is highly skilled in curriculum design and has taught everything from Spanish and Latin American History to Entrepreneurship and Design for Social Impact. She has taught Entrepreneurship 101 to over 150 students, and she recently completed her Master's in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.

JJ Moi
Creative Director @ Prime Movers Lab

Product design with 10+ years in startups, governments, and VCs. Know some about education, energy, transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, human augmentation, and computing.

Ian Hameroff
Founder and Principal @ The Fulcrum Group

Ian Hameroff is the founder of The Fulcrum Group, a Seattle-based, boutique B2B product marketing consultancy firm. Ian brings over two decades of global experience in product leadership roles at several leading technology companies.

Sean Gorman
Co-Founder & CEO @ Pixel8earth Inc.

Sean is a co-founder of Pixel8earth Inc. Previously he was the Head of Technical Product Management and Machine Learning Tools at DigitalGlobe helping build GBDX and next generation analytics for satellite imagery. Previously he was a founder of - a platform for enabling algorithm reusability and more accessible data science - acquired by DigitalGlobe in 2016. Before starting he was a founder of GeoIQ - a collaborative data and analytics company. GeoIQ was subsequently acquired by ESRI where Sean worked as a director of strategy. Sean has also previously worked in academia serving as a research professor at George Mason University. He was a member of DHS's Critical Infrastructure Task Force and supported the Whitehouse's Quantified Crisis Response project that assisted with Ebola response. He is the author of 25 academic publications, four patents and one book. Sean received his PhD from George Mason University as the Provost's High Potential Research Candidate, Fisher Prize winner and an INFORMS Dissertation Prize recipient.

Laura Sanders
Entrepreneur-in-Residence @ Techstars

Lead Techstars 6-8 week Corporate Innovation Bootcamps, which teach startup frameworks to corporate teams.

Robyn Tsukayama
Principle Consultant / Founder

Robyn Tsukayama is a “builder” with over 10 years of leadership experience developing organizations, products, teams, and people. She started her career as an engineer in the Automotive industry developing patented sealing systems and completing validation testing for customers like Nissan, BMW, and Honda. While at Procter & Gamble, as a Product Engineer, she oversaw product testing at factories in Europe. Her education experience spans working for Harvard University overseeing change management strategies across graduate schools and central operations, leading turnaround projects for an urban college in her hometown of Detroit, and supporting rapid scaling efforts at Guild Education, now a billion dollar education technology company. Robyn currently is an operations and management consultant for early stage startups, specializing in purpose driven organizations in the Denver area. She earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.

Rebecca Sadwick
Managing Partner @ Strategica Partners

Rebecca Sadwick has a background in marketing leadership, software entrepreneurship, go-to-market strategy, and tech policy research. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Strategica Partners, which develops go-to-market and brand positioning strategies for tech companies that have been recognized by Inc., Forbes, TechCrunch, and others as some of the fastest-growing in their sector. She previously served as Director of Marketing at GoGuardian, Inc. 500’s fastest-growing education company in U.S. history.

She was recognized as the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Rising Star of 2019 for her track record leading high-growth strategies at Strategica Partners, and received Special Congressional Recognition from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

As a Forbes Contributor, she publishes research about the societal implications of advancements in the tech sector, and led the Digital Technologies Initiative at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, launching its Women in Tech initiative.

She is an alumna of UCLA and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

You can follow the latest articles on Twitter @RebeccaSadwick, or

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend USA West is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Charissa
  • Justin
  • Steven
  • Rich
  • Michael
  • Eric
  • Grant
  • Jaclyn
  • Dee
  • Larry
  • Leon
  • Jared
  • Richard
  • Ewelina
  • Ky


Dee Hamill
Program Officer

Momma Bear of 1 Million Cups at @KauffmanFoundation. 

Jesus. Startups. Wine. Community. Inclusiveness. Techstars. Huge advocate of chasing those incredibly big dreams. Adrenaline Chaser. Lover of Life.


Nathan Gregg
Event Consultant

Michael Norton
Entrepreneur In Residence

Michael has led over 60 Techstars Startup Weekend events throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. He teaches workshops, designs programs, and speaks on a variety of topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Michael has worked professionally in marketing technology startups, with big data, non-profit fundraising, customer support systems design, technical project management, educational program development, event production and decor, iOS app design, video games, user testing, prototyping, and in the coffee industry.

His own past and present business ventures include several SaaS web app platforms, photography, woodworking, printing, audio engineering, video production, musical composition/recording/performance, publishing, art curation, operating an Amazon Pro Merchant storefront, and a funnel cake stand.

Michael guides innovative communities to build and nurture regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. He guides corporations through internal innovation and intrapreneurship. 

He frequently works as a freelance business development consultant, crowdfunding guru, technical project manager, and as a marketer — focused on branding, messaging, storytelling, social media, and email marketing.

Michael loves hiking in Yosemite, bicycling around San Diego, eating authentic Baja California Mexican food, and drinking amazing coffee in Seattle.

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