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Dublin Corporate Center, 4160 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, CA. (It is the building west of Epicor that faces I-580, not Astex. The entrance is next to a cafe called 'Oliveta'. Our space is on the ground floor, furthest west within building 4160. You access it via a separate entrance not via the main lobby doors. The entrance door to our space is labeled ‘Property Management Office’).


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Sep 20
  • Registration Starts / Pizza & Networking
  • Kick-off
  • Speaker: Bob Borchers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • End


Sep 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Special Guest Speakers
  • Start work for the day
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs and skills.
  • Additional coaches help teams one-on-one.
  • Dinner
  • Mid-weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • End


Sep 22
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Start work for the day
  • Final call for help
  • Lunch
  • Highly recommended pitch prep with coaches
  • Judges Deliberate
  • Judging & Awards
  • Wrap-up party
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Tier 2 Sponsors

Bob Borchers

General Partner, Opus Capital

A mobile and consumer marketing veteran with more than 20 years operating experience, Bob Borchers comes to Opus Capital from Apple, Inc where he served as Sr. Director of Worldwide Product Marketing for the iPhone.

At Opus, Bob is focused on investments in mobile software and services platforms as well as consumer oriented mHealth. As part of the original iPhone team, Bob was instrumental in the development, launch and global expansion of the revolutionary iPhone, iPhone OS, App Store. While at Apple he also led the Nike+iPod partnership, expanded the iPod accessory ecosystem, and forged relationships with every major auto company to provide iPod integration.

Prior to Apple, Bob was Vice President of Marketing at FusionOne, a pioneer in creating and marketing mobility solutions. Bob also spent six years at Nokia where he co-founded and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Vertu business unit. Before his career in the mobile industry, Bob worked for Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, where he led efforts in product and service personalization. He began his career doing research and development in prosthetics.

Bob holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters Degree from a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Medical School in Health Sciences and Technology. He has more than 30 patents granted or pending.

Peter Gardner

Founder and CEO, StartGrid

Peter has spent almost 20 years as a venture capital investor, helping seed and early-stage entrepreneurs scale. Most recently he co-founded Wavepoint Ventures, a seed fund pursuing investments across Northern California including in smaller communities outside of Silicon Valley. He started his career as a lab geek and then as a project leader at Weston Solutions. He's passionate about social entrepreneurship and sits on the Board of the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University. He's also a judge for The Tech Awards in theeconomic development category and has advised on the use of venture capital to advance global health. He has a BS from Tufts and and MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA.


Kevin F. Adler

Founder and CEO, inthis

Kevin F. Adler is a sociologist entrepreneur on a mission to end loneliness, one potluck at a time. He is the Founder and CEO of inthis, makers of the Potlucks app which helps people find and organize potlucks nearby, like Meetup around the dinner table. He is an active startup advisor, actor, writer, and would-be NBA player in SF.

Kevin is a Managing Director of FounderDating in San Francisco, a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF, and an advisor to, USEED, Oxypreneurship, and the Lawton Chiles Prep School.

Kevin studied social capital as a graduate student at the University of Cambridge and Occidental College, where he received the Culley Award as the top graduating senior. His book, Catalyst: How A Disaster Can
Bring Us Together or Tear Us Apart, will be published by UPA this fall. His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, International Educator, two edited volumes: Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency and An Education in Facebook (forthcoming). Kevin is a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Previously, Kevin was the co-founder of and BetterGrads, and served for a year as a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico.

He lives on San Bruno Mountain in the outskirts of San Francisco, where he enjoys trail running and hosting epic fireside potlucks.

Say hey at @kevinfadler, or join him for a potluck in real life.

Rob Herb

Venture Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Rob is currently a Venture Partner at Scale Venture Partners (ScaleVP) in Foster City, CA. ScaleVP has over $1B of capital under management and invests in Information Technology companies across the United States.

Rob currently serves on the Board of NComputing (a private, venture backed Desktop Virtualization company), Discera (a private, venture backed semiconductor/MEMS based timing solutions provider), Lumension (a private, venture backed end point security company) and IMT (a private, venture backed MEMS manufacturing facility).

He formally served as an independent director of MIPS Technologies, Inc (Compensation and Strategy committees of this public company which licenses Microprocessor IP), Enpirion (a private, venture backed semiconductor/MEMS based power solutions company acquired by Altera), Siimpel (a MEMS based semiconductor providing actuators for the cell phone camera market acquired by Tessera) and on the Board of Ageia Technologies (a semiconductor company focused on Physics processing and acquired by NVidea).

Prior to Joining ScaleVP in 2005, Rob held the position of Executive Vice President and CMO, while serving in the office of the CEO at AMD. Rob was with AMD for over 20 years and held a variety of executive management, sales, and marketing positions.

Rob holds a B.S.E.E degree from the University of Illinois. He is married to his wife Carrie and has two daughters.

Prabhu Soundarrajan

Prabhu Soundarrajan is an entrepreneurial-minded executive with over a decade of experience in VC and PE backed companies focusing on technology for energy, industrial and instrumentation markets. He is currently severs as director at Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), a $40B global technology leader in Energy Efficiency, Safety and Security.
Prabhu has held several executive roles in VC / PE funded companies and has operational experience in buy and sell side. Prabhu has strong technical background with bachelors and masters in engineering and is a graduate of Anderson school of business at University of California with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.
He has enhanced shareholder value in portfolio companies backed by Chrysalix Energy, the most active cleantech venture investor network in the world, Oak Investment Partners and Vector Capital. Prabhu’s experience spans over 10 years in leading multi-disciplinary teams in marketing, product management, business development, sales, engineering, applications and R&D. Prabhu is a noted international speaker and author of over dozen articles and patents. Prabhu holds several key board positions in industry organizations.

Specialties: New Value Creation, Big Bang Market Disruption, Technology / Product Innovation, International business development, Policy, Strategic / Corporate Partnerships, M&A.
Energy (Oil and Gas, Shale Gas, Utility, Nuclear, Clean Fuels)
Industrial Automation, Controls, Safety, and Sensors
Wireless, Smart Grid, Process Control, Industrial Internet
Nanotechnology, Big data, Human Factors, Cyber security

Heidi Spirgi

President and co-founder, Knowledge Infusion

Heidi Spirgi is President and co-founder of Knowledge Infusion. As one of the foremost thought leaders in leveraging technology to transform talent management processes, Heidi is responsible for leading Knowledge Infusion’s corporate development efforts including the development and execution of its strategy working closely with all functions of the organization, helping to grow the firm into the recognized leader in delivering HR and talent management services to more than 350 global clients today.

Heidi has over 15 years of experience in HR and talent management. In addition to her leadership role at Knowledge Infusion, she has worked with over 200 organizations helping them build and execute strategies designed to transform the way HR services are delivered and talent is managed. Prior to founding Knowledge Infusion, Heidi held leadership roles at PeopleSoft where she was responsible for the HCM strategy for the financial services, manufacturing and retail verticals, and for launching the performance and learning products. In addition, Heidi helped guide and deploy global HR technology solutions while at Seagate Technology and Swiss Bank Corporation in Zurich. Heidi frequently authors thought leadership articles and speaks at conferences on the topic of HR and talent management trends, strategy, and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Masters from UCLA.

Peter Gardner

Founder and CEO, StartGrid


Jay Galvin

Principal of digiAssist

Jay Galvin is a co-founder and principal of digiAssist, Ltd, a business development and operations team that helps companies of all sizes align consumer products and services with online marketing and sales strategies. Jay has over 25 years of corporate experience with high tech and information companies AT&T, Apple, Motorola and Palm.

Since 2003, Jay has managed three startups, sold one for $30M, and worked with a variety of incubators, accelerators, VC, and angel investors. His degree is from University of Illinois in Science and Math.

Mike Smart

Managing Principal, Egress Solutions

Mike Smart is an experienced software and technology executive who has distinguished himself transforming software products into successful solutions by implementing new business models, updating partner strategies and programs, finding new market opportunities and adapting new product strategies.

He brings more than 20 years of industry experience in a variety of product management, marketing and sales leadership roles to the business.

As the managing principal of Egress Solutions, Mike has provided product management and product marketing expertise and consulted to companies such as, Vista Equity Partners, NetApp, VMware, Misys, Deluxe Corporation, SumTotal Systems, and Travelport, LLC.

Prior to launching Egress, Mike served in a variety of executive roles including Senior Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Product Management and Development, Vice President and General Manager and Vice President of Sales at companies such as, Nsite (now SAP), Go-Remote (now iPass), and Tandem Computers (now HP).

Mike has a BA degree from San Diego State University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College.

Doug Ross

Principal of VyvD

Doug Ross is the principal of VyvD, LLC. Doug is an experienced commercial strategist, and leader currently focusing on new ventures, interim management and related projects. Doug is also passionately involved in developing the startup community in the Tri-Valley - East Bay of San Francisco. Doug is a senior consultant at StratX where he concentrates on developing client’s abilities to think and act strategically.

Doug’s particular passion is developing and launching new businesses and brands. Before joining StratX, Doug was a Therapeutic Area Director at AstraZeneca Canada where he successfully launched new entrants in the highly competitive, yet attractive, hypertension and cholesterol reduction markets. In addition, Doug had responsibility for overseeing the pipeline

Doug’s areas of expertise include: commercialization / go to market strategy, marketing execution, business model development, group facilitation and, organizational development.

Doug earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and a BSc. from the University of Alberta.

Doug lives in the Bay area with his wife Bridget, three sons and a dog named Maggie.

Cary Ostrie

Software Developer   |  LinkedIn

Software developer and technology enthusiast.

Michael Rosenberg

Sales Manager at Cogniance

Creating amazing products for Silicon Valley startups and Enterprise Innovation Labs. Reducing time to revenue and time to market for VC's and their portfolio companies. Identifying potential investment opportunities.

Areas of expertise:
-Cloud/Big Data

-Media / Communications
-Consumer / Social
-Health & Fitness

Reena Jadhav

Marketing Executive, Entrepreneur, Consultant

Entrepreneur with a passion for game changing ideas that level the playing field and build value for stakeholders. Currently Advisor to, the easiest Loyalty Rewards service that integrates mobile, web, and email marketing with rewards. Enjoys revealing entrepreneur success secrets through interviews with experts.

Broad experience in identifying opportunities, building teams, raising funding, managing market launches and sales, and driving customer satisfaction.

Specialties: Taking a seed stage venture through funding, product build out, customer acquisition, business model development and Marketing, new media, speech recognition, mobile messaging, recruiting applications and loyalty rewards applications.

Doug Ross
Brandon Cardwell
Cary Ostrie
Meredith Brown
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