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Citrix Online - 7414 Hollister Avenue Goleta, CA 93117

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

THANK YOU to everyone involved in Startup Weekend Santa Barbara #2

Congratulations to the winners!

 

 

Startup Weekend Santa Barbara is back!

Startup Weekend returns to the Santa Barbara area November 2, 3 & 4.

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
The November event will no doubt bring out incredible ideas and create amazing new businesses. We’ll also learn a lot working together all weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara.

Launch a Startup in 54 Hours!

Actually at this weekend you’ll get 55 hours! We set the clocks back early Sunday morning giving us some extra time to get things done…

The first Santa Barbara Startup Weekend saw some amazing ideas come together and some great businesses created. From Chirp to Artful, the winners of the June event amazed the crowd and the judges.

We’ve landed a great partner for the second Santa Barbara event! Citrix Online will be hosting the event at its headquarters in Goleta. The Citrix location is a great facility with some amazing amenities, including my favorite team meeting area…a bocce court. In addition to the global sponsor tools available, Citrix employees will be participating and mentoring and the company will provide access to GoToMeeting and their new collaboration tool Podio, for weekend the participants.

The November event will feature some amazing speakers and mentors including John Greathouse, Jim Semick, Ali Bauerlein, Colin Kelley, and Lex Sisney.

In addition, we are adding a few new twists…

During lunch on Saturday, an amazing team of brand experts, designers, UX and UI professionals, and product designers, will join us to discuss the impact of effective design on startups. The roundtable will be lead by Citrix’s Senior Director of Global Creative, Andreas Forsland. Read More and see who is participating in the discussion!

Sunday we’ll also be adding a mentoring team, let by Alissa Sears of Christie Communication, to help give feedback on your final presentations before you present to a panel of judges.

In addition…the Independent, an incredible supporter and sponsor of the event, will also be embedding a reporter in the weekend to participate in the weekend, and write about the experience.

We’ll mix in some music… great food… beer and wine… A LOT of coffee.… and you’ll even get an extra hour to work on your idea. Yeah, that’s right… on Sunday morning November 4th we’ll be setting the clocks back 1 hour. That means more time to code, design, build business models, and validate your product.

More information about the awards, judges, some potential surprises and location details will be posted in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, tickets are available now!

For those that just want to see what the weekend is all about, tickets are also available for the opening idea pitches and the closing team presentations. Get yours now and save a few bucks… ($15 now… $20 at the door)

For those new to Startup Weekend check out some of the media from Santa Barbara’s past Startup Weekend (June).

Hope you can join us on November 2 at Startup Weekend!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 2
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Nov 3
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Lunch Panel - Design and Startups
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 4
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Award Sponsors
Speakers

Jim Semick

Founder of Product Discovery   |   LinkedIn

Jim Semick is founder of Product Discovery, a firm that works with software companies to discover and launch winning new products. For 15 years he has been an early-stage startup employee and advisor for technology companies such as AppFolio, Expertcity (Citrix Online), and Microsoft. Jim led validation efforts and created version 1.0 product requirements for successful SaaS products now generating hundreds of millions in revenue, including Citrix GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining, AppFolio Property Manager, RentApp, and SecureDocs. He is a frequent speaker on Customer Development and the process of finding business models that work. Jim is on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and Montessori Center School. He resides in Santa Barbara with his wife and twin boys. Jim enjoys lunch and having meetings while paddleboarding.

Lex Sisney

CEO Coach at Organizational Physics   |   LinkedIn

Lex has a long history as a successful entrepreneur, having led two multimillion-dollar high-growth technology companies to market leadership positions. As an executive coach and consultant, he has helped dozens of other companies achieve accelerated business growth, market leadership, and profitable performance.

Lex began his journey as the co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of Commission Junction, the world’s largest affiliate marketing company, which he grew to over 100 employees and 5000% compound annual growth rate over a four year period, and which now processes billions of transactions and supports hundreds of thousands of online publishers and merchants.

Through his own challenges founding and leading fast-growing companies, Lex began a quest to find a simple, effective paradigm for other founders and CEOs to achieve market-leading, differentiated, and profitable positions for their companies.

Lex has dedicated the past ten years to studying organizational leadership and development. He is certified in multiple next-generation change management modalities and has studied with some of the brightest minds the field of organizational transformation. His influences range from organizational management theorists (Ichak Adizes, Peter Drucker) and high-tech market development strategists (Geoffrey Moore, Steven Blank) to general systems theorists (Ludwig Von Bertanlaffy, Thomas Kuhn) and ground-breaking physicists (Isaac Newton, Edgar Lorenz, David Bohm).

Ali Bauerlein

Founder & VP, Finance / CFO at Inogen, Inc   |   LinkedIn

Mrs. Bauerlein (formerly Ms. Perry) is a UCSB alum who graduated with high honors in 2003 with a degree in Economics/Mathematics with a minor in Statistical Sciences. She began her entrepreneurial career while she was a student at the University of California at Santa Barbara. A personal connection to COPD led to a desire to improve patient's lives and the establishment of Inogen. She and two other students co founded Inogen in 2001 following receiving First Place honors in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management 2001 Business Plan Competition.

The founders collaborated to build a solid foundation for the business and secured seed funding they recognized and accomplished entrepreneurs with a proven ability to quickly recognize a market opportunity and to take decisive action to implement a solution.
Inogen has raised >$85M in venture capital funding and the Inogen One has improved the quality of life for thousands of oxygen patients worldwide. Ms. Bauerlein has held a variety of financial roles at Inogen over the last ten years and is currently VP of Finance & CFO. She also holds the positions of Corporate Secretary & Corporate Treasurer at Inogen.

Mrs. Bauerlein is also a member of the Board of Directors of Active Life Scientific Inc since 2010.

Mrs. Bauerlein has received an array of achievement awards including Pacific Cost Business Times 2004 Top 40 under 40, Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Greater Los Angeles area in the emerging growth category, as well as most recently Inc.com’s 2007 list of 30 Under 30: America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs.

John Greathouse

Partner at Rincon Venture Partners   |   LinkedIn

John Greathouse has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups over a period of more than fifteen years. He has repeatedly been one of the very first businesspeople hired, helping build large businesses from the ground up, with an emphasis on market engagement and scalable customer acquisition.

At Computer Motion, John served as CFO and VP of Business Development. Computer Motion was a pioneer in the surgical robotics industry, went public in 1997 and was subsequently acquired by Intuitive Surgical for $148 million.

At Expertcity, John served as CFO and SVP of Strategic Development, with responsibility for marketing, sales, business development, finance and administration, and services. Expertcity was acquired by Citrix for $236 million to become Citrix Online, which currently generates approximately $400 million in annual recurring revenue.

At CallWave, John served as the SVP of Sales & Business Development and assisted in the company’s 2004 IPO.

John was an active Angel Investor, Advisor and Board Member at: Central Desktop, RightScale, Eucalyptus, Frontier Technology, RedMojo (sold to Novell), RightCart (sold to Buy.com), Vcel (sold to Fotochatter) and AppFolio.

John Greathouse is a partner at Rincon Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage web-based businesses. John has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups during the past fifteen years, spearheading transactions, which generated more than $350 million of shareholder value, including an IPO and a multi-hundred-million-dollar acquisition. He is also a Co-Founder of RevUpNet, a performance-based online marketing agency.

John is a CPA and holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. He is a member of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Faculty where he teaches several entrepreneurial courses.

Daryl Bernstein

CEO, RightSignature LLC   |   LinkedIn

Daryl Bernstein has had repeated success turning ideas into thriving companies and is an entrepreneurial thought leader, technology investor, and author. He speaks on bootstrap vs. VC business models, guerrilla marketing, brand positioning, and surviving the startup stage.

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

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

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

Silver Sponsors
Judges

Michael Crandell

CEO and Founder at RightScale   |   LinkedIn

Michael Crandell is the CEO and a founder of RightScale, where he provides the vision and direction for the company as it pioneers innovative ways to bring the power of cloud computing to any organization. Crandell is a frequent speaker at cloud computing industry conferences, and he has played a major role in helping establish and promote openness and transparency in the cloud market. Prior to RightScale, he served as CEO at several Internet Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) companies and as executive vice president at eFax.com. Crandell received his B.A. from Stanford University and completed graduate studies at Harvard University.

Jacob Tell

CEO and Creative Lead at Oniracom   |   LinkedIn

Jacob manages premiere brand positioning throughout the entertainment industry. With an educational background in film and politics, Jacob seeks world changing solutions for positive and creative humans. He embraces technology-driven solutions striving to make them accessible for all to enjoy. With an appreciation for nature and hope for the future of human ecology, Jacob supports forward-thinking environmental & political leaders and aims to further meld artistry and science. Promoting “Solutions for Dreamers” is not merely the slogan of Oniracom, but his vision for positive and lasting change.

Woody Rollins

Co-Founder and CEO at AppScale Systems   |   LinkedIn

A serial entrepreneur and passionate about technology, Woody is responsible for the strategic direction and commercialization of AppScale. He most recently was the founding CEO and co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems. Eucalyptus defined the on-premise Infrastructure as a service category and is the market leader in the space. Over the past twenty years he served as an executive advisor in business development and marketing. In 2004, Woody co-founded Old Firehouse Capital and successfully innovated a business model to leverage the developing turmoil in real estate capital markets. Prior to that, Woody was involved in industries as diverse as art to auto parts, leveraging technology to change the status quo of mature markets.

Woody is a graduate of The Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and their three boys.

Helene Schneider

Mayor of Santa Barbara

Helene Schneider was elected as Santa Barbara’s Mayor in 2009. Prior to this position she served for six years as a member of the Santa Barbara City Council and as Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara. Her professional background is in human resource management and she currently works as a trainer for HRxpress, a local human resources consulting firm.

Mayor Schneider represents the City of Santa Barbara on the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), Air Pollution Control District, the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs and Bringing Our Community Home: Santa Barbara’s Countywide 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. She serves as President of the League of California Cities Channel Counties Division.

Gold Sponsors
Coaches & Mentors

Andreas Forsland

Senior Director, Global Creative - Citrix

Andreas currently leads the creative organization at the Online Services Division of Citrix Systems. Prior to Citrix, the past 15 years of his career have been focused on design, innovation, customer experience strategy and affecting change through design as a global design management leader across 3 continents. Europe, North America and South America. He has contributed to and facilitated global innovation, brand and communication initiatives and holistic customer experience initiatives for Royal Philips Electronics, under the design leadership of Stefano Marzano, Chief Design Officer at Philips Design - the multinational design division of Philips. Prior to Philips, Andreas led similar programs for Porsche Cars, Progressive Insurance, Trek Bicycles, AT&T, Coca-Cola, United Nations, IBM, Bank of America, ING and others.

Craig Cummings

Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Santa Barbara   |   LinkedIn

Craig Cummings is presently the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Santa Barbara and also serves as the Vice Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr Cummings has founded or co-founded several technology-driven start-ups, including one that executed a multi-billion dollar IPO and one that was subsequently acquired for ~$650 million. His areas of technical expertise include radio-frequency identification technology, electronic vision systems, field-portable secure wireless communication networks, and maritime counter-terrorism strategies and tactics. Mr Cummings holds nuclear engineering degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jim Semick

Founder, Product Discovery   |   LinkedIn

Jim Semick is founder of Product Discovery, a firm that works with software companies to discover and launch winning new products. For 15 years he has been an early-stage startup employee and advisor for technology companies such as AppFolio, Expertcity (Citrix Online), and Microsoft. Jim led validation efforts and created version 1.0 product requirements for successful SaaS products now generating hundreds of millions in revenue, including Citrix GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining, AppFolio Property Manager, RentApp, and SecureDocs. He is a frequent speaker on Customer Development and the process of finding business models that work. Jim is on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and Montessori Center School. He resides in Santa Barbara with his wife and twin boys. Jim enjoys lunch and having meetings while paddleboarding.

Lex Sisney

Founder and Coach at Organizational Physics   |   LinkedIn

Lex has a long history as a successful entrepreneur, having led two multimillion-dollar high-growth technology companies to market leadership positions. As an executive coach and consultant, he has helped dozens of other companies achieve accelerated business growth, market leadership, and profitable performance.

Lex began his journey as the co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of Commission Junction, the world’s largest affiliate marketing company, which he grew to over 100 employees and 5000% compound annual growth rate over a four year period, and which now processes billions of transactions and supports hundreds of thousands of online publishers and merchants.

Through his own challenges founding and leading fast-growing companies, Lex began a quest to find a simple, effective paradigm for other founders and CEOs to achieve market-leading, differentiated, and profitable positions for their companies.

Lex has dedicated the past ten years to studying organizational leadership and development. He is certified in multiple next-generation change management modalities and has studied with some of the brightest minds the field of organizational transformation. His influences range from organizational management theorists (Ichak Adizes, Peter Drucker) and high-tech market development strategists (Geoffrey Moore, Steven Blank) to general systems theorists (Ludwig Von Bertanlaffy, Thomas Kuhn) and ground-breaking physicists (Isaac Newton, Edgar Lorenz, David Bohm).

David Telleen-Lawton

Principal at DecisivePath Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Mr. Telleen-Lawton combines the problem-solving skills from his engineering education with his leadership experience as a key member of sales and marketing teams at start-up companies. Years of consulting have exposed him to a variety of products, people, problems, and organizations. Clients and friends describe him as someone who obviously enjoys what he is doing. He is intense, focused, and excels at coaching others to maximize their personal and professional effectiveness.

Mr. Telleen-Lawton joined Frank H. Robinson & Co., Inc. in 1987 and helped launch their successful Market ValidationSM service and methodology. As a senior consultant, he worked in the telecommunications, computer, and software industries working on products as diverse as financial management software, data communication chipsets, and color printers.

David has used the market validation process both as a consultant and a employee of start-up companies. He has worked for start-ups as a CEO, vp of sales, vp of marketing, and vp of business development. He emphasizes the Best Practice of assembling a team of business and engineering managers and leading them in waves of "sales" meetings at prospective customers' sites as early as possible in the development cycle. The results are a product with bull's-eye features in the first version, a backlog of customer interest at introduction, and a business properly scaled to the opportunity.

Colin Kelley

Co-Founder and CTO at Ring Revenue   |   LinkedIn

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

Greg Goodman

Entrepreneur/Software Executive/Investor   |   LinkedIn

With more then 25 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor and consultant, Greg excels at working with software companies in product validation, business growth, strategy and management. Greg has advised, invested or worked with ExpertCity, AppFolio, LessonPlanet, RightScale, Zuujit, and VGI. He was the founder of Miramar Systems, Inc. which was acquired by CA (formerly ComputerAssociates). At Miramar, he directed the development of Desktop DNA and PC MacLAN. Greg graduated from the UCSB with two bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business Economics. He loves being outdoors from surfing to skiing and spending time with his two boys.

Alissa Sears

Senior Strategist & Global Betterment Director at Christie Communications   |   LinkedIn

Experienced in Strategic Planning, Brand Strategy, International Development, and Corporate Social Responsibility, Alissa leads Christie Communications’ Strategic Planning and Global Betterment Divisions and serves as the Executive Director of the Christie CommUnity Foundation as well as the Board Chair of Safe Water International, serves on the Executive Committee of the Clean Business Investment Summit, and most recently as an Advisor on Impact Investing to the 300in6 Initiative.

Alissa has experience in sustainable business development, PR, marketing, event coordination, and international development. With her degree in Communication, Education, and International Relations from the University of California San Diego, additional studies in international teacher training, Alissa leads Christie Communications’ Strategic Planning Division to develop results-oriented, comprehensive strategies across multiple industries for clients ranging from natural product companies to impact investment groups, social entrepreneurs to natural food and beverage products, green building to non-profit organizations and community groups.

She is a Board Member of Safe Water International, The California Coast Venture Forum/Clean Business Investment Summit, the Weidemann Foundation, HumaniTourism, and an advisor to the 300in6 Initiative, Blue Ocean Sciences, Ocean Lovers Collective, The Chad Relief Foundation, Create Global Healing, the Playful Planet Foundation, Yellow Leaf Hammocks, and others.

Mike Panesis

UCSB TMP Program Manager/President of the Central Coast Network of Tech Coast Angels (TCA)   |   LinkedIn

Mike Panesis is an entrepreneur, technology executive, current President of the Central Coast Network of Tech Coast Angels (TCA). His 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 & Touch and AT&T. Mike currently is Program Manager for UC Santa Barbara’s Technology Program, where he prepares students with technical degrees for careers as leaders and entrepreneurs. 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 for the MIT Enterprise Forum, Central Coast Chapter and Steering Committee of the Ventura County Greek Festival.

Chad Newell

CEO and Founder of Media Bakery   |   LinkedIn

Chad Newell is CEO and founder of Media Bakery. Media Bakery is North America’s largest Creative Stock Photography Boutique representing nearly 10 million images from over 170 creative & editorial travel and lifestyle collections. Representing all types of image licensing models (Macro stock, Mid Stock, and Micro stock), Media Bakery offers a price point for every budget. Founded in 2001, Media Bakery serves art buyers and graphic at publishing companies, advertising agencies, corporate graphic design departments and independent graphic designers. Chad has served over 15 years in the stock photography industry with work experiences as Director and Operating Officer for various companies. Chad also serves as a guest lecturer at The Brooks Institute of Photography, reviewing portfolio work and nurturing graduate students to continue the supply of quality images made available for license in the global market.

Mike Wald

Chief Business Development Officer at Oniracom   |   LinkedIn

Mike has been involved with technology since playing on his first Apple in 1988. Educated as an Ecological Anthropologist, he brings both scientific and sociological insight to every project. He has worked with a broad spectrum of technologies and even broader list of media in his 10+ years of web development. This multi-faceted background allows him to make complex sites work beautifully. As the Chief Business Development Officer at Oniracom, Mike’s current passion is creating effective solutions for communication and transparency in the entertainment industry.

Jacques Habra

Owner, Noospheric   |   LinkedIn

Jacques Habra is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and an expert in marketing communications. Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1996 with a degree in English and Philosophy, Jacques has launched eight companies and sold five. Here in Santa Barbara, Jacques helped launch Phone Halo, SB Click, and First Click, as well as the non-profit Catalyst for Thought.

Jacques contributes to many civic and non-profit initiatives and currently serves on the Westmont Foundation Board, MIT Central Coast Enterprise Forum and the Riviera Association. Jacques has received national recognition in areas of entrepreneurship, marketing, and leadership and his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, and dozens of other publications.

Jacques speaks regionally and nationally on topics of entrepreneurship,
the philosophy of technology, and self assessment.

Thomas Kuo

Co-Founder of EcoLek LLC   |   LinkedIn

Thomas Kuo is a PhD student in electrical engineering at UCSB, who specializes in computer vision, and iOS and Android development. He was the mobile developer for Birdeez, a mobile application and email service to help birdwatcher identify, collect, and share their sightings. The company won the Market Pull category of UCSB's 2012 New Venture Competition. Birdeez was selected by Startup America and Startup California to launch their first products at DEMO 2012.

Thomas was also a mobile developer for Artful, the team that won the Best Mobile award at the first Santa Barbara Startup Weekend.

Susan Caine

Founder & President of Sightline   |   LinkedIn

Susan Caine is founder and president of Sightline, an executive coaching consultancy. Susan works with the board of directors and executive team of early to mid stage companies to ensure alignment of strategy, objectives and plans for execution.

Nathalie Gensac

Founder - Media4Good & Youth Interactive   |   LinkedIn

Social entrepreneur Natalie Gensac founded the production based organization in 2005 to use the power of media to reach out to a new generation of intelligent givers—people who need to know their contributions will truly make a sustainable difference in the global struggle against poverty and illiteracy. To that end she focused on the growing need for financial transparency in the charitable sector and on global communities that recognize film provides them with a voice, which allows their projects and messages to be more effective.

With the objectives clear, Gensac found a new way forward – media, business and partnerships to help raise funds, awareness and provide a positive, responsible approach to aid - Gensac uses her skills as a media producer, director and entrepreneur to promote the heroic efforts of effective charities and the people they serve. Her core focus is to support the two groups essential to social and economic advancement in our world today: women and children.

Jeff Simeon

Environmental Entrepreneur - Co-Founder of EcoLek LLC   |   LinkedIn

Jeff Simeon is an environmental entrepreneur who has been featured on Earth911.com as well as local Santa Barbara area media. His story was chosen as source of inspiration in the book "10 Ways to Change the World in Your 20s".

His start-up, EcoLek LLC aims to bring environmental education to your pocket through smartphone technology. EcoLek's first product is Birdeez, an app that helps you Identify, Collect and Share bird sightings. The company won the Market Pull category of UCSB's 2012 New Venture Competition and Birdeez was selected by Startup America and Startup California to launch at DEMO 2012.

In his previous position he has educated thousands about the benefits of recycling and composting, from preschoolers to retirement communities.

As an organizer for Coastal Cleanup Day in Santa Barbara County he more than doubled attendance for the Cleanup in 2 years. In 2010 his efforts were responsible for almost 30% of the growth for Coastal Cleanup Day in the entire State of California.

Michael Daoud

Founder & CEO at Visus LLC and Founder of x-Shot LLC   |   LinkedIn

Michael Daoud is an entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, innovation, and leadership. Michael started two companies. He is the founder and CEO of Visus LLC an enterprise software development firm focused on developing custom business applications that help companies succeed in the marketplace through innovative thinking and a unique approach to product development.

Michael is also the founder of X-Shot LLC, a manufacturer of consumer products aimed at the digital photography market.

Michael is a graduate of UCSB and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Electrical Engineering. Michael is also a graduate of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program. This rigorous program helped Michael learn the latest theory and practice in the areas of business strategy, marketing, finance, and management.

Michael has served on several non-profit boards and is currently serving on the MIT Enterprise Forum's board of directors and St. Raphael’s School Board in Santa Barbara, California.

Michael speaks four languages and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercising, listening to music, reading business books, and traveling.

Gideon Rubin

Chief Marketing Office at Local Market Launch   |   LinkedIn

Gideon recently joined Local Market Launch as the Chief Marketing Officer. This is the newest startup from Brian Coryat, the founder of ValueClick (VCLK). Gideon is focused on building the Local Search Optimization brand. He also serves on the Boards of “Impact” organizations, LifeShift, Shoptricity.com, The California Coast
Venture Forum, Santa Barbara Mobile, and The MIT Enterprise Forum. Gideon has started and sold several companies including Simply Ideas, to publicly traded Lenco Mobile (OTC: LNCM), MicroGravity Media, Proper Hosting, and several highly regarded social media ventures.

Gideon has contributed to the Search Engine Journal, Performance Marketing Blog, has been featured on Webmaster Radio, sat as a Panelist for SEMPO and his ventures have been selected by KillerStartUps.com and The Launch Pad. Gideon graduated from Brandeis University with a focus in Environmental Science and received his MBA from the University of Miami.

Jill Feldman

President at Strategic Development Associates   |   LinkedIn

Jill Feldman is the President of Strategic Development Associates, a strategic consulting and marketing research firm focused on the technology sector. SDA partners with senior-level executives in strategic planning, qualitative and quantitative market research and competitive intelligence efforts. Jill founded SDA in 1997, following roles as Market Research Director and Marketing Director for AT&T Wireless Services and as Strategic Planning Manager for Verizon Wireless. Previously, Jill was an Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Merchant Banking Departments with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company.

Jill currently serves on the faculty of University of California, Santa Barbara teaching courses on the Telecom and Information Technology Sectors in the College of Engineering’s Technology Management Program. She 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. Jill currently serves on the board of the Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara.

Mark Evans

Vice President Engineering at NetPlenish   |   LinkedIn

Mark Evans, VP Engineering, thrives on bringing cool ideas to life. He is an accomplished software engineer and team leader. Mark's expertise is in architecting and building data-intensive Web services, and—while that's a mouthful—it fits NetPlenish to a “T.” Before joining NetPlenish, Mark was senior software developer at Zuujit, where he created mobile tools for eBay sellers. Prior, he was developer and project manager at Noza (acquired by Blackbaud), where he worked on complex database and CRM systems. Evidently. Mark is also VP of Catalyst for Thought, a non-profit organization that educates, inspires and connects entrepreneurs.

Doug Lynch

Executive Coach at The LYNCH Group   |   LinkedIn

Doug has spent over 25 years in the oil industry and has lived and worked in many of the world’s oil centers. He received his BSME in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii and his early engineering career was with Vetco Offshore, (Ventura Tool Company), one of the early pioneers in the offshore oil and gas industry. After receiving his MBA, Doug moved into management consulting for the oil industry. He cofounded his own company, The REACH Group in 1999. Based in Houston, Texas and with offices around the world, The REACH Group is a leader in management consulting and organizational effectiveness to the upstream oil and gas industry. His clients included all of the world’s largest oil companies and government organizations.

Now retired and no longer living on an airplane, Doug lives in Santa Barbara and consults part-time with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Synergy Business & Technology Center and the Entrepreneurship programs at SBCC and UCSB.

Syed Asif Iqbal

Product Director at Picdish   |   LinkedIn

Asif leads product management and development at Picdish, a mobile and interest-based network with users in 95 countries. Picdish has been featured by Apple in multiple App Store categories. Prior, Asif worked at Snapizzi, an early-stage Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company where he led software development and launch as SVP of Product and later stepped into role of CEO leading company to revenue stage and securing international partnership. Before that, Asif served as VP of Global Program Management at Reson, the worldwide leader in sonar systems and data processing software. At Reson, Asif worked with private equity team to drive turnaround of the company’s complete portfolio of product development projects.

Asif is passionate about utilizing his background in product management to help entrepreneurs create strong business models, adopt data-driven product design and achieve market fit. He has won pitch competitions in SV and SoCal including Tech Coast Angels annual pitch competition. Asif received B.Sc. in EE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). You can connect with him via Twitter @syedasifiqbal

Mark Goldstein

Partner with SoCal IP Law Group LLP   |   LinkedIn

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

Kyle Ashby

Founder, Kaldera Marketing   |   LinkedIn

Kyle has an extensive background in business strategy, marketing and online product development having worked as both a consultant and marketing director with a number of startups and tech companies during the last 15 years.

As the founder of Kaldera Marketing, Kyle now focuses on marketing strategy, online marketing and branding for startup companies, software companies, small businesses and non-profits.

Kyle also manages the 575+ member StartupSB meetup group, is a Startup America Champion, and serves on the Board of Directors for the MIT Central Coast Forum. He also teaches classes at UCSB's Technology Management Program and has also taught at Antioch University.

Kyle has a MBA from Babson College an undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UCSB and is a certified Project Manager and Scrum Master.

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