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Skydeck Incubator 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Penthouse

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!



Sep 20
  • 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


Sep 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 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


Sep 22
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Adam Cheyer

Co-Founder & VP of Engineering at Siri, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Adam Cheyer is an inventor, entrepreneur, and engineering executive who explores how computers can augment individual and collective intelligence.

He is Co-Founder and VP of Engineering of Siri, Inc. Adam joined the company from SRI International, where he was a Program Director in SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center, and Chief Architect of the largest, most ambitious AI project ever, SRI’s CALO project.

A pioneer in the areas of distributed computing, intelligent agents, and advanced user interfaces, Adam is the author of more than fifty peer-reviewed publications and nine patents. He was previously the VP of Engineering at Dejima and the VP of Engineering at Verticalnet. Mr. Cheyer received his bachelor's degree with highest honors from Brandeis University and his master's degree with an "outstanding master's student" award from UCLA.

He is currently an advisor to the Silicon Valley World Internet Center,, and Radar Networks.

Craig Walker

CEO, Founder at Firespotter Labs & fmr. CEO at GrandCentral (now Google Voice)   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Craig is a highly successful entrepreneur in the Bay Area and has been an attorney, VC, Founder, and CEO at various companies throughout the Silicon Valley for the past 18 years. He currently is the CEO at Firespotter Labs, a telecom focused incubator that's launched UberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly since their founding in April 2011.

Prior to founding Firespotter this January, Craig was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. He brought nearly a decade of experience in VoIP to GrandCentral Communications as CEO and co-founder. GrandCentral was acquired by Google in July 2007 (now Google Voice), where he became the Group Product Manager for the Real Time Communications Group responsible for Google Voice, Google Talk and Google Talk Video. In 2001, Craig became the CEO of Dialpad Communications, where he led the company out of bankruptcy and transformed it into the most profitable VoIP company in the industry.

When Dialpad was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005 (now Yahoo! Voice), Craig became Senior Director of VoIP and successfully merged the team with the Yahoo! Messenger group.

Prior to Dialpad, Craig was a technology venture investor at Sterling Payot Capital and TeleSoft Partners and was also a corporate attorney at top tier law firms in Silicon Valley, where he represented companies ranging from early stage start-ups to Cisco Systems.

Craig is a graduate of UC Berkeley (BA), Georgetown University (MBA) and Boalt Hall School of Law (JD). Go Bears!

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Niko Bonatsos

Venture Capitalist at General Catalyst Partners   |   LinkedIn

Niko is an early stage investor at General Catalyst Partners. He looks for world-changing startups and rockstar founders. Niko leverages his international network to provide these ventures with the resources to launch new products, scale, and succeed. He is an entrepreneur at heart and specializes in innovation models, as well as cross-cultural design.

Niko graduated from Stanford University with a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering. He holds a M. Phil. from Cambridge, focused on Industrial Systems and Management. Niko earned his Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. To top it off, he also completed a Thesis Project in Biomedical Signal Processing at Harvard Medical School.

Andreas Stavropoulos

Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Andreas is a Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he serves on the boards of a number of private companies. Andreas focuses primarily on software investments, mobility, and technology-enabled services. Prior to joining DFJ, Andreas was with McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office, where he worked with senior management teams of corporate clients with an emphasis on information technology. Prior to McKinsey, he was a Senior Analyst at Cornerstone Research, a financial and economic consulting firm that helps resolve complex issues arising in high-profile business litigation.

Andreas is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in computer science. He also holds an MS degree in computer science from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and graduated first in his class.

Fadi Bashara

CEO, Founder of   |   LinkedIn

Fadi is CEO and Founder of Blackbox, a globally focused accelerator based in Silicon Valley. He is also a Venture Partner of Sinbad Ventures, a VC firm that invests in early stage internet and mobile startups from Arabia. Additionally, Fadi frequently speaks at entrepreneurial conferences and education initiatives around the world. He mentors ventures at startup accelerators such as SeedCamp, HackFwd, StartupBootcamp, StartupChile, and Skolkovo Startup Academy. Fadi’s vision is to awaken the entrepreneur within everyone and support the creation of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Fadi has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington.

Harris Brody

Partner at Blue Fog Capital   |   LinkedIn

Harris is a Partner at Blue Fog Capital LLC. Previously, Harris was an investment banking professional at J.P. Morgan within their Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Before his time at J.P. Morgan, Harris worked as an Investment Associate at Prudential Real Estate Investors and a Marketing Associate at The Clorox Company.

Harris received his MBA from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also attended Penn for his B.A. in Sociology.

Jordan Angelos

Investor at Accel Partners   |   LinkedIn

Jordan joined Accel in 2013 and focuses on investment opportunities in internet, digital media, and software / SaaS companies. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Global Leveraged Finance Group. Jordan also has experience at a microcredit firm affiliated with the United Way, where he taught classes and helped local entrepreneurs develop business plans to apply for microloans.

Jordan received a B.A. in Economics and minor in Mathematics from Brigham Young University.

Pete Shannon

Managing Director at Firelake Capital   |   LinkedIn

Peter is Managing Director at Firelake Capital. He leads portfolio company management within energy/cleantech and materials sectors. In addition to Firelake, Peter also sits as a Board Member and Investor for a variety of companies, including: Airware, Sungevity, ArrayPower, QBotix, and NovaTorque. Previously, he was Principal at Atlas Venture.

Peter received his MBA at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He also has a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Rishi Taparia

Investor at Matrix Partners   |   LinkedIn

Rishi is an investor at Matrix Partners. His focus is on early stage investments, particularly innovative technologies. Previously, he worked for Scale Venture Partners as well as Merrill Lynch. Rishi was also part of the Higher Education Marketing team at Apple. He is fluent in Hindi, Indonesian, and Spanish.

Rishi graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A.
in Economics and Communications.

CJ Reim

Associate at Highland Capital Partners   |   LinkedIn

CJ joined Highland in 2012 as an Associate focused on technology investments across all stages of company growth. Prior to Highland, CJ was a Summer Analyst with Morgan Stanley in their technology investment banking division. He was also the co-founder and CEO of Applied Power Innovations, an energy services company focused on increasing the install velocity of green technologies.

CJ earned a B.S. in Management with concentrations in Finance and Information Systems from Boston College.


Jassim Latif

CEO, Co-Founder at Tiller   |   LinkedIn

Jassim is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Tiller Inc. Prior to Tiller, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Social+Capital Partnership (S23P). Jassim has also been a long time contributor to the Google Team. He initially worked as a Business Analyst, and later as a Strategic Partner Development Senior Associate. He was then an integral part of Google's Android Business Development Team.

Jassim graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics. Go Bears!

Sunil Pai

Venture Capitalist at Draper Fisher Jurvetson   |   LinkedIn

Sunil currently is a Venture Capitalist at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, one of the premiere VC firms in the world. Prior to DFJ, Sunil joined Deloitte Consulting as a Business Technology Analyst.

Sunil Pai graduated in 2011 from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. Go Bears!

Luke Segars

Associate Product Manager at Google   |   LinkedIn

Luke is an Associate Product Manager at Google. He is also head Graduate Student Instructor for the UC Berkeley course, “The Beauty and Joy of Computing”. Luke is researching user motivations for participation in online knowledge-sharing communities and seeking ways to encourage higher levels of participation.

Luke received his Masters in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2012. Go Bears!

Wendy Tsu

Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Wendy is a Strategy & Operations Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting. Throughout her time consulting, she has obtained experience across an array of industries including: financial services, retail, and technology.

Wendy graduated last year from The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, with high honors. Go Bears!

Jason Ma

CEO, Founder at ThreeEQ & Contributor at FORBES   |   LinkedIn

Jason Ma is a well-connected business leader. He is currently CEO and Founder of ThreeEQ, which provides high-powered global business consulting and EQ enhancement training services. Additionally, Jason is a contributor to Forbes. His mission is to help empower and groom new generations of young global leaders.

Jason is a UC Berkeley graduate, holding a degree in Industrial Engineering & Operational Research (IEOR). Go Bears!

Bernt Wahl

CEO at Factle Maps and UC Berkeley Faculty   |   LinkedIn

Bernt is the CEO of Factle Maps, mapping neighborhoods across the world. He is also currently a Faculty member at UC Berkeley. Bernt is passionate about advising Big Data companies, with the hopes to turn the Berkeley Area into "Big Data Valley".

Bernt holds a Masters from UC Berkeley’s School of Information and his MBA from UC Davis’s Graduate School of Management. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Engineering at UC Santa Cruz.

Ben Sumers

Hardware Associate at Startx   |   LinkedIn

Ben is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, where he leads the hardware program at StartX, a Stanford-based accelerator. After stints at Ekso BIonics in Richmond and QBotix in Menlo Park, he has seen the ups and downs of starting a hardware company.

Ben is a Stanford University graduate, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and, soon, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering.

Mark Brennan

CEO, Founder at Benissimo & fmr. Senior Director at Pandora   |   LinkedIn

Mark is Founder and CEO of his newest venture, Benissimo, an exciting company that offers publishers a novel and enhanced way of managing ad revenues. Previously, Mark was the CIO of Pandora and Program Manager of Marketing Operations at

Mark holds degrees in both French Literature and Computer Science from The University of Kent.

Falon Fatemi

Co-Founder at LIASON   |   LinkedIn

Falon is a multi-disciplinary specialist and superconnector in the tech community of Silicon Valley. Falon is a Co-Founder of LIASON, while also providing strategy consulting to prominent VCs. She was just 19 when she began at Google and went on to become Head of Business Development for Firespotter Labs, a Google Ventures-backed product accelerator. In her free time, Falon is an SF Innovation Fellow for Mayor Ed Lee focusing on incubating civic technology.

Falon graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Finance (emphasis in Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship).

Eliot Sun

CEO, Co-Founder at Kloudless   |   LinkedIn

Eliot is CEO and Co-Founder of Kloudless. He founded Kloudless with three fellow Cal alums. Their office is located at Skydeck Accelerator. Kloudless is backed by leading Silicon Valley thought leaders like David Sacks of Yammer and top investors like Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetsen. Their mission is to create a secure, connected cloud to revolutionize the way we work in the cloud.

Eliot is a UC Berkeley graduate. Go Bears!

Scott Orn

Principle at Lighthouse Capital Partners   |   LinkedIn

Scott is a Principal at Lighthouse Capital Partners. He is primarily responsible for identifying investment opportunities, performing due diligence and negotiating West Coast portfolio investments. Scott previously worked in R&D Strategy at Becton Dickinson.

Scott attended The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley for his undergraduate studies and went on to receive his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Sylvia Paull

Silicon Valley Public Relations Icon   |   LinkedIn

One of the most effective behind-the-scenes connectors in Silicon Valley, Sylvia, started out throwing some of the hottest parties at computer-industry conventions in the 80’s. Now she links geeks, entrepreneurs, media insiders, and political activists! Sylvia is currently on the Board of Directors at East Bay Bicycle Coalition and was previously CEO of Berkeley Ventures.

Sylvia graduated from Reed College with a degree in Political Science.

Bhavin Parikh

CEO, Co-Founder at Magoosh   |   LinkedIn

Bhavin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Magoosh, a well-funded online education start-up, which seeks to make high quality educational material accessible to all. He also serves as an Advisor-in-residence for current Haas students pursuing startups.

Bhavin received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2010. Go Bears! He also holds a B.S. in both Economics and Computer Science from Duke University.

Merrill Lutsky

CEO and Co-Founder of Posmetrics   |   LinkedIn

Merrill is CEO and Co-Founder of Posmetrics, a rapidly growing San Francisco startup looking to facilitate the flow of information from customers to businesses for the betterment of both. Posmetrics is backed by Y Combinator and began as a computer science project when Merrill was an underclassmen.

Merrill is a member of Harvard University's Class of 2015 and a B.A. candidate in Applied Math & Economics. He is currently taking a year off to pursue his venture full time.

Cliff Tong

Angel Investor & CEO at Diverse Strategies   |   LinkedIn

Cliff is currently CEO and Principal Consultant at Diverse Strategies, a business consulting firm focusing on new ventures and fast growing companies. He is also an active Angel Investor and member of Keiretsu Forum. Cliff is especially interested in high technology, consumer products, cleantech, financial services, and real estate.

Cliff graduated from UC Berkeley with dual degrees in Computer Science and Economics. Go Bears!

Helen Situ

Advisor in Design Strategy at Xvolve   |   LinkedIn

Helen is an Advisor in Design Strategy and Product Marketing at Xvolve, a tech startup developing mobile applications that enhance the social discovery experience. Previously, she worked as a Product Developer at Groopt and co-founded the Design for America, UC Berkeley studio. Helen is passionate about helping people collaborate and connect. She also manages a side project, The Sunshine Muse, which shares inspirational and positive content.

Helen graduated from UC Berkeley with a Sociology major and City & Regional Planning minor. Go Bears!

Greg McBeth

VP of Business Development at BloomBoard   |   LinkedIn

Greg is currently VP of Business Development at BloomBoard, a specialized learning management system for teacher effectiveness and improvement. Previously, Greg was a Solutions Architect for Dimension Data, as well as a Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems.

Greg has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Deven Soni

Co-Founder at Sprayable Energy   |   LinkedIn

Deven is a Co-Founder at Sprayable Energy, which sells effective and safe topical caffeine sprays. Previously, Deven has been a Partner at NEVEQ, and early stage technology investor focused on Europe. He was also an Investment Professional at both Highland Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs.

Deven graduated from The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

Jonathan Cottrel

Co-Founder, CTO at Spacebar   |   LinkedIn

Jonathan is Co-Founder and CTO at Spacebar, which streams live music on mobile devices in a novel way. Previously, Jonathan was a Technology Associate at Morgan Stanley. He also has held multiple Teaching and Research Assistant positions at McGill University.

He graduated from McGill University with a B.S. in Physics and Computer Science.

Trevor Goss

Entrepreneur & former Senior Marketing Manager at Swrve   |   LinkedIn

Trevor is a marketing professional and entrepreneur with almost a decade of experience working with early stage companies, and deep experience in both B2B and B2C marketing & product marketing. Trevor was formerly Senior Marketing Manager at Swrve, an in-app marketing platform that gives mobile product teams all the tools they need to maximize revenues on mobile devices. He is also a founder of Ideakick and ImpactOrg.

Trevor graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Olivia Brown

Advisory Services Fellow at Taproot Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Olivia is currently an Advisory Services Fellow at Taproot Foundation. Previously, she served as a finance intern at Obama for America. Olivia is passionate about education and social entrepreneurship.

Olivia graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Education and Social Policy, Learning and Organizational Change.

Shaun Tai

Executive Director at ODALC   |   LinkedIn

Shaun is the Founder and Executive Director of Oakland Digital (ODALC), an independent 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation that provides digital literacy education to small businesses and professional development training to students throughout the East Bay. In 2008, he successfully documented the history of Bay Area urban music, creating an online campaign that exceeded 14-million video views.

Shaun graduated magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Advertising from San Jose State.

Ian Bennett Alas

Marketing Director at Start-up of You   |   LinkedIn

Ian is an experienced entrepreneur in many areas from creative development for video games at Disney, to inside sales for network security software at Rapid7, to special projects for Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn. Ian is also Marketing Director of the best-selling, "The Start-Up of You" novel.

Ian received his degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Entrepreneurship, from USC - Marshal School of Business.

Pedro Rico

CEO, Founder at PlayerPro   |   LinkedIn

Pedro is CEO and Founder of PlayerPro, described as “IMDb for Sports”. It's a comprehensive database of every sport, every team, and every player. They are already talking to top tier soccer agents and players, and will be releasing the first premium product for the California Soccer Association in August.

Pedro received his BSc in C.S. with Business Studies from the University of London. He also holds a MBA from San Francisco State.

Aaron Schwartz

CEO at Modify Watches   |   LinkedIn

Aaron Schwartz is currently CEO at Modify Watches, Modify Watches are modular, fun and customizable so that your watch will always match your wardrobe or your mood. Aaron hopes to reshape everyday objects into new innovations!

Aaron received an MBA from the Haas School of Business in 2010. Go Bears!

Evan Atherton

Applied Innovation Engineer at Autodesk   |   LinkedIn

Evan is currently working under Applied Innovation at the Office of the CTO at Autodesk, recently completing his last project of 3D Printed Speaker Enclosures. Evan is very passionate about Mechanical Design and has developed an expertise in the field of 3D printing.

Evan has a bachelors and masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

Brett Goldstein

R&D Consultant at Accenture   |   LinkedIn

Brett is currently an R&D Developer at Accenture. Brett was previously an Undergraduate Researcher at D'Esposito Lab and a Research Apprentice at Computational Cognitive Science Lab. Brett has a deep passion for cognitive neuroscience and has worked on many projects in that field.

Brett has a bachelors degree in Cognitive Science and Psychology from UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

Chau Dang

Technology Analyst at Accenture   |   LinkedIn

Chau is currently a Technology Analyst at Accenture. Chau was previously a Solar Physics Researcher at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she optimized programs on distributed computing environments to analyze and monitor spectroscopic data from RHESSI, a satellite collecting high energy solar spectroscopic images.

Chau has a bachelors in Astronomy from Whitnam College and a masters in Physics from the University of Oklahoma.

Cory Levy

Co-Founder at One Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Cory Levy is currently Co-Founder at One, Inc. Cory was previously a creator and chair at NextGen Conference, and has a deep passion for entrepreneurship and consumer interests.

Cory has a bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.

Kevin Warnock

Chairman at Silveroffice Inc.

Kevin Warnock is currently chairman at Silveroffice Inc, the first online office suite released in 2004. Kevin was formerly CEO at and has a passion for converting work services from paper to online.

Kevin has a bachelors in astrophysics from UCLA and a masters in Photography from the Brooks Institute.

Jeremy Bialock

Founder, CPO at

Jeremy Blalock is currently the founder and CPO of, which allows users to understand the impacts of government policies on themselves through analytics. Jeremy was previously the co-founder of Innovative Design Studio, and specializes in web design and web applications.

Jeremy has a bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

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