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Thursday, October 1
 

4:00pm PDT

San Diego Startup Month Kickoff!
A must-attend immersive kickoff event! Join top ecosystem builders and tech CEOs as we talk the importance of community, bringing people together, and ensuring our ecosystem's resiliency. After the opening keynote, join us for a fireside chat with top tech leaders. Then, jump into our virtual cocktail party for speed networking with other SDSM guests. We'll wrap with a panel discussion, "Future of Work: The Work-From-Home Revolution" and end the night with a party in a state-of-the art virtual experience in VirBELA including a Startup Fair, beach party, and more.

  • Program Open
    • Alexa-Rae Navarro, Executive Director, Startup San Diego
    • Neal Bloom, Chairman of the Board, Startup San Diego & Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
  • Opening Introduction 
    • Christina Bibler, Economic Development Director, City of San Diego
  • Keynote
    • Ian Hathaway, Co-Author, The Startup Community Way
  • Fireside Chat  
    • Lolita Taub, Co-Founder and General Partner at The Community Fund & acting interim Head of Sales at Catalyte
    • Caitlin Wege, Partner MooDoos Investments & Startup San Diego Board Member
  • "COX-tail" Party Speed Networking Sponsored by Cox Business
  • Panel | "Future of Work: The Work-From-Home Revolution"
    • Moderator: Ryan Kuder, Managing Director - Techstars Anywhere
    • Panelist: Zeb Evans, Founder & CEO ClickUp
    • Elizabeth Lyons, Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Global Policy & Strategy
    • Alex Howland, Founder & CEO, VirBELA
  • Virtual Opening Party & Startup Fair in VirBELA

Speakers
avatar for Ian Hathaway

Ian Hathaway

Co-Author, The Startup Community Way
Ian Hathaway is an analyst, strategic advisor, writer, and entrepreneur. He is co-author of The Startup Community Way, is a Senior Director on the Product team at Techstars, and is an active startup advisor, mentor, and investor, including at The Fund. He is also a senior fellow... Read More →
avatar for Alexa-Rae Navarro

Alexa-Rae Navarro

Executive Director, Startup San Diego
A UC San Diego alumni and second generation Latina, Alexa-Rae Navarro, is the Executive Director of Startup San Diego, the official non-profit supporting the San Diego startup ecosystem. Prior to running Startup San Diego, she spent the last eight years in Los Angeles working at the... Read More →
avatar for Neal Bloom

Neal Bloom

Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
Neal Bloom is an entrepreneur, investor, community builder, and Chair of Startup San Diego. He previously co-founded education technology company Portfolium. He is CEO of Rising Tide Partners and leads media entities Fresh Brewed Tech and Fresh Squeezed to help bring awareness about... Read More →
avatar for Christina Bibler

Christina Bibler

Economic Development Director, City of San Diego
Award-winning and experienced public sector leader with demonstrated success building high performing teams, leading strategic change and developing innovative programs. Two decades of successful relationships with diverse stakeholders in economic development, non-profit, real estate... Read More →
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Lolita Taub

Co-Founder & General Partner, The Community Fund
Lolita Taub is the Co-Founder and General Partner at The Community Fund and acting interim Head of Sales at Catalyte. She is a first-generation Latinx operator and investor pushing for diversity in tech. With 15 years working within the Silicon Valley ecosystem, she has accomplished... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Wege

Caitlin Wege

Partner, MooDoos Investments
Caitlin is a partner at MooDoos Investments, a private family-owned investment fund that invests in early-stage companies throughout North America. MooDoos is industry agnostic and invests in several industries including life sciences, manufacturing and education technology. Caitlin... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, Techstars Anywhere
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars. As a 17-year tech veteran, including stints as founder of several startups, and an executive at many more, Ryan has spent the majority of his career building startups from the ground up and has experienced all stages of the entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Zeb Evans

Zeb Evans

Founder & CEO, ClickUp
Zeb Evans is a serial entrepreneur and libertarian that's started several software companies with over $100 million in revenue.
avatar for Elizabeth Lyons

Elizabeth Lyons

Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Global Policy & Strategy
avatar for Alex Howland, Ph.D

Alex Howland, Ph.D

Co-Founder & President, VirBELA
Alex Howland, Ph.D., is president and co-founder of VirBELA – an immersive technology platform that’s redefining the future of business, events and education. Alex created VirBELA in 2012, before it was purchased and made public by eXp World Holdings in 2018. VirBELA builds virtual worlds that help organizations bring their business and... Read More →


Thursday October 1, 2020 4:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual
 
Monday, October 5
 

12:00pm PDT

How I Started & Sold my Startup Ask Me Anything
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Learn from industry experts as they share how they got to where they are today. Take the big picture of professional growth with these question-and-answer sessions. After the talk, network with other guests.

05 min - Quick introduction, share their story of how they progressed professionally to where they are today
20 min - Speaker-led QnA with audience
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Alex Howland, Ph.D

Alex Howland, Ph.D

Co-Founder & President, VirBELA
Alex Howland, Ph.D., is president and co-founder of VirBELA – an immersive technology platform that’s redefining the future of business, events and education. Alex created VirBELA in 2012, before it was purchased and made public by eXp World Holdings in 2018. VirBELA builds virtual worlds that help organizations bring their business and... Read More →


Monday October 5, 2020 12:00pm - 12:40pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

How to Build a Thriving Company Culture in a Remote Startup
In 2019, remote businesses made up 16% of today global companies. Since then, employees and employers have been thrust into a new world of distributed work. Traumatic shifts aside, research shows that the benefits of remote work for businesses and employees are enormous, with significant impacts on employee productivity, health, and satisfaction, as well as lowering business expenses and employee turnover. However, running remote teams poses challenges unlike the traditional office job, mainly building company culture. In this session, we will learn how to build and sustain a thriving employee culture in remote companies. Breanne Acio, who has lead remote teams from manufacturing to technology, will provide insights on how to instill corporate values and mission, and what practices and tools leaders can use to promote collaboration, productivity, and drive in their remote teams. Learn how to turn one of the central challenges of location independence into one of your company top strengths.

Speakers
avatar for Breanne Acio

Breanne Acio

Co-Founder & CEO, Sēkr
Breanne Acio is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and community organizer in the outdoor travel and recreation industry. A former professor, she capitalized on her academic background in interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and diversity to build thriving company cultures... Read More →


Monday October 5, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Founders Steven Morely and Eugene Narciso with esguard.io
Judges Bridget Brick and Chris Staszak

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

05 min - Founder pitches
10 min - Judges ask the founder questions
10 min - Judges react, give feedback, potentially decide whether they would invest?
10 min - Audience quick pitch and feedback/poll
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Chris Staszak

Chris Staszak

CTO, LogicBoost Labs
Chris Staszak is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. He has been responsible for the architecture, development and deployment of numerous commercial, government and consumer facing software solutions – in organizations ranging from startup to acquisition to Fortune 500.His most... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Brick

Bridget Brick

CEO, The ACCELERATE Group
The ACCELERATE Group works with startup investment portfolios and VC funds to ensure the companies in the portfolio are on a path of high growth towards exit.TAG has also worked with early-stage tech startups who are both seeking funding, and those who have recently received funding... Read More →
avatar for Steven Morley

Steven Morley

CEO/Co-Founder, esguard.io
Steven Morley is the CEO and Co-Founder of esguard.io Corporation. He has been a serial entrepreneur for the past 40 years with dozens of companies which he either founded, mentored, or advised.  He was the first employee of Qualcomm in 1985 where he launched and grew several successful... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Narciso

Eugene Narciso

President/CTO/Co-Founder, esguard.io
Eugene Narciso is the President, CTO and Co-Founder of esguard.io Corporation. He has fourteen years as a Senior Software Engineer working for large companies including Sony, Qualcomm, and MedImpact. He is the inventor of the SecureDNS technology, when he was inspired to create a... Read More →


Monday October 5, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, October 6
 

12:00pm PDT

Start-Ups Take Flight: Customer Experience Design at the San Diego International Airport
In 2018, the San Diego International Airport hosted a record high total of 24 million passengers. In 2019, it earned the distinction of 'No. 1 Among Busiest US Airports' in part for its focus on customer experience. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority offers a unique setting for select innovators to validate ideas for the airport of the future during a 16-week innovation lab. Startups test their service at SAN with the goal of scaling the concept to major U.S. airports nationwide. Rick Belliotti will present the airport's philosophy on customer experience design and facilitate a discussion with the CEO of three of the most successful SAN Airport Innovation Lab companies: AtYourGate, Baggage Nanny, and Ciari Guitars. Learn how to apply customer service principals to your customers' journey, examine innovative ways to enhance the customer experience, and differentiate your product or service by finding unique ways to reach your target customers.

Speakers
avatar for David Henninger

David Henninger

President, AtYourGate
Mr. Henninger brings over 30 years of inspired leadership experience at leading brands with primary focus in the retail and foodservice industriesMost recently, Mr. Henninger served as President of Emagine Vapor, a retail brand of Vapor Corp. Also David served as CMO at Hooters of... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Spangler

Jonathan Spangler

CEO & Founder, Ciari Guitars
Jonathan Spangler, J.D. is the CEO and Founder of Ciari Guitars. Jonathan is a business and legal executive turned entrepreneur. To his leadership role, he brings the business acumen and experience from multiple successful start-ups over a 20+ year career in the medical industry based... Read More →
avatar for Rick Belliotti

Rick Belliotti

Director, CX Design & Innovation, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Rick Belliotti is San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Director, Customer Experience & Innovation. He has been with the Airport Authority for six and one-half years.Rick is an experienced senior manager and entrepreneur who has worked in companies of all sizes. His experience... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Browning

Crystal Browning

CEO, Baggage Nanny
Winner of this years San Diego Businesswoman of the Year, Crystal Browning is a serial entrepreneur based in San Diego, CA. Her latest venture, Baggage Nanny, is THE baggage storage solution for travelers. Her service is taking the travel industry by storm as the only service of its... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Dynamic Pricing
Continuously repricing products in e-commerce or brick-and-mortar stores is a humongous task, but done correctly it can have a considerable impact on business profit. Dynamic pricing algorithms use machine learning but this use of predictive analytics is more involved than simply 'price prediction'. The presentation will discuss key elements of developing an optimal dynamic pricing algorithm and elucidate surprising algorithmic connections to other disconnected fields which seem far from optimal pricing, such as board games and traffic management.

Speakers
avatar for Alfonso Limon

Alfonso Limon

Chief Liaison of R&D, Oneirix
Alfonso Limon is the Chief Liaison of R&D for Oneirix Labs, a consulting company developing market-leading technologies resulting in high-value intellectual property. Before this, he was the Director of Research at Intersection Medical, leading groups developing optimal algorithms... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session: Lean Startup Workshop
While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Brant Cooper

Brant Cooper

CEO and Co-founder, Moves The Needle
Brant Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur and CEO of Moves the Needle. With over two decades of expertise helping companies bring innovative products to market, he blends agile, design thinking, and lean methodologies to ignite entrepreneurial... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Raising Capital from Angel Investors
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Benton Moore is a member of Tech Coast Angels and leads a venture fund that's designed to invest in San Diego founders. Mysty Rusk is the Director of the San Diego Innovation Center and runs the San Diego Angel Conference. Justin Renfro is the head of growth at Wefunder, a platform that allows companies to raise investment capital via equity crowdfunding. They will collectively discuss traditional and non-traditional pathways for founders to access investment capital from different angel-investor networks in San Diego

Speakers
avatar for Benton Moore

Benton Moore

CEO, Sea Dragon Capital
Benton Moore is CEO of Sea Dragon Capital, a fund for early-stage investments.  His most recent cleantech startup was acquired by private equity firm Oaktree Capital.  Benton brings to the team the perspectives of entrepreneur, attorney, and investor and the passion for scaling... Read More →
avatar for Mysty Rusk

Mysty Rusk

Director, The Brink SBDC at University of San Diego
Mysty Rusk is the Director of the USD’s Innovation Center, The Brink SBDC. Rusk is an expert in innovation commercialization and angel investing. She has been involved from idea to IPO on numerous startups. Rusk has seen new materials and products that revolutionize industries and... Read More →
avatar for Justin Renfro

Justin Renfro

Campaign Manager, Wefunder
Justin helps entrepreneurs raise capital on the equity crowdfunding platform Wefunder. They connect founders with a global network of over 300,000 investors -- and allow companies to raise investment capital from friends, family, and customers.Previously, he launched the Kiva US program... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Wednesday, October 7
 

11:00am PDT

Build a Marketing Budget like a Pro
Let's face it—whether you're just starting out with funding from the three f's (friends, family, and fools) or you've raised your Series A, budgeting for marketing is a big pain in the you know what. Coming up with a budget for how much you should be spending to support your growth goals can feel picking random numbers out of a hat, but it doesn't have to be that way. Neal (Angel Investor) and Gregg (Entrepreneur) will take you through exactly how to set your marketing budget based on your growth goals. We'll show you how to measure the performance of your marketing investments, and how to use that information to your advantage when raising funding (basically, we can make you look really really smart). We're looking forward to having you attend our session!

Speakers
avatar for Neal Bloom

Neal Bloom

Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
Neal Bloom is an entrepreneur, investor, community builder, and Chair of Startup San Diego. He previously co-founded education technology company Portfolium. He is CEO of Rising Tide Partners and leads media entities Fresh Brewed Tech and Fresh Squeezed to help bring awareness about... Read More →
avatar for Gregg Anderson

Gregg Anderson

CEO, Origin 63
Gregg is the co-founder and CEO of Origin 63. Gregg’s primary expertise is in helping startups and middle-market companies grow through improving their sales technology and marketing strategies. Gregg serves as a volunteer, mentor, and board member for San Diego State University's... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

What is it like to go through a virtual accelerator? San Diego Techstars Alumni Panel.
If you’re considering going through an accelerator this year, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll be delivered remotely. The Techstars Anywhere Accelerator is Techstars’ original remote first accelerator. Techstars Anywhere Senior Program Manager Kendra Dixon will talk with San Diego based Techstars alum to give you some key insights on what their remote accelerator experience was like and answer your question and provide some tips and tricks about getting the most from your remote accelerator program.

Speakers
avatar for Kendra Dixon

Kendra Dixon

Senior Program Manager, Techstars Anywhere, Techstars
avatar for Morgan Spenla

Morgan Spenla

Founder & CEO, Crafter.com
avatar for Breanne Acio

Breanne Acio

Co-Founder & CEO, Sēkr
Breanne Acio is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and community organizer in the outdoor travel and recreation industry. A former professor, she capitalized on her academic background in interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and diversity to build thriving company cultures... Read More →
avatar for Cody Barbo

Cody Barbo

Co-Founder & CEO, Trust & Will
Cody Barbo is an entrepreneur and two-time founder from San Diego, CA. Cody currently serves as Founder of Trust & Will, the easy, fast and secure way to set up your estate plan online. He also served as CEO at his last company, Industry, a ‘LinkedIn’ for the service and hospitality... Read More →
avatar for Duncan Street

Duncan Street

Co-Founder & COO, Qeepsake


Wednesday October 7, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Building and funding hardware and manufacturing startups
Techstars Managing Director Laila Partridge who works in partnership with Stanley Black & Decker on an AI in advanced manufacturing accelerator will discuss the challenges and opportunities for building and funding physical world startups with an entrepreneur, investor, and hardware manufacturing expert. Hear about the challenges and opportunities from individuals getting things done!

Speakers
avatar for Laila Partridge

Laila Partridge

Managing Director, STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator, Techstars
Passionate about entrepreneurship: at start-ups or in large corporate settings and as a founder, mentor or investor. As innovative, high growth companies transform the world around us, I am particularly interested in how communities and traditional businesses engage with that dis... Read More →
avatar for Anna Thornton

Anna Thornton

Professor of the Practice, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston University
Professor Thornton earned her B.S.E. from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She started as a faculty member in MIT’s ME department where she focused on product development, manufacturing, and quality systems. As a senior partner in Analytics Operations... Read More →
avatar for Mark Accomando

Mark Accomando

Partner, Heartland Ventures
I am interested in learning all about the local industries. I am an early-stage technology investor focusing on identifying coastal startups that have applications in the "Heartland" market. I am most interested in manufacturing, logistics, real estate, construction, and agricult... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT

2:00pm PDT

Finding your Revenue Formula
Techstars Austin Managing Director Amos Schwartzfarb, best selling author of Sell More Faster, will teach you how to develop your companies revenue formula. You’ll learn which levers move your business the most so you know where to focus your time, money, and energy to maximize revenue.

Finding your Revenue Formula is all about identifying what you think your business model (the actual math)  is so you can also identify and prioritize all the things you will need to do to prove whether you are on the right track.

Speakers
avatar for Amos Schwartzfarb

Amos Schwartzfarb

Managing Director, Techstars Austin
Amos was born in the bronx, NY and grew up in Fort Lee NJ. At a young age, Amos started seeking adventure and pushing limits. While attending college at the University of Massachusetts in 1992 Amos fell in love with rock climbing which brought him to Northern California in 1993 and... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

How to Run a World Class Customer Discovery Process
Zach Nies, Managing Director of Techstars Sustainability in Partnership with the Nature Conservancy, will teach you how to gain a better understanding of your customers so you can build a product they want.  At the beginning of a startup it’s natural to focus most of your energy on building out the solution. The key is to first focus on understanding the needs of your customers from their point of view. This unlocks the ability to build a great product for them. This workshop will outline a customer development approach to build world class products.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Nies

Zach Nies

Managing Director of Techstars Sustainability in Partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Techstars
Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars for the Boulder program and a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His whole career has been dedicated to entrepreneurship at startups and inside large companies. He is using that experience guided by his core... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

Ask Us Anything Panel Discussion with Techstars Managing Directors
Spend an hour with five Techstars Managing Directors who have collectively invested in and accelerated over 200 early stage startups. Ask them about accelerators, fundraising, customer acquisition, who the best baseball team is and why it’s the Padres...ANYTHING.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Nies

Zach Nies

Managing Director of Techstars Sustainability in Partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Techstars
Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars for the Boulder program and a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His whole career has been dedicated to entrepreneurship at startups and inside large companies. He is using that experience guided by his core... Read More →
avatar for Laila Partridge

Laila Partridge

Managing Director, STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator, Techstars
Passionate about entrepreneurship: at start-ups or in large corporate settings and as a founder, mentor or investor. As innovative, high growth companies transform the world around us, I am particularly interested in how communities and traditional businesses engage with that dis... Read More →
avatar for Amos Schwartzfarb

Amos Schwartzfarb

Managing Director, Techstars Austin
Amos was born in the bronx, NY and grew up in Fort Lee NJ. At a young age, Amos started seeking adventure and pushing limits. While attending college at the University of Massachusetts in 1992 Amos fell in love with rock climbing which brought him to Northern California in 1993 and... Read More →
avatar for Matt Kozlov

Matt Kozlov

Managing Director, Techstars Space, Techstars
Matt is the Managing Director of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in partnership with US Air Force, JPL NASA, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Maxar Technologies and Israel Aerospace Industries North America.Previously he was the founding Managing Director of The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

05 min - Founder pitches
10 min - Judges ask the founder questions
10 min - Judges react and give feedback
10 min - Audience quick pitch and feedback/poll
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Jon Corrin

Jon Corrin

CEO & Co-founder, XILO
Jon Corrin grew up in Delaware, eventually attending the University of Delaware where he majored in Mass Communication. During college, Jon started his first startup, Atlas Rideshare, which received initial traction and publicility but ultimately failed when the lead engineer had... Read More →
avatar for Eric Otterson

Eric Otterson

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Eric has 18 years’ experience in marketing and business development working with high growth technology and life science companies. He served as Director of Client Operations at startup eAssist (Backed by Trinity Venture, CIBC and VantagePoint Capital), delivering a CRM suite to... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Cogley

Jonathan Cogley

CEO, LogicBoost Labs
Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures including the cybersecurity company, Thycotic. His background is in computer science and programming.Jonathan has spoken at over 100 enterprise technology events, appeared on The Wall Street Journal Radio, Fox TV and... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, October 8
 

12:00pm PDT

Kickstart Your Product Build
Are you struggling to build a product? Learn tips and tricks to rapid MVP development with FullStackJS using Loopback and ReactJS. You will go from app design to RESTful services and minimal UI all in this 45-minute session. Learn how to establish a critical path, avoid vendor lockin, and leverage frameworks and libraries to get started quickly and iterate over your first few sprints. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to plan and build a solid foundation for a new web application. This workshop is perfect for beginners with about 6-months to a year of experience that have familiarity with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If you know some basics, you will learn how to translate that into the start of a product.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

San Diego Code School, Founder
Mike Roberts is the host of the SnackWalls Podcast and founder of the San Diego Code School. He has been writing software for the past 31 years. The first half of that time he did it as a hobby. Now he serves others and helps them shorten the journey to becoming Software Engineers. Mike is passionate about helping underrepresented people break into tech and helping companies... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Design Packaging For Your Physical Products - Online Commerce and Retail
It's so easy to let packaging be the last thing you think about in your product development and sales plan. Product development is a fast paced multivariable challenge - and sometimes it's a rush to pick what to put something in... and as a result it ends up all about cost on the penny and speed to market. But in reality product = packaging + stuff inside. They aren't 2 separate things, they influence and depend on each other. Great packaging SELLS a product by telling customers what it is and why it's valuable. Poor packaging execution can equal ZERO first time sales or ZERO repeat sales if the product doesn't arrive in one piece. What do you need to consider to successfully start selling online and on the shelf? Let's work through the key vocabulary, risks, budget issues and get you selling!

**IF YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR PACKAGING ARTWORK EVALUATED DURING THE LAST 15 MIN OF THE CALL please plan to have product photos and packagign artwork available on your screen so you can share it during the presentation.** 

Speakers
avatar for Emily Page

Emily Page

CEO, Pearl Resourcing
Emily Page is a Physical Product Developer and Sales Growth Strategist with 10+ years of experience creating CPG physical products from conception to profit in retail and online commerce.With experience in every step of the product life cycle she creates vision for the end result... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session: Funding
While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, Techstars Anywhere
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars. As a 17-year tech veteran, including stints as founder of several startups, and an executive at many more, Ryan has spent the majority of his career building startups from the ground up and has experienced all stages of the entrepreneurship... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Don't Lose Your Distributed Dream Team
A story of what makes a thriving distributed culture tick. How to empower growth, transparency, and cohesive thoughtfulness. An effective distributed team is composed of intrinsically motivated people who feel trusted and have ownership over goals and outcomes.
  • Fine-tune your Recruiting Practices
  • Hire self-managers
  • Embody and Practice your Values
  • Focus on Autonomus Delivery Teams
  • Treat Collocated and Distributed Equality
  • Five Feedback Generously

Speakers
avatar for Bruno Miranda

Bruno Miranda

SVP, Engineering, Doximity.com
Bruno Miranda is the VP of Engineering at Doximity, the U.S's largest professional network of verified Clinicians, with over 75% of all U.S. doctors. As VP of Engineering, he manages a team of 115 data, infrastructure, web, and mobile software engineers, distributed across 35 States... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Friday, October 9
 

12:00pm PDT

SDSM Incubator Meet the Companies
Please join us as we introduce the founders of the 10 companies selected to be part of the Inaugural class of the Startup San Diego Incubator.  You’ll also get a chance to meet the EIRs (Entrepreneur in Residence) who will guide these companies through the course of startup month to prepare them for the Startup San Diego Incubator Demo Day at the end of the month.  We hope you can make it and be there to congratulate the companies who were selected.

BizSecure INC.
ChargeNet
Cook Casa
EntireTask
Expacious
Girlie Garage
Investart
LSAT Lab
Packagerz Inc
Welfie

Moderators
avatar for Chris Stanchak

Chris Stanchak

CEO, Loveseat.com

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, Techstars Anywhere
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars. As a 17-year tech veteran, including stints as founder of several startups, and an executive at many more, Ryan has spent the majority of his career building startups from the ground up and has experienced all stages of the entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Pete DiSalvo

Pete DiSalvo

Co-founder & CEO, DataCapable
Pete DiSalvo is a born entrepreneur. From an early age, he would gather recycling from hisneighborhood to exchange for cash. A fourth-generation engineer, he was fortunate enough togrow up in a home with both a computer and internet in the ’90s, obsessing over learning howto use... Read More →
avatar for Alfonso Arana

Alfonso Arana

Chairman, BizSecure Inc.
avatar for Anayo Nworjih

Anayo Nworjih

Founder, Cookcasa, Cook Casa
avatar for Ashutosh Dutt

Ashutosh Dutt

CEO, ChargeNet
Tosh is the CEO of ChargeNet. His subject matter expertise in Distributed Energy Resources and EV Charging derives from his work as a consulting engineer and his senior management background in the Cleantech space over the past 12 years.The ChargeNet team is radically transforming... Read More →
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Jorge Solis

Founder, Investart
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Marni Melrose

Founder, EntireTask, EntireTask
Marni is am a former world-leading implementer of productivity and collaboration software from Marketcircle, Daylite, and later Citrix, Podio. After working in the field for 18 years, she started EntireTask to fit her small business clients' needs that aren't being met by current... Read More →
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Matt Sherman

Co-founder and CEO, LSAT Lab
Matt is obsessed with building better tools for learning. He started LSAT Lab to liberate students from classrooms and textbooks designed for the average student. Matt is a 20-year veteran of test prep and has led both curriculum and marketing at Manhattan Prep.
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Rafael Platas

Founder, Expacious
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Steven Moyo

CEO, Welfie
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Susan Kaplan

CEO & Co-Founder, Packagerz Inc
Packagerz is dedicated to protecting packages after they have been delivered to your front porch with smart lockboxes.
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Talena Handley

Owner, Girlie Garage
Trained automotive technician through the Honda PACT program. Have been riding motorcycles since I was 4 years old. Tinkered with Grandpa in the workshop restoring Model T's and Kharmann Ghia's. I enjoy hanging out with friends, good movies, delicious wine, and helping people whenever... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
  Incubator
  • about Tosh is the CEO of ChargeNet. His subject matter expertise in Distributed Energy Resources and EV Charging derives from his work as a consulting engineer and his senior management background in the Cleantech space over the past 12 years.<br>The ChargeNet team is radically transforming restaurant and retail value with electric vehicle fast charging and a virus-free customer experience.

4:00pm PDT

Pitch Competition: Inventors and Investors
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

During San Diego Startup Month in October 2020, leading organizations will come together to host a new virtual pitch competition, “Inventors & Investors,” exposing innovative science-based startups to angel investors and VCs. The competition will be organized by Tech Coast Angels - San Diego (TCA), CONNECT and the San Diego Innovation Council (SDIC) with support from other corporate and nonprofit groups as a way to celebrate the startup spirit and resilience during challenging economic times.

For the prior 13 years, TCA has partnered with organizations such as the John G Watson Foundation, CONNECT and Cox Business to host the annual Quick Pitch competition at Qualcomm attracting more than 500 attendees each year. Although Quick Pitch is postponed for 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, TCA and friends will be bringing much of the enthusiasm and resources to Startup Month with the same ultimate goal of Quick Pitch; investing in the best startups. Tech Coast Angels has invested over $4M into Quick Pitch finalists over the past 4 years alone including Echo Labs, Trust & Will, NeuraLace Medical, Lynx Bio, Eyedaptic and AgTools.

Since its inception in 2016, the SDIC has organized an annual Innovation Showcase, featuring high quality, investment ready, academic research-based startups from Southern California. The annual Innovation Showcase attracts 500 attendees from Southern California, Boston, the Bay area and abroad, including investors, large corporations, corporate and intellectual property attorneys. During the Showcase, the attendees and members of the SDIC, including TCA, local incubators, founders and others help the presenting startups advance their funding, collaboration and partnership goals. Similar to TCA and many other organizations, the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic has caused SDIC to postpone its traditional Innovation Showcase for 2020.

In recognition of our common goals and concerns, SDIC, CONNECT and TCA are pleased to announce that they are collaborating with each other to provide the community with this new landmark event as part of San Diego Startup Month that celebrates San Diego, our unique ecosystem for startup formation, support and success, and highlights the important role of research discoveries made by our San Diego academic institutions. It is with great pride that we present Inventors & Investors.

Date: Friday, October 9 2020
4 - 6 pm PST

Competition: 10 companies will be selected as finalists from a pool of startups curated by the SDIC. Each finalist will be assigned TCA coaches to help refine their elevator pitches that will be conducted before a panel of investor judges at the culminating event during Startup Month.

Prize: The 1st place winner selected by the judge panel will receive an automatic slot to pitch at one of TCA’s screening meetings in consideration for TCA funding. TCA invested over $12M into startups in 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Anindya Bagchi

Dr. Anindya Bagchi

CEO & Co-founder, Styx Biotechnologies
Styx is co-founded by four passionate scientists who truly believes in the power of basic research. With pertinent human health problems in mind, our mission is to craft innovative technologies that empower the immune system to deliver lasting cures.At Styx, we have developed technologies... Read More →
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Shawn Gahr

CEO & Co-founder, Novoron Bioscience
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Andrew Sharabi

CEO & Co-Founder, Toragen
Dr. Andrew Sharabi is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and Assistant Professor at UC San Diego, and physician-scientist with a Ph.D. in Immunology who specializes in treating Head and Neck Cancer.An internationally recognized expert on Radiation and ImmunotherapyPrinciple investigator... Read More →
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Anita Busquets

CEO & Co-founder, Toragen, Inc.
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Travis Stiles

Founder and CEO, Novoron Bioscience
Co-Founder and CEO Novoron Bioscience. Inventor of novel approaches to repairing damage or disease of the brain and spinal cord. Public speaker passionate about overcoming barriers to innovation and embracing the complexity of human disease towards improving the human condition.
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Venu Gutlapalli

CEO, Tag-N-Trac Inc.
I worked 20yrs at wireless leader Qualcomm Inc, Atheros Inc. commercializing WiFi, Bluetooth, and Location technologies from cradle to commercial launch and scaled multiple products to billions of volume. I built and managed global teams working with the world’s leading mobile and... Read More →
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Bonn Macy

CEO, Phyteau
As a management consultant and business strategist Bonn Macy has helped some of the largest and some of the smallest companies around the world develop and implement strategies, assess markets and competitors, evaluate new technologies, and develop new businesses. Bonn has been a... Read More →
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Ashutosh Dutt

CEO, ChargeNet
Tosh is the CEO of ChargeNet. His subject matter expertise in Distributed Energy Resources and EV Charging derives from his work as a consulting engineer and his senior management background in the Cleantech space over the past 12 years.The ChargeNet team is radically transforming... Read More →
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Shu Xiang

CEO, Softsonics
Shu Xiang leverages her materials science background to solve problems in biomedical device engineering. Her passion started when witnessing countless technologies that originated from academic labs fail to scale even before going to the market. After helping academic labs, startups... Read More →
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Jamison Langguth

CEO & Co-founder, Aero Therapeutics
Jamison has 2 years of biotech business development and 8 years of operational experience in the clinical setting including working with children that have craniofacial abnormalities, healthy adult patients in space and sleep medicine, adult patients addicted to marijuana and/or tobacco... Read More →
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Ashima Shukla

Co-Founder & CSO, Styx Biotechnologies
Styx is co-founded by four passionate scientists who truly believes in the power of basic research. With pertinent human health problems in mind, our mission is to craft innovative technologies that empower the immune system to deliver lasting cures.At Styx, we have developed technologies... Read More →
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Bryan Lee

CEO & Co-founder, Candelytics
Bryan is a California native and West Point graduate, currently pursuing his MBA at Harvard Business School. Prior to this, he served as an active duty Army aviation officer and Black Hawk helicopter pilot. His private sector experience includes work in private equity, technology... Read More →
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Sudabeh Moein, MD

CEO, Moein Health
Moein Health, LLC. was founded in 2013 by Dr. Sudabeh Moein, an OB/GYN with over 20 years of experience in the field of women’s health, and specifically the early detection of cervical cancer screening, in the United States, India, and Mexico. Dr. Moein started with the honorable... Read More →
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Clark Yuan

CEO & Co-founder, Candelytics
Clark is a former Army intelligence officer now pursuing dual MPP/MBA degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Sloan. He has worked as a Goldman Sachs investment banker and also has experience in venture debt. He continues to serve as an innovation officer with Army Futures... Read More →
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James Parker

CEO & Co-founder, Candelytics
James is an electrical engineer and BYU alum. He is a dual-degree student at Harvard Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. HIs previous work experience includes designing wireless technology for the intelligence community as well as co-founding a proptech... Read More →
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Rubén Flores-Saaib

President, San Diego Innovation Council
What inspires you? openness, achievements, respect, serenity, inclusion. Rubén is the Associate Director of Licensing at the University of Southern California, one of the premier private research institutions in the United States. Rubén is an energetic worldwide innovation agent... Read More →
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Tari Suprapto

Senior Advisor, External Innovation, Elanco Animal Health
Tari Suprapto, Ph.D., RTTP is a seasoned technology commercialization professional in the life sciences and Vice President of the Board of the San Diego Innovation Council (SDIC).  She has served as Program Chair in the SDIC’s Innovation Showcase and helped steer the growth of... Read More →
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Connect

Connect
Helping Entrepreneurs Build Great Companies
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Jared Criscuolo

CEO / founder, Upcycle and Company
I have a rich history of connecting people to the land. My work is all about interacting with the earth around us in more meaningful, unique, sustainable and engaging ways.
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Victoria Lakers

Board, Tech Coast Angels
Victoria is a Partner at The Lancer Group, a private equity advisory and executive search firm that connects PE firms and their portfolio companies in software with high impact leaders. Via her consulting company, Victoria has served in numerous executive roles for clients in the... Read More →
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Thomas Kluz

Senior Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures
Thomas is the head of health care investing at Qualcomm Ventures where he focuses on digital health care companies. Thomas is also a General Partner at dRx Capital, which is a joint venture investment company launched by Novartis and Qualcomm with a capital commitment up to $100M... Read More →
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Andy White

Startup Operations, Keshif Ventures, LLC
Strengths include leading and motivating, establishing the teams focus and reaching consensus or making the hard decisions as needed.Specialties: • Motivating and inspiring staff based on strong vision and innovative incentive programs.• Building strong teams that understand collaboration... Read More →
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Mike Pellini

Managing Partner, Section 32
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Kristen Leute

Partner | University Relations, OSAGE University Partners
At OUP, Kirsten is responsible for the relationships with the more than 100 academic institutions that are partnered with the fund, engaging potential new partner institutions, and enhancing and creating value-add programs for the partnered academic institutions.Kirsten is an experienced... Read More →
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Denise Longley

Managing Partner, Longley Capital
Denise Longley founded Longley Capital with the objective to invest in meaningful companies at the forefront of emerging technologies. Denise has extensive experience helping companies scale and mitigate risk, both as an investor and operator in the private and public markets.Prior... Read More →
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San Diego Innovation Council

San Diego Innovation Council
The Council convenes the region’s premier research institutions to promote a shared vision for growth through innovation, entrepreneurial activities, and education. Members are committed to supporting commercialization, investment, and new company formation. Through biannual meetings... Read More →
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Tech Coast Angels

Tech Coast Angels
Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel investor group in the U.S., has been fueling the growth of innovative companies and entrepreneurs in Southern California since 1997. TCA identifies, mentors and funds early stage companies to help get their ideas to market, and where TCA... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Virtual
 
Monday, October 12
 

12:00pm PDT

Creating Business Value with Design
Customer (CX) & User Experience (UX) matters more than ever when building products and services that stand out. Create loyalty and drive sustainable revenue for your business by designing for (and with) the people that matter most. Human-centered design allows for companies to lower risks and increase potential for success. Join the session to learn practical techniques and how companies of all sizes that embrace design and the voice of the customer have a consistent track record of delivering positive business outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson

President/CEO, FreshForm.
Scott is the founder of FreshForm (www.freshform.com), an experience design consultancy that leverages strategic design, design thinking and customer experience principles to grow and differentiate brands.Scott also is the founding president of the 501c3 nonprofit Design Forward Alliance... Read More →


Monday October 12, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Open Source Rockstar Program
Open sourcing a project is step one in making an impact in the community. Follow it with an end-to-end program that highlights the value of your OS project so you can increase followers and contributors, which adds even more value to your solution. Learn about the “Open Source Rockstar” program, a holistic plan to connect with peers, increase contribution and “own” your piece of the OS community.

5 min - Intros
Open Source Demystified 
  • 5 min - Demystifying Open Source, a detailed view of various ways to contribute to the community that are not necessarily code: 
    • Do you like planning events?
    • Do you like to design?
    • Do you like to write?
    • Do you like organizing?
    • Do you like helping people?
    • Do you like helping others code?
    • You don’t just have to work on software projects!

  • 20 min- Design thinking immersion using D4D[2], (Design for Delight) methodology: Working in small teams of 2-3, tackle an opportunity with an “open source” mindset. Teams will be given a scenario to solve based on what they’ve learned so far. 
    • What problem do you want to solve or what problem did you solve? Why is this important?
    • “Solutionstorming”: Brainstorm potential solutions and research what you can leverage or extend in open source. How will you solve the problem?
    • Draft your problem and solution statement.
 
Open Source Evangelism 
  1. 15 min - Create an evangelism plan. Using a plan template, participants will set up a plan with best practices on how to get the OS community to check out and contribute to your open source project. Participants will use the following document to find users for their project: “F n F”, Find and Follow [3].
  2. 5 min - Establish a code of conduct [4] for your  community project .
  3. 10 min - Set yourself up to be an open source influencer:
  1. Ensure that the code in your open source project is robust. This includes ensuring that your code employs quality best practices by using tools for linting, security scanning, license vetting,etc.
    Use available and free resources to create your project’s logo and establish your brand.
    Create your “inner circle” within open source, such as establishing your trusted committers and support model.
    Create a targeted communications plan - blogging, tweeting, presenting at meetups, etc.
 
OUTCOMES/CONCLUSION
Participants will take away the following:
  • Foundational knowledge in establishing robust open source projects.
  • The variety of contributions that are a great way to get involved with a project and meet other community members. 
  • A well-thought-out open source project idea and ways to promote it.
 
REFERENCES/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Speakers
avatar for Aliza Carpio

Aliza Carpio

Principal Tech Evangelist, Intuit
Aliza Carpio is Technology Evangelist at Intuit. In her role, she focuses on initiatives that create an awesome tech culture for engineers, which leads to building Intuit's tech brand. A true "multipotentialite" at heart, she is an inventor with several filed patents, an Innovation... Read More →
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Rocio Montes

Staff Software Engineer, Intuit
Rocio Montes is a Staff Software Engineer at Intuit, She leads Open Source and Open Contribution initiatives at Intuit. She also has a secondary role where she leads the tech assessment effort to identify rockstar software engineer co-ops (six month interns) at RIT, Rochester Institute... Read More →


Monday October 12, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

05 min - Founder pitches
10 min - Judges ask the founder questions
10 min - Judges react, give feedback, potentially decide whether they would invest?
05 min - Moderator interviews the founder to debrief and get their perspective on how they did
15 min - Networking

Speakers
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Jaden Risner

CEO & Co-founder, Family Proud
Jaden Risner, CEO/Co-Founder of Family Proud, a care management platform that connects patients and families to a community and resources critical to their care. Jaden has a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of California San Diego. Jaden spent... Read More →
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Taylor Cavanah

CEO, Petdesk
Taylor Cavanah co-founded and is currently CEO of PetDesk. PetDesk is engaging pet parents in their pet’s health by building deeper relationships with their pet care providers. He began his technical career at Zyvex Corporation where he helped grow, spin off, and later sell the... Read More →
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Chris Staszak

CTO, LogicBoost Labs
Chris Staszak is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. He has been responsible for the architecture, development and deployment of numerous commercial, government and consumer facing software solutions – in organizations ranging from startup to acquisition to Fortune 500.His most... Read More →
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Bridget Brick

CEO, The ACCELERATE Group
The ACCELERATE Group works with startup investment portfolios and VC funds to ensure the companies in the portfolio are on a path of high growth towards exit.TAG has also worked with early-stage tech startups who are both seeking funding, and those who have recently received funding... Read More →
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Eric Otterson

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Eric has 18 years’ experience in marketing and business development working with high growth technology and life science companies. He served as Director of Client Operations at startup eAssist (Backed by Trinity Venture, CIBC and VantagePoint Capital), delivering a CRM suite to... Read More →


Monday October 12, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, October 13
 

12:00pm PDT

Tech for Good: Founders Success Stories
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Tech giants may get a bad rap, but leaders in San Diego have built tech startups that foster positive changes in this world while making a profit. San Diego founders have created new ways to address different social issues we face, and this community nurtures and supports these flourishing startups. Join DonationMatch.com, Aira, and Measurabl as the founders of each startup share their success stories of building tech for good.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Zau

Renee Zau

CEO, DonationMatch
Renee Zau is the Co-founder and CEO of DonationMatch, a self-service platform that streamlines how companies and nonprofit organizations manage event-based partnerships. The first of its kind, DonationMatch has facilitated more than $78 million in donated products and services to... Read More →
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Amy Bernal

Product Manager, Intuit
Prior to returning to Intuit, Amy lead People and Partners at Aira.io, a San Diego startup that is changing lives through the interaction of smart wearable devices, human in the loop technology, and public private partnerships. Aira is on a mission to make the world more inclusive... Read More →
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Matt Ellis

CEO & Founder, Measurabl
Matt is Founder and CEO of Measurabl, the world’s most widely adopted ESG data management platform for commercial and corporate real estate. With over 40,000 assets representing in excess of 9 billion square feet across 75 countries, Measurabl enables the world’s leading companies... Read More →


Tuesday October 13, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

The Secrets to Building Effective Virtual Teams
In this session, I will provide you with tips and tricks for building effective virtual teams.  With COVID-19, many organizations have been forced to adapt to remote working environments with some organizations seeing success and others looking forward to the office.  I will share what we do at HashiCorp (a remote-first organization) as well as what I've done over the past 15 years to build highly effective virtual teams.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Underhill

Thomas Underhill

Product Governance and Compliance, HashiCorp
Thomas leads Product Governance and Compliance at HashiCorp (hashicorp.com), a remote-first organization.  Thomas is also a lecturer in the College of Business at California State University San Marcos and in the School of Business at the University of California, Riverside. He created... Read More →


Tuesday October 13, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session: Legal
While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
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Martin Bridges

Consulting Manager & EIR, Pillsbury Law
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Patrick Klingborg

Corporate Associate, Pillsbury Law


Tuesday October 13, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session: Banking
While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Otterson

Eric Otterson

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Eric has 18 years’ experience in marketing and business development working with high growth technology and life science companies. He served as Director of Client Operations at startup eAssist (Backed by Trinity Venture, CIBC and VantagePoint Capital), delivering a CRM suite to... Read More →


Tuesday October 13, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Building and Leading a High-Performing Sales Team
In this session, Katy will dive into lessons learned from building UberEATS Seattle's sales team from the ground up to become a top-performing team of 23 people. This session will help entrepreneurs identify ways that they too can build high-performing teams, especially focusing on areas of team culture, accountability, and leadership.
  • 15 min - Presentation - Building and leading a high-performing sales team
  • 15 min - QnA with the audience - Run the World has a "grab the mic" feature for the audience. 
  • 15 min - Networking (a "Cocktail party" via Run the World).

Speakers
avatar for Katy Sperry

Katy Sperry

Founder and Management Consultant, Social Startup Consulting
I'm the founder of Social Startup Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in helping startups build sales teams from the ground up, get their marketing off the ground, and plan their social impact strategies.My past experiences include working in brand strategy at Amazon.com... Read More →


Tuesday October 13, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Wednesday, October 14
 

12:00pm PDT

The Entrepreneurs' Journey in San Diego: An Orientation
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Join us for a presentation on the journey of the entrepreneur, as you move through the stages of growing a startup in San Diego.  We’ll discuss organizations, communities, and resources to help you, from inspiration to exit.

Speakers
avatar for Mysty Rusk

Mysty Rusk

Director, The Brink SBDC at University of San Diego
Mysty Rusk is the Director of the USD’s Innovation Center, The Brink SBDC. Rusk is an expert in innovation commercialization and angel investing. She has been involved from idea to IPO on numerous startups. Rusk has seen new materials and products that revolutionize industries and... Read More →
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Nicole Leandra

Marketing Director, Connect
Nicole has been an active member of the San Diego innovation community for over 7 years — helping the growth of several startups and organizations around town. She is currently Marketing Director at Connect, working to help the org source top companies, build a strong platform in... Read More →
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Neal Bloom

Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
Neal Bloom is an entrepreneur, investor, community builder, and Chair of Startup San Diego. He previously co-founded education technology company Portfolium. He is CEO of Rising Tide Partners and leads media entities Fresh Brewed Tech and Fresh Squeezed to help bring awareness about... Read More →
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Mike Krenn

CEO, Connect
Mike is CEO of Connect, recently leading the merge with San Diego Venture Group.  He served as President of SDVG, starting in 2014. He's been fortunate to work with hundreds of companies and entrepreneurs, helping many raise startup capital. He also has experience (and empathy) with... Read More →
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Alex Waters

Director, CONNECT ALL @ The Jacobs Center
Alex is the Director of CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) accelerator program and Business Resource Center, the region's first low to moderate income and diversity-focused accelerator program. CAJC provides startups the support they need to scale and also supports the local entrepreneur... Read More →


Wednesday October 14, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Pitch By: Sami Choura, Nonstop Evolving, Founder & CEO

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

5 min - Founder pitches
10 min - Judges ask the founder questions
10 min - Judges react and give feedback
05 min - Audience questions and feedback
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Sami Choura

Sami Choura

Founder & CEO, Nonstop Evolving
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Eric Otterson

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Eric has 18 years’ experience in marketing and business development working with high growth technology and life science companies. He served as Director of Client Operations at startup eAssist (Backed by Trinity Venture, CIBC and VantagePoint Capital), delivering a CRM suite to... Read More →
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Taylor Cavanah

CEO, Petdesk
Taylor Cavanah co-founded and is currently CEO of PetDesk. PetDesk is engaging pet parents in their pet’s health by building deeper relationships with their pet care providers. He began his technical career at Zyvex Corporation where he helped grow, spin off, and later sell the... Read More →
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Jonathan Cogley

CEO, LogicBoost Labs
Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures including the cybersecurity company, Thycotic. His background is in computer science and programming.Jonathan has spoken at over 100 enterprise technology events, appeared on The Wall Street Journal Radio, Fox TV and... Read More →
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Bridget Brick

CEO, The ACCELERATE Group
The ACCELERATE Group works with startup investment portfolios and VC funds to ensure the companies in the portfolio are on a path of high growth towards exit.TAG has also worked with early-stage tech startups who are both seeking funding, and those who have recently received funding... Read More →


Wednesday October 14, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, October 15
 

12:00pm PDT

Mindset & Psychology in Marketing
As entrepreneurs, our identities are inextricably interwoven with our brands. Think of this workshop as an exorcism- we'll extract your ego from your business and create a solid brand architecture that built to serve your customer. In this 45-minute interactive workshop, we'll cover how practical psychology paired with a marketing strategy can help you speak to the core of your customer pain points quickly and how to can position yourself to effectively be their solution. We'll discuss why some people act irrationally to some brands, what builds loyalty, how to think like a marketer, how your opinions of your business are getting in the way of your success and your ability to sell, systems to put in place to make a consistent connection with your clients, reputation management and most importantly, how practical psychology has the ability to transform not just your business, but all of the relationships in your life.

Speakers
avatar for Amber Frankhuizen

Amber Frankhuizen

Founder, AFMKTG
Amber Frankhuizen is the Founder & Chief Strategist at AFMKTG. AFMKTG is a virtual agency serving brands across multiple industries including real estate, architecture, yachting, cosmetics, medicine, self-development and professional athletics. As VP Sales/Marketing at a San Diego-based... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Common Pitfalls CEO's Make When Building a Sales Team
I have been hired by dozens of CEO's to go into their organization and help them fix their sales teams. I see the same mistakes being made over and over again. These mistakes can be avoided by understanding what you are facing and how to build your sales team right the first time.

Speakers
avatar for Shianne Sampson

Shianne Sampson

VP of Sales & Customer Success, PetDesk
Since 2009, Shianne has been working with great startups and technology companies across the U.S. to help them build out world-class sales teams. Shianne built the well known Yelp University sales training program, which is still being used both domestically and internationally. She... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session: Prototyping
While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Ballester

Andy Ballester

Co-Founder, GoFundMe
Andy Ballester is a co-founder of GoFundMe. GoFundMe organizers have raised over $10 billion for medical expenses, education, community projects, sports, emergencies, pets, and more, making it the world’s largest online fundraising platform. Andy has a passion for creating products... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Build Better Experiences Everywhere
The term "progressive web app" was coined in 2015 but it's taken us in the tech world a few years to fully support the idea. Only now are PWAs widely adopted throughout the industry. PWA's allow you to build your product once and deliver it to every device, on any operating system. They allow you to provide a better experience, faster load times, smaller application sizes, and higher customer engagement. Learn what PWA's are, why they are revolutionizing product development, and how you can implement them in your business. I will cover companies and their success stories with PWAs and dive into relatively technical architectural conversation around implementing PWAs into your tech stack.

Speakers
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Alex Brysiewicz

Founder & CEO, Starshot Technologies
Alex is a master of product and software engineering with the ability to transform complex problems into ingenious solutions. She has helped companies grow their products and improve their services. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Friday, October 16
 

12:00pm PDT

Recruiting Real Talk: Everything You Need to Know to Land Your Dream Tech Job
Welcome to Startup Month Talent Incubator Day sponsored by PetDesk!

Join us for the kick-off with top San Diego tech talent seekers for an interactive discussion on hiring trends, insights into the recruiting process, current and future hiring needs, and how to stand out in the crowd!

Speakers
avatar for Adam Ward

Adam Ward

Partner, Growth By Design
Adam connects people with opportunities, improving their personal and career prospects, with a keen awareness that there are right roles for the right people at the right time in companies. Adam has over 20 years of experience at high growth companies including Pinterest and Facebook... Read More →
avatar for Dominique McGill

Dominique McGill

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Startup San Diego
Startup San Diego Entrepreneur-in-Residence and HR Consultant with 12 years of people and operations experience supporting 350+ employees with compliance, benefits, budget, HRIS, talent acquisition, strategic planning, DEI. Passion for working with startups to support people and... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Hanks

Hannah Hanks

Senior Recruiter, ClickUp
Hannah Hanks is a Talent leader with 10 years of experience in the Talent space and serves as the current Senior Recruiter at ClickUp. She has experience in start-ups and large financial and software organizations managing areas of Talent Acquisition, Performance, Employee Engagement... Read More →
avatar for Barzin Daragahi

Barzin Daragahi

Head of Talent Acquisition, TuSimple
Barzin Daragahi is a Talent Acquisition subject matter expert with 25 years of managing technical recruiting teams and building scalable recruiting strategies.   He has a BS in computer science from Loyola University of Chicago.  He is currently the Head of Talent Acquisition at... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Cavanagh

Kathryn Cavanagh

Co-Founder, The People Collective
A trusted confidant of the C-suite, Kathryn is known for her ability to dissect problems and offer simple, yet unseen solutions. Kathryn has a passion for people and operations that’s led her to high-impact roles in fast-paced organizations. As a valued executive on Lyft’s Operations... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
www.runtheworld.today

1:00pm PDT

LIVE LinkedIn Teardown Session
Welcome to Startup Month Talent Incubator Day sponsored by PetDesk!

LinkedIn is one of the most widely used tools used by recruiters. Ever wondered how your profile compares to others in the market? How to stand out?  Now’s your chance to join our recruiter guest judges for live review of audience LinkedIn profiles for real-time feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Reno Perry

Reno Perry

Founder & CEO, Wiseful
Reno Perry is the Founder & CEO of wiseful, a career advancement platform for early-mid career talent to help them land their dream job and excel in the workplace. Prior to starting wiseful, Reno worked at LinkedIn for over 4 years, where he created partnerships with some of LinkedIn's largest clients and connected thous... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
www.runtheworld.today

2:00pm PDT

Tech Talent and Blue Ocean Strategy: The Future of Recruitment
Welcome to Startup Month Talent Incubator Day sponsored by PetDesk!

The talent current talent landscape is extremely competitive from both the supply and demand side. How does your company think about talent and diversity? Where are you looking? Where should you be looking? Especially if you're a startup! Join local workforce partners and universities to discuss the future of recruitment, diversification of pipelines, and upskilling talent through innovative programs such as income sharing agreements, continuing education, and workforce initiatives sure to give your talent strategy efforts a leg up.

Speakers
avatar for Dominique McGill

Dominique McGill

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Startup San Diego
Startup San Diego Entrepreneur-in-Residence and HR Consultant with 12 years of people and operations experience supporting 350+ employees with compliance, benefits, budget, HRIS, talent acquisition, strategic planning, DEI. Passion for working with startups to support people and... Read More →
avatar for Hugo Villar

Hugo Villar

Associate Dean for Professional and Continuing Education, UCSD Extension
Hugo O Villar is currently Associate Dean for Professional and Continuing Education at UC San Diego Extension, where he oversees programs in areas as diverse as Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Healthcare, Applied Math, Life Sciences and Business, as well as support areas including... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Merfalen

Rachel Merfalen

Director of Business Services, SD Workforce Partnership
Rachel Eva Merfalen is a Founder of Standard Spoon Barware and Director of Business Services for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. She designs and directs workforce development strategies, with a specific focus on how San Diego’s innovation economy informs local talent pipelines... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
www.runtheworld.today

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session: Sales for Startups
While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Cavanah

Taylor Cavanah

CEO, Petdesk
Taylor Cavanah co-founded and is currently CEO of PetDesk. PetDesk is engaging pet parents in their pet’s health by building deeper relationships with their pet care providers. He began his technical career at Zyvex Corporation where he helped grow, spin off, and later sell the... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Virtual

4:00pm PDT

Talent Incubator Day: Avatar Mock Interviews, Professional Mentoring, & Resume Review in the VirBELA virtual world
Welcome to Startup Month Talent Incubator Day sponsored by PetDesk!

Are you looking to break into the San Diego tech sector? Interested in isolating areas you need to upskill to drive your professional growth? Join this segment of our Talent Incubator Day ft. representatives from local hiring San Diego startups and resources to support you on your job seeking journey. Partake in mock interviews, professional mentorship, resume review, and networking with your custom avatar in our private Startup San Diego virtual office space in the VirBELA world!

Platform: VirBELA Virtual World
VirBELA Location: Startup San Diego Private Team Suite
Entry Password: SDSMTALENTINCUBATOR1

Schedule 
4:00 - 4:15 pm - Open Networking
4:15 - 4:45 pm - Session #1: Resume Review, Professional Mentoring, or Mock Interviews
4:45 - 5:30 pm - Session #2: Resume Review, Professional Mentoring, and Mock InterviewS
5:30 - 5:45 pm - Closing Networking




Friday October 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
VirBELA Virtual World
 
Monday, October 19
 

12:00pm PDT

The Price is Right
When you understand how to use pricing as a tool for reaching your goals, and the mistakes to avoid, your pricing makes you money. Learn the secrets of pricing right, and creating even more value for your customer and your business. This starts at pricing 101 and goes way beyond. Eric Westreich been a CEO for 20 years. "I can't believe that no one taught me this before."

Speakers
avatar for Eric Westreich

Eric Westreich

Pacific Rim Business Council, CEO
CEO, Award Winning Educator, Media Host, Branding Expert, Entrepreneur, and Business Coach,.Eric Westreich helps startup companies turn what they do into the powerful and passionate stories that redefine them, get attention, and grow their contact list. These are the skills that helped... Read More →


Monday October 19, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Creating Buzz for Your Services in a Crowded Marketplace
Are you tracking your success by the number of followers you have on Instagram or by the number of paid invoices your company has received? Breakaway from your followers and focus on building a business. Learn how to build a winning business in today's crowded marketplace.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Taylor

Kyle Taylor

Co-Owner, MI-BOX
Kyle Taylor is a 5th generation San Diegan, business owner and risk-taker. He is the Co-Owner of MI-BOX of San Diego the largest and fastest growing location of a National portable storage network. He is also the Founder & CEO of The Restoration Association, a trade association for... Read More →


Monday October 19, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Pitch By: Remo Moomiaie-Qjar, M.D., Cytonus Therapeutics, Inc., President and CEO

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

05 min - Founder pitches
15 min - Judges ask the founder questions
15 min - Judges react, give feedback
10min - Audience questions
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Bloch

Miriam Bloch

Accredited Investor, Miriam J. Bloch, M.D., Inc.
Dr. Bloch is a physician with over 25 years of experience in pathology, laboratory medicine, laboratory directorship, and pharmaceutical product development. Board Certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and Cytopathology. Interests include all aspects of translational medicine... Read More →
avatar for Amy Duncan

Amy Duncan

SDAC III Fund Manager, The San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC)
Amy Duncan is a business owner, consultant, and investor with over 20 years’ experience working in the high growth life sciences industry. As a seasoned marketing strategist, she led product management, managed corporate branding, and developed sales and marketing programs at Life... Read More →
avatar for Kay Olmstead, Ph.D, MBA

Kay Olmstead, Ph.D, MBA

CEO/co-founder, Nano PharmaSolutions, Inc.
Kay Olmstead, Ph.D., MBA is a high performing pharmaceutical leader with more than three decades of experience in CMC and Pharmaceutical Quality Management.  She is a co-founder/CEO of Nano PharmaSolutions, Inc. (San Diego) as well as a seasoned angel investor of life science companies. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Remo Moomiaie-Qajar, M.D.

Remo Moomiaie-Qajar, M.D.

President and CEO, Cytonus Therapeutics, Inc.
Dr. Moomiaie-Qajar has served as Cytonus’ chief executive officer since our inception, having successfully led the spin-out of Cytonus from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2018 to change the paradigms of cancer therapy, regenerative medicine, vaccine development... Read More →
avatar for Eric Otterson

Eric Otterson

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Eric has 18 years’ experience in marketing and business development working with high growth technology and life science companies. He served as Director of Client Operations at startup eAssist (Backed by Trinity Venture, CIBC and VantagePoint Capital), delivering a CRM suite to... Read More →
avatar for Chris Staszak

Chris Staszak

CTO, LogicBoost Labs
Chris Staszak is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. He has been responsible for the architecture, development and deployment of numerous commercial, government and consumer facing software solutions – in organizations ranging from startup to acquisition to Fortune 500.His most... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Brick

Bridget Brick

CEO, The ACCELERATE Group
The ACCELERATE Group works with startup investment portfolios and VC funds to ensure the companies in the portfolio are on a path of high growth towards exit.TAG has also worked with early-stage tech startups who are both seeking funding, and those who have recently received funding... Read More →


Monday October 19, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, October 20
 

12:00pm PDT

Rational Design: As Little as Possible, but No Less
After 20 years of applying the design process to countless client situations, one pattern is clear: far too often we do far too much. Most clients don't need most of what we do, and I think it's time we require a rationale to include a step in the process rather than to skip a step. The tenets of UX design 'building empathy, understanding stakeholders, starting small, customizing solutions' should be applied to the design process itself. We call this approach Rational Design, and it saves our clients time, money, and frustration on the way to an informed, reliable, high-quality solution shrink-wrapped to fit each unique problem space.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Fuhr

Lee Fuhr

Founder & Creative Director, Cozy Design, Inc.
As a classically trained Information Architect (now often included under the heading of ‘UX designer’), I’m keenly aware of how efficiency yields results. As a UX designer (starting in 1998 while at Carnegie-Mellon University) at large agencies and corporations (Sony, AOL, Teradata... Read More →


Tuesday October 20, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Building, Deploying, and Scaling Containers in a Modern Pipeline on AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure
Containers have been all of the rage for the past few years, but in 2020 they have become less of a "hot new tech" and more of an industry best practice. Every startup should be leveraging containerized code and modern CI/CD pipelines to set their development teams up for success. Leveraging modern container / CI best practices give developers more power and provide more sound testing and deployment practices for your organization. In this session, the Tragic team will cover best practices for developing a pipeline and leveraging code containers. As well as discussing how these topics should scale for a new startup vs a growing startup building out a robust development team.+ Understanding Code Containers and Orchestration+ Understanding CI / CD+ Pipeline Architecture+ Scaling Your Team Processes. The session will provide context and code examples for all major cloud providers: AWS, Google Cloud, Azure.

45m Presentation
15m Q&A
15m Networking

Speakers
avatar for Todd Budzinski

Todd Budzinski

Director of Engineering, Tragic Media
over 10 years experience in web based technology's. Specialization in security and enterprise solutions.
avatar for Rich Rudzinski

Rich Rudzinski

CEO | Technical Strategist, Tragic Media
I am the owner and technical lead at Tragic Media, a San Diego based technology company focusing on software development and technical support services. Born in LA, I came to San Diego for college (UCSD) and fell in love with the energetically growing tech scene. I started my company... Read More →


Tuesday October 20, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session - Search data is the new customer intelligence
Search data is the new customer intelligence

While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Wil Reynolds

Wil Reynolds

Founder, Seer Interactive


Tuesday October 20, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Know Your Customer and Your Buyer - They Might Not Be the Same
The best product does not sell if no one has heard of it. Especially if your ideal customer has never heard of it. Marketing is a key element to today's business and the importance of knowing who your customer is, cannot be emphasized enough.Sometimes, your customer is not necessarily the one who is actually buying your product though, which makes things even more difficult.In this complex sales world, you have to address both. Your customer and the buyer. Even if they might be the same person, they use different reasons to interact with your product and service. You have to cater to the user as well as the decision maker.In this session you will learn on a consumer product case studies, how some companies succeed and how other struggle with this challenging task and how you can identify your ideal customer and your target market for your company and products.

Speakers
avatar for Malte Niebelschuetz

Malte Niebelschuetz

Founder and CEO, Shore Buddies
Malte is a German native who moved to San Diego, CA in 2011 by chance. Shocked by the amount of plastic found on beaches in California, he started to do something about it. Malte is a successful entrepreneur and is working towards a greener future with less plastic consumption and... Read More →


Tuesday October 20, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Wednesday, October 21
 

12:00pm PDT

Investment and Exit for Software Companies: How to Increase Your Chances for Success
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Through working with numerous Startups, Small Businesses, Private Equity Firms, Venture Capital Firms, and Fortune 500 companies, Dominic has built a playbook for how to set your company up for success when it comes to investors if your company is either a software company or just uses software to accomplish some of its business. Many of these concepts will apply to any business, so don't feel like you won't get anything out of the talk if you're not a software company.

Following these guidelines will significantly increase your chances for success when it comes to preparing your company for investment, exit, or growth and apply all the way from company inception to exit.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Holt

Dominic Holt

CTO, Valerian Technology
Dominic is a Tech Executive with Fortune 50 and small / start-up company experience. Dominic is energized to help companies prepare for scale, growth and investment. He regularly performs technical diligence, technology selection, software architecture and team mentoring for companies... Read More →



Wednesday October 21, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

Software Residencies: Building Teams From Within
Internships and paid apprenticeship are a fantastic way to engage less-experienced developers. For many participants, they see it as a foot in the door. However, the problem is that most companies aren't set up to support those folks longterm. This starts a ball rolling down a questionable path from junior to mid-level to experienced ("senior") developers. Centuries ago, medical doctors were becoming an established trade with a similar problem. Lucky for them, they found a solution: residencies. In this presentation, we'll use an established model of thinking that combines structured learning, mentorship, and practical experience to address the junior-to-senior career path problem.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Cuppy 👋

Adam Cuppy 👋

CEO, ZEAL
Based in San Diego, Adam is a stage actor who became a software engineer and entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of ZEAL and the Software Residency. Introduce yourself on LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/in/adamcuppy


Wednesday October 21, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session: The Power of CRM
Speakers
avatar for Magdaline Small

Magdaline Small

Head of Partnerships, HubSpot for Startups, Hubspot
Magdaline Small is the Head Partnerships for HubSpot for Startups in Southern California and Arizona. She has been with HubSpot for over five years and has spent the majority of her time working directly with small to medium sized businesses as they leverage the HubSpot Growth platform... Read More →



Wednesday October 21, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Pitch By: Alfonso Arana, Haydar Majeed, and Madison Majeed with BizSecure Inc.

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

05 min - Founder pitches
10 min - Judges ask the founders questions
10 min - Judges react and give feedback
05 min - Questions and feedback from the audience
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Alfonso Arana

Alfonso Arana

Chairman, BizSecure Inc.
avatar for Haydar Majeed

Haydar Majeed

President, BizSecure Inc.
avatar for Madison Majeed

Madison Majeed

Director of Marketing, BizSecure Inc.
avatar for Anita Gupta

Anita Gupta

Accredited Investor, SDAC
Dr. Anita Gupta is faculty of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include pain medicine, health policy, biotechnology, drug development, corporate and government affairs. Dr... Read More →
avatar for Eric Otterson

Eric Otterson

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Eric has 18 years’ experience in marketing and business development working with high growth technology and life science companies. He served as Director of Client Operations at startup eAssist (Backed by Trinity Venture, CIBC and VantagePoint Capital), delivering a CRM suite to... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Cogley

Jonathan Cogley

CEO, LogicBoost Labs
Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures including the cybersecurity company, Thycotic. His background is in computer science and programming.Jonathan has spoken at over 100 enterprise technology events, appeared on The Wall Street Journal Radio, Fox TV and... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Brick

Bridget Brick

CEO, The ACCELERATE Group
The ACCELERATE Group works with startup investment portfolios and VC funds to ensure the companies in the portfolio are on a path of high growth towards exit.TAG has also worked with early-stage tech startups who are both seeking funding, and those who have recently received funding... Read More →


Wednesday October 21, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual

6:00pm PDT

Growing my startup from zero to $100M – Lessons Learned
Sponsored and presented by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs.

Growing my startup from zero to $100M – Lessons Learned

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Cogley

Jonathan Cogley

CEO, LogicBoost Labs
Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures including the cybersecurity company, Thycotic. His background is in computer science and programming.Jonathan has spoken at over 100 enterprise technology events, appeared on The Wall Street Journal Radio, Fox TV and... Read More →


Wednesday October 21, 2020 6:00pm - 6:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, October 22
 

12:00pm PDT

ROI-Tention
How do you grow faster with more profit? Focus on the customers you already acquired to boost the three R: retention, repurchase rates, and referrals. Enhance your growth strategy through an analytical, segmented, and solution oriented focus on your customers' experiences. You will drive your Return On Investment with a handful of actionable steps and will be sharing the power of ROI-tention in less than 90 days! Join and come prepared with insights on the opportunities at your company.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Zuraw

Matthew Zuraw

Owner, Think Retention
Matthew is a San Diego business owner with experience leading multiple startups. He built his business knowledge as an Assistant Vice President at GEICO, through MBA studies, and by navigating life as an entrepreneur. He is a Volunteer Chair for the Alzheimer’s Association, avid... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

The Commoditization of Algorithms
As a manager in charge of building data science based products, it is a constant challenge to prioritize the right things to build versus buy in a resource constrained environment. No one has unlimited data science talent. So given this, it is critical to know new technologies and understand what is truly proprietary to your organization versus a commodity.Technologies like AutoML and the prevalence of well trained algorithms have made it easier than ever to find accurate models, yet companies are continually prioritizing their data scientists to build algorithms that have become commoditized. Combined with this with the fact that Gartner estimates that 87% of data science projects never make it into production, it is an incredible economic waste.In this talk, Daniel Huss will walk through the best practices of product management when prioritizing which algorithms to build internally, as well as hi-light the latest technologies that are making many algorithms a commodity.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Huss

Daniel Huss

Founder, gravityAI
Daniel is a product scientist, with a ridiculous bias to action and an unflappable belief that meaty problems can be solved through repeatable processes and a dash of grit. He's run multiple businesses, built diverse interdisciplinary teams of designers, data scientists, financial... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

How to Use Marketing to Kickstart your Startup
Let's think about ways you can use marketing to kickstart your startup including looking at using Google Adwords for defining your customer persona + messaging, Keyword volume analysis to forecast sales, using landing pages to gather customer data, and more. Come prepared to work on your business, and share best practices as well as lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Rowley

Danielle Rowley

CEO/Co-Founder Performa Learning Inc., Performa Learning Inc.
As CEO and Co-Founder of Performa Learning Inc., Danielle Rowley has brought three apps from conception to sales in both the B2C and B2B spaces. (The latest is bizPROFI.) She has used her lessons learned to coach/mentor/instruct hundreds of startups and small businesses as an independent... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Friday, October 23
 

12:00pm PDT

How I Got Here Ask Me Anything
Learn from industry experts as they share how they got to where they are today. Take the big picture of professional growth with these question-and-answer sessions. After the talk, network with other guests.

05 min - Quick introduction, share their story of how they progressed professionally to where they are today
20 min - Speaker-led QnA with audience
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Sara Swenson

Sara Swenson

Vice President of Product, PetDesk
Sara Swenson thrives on bringing people’s passions and ideas to life in the form of profitable and viable businesses. Today, she takes innovative ideas to execution at PetDesk where she is Vice President of Product, leading of a team that is combining data, product strategy, and... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

4:00pm PDT

Scaling Selenium: End-to-End Browser Testing for a Growing Team (That Actually Works)
End-to-end testing is a critical component of a comprehensive test suite for real production software. At the same time, true end-to-end tests require browser-based frameworks, which are notoriously flaky, slow, and expensive to run.Investing in E2E tests can supercharge the stability of your whole product. Fast and modular tests can be run at scale, so you can maintain a high degree of confidence in your releases even as your team grows. When tests are stable, they can be run automatically to prevent bugs before deployment (or even against each commit before merge!). In this talk, we will cover a range of technical investments that allow your team to run browser-based Selenium tests quickly and reliably. We'll go over frameworks that make Selenium tests easy to write and debug, and tools that let you run hundreds of simultaneous tests cheaply when making a commit. We'll also talk about how to break up your JavaScript code cleanly so that your organization can scale.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Singer

Daniel Singer

Owner, D.Code LLC
Daniel Singer is a software development consultant who works with startups, and organizes an event in the tech community for engineering leaders. He has developed software and led teams of engineers inside giant engineering organizations and tiny startups in a variety of industries... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2020 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Monday, October 26
 

11:00am PDT

The Value of Diversity in Teams
What does diversity mean to you? Where do you see inclusion around you? The value of diversity is trending now more than ever, be part of the conversation to understand where you can implement it in your business strategy. This panel will explore ways to build diversity and foster inclusive programs and policies. This discussion will deep dive into common industry misperceptions, challenges and recommendations. Join us for our conversation and Q&A on the value of diversity and inclusion where you work.

Speakers
avatar for Kimbra Brookstein

Kimbra Brookstein

Sr. Program Manager, Tech Women @ Intuit, Intuit
Kimbra Brookstein is Sr. Program Manager for Tech Women @ Intuit, an internal initiative focused on attracting, retaining and advancing women technologists. In this role, she utilizes her passion both at the local and global levels to help carry out strategic programming.She is a... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hassaine

Sarah Hassaine

Director of Diversity, ResMed
Sarah grew up in San Diego and has lived around the world. She was born in North Africa, in Algeria, and can speak both Arabic and French. Sarah has a BA in International Relations from UCSD and an MA in Public Policy from George Washington University; she is currently obtaining her... Read More →
avatar for Jayton Harps

Jayton Harps

President, NSBE & Software Engineer, Northrup Grumman
Jayton Harps is currently the President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Professionals & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group (SIG) - San Diego Chapter. In his role, he establishes long and short-term goals, programs, and strategies for the organization. Jayton... Read More →
avatar for Lala Castro

Lala Castro

CoFounder, #LatinaGeeks
Lala Castro is an entrepreneur and digital marketing consultant with a wide array of expertise in Online Marketing for her company, Lala Castro Media. Lala is also the co-founder of #LatinaGeeks, whose mission since 2012 is to empower and inspire Latinas by spreading knowledge of... Read More →


Monday October 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

AI Driven Customer Journey!
Customers are leaving products because they can't figure out how to use them! Understanding customer journey using AI and orchestrating customer data at any touchpoint help portray a clear picture of customer journey and where they need help.I would like to present my perspective on how Intuit approaches this problem from a strategic perspective and specific applications for startups to deliver better customer experience and increase their retention.

Speakers
avatar for Ali Amin

Ali Amin

Product Leader, Intuit
I'm a product leader and former startup founder with exceptional skills in developing innovative software products. I have 15+ years career driving the full life cycle architectural design, development, and rollout of customer facing products resulting in unparalleled growth in revenue... Read More →


Monday October 26, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Pitch: Kay Olmstead, Nano PharmaSolutions

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

05 min - Founder pitches
10 min - Judges ask the founder questions
10 min - Judges react and give feedback
05 min - Audience questions and feedback
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Anita Gupta

Anita Gupta

Accredited Investor, SDAC
Dr. Anita Gupta is faculty of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include pain medicine, health policy, biotechnology, drug development, corporate and government affairs. Dr... Read More →
avatar for Kay Olmstead, Ph.D, MBA

Kay Olmstead, Ph.D, MBA

CEO/co-founder, Nano PharmaSolutions, Inc.
Kay Olmstead, Ph.D., MBA is a high performing pharmaceutical leader with more than three decades of experience in CMC and Pharmaceutical Quality Management.  She is a co-founder/CEO of Nano PharmaSolutions, Inc. (San Diego) as well as a seasoned angel investor of life science companies. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Eric Otterson

Eric Otterson

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Eric has 18 years’ experience in marketing and business development working with high growth technology and life science companies. He served as Director of Client Operations at startup eAssist (Backed by Trinity Venture, CIBC and VantagePoint Capital), delivering a CRM suite to... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Cavanah

Taylor Cavanah

CEO, Petdesk
Taylor Cavanah co-founded and is currently CEO of PetDesk. PetDesk is engaging pet parents in their pet’s health by building deeper relationships with their pet care providers. He began his technical career at Zyvex Corporation where he helped grow, spin off, and later sell the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Staszak

Chris Staszak

CTO, LogicBoost Labs
Chris Staszak is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. He has been responsible for the architecture, development and deployment of numerous commercial, government and consumer facing software solutions – in organizations ranging from startup to acquisition to Fortune 500.His most... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Brick

Bridget Brick

CEO, The ACCELERATE Group
The ACCELERATE Group works with startup investment portfolios and VC funds to ensure the companies in the portfolio are on a path of high growth towards exit.TAG has also worked with early-stage tech startups who are both seeking funding, and those who have recently received funding... Read More →


Monday October 26, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, October 27
 

12:00pm PDT

Story-Telling With a Point: Advance Your Career by Showing When You Tell
Would you expect to find a fork in a drawer labeled 'spoons, etc.'?
     Maybe- you might not want to count on it!

We are all judged by how we introduce ourselves, and whether we are seeking a job or a chance for our company to offer products and services to a new customer, or when we rely on written materials to make that introduction for us.

In the routine flurry of 'LOL', 'RSVP', 'WYSIWYG' and 'WTF' (is there at least one you aren't sure about?) messaging of our daily exchanges with people who we already know are on the same page as us, it is easy to forget that these shortcuts undermine our ability to make important connections and nuanced points on what we want to say.

In this short session, you will get
  • Actionable Advice - The Best Kind of Advice: you can do something with it!  (If it isn't your style, it is at least a starting place to improve.)
  • Stories About Applying Storytelling - At Least it IS NOT "Death by Slides"
  • Recommendations You Can Use IMMEDIATELY - Get Something for your Efforts... Right Now
Looking for a "bonus" (or at least a silver lining to not meeting at an in-person event)?  Well, the format offers us a bonus that makes this talk... 
EVEN BETTER!  Now that the event is virtual- at the end of the life session- you will get a chance to practice what you learned and get feedback, even before you get back to your day!

Missed the talk?  No worries!  Sign up to get the best from the talk in an Action Pack at http://www.skyshinedesign.com/sdsm2020-2

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

Founder, SkyShine Design, LLC
Jeff calls himself a “recovering aerospace engineer” and the founder of SkyShine Design, LLC under the guiding principle that, as he grumbled as a cubicle-dwelling engineer, there are better ways to do things. The vision guiding what Jeff does and shares with others is that with... Read More →



Tuesday October 27, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Sell Before You Build
Too many founders and companies build products or services then try to sell. In reality the most efficient way is to sell before you build. This presentation will teach you how to build a sales deck and sell your product/service before development even takes place.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Frank

Patrick Frank

Co-Founder, rightdevice
Patrick Frank specializes in scaling early-stage companies and integrating technology into legacy industries. He has worked in an array of different industry verticles including, oil & gas, law, real estate & healthcare. His passion is in building meaningful, high-velocity growth... Read More →
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George Kramb

CEO, rightdevice, Inc
Dedicating his entire professional career to the business side of healthcare, George Kramb is a mastermind of the medical device world. He spent years as a medical device sales rep, selling to surgeons, hospitals systems, and surgery centers but the past 4 years he transitioned to... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

2:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session - The Art of Traction: Hacking Paid Acquisition For Early Stage Startups
The Art of Traction: Hacking Paid Acquisition For Early Stage Startups
  • How to identify the right digital channels and formulate budgets to reach your ideal customer at this stage in your business
  • How to conduct data-driven audience research at scale in minutes
  • Accelerated empathy: discover the pain points, dreams and goals in your niche using free, crowdsourced resources (this boosts conversion rates 2-3x)
  • Giant slayers: How to build a lean digital marketing funnel on a limited budget that dismantles your well-funded competitors


Speakers
avatar for Josh Sturgeon

Josh Sturgeon

Cofounder, embertribe.com


Tuesday October 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Student Startup Entrepreneur's Panel.
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Get an insiders look at how university startups are building new ventures and gaining traction while they are still students. Learn how these student startups are leveraging university resources to create new businesses and launch their products into the market. Hear directly from student startups and discover what they are working on.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Negrete

Gloria Negrete

Executive Director, UC San Diego
Gloria is the Founding and Executive Director of The Basement, a business incubator for UC San Diego startups. For over eight years, Gloria has directed and managed business-focused centers and programs in higher education. She specializes in working with both tech and non-tech startups... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Wednesday, October 28
 

12:00pm PDT

Does 'Fail Fast' Really Make Sense?
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

There are a number of things wrong with the idea 'fail fast'. First, it starts with the word fail, and entrepreneurship is about winning. In this session, we will explore the idea of failing fast, what it means, why learning isn't failing, and when it may make sense. Then, through some real world examples, we will look at key characteristics and practices that are essential to win in innovative startups. I'll reveal some of the key strategies and mental disciplines that I've used in my career that resulted in raising over $200 million in capital, driving over $2 billion in M&A, and having multiple exits with my companies.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

CEO, GroGuru
As the CEO of GroGuru, Mr. Henry runs an exciting AgTech company that is changing the way that farmers grow crops, by using AI and an innovative hardware-enabled SaaS system for strategic irrigation management.He is a serial entrepreneur that has run five different startup companies... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

Pitching Your Commercial Cannabis Business
Sponsored by LogicBoost Labs

Challenges and opportunities in the legal cannabis sector go hand in hand. Making it one of the most unstable business environments since the market crashed over a decade ago. But within the instability of the legal industry, lie a plethora of opportunities which have yet to peak.In this session we will explore the different factors directly related to your success in pitching your business, raising capital as a cannabis entrepreneur, and strategies that can help your business remain stable as the tides shift.

Speakers
avatar for Johann Balbuena

Johann Balbuena

Founder & CEO, Balbuena Consulting
Based in San Diego, Johann Balbuena is a Business Strategist and founder of Balbuena Consulting, a full service cannabis industry consulting firm, specializing in commercial cannabis license and permit acquisition. Additionally, her contributions to the cannabis industry stem from... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

Data-Driven Technical Management
Many tech companies are still managing their teams and their operations the way they did decades ago. Even startups. But today we have new tools at our disposal. By leveraging the data exhaust your tech operation already produces, you can achieve a new level of integration and understanding. This presentation is a step-by-step guide that teaches you how to:- Combine databases, source control, and other sources into powerful visualizations.- Produce truly useful KPIs and other metrics to track team performance, and create a process that improves them over time.- Eliminate costly cross-talk and other team communication inefficiencies.- Improve employee engagement by creating personalized career roadmaps for everyone.- Use data to improve communication and drive alignment across your company.You already have the data. Learn how to extract the insights it contains. Leap into the world of modern data-driven technical management.

Speakers
avatar for Agustin Lebron

Agustin Lebron

Managing Director, Essilen Research
Agustin Lebron is a former quant trader and researcher, and built one of the first deep neural-network systems to trade in financial markets. He now runs Essilen Research, a consulting firm where he helps clients improve their data-based decision-making processes. He is the best-selling... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Virtual

4:00pm PDT

Let's Elevate a drink to Innovate78
A happy hour supporting and highlighting our innovators to the north. We'll showcase some NORCO rising founders and hop into some one-on-one speed networking. If you're interested in connecting with founders, investors, executives, and the region's startup community in North County, this is the event for you. Grab your favorite beverage and join us!

Speakers
avatar for Kierstin Rielly

Kierstin Rielly

Program Manager, Innovate78
avatar for Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson

CEO, Letter
Previously founded and sold Plasso to GoDaddy. I like making cool stuff with fun people. Life-long entrepreneur. Self-taught designer and engineer. Excited to be here!
avatar for Misti Cain

Misti Cain

Founder, Whyzze
Misti Cain is the founder of Whyzze ('wise') - a business strategy company. Whyzze helps leaders and entrepreneurs create step-by-step ‘Profit’, ‘Process’, ‘People’, and ‘Productivity’ business plans. Misti is also the host of business reality show Werrrk! by Mai... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Hadley

Patrick Hadley

Founder, Biglio
I am an entrepreneur. My most recent company is Biglio, a SaaS platform that manages client & vendor relationships, RFPs and communications. Ask me for a demo and get 6 months for free!My last business was acquired in 2017. Hadley Media was an award-winning experiential marketing... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Pitch Feedback Show
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Pitch By: Matt Sherman with LSAT Lab.

Be inspired and learn from founder pitches! Watch real-time pitches from San Diego startups with feedback from a panel of judges. Learn what makes a great pitch, how to improve investor pitches, and network with startup founders and investors.

05 min - Founder pitches
10 min - Judge questions
10 min - Judge feedback
05 min - Audience questions and feedback
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Peña

Stacy Peña

Chief Business Officer, Six Dragonflies, LLC
Chief Business Officer, Six Dragonflies, LLC- Early investment in under-represented entrepreneursCo-Fund Manager, San Diego Angel Conference II My expertise and business strengths were cultivated during the 90’s while working in wireless, digital telecommunication start-up companies... Read More →
avatar for Paul Dohrenwend

Paul Dohrenwend

Accredited Investor, Kaiser Permanente
I served as Chief of Emergency Medicine services within Kaiser Permanente for the San Diego region and was the Chairman of the Emergency Medicine Residency. Over, the past four years I have advised startups at CONNECT and helped launch the inaugural San Diego Angel Conference. I love... Read More →
avatar for Anita Gupta

Anita Gupta

Accredited Investor, SDAC
Dr. Anita Gupta is faculty of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include pain medicine, health policy, biotechnology, drug development, corporate and government affairs. Dr... Read More →
avatar for Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

Co-founder and CEO, LSAT Lab
Matt is obsessed with building better tools for learning. He started LSAT Lab to liberate students from classrooms and textbooks designed for the average student. Matt is a 20-year veteran of test prep and has led both curriculum and marketing at Manhattan Prep.
avatar for Taylor Cavanah

Taylor Cavanah

CEO, Petdesk
Taylor Cavanah co-founded and is currently CEO of PetDesk. PetDesk is engaging pet parents in their pet’s health by building deeper relationships with their pet care providers. He began his technical career at Zyvex Corporation where he helped grow, spin off, and later sell the... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Cogley

Jonathan Cogley

CEO, LogicBoost Labs
Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures including the cybersecurity company, Thycotic. His background is in computer science and programming.Jonathan has spoken at over 100 enterprise technology events, appeared on The Wall Street Journal Radio, Fox TV and... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, October 29
 

12:00pm PDT

*CANCELLED* Just Say No (to Funding)! How to Build (and Bootstrap) a Multi-Million Dollar Lifestyle Brand
Sponsored by San Diego startup accelerator LogicBoost Labs

Penny Bauder will share how she turned her bootstrapped start-up into a multi-million dollar company. Green Kid Crafts received and continues to draw investor interest, however, the company has made a commitment to decline future investment. Penny will share strategies on quickly becoming cash-flow positive, building a sizable and growing customer base, solving real problems for those customers, and techniques on building a company culture that can power consistent and sustainable growth. When you do not need to manage the expectations from investors, you can concentrate on the fundamentals, building a resilient business that lasts. Instead of encouraging you to chase investment, Penny will speak to the benefits of just saying "no" to funding. She'll talk about the benefits of retaining control of your company and schedule, deciding on your own goals and how fast you want to grow, maintaining your independence, and the gift of staying true to your original vision.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Bauder

Penny Bauder

CEO, Green Kid Crafts
Penny is an environmental scientist-turned-entrepreneur. She’s worked as a climate scientist, an invasive species biologist, and a wilderness park ranger. Motivated by a deep passion to raise a generation of environmental leaders, in 2010 Penny founded Green Kid Crafts, an eCommerce... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

Directing Your Startup Team
The show must go on! That is as true in a startup as it is in the theatre. Before I transitioned my career into the startup world, I spent over a decade producing and directing in the entertainment industry. Little did I know that those years were only preparing me for what it meant to manage a truly collaborate and efficient startup team. In the entertainment industry, it is the director's job to make sure that everyone is doing their job under intense time pressure and collaboratively working across departments to cohesively tell the same story. What I found was the job of a tech startup CEO required the same coordination of departments, the same balancing of egos, and the same desire to empower every team member. This talk will walk through the skills needed to create such an organization and put a different perspective on managing a highly effective team.

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Kaufman

Chelsea Kaufman

Co-Founder and CEO, LEARN Academy
Chelsea Kaufman is the Co-Founder and CEO of LEARN Academy - a web development bootcamp and training institution. As the leader of this San Diego based education based tech start-up she sets strategy and vision for the company, builds and maintains the company culture, provides the... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Incubator Open Session - Early Stage PR
While we're handpicking 10 top applications from up-and-coming startups for the Startup Month Incubator, the incubator workshops will be open sessions for all SDSM participants! Accepted Incubator startups will receive additional mentorship and hands-on support from some of the best in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Beck Bamberger

Beck Bamberger

CEO, BAM
Beck Bamberger is the CEO and founder of BAM. Beck oversees the brand vision of BAM, builds relationships and community with venture capitalists, and ensures BAM has the most diverse, incredible team. Since BAM’s inception in 2008, Beck has overseen the pivot of BAM to exclusively... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Virtual

5:00pm PDT

Practical Aspects for Customer Discovery Interviewing
Essential to the lean startup process is effective customer discovery. However, many entrepreneurs do not learn to identify the right customers and to conduct effective interviews. This session is taken from the cross-campus entrepreneurship certificate class at UCSD where Dr. York serves as a lecturer and recently conducted at the University of Tsukuba and Mission Bay Capital, this session aims to address these critical skills. Dr. York will lead an interactive session focusing on the following areas: customer targeting, personas, interview strategy development, conducting an effective interview, and identifying good and bad questions (and techniques). Content will pattern that Dr.

York has published (https://www.dropbox.com/s/yandob9ofhn98kn/ABAM-124Final.pdf?dl=0; https://www.dropbox.com/s/81rs3neou1aesu9/ABAM-126Final.pdf?dl=0).

The session will include practice exercises to hone skills.

Speakers
avatar for John York

John York

CEO, Akita
Dr. York is faculty at the Rady School of Management and lead instructor at the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at Jacobs School of Engineering (UCSD). York has served as the Principal and CEO of Akita Biomedical, a restaurant proprietor, a partner in OREC, and chief commercial... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
Virtual
 
Friday, October 30
 

11:00am PDT

How I Got Here Ask Me Anything
With 20 years of experience in private equity and venture backed SaaS and technology companies, Steve has worked with companies ranging from large conglomerates to startups helping them scale and build best-in-class finance teams. Steve’s philosophy is to be a company’s financial “translator” by being able to translate financial information to all of its constituents both internally and externally, including employees, management, vendors, lenders, board members and investors. He has helped his SaaS companies be ready for and manage rapid growth, raise capital, improve efficiencies, manage cash flow and increase profitability.

05 min - Quick introduction and background story
20 min - QnA with audience
15 min - Networking

Speakers
avatar for Steve Wolkenstein

Steve Wolkenstein

VP Finance, PetDesk
With 20 years of experience in private equity and venture backed SaaS and technologycompanies, Steve has worked with companies ranging from large conglomerates to startupshelping them scale and build best-in-class finance teams. Steve’s philosophy is to be acompany’s financial... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PDT
Virtual

12:00pm PDT

Startup Month Incubator Demo Day
Please join us for the first ever SDSM2020 Demo Day! This event is something that the original founders of StartupSD had dreamt about and we are thrilled to be able to realize this vision and highlight the very first group of founders showcased at SDSM2020 Demo Day.

The 10 companies in our incubator will get a nice and tight 3 minutes to share what they're building with judges, founders, investors, EIRs and conference goers. The goal is to connect the companies further in the community, get additional exposure and gather valuable feedback from investors...and maybe raise a round of funding.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Stanchak

Chris Stanchak

CEO, Loveseat.com


Friday October 30, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Virtual

4:00pm PDT

San Diego Startup Month Finale, Startup Fair, & Closing Halloween Beach Party
A must-attend immersive Finale Event! Join us in closing a month's worth of community and content with top ecosystem builders and tech CEOs as we showcase San Diego's rising stars, opportunities, and emerging industry segments. After the opening keynote, join us for a fireside chat with top tech leaders. Then, jump into our virtual cocktail party for speed networking with other SDSM guests. We'll wrap with a panel discussion, "Tech Startups and National Security – How to Make a Difference from San Diego” and end the night with a Startup Fair & Expo and Halloween themed beach dance party in the VirBELA virtual World.

FINALE EVENT CONTENT 
Location: Run the World
Time: 4:00 - 5:45 pm
  • Program Open
    • Alexa-Rae Navarro, Executive Director, Startup San Diego
    • Neal Bloom, Chairman of the Board, Startup San Diego & Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
  • Opening Introduction 
    • Duane Cameron, Vice President Cox Business
  • Fireside Chat | "Purpose Driven Business & Social Impact"  
    • Scot Chisholm, Co-Founder & CEO, Classy
    • Barry Givens, Managing Director, Cox Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars
  • "COX-tail" Party Speed Networking Sponsored by Cox Business
  • Panel | "Tech Startups & National Security - How to Make a Difference from San Diego"
    • Moderator: Rich Julien, AWS Public Sector Venture & Startups
    • Brain Shubsda, SVP, Emerging Technology & Innovation, Naval Special Warfare
    • Ellen Chang, San Diego Defense Tech Investor & Naval Portfolio Director, BMNT
    • James Cross, VP/Research Anaylst/Portfolio Manager - Franklin Templeton Blackhorse Fund, Founder - Silicon Valley Defense Group, UCSD Senior Research Fellow
    • Alex Martin, Co-Founder & CEO, Clearspeed

STARTUP FAIR & HALLOWEEN PARTY
Location: VirBELA Virtual World
Time: 5:45 - 6:30 pm 
  • Startup Fair & Expo in VirBELA Expo Hall
  • Halloween Beach Dance Party at VirBELA Beach

Speakers
avatar for Alexa-Rae Navarro

Alexa-Rae Navarro

Executive Director, Startup San Diego
A UC San Diego alumni and second generation Latina, Alexa-Rae Navarro, is the Executive Director of Startup San Diego, the official non-profit supporting the San Diego startup ecosystem. Prior to running Startup San Diego, she spent the last eight years in Los Angeles working at the... Read More →
avatar for Neal Bloom

Neal Bloom

Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
Neal Bloom is an entrepreneur, investor, community builder, and Chair of Startup San Diego. He previously co-founded education technology company Portfolium. He is CEO of Rising Tide Partners and leads media entities Fresh Brewed Tech and Fresh Squeezed to help bring awareness about... Read More →
avatar for Duane Cameron

Duane Cameron

Vice President, Cox Business
Prior to joining Cox Business, Cameron served for eight years as general manager of the Nevada, Southern California and Central California region at Level 3 Communications. He was also previously general manager for Southern California at XO Communications.Cox is privately held and... Read More →
avatar for Scot Chisholm

Scot Chisholm

Co-Founder & CEO, Classy
Scot is the CEO & Co-Founder of Classy, a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising software for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate global social impact. Scot co-founded Classy after one of the largest cancer organizations in the country... Read More →
avatar for Barry Givens

Barry Givens

Managing Director, Cox Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars
Barry Givens is a techie, an entrepreneur, and a lover of everything helping to add color to the tech Industry. He founded a cutting edge hardware company named Monsieur in 2012 in Atlanta, GA and officially launched on stage at Techcrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2013. He successfully... Read More →
avatar for Rich Julien

Rich Julien

Public Sector Venture Capital & Startups, AWS
Finding ways to put Amazon’s powers to work on behalf of VCs and their startup portfolio companies, and connecting them with Public Sector customers who desperately need their innovation.Experienced and savvy (i.e. cynical and realistic) executive with over 25 years of specialized... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Chang

Ellen Chang

San Diego Defense Tech Investor and Naval Portfolio Director, BMNT
Ellen is Director of the Naval Portfolio of BMNT INC, an innovation strategy consultancy laser focused on helping government customers troubleshoot and accelerate innovation. In this position, she leads the Company’s Navy focused programs, and energetically grows the San Diego ecosystem... Read More →
avatar for Brian Shubsda

Brian Shubsda

SVP, Emerging Technology & Innovation, Naval Special Warfare
An innovative thought leader and technology translator with extensive experience advancing diverse cross-functional teams amidst volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments. Proven record delivering impact across multiple industry sectors, drawing on experience transforming... Read More →
avatar for James Cross

James Cross

VP/Research Anaylst/Portfolio Manager - Franklin Templeton Blackhorse Fund, Founder - Silicon Valley Defense Group, UCSD Senior Research Fellow, Franklin Templeton
James Cross is a vice president, research analyst and portfolio manager with Franklin Equity Group. He currently covers the aerospace and defense industries while leading the Industrials sector team. He also is a portfolio manager on the Franklin Technology Fund. Mr. Cross is also... Read More →
avatar for Alex Martin

Alex Martin

Co-Founder & CEO, Clearspeed
Co-Founder & CEO of Clearspeed, a dual-use technology company based in California. Customers use our unique, AI-enabled voice technology to reduce fraud, identify risk, and bridge the gap from an assessment of risk to a decision to trust. Our vision is to help build a safer world... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2020 4:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Virtual
 
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