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Monday, November 13
 

6:00pm

Kickoff Party presented by BCG Digital Ventures
Join BCG Digital Ventures in their Global Innovation Center to kick off Techweek! Here’s what you can look forward to:
  • BCG Digital Ventures’ VR experience, “VentureView”
  • Two Bit Circus’ interactive VR experience, “The Ledge”
  • DroneBase drone demos
  • Retro video games on a 30+ foot screen
  • Whiskey Bar
  • Self-guided tours of BCGDV, including “The Tunnel”
  • Food, drinks and music!

Monday November 13, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
BCG Digital Ventures 1240 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
 
Tuesday, November 14
 

3:00pm

How to Ace the Startup Name Game
The right name can help propel your business to success. However, in today’s environment, creating a name for your start-up can be quite a challenge.  Attend the workshop and get expert advice and tips to help you create the perfect name for your business or idea.




PLEASE NOTE: We strongly encourage attendees to use rideshare to get to the venue. There will not be space in the Ctrl Collective parking lot. Street parking may be available, and there is a lot at 12746 W Jefferson Blvd about a 7 minute walk from the venue.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Watkins

Alexandra Watkins

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Eat My Words
Author of Inc. Magazine Top 10 Marketing Book, Hello, My Name is Awesome… How to Create Brand Names That Stick, Alexandra Watkins is an outspoken authority on brand names. As the founder of San Francisco naming firm Eat My Words, she has dreamed up names for countless start-ups... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ctrl Collective Playa Vista 12575 Beatrice St, Los Angeles, CA 90066

5:00pm

Launch Startup Showcase presented by Verisign
A showcase featuring the hottest tech startups in the LA area. The evening will feature three panels focusing on different aspects of growing an early-stage company, brought to you by Verisign and hosted by Alexandra Watkins, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Eat My Words, and author of Inc. Magazine Top 10 Marketing Book, "Hello, My Name is Awesome… How to Create Brand Names That Stick."
Agenda:
5:00 PM Doors Open
5:30 PM Panel 1: Building Company Equity - How to focus on establishing & maturing equity when hiring a team
  • Rochelle Thielen, CEO, Estify
  • Jacobo Lumbreras, Co-Founder, Unity
  • Bob Wall, VP of Engineering, Tuition.io
  • Moderated by Jon Shieber, Senior Editor, Tech Crunch
6:00 PM Panel 2: Building a Sustainable Financial Base - How to move from bootstrapping to financing
  • Cooper Harris, Founder, Klickly
  • Daniela Corrente, Co-Founder, Reel
  • Rachael McCrary, CEO, JewelToned
  • Moderated by Jonathan Wallace, Head of Investment, Expert DOJO
6:30 PM Panel 3: Building From Your Mistakes - How to learn from common entrepreneurial mistakes and translate them into action
  • David Shadpour, CEO, Social Native
  • Daniel Kirschner, Co-founder and CEO, Greenfly, Inc.
  • Iman Khabazian, CEO, Hitsfu 
  • Moderated by Tina Glickman, Director of Business Development, Gust Launch
7:00 PM Open Networking
7:30 PM Event Conclusion
PLEASE NOTE: We strongly encourage attendees to use rideshare to get to the venue. There will not be space in the Ctrl Collective parking lot. Street parking may be available, and there is a lot at 12746 W Jefferson Blvd about a 7 minute walk from the venue.

Speakers
avatar for Daniela Corrente

Daniela Corrente

Co-Founder & CEO, Reel
Lover of life & driven by curiosity. I’m passionate about bringing innovation to the shopping space, and building a solution that will allow people to avoid unnecessary debt while still achieving their aspirations. During my pre-startup life, I led digital campaigns for a wide variety... Read More →
avatar for Tina Glickman

Tina Glickman

Director of Business Development, Gust Launch
Tina Glickman is the Director of Business Development at Gust Launch, a Company as a Service™ platform built to help transform dreamers into founders and ideas to companies through incorporation and beyond. She develops strategic partnerships within the startup community with those... Read More →
avatar for Cooper Harris

Cooper Harris

CEO, Klickly
Cooper Harris in the founder and CEO of Klickly, an impulse-payments platform based in Santa Monica, CA. She is a contributor to Forbes and HuffPost and has been featured in Inc., Mashable and Women2.0 and more. Cooper was nominated for Google's "Young Innovator" award, L'Oreal's... Read More →
avatar for Iman Khabazian

Iman Khabazian

CEO, Hitsfu
Iman is a computer engineer who has been coding since he was 10. He has shipped over 50 games and ran engineering for a Disney business unit. At Playdom, he shipped a game in 24 days, aiding in the $563M acquisition by Disney. At Disney, he shipped a game that generated $50M and became... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Kirschner

Daniel Kirschner

Co-Founder & CEO, Greenfly, Inc.
Greenfly co-founder and CEO Daniel Kirschner has had a varied career holding senior roles spanning law, technology, and business, including as President of the Harvard Law Review, Senior Advisor on Internet Policy at the FCC, and Head of Corporate Affairs at Activision Blizzard. Through... Read More →
avatar for Jacobo Lumbreras

Jacobo Lumbreras

Co-Founder, Unity
Jacobo is a product designer and cofounder of Unity, an AI technology that brings influencer marketing automation to small businesses. He immigrated to the US from Spain to build an HR analytics company called Yoi. Every month he hosts small dinners for local tech entrepreneurs at... Read More →
avatar for Rachael McCrary

Rachael McCrary

Founder & CEO, Jewel Toned
Rachael McCrary is the CEO of the women’s fashion ecommerce company, Jewel Toned. She is a lingerie expert, fashion industry veteran and life-long entrepreneur. Her current brand disrupted the entire shapewear industry by doing the opposite of what all others do.  She is a startup... Read More →
avatar for David Shadpour

David Shadpour

Co-Founder & CEO, Social Native
David Shadpour, co-founder and CEO of Social Native, has diverse experience in all aspects of digital. Shadpour entered the digital ecosystem when he built GroopBuy, an overseas digital agency, from concept. Within six months, he signed 450+ new accounts, creating strategic dominance... Read More →
JS

Jon Shieber

Senior Editor, Tech Crunch
avatar for Rochelle Thielen

Rochelle Thielen

CEO, Estify
Rochelle Thielen is the current CEO of Estify based in Calabasas, CA. She has a rich history working her way up the ranks within two of the largest providers of data (KKR held, Mitchell International and privately held, Audatex) in the automotive collision space through the first... Read More →
avatar for Bob Wall

Bob Wall

VP of Engineering, Tuition.io
Bob Wall is VP of Engineering at Tuition.io, the nation’s first and most comprehensive employer-funded student loan repayment assistance platform. Prior to Tuition.io, Wall was most known for his role as founder and CTO of on-demand laundry startup – Washio. He also served as... Read More →
JW

Jonathan Wallace

Head of Investment, Expert DOJO
avatar for Alexandra Watkins

Alexandra Watkins

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Eat My Words
Author of Inc. Magazine Top 10 Marketing Book, Hello, My Name is Awesome… How to Create Brand Names That Stick, Alexandra Watkins is an outspoken authority on brand names. As the founder of San Francisco naming firm Eat My Words, she has dreamed up names for countless start-ups... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ctrl Collective Playa Vista 12575 Beatrice St, Los Angeles, CA 90066
 
Wednesday, November 15
 

10:00am

The Next Tech Revolution is Underway: IoT, AI, and BlockChain
IoT, AI, and BlockChain technologies are maturing and converging, creating the perfect storm for rapid change in our economy and society. What you should be prepared for and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Fischer

Marc Fischer

Dogtown Media


Wednesday November 15, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Expert Dojo 395 Santa Monica Place #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401

12:00pm

Entrepreneurial Financing Beyond the Friends and Family Stage
This workshop will focus on this subject from three viewpoints: a licensed investment banker (Series 82—private placements); an attorney; and perhaps most importantly, as an entrepreneur having raised seed and A rounds for his own ventures. There are a lot of opportunities and a lot of dangers in how financing is arranged and cap tables are structured. A little advance knowledge and a little planning can make a very big difference.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Root

Ben Root

Nano Law Group


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Expert Dojo 395 Santa Monica Place #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1:00pm

How to Find and Engage with a Contract Manufacturer
You have a prototype, but now what? Thinking of starting your production overseas, but don't know where to start looking? Have doubts whether to manufacturer locally or abroad? Come learn the must-have checklist of what you need to begin finding and selecting a Contract Manufacturer (CM). Whether you’ve designed a garment or an electronic device, you probably don't have the resources to set up your own production. That's where you can leverage the value-add of a contract manufacturer. Keep your production nimble, your costs low, and your risk minimized by selecting and working with the right partners.



Speakers
avatar for Michael Corr

Michael Corr

Duro Labs
Michael is an engineering manager with over 15 years of experience designing and manufacturing various hardware products. Over the span of his career he has developed a range of products including drones, IoT devices, wearables, telecom equipment, and cleantech products.He is now... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Expert Dojo 395 Santa Monica Place #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401
 
Thursday, November 16
 

8:00am

Women in Tech Breakfast
Come network with other LA women in technology. Upon arriving, you will be spit into small groups to discuss a range of topics relating to how to improve female engagement and participation in the tech sector.




Light breakfast and coffee will be provided.




Please apply here for an invitation. Invitees will be notified by 10/27.




Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage parking lot will have limited public parking availability during the Women in Tech Breakfast. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Thursday November 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

9:00am

Growth Summit presented by Farmers Insurance®








Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will have limited public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Thursday November 16, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

9:05am

Data Intelligence
Breaking down the data science hype and turning it into practical business applications.




Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will have limited public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.
Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.
To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 
Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 
Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Moderators
avatar for Chang Xu

Chang Xu

Associate, Upfront Ventures
Chang is an investor at Upfront Ventures, focusing on future of work, AI/ML, and shipping / logistics. She was formerly a product manager at Minerva Project and co-founded an ed-tech startup in China. She holds an MBA from HBS and BA in Applied Math / CS from Harvard.

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Escoda

Cristina Escoda

Co-Founder & CEO, Polymaze Inc.
Cristina is a creative theoretical physicist turned entrepreneur. She has developed cutting edge technology ranging from machine learning and investing algorithms, to cryptography and simple but beautiful mobile user interfaces. Cristina is the co-founder & CEO of Polymaze, a “venmo... Read More →
avatar for Erik Huberman

Erik Huberman

Founder & CEO, Hawke Media
Forbes 30 Under 30, Erik Huberman is a brand marketing expert, serial entrepreneur, and founder of Hawke Media, the fastest-growing digital agency in LA. Ranked #110 on the Inc. 5000, Hawke Media created The Nest––a popup co-retail space in Venice Beach––and has been valued... Read More →
avatar for David Oh

David Oh

Chief Product Officer, FabFitFun
David is the SVP of Growth at FabFitFun. He is responsible for various strategies to grow revenue and customers, including paid acquisition, optimization, and product development. David was formerly Head of Acquisition at BeachMint, and was head of product for Jewelmint.com (owned... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Stephens

Spencer Stephens

Consultant, spencer.media
Spencer specializes in the application of technology to the flow of content from the story teller to the consumer experience. His expertise includes production, content protection and AI as applied in the M&E space. During his tenure as Chief Technology Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 9:05am - 9:50am
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

9:55am

From IT Order Takers to Trusted Advisors, Innovation Drivers, and Thought Leaders presented by Farmers Insurance®
Ron Guerrier, CIO of Farmers Insurance®, talks about the shifts in IT and the process of creating a trusted partnership with the business to create a truly differentiated experience that delivers on brand promise to customers, agents and employees.


Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.
Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.
To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 
Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 
Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Guerrier

Ron Guerrier

CIO, Farmers Insurance®
Ron Guerrier is the chief information officer for Farmers Insurance Group. Ron has over 20 years of experience and leadership within IT and a proven track record of driving innovation and building partnerships with both functional and line leadership, as well as creating leadership... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 9:55am - 10:25am
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

10:30am

Customer Acquisition: B2C presented by altView Law Group
Learnings and insights on how to acquire customers for companies with consumer facing business models.




Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

























Moderators
avatar for Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks

Partner, altView Law Group
Jason provides business/legal affairs services to content creators and emerging players in the digital space. Specializing in new media and tech, Jason’s knowledge of business development strategy and corporate counsel has helped create opportunities for producers of content across... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Khudor Annous

Khudor Annous

Head of Marketing & Partnerships, Live.me
Khudor Annous is the Head of Marketing and Partnerships at Live.me, a leading live broadcasting platform. Since joining the company in May 2016 to launch and lead their Los Angeles office, Khudor has helped attract dozens of the biggest internet stars, including Roman Atwood and Connor... Read More →
avatar for Grant Langston

Grant Langston

CEO, eHarmony
Grant has been with eHarmony since its inception in August, 2000. He has influenced almost every aspect of the brand – from his early days as a writer to later years managing marketing, customer care, content, social media, and the trust and safety departments. A passionate advocate... Read More →
avatar for John Tabis

John Tabis

CEO & Co-Founder, The Bouqs Company
A proven brand builder and startup creator with deep experience in innovative media ventures and consumer products, John Tabis is Founder and CEO of The Bouqs Company. With co-founder Juan Pablo Montúfar, Tabis launched the Venice, California based company in November 2012, distinguished... Read More →
avatar for Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss

Founder & CEO, MuteSix
Over the last three years, Steve Weiss has invested most of his time building MuteSix as a performance marketing powerhouse. It’s since grown at a rate of 300%+ per year and is widely regarded as one of the top performance marketing companies. In 2017, MuteSix was named one of Inc... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

11:20am

Customer Acquisition for Enterprise presented by BCG Digital Ventures
Perspectives on how to acquire customers with B2B business models and understanding effective techniques to develop sales teams and go-to-market strategy.




Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.













Moderators
avatar for Robert Derow

Robert Derow

Director of Growth, BCG Digital Ventures
Robert Derow is a strategic thinker in action who approaches each challenge with a bias for execution and innovation. He has more than 15 years of leadership experience across multiple media disciplines, and he’s inspired by all things digital, which drives his profound involvement... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Blatt

Robert Blatt

CEO, MomentFeed
Robert has more than 25 years of senior management experience across telecommunications, enterprise software, business-to-consumer and SaaS companies. Robert’s previous roles include SVP of Product and Service Development at Ascent Media, VP and GM of Personal Media at AOL, and... Read More →
avatar for Ash Kumra

Ash Kumra

CEO, Radio Host & Author, YOUNGRY
Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and syndicated radio show host. He has been recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. Ash is the CEO & Co-Founder of entrepreneur movement YOUNGRY... Read More →
avatar for Ara Mahdessian

Ara Mahdessian

Co-Founder & CEO, Service Titan
Ara Mahdessian, Co-Founder & CEO of ServiceTitan is a proud graduate of Stanford University having studied Management Science and Engineering. His background in engineering and sales, combined with his seven years of domain expertise, has helped ServiceTitan earn the trust of the... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Marmon

Sheila Marmon

Founder & CEO, Mirror Digital
Sheila Marmon has a passion for the launch and operation of new businesses in the digital media industry and has created innovative platforms for over 15 years.  As Founder + CEO of Mirror Digital, a technology-enabled media company, she helps Fortune 500 brands tap into the fastest... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 11:20am - 12:05pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

12:00pm

Hiring Fest presented by Smartly
Open to all job seekers! Bring your resume and talk with hiring representatives from some of LA's top tech companies, including:
  • Smartly
  • Farmers Insurance
  • CU Direct
  • NFL Media
  • ServiceTitan
  • StartupTap
  • Cornerstone
  • LA Metro
To submit your resume digitally to ALL participating companies, please click here.
































































Smartly is an education technology company that is on a mission to connect learning and skill attainment to positive career outcomes. Through its active learning platform, Smartly offers three programs to students, including a highly selective, free MBA with candidates from top universities and world-renowned companies. Smartly pairs its learning with a career network, Smartly Talent, to connect candidates to leading companies and innovative startups.
















Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Hiring Fest. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.




Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.




To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 




Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 




Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Thursday November 16, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

12:10pm

Building Your Online Presence hosted by Verisign
Join Ebrahim Keshavarz, SVP of Product Management and one of the top minds behind Verisign’s innovative names suggestion service and Alexandra Watkins, Brand Name Expert and Author for a fireside chat as they discuss how this useful tool can help you find the perfect domain name to build your brand online and grow your business.




Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Watkins

Alexandra Watkins

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Eat My Words
Author of Inc. Magazine Top 10 Marketing Book, Hello, My Name is Awesome… How to Create Brand Names That Stick, Alexandra Watkins is an outspoken authority on brand names. As the founder of San Francisco naming firm Eat My Words, she has dreamed up names for countless start-ups... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ebrahim Keshavarz

Ebrahim Keshavarz

SVP of Product Management, Verisign
As senior vice president of product management, Ebrahim Keshavarz is responsible for Verisign's global product portfolio.Prior to joining Verisign in 2016, Keshavarz spent 13 years with AT&T where he held various leadership positions focusing on small business customers and leading... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 12:10pm - 12:40pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1:10pm

Algorithm for Success: Dream Innovation hosted by FWD.us
Come hear community and non-profit experts talk about tech innovation in immigrant communities. Our panel will feature a discussion of programs, resources and events aimed to create and support opportunities for underserved communities. The panel will also share the latest legislative reform initiatives including the passing of the Dream Act.

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Shelly

Sandra Shelly

Southern California Organizing Director, FWD.us
Sandra is the Organizing Director for FWD.us in Southern California, where she engages with leaders of the business and tech sectors, advocacy organizations and elected officials on both sides of the aisle to advocate for immigration reform. She has dedicated her political career... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alberto Avalos

Alberto Avalos

Innovation & Technology Program Manager, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Alberto Avalos is the Innovation and Technology Program Manager at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation where he is bridging the natural technological abilities in our communities and the need for a more diverse pool of talent in the tech industry. Through partnerships with leading tech... Read More →
avatar for Karla Estrada

Karla Estrada

Founder, UndocuTravelers
I arrived to the United States in 1996, when I was five years old. In 2009, I graduated from High School, and enrolled to a Community College, where I became and advocate for immigrant justice. I was on the front line for the fight for the Dream Act and DACA. I transferred to UCLA... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Gagliardi

Tamara Gagliardi

Production Engineer, Oath
Born and raised in Argentina, Tamara Gagliardi became passionate about tech at a young age. She was an exchange student in highschool and later received her Computer Science degree from SUNY Oneonta. Previously an IT Supervisor at Yahoo and currently a Production Engineer at Oath... Read More →
avatar for Ruby Guillen

Ruby Guillen

Founder & CEO, Humanistic Technologies
Ruby Guillen is CEO and Founder of Humanistic Technologies, Inc. (HTI), leading and driving the organization’s purpose to empower human dignity through technology. Ruby’s captivating personal history of technical education in the US Air Force, and as a client and a professional... Read More →
avatar for Heidy Vaquerano

Heidy Vaquerano

Technology, New Media and Entertainment Attorney and Managing Director, Girls in Tech, Los Angeles
Heidy Vaquerano is a Technology, New Media and Entertainment attorney and the Managing Director of Girls in Tech, Los Angeles.  She is also a community leader and organizer for the Latinx in Tech and immigration reform communities.  She has organized and managed meet-ups with local... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 1:10pm - 1:55pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

2:00pm

The Force for Good hosted by the Annenberg Foundation
How does social impact and the culture of "good" attract, engage and retain top tech talent.








Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Moderators
avatar for Dakota Ortiz

Dakota Ortiz

Program Lead, AnnenbergTech, Annenberg Foundation
Dakota is Program Lead at AnnenbergTech, - the Annenberg Foundation’s initiative to engage the hearts and minds of LA’s tech and creative ecosystem to be a part of the force for good. He wants to help make LA a better place to live and work for all Angelenos. Locally raised, UCLA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sofi Hoysal

Sofi Hoysal

Head of People Operations, Tala
Sofi was born and raised in Bangalore, India. Her academic background is engineering and entrepreneurship. She started her professional career in supporting clean energy adoption in emerging markets. She quickly learnt of a big need to even the playing field and open access for financial... Read More →
avatar for Jake Kloberdanz

Jake Kloberdanz

Founder & CEO, ONEHOPE
Jake Kloberdanz is CEO and Founder of ONEHOPE, a brand with a mission to bring people together to celebrate and serve the world. Each ONEHOPE product makes a measurable impact for a charitable cause. Jake and his team have built an independent wine brand now producing more than 75,000... Read More →
avatar for Lou Pizante

Lou Pizante

CFO & Head of Corporate Development, Two Bit Circus
Lou Pizante is CFO and Head of Corporate Development at Two Bit Circus. When he’s not quashing robot uprisings or risk-managing accidental violations of physics and occasional eyebrow injuries, he’s supporting all aspects of the Two Bit Circus troupe’s endeavors to amaze people... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Schneider

Ryan Schneider

President & COO, SnackNation
Business leader who has helped lead start-up companies and has worked as a venture capital investor at Rustic Canyon Partners, Ryan earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. When he’s not pitching healthy snacks, Ryan is normally... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

2:50pm

From Startup to Enterprise: The Path to Rapid Growth presented by Oracle
Building a successful thriving business is your passion. What about when the growth is beyond your expectations? For those that embrace change and digital transformation, success lies ahead. A recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study discovered that 95% of startups wish to develop long-term corporate partnerships. Why is this and what are the benefits? Join Prasuj Loganathan, Oracle's Solution Engineering Leader for Startups and Growing Enterprises, to learn about the role technology plays in giving your business the upper hand and how it can help you create a strategy for growth.




Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Speakers
avatar for Prasuj Loganathan

Prasuj Loganathan

Solution Engineering Leader for Startups and Growing Enterprises, Oracle Corporation
Prasuj is part of the senior leadership team at Oracle Corporation and leads the Solutions Engineering team for North America, helping rapidly growing companies with technology solutions. His organization consists of technology evangelists ranging from Enterprise Cloud Architects... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

3:25pm

Growth Financing: Operators
Perspectives on raising venture capital to accelerate growth of tech companies and the strategy behind raising the round.








Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Moderators
avatar for Robin Farmanfarmaian

Robin Farmanfarmaian

Investor & VP, Business Development, Invicta Medical
Robin Farmanfarmaian is a Professional Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor, specializing in companies with the potential to impact >100M patients. Currently Robin is an Investor and VP at Invicta Medical, a medical technology company focusing on sleep apnea; VP at Actavalon... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Drobnick

Greg Drobnick

Co-Founder & EVP, Strategic Initiatives, Heal
Over the last number of years, Greg has been an active advisor and investor to early-stage companies across a variety of verticals. In the fall of 2014, Greg helped to finance and launch Heal; subsequently joining the team as EVP Strategic Initiatives. Greg is originally from Los... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Greene

Jeremy Greene

CEO, Mojiit
avatar for Belinda Tan

Belinda Tan

Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Science 37
Science 37's co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Belinda Tan, MD PhD, is a scientist and artist who is committed to improving life for everyone by using technology to build platforms that increase access to science. She inspires teams through the vision of a universal medical-scientific... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 3:25pm - 4:10pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

4:15pm

Founders and Funding
One of the biggest decisions entrepreneurs face when building their business is where and when to raise funding. SheWorx is partnering with TechWeek to host an evening panel highlighting female entrepreneurs that have raised money from different funding sources and are at varying stages of growth. The event will include a Q&A and time to connect with other attendees following the moderated panel.








Transportation & Parking: Due to college classes, the Broad Stage will not have public parking availability during the Growth Summit. Techweek highly encourages taking advantage of rideshare in order to get to the Broad Stage.


Additional parking is available 3 blocks west at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.  There is a $10 day rate to park in the lot.


To drive directly to the Library, exit the I-10 West at Lincoln Blvd. and turn right. Proceed north to Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left. Proceed west to 7th Street and turn right, then turn left into the library parking structure. 


Parking meters are also available on Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway. 


Please do not park on residential streets, as they are in preferential parking zones, and any cars without the appropriate pass may be towed.

Moderators
avatar for Britanny Carter

Britanny Carter

LA Director, SheWorx
Britanny empowers female entrepreneurs to build their businesses through actionable strategies as LA Director of SheWorx. Prior to moving to LA, Britanny was traveling the world as a digital nomad while working as an analyst for IBISWorld covering several consumer-facing and tech... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julie Campistron

Julie Campistron

Co-Founder & CEO, Stop, Breathe & Think
Julie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stop, Breathe & Think. She is a former EVP for Demand Media, where she lead the web properties and content studio divisions of over 120 people and 100M monthly unique visitors. She previously worked as a marketing executive at Yahoo!; where she managed... Read More →
avatar for Beatrice Fischel-Bock

Beatrice Fischel-Bock

Co-Founder & CEO, Hutch
Beatrice Fischel-Bock is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hutch, the home decor app that allows you to take a photo of your room, virtually redecorate it and shop the look -- all for free and in 3D. Her 2016 TEDx talk focused on how to fail fast, fix fast and learn fast, a mantra that has... Read More →
avatar for Erika Jensen

Erika Jensen

Co-Founder & Head of Marketing, The Flex Company
Erika is the cofounder & Head of Marketing at The Flex Company. Prior to cofounding Flex, the body-positive advocate led ecommerce at Jimmyjane, a high-end sex toy company partnered with Yves Behar. Erika was a 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient. 
avatar for Sophia Parsa

Sophia Parsa

Co-Founder & CEO, Toot App Inc & Mountain Gate Series
An entrepreneur, community builder, and passionate leader, Sophia Parsa wants to see a world where technology is used to make education universally accessible. Sophia draws her largest influence from her father, a successful tech entrepreneur, and attributes her long-standing ambition... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
The Broad Stage 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
 
Friday, November 17
 

9:00am

SheWorx Breakfast
Limited Capacity full

SheWorx roundtables are focused on bringing female entrepreneurs actionable strategies to help build and grow their businesses. We're excited to have Amanda Schutzbank, Vice President of Amplify, lead our discussion this month.   Join us for a dynamic and intimate discussion with Amanda and other entrepreneurs.




Focusing Topic: Nailing the Pitch
1) What to have in place (team, product, etc.) before you fundraise and pitch investors
2) How to identify which angels, VC's and accelerators are right for your business and go about the process
3) Top mistakes to avoid and standouts to aim for when pitching







Moderators
avatar for Britanny Carter

Britanny Carter

LA Director, SheWorx
Britanny empowers female entrepreneurs to build their businesses through actionable strategies as LA Director of SheWorx. Prior to moving to LA, Britanny was traveling the world as a digital nomad while working as an analyst for IBISWorld covering several consumer-facing and tech... Read More →

Speakers
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Amanda Schutzbank

Vice President, Amplify
Ms. Amanda Schutzbank serves as Vice President at Amplify.LA. Ms. Schutzbank serves as a Vice President at Primary Venture Partners. She focuses on supporting Primary Venture Partners' existing portfolio companies and building the Operating Partner Network. She was Vice President... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Silicon Valley Bank - Santa Monica 1901 Main St #300, Santa Monica, CA 90405

12:00pm

FounderForward Bootcamp: Leadership Development
Robyn Ward is a 20-year veteran of the technology startup space. Via her coaching and consulting business, FounderForward, she helps founders with fundraising, strategic partnerships, and leadership development. Robyn also teaches Entrepreneurship at USC and is a champion of diversity and equality in the technology industry.


Prior to FounderForward, Robyn launched and ran the strategic investment arm of United Talent Agency. In her role as Head of New Media Ventures, she identified investment and incubation opportunities and worked closely with portfolio founders to help accelerate their growth. Before UTA, Robyn was a business development and operations executive who served on the early leadership teams of five venture-backed startups, including Docstoc (acquired by Intuit).
Robyn is an advisor to a handful of startups and a mentor to several LA tech accelerators. She also recently served as a consultant on Apples’s new show Planet of the Apps. Robyn has been named a Top Woman in LA Tech by DigitalLA and a Top LA Tech Ambassador by TechWeek.

Friday November 17, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ctrl Collective Playa Vista 12575 Beatrice St, Los Angeles, CA 90066