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SVCE Speaker Events 

Fall 2015

September 14, 2015

Topic:

From Inspiration to Action: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

Where:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225/229

Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, September 14, 2015

Speaker:

Art Agrawal, Co-founder & CEO, YourMechanic

Registration:

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Art

Art is founder and CEO of YourMechanic, a startup that provides car maintenance at the convenience of the car owner’s home or office at 20-30% lower cost than going to a dealer. YourMechanic, Art’s second startup, took home the winning title and $50,000, at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2012. Over the past year, Art has raised significant capital from some of the leading investors in Silicon Valley including: Softbank, Andreessen Horowitz, Jeff Clavier, Yuri Milner, SV Angel, and Ashton Kutcher (to name a few). Prior to starting YourMechanic, Art founded a company called Care Workforce, an online marketplace to help hospitals hire temp nurses on demand and lower costs by 10-30%. He studied Liberal Arts at Drexel University in Pennsylvania.


 SVCE Speaker Event – October 19, 2015

Topic:

From Farmers to Entrepreneurs: Lessons from an Innovative Program in Israel

Where:

SJSU Student Union Theater

Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, October 19, 2015

Speaker:

Hanni Arnon, founder & Director, AICAT, Israel (Additional speakers TBC)

Registration:

Registration will open soon

   

 

SVCE Speaker Event – November 9, 2015

Topic:

Market Size: a Venture Capital perspective

Where:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225/229

Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, November 9, 2015

Speaker:

Ashmeet Sidana, Founder & Managing Partner, Engineering Capital

Registration:

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Spring 2015

SVCE Speaker Event – April 1, 2015

Topic:

Fireside chat with Dave McClure, 500 Startups founding partner and self described "Geek, Marketer, Investor, Blogger, Troublemaker, and part-time Sith Lord"

Where:

TBA

Time:

6-7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Speaker:

Dave McClure, Founder & CEO, 500 Startups, in conversation with Steve Bennet, startup CFO, angel investor, & adjunct professor, SJSU

Registration:

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 Dave McClure

Bio:

Dave McClure is the founding partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital firm and startup incubator in Silicon Valley with over $125M under management. He has been an investor in hundreds of companies around the world including Credit Karma, Twilio, MakerBot, Wildfire Interactive, Viki, Mashery, SendGrid, Mint.com, and SlideShare, among others.

Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, blogger, investor, and Internet marketing nerd. He has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O'Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft.

From 2008 through 2010, Dave managed the FF Angel seed investment program forFounders Fund, and ran the 2009 fbFund incubator program on behalf of Facebook, Accel Partners, & Founders Fund. From 2006 thru 2008 Dave was an advisor & consultant to several startups and helped teach the nation's first-ever class on Facebook and social networking platforms at Stanford University in 2007. From 2005 thru 2006 Dave ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired. From 2001 thru 2004, Dave was Director of Marketing at PayPal(acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal, Dave was a database consultant & programmer for several companies, including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing, an Internet & e-commerce consulting group later acquired by Servinet / Panurgy in 1998.

Dave graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BS Engineering in Mathematical Sciences. 


 

SVCE Speaker Event – March 16, 2015

Topic:

How to build successful start-ups with offshore teams

Where:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225/229

Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, March 16, 2015

Speaker:

Ms. Reshma Nigam, Founder & CEO, Markable Solutions; SJSU alumna

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 Reshma Nigam

Bio:

Ms. Reshma Nigam is Founder & CEO of Markable Solutions – a digital marketing company. Prior to that she was Co-Founder & CEO of aMarketForce, a leader in B2B sales, marketing and lead generation services. Ms. Nigam has worked with RightWorks Corporation, Xporta and nthOrbit, when they were startups. She was also VP of Medical Market Research for Frost and Sullivan. Her expertise includes digital marketing, business management, business strategy development, start-up marketing, market research, consulting, sales operations, product launches, global marketing, direct marketing

Ms. Nigam is an advisory board member of the Global Leadership Council at Lucas Graduate School of Business, SJSU. She is also the Chairperson of Art Forum at San Francisco, Bay Area 

She holds MBA and BA degrees from San Jose State University, a Post-Grad diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, and BA in English Literature from India. 

 



SVCE Speaker Event – February 16, 2015

Topic:

Entrepreneurial opportunities in an evolving space – The business of Digital Currencies

Where:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225/229

Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, February 16, 2015

Speaker:

 Dr. Naveed Sherwani, CEO, Peernova

Registration:

 

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Bio:

Dr. Sherwani brings over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship, technical engineering and general management. Prior to Peernova, Dr. Sherwani co-founded Open-Silicon, a leading provider of ASIC solutions. As the founder and General Manager of Intel Microelectronics Services, he pioneered Open methodology for ASICs. He also founded Brite Semi, a leading ASIC solution provider in China/APAC. He has served on the boards of various companies, including Touchstone Semiconductor, and Integration Associates. He currently chairs the Technical Steering Committee of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).

 

Dr. Sherwani is a noted author having authored several books and over 100 articles on various aspects of VLSI Physical Design Automation and ASICs. Dr. Sherwani served as a Professor at Western Michigan University, where his research focused on ASICs, EDA, Combinatorics, graph algorithms and parallel computing. He received his Ph.D from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

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