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SVCE Speaker Events 

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:

Register here

 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

Registration:

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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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naveed_sherwan

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.



Fall 2014 Events:

Topic:

Becoming a Successful Global Entrepreneur

Where:

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

Date & Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, November 17, 2014

Speaker:

Chris Folayan, Co-founder & CEO, MallforAfrica

Registration:

Register Here

 
Chris Folayan Bio:

imageThe son of an American mother and a Nigerian father, Chris Folayan- founder and CEO of MallforAfrica recalls started his first business in his native Nigeria at the age of seven-and-a-half. “At one point I had about 25 people working for me.” At the age of 18 Folayan moved to California to pursue his education at San Jose State University. Though he acquired his degree in business administration and marketing, Folayan taught himself computer programming and focused on opportunities that combined the emerging digital world with cutting-edge marketing strategies. Chris now has over 15 years of experience in marketing, technology development, and acquisition roles in various High-Tech companies, and startups. Prior to MallforAfrica Chris was the Founder and CEO of OCFX Inc. a globally recognized, award winning Software and Web Design Agency serving clients such as SONY, LSI, Cisco, HP, EPSON, TYCO, US Government, BestBuy, CapitalOne Finance, and many other companies. He has also held executive positions at various companies internationally. MallforAfrica was recently named one of the 5 African Tech Startups to Watch by INC.com and has also been featured by Forbes and Enreprenuer.com

 


 

Topic:

Success without Funding or a Formula

Where:

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

Date & Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, October 20, 2014

Speaker:

Blaine Vess, Co-founder & CEO, StudyMode

Registration:

 

Blaine Vess Bio:

imageBlaine Vess is the co-founder and CEO of StudyMode, a self-funded network of websites and apps designed to help students succeed. Founded in 1999, StudyMode has evolved from a dorm room project to a multinational company that serves more than 90 million visitors a month. StudyMode owns and operates multiple successful, highly-trafficked sites including StudyMode.com, Cram.com, and BuenasTareas.com.  While building StudyMode, Vess launched multiple other businesses and was a full-time consultant at New Line Cinema (Lord of the Rings, Sex and the City). Vess is the chairman of Liberty in North Korea, an organization that helps rescue and resettle North Korean refugees, and graduated from SJSU with a degree in marketing.



Spring 2014:


Topic:

Making It Happen: After the Business Plan

Where:

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

Date & Time:

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014

Speakers:

Scott Marzano, Co-founder Bioready
Francisco Guerrero, Co-founder ShopIntoit 
Michael Bayne, Co-Founder RotaMobility 
*Winners of the Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition
Tracy Lee, Founder & CEO, Dishcrawl, and 
Gadiel Morantes, Partner Early Growth Financial Services

Registration:

Register Now

 

Flyer:

Making It Happen: After the Business Plan  (pdf)


 

Topic:

The Future of Technology & Entrepreneurship: how small groups can solve humanity’s grand challenges

Where:

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

Date & Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Speaker:

Vivek Wadhwa, Entrepreneur; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Distinguished Fellow, Singularity University

Registration:

https://docs.google.com/a/sjsu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEhqR1paMmQ1S3haMVNKRXdjbGlxRnc6MA

Flyer:

Vivek Wadhwa Event Flyer (PDF)

Vivek Wadhwa Bio:
Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Research and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University. He is author of ”The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”– which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012. In 2013, TIME Magazine listed him as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.

Wadhwa oversees research at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.

In his roles at Stanford, Duke, and Emory universities, Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal Accelerators, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, LinkedIn Influencers blog, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies. 

Wadhwa holds a B.A. in Computing Studies from the University of Canberra, in Australia, and an MBA from New York University. He is founding president of the Carolinas chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TIE), a non-profit global network intended to foster entrepreneurship. He has been featured in thousands of articles in worldwide publications, and has made many appearances on U.S. and international TV stations, including CBS/60 Minutes, PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC, and the BBC.

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Topic:

The Convergence of IT & Marketing: opportunities for entrepreneurial companies

Where:

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

Date & Time:

6-7:30 pm, Monday, March 10, 2014

Speaker:

Regis McKenna, Marketer, Consultant, Thought Leader

Registration:

Registration will open soon.

 

Regis McKenna Bio:
Regis McKenna founded his own high tech marketing firm, Regis McKenna, Inc., in Silicon Valley in 1970, after working in the marketing departments of two early semiconductor pioneering companies. Over the past 30 years, his firm evolved from one focused on high tech start ups to a broad based marketing strategy firm servicing international clients in many different industries and countries. McKenna retired from consulting in 2000 and is concentrating his efforts on high tech entrepreneurial seed-ventures. 

McKenna is included in the San Jose Mercury News' Millennium 100 as one of the 100 people who made Silicon Valley what it is today. McKenna has written and lectured extensively on the social and market effects of technological change advancing innovations in marketing theories and practices. McKenna and his firm worked with a number of entrepreneurial start-ups during their formation years including: America Online, Apple, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Intel, Linear Technology, Lotus, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics, 3COM, and many others. McKenna helped launch some of the most important technological innovations of the last thirty years including the first microprocessor (Intel Corporation), the first personal computer (Apple Computer), the first recombinant DNA genetically engineered product (Genentech, Inc.), and the first retail computer store (The Byte Shop). In the last decade, McKenna consulted on strategic marketing and business issues to industrial, consumer, transportation, healthcare, and financial firms in the United States, Japan, and Europe. McKenna continues to be involved in high tech start-up companies through his venture activities.

McKenna pioneered many of the theories and practices of technology marketing that have become integrated into the marketing mainstream. He has written five books on technology business strategies and marketing. 
McKenna is Chairman of the Board of the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society and was a founding board member of Smart Valley. He is a trustee at Santa Clara University, the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business University of California Berkeley and the Economic Strategies Institute. He is president of the Board of Trustees for The Children's Shelter Fund of Silicon Valley, an investor and on the Board of Directors of a number of high technology companies as well. Formerly McKenna was on the International Advisory Board of Toyota Motor Company.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McKenna attended Saint Vincent College and is a liberal arts graduate of Duquesne University. In 1962, he moved to Silicon Valley, and attended some classes at San Jose State University. In 1965, he joined the marketing department of General Micro Electronics, the first company to develop and market commercial MOS (metal oxide semiconductor) products, the basis for much of today's electronics technology. He joined another start-up, National Semiconductor, in 1967 where, as Marketing Services Manager, he helped direct National's marketing strategies in the early stages of the company's growth.

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