SVCE Events - Spring 2021

When:  February 22, 2021
Topic:  Overcoming Bias in Venture Pitching 
Speakers: Manan Mehta, Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures, and Larissa Russell, CEO & Co-founder, Pod Foods.
Time: 6-7:15 pm
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*This session is held in conjunction with The Richard and Sandi Conniff Leaders in Business Ethics Speakers Series*

Speakers’ bios:

MananManan Mehta is a Founding Partner of Unshackled Ventures, a fund for immigrant-founded companies. Prior to Unshackled Ventures, Manan ran marketing for ed-tech startup Kno (acq. by Intel 2013) that raised over $90M of funding from top VCs including a16z and First Round Capital. Before Kno, Manan was an Investment Banker with $3B in transactions, including the $1.9B acquisition of Skype. Manan is a 1st generation American and received a double major at UCLA. 

LarissaLarissa Russell
is the CEO and cofounder of Pod Foods, a full-service b2b marketplace connecting grocery retailers and brands. We are disrupting the $200bil+ industry of wholesale grocery distribution by enabling intelligent retail with logistics, visibility and data throughout the grocery supply chain. Russell and her cofounder Fiona Lee experienced the challenges of wholesale distribution first hand when they started a cookie company called Green Pea Cookie, which produced cookies out of peas. They were named Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Retail and eCommerce in 2020. 

Monisha VaradanMonisha Varadan wears multiple hats. She works full time at Google, building partnerships for products like Chrome, News and Search. She is a Founding Partner of Zephyr Ventures, which invests in growth businesses. She is also a lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, where she completed her MBA. She has co-authored articles, including one on bias within the VC industry published in Harvard Business Review


SVCE Event Calendar - Fall 2020

When:  November 18, 2020
Topic:  Six things every entrepreneur should consider in 2021
Speaker: Andrea (Andy) Cunningham, Founder/President, Cunningham Collective, Founder ZERO1, in conversation with Young Han, Head of Operations, Cunningham Collective & SJSU alumni entrepreneur.
Time: 6-7pm
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Speakers’ bios:

Andy Cunningham Andy Cunningham is the founder and President of Cunningham Collective, a brand strategy, marketing, and communications firm with an expertise in positioning companies to win. She is also the author of the Amazon best seller, Get to Aha!: Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition (McGraw-Hill), and the host of the popular podcast Marketing Over Ice. An entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing,” Andy has played a key role in the launch of a number of new technology categories and products (including the Apple Macintosh) over the past 35 years. Today she specializes in identifying and leveraging a company's position in order to gain traction. She advices startups on bringing innovation to market and helps publicly traded companies communicate their role and relevance to their constituents. Andy serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards, including ZERO1, an organization she founded with the mission to shape the future at the intersection of art and technology. She is a Henry Crown Fellow and a trustee at the Aspen Institute. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in Sausalito on an old wooden boat with her husband Rand Siegfried.


Young HanYoung Han is Head of Operations for Cunningham Collective. He runs internal and external operations for Cunningham Collective, leading its recruitment and retention of top talent and its financial operations. He also ensures that all external operations are met in serving client accounts and relationship management. His deep expertise in scaling organizations and change management makes him an invaluable resource during critical inflection points for Cunningham Collective and its clients. Young is a serial entrepreneur, born and raised in Silicon Valley and relocating to Austin, TX in hopes of expanding the firm’s reach as well as his own experiences. He has started more than half a dozen businesses with two exits under his belt. He has helped hyper-growth startups like Philz Coffee and Limelight Health scale through three rounds of funding each, and has helped hire more than 1,000 employees in his career. In his personal time, Young is an avid mentor and advisor to startups and accelerators, an angel investor, and a guest lecturer at SJSU. He is also an aspiring “Best Dad in the World” title holder to his two girls and mini doxie.

When:  November 4, 2020
Topic: Successfully Navigating the Silicon Valley Business Environment
Speakers: Julian Guthrie, Tech Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author, in conversation with Marcia Daszko, SJSU Alumna & Board Member, Bestselling Author
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
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Speakers’ bios:

Julian GuthrieJulian Guthrie is the founder and CEO of Mindset Alpha, a tech startup enabling companies to better attract, retain and support women and allies. She is the founder of a national nonprofit, The Alpha Girls Institute, which supports and connects high school girls across the U.S. She is the author of five books, including two national best-sellers. Her book, Alpha Girls, is described as Hidden Figures meets The Social Network and is being adapted for television. 


Marcia DaszkoMarcia Daszko is a Strategic Leadership, Transformation, & Innovation Advisor who helps leaders pivot and navigate through crises, challenges, and significant growth. She is the bestselling author of Pivot, Disrupt, Transform and co-author of Turning Ideas Into Impact. Marcia graduated with an MS in Mass Communication from SJSU. She is on the SJSU Alumni Association Board and was on the SJSU Strategic Planning Committee. She has also taught MBA Leadership classes. 


When:  October 19, 2020
Topic:  Entrepreneurial Opportunities in BLM and COVID-19 times
Speaker: Charles Hudson, Managing Partner & Founder, Precursor Ventures 
Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
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Charles Hudson Speaker's bio: 

Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early­ stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supports SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the Co­Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Android­ focused mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co-­founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early ­stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e­commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti­spam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007. Mr. Hudson earned a BA degree in Economics, Spanish & Portuguese from Stanford University and a MBA from Stanford GSB. 

When:  September 21, 2020
Topic:  Customer Discovery in COVID-19 times
Speaker: Steve Blank, Entrepreneur, Author, Adjunct Professor, Stanford & UC Berkeley
Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
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Steve BlankA fireside chat with Steve Blank, widely known for his customer development methodology, to discuss how our student entrepreneurs can “get out of the building” to speak with customers to do Customer Discovery when they can’t get out of the building during current pandemic times.  


When:  September 10, 2020
Topic:  Ideation Workshop
Speaker: Dave Hadden, Founder, Arlo Inc., SJSU Alumnus & Mentor
Time: 3:00-4:15pm

The Ideation workshop will help you to brainstorm promising business ideas and  enter the  Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge with confidence!


SVCE Event Calendar - Spring 2020

When:  April 22, 2020
Topic:  Entrepreneur's Survival Kit
Speaker: Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO, TheFunded and The Founder Institute


When:  February 24, 2020
Topic:  Be the Next Disruptor
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Registration: Register Here

Speaker: Samaira Mehta, Founder & CEO, CoderBunnyZ

SamariaSpeaker bio: 
Samaira Mehta has been featured on the Today Show & CNBC while gracing the pages of Time Magazine & Vogue. She has won the Youth Entrepreneur Award and her initiative "Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code" is taking Silicon Valley by storm!

Samaira's talk will focus on the power that each of us have, the power to be the next disruptor! She will remind all of us that technology is not the future, people are the future. Each of us have superpowers that can help bring change and create disruptions. A CEO at the age of 7, Samaira will talk about her journey, with successes and failures along the way, all of which are basic ingredients of learning and bringing out the best inside of us. Her talk ends with a very important message. Hear her and be inspired by Samaira Mehta, the 11-year-old Entrepreneur.


SVCE Event Calendar - Fall 2019

When: October 28, 2019
Topic:  Fundraising Best Practices for Startups 
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Registration: Register Here

Speaker: Sam Heshmati, Senior Managing Director, First Republic Bank 

Sam HeshmatiSpeaker bio: 
Sam Heshmati has 17 years of experience in the technology ecosystem, serving clients not only as a banker, but also as an advisor. He leads efforts for FRB’s early stage startup team focused on providing programs to serve the tech community, cultivating and managing relationships with some of the country’s top incubators, micro-VCs and entrepreneurs. Over his career, he has worked with over 1000 early-stage tech companies in addition to several hundred micro-VCs. Prior to joining First Republic in 2012, he spent 10 years as a tech banker at Silicon Valley Bank and Square 1 Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University.

When: September 16, 2019
Topic:  Words of Wisdom from Female Founders  
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Event Flyer





  • Annette Finsterbusch, SJSU Alumna, is President & CEO of EnPower Inc, an early stage startup developing next generation Lithium-ion batteries. She has 25 years of operating, management, and venture capital, and extensive global corporate board experience.
  • BJ Hardman, SJSU Alumna, is Chairman of the Board of Sanarus Technologies, an invasive breast therapy system helping women tackle breast cancer, where she was previously CEO. Her industry experience ranges from biomedical devices, financial services, manufacturing to distribution.
  • Gwen Nguyen, SJSU Alumna, is the founder & CEO of Maven’s Creamery, a macaroon ice cream sandwich company that she started alongside her sister in 2014. She recently appeared on Shark Tank where she was able to land a deal with Barbara Corcoran!
  • Neda Blocho has valuable insights into the startup ecosystem, based on several years of experience guiding and mentoring numerous startup founders. She also spent a few years as a venture capitalist. Today, she is the Program Manager at WeWork Labs, WeWork’s global innovation platform powering the next generation of transformative startups create the future.


  • Melissa Dyrdahl, SJSU Alumna, is an accomplished entrepreneur, board member, and business adviser. Previously, Melissa was CEO of Ella Health and CMO of Adobe Systems. She currently sits on the board of the Dignity Health Foundation along with two early stage healthcare startups.

When: October 28, 2019
Topic:  Startup Fundraising: Best Practices and Strategy
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Registration:  Will open soon.

Speaker: Sam Heshmati, Senior Managing Director, First Republic Bank & SJSU alumnus.

SVCE Event Calendar - Spring 2019

When: April 10, 2019
Topic:  Global Sustainability & Entrepreneurship  
Where: Campus Village Building 2, Multipurpose Room (1st floor of CV2)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Christoph Frehsee (Amour Vert co-founder and Stanford sustainability lecturer)

Joyce Hu (Wildlife Works marketing director, Sustainable Fashion Alliance co-founder)

Andrea Plell (Ecologique Fashion consultant, Sustainable Fashion Alliance co-founder)

Event Flyer(PDF)


When: February 25, 2019
Topic:  From Founder to Funder: Pebble to YC  
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7 pm
Speaker: Eric Migicovsky

Speaker's Bio: 

Eric Migicovsky will share his journey from becoming founder and CEO of Pebble Technology, the company behind the Pebble smart watches, to joining Y Combinator as a Partner. 

While studying engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Eric began building smartwatches alongside a group of friends. He founded Pebble Technology, which was accepted into the prestigious Y Combinator startup accelerator. In April 2012, Eric and his team launched Pebble on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, where it became the most successful crowdfunded project in Kickstarter’s history. In February 2015, they launched two more watches on Kickstarter, which became the fastest funded project in Kickstarter history. In late 2016, Pebble was shut down, and the IP acquired by Fitbit. 

Since January 2018, Eric has been a Partner at Y Combinator, "focused on finding, funding, and helping great founders". 

SVCE Event Calendar - Fall 2018

Access to Startup Capital Panel @SJSU in partnership with anewamerica, SBA, & the City San Jose
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Where: MLK Library, Room 225
Time: 6-8 pm

When: October 22, 2018
Topic:  VC101: Where & Why I'd Invest 
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Angela Tran Kingyens

Speaker's Bio: 

Dr. Angela Tran Kingyens is General Partner at Version One. She is a native Torontonian and newly naturalized US citizen who calls San Francisco home. Investing in the US and Canada, she has a unique perspective on both ecosystems. An engineer by training, Angela’s desire to help others and work with people who are bringing about positive transformational change led her to the world of VC, where she has quickly made a big impact.

Angela focuses on health/bio, AI/ML, social platforms and other startups leveraging network effects. While she loves data, she believes that good investing is both value- and data-driven.

Prior to Version One, Angela co-launched Insight Data Science, a YC-backed startup designed to help PhDs transition from academic research to careers in industry via a six-week training program. With this experience, she is uniquely poised to help startups accelerate data science as a key differentiator. She helps founders hire data scientists and grow their teams, and can be found as a data scientist in residence, working onsite at portfolio companies.

Angela received her PhD in Operations Research & Financial Engineering from the University of Toronto. She also leads the Computer History Museum’s NextGen advisory board and is involved with the Creative Destruction Lab in Vancouver.

When: September 17, 2018
Topic:  Startups that Change People’s Lives
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speakers: Atiq Raza and Nandini Saraiya Raza  

Speakers’ bios: 

Atiq Raza is Chairman & CEO of Virsec, a next generation cybersecurity company, Chairman of the board at Peernova, a company using Blockchain technology for banking applications, and is on the board of ArterisIP, a company in the Network-on-a-Chip IP business.

Atiq is a semiconductor industry veteran, who has held senior management and leadership positions in numerous companies over the past 37 years. He founded Raza Microelectronics, which was acquired by NetLogic. He served as CTO of NetLogic, which was later acquired by Broadcom. Prior to that, he was President & COO of AMD, and served on its Board of Directors. Atiq has been on the boards of several successful startups including Magma and Mellanox (now both public companies), and Siara (acquired by Redback for $4 billion), SiByte (acquired by Broadcom for $2.2 billion), and VxTel (acquired by Intel for $500 million). He served on Stanford University’s School of Engineering Advisory Board for eight years until 2016. He holds a Master's degree in Material Sciences & Engineering from Stanford University, and Bachelor's degrees in Physics & Philosophy from Punjab University, Pakistan and a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from University of London, UK.

Nandini Saraiya is a jewelry designer and founder/owner of Reveti Jewelry. She studied at the Shriram College of Commerce, a prestigious college in Delhi University, India, before moving to the USA because of an arranged marriage. Nandini broke the shackles of an arranged marriage to gain a degree in Computer Science from San Jose State University against overwhelming odds. Upon successfully graduating from SJSU, she joined Hewlett Packard. While building her career at HP, Nandini realized that her true passion was jewelry design. Under the guidance of her mother, who had recently retired from a long career in jewelry design at a famous European design store, Nandini began to explore her creative artistry in designing jewelry. She studied the jewelry designs of royal families in India as well as European traditions and the modern fashions of the US. Her designs earned her international acclaim. She went on to start Reveti Jewelry, which has become a trademark of taste and prestige.


SVCE Event Calendar - Spring 2018


Inclusive Innovation Summit @SJSU in partnership with Rutgers University
When: Friday, April 13, 2018
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 8:30am -1 pm
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When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Topic:  Start Early and Don't Stop
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Blaine Vess

Speaker bio: 

BlaineSJSU alumnus, Blaine Vess, is an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. Blaine founded Student Brands as a freshman in college in 1999, when he saw an opportunity to create a way for students
 to share study materials online. Student Brands evolved from a dorm room project to a multinational company that serves more than 90 million visitors a month. The company was acquired by Barnes & Noble Education for $58.5 million in August 2017. He co-founded another company called Solve, which was an airport concierge business. Solve was backed by Y-Combinator (YC) and Blaine and his co-founders participated in YC’s Summer 2017 batch. Solve was acquired by Blacklane, a global chauffeur service in October 2017. In addition to being a founder, Blaine invests in late-stage startups and films. He also serves as the chairman of Liberty in North Korea, a nonprofit that helps rescue and resettle North Korean refugees. Blaine graduated from SJSU with a degree in marketing.

 When: Monday, February 26, 2018
Topic:  My 5 steps to starting a business career after college, and reaching financial freedom
Where: BBC 032
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Rahim Fazal

Speaker bio: Rahim Fazal

Rahim Fazal is a 4-time entrepreneur, and co-founder of SVAcademy, a career accelerator for students looking for business development jobs after college. Prior to that, Rahim was the co-founder of Involver (acquired by Oracle), a social media marketing platform used by more than one million companies and many Fortune 500 brands. Rahim was honored at The White House with an Empact 100 Award by Startup America and The Kauffman Foundation. He's been named one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in America by Inc Magazine, one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the San Francisco Business Times, and one of the Top 25 Digital Thought-Leaders by iMedia. 

When: Monday, February 19, 2018
Topic:  Turning your product into a successful company: the importance of great UX Design
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Alfonso de la Nuez

Speaker bio: 
Alfonso de la Nuez
SJSU alumnus, Alfonso de la Nuez, is Founder and CEO of UserZoom. He has over 20 years experience in the Digital Marketing industry, including Ecommerce, Web Design and Development, Web Project Management, User Experience Design, and Usability Testing. He has worked for leading brands such as Dell Computers and Icon Medialab. After 5 years with hands on experience in the Digital Marketing industry, he co-founded a User Experience consultancy (Xperience Consulting) and in parallel, a SaaS business (UserZoom) where he currently serves as CEO. UserZoom was bootstrapped out of Spain 10 years ago, received $34M in funding in 2015, and is targeting $25M in revenue in 2018.

Alfonso is passionate about his family, Entrepreneurship, Go-to-Market Strategy, beautifully designed products, Basketball and Formula 1 racing.

Alfonso was born in Milan, Italy, and grew up in Madrid, Spain. He earned a Bachelors degree in International Business from San Jose State University.


SVCE Event Calendar - Fall 2017

When: October 16, 2017
Topic: Innovating digital education: The simple habits that make math and science “geniuses”
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Sue Khim

Speaker bio: 

Sue KhimSue Khim is the Founder and CEO of Brilliant ( Brilliant helps you excel in math and science. On Brilliant, you can master concepts through examples and problems contributed by a community of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. Over 1 million people use Brilliant every month. In 2012, Sue was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in education. In 2013, she gave a TEDx talk about how Brilliant can change the world. 


When: September 18, 2017

Topic:  Innovation, Disruption, and Groundbreaking
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn

Speaker Bio: 
SJSU alumnus Raymond D. "Ray" Zinn is an inventor, entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley's longest serving CEO.

Ray is best known for conceptualizing and inventing the Wafer Stepper and co-founding Micrel Corporation (acquired by Microchip in 2015). He served as Micrel's Chief Executive Officer, Chairman & President between 1978-2015. Ray holds over 20 patents for semiconductor design. He is a prolific writer of blog posts and journal articles, and author of Tough Things First, published by McGraw Hill Education in 2015.

Ray earned a BS in Industrial Management from Brigham Young University and an MS in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

SVCE Event Calendar – SPRING 2017

Values-Driven Leadership in Entrepreneurial Success
Monday, April 24 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Student Union Ballroom SJSU Campus


Ricahrd ConnittRichard Conniff, former President/CEO of Focus Business Bank, a community-based bank opened in 2007. Previously, Mr. Coniff was President/COO of Heritage Commerce Corporation, a bank holding company. He is a member of the Lucas College of Business Global Leadership Council and former member of the Business Alumni Association as well as College of Business Distinguished Alumnus, 2003. He received his BS in Business from CSU Long Beach and his MBA from San José State. He and is wife, Sandi, are the founders of the College of Business Alumni Association Speaker series.

Jay FulcherJay Fulcher, CEO of Zenefits. He has over 20 years of experience in leading both public and private technology companies where he has built dynamic, successful organizations and created new market segments. Previously, Jay served as President & CEO of Ooyala, President & CEO of Agile Software, EVP at Peoplesoft and VP at SAP. Jay has co-founded and launched many early stage start-ups. He is an alumnus of San Jose State University where he is a member of the Global Leadership Council for the Lucas Graduate School and College of Business.





Reshma NigamReshma Nigam, Founder & CEO, Markable Solutions, a digital marketing company. Prior to that, she was co-founder and 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. 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.


Anu BasuDr. Anu Basu is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the School of Global Innovation & Leadership, Lucas College & Graduate School of Business, and Director, Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship, at SJSU. Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, immigrant and global entrepreneurship. She received MPhil and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK, an MBA from IIM Calcutta, India, and a BA (Honors) degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India. Before joining academia, Dr. Basu worked on the international management staff of Bank of America in India and the UK. 





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Startup Nation Tech Fair - Co-hosted by the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship

Tuesday March 14th
Student Union Ballroom

6:00pm-7:30pm: Panel discussion with Israeli entrepreneurs based in Silicon Valley.

Panelists include: 
Zohar Alon, Founder & CEO, Dome 9 Security, 
Lior Koriat, CEO, Quali 
Doron Reuveni, co-founder & CEO, Applause
Moshik Raccah, co-founder and CEO of Silo    

 7:30-9:00pm: Tech Fair to connect entrepreneurs with students seeking internship opportunities.

Company Bios (PDF)

When: February 20, 2017
Topic: Five Lessons for Launching Your First Startup in Silicon Valley
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater (Ground Floor)
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Rahim Fazal, serial entrepreneur 

Rahim Fazal

Speaker bio: 
Rahim Fazal is a 4-time entrepreneur, and co-founder of SVAcademy, a career accelerator for students looking for business development jobs after college. Prior to that, Rahim was the co-founder of Involver (acquired by Oracle), a social media marketing platform used by more than one million companies and many Fortune 500 brands. Rahim was honored at The White House with an Empact 100 Award by Startup America and The Kauffman Foundation. He's been named one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in America by Inc Magazine, one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the San Francisco Business Times, and one of the Top 25 Digital Thought-Leaders by iMedia.