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Wednesday, October 23


Opening Ceremony
Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:00am - 10:05am
Stage E


Fireside Chat: Forget the VC’s; How to CrowdFund Your Idea and Raise Millions - Nick Evans, CEO, Tile
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Hamish McKenzie

Reporter, PandoDaily
Hamish McKenzie is a Baltimore-based reporter for PandoDaily who covers media, politics, and international startups. He wrote an ebook called "Beta China: The Dawn of an Innovation Generation."

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Nick Evans

CEO, Tile (thetileapp.com)
Nick Evans is the CEO and co-founder of Tile, one of the fastest growing hardware startups in Silicon Valley. Tile is a Bluetooth Low Energy device that will help you to never lose anything again. Just attach your Tile to your favorite possession and quickly find it with the Tile app on your phone. Nick and his team ran the most successful Selfstarter campaign ever with Tile raising $2.68 million in the first month. Prior to launching the Tile... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:05am - 10:20am
Stage E


The Rise of the Hardware Startup
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Volker Heistermann

Managing Director, Yushan Ventures
Prior to founding Yushan Ventures, Volker was VP at Rutberg & Co., a boutique investment bank. Previously, Volker was at Google, focused on the German search engine market. Prior to Google he was Manager of Market Intelligence at IDG. | | As angel investor, entrepreneur, and manager at Fortune 100 company AT&T, Volker has been involved in the mobile and wireless space during his 15 years in Silicon Valley and most recently in Taiwan... Read More →

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Chris Bruce

Founder & CEO, Sproutling
Chris Bruce is the Founder and CEO of Sproutling, a startup raising parenting IQ through seamless technology that delivers smart insights about children. Chris is a parent, entrepreneur, and kid at heart committed to making family life more fun. Prior to Sproutling, he built the mobile platforms for One Medical Group and WellnessFX. Chris started Sproutling as a meaningful endeavor to focus on taking the worry out of parenting, so that families... Read More →
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Sridhar Iyengar

Founder, Misfit Wearables
Sridhar is the founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products, including the award-winning Shine, an elegant activity monitor. He also founded and served as CTO of AgaMatrix, a blood glucose monitoring company that made the world’s first hardware medical device to connect directly to the iPhone, winning both the Red Dot and GOOD Design Awards. He built AgaMatrix from a two-person start-up to shipping 15... Read More →
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Zach Supalla

Founder and CEO, Spark
Zach Supalla is an entrepreneur, a Maker, and a designer. He is the founder and CEO of Spark, a start-up that's making it easier to build internet-connected hardware. Zach juggles hardware design, front-end software development, and leading his team through the trials and tribulations of a hardware start-up. | | Zach is a graduate of HAXLR8R, the only incubator for hardware start-ups that will teach you to order bubble tea in perfect... Read More →
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George Yu

CEO, Variable, Inc
Dr. George Yu is the founder and CEO of Variable, Inc, developer of the NODE modular wireless sensor platform. His fascination with comprehending the world around him began in childhood when he disassembled his toys and keenly observed nature. Born in China, Dr. Yu emigrated to Houston, Texas at age 11 and his fascination with technology took him to NASA as an intern during high school. Upon graduating Georgia Tech with a Ph.D. in electrical... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:20am - 10:50am
Stage E


Startup Competition
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Ash Fontana

VP Business & Product Development, AngelList
Ash Fontana leads fundraising products at AngelList that drive more than $50M per month to startups through online investing, syndicates, funds and matchmaking. Previously, Ash co-founded and sold Founders Fund-backed Topguest, a company that built marketing technology for the biggest hotel (IHG), airline (United) and gaming (Ceasars) companies in the world. Professionally, Ash was the top-ranked analyst in private equity, investment banking... Read More →
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Timothy Lee

Partner, Sequoia Capital
Tim Lee is a partner at Sequoia Capital with a focus on early stage mobile and internet companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2009, Tim worked at Google where he managed European marketing and product launch strategy. While at Google, he also founded the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Earlier, Tim worked at McKinsey & Company in London and at microprocessor IP company, ARM, in Cambridge UK. Tim has a Bachelors and a Masters in... Read More →
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Ming Yuan Li

VP, Baidu Inc.
Mingyuan Li is vice president of Baidu INC. Mingyuan graduated from Communication University of China with a Bachelor of Arts. He also holds an MBA degree from CEIBS. Mingyuan joined Baidu in 2004 as intern. He was the first product manager of Tieba, which was the biggest and most popular online community in China. He also led the design and development of Zhidao and Baike. He was promoted to senior product marketing manager when he was 22... Read More →
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Garry Tan

Partner, Y Combinator
Garry Tan is a partner at Y Combinator, the top early stage incubator that has funded over 560 startups with a total valuation of over $11.6B since 2005. He was cofounder of Posterous, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2008 and acquired by Twitter in 2012. Before that he was employee #10 at Palantir, where he was a founding member of the engineering team for Palantir Finance, and also designed Palantir's logo. He has a BS in computer systems... Read More →
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Richard Wong

Partner, Accel Partners
Richard joined Accel in 2006.He invests in early and growth-stage companies across mobile, software, and internet sectors.Rich led Accel’s investment in Angry Birds and serves on the boards of Atlassian, HasOffers, SunRun, MoPub, Dealer.com, MobileSpaces, Qwilt, and Parature.Rich previously led Accel’s investment and served on the Board of Admob as well as 3LM.Rich sits on the Board of Directors of the MIT – Stanford Venture Lab, the MIT... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:50am - 12:30pm
Stage E


Lunch Break & Networking
Wednesday October 23, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Stage E


Presentation: Michael Callas, Head of Commercial Development, Vodafone
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Michael Callas

As an executive committed to innovation and fostering startups, Michael Callas leads Commercial Development for Vodafone xone.  His role includes operations, strategy, and identifying and managing the global partnerships that facilitate growth for Vodafone xone's incubated companies.   Before joining Vodafone xone, Michael was Chief Executive Officer for StepOne Ventures, a group dedicated to helping high-potential Spanish technology... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 1:30pm - 1:35pm
Stage E


G-Startup Top 2 Finalists Announcement
Wednesday October 23, 2013 1:35pm - 1:40pm
Stage E


Fireside Chat: David Lee, Founder & Managing Partner, SV Angel
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John Nahm

Managing Director, Strong Ventures
John has had a diverse career in the high-tech industry, the public sector and the finance world. As a Managing Director of Strong Ventures, John focuses on identifying, advising and investing in early stage startups both in Korea and the US leveraging his extensive network in the high-tech and finance industries. He is also a Managing Director of Oceans Partners and has advised many tech companies and startups in their global marketing... Read More →

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David Lee

Founder & Managing Partner, SV Angel
David Lee is the Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel, an angel fund with investments in companies such as Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, Flipboard, Dropbox and Airbnb. Prior to SV Angel, David was at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture firm. He was a founding member of Google’sNew Business Development team and led business development at StumbleUpon prior to its sale to eBay. He also was a corporate attorney at leading... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Stage E


Panel - Sell or Not Sell: The 1 Billion Dollar Dilemma
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Jack Jia

Founder, Trusper/Baynote/Interwoven; Partner, GSR Ventures; Angel Investor, GSR Ventures
Jack Jia focuses on investments in the Internet, wireless, and software sectors. | Prior to GSR, Jack is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Baynote, Inc., a software innovator that develops recommendation and search technology for the adaptive web.  | Prior to Baynote, Jack was Senior Vice President and founding CTO of Interwoven Inc. (NASDAQ IWOV, now Autonomy). He also holds more than twenty technology patents. | Jack is a board member and... Read More →

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Jeff Fluhr

CEO & Co-Founder, Spreecast
Jeff is a co-founder and CEO of Spreecast, the social video platform that connects people through video conversation. He is also a co-founder of StubHub, where he served as CEO from inception until its acquisition by eBay in 2007. Jeff sits on the board of or is an advisor to several consumer-oriented internet and mobile companies. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership, San Francisco... Read More →
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Mark Johnson

CEO, Zite
Mark Johnson is CEO of Zite, the application that makes you smarter and helps you find interesting content about your personal passions. Mark was an advisor to Zite for almost two years prior to taking the CEO role and was instrumental in the pivot from Worio to Zite. He brings a strong product and technology background with experience at several successful search startups: Powerset (natural language search, acquired by Microsoft), Kosmix... Read More →
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Jenny Lee

Partner, GGV Capital
A Partner at GGV Capital, Jenny joined the firm in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. Jenny’s areas of focus are on SAAS/Business Services and Internet/Digital Media companies. Jenny led GGV’s investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY (NASDAQ: YY) and successfully helped them go public in the last three years.  Jenny... Read More →
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Aydin Senkut

Felicis Ventures
Aydin founded Felicis Ventures in 2006, and now invests in companies across mobile, e-commerce, enterprise, education and health. His investments include Rovio, Shopify, Inkling, Practice Fusion and Clearslide. He has been named one of Businessweek’s top 25 tech angels, and a top up-and-coming VC by Forbes’ Midas List.  | | Aydin was Google’s first Product Manager, helping to launch its first 10 international sites in... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Stage E


Panel: Startups Going Global, Challenging Giants
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Mark Milian

Tech Writer/Editor, Bloomberg
Mark Milian was named writer and editor for Bloomberg News in March 2012. Based in Bloomberg's San Francisco bureau, he's an editor for Bloomberg Global Tech, and also covers large technology companies and startups for Bloomberg Businessweek. | | Prior to joining Bloomberg, Milian served as tech writer for CNN since 2010. From 2008 to 2010, he was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and reviewed consumer electronics and software for the... Read More →

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Sid Bhatt

CEO, Aarki
Sid is defining his vision to bring joyful mobile ad experiences that bridge the gap between brands, consumers, and premium publishers globally. Under his leadership, Aarki has set the benchmark for innovation in rich media mobile advertising with its diverse ad platform and rich media technology. Prior to Aarki, Sid was in Business Development at Mint.com, which delivered users their financial life, all in one place. Outside of the start up... Read More →
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Wei Deng

COO, Weeby and Game Closure
Wei Deng graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School with a JD and practiced law at one of the world's best law firms. She then spent a year in investment banking, overseeing large deals. She joined Game Closure as a product manager last February, and has since moved into the COO role, handling all of operations, and at times being involved in strategy, product and business development. She's currently the COO of... Read More →
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David Tang

Managing Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
David brings has more than 20 years of global and Chinese operational experience in the IT industry. David has managed businesses of various sizes up to yearly revenue of US$7 billion and is well known in the Chinese venture community as an advisor to leading mobile businesses such as UCWeb and Ganji. Prior to joining NGP, David was the Corporate Senior Vice President and President of AMD Greater China. From... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Stage E


"The Changing Face of Startup Fundraising: New SEC Regulations, Angel Syndicates and Crowdfunding" - Fireside Chat with Dave McClure, Founding Partner at 500 Startups
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Barrett Parkman

President at GWC US, Co-Producer at GMIC
Barrett is passionate about the power of technology to overcome borders, cultures and governments in order to empower the billions to improve their own lives. With this passion, he and his partners built GWC, a business with the mission of building connections and trust among mobile industry leaders and innovators around the world in order to make business easier and improve the world through innovation. To that end, Barrett has become a key... Read More →

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Dave McClure

MP, 500 Startups
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 3:35pm - 3:55pm
Stage E


Closing Ceremony - Vote of Thanks
Wednesday October 23, 2013 3:55pm - 4:00pm
Stage E





GMIC Official After Party: Nerd Fest at Temple

Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:00pm - 12:00am
Temple 540 Howard St, San Francisco