We connect people and organizations from around the world to the knowledge and networks of Silicon Valley.
We facilitate connections and provide resources for entrepreneurs and innovators to build and grow a successful company.
Our events, customized programs, Startupedia, and strategic partnerships provide the necessary tools to thrive in today’s fast-paced digital economy.
The Silicon Valley Forum team - connect with us!
Denyse CardozoCEO and President
Our Chief Almighty drives the organization’s vision, strategy, and innovating future growth opportunities through strategic partnerships and programs. When she’s not thinking of new strategies or creative ways of making things better (she can’t help it!), you can find her driving the coast listening to Bob Dylan, or snuggling on the couch with her sweet terrier Quincy and eating Haagen Dazs ice cream.
Nick SramekDirector of International Relations
Nick focuses on building and cultivating valuable and sustainable partnerships with international organizations that are looking to strengthen their ties to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. He oversees a key area of the business that’s slated to drive future growth, focusing on expansion into global markets. When he's not on email, he's enjoying the great outdoors in the Bay Area and beyond.
Shubham SinglaUniversity Programs Manager
Shubham supports our university program efforts with the launch of a two-week program, the Silicon Valley Start-UP program, for students who are looking to launch their entrepreneurial ideas. A recent Berkeley grad, Shubham is passionate about entrepreneurship, especially for young internationals looking to build in Silicon Valley—ask him anything!
Krystina TranExecutive Assistant and Office Manager
Krystina’s role is an invaluable force in the organization. Her mighty force couldn't be further from mousy. She not only manages the office logistics and calendar, but she is the CEO's right hand woman. Krystina keeps the SVF engines running 24/7. She is also the co-producer of our annual Women in Tech Festival. Don't let the tiny voice fool you—she has a lot to say and will definitely let you know!
Drew ClarkEvent Production Manager
Drew has extensive background in producing small and large scale events that has built him a reputation that implies quality work. In his role, he spearheads our partner programs and larger conferences ensuring every detail is covered. Drew prides himself on his ability to provide creative input on design, managing logistics, and building a great rapport with our partner companies. His other passions include cooking, gold jewelry, and documenting his exploits via an impeccably curated Instagram account.
Micaela YoumansDirector of Communications
Micaela is second-in-command, leading the overall communication strategy and overseeing the day-to-day execution of SVF’s initiatives. Additionally, she creates unique designs and branding for each event, and leads our digital media strategy to amplify our story and activities as we grow our local and global community. She specializes in half-done craft projects, movie references, and forgetting to go to yoga.
Sebastian WendellMedia Production Specialist
Sebastian has a diverse video production background ranging from helping small businesses produce web videos to TV commercials for larger companies. He is the force behind our online video content; filming and editing of all the videos you find on our Startupedia page and company website. He's a big fan of hockey and craft beer—and when the two go together, even better!
Patrick FroehlichInternational Programs Manager
Patrick has a diverse international backround in both public and private sectors. As manager of international programs, his main role is to execute our pipeline of international startup and corporate programs and help identify strategic global business opportunities. He's fluent in 5 languages and in his spare time loves to write and record music as well as hike the vast Bay Area trails (rain or shine).
Erin FergusonMarketing and Special Projects Manager
Erin is the "voice" of Silicon Valley Forum—she leads our marketing efforts and helps plan and implement our social media strategy for our 40+ yearly events and initiatives. She also runs our videos, webinars, interviews, and special projects, including new content for Startupedia. In her spare time, you'll find her hanging with her family—especially her two awesome boys!
Eilev HaukaasInternational Relations Intern
Eilev holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics. He operated as Head of Program and Board Member of the NHH Symposium 2017 - the biggest volunteering student run business conference in Europe. At SVF, Eilev is working side by side with our International Relations team on our Cities of Tomorrow and Seeds of our Future immersion programs.
As CEO, Denyse drives the vision, goals, and strategy for Silicon Valley Forum, overseeing more than 70 events per year for the global technology and startup community - everything from customized immersion programs, workshops, bootcamps, to large conferences, pitch events, and evening programs with strategic partners.
Mike Torosian, Partner at Pillsbury, acts as general outside counsel to companies across all phases of their life cycle, particularly in the technology, renewable energy and life sciences industries. He represents emerging companies and investors in financings at all stages.
Lauren is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where she practices corporate and securities law, representing companies at all stages of their life cycle, from start-ups to mature public companies, as well as venture capital firms and other institutional investors.
Kevin Surace is an American technology innovator, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Appvance, creator of an AI-based software QA platform. He was Inc. Magazine’s 2009 entrepreneur of the Year.
Debra has more than 25 years of leadership at innovative high-tech companies, including Apple, Sun, and eBay. Her experience in business development and strategy is enhanced by connections to the VC and startup communities in Silicon Valley.
Chris is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Airbnb in record time. As a writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris has had a ringside seat in the world of startups and scaleups since 1995.
Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries, and she brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies.
Become a sponsor of one of our larger conference and gain publicity and visibility as an industry leader in the space. You will be promoted in all marketing materials inclduing website, email, social media, videos, photos and on-site program. We see our sponsors as valuable partners for our conferences so submit this form and we will be in touch.