Silicon Valley Start-Up Program

Speakers and Mentors. More to be announced.

Deborah Magid

Deborah Magid Dir. Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

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.

Debra Brackeen

Debra Brackeen Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, CSAA Insurance Group

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.

Jitendra Kavathekar

Jitendra Kavathekar CEO & Managing Partner, Digital Sapience

Jitendra is a globally credentialed senior executive of companies from Fortune 500 to trail blazing startups as entrepreneur and business operator. He is an active investor and advisor to VC/PE fund.

Purnima Kochikar

Purnima Kochikar Director, Google Play, Apps and Games

Purnima has over 20 years of experience leading application development, marketing and technical-engineering management for startups and leading mobile companies.

Steve Goldberg

Steve Goldberg Operating Partner, Venrock

Operating Partner, Venrock

Leo Bley

Leo Bley Director, PwC

Leo develops PwC businesses, investments and opportunities with the venture ecosystem. He also advises investors, entrepreneurs and enterprises on innovation and disruptive opportunities.

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

Denyse drives the goals and strategy for Silicon Valley Forum, with continued growth into international markets and innovation. She has coached hundreds of startups through the SVF pitch nights and programs.

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh General Partner, Wasabi Ventures Global

Chris has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He is a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures, a global venture fund, startup incubator, and consulting firm. Chris is an active angel investor and startup advisor.

Tomasz Kolodziejak

Tomasz Kolodziejak Technology Strategy, Samsung

Tomasz has years of experience in business development, sales and partnerships at an early stage and mid-size startup, as well as B2B sales and partnerships experience with big hotel brands, major airlines, big public/private universities.

Kevin Surace

Kevin Surace CEO,

Kevin Surace is a technology innovator, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Appvance, and was Inc. Magazine’s 2009 entrepreneur of the Year. Kevin has been recognized multiple times as an innovator and a technology pioneer.

Michael Torosian

Michael Torosian Partner, Pillsbury Law

Mike guides emerging companies at all stages. He represents private companies, publicly traded companies, VC firms and investment banks in the high tech, renewable energy & life sciences industries.

Tom Kosnik

Tom Kosnik Partner, FoundersX Ventures

Partner at FoundersX Ventures, a VC firm focused on ventures using AI to disrupt different industries. Tom's target vertical markets are Creative Industries (publishing, media, movies, music, fashion etc.) and Fintech. He is a Co-author (2014) of Gear Up: Test Your Business Model Potential and Plan your Path to Success. He Co-Founded GELI which helps Gen Z entrepreneurs, He has been an Adjunct Professor at Stanford Department of MS&E from 1990-2018, He was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School from 1985-89, and launched HBS’s Entrepreneurial Marketing course in 1995-97.

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