Silicon Valley Start-Up Program

2019 Speakers and Mentors

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh VP of Marketing, PBWorks

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.

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.

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, Appvance.ai

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

Michael 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.

Jonathan Baer

Jonathan Baer Managing Partner, Stonehearth Ventures

Michelle Messina

Michelle Messina CEO & Founder, Explora International

Rachel Gabato

Rachel Gabato COO, Ripe.io

Pushpa Ithal

Pushpa Ithal Founder & CEO, MarketBeam

Brigette Iarrusso

Brigette Iarrusso Leadership Instructor, UC Berkeley

Scott Aramanini

Scott Aramanini Venture Partner, Startup Advisor (ex-Accenture Ventures; Microsoft; Co-Founder, Avanade; Angel @Bloomlife)

John Stanton

John Stanton General Partner, SVG Ventures

Jody Vandegriff

Jody Vandegriff Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor, Founder of WebDAM

BeiBei Song

BeiBei Song Innovation Coach & Course Facilitator, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Peter Mullen

Peter Mullen Strategic Partnerships, SaaStr & Mentor, Alchemist Accelerator

Gail Christine Gannon

Gail Christine Gannon Managing Director, WaveEdge Capital

Keith Kline

Keith Kline President, The Kline Law Firm

Naeem Zafar

Naeem Zafar CoFounder and CEO, TeleSense

Brett Yokom

Brett Yokom International Business Instructor, UC Berkeley Extension

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