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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

 

Schedule

Friday

Feb 28
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Mar 1
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Mar 2
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… SIGN UP FOR COACHING
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging
  • Awards & Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Larry Roshfeld

LinkedIn

Larry is a "Product Guy", with 20+ years of experience in business strategy, product development, marketing and sales of software products into global markets. Larry earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (with minors in German Literature, Philosophy and Psychology) from Clark University and a Master's degree in Counseling & Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.

Larry started his career as a programmer for a startup founded by 2 Harvard professors (it sounds better than it was). Larry then joined Lotus Development, where he served in a number of business and technical management roles within Lotus. After Lotus was acquired by IBM, Larry lead a skunk works that built the first Java applets for browsers. After a few painful years in big companies, Larry returned to the startup world.

Larry joined Riverbed Technologies, which built synchronization and management software for mobile devices. Riverbed was sold to Aether Systems (a pioneer in wireless and one time “Wall Street Darling”) for approximately $1billion in stock. Larry learned first-hand why cash is better than stock.

Since then, Larry has been an executive or founder of a number of startups (some successful, so not), including Approva, CorasWorks, CivicUS and Sonatype. He is now in the process of building and raising financing for a new startup that he isn’t talking about publicly. In his free time, Larry is a regular platelet donor for the Red Cross, and helps run a number of volunteer projects that support Breast Cancer charities, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Coaches

John Berryman

Data Wrangler

Coming from a background of Aerospace Engineering, John soon discovered that his true interest lay at the intersections of technology and entrepreneurship and math. In early 2011, John stepped away from his day job to take up software consulting. At Opensource Connections John provided search and BigData consultation for large enterprises. Highlights include prototyping the future of search with the US Patent and Trademark Office, implementing the search syntax used by patent examiners, and integrating semantic search into Solr search engine. These days John is trying his hand at product development at VividCortex.

Andrew Montalenti

CTO   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Co-founder & CTO of Parse.ly, the content performance authority.

I'm a hacker with a broad background in languages, toolkits, and platforms. Special depth of knowledge in Python, Javascript, Java, and C (in that order). The main enemy of my productivity is multi-tasking. My allies in productivity are dynamic languages, frameworks, idioms, and UNIX tools. My favorite design pattern is "Interpreter." I believe in thinking before coding. You might call it thought-driven development.

My favorite technologies: Python

Craig Honick

LinkedIn

Craig Honick is the managing partner of metro tribal (metrotribal.com), a social research and consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations acquire and retain customers by building social tribes around their products and offerings. A former university-based researcher, business professor and technology start-up entrepreneur, he has been consulting to businesses, small and large, as well as educational institutions, non-profits, professional associations, and government agencies for 20 years.

Larry Roshfeld

LinkedIn

Larry is a "Product Guy", with 20+ years of experience in business strategy, product development, marketing and sales of software products into global markets. Larry earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (with minors in German Literature, Philosophy and Psychology) from Clark University and a Master's degree in Counseling & Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.

Larry started his career as a programmer for a startup founded by 2 Harvard professors (it sounds better than it was). Larry then joined Lotus Development, where he served in a number of business and technical management roles within Lotus. After Lotus was acquired by IBM, Larry lead a skunk works that built the first Java applets for browsers. After a few painful years in big companies, Larry returned to the startup world.

Larry joined Riverbed Technologies, which built synchronization and management software for mobile devices. Riverbed was sold to Aether Systems (a pioneer in wireless and one time “Wall Street Darling”) for approximately $1billion in stock. Larry learned first-hand why cash is better than stock.

Since then, Larry has been an executive or founder of a number of startups (some successful, so not), including Approva, CorasWorks, CivicUS and Sonatype. He is now in the process of building and raising financing for a new startup that he isn’t talking about publicly. In his free time, Larry is a regular platelet donor for the Red Cross, and helps run a number of volunteer projects that support Breast Cancer charities, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Debra McMahon

President and CEO

DEBRA MCMAHON, PhD is the President and CEO of Scitent, Inc, based in Charlottesville, VA. Deb received a BS in Biology, PhD in Pathology, and completed postdoctoral training in Hemostasis and Thrombosis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon completion of her postdoc, Deb left academic research and focused on medical writing, editing, and instructional design. Deb started with Scitent in 1997 and has been the CEO since 2005. Along with her work at Scitent, Deb is active in the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) where she currently serves as the Membership Committee Chair.

Debra has also served as a member of the Professional Development Committee, Task Force for Product Development and Evaluation, and the Advisory Board for Strategic Collaboration for the ACEHP. She is active in the entrepreneurial community as well and has served as Chair for the Charlottesville Venture Group, as a Board Member and Secretary for the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau, and as a Board Member for the former Business Growth Network. Deb is also involved in the in the local community, serving as a past Chair and current Board Member for the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville.

Judges

Jim Cheng

Past-Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia

From 2010 to 2014, Jim Cheng was Secretary of Commerce & Trade, managing the jobs and opportunity agenda for Virginia. In this role, Secretary Cheng oversaw thirteen state agencies focused on promoting the growth of Virginia’s vibrant business community and attracting new investment into Virginia’s economy. Secretary Cheng has over 20 years of experience in information technology and government contracting, and is active in angel investment and early stage entrepreneurial ventures of various types. He was most recently the President of Totus Lighting Solutions, a startup efficient-energy firm, and mentored several emerging companies.

From 1994-2005, Secretary Cheng was founder and CEO of CHM, a government contracting company specializing in Information Technology, which he grew from a staff of 5 people to 550 and $90M in revenue at the time of sale in 2005. In 1999, his company was named Virginia Business Magazine's fastest growing private company in Virginia and #12 fastest growing private US company in Inc Magazine's "Inc 500". In 2001, he was named SE Virginia's KPMG Entrepreneur of the year. From 1981-1994 at ECI, a government IT contracting firm, Secretary Cheng held various management and technical positions, rising to the position of Sr. Vice President of Marketing.

Secretary Cheng is active in the community and has served on the boards of non-profits, state-level and community organizations. He was a board member of the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority from 1999-2007, and is currently a Trustee of the Darden School Foundation at UVA, and a member of the ODU Education Foundation Board. Secretary Cheng holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, a MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business (UVA) and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Long-time residents of Virginia Beach, Jim and his wife, Jeanette, moved to Northern Virginia in the late 1990's, where they reside.

Kurt Wassenaar

Chairman and COO, VibeThink Corporation

Kurt Wassenaar is a serial entrepreneur and investor in technology start-up businesses. He is currently the Managing Member of Blue Springs Development which is engaged in portfolio management and development of new ventures and real estate assets. At the start of this year, and with partners, he has launched Clinical Information Sciences which provides online educational systems and clinical informatics tools for Evidence Based Medicine to the healthcare industry, and serves as it’s President and COO.

Mr Wassenaar was the co-founder and CEO of Medical Automation Systems which was the US market leader in clinical laboratory point of care data management and analytics, and co-founder and CEO of The Epsilon Group which commercialized the first “in-silico” computer simulation model for FDA clinical trials in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Both companies were sold to Alere Corporation in 2012. He is a co-founder of Vibethink Corporation, a digital media company, and currently serves as Chairman of its Board.

Prior to this, he was the CEO of Computational Diagnostics Corp. which commercialized the first non-invasive diagnostic test for detecting sepsis in neonates and co-founder and CEO of WSA Architecture Development PC. which provided design, engineering, and facilities development services for technology companies including Bell Atlantic, NASA, and Xenobiotic Laboratories. Kurt served as the Chief Architect for the University of Virginia Medical Center and as an Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of Research and Technology for the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Mr. Wassenaar is a practicing licensed Architect and holds a Master of Architecture [1977] and Bachelors of Science Degree [1974] from the University of Michigan with concentrations in Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Science.
Currently he serves is as the Chairman and COO for Vibethink Corporation, a new digital media and marketing startup in Charlottesville and also has an active real estate development and design practice. Kurt joined the Charlottesville community 30 years ago as the Chief Architect of the University of Virginia and taught as an Associate professor of Architecture, founder of the schools Computer Graphics and Technology laboratory, and served for 8 years as Director of Research and Technology for the school. He has an ongoing interest in the ways that technology and design can improve our lives and a deep love of investing in and building new technology based ventures.

Zach Buchner

CEO Retail Relay

Zach Buckner is an engineer and entrepreneur in Charlottesville VA, with an array of interests in freight, operations research, machine learning, text analytics, simulation, optimization, and computer architecture. He is the Founder and CEO of Relay, the former Vice President of Technology for Elder Research, Inc., and the inventor of a next-generation industrial sensor line at Visi-Trak Sensors, LLC.

Zach has undergratuate and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and is named as an inventor on an array of pending and awarded US and international patents, including two that are currently being licensed through the University of Virginia's Patent Foundation. In addition, he has won research and design awards from the University of Virginia and the University of California at Berkeley, with one of his designs being named one of the '40 Best Products of 2000' by Control Engineering magazine.

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