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Paige Craig Will Kassoy Anke Audenaert Leslie Berestein-Rojas
Bryan Berkett Reuben Berman Trent Bigelow Giang Biscan
Bernie Brenner Bhagwan Chowhry Jerry Cohen Anh Do
Shahin Farshchi Susan Feldman Brian Flucht Anthony Flynn
Ed Fu David Gross Ronnie Gul Craig Gunther
Paul Habibi Aaron Hirschhorn David Jones Tony Karrer
Mark Kleger-Heine Laura Kofoid Marco Lucioni Rene Lynch
Lee Maen Kevin McCarney Jake Neuberg Erik Oberholtzer
Elizabeth Osder TK Pillan Alison Pincus Jordan Ramer
Estelle Reyes Jeff Scheinrock Tom Schumacher Grant Simmons
Seph Skerritt Rick Smith Erik Steeb Anil Tammineedi
Jay Turo Will Yelles Caprice Young

 

Paige Craig - BetterWorks Session
Paige Craig has quite the non-traditional career path. He is now the CEO & cofounder of startup BetterWorks and an angel investor with forty deals under his belt. Prior to this, Paige grew up in Sacramento, was recruited to West Point in 1992, dropped out in his last year and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He worked in the intelligence and counter-terrorism community until 2003 when he drove into Baghdad and launched the Lincoln Group, a PR startup in post-war Iraq. In 2007 he "retired", traveled the world and moved to LA in late 2008 to start his career as an "Adrenaline Fueled Angel". Two years and forty companies later he joined forces with early creators of Zynga and PayPal to "Make Work Rewarding!" He loves entrepreneurs, outdoor adventure and foreign travel.

9:00 - 10:00 | Opening Keynote

 
Will Kassoy - Jirbo Session
Will Kassoy has over 20 years entertainment and brand management experience and has recently been named CEO of Jirbo.

Beforehand, he served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth at Activision Blizzard. In this role, Mr. Kassoy developed the company’s emerging platform strategy including platforms such as Facebook, mobile, tablets and Internet Enabled TV. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management for Activision Publishing, leading Activision’s marketing organization inclusive of global brand management, research, marketing communications and business development. In this role, he held global P&L responsibility and set long term product and marketing plans for the biggest games in interactive entertainment including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk.

Before joining Activision, Mr. Kassoy was employed by The Walt Disney Company – Disney Consumer Products where he held leadership positions in various business units including Disney Interactive, Disney Publishing and Consumer Products. Before joining Disney, Mr. Kassoy worked in Paris, France as a consultant for a firm specializing in artificial intelligence and expert systems and he began his career at Capitol Records/EMI in Hollywood, CA.

Mr. Kassoy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Business from the University of California Los Angeles.

16:00 - 17:00 | Closing Keynote

 
Anke Audenaert - Jump-Time Session
Anke Audenaert is an internet industry veteran, known for developing consumer insights driven business strategies, based on in-depth analysis and understanding of web analytics. Anke has extensive experience in both the internet and the packaged goods industry.

Audenaert is a co-founder of Jump-Time Inc., a consulting practice specializing in internet audience management and optimization based on web analytics.

Before Jump-Time, Audenaert was an executive at Yahoo! For eight years. She was the vice president of global market research for six years, and most recently, the vice president of content optimization, responsible for optimizing traffic flow to maximize the monetization and the user engagement for Yahoo!’s media properties.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Audenaert was the consumer research manager for Unilever and worked in the company’s United States, United Kingdom and Netherlands offices. She also worked as a researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven on research projects for the European Commission.

Audenaert’s work has been published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at several business schools around the country. Audenaert holds a M.A. magna cum laude in psychology and consumer behavior and a B.A. cum laude in psychology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

2:00 - 3:00 | Retail and Mass Customization

 
Leslie Berestein-Rojas - NPR's SoCal Blog, Multi-American Session
Leslie Berestein Rojas is the curator for Multi-American, an NPR website exploring the expanding and evolving the definition of "American" in Southern California. The site is part of a partnership between Southern California Public Radio and NPR experimenting with filling the gaps left in news coverage by a shrinking media industry. Leslie is an award-winning journalist with several years’ experience reporting on immigration issues.

Leslie most recently covered immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border for the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has retraced the steps of migrants along desert smuggling trails, investigated immigrant detention contractors, and told the stories of families left behind in Mexico’s migrant-sending towns. A native of Cuba raised in Los Angeles, Leslie has also written for Time, People, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. She has reported from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

11:30 - 12:30 | The New Local News

 
Bryan Berkett - BT Real Estate Group Session
Bryan is a Principal at BT Real Estate Group and is a graduate of UCLA Anderson.

10:15 - 11:15 | Real Estate

 
Reuben Berman - Entrada Partners Session
Reuben Berman is the founder of Entrada Partners, a full service real estate investment and advisory firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Entrada's current portfolio consists of over $50 million of commercial properties. Before founding Entrada Partners, Reuben worked in the acquisitions and development group at Kor Realty Group, a Los Angeles based real estate firm focused on apartments, condominiums, boutique hotels and resorts. At Kor, Reuben led the acquisition and disposition of $330 million worth of multifamily properties. Prior to Kor, Reuben worked at AEW Capital Management, a real estate pension fund advisor with $32 billion of assets under management. At AEW, Reuben worked with Joint Venture operating partners to acquire over $500 million of commercial real estate, sell a $615 million portfolio of office buildings to Arden Realty, negotiate debt facilities and underwrite numerous other investment opportunities. Prior to joining AEW, he worked at Wells Fargo Bank's Real Estate Group underwriting construction loans and borrowers for new real estate developments. Reuben earned a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley as well as an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

10:15 - 11:15 | Real Estate

 
Trent Bigelow - 1CleanEnergy Session
Trent is a Partner with 1CleanEnergy, focusing on early identification of breakthrough cleantech ventures in the US and Europe. He is an experienced brand manager, drawing upon his tenure in the sustainability and high technology spaces, Trent brings an attentive eye for evaluating strategic investment opportunities for 1CE's clients.

Trent previously served as Vice President for Sustainability at WindStream Technologies, a microwind turbine manufacturer. Prior to that, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for greenhouse gas emissions management firm Climate Clean in Portland. Trent began his career at Hewlett-Packard Company within its New Business Creation Unit, subsequently founding a social networking startup in 2004.

Trent also brings extensive international business experience, including serving as a new ventures advisor to a private equity fund in Hong Kong on sustainability issues. Trent is an active advocate for The Climate Project, the Open Source Green Vehicle Project, and the Grameen Foundation’s Bankers Without Borders.

Trent serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Peking University Innovation Education Research Institute. He is a self-styled, "creative capitalist," investing in ventures by advising founders on early brand development and strategic positioning. Also, Trent advises Korean companies operating in the US at K/Soar, where he serves as a Partner.

11:30 - 12:30 | Cleantech

 
Giang Biscan - TheStartupAngel.com Session
Giang Biscan, PhD. is the Founder of TheStartupAngel.com (previously AsAble.com) and Producer of Mixergy.com. TheStartupAngel works with early-staged technology startups to help providing exposures, contacts with series-A investors and network with other entrepreneurs. Mixergy.com is a daily online video interviews of successful entrepreneurs, such as Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Tony Hseih (Zappos) and G Chahal (Blue Lithium).

11:30 - 12:30 | The New Local News

 
Bernie Brenner - TRUECar.com Session
Bernie Brenner enjoys the development of new businesses and markets and has spent most of his career incubating ideas into venture-backed companies.

Currently, Mr. Brenner is a founding partner and the Chief Strategy Officer of TRUECar.com. TRUECar is an automotive solutions innovator focused on changing how cars are sold. Brenner has led TRUECar's business development efforts which were critical to the company's go-to-market strategy. Focusing on large consumer brand partnerships to private-label and distribute an auto buying solution, Brenner and his team have secured more than 60 strategic partnerships including USAA, American Express, Consumer Reports, Geico, Nationwide, eBay, AOL, Bank of America, and AAA.

Prior to TRUECar, Mr. Brenner was a Sr. Executive at CARFAX where he established the company's Business Development department and manged every third-party relationship for the company. These partnerships included 26 car manufacturers, Autotrader.com, Cars.com, Kelley Blue Book, and Edmunds.com.

As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Brenner was the Founder and CEO of PromiseMark, Inc., a venture-backed company that pioneered identity theft protection which he sold to a multi-billion dollar credit reporting agency in 2003.

Mr. Brenner resides in Santa Monica, CA with his wife and three children.

11:30 - 12:30 | Case Studies in Success: Using strategic partnerships and business development to dominate your market

 
Bhagwan Chowhry - UCLA Anderson Session
"Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry is a Professor of Finance and Faculty Director at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His research interests are in International Finance, Corporate Finance and Strategy. Microfinance has been his recent teaching, research and applied interest. He has developed a new model for ""Franchising Microfinance"" on which he has written a research paper and is studying the feasibility of implementing the model with a Microfinance Institution. Professor Chowdhry has recently proposed a Financial Access at Birth (FAB) Campaign in which every child born in the world is given an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account to guarantee that everyone in the world will have access to financial services in a few decades.

Professor Chowdhry has also taught at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Indian School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He also has an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology. "

10:15 - 11:15 | Microfinance

 
Jerry Cohen - Opteris Session
Mr. Cohen has an entrepreneurial background and 6 years of general management experience. In 2000, he founded an IT consulting firm that specialized in the financial services industry where he developed Internet-based financial platforms. Meanwhile, he has held several general management positions, including one as the Director of Operations for a national real estate development company. Recently, he completed his MBA with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business at USC where he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He also has a bachelor's degree in Business Economics from UCLA.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
Anh Do - Spot.Us Session
Anh Do is managing editor of LA.Spot.Us, a community-powered reporting project in partnership with USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Through the site, the public can commission investigations around Los Angeles, with multimedia content produced for print, broadcast, radio and online ventures. A second-generation journalist, Do also works as vice president for Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language publication in the United States, based in Southern California and founded by her father.

Do started her career at the Dallas Morning News and the Seattle Times before writing for the Orange County Register for 12 years, including a column on Asian affairs. Her reporting has taken her to England, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, India, Cuba, and 18 states in Mexico. Her work has been honored by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, the Asian American Journalists Association, the DART award for excellence in reporting on victims of violence and Freedom Newspapers’ Sweepstakes Award.

Do is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She has studied international relations at Regents College in London and Spanish at UNAM in Mexico City.

11:30 - 12:30 | The New Local News

 
Shahin Farshchi - Lux Capital Session
Shahin is a senior associate with Lux Capital, focusing on investments in semiconductor, wireless, and alternative energy technologies. Before joining Lux, Shahin held technical positions at General Motors and several Silicon Valley technology startups. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Computer Science with College of Engineering Honors from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.S. and Ph.D . degrees in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles. Shahin has also served as a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA department of Electrical Engineering. His graduate research on wireless biosignal telemetry has been published in over 10 IEEE conference proceedings and 3 IEEE journals. He has sourced Lux’s investments in Silicon Clocks (NASDAQ:SLAB) and SiBeam, in addition to assisting with Everspin and Luxtera, while supporting Lux’s remaining energy and semiconductor portfolio.

Shahin has been an invited speaker/panelist at a variety of Universities and organizations including the IEEE, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, UCI, the California Cleantech Initiative, Entretec, and the MIT Club of Silicon Valley. He also serves as an advisor to the Clean Energy for Green Industry fellowship program at UCLA.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
Susan Feldman - One Kings Lane Session
Susan Feldman is the co-founder and chief merchandising officer of One Kings Lane, the leading private online shopping destination for the home hailed by Fortune magazine as “silicon valley’s newest obsession.” In her role as Chief Marketing Officer, Feldman oversees all buying and merchandising and has created long-lasting relationships with top vendors, establishing One Kings Lane among industry insiders as the venue for the best of everything for the home. Feldman also serves as the company’s spokesperson, appearing recently on The Martha Stewart Show and at The Wall Street Journal’s “How I Built It” conference.

In addition to leading the buying group of 50 people--all of whom hail from some of the most respected home brands

Feldman also travels the world with fellow tastemakers to bring exciting and unique products to customers through the company’s specialized sales.

Prior to One Kings Lane, Feldman held executive positions at some of the most prestigious luxury and fashion brands, including Polo Ralph Lauren, where as vice president of sales for Polo Jeans, she was responsible for the sales and marketing of the women’s division. Previously, she was the president of sales at Lauren Ralph Lauren Sleepwear where she successfully launched the sleepwear line, greatly exceeding growth projections.

Feldman also has held executive positions at Warnaco/Authentic Fitness Corp., Ralph Lauren Swimwear, Liz Claiborne, and Cole of California. She began her career at Federated Department Stores, where she first developed her love for retail.

Feldman received her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School and her BA from Stanford University.

2:00 - 3:00 | Case Studies in Success: Series A Capital Raising with the Founders of One Kings Lane

 
Brian Flucht - Blade Partners Session
Successfully investing across the IT and Life Science domains for over 6 years, Brian’s experience spans seed to expansion stage venture capital. Joining Blade Ventures in its early stage, Brian focuses on building strong relationships with entrepreneurs and developing new investment opportunities. Brian also serves as a valuable resource for Blade’s portfolio, taking on interim operating and finance roles as needed. Prior to joining Blade Ventures in 2007, Brian worked with Shepherd Ventures, evaluating and supporting investments in early to mid-stage technology and life sciences companies. Prior to that, he held management and engineering positions within SAIC [NYSE: SAI] and the National Security Agency. Brian holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, with a specialization in corporate finance, and a degree in Material Science and Engineering, from Northwestern University.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
Anthony Flynn - YouBar Session
Anthony Flynn is the 27-year old founder and CEO of You Bar®, the first company to make custom nutrition bars, with expansion into custom protein shakes, trail mix, cereal and cookies. Anthony founded You Bar in May 2006 with Ava Bise, his mother and fellow snowboard instructor, because mass-produced commercial bars failed to meet their health and nutrition needs.

2:00 - 3:00 | Retail and Mass Customization

 
Ed Fu - Rustic Canyon Partners Session
Ed works with seed and early stage consumer web and clean technology companies. Prior to joining Rustic Canyon in 2010, Ed was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the Internet and software sectors. Before TCV, Ed worked at Jefferies & Company, where he advised technology startups, helping several grow from single digit revenue companies to successful publicly listed industry leaders. Ed grew up in a family of entrepreneurs in Taiwan, where he witnessed the rise of the technology industry by touring semiconductor fabs with his father. He discovered his passion for technology building computers from spare parts found in Taipei’s bustling electronic markets. These days, when not meeting with entrepreneurs, Ed can be found teaching business and finance classes to local small business owners, developing Facebook applications and iOS apps that have a market size of two users (him and his wife), and falling asleep every night to episodes of The Simpsons on his iPad. Ed earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, his MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and his BS in Computer Science from Cornell University.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
David Gross - Zazzle Session
Dave is responsible for product development and creating customization programs with product brands. Projects he developed at Zazzle include partnerships with Avery Dennison to source custom office products, Speck to create a customization program for iPhone cases, and Keds to introduce the world’s first fully customizable footwear offering. In addition, he helped launch Artsprojekt, a curated network of contemporary artists who use Zazzle’s platform to promote and sell their work, and ProSellers, a loyalty program for Zazzle’s top earners. He joined in 2007 when Zazzle acquired Confego, the company he co-founded. Confego built and managed customization programs for Nike and Reebok. Other clients included Timberland and Hasbro. Prior to Confego, Dave worked in the investment banking division at Smith Barney, focusing on M&A in the new media and entertainment industries, and in private equity, concentrating on the Internet and technology.

Dave is an evangelist for mass customization and has spoken at MIT, Dartmouth, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Aalto University of Technology in Helsinki. He earned an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he won the Arnold F. Adams Award for Entrepreneurship. He received a BA in History from UC Berkeley, where he graduated with High Honors.

2:00 - 3:00 | Retail and Mass Customization

 
Ronnie Gul - Mesa West Session
Ronnie Gul is a Principal at Mesa West Capital, overseeing loan origination in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Ronnie has financed over $600 million in commercial real estate transactions across 3.2 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties and over 1,500 multi-family units. Ronnie’s real estate experience also includes the acquisition, management and disposition of a private multifamily portfolio in Los Angeles. Ronnie received a B.A. in Economics with Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude honors from UCLA and an MBA from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Ronnie currently serves as the president of the UCLA Ziman Real Estate Alumni Group.

10:15 - 11:15 | Real Estate

 
Craig Gunther - Blade Partners Session
Craig Gunther has more than 20 years of investing, operating, and engineering experience working with technology companies. Prior to founding the firm Mr. Gunther served as President of Blade Capital Management, where he established and managed an alternative asset focused investment platform with more than $2B in total assets. He previously served for six years as Chief Operating Officer of Nicholas Enterprises, held various management and senior engineering positions at TRW while designing and developing integrated circuits for computing and digital signal processing applications, and he has also worked with numerous public and private technology companies as an advisor. Mr. Gunther currently serves on the boards of ClearAccess, 5iScience, Lasercure and Vigilistics. He holds a BS in Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a JD from Loyola Law School.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
Paul Habibi - Habibi Properties Session
Paul is a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, where in 2009-2010 he was selected as one of three finalists for the MBA Teacher of the Year Award. Outside of campus, he is Principal and Co-Founder of Habibi Properties, LLC, which acquires, develops and manages multi-family and mixed-use projects throughout Southern California. He has established a unique reputation for merging academic analysis together with real world empirical dynamics. Widely quoted in the media, he frequently appears on BBC World News, Bloomberg, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and NPR, as well as all major dailies including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and Los Angeles Times.

10:15 - 11:15 | Real Estate

 
Aaron Hirschhorn - Monitor Ventures Session
Aaron is a Principal with Monitor Ventures and brings over a decade of experience working at the intersection of corporate strategy, venture capital, and technology innovation. In his current role he evaluates new investment opportunities and assists current portfolio companies with strategy and operations. In addition, Aaron leads Monitor Ventures Services’ private equity due diligence practice. Prior to joining Monitor Ventures, Aaron was a consultant with the Monitor Group where he specialized in corporate growth strategy for technology companies. Aaron began his career with Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles based private equity firm with over $5B in assets under management. Aaron received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
David Jones - SAIL Venture Partners Session
Dave has been a Partner of SAIL Venture Partners since its inception in 2003. SAIL is one of the first venture capital firms in the country to focus entirely on cleantech opportunities, and has established itself as a leader in this field. Dave currently serves on the boards of CNS Response, Inc. and M2 Renewables, Inc. (formerly Micro Media Filtration, Inc.) He is also a founding Director of Cleantech OC, a trade association dedicated to the promotion of clean technology businesses and practices in Orange County.

Previously, Dave was a General Partner of InterVen Partners, a venture capital partnership with offices in Los Angeles and Portland. Earlier, he served as Vice President of Union Venture Corporation and President and CEO of First Interstate Capital.
Dave is a former Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds M.B.A. and J.D degrees from the University of Southern California.

11:30 - 12:30 | Cleantech

 
Tony Karrer - TechEmpower, Inc. Session
Dr. Tony Karrer is CEO/CTO of TechEmpower, a Los Angeles Web Development firm and Founder/CTO of Aggregage, a B2B Media Company. He is considered one of the top technologists in eLearning with twenty years experience creating solutions in the space. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony. His work in social media, e-Learning and Performance Support has won awards and has led him into engagements at many Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM, HP, Sun, Fidelity and Symbol. Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Dr. Karrer taught Computer Science for eleven years. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events.

2:00 - 3:00 | Edupreneurship

 
Mark Kleger-Heine - Partnership for Los Angeles Schools Session
Mr. Kleger-Heine is a member of the senior management team for The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. He joined The Partnership after 4 years at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. At McKinsey, Mark counseled senior executives in nonprofit and government organizations, as well as large biotech and medical device companies.

Prior to McKinsey, Mark was the Deputy Director for Project GRAD Los Angeles in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Mark also has worked in several community-based nonprofit organizations working in partnership with public schools. He began his career teaching math to 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th graders in Brooklyn, New York.

Mark has an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, with a concentration in Domestic Policy. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Psychology.

2:00 - 3:00 | Edupreneurship

 
Laura Kofoid - Laudi Vidni Session
Laura Kofoid is a co-founder and CEO of Laudi Vidni, custom leather handbags (www.laudividni.com). Laudi Vidni is a multi-channel handbag company offering premium-priced leather handbags that can be highly customized to meet an individual woman’s needs, thereby ending the time-consuming search for the perfect handbag. The business is supported by an award-winning website and efficient supply chain, and domestic manufacturing.

Prior to launching Laudi Vidni, Laura enjoyed a 20-year track record of building retail businesses at companies such as Dayton Hudson Department Stores, Sears, Baker Furniture and Chiasso. She began her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble.

Laura earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BS in Marketing fromthe University of Illinois.

2:00 - 3:00 | Retail and Mass Customization

 
Marco Lucioni - Confianza, Inc Session
Marco E. Lucioni founded Financiera Confianza, Inc. in late 2006 and made over 2,800 microfinance loans with over $9M funded. He has 20+ years of direct management experience in small and medium size businesses in various industries such as consumer finance, consumer goods, manufacturing and financial services. He was president and investor in South Cone Trading Co., a multinational high-end furniture manufacturing company, and exited the company successfully in 2005. He was the co-CEO of a retail consumer appliances, electronics and consumer finance business that reached $500 million in revenues with over 100 retail stores in 4 South American countries. He also served McKinsey & Co (Spain) for 4 years.

Marco possesses ample knowledge of the Latino community and is fluent in Spanish. He holds a BS degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA degree from Columbia University.

10:15 - 11:15 | Microfinance

 
Rene Lynch - Los Angeles Times Session
"Rene Lynch is an Assistant Food Editor at the Los Angeles Times and a staff writer, covering a range of pop culture topics including food, television and books. She has worked at The Times for nearly 20 years, with stints in Sports, Metro, Business, Entertainment and Arts."

2:00 - 3:00 | Restaurants and Growing Pains

 
Lee Maen - Innovative Dining Group Session
Mr. Maen is a founding member of Innovative Dining Group. Since 1996, I.D.G. has opened thirteen successful restaurants in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Scottsdale. IDG’s brands include Sushi Roku, Boa Steakhouse, Katana, Robata Bar. Most recently opening Delphine, Station Hollywood and the Living Room all within the new W Hotel Hollywood.

After receiving his Undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA, Mr. Maen entered the real estate market as a commercial real estate broker. Soon thereafter, Mr. Maen entered into the MBA program at the Anderson School at UCLA during which he founded his first entrepreneurial venture with the development of The Gem Bar & Lounge, a hot New York style club on Melrose in Hollywood.

After earning his MBA in 1996, Mr. Maen developed the first Sushi Roku on Third Street in Los Angeles and set a new trend for cutting edge dining in Southern California.

Maen is particularly hands-on with scouting new locations, raising money for new ventures, and designing each IDG venue. Additionally, he oversees marketing, public relations and works closely with management and staff at each restaurant.

Mr. Maen has sat on numerous industry panels including the Aspen Food and Wine Festival and participates along with IDG in several charitable events each year.

2:00 - 3:00 | Restaurants and Growing Pains

 
Kevin McCarney - Poquito Mas Session
"Kevin McCarney is the founder of Poquito Mas, Inc. and serves as CEO and President. Kevin began working in the restaurant industry at 17 years of age.

Kevin opened the first Poquito Mas® restaurant in 1984 concentrating on “Fresh Mexican Cuisine.” Poquito Mas® now with 12 restaurants has won wide recognition by offering the high quality products and service in an increasingly crowded segment of the food service industry.

This initial recipe for success has endured through the growth of Poquito Mas®, to consistently serve the highest quality food, as fast as possible, in a very friendly environment. Thanks to a dedicated crew he has been able to maintain an ongoing focus on “the next subtle innovation,” to sustain customer loyalty and maintain the brand’s lead over competitors.

Balancing the love for the business and his passion for being a husband and father has given Kevin his greatest challenges and rewards.

Along with his devotion to the concept he created, Kevin has always allocated time to be an active member in the community with his highest priority on family. He is on the Board of the California Restaurant Association, the local Boys and Girls Club and several other community support organizations. "

2:00 - 3:00 | Restaurants and Growing Pains

 
Jake Neuberg - Revolution Prep Session
While an undergrad at UC Berkeley, Jake worked in investment banking at Montgomery Securities to support himself. After graduating, he worked in finance at Trust Company of the West. Jake then decided to pursue his interest in teaching and mentoring by working as a test prep teacher at Kaplan. While he loved working with students, he found that he had significant philosophical differences with the Kaplan program and craved the freedom to use the techniques he knew could help students dramatically improve their scores. While attending the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, Jake met Ramit Varma, and together they came up with the idea to create Revolution Prep. They wanted to create a company and an environment that they could truly be proud of. At Revolution Prep, students’ needs are placed first, long-term skills are emphasized, and confidence is built. Wherever students are trying to go, Jake, Ramit, and the rest of Revolution Prep can help them get there.

Jake holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. Jake was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2009.

2:00 - 3:00 | Edupreneurship

 
Erik Oberholtzer - Tender Greens Session
Born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Erik Oberholtzer grew up visiting local Amish farms, where he first developed his love for fresh food and seasonal influence. After attending Johnson & Wales Culinary, Oberholtzer moved to the Bay Area, working in such notable kitchens as The Lark Creek Inn, Aqua and Campton Place Hotel. He went on to work at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hawaii, and his accomplishments there eventually earned him a spot as Executive Chef of Roland Passot’s Left Bank and subsequently as Executive Chef/Food & Beverage Director at the Pan Pacific Hotel. He was then recruited as Executive Chef of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, where he met his business partners David Dressler and Matt Lyman.

In developing the Tender Greens concept, Oberholtzer drew on years spent in the “farm to table” culture of San Francisco. Wanting to bridge the culinary gap between the expensive life-styles of those he cooked for in the past and those who were more reflective of his own tax bracket. “It’s the way all of us have cooked over the years,” he states. “It’s the way we live. We saw a void and we’re trying to fill it.”

2:00 - 3:00 | Restaurants and Growing Pains

 
Elizabeth Osder - The Osder Group Session
Since the early 1990s, Osder’s experience has been both strategic and hands-on as an executive, editor, producer, educator and consultant leading media, marketers and publishing brands in the interactive space. A pioneer in news and information online, her depth of experience includes projects as diverse as launching The New York Times on the Web; helping make Yahoo News the number one online news destination; deploying the publishing system for The Financial Times; teaching and developing curriculum for interactive journalism and online community; tackling emerging trends in social media that deliver real user engagement, and pioneering the application of semantic technologies to both relational content display and monetization.

11:30 - 12:30 | The New Local News

 
TK Pillan - The Veggie Grill Session
Pillan (Anderson ’96) co-founded The Veggie Grill, which opened its first location in November 2006, out of a personal desire for delicious, convenient, wholesome food. Today there are six Veggie Grills across LA and Orange County with a seventh currently in development. Named Best New Restaurant in Orange County (OC Register), one of L.A. Magazine’s “Can’t Miss” Eats and one of LA’s Top 10 New Restaurants (Citysearch), The Veggie Grill redefines classic American comfort food. Taste and believe.

2:00 - 3:00 | Restaurants and Growing Pains

 
Alison Pincus - One Kings Lane Session
Alison Pincus is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of One Kings Lane. A longtime digital media enthusiast, Alison was inspired to create One Kings Lane with her co-founder Susan Feldman, to marry her passion for eshopping and love for design, home fashion, and lifestyle accessories. Sourcing and sharing affordable treasures became a chief objective in the development of the consumer destination, One Kings Lane.

Before One Kings Lane, Alison worked as a senior director at Hachette Filipacchi Media. There, she oversaw strategic alliances for the digital group’s magazine brands. Prior to this, she was on the U.S. business development team for 19 Entertainment, the creative entity behind American Idol. Previously, Alison was a web producer at both NBC.com and Disney.com, where she focused on how web-based communications tools (chat and live productions) could be measurable promotional tools for entertainment brands and personalities.

Before One Kings Lane, Alison worked as a senior director at Hachette Filipacchi Media. There, she oversaw strategic alliances for the digital group’s magazine brands. Prior to this, she was on the U.S. business development team for 19 Entertainment, the creative entity behind American Idol. Previously, Alison was a web producer at both NBC.com and Disney.com, where she focused on how web-based communications tools (chat and live productions) could be measurable promotional tools for entertainment brands and personalities.

2:00 - 3:00 | Case Studies in Success: Series A Capital Raising with the Founders of One Kings Lane

 
Jordan Ramer - EVConnect Session
Jordan Ramer is driving EV Connect forward as CEO. An accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur, Mr. Ramer has provided leadership to growth companies in the cleantech sector for over 10 years. Before joining EV Connect, Mr. Ramer led corporate development for NanoH2O, a venture-backed developer of energy efficient water purification technology. Previously, he held executive positions in business development, product management and marketing at AeroVironment, an electric vehicle infrastructure developer, where he spent seven years elevating the company into an industry leader, spearheading the company’s international expansion and launching its fleet management software solution. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ramer held roles in business development, finance and strategy for several venture-backed technology start-ups, as well as Arthur Andersen. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College.

11:30 - 12:30 | Cleantech

 
Estelle Reyes - NFTE Los Angeles Session
Estelle joined NFTE in March 2006 as a Program Director to help establish the Greater Los Angeles office. In her role as Executive Director, her responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day operations, collaborating with program staff, and strengthening fund development. She works closely with the local Advisory Board and E-Council to generate awareness and broader-scale support for NFTE’s youth entrepreneurship programs. Estelle also manages relationships with strategic partners to create mutually beneficial synergies to advance our mission.

Prior to her involvement with NFTE, Estelle worked as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs’ Private Wealth Management Division in Los Angeles. She subsequently shifted careers and taught first grade in a private elementary school in Berkeley, where she designed teaching strategies to effectively engage a variety of different learning styles. Working for NFTE has enabled her to integrate her background in both business and education in a meaningful way. Estelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, and a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Estelle is a Leadership LA Fellow (Class of 2010) and sits of the Board of U.S. Renewables Group.

2:00 - 3:00 | Edupreneurship

 
Jeff Scheinrock - Originate Session
Jeff Scheinrock is currently the President & CFO at Originate. A pioneer in Venture Resources, Originate invests elite engineering talent and startup expertise into high potential opportunities. Originate's expertise includes software development (mobile, web, embedded), strategic consulting (turn-around, product development, market research), and fund-raising.

Formerly CEO of Scheinrock Advisory Group, the company merged with Originate Labs in April, 2010 to form Originate, Inc. Prior to that Jeff was a member of GKM Newport Generation Funds, a fund of funds managing in excess of $950 million for investments into venture capital funds and private equity buyout funds from 2003-2007. Prior to founding Scheinrock Advisory Group in mid-1997, Jeff served as Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Kistler Aerospace Corporation from 1996 through May 1997. While at Kistler, Jeff formulated the capital raising plan and all documents for a successful raise of $350 million in equity. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Scheinrock served as Vice Chairman of Finance and Strategic Planning for Packard Bell NEC Electronics, Inc. While at Packard Bell, Jeff negotiated equity investments from Groupe Bull and NEC. Jeff negotiated in excess of $1 billion in bank debt and $3 billion in trade credit from companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Tatung, Lite-On, Seagate etc. Jeff also handled the negotiation and structuring of all acquisitions including Zenith Data Systems and Ark Interface Software among others. Prior to joining Packard Bell NEC, Mr. Scheinrock was Senior Partner in charge of the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Arthur Young and Company’s Los Angeles office.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
Tom Schumacher - InVenture Session
Tom Schumacher is Head of Portfolio Management of InVenture, an organization that aims to be a springboard for micro-enterprises to grow and in turn lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. Tom oversees the investment process in entrepreneurs across the regions for the company. He has a strong background in financial security analysis, risk modeling, credit analysis, financial modeling and revenue forecasting pooled from work experience in investment management and corporate finance. He has previously worked in portfolio management at a structure finance hedge fund and several positions in corporate finance in the internet and advertising industries. Tom has development experience helping to seed microfinance program in Ghana; assisting a NGO to develop portfolio management tools, as well as business education curriculum for micro-credit borrowers. Tom holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and is also currently a M.P.P candidate in International Policy at UCLA.

10:15 - 11:15 | Microfinance

 
Grant Simmons - The Search Agency Session
Grant brings over 20 years of agency experience for industry-leading organizations such as; Paramount Studios, Countrywide Wholesale Lending, IPC – The Hospitalist Company, M&M/Mars, Warner Bros., UPS, SunAmerica, Young Presidents’ Organization, Amgen and GE Plastics. As an entrepreneur, Grant has been key to the successful branding, development and launch of several thriving and innovative Internet startups. Described as an online marketing strategist, motivator, entrepreneur, idea machine, experienced bridge between marketing & technology, Grant prefers; father, sailor & innovator - though not necessarily in that order when there's a fair wind.

10:15 - 11:15 | Case Study: Gaining a local presence online

 
Seph Skerritt - Proper Cloth Session
Seph Skerritt is the founder and CEO of Proper Cloth, an e-commerce startup specializing in men's custom dress shirts. Proper Cloth makes it easy for men to purchase perfect fitting dress shirts in any style at http://propercloth.com. Proper Cloth dress shirts are made to order and delivered in 2-3 weeks.

Prior to Proper Cloth, Skerritt was founder and CEO of event planning and marketing company Sfinx Productions and project manager at defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Skerritt has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCSD.

2:00 - 3:00 | Retail and Mass Customization

 
Rick Smith - Crosscut Ventures Session
Rick Smith is an Operating Executive with Chicago Growth Partners (CGP) and a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Crosscut Ventures. He has been involved in private equity for over two decades. CGP is a private equity fund currently managing over $1.2 billion. CGP invests equity of $15-50 million into growing companies, with a focus on business and consumer services. Crosscut is a venture capital seed fund backed by several of the leading entrepreneurs in Southern California, with an investment focus on the Internet, mobile and digital media. At Crosscut, he has led investments in several companies, including docstoc and ShoeDazzle. Prior to Crosscut, Rick was a consultant to Creative Artists Agency on venture capital and was a managing director at an early-stage venture capital firm, with over $500 million under management. Prior to that, he was a managing director at SunAmerica, Inc., where he participated in the acquisitions of a handful of companies that significantly increased the asset base of the company before it was sold for $19 billion. He also co-founded SunAmerica Ventures, a $750 million fund focused on both direct investments and investments in other venture funds. Prior to SunAmerica, he co-founded a merchant bank that bought several companies, including Steinway Piano Company. Rick began his career as a corporate attorney, working five years at the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, a New York-based firm. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a degree in finance and from Harvard Law School.

3:15 - 4:00 | Fast Pitch

 
Erik Steeb - OnGreen Session
Erik Steeb is Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for OnGreen, the world’s largest cleantech innovation marketplace and California Region Director for the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech business competition and entrepreneurial development program, dedicated to find, fund and foster the most promising cleantech startups.

With over 25 years leadership experience in high tech and cleantech, Erik has held senior level positions in high tech and cleantech businesses. In director level roles in business development, marketing and sales with Intel Corp, he co-founded Intel’s alliances and business development organizations, lead Intel’s Europe, Middle East & Africa marketing organization and was responsible for over $6B in annual revenue to the company.

Steeb holds a BSEE from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

11:30 - 12:30 | Cleantech

 
Anil Tammineedi - Angeleno Group Session
Mr. Tammineedi is a Vice President at Angeleno Group and supports the firm’s investment activities in solar, energy efficiency, advanced transportation and smart grid sectors. Mr. Tammineedi previously gained operating experience with seven years at Broadcom working on a variety of Analog/RF semiconductor products. He holds eight patents and has represented Broadcom in two next-generation IEEE Ethernet Standard committees. Mr. Tammineedi’s prior investing experience includes his work at Applied Ventures and at Clearstone Venture Partners. Mr. Tammineedi holds an M.S. from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at U.C.L.A. He is currently a fellow of the Kaufman Fellows Program.

11:30 - 12:30 | Cleantech

 
Jay Turo - Growthink Session
Growthink's co-founder and CEO, Jay Turo has led Growthink's emergence as one of the nation's largest strategic advisory and investment banking firms focused on the entrepreneurial marketplace. In his 12 years at Growthink, Jay has advised and worked with a wide host of emerging companies. Jay is an active angel investor, speaker and writer regarding private equity, entrepreneurship, and technology. His column appears on the Growthink blog on Mondays. He also co-authored a guide on crowdfunding and assisted many clients through that process. Jay has an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and earned a Bachelor's degree with Distinction and with Departmental Honors from Stanford University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

10:15 - 11:15 | Microfinance

 
Will Yelles - Patch Session
Prior to joining Patch, Will was managing editor at San Diego News Network, an ambitious, innovative online news startup, where he ran all aspects of the editorial coverage and led the team to numerous award wins and breaking news "scoops." Before that, he worked at The Hollywood Reporter for eight years, managing daily online news content. He also worked for two community newspapers, two other web startups and even a Web 1.0 adventure complete with worthless stock options. In addition to working with Patch, Will is a certified life, career and business coach in private practice.??

11:30 - 12:30 | The New Local News

 
Caprice Young - ICEF Session
Caprice was previously a Venture Partner at Revolution Learning, and the CEO of KC Distance Learning (known by the brands Aventa Learning, iQ Academies and The Keystone School), which was recently acquired by K12, Inc. She had also served as Vice President of Business Development and Alliances at Knowledge Universe.

A nationally respected education reformer, Caprice was the founding CEO and President of the California Charter Schools Association. Under Caprice's five-year leadership, the number of California charter schools grew by more than 300 and student enrollment grew by more than 100,000. Previously, Caprice served as a member and President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.

Her career has included numerous leadership roles in business, higher education and government. She also has served on numerous boards, including the Governor's Advisory Committee on Education Excellence (California), the Fordham Foundation, Chime Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, among others. She is a recipient of the Coro Foundation Crystal Eagle Award for Achievement in Public Service. Caprice earned her bachelor's degree from Yale University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and her Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

2:00 - 3:00 | Edupreneurship

 

 

 

 

 

 

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