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Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual StartOut Awards, recognizing and celebrating excellence and leadership in the LGBT entrepreneurial community!

Past Awardees include George Takei, Kara Swisher, Tim Gill, Kathy Levinson, Peter Thiel and many more! Special guests and honorees TBA soon. EarlyBird
On Friday, September 23, StartOut will once again honor entrepreneurs and business leaders for their accomplishments and personal commitment to the LGBTQ entrepreneur community. Festivities will include a cocktail reception, awards ceremony and dinner, and an exclusive keynote interview with the recipient of the 2016 Leadership Award. Each award recognizes exceptional entrepreneurs for their vision, leadership, advocacy and achievement in entrepreneurship, and for being a source of true inspiration to the entire LGBT community. Our 5th annual awards ceremony marks a truly special occasion, as StartOut is now live nationwide through our web-based community of entrepreneurs! We hope you’ll join us in celebrating their amazing achievements. Schedule:
  • 6:00 pm — Check-In Begins at The St. Regis San Francisco
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm — VIP Cocktail Reception (included with VIP Admission)
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm — Cocktail Reception & Entertainment
  • 7:00 pm — StartOut Awards Gala

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  • 6:00 - 7:00 - Networking
  • 7:00 - 7:05 - Introduction by StartOut Executive Director, Andres Wydler
  • 7:00 - 7:45 - Panel Discussion
  • 7:45 - 8:00 - Q&A
  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Networking
Panelists/Moderators:
  • Panel:
    • Rosie Hausler, Principle at SoundCMO
    • Rob Banning, Head of Marketing Communications at Spire, Inc.
    • Chelsea Bialla, VP of Marketing at Krave
  • Moderator:
    • John Boitnott, Writer at Entrepreneur Media
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What's an Alphabet Mixer?  It's our way of bringing our LGBTQ+ community together! Come with someone who doesn't share your letter. If you're an L, bring a B.  If you're a T, bring a G. Got it?

If you have friends traveling here for PRIDE, invite them! Show them what our LGBT entrepreneur community is all about in San Francisco.

PRIDE celebrates our diverse community, including allies.  Let's do a little more work before "werk" takes over the rest of the week and weekend, so come and have a drink!

Sponsored by Yelp & OUTburst.

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Get insight into the best funding model for your startup. Is Venture Capital a better fit or Crowdfunding?  What's the difference? Pros and cons?

If you're an early stage entrepreneur, learn from our panel of funding experts and network with fellow LGBT entrepreneurs and supporters. Ask questions & have a drink, sponsored by Hanson Bridgett.
LOCATION: Hanson Bridgett 425 Market Street, 26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 TIME:                    6:30-7pm  Registration & Networking TIME:                    7-8pm       Panel Discussion with Q&A TIME:                    8-9pm       Post-Event Networking MODERATOR: Storper_Jonathan_056_238x296
Jonathan Storper, Partner at Hanson Bridgett Jonathan leads the corporate department at Hanson Bridgett. He previously founded and led Hanson Bridgett’s sustainable law practice which focuses on developing a more sustainable economy by assisting mission driven companies and high impact investors in a variety of industries. He represents entities and their investors in connection with business and intellectual property transactions, including formation, finance, contracts, licenses, joint venture and development, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, e-commerce, technology-related matters and general corporate law. Jonathan also represents many non-profit charities, foundations, and business associations. PANELISTS:

Scott-Thacker_avatar Scott Thacker, Sand Hill Angels

Scott Thacker is the CEO of Ivory Consulting, the leading software and consulting solution for modeling and pricing complex equipment leases and loans. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association as well as a member of its Lease and Finance Accountants Committee and a previous chair of its Operations & Technology Committee. He is the co-director of the Research Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.

He is also an advisor to Primus Power and Koe International, a member of the Board of Governors of StartOut and an angel investor.

Prior to joining Ivory in 2010, Scott was a partner and co-leader of Accenture’s asset finance management consulting practice. Before that, he co-led the creation and market adoption of Oracle Lease and Finance Management, a software application for equipment lessors.

Scott earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from the Wake Forest University School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Taylor focuses on early to late stage venture investments across a wide range of sectors at Norwest Venture Partners, with an emphasis on consumer Internet. Most recently, Taylor was an equity research and data intern with Rutberg & Company. Prior to that, he was a research associate at Morgan Stanley in London. Taylor obtained a bachelor of arts in both government and Latin American and Caribbean studies from Dartmouth College. Taylor also holds a master of philosophy in Latin American studies from the University of Oxford.

Jason Jason Best, Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, LLC

Jason is a tech entrepreneur, venture investor and is one of the two entrepreneurs that created the Startup Exemption Framework to legalize equity and debt crowdfunding in the US.  That framework became the crowdfunding language in the JOBS Act.  Over the course of 460 days, he went from uploading a proposal on a Web site, to sitting in the Rose Garden of the White House to watch President Obama sign the USA JOBS Act into law in April, 2012.  During those 460 days he and his business partner testified in front of the US House and Senate  5 times, held countless meetings with the SEC, FINRA, Treasury Department, State Department and World Bank.  Since that time he has worked in 37 countries with investors, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and governments to create and invest in crowdfunding ecosystems and technologies.   Jason is also a Venture Parter at Vectr Ventures - a Hong Kong-based early stage fund.  He has spoken at The White House, TEDx, SXSW, Aspen Institute, The Global Entrepreneurship Summit, CNBC, BloombergTV, CNN, BBC, PBS, CCTV.  He has been covered in Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Inc, TechCrunch and VentureBeat.  www.vectr.co

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This StartOut panel is an effort to showcase LGBTQ+ agriculturists in and around agriculture (and allies), a group that is rarely represented in either of the communities of which they are a part – the agriculture community or the LGBTQ+ community – for a unique conversation on how LGBTQ+ agriculture entrepreneurs are leading and transforming the agriculture industry through business and innovation. Check back soon for more information!

PANELISTS:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Helen Russell, Co-founder/CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc.

Helen Russell is the co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc. in San Rafael, CA. Under her leadership for more than twenty years, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for its values-driven approach, award-winning coffee, and impactful action around issues of environmental sustainability and economic empowerment. Helen led Equator to become the first coffee roaster in California to earn Certified B Corporation status and a reputation as an early champion Fair Trade practices and direct relationships. For 12 years in a row, Equator has remained on The San Francisco Business Times’ list of the Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses, and in 2016, became the first LGBT Certified business to win SBA Small Business of the Year for the State of California. After two decades in the wholesale business, Helen guided Equator towards deepening its relationships with the local community by opening three retail locations in the Bay Area. Equator’s constant innovation and focus on quality and culinary complexity has attracted a loyal cadre of prominent chefs and bakers including Thomas Keller of The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière, Suzanne Goin of Tavern/Larder in LA, and Tyler Florence. The company also collected its most recent Good Food Award for the first harvest from Equator’s own high-altitude coffee farm in Panama, Finca Sophia. In addition to Helen’s focus on Equator’s success, she has volunteered her time and business experience to local and international organizations supporting women and the environment including La Cocina Community Kitchen in San Francisco, the International Women in Coffee Alliance, and Brown Girl Surf. Helen has led efforts to make Equator a socially and environmentally responsible company by investing in an energy efficient roaster, a biodiesel delivery truck, hybrid service vehicles, and by purchasing coffees and teas from growers who practice responsible land stewardship and bio-friendly farming techniques. Helen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. Coburn Marcy Coburn, Executive Director, CUESA & The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

As the Executive Director of CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets, Marcy Coburn is a prominent force in shaping the food culture of the Bay Area. In addition to cultivating farmer-to-consumer direct sales, CUESA also develops free and low-cost youth and adult educational programs on food, farming, and cooking. Previously, Marcy was the founding Executive Director of the Food Craft Institute, based in Oakland. Marcy grew up in a farming family in Visalia, California and is an avid home cook with a large urban garden in the backyard of her North Oakland home.

Leclerc Rob LeClerc, PhD, Co-founder/CEO at AgFunder

Rob is the cofounder of AgFunder, the worlds largest equity crowdfunding platform for food and agriculture. Rob has been published in TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, Financial Post, and twice in Nature journals (>260 citations across both publications). Rob has been invited to chair, speak, and keynote at dozens of global conferences on food & agriculture, technology, and finntech. In 2014, Forbes Magazine named Rob to their list of 'Up-And-Comers' , and the White House has extended special invitations to White House sponsored events. He is a judge for the National Ag Innovation Prize, the Verizon's $6M IoT Award for 2015, and sits on the advisory committee of the Ag Innovation Showcase, the world's first and longest running AgTech conference. Rob has been interviewed by CNBC, Forbes, LA Times, Entrepreneur, FastCompany, and Reuters. He has five degrees, spanning Philosophy, Computer Science, and Computational Biology, including a PhD from Yale University.

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Building a successful business starts with a dream, but without the requisite knowledge and tools, it can turn into a nightmare. Join us for a legal conversation with Morrison Foerster on the things to keep in mind when starting a business and looking for investors. You will learn tips and tricks from experienced entrepreneurs and untold stories.

LOCATION: MOFO Offices 425 Market Street, Floor 33

TIME:                    6:30-8:30pm

PANELISTS: 

Arriola Profile 03 PSGeorgiana Arriola, CEO & Executive Creative Director, Minimalisms

Georgiana Arriola celebrates the renegade spirit of California by designing products and experiences that are - Human. Simple. Authentic. Currently, she runs a bespoke skunk works product design consultancy - Minimalisms. Working with craftspeople around the world Georgiana has designed iconic objects and experiences such as the world's first heirloom electronic - Runcible, by Monohm. Designed to be quiet. Fundamentally calming. Humanistic. Previously, Georgiana has led multidisciplinary teams of industrial design & CMF, visual & interactive design, and product management focused on product design at Apple, PlayStation, Sony, Theranos, Adobe. During her tenure with Sony, Georgiana was directly responsible for establishing, defining, and driving Sony's common UX across all 5-screens known as "genome" from Bravia 4K, Xperia, to Vita, ending with the PlayStation 4 console and connected experiences. When not working, Georgiana enjoys artisan sake brewing, culinary excursions, architecture, and hunting for the next best cup of cold brew coffee. Hustling on the side Georgiana is also working on her own line of Women's plus size, off the rack avant-garde asymmetric pieces, skirts, tops, and dresses. Soon to be followed up with coats and accessories based on parametric algorithms.

 AnneBezancon_Placecast-lg copyAnne Bezançon, Founder & President, Placecast

Anne Bezançon is the founder and President of Placecast, the leading enterprise platform for monetizing mobile location and user data at scale. The company specializes in providing proven, secure, privacy-first solutions for big data monetization to the largest Telecom (AT&T, Rogers, Telefonica), Financial Institutions and Media companies in the world. Over 400 brands have used the Placecast platform, including Starbucks, Subway, HP, JetBlue, McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut.

A native of France, Anne discovered her passion for technology when she helped develop the Minitel, a precursor to the Internet. Anne moved to the Silicon Valley in 1996. She has since started three companies and participated in the launch of two more. In 1995, she organized the NGO Forum of the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, and pioneered private sponsorships from Apple and HP to enable training in word processing and email for 40,000 participants.

Anne was invited to meet with the French President during his official visit to San Francisco in March 2014. Anne was also named to the 2013 “Mobile Women to Watch” list from Mobile Marketer. In 2011, Anne attended the e-G8 Summit, an invitation-only summit of leaders in government and industry focusing on the Internet in the context of global public policy. She writes thought leadership pieces for leading tech and business publications, including Forbes. Anne holds a diploma from Sciences-Po Paris, and an LLM in Business Law. She is the author of several patents in the field of location-based technology, and speaks frequently at various tech industry and business events.

Alfredo SilvaAlfredo B. D. Silva, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP Fredo Silva represents private and public companies and investors in corporate in a broad range of corporate and securities law matters. In his private company practice, Mr. Silva advises emerging growth technology enterprises from formation through acquisition or initial public offering in matters including venture capital financing, debt financing and equity incentive compensation. He also represents venture capital firms and strategic corporate investors in their investments in startup companies. In his public company practice, Mr. Silva advises issuers on debt and equity offerings, corporate governance issues, compliance with the U.S. federal securities laws, and compliance with the listing standards of Nasdaq and the NYSE. Mr. Silva was recognized by The Recorder as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” for 2013. He received his B.S. degree, cum laude with distinction, in Engineering Sciences (Chemical) from Yale College in 2004. He received his J.D. degree from Yale School of Law in 2008, where he was chair of the Student/Faculty Alliance for Military Equality and helped establish the school’s Litigating for Gay Rights seminar. Mr. Silva is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and spent a year at China’s Tsinghua University researching issues in intellectual property protection on a Fulbright Fellowship. MODERATOR:  headshotDiana Helander, Revinate

Diana Helander currently leads product and content marketing for Revinate, a startup focused on providing solutions to the hospitality industry. Prior to Revinate, she drove Lithium Technologies product marketing for social communities and gamification. 

Her startup experience includes being a co-founder for a dot com where she led marketing and ecommerce, as well as at Tribe Computer Works, a networking hardware startup where she headed marketing while guiding the company through acquisition. She's also held various marketing roles at larger companies including Adobe where she led go-to-market strategy for gaming, mobile tech and Acrobat, and at Autodesk where she led branding and product marketing for design team collaboration software that ultimately became buzzsaw (data management software as a service).

In her spare time, Diana enjoys traveling with her family, culinary adventures, music, and reading about the latest discoveries in ancient DNA.

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It's been a while but SV Social is back! Join StartOut and TriNet at BeatBox (314 11th Street) on Wednesday, April 13 to mix & mingle with LGBTQ employees from more than 80 leading Silicon Valley companies. 

To kick the evening off right, come early and enjoy a free drink on us. We can't wait to see you at BeatBox!

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