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Have an idea for a startup, but haven't taken the leap to make it a full-reality? What are you waiting for?

Bring your idea to StartOut's "Silicon Valley Idea Night" at CableLabs in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm (one block from CalTrain).

You'll get the chance to talk to members of the LGBT/StartOut community about your idea, practice your pitch, and start getting valuable feedback and advice.

This is a pressure-free, fully-supportive environment to share your ideas and learn from brilliant LGBT entrepreneurs, like yourself!

Want to present? 

First, CLICK HERE and tell us a bit more about your idea. We'll select our favorites.

Want to attend? 

Registermark your calendars, and come support the ideation community! As always, there will be plenty of time to chat with other like-minded members of our community in our “color-coded” networking session.


Silicon Valley Idea Night

November 5, 2014, 7-9pm

Venue: CableLabs

400 W California Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

one block from CalTrain; Parking available

With Thanks to Our Bay Area Event Sponsor

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Chip Conley, hotel entrepreneur, AirBnB executive, author, and Burning Man board member, has covered a lot of ground in his career since arriving in San Francisco in the mid-80's.

Come hear him talk about his wide-ranging history and interests in a Q+A format that is guaranteed to inspire entrepreneurs at every stage of their career. Mike Sullivan, partner and head of the startup practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s San Francisco office, will moderate the discussion.

Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 Check in + Networking 6:30 - 7:30 Q&A with Chip Conley, moderated by Mike Sullivan 7:30 - 8:00 Networking

When: Monday, October 6th, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST Where: 4 Embarcadero Center #22, San Francisco, CA 94111 register-now-300x70       With Thanks to Our Bay Area Event Sponsor Untitled [post_title] => Q&A with Entrepreneur Chip Conley [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => qa-with-entrepreneur-chip-conley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-09-15 15:19:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-09-15 22:19:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://startout.org/?post_type=event&p=9376 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_id] => 122 [post_id] => 9376 [Venue] => 18 [StartDate] => 2014-10-06 [EndDate] => 2014-10-06 [StartTime] => 00:00:00 [FinishTime] => 23:59:59 [event_schedule] => once [event_schedule_meta] => [event_frequency] => 1 [event_occurrence] => 0 [event_allday] => 1 [reoccurrence_start] => 2014-10-06 [reoccurrence_end] => 2014-10-06 [post_category] => 0 ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9388 [post_author] => 5083 [post_date] => 2014-09-18 09:36:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-09-18 16:36:41 [post_content] =>

 StartOut is proud to host the ROMBA Pitch Competition with a prize of up to $5000 in cash.  Students with “pitch ready” new venture ideas will present to a panel of serial entrepreneurs and leading investors.

The most promising idea will earn up to $5,000 in cash prizes.

All participants must be registered and at least one member of your team must be a current MBA candidate. WHEN: Saturday, October 4th   9am – 12 noon WHERE: 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111 register-now-300x70 Questions: entrepreneurship@reachingoutmba.org  Panel of Judges: chirag-279x173                                             PatrickChung                          Ben Ling Headshot Chirag Chotalia                                  Patrick Chung                   Ben Ling Pritzker Group Venture Capital           The Experiment Fund          Khosla Ventures   vivienne-ming                                          greg-wiles-200-x-228 Vivienne Ming                                     Greg Wiles Board of Directors, StartOut.org           VentureOut   Emcee: pcg_headshot-186x300 Patrick Grosso Board of Directors, StartOut.org   The conference also includes a full schedule of learning sessions, networking mixers and mentorship opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. Students attending the conference will have the opportunity to learn from, and engage on a personal level, leading LGBT entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and like-minded peers from across the nation. StartOut is proud to once again be a partner of the 2014 Annual Reaching out LGBT MBA Conference, producing much of the content within the conferences entrepreneurship track. Other events included at the 2014 conference: • Tech Trek (Thurs, Oct 2nd): Our tech trek will visit a mix of startups, emerging companies and large companies to get a taste of what the technology industry in San Francisco offers LGBT MBAs. • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Interactive Session (Fri, Oct 3rd): In this session students will have the opportunity to hear real-life stories from professionals both in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship • Entrepreneur Mentorship (Fri, Oct 3rd): Students with “pitch ready” new venture ideas will be paired with mentors who will help them construct a tangible roadmap of next-steps and tackle pressing issues. Participants will not only walk away with a clearer vision for their venture, but also solid business contacts for the future. Ideally, the mentor-mentee relationship will continue beyond the duration of the conference. • Entrepreneur Networking Reception (Fri, Oct 3rd):  Following a day of meetings, ideation, and startup development this is your opportunity to get together with fellow peer entrepreneurs and LGBT startup professionals in a more relaxed setting. Register for the conference here: register-now-300x70     [post_title] => StartOut/ROMBA Startup Pitch Competition - Win $5,000 for Your Startup [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => startoutromba-startup-pitch-competition-win-5000-for-your-startup [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-09-18 09:46:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-09-18 16:46:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://startout.org/?post_type=event&p=9388 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_id] => 123 [post_id] => 9388 [Venue] => 44 [StartDate] => 2014-10-04 [EndDate] => 2014-10-04 [StartTime] => 00:00:00 [FinishTime] => 23:59:59 [event_schedule] => once [event_schedule_meta] => [event_frequency] => 1 [event_occurrence] => 0 [event_allday] => 1 [reoccurrence_start] => 2014-10-04 [reoccurrence_end] => 2014-10-04 [post_category] => 0 ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9342 [post_author] => 5083 [post_date] => 2014-08-25 08:02:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-08-25 15:02:34 [post_content] =>

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Join StartOut, 500 Startups, Lesbians Who Tech, and Galvanize for Rainbow Round, a speaker series where LGBT founders, employees, investors, and others give inspiring talks about what they do in tech.

This Rainbow Round, we’re excited to present 4 speakers in a "lightning round" format. Each speaker will answer the question: "What's the biggest mistake you've made as an entrepreneur, and what did you learn from it?"

Krys Freeman is one of today’s rising entrepreneurs, technologists and visionaries - and a firm believer in technology as a vehicle for radical change. To that end, Krys seeks out projects that stretch our imagination in order to tackle complex enterprise and civic challenges. Learn more about Krys and her work, including a mobile app in development called “HeLLa Rides,” at: http://about.krysfreeman.com

Laura Jarrell has been an entrepreneur from the beginning of her career. She started with a Mountaineering store in Palo Alto in 1987. She owned and operated this business for 10 years until it was destroyed in a fire. About the time this business closed, e-commerce was in its early stages so Laura restarted by using her retail knowledge to start an e-commerce business. Laura raised an angel round and launched an ecommerce and news startup in the sports vertical. This suffered from the same fate as many early e-commerce offerings in the first wave of internet business. Since then she has served as the COO or CEO of other startups and opened a franchise location for a large salon brand. Laura has consulted with early startups, invested in some early stage opportunities, and currently works in personal finance.

Teresa Tuan is a physician, award-winning filmmaker, musician, and digital health entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. She started college at 12, went to medical school at 16, and became a board-certified, practicing pediatrician at age 23. Realizing the limitations of educating patients within the current healthcare system, she founded Dr. Tuan's Health Academy to deliver online interactive, physician-written, patient education using animated videos. She believes that by helping patients understand their health, they’ll have more meaningful relationships with their doctors and enjoy the health they deserve.

Alex G. McIntosh is the founding partner of Ecomundi Ventures, a impact fund focused on improving natural ecosystems and human health via investments in personal care and water. Through Ecomundi, Alex created and launched Thrive Natural Care, an innovative social enterprise with operations in Costa Rica and USA. Thrive is leading the movement to help people ditch their toxic conventional grooming products and to reimagine the impact of companies upon our planet. Alex is also a board director for Clearwater Systems, Inc., an innovative chemical-free water treatment company with installations around the world.

Register for this Rainbow Round on 9/17, and follow @rainbowround on Twitter for updates about future events.


When: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PST Where: Galvanize, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco


Event Produced By

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With Thanks to Our Bay Area Event Sponsor

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San Francisco Marriott Marquis

6:00 pm - Check-In Begins at the SF Marriott Marquis

6:00 - 7:00 pm - VIP Cocktail Reception (included with VIP Admission)

6:00 - 7:00 pm - Cocktail Reception & Entertainment

7:00 pm - 2014 StartOut Awards Gala Begins

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Mark your calendars for the Third Annual StartOut Awards, to highlight and celebrate exceptional and innovative entrepreneurs in the LGBT Community! On Thursday, September 11th, 2014, StartOut will once again honor entrepreneurs and business leaders for their accomplishments and personal commitments to both the entrepreneurial and LGBT communities. The festivities will include a cocktail reception, awards ceremony and dinner, and an exclusive keynote interview with the recipient of the 2014 Leadership Award. Each award will recognize exceptional entrepreneurs for their vision, leadership and achievement in entrepreneurship, and for providing inspiration to the LGBT community.

We have some BIG names joining us at the StartOut Awards that you won't want to miss:

 LANCE BASS, LGBT advocate, entertainer, radio DJ, and entrepreneur will be your host through the most exciting night of awards for the LGBT community. KARA SWISHER,  game changing technology and digital trends journlalist, conference producer, and executive editor ofRe/Code joins us as a special presenter. DAN SAVAGE, author, radio host, media pundit, journalist and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project joins us to interview our Leadership Award winner, George Takei


This Year's Honorees:

George Takei

Recieving the Leadership Award, recognizing someone who has demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit in service of the community

5611 copyGeorge Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. He’s an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the upcoming Broadway musical “Allegiance,” host of the AARP-produced YouTube series “Takei’s Take” and subject of “To Be Takei,” a documentary on his life and career.

Takei’s acting career has spanned five decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. Takei is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

With the outbreak of World War II, Los Angeles, California, born Takei and his family were placed behind the barbed-wire enclosures of United States internment camps along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans. Takei spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the swamps of Arkansas and at wind-swept Camp Tule Lake in northern California. At the end of the war, Takei’s family returned to their native Los Angeles. Inspired by this difficult chapter of American History, George Takei developed the Broadway-bound musical "Allegiance”, an epic story of love, family and heroism in which he stars alongside Tony Award winner Lea Salonga. Allegiance's record-breaking world premiere at the Old Globe theatre in San Diego in 2012 won multiple awards and will be followed by an upocoming Broadway run.

Now a community activist, Takei serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, the nation’s foremost Asian Pacific American theater. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political organization. Takei is Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees; a member of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation’s Board of Directors; and served on the Board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission under President Clinton. In recognition of his contribution to the Japan-United States relationship, Takei was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2004.

“To Be Takei,” a Jennifer M. Kroot documentary on the life and career of Takei, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and was released in select theaters across North America on Aug. 22, 2014.

Takei shared a Grammy nomination with Leonard Nimoy in 1987 in the “Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording” category. Takei also received a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986. And in 1991 he left his signature and hand print, in cement, in front of Grauman’s Chinese His first book, his autobiography, To the Stars, was published in 1994, and in 2012 and 2013 he published his second and third books, Oh Myyy! There Goes The Internet, and its sequel Lions And Tigers And Bears, The Internet Strikes Back - both about his forays on social media and the Internet, making the Amazon e-book and paperback best-seller lists in 2012 and 2013.

Takei and his husband, Brad Takei, were married at the Japanese American National Museum on Sept. 14, 2008.

Amy Errett

Receiving the Trailblazer Award, recognizing an innovator who is revolutionizing an industry

Amy is a horseback riding, fly-fishing, black-diamond snowboarding, wine collecting, SF Giants-loving Californian. She founded Madison Reed with years of business and operating expertise as a leading entrepreneur, senior executive, venture capitalist and social-mission visionary.

Amy’s multifaceted career has ranged from investing and operating in consumer marketplaces, both online and offline, and has stretched as far as volunteer nonprofit leadership. Most recently, she was a General Partner and ran the Bay Area office of Maveron, a leading venture capital firm focusing on investing in consumer-facing companies. Prior to Maveron, Amy was the chief executive officer and an owner of Olivia, repositioning the travel business as a complete lifestyle company. During her time at Olivia, she was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. Prior to Olivia, she founded and served as chair and chief executive officer of The Spectrem Group, a worldwide strategic consulting, information, and M&A advisory firm. Amy sold Spectrem to an IPG subsidiary, NFO Worldwide (NYSE:NFO). After the sale, she joined the senior management team at E*Trade where she diversified the company’s business beyond brokerage and ran a $200 million business that encompassed the management of E*Trade’s growth areas.

Among Amy's citations is the Israel Fellows Award, presented by the San Francisco–based Jewish Community Federation. A passionate humanitarian, Amy is chair of the board of Glide Foundation, San Francisco’s largest nongovernmental, direct social services organization. Amy is also a member of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast chapter of YPO, and serves on the boards of Wharton West, Common Sense Media, Lightt, Say Media, and Vacatia.

A New York native, Amy earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in liberal arts from the University of Connecticut. She is a fanatical UCONN Huskies fan where she was a student athlete. She and her partner live in San Francisco with their daughter.

Dave McClure

Recieving the Advocate Award, recognizing a champion for LGBT business leadership

Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 800 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, SlideShare, Credit Karma, and MakerBot, among others.

Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Simply Hired, O'Reilly, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding, marketing, and running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.

Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don't hurt.

Li Han Chan

Receiving the Next Generation Award, recognizing an emerging entrepreneur of great accomplishment

Li Han's developmental journey as an entrepreneur has taken varied paths: she once -- regrettably -- worked for an international arms dealer; she once led snow-tubing operations at a Tahoe ski resort (though not at the same time).

Now, as co-founder and CEO of hardware start-up DynaOptics, she and her team are working to bring you an optical zoom camera that's so thin, it will come built inside one of your future mobile devices. Not only will consumers love it as it enables better photos and videos in a slim form-factor, phone OEMs love it as it employs established high-volume manufacturing techniques and off-the-shelf materials.  

Prior to spinning out the university technology that became DynaOptics, Li Han ran a clean energy technology incubator, mentoring researchers and entrepreneurs to license and commercialize early-stage technologies. Before that, she was a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates, a boutique top-tier management consulting firm in London, where she advised Fortune 500 clients in the oil and gas, energy and hospitality industries. Li Han cut her teeth at ST Engineering, Singapore's largest defense and engineering company, and successfully led sales and business development efforts in Singapore, Australasia and Europe. 

Li Han is a graduate of Stanford University and sits on the Selection Committee of the Sierra Angels, a 50-person angel-investing group based in Lake Tahoe. She enjoys working with nascent companies to help them with strategy, fund-raising and company development. In her student days a nationally-ranked competitive tennis player, Li Han has now graduated to the being-one-with-nature sports: she has a deep love for rock climbing, snow-boarding, tele-skiing, biking, paddle-boarding and ice-climbing. 

She lives in domestic bliss in Oakland with her partner, Tandy, their dog and their cat.  

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Event proceeds go to StartOut, a national 501(c)3 charitable organization that is building the next generation of LGBT business leaders through entrepreneurship. The tax deductible value of a dinner ticket is based on the fair value of services rendered, estimated at $100. The excess amount of any single admission is fully tax-deductible. As part of the purchase each donor will receive a receipt for the purchase stating the tax-deductible portion of their contribution.

To sign up as a Sponsor, please contact James Bain at James.Bain@StartOut.org

For our Sponsroship Benefits, please click here

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StartOut is thrilled to partner with Startup & Tech Mixer to present an exciting evening of cocktails, conversation, and opportunity.


StartOut will be offering:

  • 1 on 1 Mentoring Sessions
  • Startup Demos
  • Networking opportunities with other brilliant business leaders

Startup & Tech Mixer is an organization that creates dynamic ways for members of unique communities to authentically connect based on shared interests, passions, and values. By harnessing the power of ingenuity and human connection, the event platform cultivates a socially-inspired movement to redefine networking.

Each element of the format reflects the best of conferences, pitches, exhibitions, and parties to create a thoughtful and fun experience.

Participants are encouraged to interact with the best and brightest of today’s innovators, from CEOs and founders to developers and engineers, in consciously designed spaces that are built to foster opportunity.

Startup & Tech Mixer Friday, August 8, 2014  | 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT) San Francisco, CA

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Kick Off Pride Weekend in San Francisco with Us! 


Come join StartOut and Bay Area LGBT entrepreneurs for a happy hour to kick off San Francisco Pride.

We’ll be at Local Edition, for great networking, great cocktails, and great times.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, want to be an entrepreneur, or love an entrepreneur we promise you will have a great time.

Bring your business cards and your love of our incredible community!

With thanks to our Bay Area event sponsor:


Event Info:

When: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM PST

Where:  Local Edition | 691 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94105

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During SF Design Week 2014, designers, entrepreneurs, and LGBT communities will converge for a lively Designtrepreneurs panel discussion. Hear from designers, founders, and LGBT entrepreneurs about their successes and challenges, and why many find a strategic advantage when personal and professional identities converge.

                                            register-now-300x70   Panelists confirmed:
Josh Silverman, Moderator, Founder & CEO, Startnership (startnership.com)
unnamedJosh builds teams that build brands. Startnership is Josh's newest venture, and it's bringing clarity and transparency to design services, exclusively for start-ups. In the midst of rapid transformation, Startnership makes valuable design thinking — and doing! — accessible to entrepreneurs. Focused workdays will be available in three tiers, and time-to-value will be swiftly achieved as key decisions are made collaboratively. Launching 2014.
Nelson González, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Declara

unnamed-1Nelson González brings over 20 years of global experience in entrepreneurship, education, healthcare and social impact to his role at Declara.

Nelson was founder and CEO of Advent Strategy, a global innovation strategy firm with major corporate and government clients. He served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Stupski Foundation, where he created a campaign to redesign public education systems across eight US states. Nelson also served as a director at the Royal Institution World Science Assembly, which led breakthroughs in pandemic preparedness and surveillance in collaboration with global pharmaceutical and multilateral institutions.

During his career, Nelson has advised the Colombian President and the CEO of Burberry on innovation practices, and managed the campaign of Afghan Finance Minister, Ashraf Chani, for UN Secretary General. He has developed social impact portfolios for Charles and Helen Schwab, Mo Ibrahim, Larry and Joyce Stupski, Walter and Elise Haas, the Stuart Foundation, the Asia Foundation, and the Sobrato family.

A native Colombia who grew up across multiple countries, Nelson began his career as an analyst for the British Royal Household and Booz Allen based in London. Nelson serves on several boards in the private and public sectors. Nelson did his doctoral work at the London School of Economics in political science, and studied at Oxford University and Amherst College, where he graduated with high honors.
Michael Berl, Marketing Manager, Uber

unnamedMichael is a results-driven business leader and self-starter with nearly a decade of experience in e-commerce and business development. He left a top performing team at JPMorgan to co-found Kyotofu, which American Express named "Top 10 Small Businesses 2012."

Michael went on to launch the successful direct-to-consumer e-commerce site ShopKyotofu.com, expanded Kyotofu to Seoul, South Korea, and grew Kyotofu's wholesale to clients like Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma and Virgin America.

A strategic advisor for multiple startups and small businesses, Michael currently serves on the board of StartOut.org which supports entrepreneurs and accelerates startup growth.

Katie Rinkevich, Product Designer, Optimizely
0DAD7B92-8243-4794-81D3-5A2EC7DABC78 An architect by study and a product designer by practice.  She recently moved to San Francisco from NYC where she spent time interning at The Guggenheim and Etsy as well as running a small design studio with Ambitious Media, a small film production company. Katie started at Optimizely a few months ago now and loves the work, the people and the entrepreneurial atmosphere.  


6:00–6:30pm networking |  6:30 panel  | 7:15 Q&A  |  7:30–8:00 more networking


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When: Thursday, June 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM PST

Where: Optimizely | 631 Howard Street | San Francisco, CA

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When: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM PST Where: Galvanize, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco


  Join StartOut, 500 Startups and Galvanize for Rainbow Round, a monthly speaker series  where LGBT founders, employees, investors, and others will give inspiring talks about what they do in tech. headshotFor our next Rainbow Round, we’re proud to have Heather Hiles, CEO & Founder of Pathbrite, as our speaker. Heather is the founder of Pathbrite, the world's first Portfolio Learning Platform. Launched in 2012, the company currently supports more than 500 schools, colleges, universities, and companies. Headquartered in San Francisco with an increasingly global footprint, Pathbrite's Portfolio Learning Platform is poised to transform learning, teaching, and assessment across the globe. A successful serial entrepreneur, her leadership experience includes positions as founder or leader of several private and public sector organizations, including: Commissioner for the San Francisco Unified School District; Executive Director of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2); co-founder of EARN; and CEO of SFWorks, a nonprofit that transitioned women from welfare into careers. Heather has been named among the Top 100 coolest people in Silicon Valley by Business Insider. At future talks, we’ll bring in startup founders, big names in Venture Capital, and leaders from other tech companies and organizations to tell us about what they’re working on. Register for our talk on 6/4, and follow @rainbowround on Twitter for updates about future events.  

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Most people associate the SF Bay Area with dot com’s and computer technology companies. But the Bay Area is also home to the biggest cluster of biotech companies in the US, over 240 companies employing more than 15,000 people. Join us for an informative evening about the biotech industry, its growth, and the business opportunities this sector affords all of us in Silicon Valley. According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers approximately $2.3 billion was invested in the San Francisco Bay area biotechnology and medical device companies in 2011, and biotech is growing at 15% annually.  LGBT leaders are at the forefront of many of these companies. Speakers include: Moderator David Spellmeyer, CTO, Nodality
David is Chief Technology Officer at Nodality, a startup biotechnology company developing a proprietary technology that resolves how drugs affect patients and helps determine the right drugs to deliver to the right patients at the right times and at the right dose and schedule. Prior to Nodality, he held positions at companies both large (IBM Research, DuPont Pharmaceuticals) and small (Chiron, CombiChem, Signature BioScience).
David has been involved in over 20 corporate partnerships (non-dilutive funding), four mergers/acquisitions, formation of two joint ventures, and several rounds of venture capital funding (Series A-D) with a total deal value over $250 million. He has been involved in the development of several experimental methods and technologies (combinatorial chemistry, label-free cellular assays, and Single Cell Network Profiling), computational sciences (chemical informatics, bioinformatics, software engineering & validation, data management, data analysis), and corporate IT infrastructure (enterprise, desktop, network, collaborative tools).
David received his BS with majors in computer science and chemistry at Purdue and his Ph.D. in theoretical organic chemistry from UCLA. He completed his post-doctoral training in pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF, where he remains an Adjunct Associate Professor. He has authored 40 scientific publications. David is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (inducted in 2009).
Panelists Jennifer Jarrett, Managing Director, Health Care Investment Banking Citigroup
Jennifer is a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Health Care Investment Banking Group and the Head of Citigroup’s West Coast Health Care Group.  At Citi, Jennifer focuses on raising capital for and advising companies in the biotechnology sector.  Prior to joining Citi in 2010, Jennifer was the Head of U.S. Biotechnology at Credit Suisse where she spent 12 years.  Jennifer started her career working at Kidder Peabody and Merrill Lynch and has now spent almost 20 years in investment banking, 16 of these years focused on the biotechnology sector.
Since Jennifer joined Citi in 2010, she has raised almost $2B of equity capital for multiple emerging biotechnology companies including:  Ambit Bio, Anacor, ChemoCentryx, Eleven Bio, Epizyme, Halozyme, Therapeutics, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Medivation, Onconova, Prothena, Puma Biotechnology, Sophiris Bio, Tesaro, Trius Therapeutics, Versartis and Vical.  Jennifer has advised on a number of M&A transactions over the course of her career including: Trius Therapeutics’s $705mm sale to Cubist, Invitrogen’s $1.9bn acquisition of Life Technologies, and Chiron’s $4.5bn sale to Novartis.
Jennifer is on the board of the Clearity Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on improving treatment options for ovarian cancer, and  has organized several events to raise funds for Clearity.  Jennifer graduated from Dartmouth College, cum laude, with a BA in Economics and received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Jennifer is a native of Houston, Texas but has been in the Bay Area since 1996.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys golfing, skiing and running.
Arun Apte, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PREMIER Biosoft; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CloudLIMS.com
Arun Apte is a serial entrepreneur in the bioinformatics space.   He founded and built PREMIER Biosoft, the largest independent software company providing tools for DNA analysis and mass spectrometry. He has now launched a 2nd bioninformatics company for laboratory information management systems (www.CloudLIMS.com) and has a 3rd company in the works in the next generation sequencing space.
Arun Apte has over two decades of bioinformatics and hands on laboratory experience. He co-wrote Primer Premier and designed the core algorithmic modules of AlleleID and several other projects. He is currently responsible for galvanizing corporate financial performance, market reputation and core team performance, with a particular interest in developing new markets and forging strategic alliances with key partners. Prior to co-founding PREMIER Biosoft, he gained extensive laboratory experience at Clontech Laboratories, California. Arun Apte holds a B.A. in molecular and cell biology and biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has received numerous honors and awards including the T. J. Watson scholarship from IBM, the University of California Alumni scholarship and The Regents of California scholarship. He has been published extensively on bioinformatics.
Paul J. Hastings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Hastings is the Chairman and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining OncoMed in 2006, Mr. Hastings was President and Chief Executive Officer of QLT, Inc. Previous to that, Mr. Hastings served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Axys Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Celera Corporation in 2001. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Hastings served as the President of Chiron BioPharmaceuticals, a division of Chiron Corporation. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of LXR Biotechnology. Mr. Hastings also held a series of management positions of increasing responsibility at Genzyme Corporation, including serving as President of Genzyme Therapeutics Europe as well as President, Genzyme Therapeutics Worldwide. Mr. Hastings also served as Vice President, Marketing and Sales and General Manager, Europe for Synergen, Inc., and previously held a series of marketing and sales management positions with Hoffmann-La Roche.
Mr. Hastings was recently Chairman of the Board of Proteolix (sold to Onyx Pharmaceuticals in 2010), and served on the boards of ViaCell (sold to Perkin-Elmer in 2007). He is currently Lead Director of Pacira Pharmaceuticals and on the board of Relypsa. He also serves as Chairman of the Emerging Companies Section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and serves on the board of the Bay Area Biosciences Association (BayBio) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI).
Mr. Hastings received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.
Lance Berman, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Relypsa, Inc
Lance joined Relypsa in December 2011 as Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy and Medical Affairs and was promoted in October 2012 to Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Most recently, he was Chief Medical Officer of CPEX Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for the clinical development of the Company’s late stage clinical product as well as its in-licensing and acquisition strategies. Prior to that, he served in various medical leadership roles at Pfizer Inc. from June 2003 to January 2009, where he was responsible for atherosclerosis, hypertension and endocrinology products serving at various times as US or Global Medical Team Leader. Previously, Lance held roles of increasing responsibility at Schering-Plough Corporation (merged with Merck) and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson). Lance received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, and holds a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Jeremy Joseph, Associate at GE Ventures
GE Ventures is the General Electric Company’s $1BN venture capital arm based in Menlo Park, CA and invests in healthcare, energy, software and advanced manufacturing. Prior to joining GE Ventures, Jeremy was an associate on Credit Suisse’s Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Tools team where he spearheaded stock investment analyses for large cap companies that include Illumina, Forest Labs and Abbvie. His professional experience spans from healthcare investment banking to equity research at firms Credit Suisse, Lazard and Morgan Stanley. Jeremy holds a B.S. in bioengineering from Rice University and a M.S. in bioengineering from University of Washington, Seattle.


When: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 6pm – 8pm

Where: Runway | 1355 Market St.,  San Francisco, CA


With Thanks to our Bay Area Sponsor

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Have an idea for a startup, but haven't taken the leap to make it a full-reality? What are you waiting for?

Bring your idea to StartOut's "Silicon Valley Idea Night" at CableLabs in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm (one block from CalTrain).

You'll get the chance to talk to members of the LGBT/StartOut community about your idea, practice your pitch, and start getting valuable feedback and advice.

This is a pressure-free, fully-supportive environment to share your ideas and learn from brilliant LGBT entrepreneurs, like yourself!

Want to present? 

First, CLICK HERE and tell us a bit more about your idea. We'll select our favorites.

Want to attend? 

Registermark your calendars, and come support the ideation community! As always, there will be plenty of time to chat with other like-minded members of our community in our “color-coded” networking session.


Silicon Valley Idea Night

November 5, 2014, 7-9pm

Venue: CableLabs

400 W California Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

one block from CalTrain; Parking available

With Thanks to Our Bay Area Event Sponsor

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