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SAVE THE DATE

STARTOUT AWARDS 2014

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2014

Location TBA in San Francisco, CA

HONOREES WILL INCLUDE:  Actor & LGBT Community Leader GEORGE TAKEI receiving the Leadership Award

With More To Be Announced Soon

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. This years evening’s 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. Award categories include: Leadership Award, recognizing someone who has demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit in service of the community Advocate Award, recognizing a champion for LGBT business leadership Disruptor Award, recognizing an innovator who is revolutionizing an industry Next Generation Award, recognizing a young entrepreneur of great accomplishment. [post_title] => SAVE THE DATE - StartOut Awards 2014 - September 11th [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => save-the-date-startout-awards-2014 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-06-17 09:24:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-06-17 16:24:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://startout.org/?post_type=event&p=9098 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_id] => 114 [post_id] => 9098 [Venue] => 0 [StartDate] => 2014-09-11 [EndDate] => 2014-09-11 [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] => 2014-09-11 [reoccurrence_end] => 2014-09-11 [post_category] => 0 ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9220 [post_author] => 5083 [post_date] => 2014-07-15 09:30:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-07-15 16:30:44 [post_content] =>

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

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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! 

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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:

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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.  
   

Schedule:

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

 

With thanks to our Bay Area Event Sponsor:

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EVENT INFO:

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

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

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EVENT DETAILS

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

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  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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With Thanks to Our Bay Area Event Sponsor

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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.

EVENT DETAILS

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

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

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With Thanks to our Bay Area Sponsor

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EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 6:00 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.

For our next Rainbow Round, we’re proud to have Sean Howell, CEO & co-founder of Hornet Networks, as our speaker.In the first year alone, Hornet grew to 1 million users and raised $500,000 in seed funding. Sean was also previously on the board of PFLAG, a non-profit that promotes the health and well-being of the LGBT community and their supporters. Sean will speak about how to go from having an idea to becoming a startup founder.

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 4/23, and follow @rainbowround on Twitter for updates about future events.

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EVENT DETAILS

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM PST Where: Galvanize, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco

  Demo Day + Networking in San Francisco is a forum for  innovative startups from the StartOut community to connect with angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate VC's. Our NY Demo Day in February 2014 brought together amazing LGBT entrepreneurs from across the country who presented their startups to a panel of 12 active investors and an audience of over 150 members of the StartOut community. We invite you to join us for our first SF Demo day - an evening of collaboration among some of the brightest entrepreneurs and investors in our community. There will be ample time for you to make new connections, share ideas with other like-minded individuals and build your network. The evening starts at 6PM with an hour of networking, followed by 3 batches of demos and panel Q & A.  We close the program and have another hour for networking! The event space at Galvanize is amazing. Hope to see you there.  
 

PANELISTS

Dave McClure, Angel Investor - 500 Startups Andy Wheeler, VC - Google Ventures Chirag Chotalia, VC - New World Ventures Jared Fleisler, VC - Matrix Partners David Blumberg, VC - Blumberg Capital Sue Sheuerman, Angel Investor Lawrence Mandes, VC - Galvanize  Alok Vasudev, VC - Benchmark

 

CURRENT DEMOS

TalentCove (http://talentcove.com) is an employee engagement platform that empowers teams to grow and succeed at work by tracking small wins, sharing progress, and getting recognition and feedback. Roost (http://roost.us) is an application for peer-shared storage that is changing the way people store their stuff by providing access to safe and secure local storage. GoBoldly (http://gobold.ly) is an online community that connects people to bold user generated experiences through an easy and immersive IOS app. Produk.me (http://produk.me) is a mobile communications and engagement platform for consumer product companies, providing simple tools for product on-boarding & gathering first impressions and feedback on the product experience. Cirrus Identity (http://cirrusidentity.com) enhances collaboration and expands access to the higher education enterprise by allowing parents, alumni, research collaborators and more to log in with social identities like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Distinc.tt (http://distinc.tt) is a social/lifestyle network for the LGBT community, helping gay people connect with like-minded people and explore relevant places, events, activities, and travel packages. Goji Smart Lock (http://gojiaccess.com) is a technologically advanced, beautifully designed smart lock that gives you complete control over access to your home using your mobile phone. Specialfy (http://m.specialfy.com) is a mobile app that lets you explore daily specials and other unique events at restaurants, providing real-time information to help people decide where to eat and hang out. Hip Chick Farms (http://hipchickfarms.com) brings healthy great-tasting poultry products to time challenged families seeking convenient real food based on trusted ingredients. Alanta (http://alanta.com) is a platform for businesses to engage their customers with real-time voice/video anywhere on the web.  

PARTNER

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EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PST Where: WeWork Soma Labs, 156 2nd St, San Francisco

We're proud to present a very special evening devoted to women in entrepreneurship. Part of StartOut's mission is to increase the visibility of lesbian entrepreneurs, and to strengthen the lesbian entrepreneur network. We begin the evening with a networking reception of adult beverages and hors d'oeuvres at WeWork Soma Labs. Our expert panel will then discuss issues of significance to women entrepreneurs in general, and lesbian entrepreneurs in particular. Whether you're in the early stages of an entrepreneurial career, an experienced entrepreneur looking for new perspectives, interested in making the leap into entrepreneurship or you advise entrepreneurs, join us for an insightful and fun evening of networking and conversation with inspiring women. (Note: While this evening is focused on the issues facing women in entrepreneurship, men are welcome to attend this event.)  
 

PANELISTS

Ramona Pierson Co-Founder & CEO, Declara Ramona’s career began as a neuroscientist at the Palo Alto Brain Center and VA hospitals, which led to her advocating for students with learning challenges in the public school system. In 2005, she created The Source, one of the first online social learning solutions for educators, students and parents. It was adopted throughout the Seattle Public School system and Ramona became the CIO for the district for three years. In 2007, Ramona founded SynapticMash which developed educational solutions. SynapticMash was acquired by the British interactive learning company, Promethean World, and Ramona became the Chief Science Officer leading its expansion into the global education marketplace. In 2012, Ramona co-founded Declara and today serves as its CEO. Ramona entered University of California, Berkeley at the age of 16 and was recruited at 18 by the Marine Corps for her brilliance in mathematics and uncanny grasp of data and algorithms. She went on to receive an undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College; master’s degrees from University of San Francisco; as well as a fellowship to the University of Washington.   Helen Russell Co-Founder & CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas Helen Russell is Co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas® in San Rafael, CA. Under her direction, Equator has earned a reputation as a quality-oriented, customer-focused business that takes the lead on issues of social and environmental responsibility. Helen is responsible for company strategy and growth. She has defined competitive advantage to include social responsibility and sustainable choices. She strives to deliver innovations in procuring, roasting, brewing, and sales and business practices. These initiatives tangibly support the company’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility and they also enhance the bottom line. Under her direction, Equator has recently become Certified B Corporation. Under Helen’s strategic guidance, Equator has achieved 10-15 % annual growth over the past 18 years. She has done this by remaining focused on developing strong, lasting partnerships with Equator’s customers and helping them execute their vision and business plans.   Sabrina Riddle Co-Founder & CMO, Madison Reed A radical optimist with a passion for curiosity, fairness, new ideas, style, profit and the pursuit of creating happiness. Sabrina Riddle has over 15 years experience in the successful creation and growth of consumer brands, both on and offline. Prior, she practiced law in California. Through Sabrina's collective experience as an entrepreneur, senior business executive, and as an attorney, she has developed a comprehensive skill set fusing bold creative thinking with deep experience in strategy, analytics, social media and emotive consumer-centric experiences and an ability to inspire both customers and her team and drive revenue growth. Sabrina thrives in a start-up environment. She currently serves as Co-Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Madison Reed, revolutionizing the $10 billion hair color market leveraging innovative technology to create the finest quality in-home hair care experience that is both high touch and high tech. Producing healthy professional grade products, delivered direct to the consumer with the highest quality service online and off, Madison Reed is headquartered in San Francisco, and raised a $3.9 million Series A from True Ventures and Maveron in April 2013 and $12 million Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners with True Ventures and Maveron participating. Sabrina also serves as a Creative and Strategic Advisor to New Force Media, connecting communities of influential affinity groups through rich content, connection and discovery online, in print and in-person. Previously, she was chief executive officer of Swaylo (acquired by PeopleBrowsr), chief revenue officer of Threadsy (acquired by Facebook) and chief marketing, media and sales officer of Olivia. Sabrina has spoken on panels across the country about the importance of building emotive brands and creating an authentic connection with your customer, she has lectured at the Berghs School of Communication on how to Product-ify Your Ideas and Think Like an Entrepreneur, she was recognized by 7x7 Magazine as one of San Francisco's Style Council for influencing the definition of the area’s fashion style, and was featured in GO Magazine’s 100 Women We Love. Serving and giving back to the community is paramount for Sabrina. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.    Li Han Chan   Co-Founder & CEO, DynaOptics Li Han is co-founder and CEO of DynaOptics, a hardware company bringing true optical zoom into your phone's camera, without the usual bulky protrusion. She brings over 12 years of experience in technology commercialization, business development, operations and strategy consulting.  Li Han cut her teeth at ST Engineering, Singapore's largest defense and engineering company, and successfully led sales and business development efforts while based in Singapore and London. Subsequently, 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. Most recently, she was Vice President of Operations at NIREC, a clean energy technology incubator where she worked with universities and research institutions to fund and commercialize early stage technologies. Li Han is a graduate of Stanford University, a member of the Sierra Angels and an avid climber/skier/biker.   Laura Sydell, Moderator Correspondent, NPR Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture Correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and NPR.org. Sydell's work focuses on the ways in which technology is transforming our culture and how we live. For example, she reported on robotic orchestras and independent musicians who find the Internet is a better friend than a record label as well as ways technology is changing human relationships. Before joining NPR in 2003, Sydell served as a senior technology reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace, where her reporting focused on the human impact of new technologies and the personalities behind the Silicon Valley boom and bust. American Women in Radio and Television, The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and Women in Communications have all honored Sydell for her long-form radio documentary work focused on individuals whose life experiences turned them into activists.  
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Join StartOut for our first San Francisco event of 2014 at Tradition, one of the City's quintessential modern classic bars. The spacious interior at Tradition is tastefully designed and the mood is that of unpretentious, laid-back sophistication.
StartOut will also showcase local entrepreneurs to pitch their startup ideas to the audience with a solid ask (anything besides funding – sorry). Few spots are available, so to be considered, please send a brief description and pitch deck (no more than 4 slides). Whether you’re an LGBT (or ally) founder, entrepreneur, investor, service provider, start-up employee (or wannabe!) or maybe you have a great idea for a business and just haven’t made the leap quite yet….StartOut is for you!

EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM PST Where: Tradition, 441 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA

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SAVE THE DATE

STARTOUT AWARDS 2014

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2014

Location TBA in San Francisco, CA

HONOREES WILL INCLUDE:  Actor & LGBT Community Leader GEORGE TAKEI receiving the Leadership Award

With More To Be Announced Soon

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. This years evening’s 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. Award categories include: Leadership Award, recognizing someone who has demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit in service of the community Advocate Award, recognizing a champion for LGBT business leadership Disruptor Award, recognizing an innovator who is revolutionizing an industry Next Generation Award, recognizing a young entrepreneur of great accomplishment. [post_title] => SAVE THE DATE - StartOut Awards 2014 - September 11th [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => save-the-date-startout-awards-2014 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-06-17 09:24:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-06-17 16:24:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://startout.org/?post_type=event&p=9098 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_id] => 114 [post_id] => 9098 [Venue] => 0 [StartDate] => 2014-09-11 [EndDate] => 2014-09-11 [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] => 2014-09-11 [reoccurrence_end] => 2014-09-11 [post_category] => 0 ) )

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