Techstars FounderCon brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders for three days of curated one-one-one meetings, networking, and thought leadership.
Our annual Techstars FounderCon will bring over 800 Techstars founders together in Oakland, California. With industry leading speakers, meaningful discussions, and face-to-face interactions with top corporations and investors, founders will leave with new connections and insights they can't gain anywhere else.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magic of the Techstars worldwide network in action!

Three days of content & connections
Here's what to expect
The first day of Techstars FounderCon begins with evening keynote speakers, including a fireside chat with David Cohen, followed by our welcome party.
Tuesday events at Techstars FounderCon involve business development meetings, roundtable discussions around C-suite Q and A, founder-led success stories, and opportunities to connect with other founders. We'll cap off the day with a networking reception. Tuesday is packed full of opportunities to meet founders and Fortune 500 companies and to grow your business.
Wednesday's schedule includes Techstars investor meetings, roundtable discussions around fundraising, founder-led breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with other founders. We end Techstars FounderCon with a closing reception. Spend the day forging new and meaningful relationships with investors and Techstars founders from around the world.
October 22-24, 2018
David Brown
Founder and Co-CEO
David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people.

David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role, overseeing global operations.

David has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a ski instructor in the past, David still enjoys hitting the slopes on a good powder day.

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Sameer Dholakia

Sameer Dholakia has over 20 years of experience in successfully bringing high growth, disruptive cloud and enterprise software solutions to market. Prior to joining SendGrid, he served as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix, driving the company's product strategy for cloud infrastructure and server virtualization. Sameer joined the company in 2010, when Citrix acquired VMLogix, where he served as CEO and doubled revenues during each year of his tenure. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years at Trilogy, where he held key leadership roles in sales, business development and product management and helped the company grow from a start-up to a $300 million business. Sameer received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nicole Glaros

Nicole is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. While earning her masters degree at the University of Florida, Nicole co-founded a tech startup that retailed products to the property management industry. It was there she developed her lifelong passion for supporting tech entrepreneurs.

She took her learnings of how to scale and applied it to CTEK, an incubator in Colorado supporting tech startups in 2002, before accelerators existed. She helped grow CTEK from 1 to 5 offices across the state, and was an early catalyst in developing the startup ecosystem in Colorado. Most recently, she is the Chief Innovation Officer at Techstars – a global network and investor in early-stage web software companies. She's been with the company since it's earliest days, yet has been instrumental in its growth from one office in Boulder, CO to a global powerhouse, featuring investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, events in over 500 cities globally, with $265M in capital under management and a market cap of over $5B. Through Techstars she's invested in over 90 startups, most of which she still supports to this day.

In addition to her role at Techstars, she's also on the board of Pana and Simple Energy. Previously she's been on the boards of Owlet, the Application Developer's Alliance, and Pledge1Percent Colorado, She was named one of the Coolest People in New York Tech and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the NewGuard, and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to Watch and featured in the Denver Business Journal. She's been featured on CNBC,, and Huffington Post, and her talks have been featured at SXSW, TEDx, WebSummit, Pioneers Festival, Arctic festival, the University of Colorado, Real Leaders, @WomenatForbes Mentoring Moments, and many, many more.

Nicole blends the strategic with the tactical and loves pushing her own limits and the limits of those around her. She's been a competitive swimmer, triathlete, and boxer(?!?). She's summited Mt. Rainer, is a NOLS graduate, has guided adventure travel trips, and knows enough about backcountry medicine to make her dangerous, She loves traveling to places radically different than home and mourns the spread of the western culture across the globe. She lives the mantra #GiveFirst and does one philanthropic thing every year, and is always looking for new ways to learn, grow, and help others.

When not working with startups, you'll find Nicole smothering her husband and two kids with kisses, or hiking, biking, skiing, reading, and lamenting how little time there is to do everything she loves.

Jim Gibson
Author, Tip of the Spear
Calgary-based entrepreneur Jim A. Gibson is an active leader in the Alberta innovation ecosystem. With 30 years of global experience at the forefront of technology and change, he is a passionate advocate for "paying attention" to what's coming and providing concrete examples of how we can all be leaders and role models for change.

Jim's talks take themes from his new book, Tip of the Spear, and challenge audiences to understand and respond to a new world that sees infinite possibilities meeting serious global problems head on.

Jim has an MBA from Schulich School of Business in Toronto, a B.Comm from the University of Toronto and holds his Certified Management Consulting Designation. He lives in Calgary, Canada with his family.

Tip of the Spear

Passionate, experienced and an infinitely curious entrepreneur, Jim shares his cautionary tale of our species and technology at a crossroads. Tip of the Spear is the product of his life's work at the forefront of technology and change.

"Our use of the technologies we have invented are now poised on a blade's edge. Either the Tip of the Spear levels the playing field in the areas of Governance, Finance and Education, or we use these extraordinary technologies to create further concentrations of wealth and increased inequality. We have a choice, we can use our newly connected planted to have real conversations, or we let it devolve into a rabble at the gate."

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Wade Davis
Former NFL Player & Consultant
Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and consultant on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL's first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism and homophobia. Wade creates league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leads inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and builds and launches national engagement initiatives.

In addition to his work in sports, Wade is currently consulting and advising at Netflix, Google, 21st Century Fox, Viacom and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Wade coaches senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs and develop their entire employee population.

Wade is a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women, as well as a member of the National Fair Housing Alliance 50th Anniversary committee. Additionally, Wade is a founding member of VICE's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan and others, as well as on the advisory board of Sparks and Honey and Gay

Men's Health Crisis (GMHC).

Wade's work around gender equality includes partnering with Planned Parenthood, the Ms. Foundation and Huffington Post Women, separately, launching initiatives and PSA's to define, establish and achieve the political, social and economic equality for women and men.

In solidarity with the #MeToo movement, Time's Up Now and Wade are collaborating to develop curricula and initiatives to remove the institutional barriers that women face in the workplace. Understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Wade built a 'Men's Gender Equality Development' leadership program that he launched with the United Nations and other organizations in 2018. His work to engage, educate and help men understand what actions to take toward gender equality includes a partnership with the Ms. Foundation and Ebony Magazine where he launched the #BlackMenAndFeminism campaign and with the Ms. Foundation's #MyFeminismIs campaign.

Wade gave his first TEDx Talk at the University of Florida entitled: The Mask of Masculinity, and he looks to continually engage men through a variety of vehicles to become more self- reflective and divest in patriarchal practices. Wade's additional work in media includes consulting on Oscar winner John Ridley's critically acclaimed and award winning series, American Crime, where he also filmed a co-star role, and as one of the leading voices in Vice President Joe Biden's LGBTQ+ support initiative, "As You Are." In 2012, Wade was named the Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination, sexism, and homophobia in sports. Still active with You Can Play, Wade currently serves as the Director of Professional Sports Outreach.

A former national surrogate for President Obama, Wade has been an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally.

Wade Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2014 Wade received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.

Ulili Onovakpuri
Kapor Capital
Uriridiakoghene "Ulili" Onovakpuri returned to the Kapor Capital team in 2016. She is focused on sourcing investment opportunities, conducting diligence and supporting Kapor Capital's portfolio companies particularly those in the digital health and medical technology industries.

Previously, Uriridiakoghene served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, a global accelerator program and venture capital firm which supports healthcare, education, agriculture, energy and FinTech businesses. At Village Capital she worked side by side with entrepreneurs from around the world helping them grow their ideas into marketable businesses.

Uriridiakoghene received her MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She is a native San Franciscan and a proud UC Berkeley Alum.

In her free time, you will likely find Uriridiakoghene watching Bollywood movies or playing with her niece Maya.

Cody Simms
Cody is a Partner at Techstars – the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed – and works as steward of Techstars' equity investments and venture capital funds for one of the most active early stage venture investors in the world. As of October 2018, Techstars is investing in ~460 companies per year and the Techstars portfolio has gone on to raise nearly $6Bn in follow-on capital. Techstars Accelerator programs are the first investor in ~5% of all Series A financings in the USA.

Cody works at the board level with companies including Two Bit Circus, StatMuse, WeBuyGold, and GameWisp. Previously, Cody was Executive Director at Techstars and head of Techstars accelerator investments and operations in North America, which grew to more than 20 locations across the region and ~200 investments per year during his tenure. Cody joined Techstars in 2013 to launch and serve as Managing Director for the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, co-investing in 20 startups alongside The Walt Disney Company in 2014 and 2015.

Earlier in his career, Cody held roles including Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon, Vice President of Product Management at Yahoo, and Product Manager at The New York Times, Sprint, and NBC Internet. Cody holds an M.A. in Transnational Communication and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History and East Asian Languages and Cultures with emphasis on Mandarin Chinese.

Cody resides with his family in Los Angeles and writes on the web via or @codysimms on Twitter.

Charles Hudson
Precursor Ventures
Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early­ stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies.

Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at Uncork Capital (formerly known as SoftTech VC). In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supported SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the Co­Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Android­-focused mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co­founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early ­stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-­commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti-­spam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007. Before IronPort Systems, Charles worked at In-Q-Tel, the venture capital fund backed by the Central Intelligence Agency, where he invested in early-stage hardware and software companies.

Charles graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and Spanish. Charles holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

John Guydon
John Guydon is a gifted speaker with the ability to inspire and challenge. He is also a director (The Dark Dollar), entrepreneur (The Lassy Project) and coach. John works with his audiences to to unlock the mental obstacles that stop them from doing better and achieving a higher level of success in whatever they are doing.
Chris VandenBrink
Coach & Facilitator
Chris is an executive coach, licensed architect and passionate listener. His training as both a designer and coach informs how he works with clients by endeavoring to understand and hold where they are as valid, which provides a safe place to create what they most want in their personal and professional lives. For his entire career he has been engaging groups and individuals to craft sustainable solutions that are thoughtful and unapologetically beautiful. Chris believes that we are constantly in a state of transformation and learning, he holds a Post-Graduate degree in Alternative Design from Archeworks and a Master Practitioner certification from NLP Marin.
Courtney Joyce
Coach & Facilitator
From first-time jobholders to late-professionals at Yahoo, Google, and Lyft – to name a few – Courtney helps uncover blocks to individual success so her clients walk away with the confidence and pragmatic approaches needed to be more effective leaders. In addition to corporate coaching, Courtney founded her own triathlon club where she coached a membership of over fifty athletes. Prior to coaching, Courtney worked for 15 years in the fields of technology and sports marketing and has held leadership roles at AOL, Handspring and Webroot Software. Her strong understanding of corporate dynamics allows her to coach management teams within challenging, fast-paced environments.
Jasmine Crowe
Founder & CEO
Compassionate, Zealous, Visionary and Inspiring are just a few of the words that describe Jasmine Crowe, an HBCU alumna who is working to make the world a better place. Deeply rooted in service Jasmine partnered with celebrities across the nation in a host of cause campaigns to ensure their star-power was being used for good. Today lead by Jasmine, she has hosted activations in more than 20 US cities and the UK, South Africa, Panama and Haiti and has collected and donated over three million items to causes worldwide and fed over 80,000 people through the Sunday Soul Homeless feeding initiative.

Jasmine also served as the creator and executive producer of ChangeMakers a half hour docu-series profiling how celebrities use their star power for social change which premiered on Magic Johnson's network ASPIRE! In January of 2017, she launched Goodr, a sustainable food waste management company that leverages technology to combat hunger. Today Goodr redirects surplus food from convention centers, hotels, airports, and businesses to the millions of people who are food insecure. Under Jasmine's direction the company now has clients that include: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Delta Airlines and more. She has been featured in Huffington Post, CNBC, Fast Co., The HARRY Show, OWN's Super Soul Sunday, Upworthy, NBC, Black Enterprise, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls and featured as a Hero of Hunger in a Brawny Paper Towels commercial. Jasmine is also a TEDx Atlanta resident Speaker.

Jasmine recently wrote her first children's book series titled "Giving is Good" which teaches youth the importance of giving back thru a variety of causes. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, working out and spending time with friends and family

Porter Gale
Porter Gale is a marketer, advisor and business-builder with over 25 years of experience. She is the former VP of Marketing of Virgin America, a founding team member of Globality and an advisor to over 20 CEOs and CMOs. She loves working with high-integrity, big-thinking founders and has advised both B2B and B2C companies including Rocketfuel, WePay, Vurb, Hint Water, Accompany and fitmob. She is also an author and was awarded the Changing The Game Award by The Advertising Women of New York, was on AdAge's Digital Hotlist and iMedia's Top 25-Digital Marketers list. She is a Stanford graduate and has been quoted in hundreds of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, AdAge,TechCrunch and more.
Wendy Lea
Having delivered business solutions in 30 countries, Wendy brings a worldly point of view to digital innovation and a charming edge to her entrepreneurial pursuits. She's a harmonious blend of San Francisco's upstream edge, Boulder's down to earth vibe and the Deep South's infectious charm.

Her entrepreneurial success is evidenced through the acquisition of OnTarget in 1999 by Siebel Systems, where she was a co-founder; Stratify's acquisition in 2007 by Iron Mountain, where she served on the board and, most recently, Get Satisfaction's acquisition by Sprinklr where she was an investor and CEO. Through her 5 years of board service at Corporate Visions she guided exponential growth that led to a significant round of private equity investment in June 2015.

Currently, she is the CEO and serves on the board of Cintrifuse, a public-private partnership that enables high-growth startups to prosper in Cincinnati. Wendy uses her years of entrepreneurial experience to lead and mentor the most promising startups in #StartupCincy, Greater Cincinnati's startup movement. Her industry knowledge helps founders find product/market fit, connect with customers and develop funding strategies.

Wendy extends her leadership to two non-profit boards, The Health Collaborative and Cincinnati's Symphony Orchestra. She also serves on the private venture-backed board of Zyleme, a learning content management company, based on Boulder. She is a member of C200 and Cincinnati Women's Executive Forum. In 2012 and 2013, she was recognized as a Women of Influence in Silicon Valley and in San Francisco.

Even with such a proven and successful business track record, she balances her life by spending time with family, friends and Casey, her shitzu. She's a warm, passionate leader, who personifies "good relationships make good business" while centering herself with a deep spiritual connection.

Dave Drach
VP of Corporate Strategy
Dave builds relationships between startups and corporates so they can prosper together. He focuses on teaching startups how to best engage corporate partners. Dave helps Techstars corporate partners create the very best startup engagement engines and drive innovation into their organizations while solving problems in new, disruptive ways. He's worked at the interface between some of the most innovative startups in the world and the largest corporate partners for over 20 years. With a small team at Techstars he crafted the first corporate backed, partnership driven, true startup accelerator with the powered by Techstars model and have evolved that model into deep, successful partnerships with corporations like Microsoft, Barclays, Disney, Nike, and Ford. At Techstars Dave has built a wide variety of engagement models with companies like Google, Chase, Amazon, Verizon, P&G and IBM.
Jeremy Rawitz
Executive Sales Director
Jeremy has over 15 years experience working with sales teams from start ups to the largest global corporations. He has worked both on the inside and outside of companies as a trainer, coach, leader and manager. He has trained 1000s of individuals and is an in demand keynote speaker on Sales. He brings a creative and original style to training.
Joanne Swanson
Global Network Partner Director
Joanne has over 15 years experience in companies of all sizes - from IBM to MakerBot to Startups which has given her a unique point of view from all stages of companies development. She's built & scaled sales teams from 4 to 30 Sales Reps including Enterprise Account Managers. Driving an average of over $150M annual sales. She's passionate about Inside Sales Teams and ready to help you with any questions you have! She loves this stuff!
Sally Kay
Of Counsel
Sally Kay specializes in corporate and securities law with an emphasis on representing emerging and public growth companies. Sally counsels companies throughout their lifecycle and regularly assists clients with preincorporation planning and company information, advising on fundraising strategy, private financing transactions and corporate governance. As companies mature, she counsels them on initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and SEC reporting and compliance. Prior to joining Cooley, both prior and concurrent with attending law school, Sally spent more than six years with Cadence Design Systems, Inc., as a program manager in the research and development group and as a project manager in the legal department. Prior to joining Cadence, Sally held various management positions in the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries. Sally has previously served on the board of directors of the UCLA Alumni Association, and as the Association's General Counsel.
Katie Taormino
Managing Director, Consumer Internet
Silicon Valley Bank
Katie Taormino is a Managing Director with SVB Capital's Venture Capital Relationship Management team. In this role, she oversees strategic relationships with venture capital and law firms by leveraging the diverse financial services of the SVB Financial Group platform.

In her efforts with the venture capital community, Taormino is focused on building and managing unique and strategic relationships with each firm and its individual partners to ensure that SVB is providing the best possible insights, guidance, products and services to the firm and its portfolio companies. She delivers market intelligence and provides differentiated interactions that allow them to leverage SVB's position in the marketplace. In this role, she sources and advises on limited partnership and co-investment opportunities, as well as partner and portfolio company banking opportunities. Similarly, Taormino is focused on managing relationships with a key subset of attorneys that represent the most prominent venture investors and technology companies in Silicon Valley. Her objective in this role is to build roadmaps with each attorney in order to ensure that SVB is providing unique, competitive and efficient solutions to their clients. She delivers market insights and access to the SVB network that allows partners to build their client base.

Taormino has over fourteen years of relationship management experience in the financial services industry creating, marketing and negotiating innovative lending and banking products. Prior to joining SVB in 2008, Taormino was Vice President at Comerica Bank, where she managed a portfolio of middle market relationships.

She holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Santa Clara University. She is also a Trustee of Palo Alto University and sits on the advisory board of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.

Elizabeth Scallon
Head of Labs, Seattle
Elizabeth Scallon is the Head of WeWork Labs, Seattle. WeWork Labs is a global entrepreneurship program connecting global innovation hubs, while providing fierce local support for startups and entrepreneurs. Startups in Seattle will be able to leverage the WeWork Labs global platform in order to accelerate their growth.

Previously Elizabeth lead CoMotion Labs at the University of Washington, a multi-industry, multiple location incubator system hosting over 90 startups from both inside and outside the University of Washington community.

Elizabeth has extensive experience in Startups, Incubation, and Global Innovation. She was one of the early team members of VLST, part of the inaugural class of biotech startups at Accelerator Corporation. She helped the company spin out from Accelerator and grow to over 50 employees and $35M in funding as the Head of Operations. She also lead the creation of her own mini-life science incubator as part of VLST hosting emerging Seattle Biotechs, such as Adaptive, Rarecyte and ZetaRx (now part of Juno).

Prior to VLST, Elizabeth was the Lab Manager and Research Associate at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, research novel therapeutics for Breast Cancer.

Ms. Scallon received her Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE, where she studied global innovation, entrepreneurship, and incubation with in country residences in Spain, Brazil, Argentina, China, India and US. She has her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Seattle University, and she has certificates in Data Visualization, Knowledge Management, Nonfiction Writing, and IT.

Elizabeth is a Trustee with World Affairs Council of Seattle and KUOW.
Michelle Arbov
Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
As Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, Michelle Arbov leads both large and small-scale investments made by the leading media and internet company IAC. Michelle played a pivotal role in helping IAC build a category killer in the digital home services marketplace by leading the acquisitions of HomeStars, myHammer, and myBuilder for IAC's HomeAdvisor business. She followed this with last year's $500 million purchase of Angie's List, resulting in a subsequent merger to create ANGI Homeservices, IAC's 10th public company. In 2016, Michelle ran point on IAC's strategic divestment of Shoebuy to for $70 million. As IAC continues its legacy in investing in early-stage businesses disrupting traditional industries through technology, Michelle is at the forefront of building the next generation of industry leaders. This year, she has already led IAC's investments in innovative car leasing app Honcker (of which she was named to the Board of Directors), and JoyRun, a peer to peer delivery app.

Before joining IAC, Michelle held a role in Private Equity at Och Ziff Capital Management, focused on a diverse Real Estate portfolio. Prior to Och-Ziff, Michelle was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where she was part of the IPO of Empire State Realty Trust. Michelle graduated with University Honors and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Business Honors Program at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. On a volunteer-basis, she consults with technology companies of various sizes, aiding them in financial analysis, which ensures key revenue drivers are front and center. Michelle is also on the leadership team and board of Chabad Young Professionals.

Laura Kennedy
VP Corporate Development
Laura holds space for transformative growth. As Vice President of Corporate Development at Techstars, she fosters relationships between entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to inspire collaborative innovation. With a mix of startup and corporate experience, she has completed $2 billion in strategic transactions, involving startups from around the globe and teams of 2 to 200.

Prior to Techstars, Laura was an early employee and Head of Business & Corporate Development at LivingSocial (acquired by Groupon). She enabled product and international market expansion through M&A, joint ventures, and investments. Laura also worked at AOL and Bear Stearns in corporate strategy, development, and finance capacities.

A first-generation college graduate, Laura holds a BBA, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan and is a certified Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Rodrigo Prudencio
Alexa Fund, Global Corporate Development
Rodrigo is a member of the Alexa Fund, Amazon's corporate venture capital fund dedicated to backing high-quality startups that are innovating their products and services with voice technology. Previously, he was the founder of Shuddle, a family-focused transportation service, and CEO of Hara Software. He was also partner at Nth Power, a venture capital firm dedicated to energy technology, and spent several years in Washington, D.C. working on international energy and environmental policy. He graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in International Relations and received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Dana Kanze
Doctoral Fellow
Columbia Business School
Dana Kanze is doctoral fellow at Columbia Business School where she researches sources of inequality in entrepreneurship. Prior to embarking upon her PhD, Ms. Kanze co-founded and ran a venture-funded mobile technology startup for five years. Dana's experiences as a female entrepreneur and CEO inspired her to examine gender distinctions among founders. Dana's work has been published in The Academy of Management and The Harvard Business Review and featured by Bloomberg, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, Inc, Pitchbook, Scientific American, Techcrunch, TED, and the Wall Street Journal. Based on her findings, Ms. Kanze also leads training workshops for investors and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kanze graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Economics from The Wharton School and began her career as an investment banker and strategic consultant.
David Cohen
Founder and Co-CEO
David Cohen is the Founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life. He has only had one job interview in his career, successfully got that job but then quit shortly thereafter to start his first company. Since then, he has founded several companies and has invested in hundreds of startups such as Uber, Twilio, SendGrid, FullContact, and Sphero. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $80B in value.

Prior to Techstars, David was a co-founder of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive. Later, David was the founder and CEO of earFeeder, a music service that was sold to SonicSwap. He also had what he likes to think of as a "graceful failure" in between.

David is the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster; Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup. David also enjoys reading non-fiction books and playing tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he's ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.

You can find David tweeting at @davidcohen and blogging on the web at

Techstars FounderCon Networking Lounge Schedule
Tuesday, October 23
Crypto/Security (Lead by Andris Merkulovs - Monetizr) - 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
CTO (Lead by Jed Christiansen - Techstars) - 1:15 - 2:00 pm
Female Founders (Lead by Sabrina Kelly - Techstars) - 2:15 - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 24
Portfolio Review (Lead by Kate Drane - Techstars) - 11:00 - 11:30 am
Black Founders (Lead by Tope Alabi - SocialCapital) - 12:00 - 12:30 pm
Underrepresented Groups (Lead by Jason Thompson - Techstars) - 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Cap Table Help (Lead by Nicole Glaros - Techstars) - 2:15 - 3:00 pm
Opening Night, Oct 22
6:00 - 7:00 PM - Auditorium
Opening Remarks
David Brown - Founder and Co-CEO, Techstars

Fireside Chat
Sameer Dholakia - CEO, SendGrid
Nicole Glaros - Partner, Techstars

Keynote Speech
Jim Gibson - Author, Tip of the Spear

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Grand Ballroom
Welcome Reception
Day 1: Oct 23
9:00 - 5pm - Grand Ballroom & Banquet Room
Business Development Meetings

9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Gold Room
Networking Lounge

10:00 - 11:00 am - Auditorium
Intentional Diversity & Inclusion
Wade Davis - Former NFL Player & Consultant

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Auditorium
Getting From Seed to Series A
Sally Kay - Of Counsel, Cooley
Katie Taormino - Managing Director, Consumer Internet, Silicon Valley Bank
Elizabeth Scallon - Head of Labs, Seattle, WeWork

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Red Room

Fundraising Tips for Outsiders
Cody Simms - Partner, Techstars
Charles Hudson - Precursor Ventures

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Networking Lounge (Gold Room)

Networking Conversation - Crypto/Security Tokens
Andris Merkulovs - CEO & Co-Founder,

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Auditorium
Get Out of Your Own Way
John Guydon - Speaker, Director, Entrepreneur, Changemaker.

1:15 - 2:00pm - Networking Lounge (Gold Room)
Networking Conversation - CTO's
Jed Christiansen - Director, Product Manager, Techstars

2:15 - 3:00 pm - Auditorium
Techstars - Past, Present & Future
David Cohen - Founder & Co-CEO, Techstars & Nicole Glaros - Partner, Techstars

2:15 - 3:00 pm - Networking Lounge (Gold Room)
Networking Conversation - Female Founders
Sabrina Kelly - VP of People Ops, Techstars

3:15 - 4:15 pm - Auditorium
Standing Still With Your Hair on Fire
Chris VandenBrink - Coach & Facilitator, Reboot
Courtney Joyce - Coach & Facilitator, Reboot
Jasmine Crowe - Founder & CEO, Goodr

5:00 - 6:30pm - Lake Chalet (across the street from the Scottish Rite Center)
Happy Hour

Day 2: Oct 24
9:00 - 4:30 pm - Grand Ballroom & Banquet Room
Investor Meetings

9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Gold Room
Networking Lounge

10:00 - 11:00 am - Auditorium
The Inside Scoop: Lessons from Working with Startup CEOs and CMOs
Porter Gale - CMO, Globality
Wendy Lea - CEO, Cintrifuse

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Red Room
Strategies for Overcoming Your top Sales Objections (Interactive session)
Dave Drach - VP of Corporate Strategy, Techstars
Jeremy Rawitz - Executive Sales Director, Techstars
Joanne Swanson - Global Network Partner Director, Techstars

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Networking Lounge
Networking Conversation: Unlocking the Corporate Partner Network
Kate Drane - Network Engagement Manager, Techstars

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Auditorium
Building a Diverse Team
Ulili Onovakpuri - Partner, Kapor Capital

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Diversity & Inclusion Networking: Meet Techstars VP of D&I, Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson - VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Techstars

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Auditorium
Corporate Development: Buy-Side Perspectives
Michelle Arbov - Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, IAC
Laura Kennedy, VP Corporate Development, Techstars

2:15 - 3:00 pm - Auditorium
Voice Technology and Startups: What's Ahead
Rodrigo Prudencio - Alexa Fund, Global Corporate Development, Amazon

2:15 - 3:00 pm - Red Room
Breaking Bias in Entrepreneurship: Research & Practice
Dana Kanze - Doctoral Fellow, Columbia Business School

3:15 - 4:15 pm - Auditorium
AMA with David and David
David Cohen & David Brown, Techstars

5:00 - 6:30 pm - Lake Chalet (across the street from the Scottish Rite Center)
Happy Hour

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Techstars FounderCon Networking Lounge
Step inside the Techstars FounderCon Networking Lounge to take a break from meetings and seminars and connect with others in the Techstars network. The room will be available all day for a chance to get away as well as meet people from all around the world. During certain parts of the day, we'll have focused conversations to bring together specific groups of people.
Work Stations
Need a few minutes to check email, charge your phone or computer, or do a little work? We have two workstations setup at Techstars FounderCon to give you the chance to stay connected. They are located on the second floor balcony and in the Blue Room on the third floor of the Scottish Rite Center.
Food at Techstars FounderCon
We will be providing lunch to FounderCon attendees at noon on Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24. Lunch will be served in the registration lobby on the first floor as well as the lobby of the fourth floor. We will also have a cash-only concession stand available throughout the day if you need a pick-me-up.