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Dallas Startup Week is a free five day event highlighting the amazing startup culture of Dallas. Join in for a few events hosted all around town to learn, network and help make Dallas better for everyone. 

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Monday, March 2
 

9:00am

Dallas Startup Week Kickoff
Get started at Chase Basecamp for the welcoming address for the inaugural Dallas Startup Week! Come join us and the President and CEO of Downtown Dallas as we kick off the week! 

Speakers
avatar for John Crawford

John Crawford

President & CEO, Downtown Dallas Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private non-profit organization serving as the primary advocate and champion for Downtown, ensuring that Downtown grows as a vibrant center of urban life, recognized locally and globally for the quality of its business, hospitality, entertainment, living, and cultural environments. John Crawford was named President and CEO after serving as the volunteer Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006. John brings to... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

9:00am

A VC, an Angel, and an Entrepreneur Walk into a Bar....
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Bettina Bennett

Bettina Bennett

CEO, WhichBox Media
CEO/whichbox®; passion 4 people, organic storytelling®, buidling fan communities, startups, social media, cycling, travel, photography
avatar for Michael Johnstone

Michael Johnstone

Director, Web Technology, Mark Cuban Companies
Michael brings over a decade of technology and business experience to Mark Cuban Companies. He has a proven history of strategic planning, leadership, product development, and operations in both startups and mature companies. Michael is responsible for deal flow and manages internet and technology strategy for MCC portfolio companies. He previously founded Taglyn GPS Tracking, specializing in small fleet management, before selling it to a private... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

9:00am

Flipped and Blended Learning Models for Data Science
Limited Capacity full

Learn how Divergence Academy is adopting modern cloud infrastructure to make Data Science curriculum widely available in hybrid - Online & classroom instruction. Sravan Ankaraju, Founder, of the Academy will walk the audience through building of the curriculum and the immersive program model. Data Science is one of the first three programs that is being launched with first cohort starting in July. The other programs are Data Engineering and Internet of Things.

Speakers
avatar for Sravan Ankaraju

Sravan Ankaraju

Founder & CEO, Divergence Academy
Sravan Ankaraju is the Founder and CEO of  Divergence Academy. He is a tech geek at heart, but his real passion is for education and making a difference through hands-on learning methods. At Divergence Academy, he gets to combine his three favorite things, Data Science, Machine Learning and teaching. He worked at Microsoft as Strategy and Innovation Director leading Support Organization’s Transformation to the SMAC (Social... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

10:00am

How To Communicate Your Big Idea To Others: An Introduction to Mockups & Wireframing
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Arlo Gilbert

Arlo Gilbert

CEO & Co-Founder, Meta SaaS
Greeter at Walmart. I also invest in and start companies too. Currently @Departing - Certified #KeyboardWarrior


Monday March 2, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

10:00am

Social Entrepreneurship 101: Bringing Ideas to Scale
Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

Founder and Managing Director, Social Impact Architects
Suzanne Smith is a serial social entrepreneur and bridges many disciplines as a coach and consultant to social sector organizations as Founder and Managing Director of Social Impact Architects and Co-Founder of Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub. She also educates future social entrepreneurs as a frequent guest lecturer at campuses across the country and as Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and Research Fellow at the Center for... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

10:30am

Restaurant Tech Showcase
Moderators
avatar for David Matthews

David Matthews

Owner, Trailblazer Capital
David Matthews has a background as an entrepreneur, a lead investor in emerging alternative investment funds, a venture capitalist, and as a venture philanthropist. As an entrepreneur, David launched several successful start-ups including Intelecon, Green Mountain Dallas, and The Exchange. Intelecon was a Dallas-based audio-visual services company that he and two co-founders grew from $0 to $22 million of annual revenue between 1991 and 1998. In... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Evan Brody

Evan Brody

PnP Loyalty
avatar for Izzy DiChiara

Izzy DiChiara

Co-founder, Ubidock
Ubidock is the first wire-free phone charging solution for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and public places.
avatar for Tanya Endicott

Tanya Endicott

CEO & Co-Founder, iWaiter
avatar for Andrew Schulz

Andrew Schulz

Co-Founder and CEO, JoinMe@
Solving problems one elegant solution at a time.


Monday March 2, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

11:00am

How to Survive Being Sued by a Billionaire
Limited Capacity full

We're going to answer the question, "What should you expect when you're unsuspecting?" Stay in business long enough and you may just find yourself wrapped up in a lawsuit of your own. We'll walk through one example of how a startup survived despite long odds. See a lawsuit through the eyes of an entrepreneur, not a lawyer. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons

Founder, InstaPost
Michael enjoys the challenge of moving ideas from the drawing board to the market. From mobile apps to software solutions and direct mail to digital marketing, the goal is always the same. Generate traction, reduce friction and build outstanding teams, companies, products, and services. He's currently working with inboundgeo and InstaPost.io to connect on-demand print solutions with online retargeting. | | His nomadic life as a military... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

12:00pm

How Portfolio Companies Evolve and Interact Effectively with Their Investment Firm
Pizza lunch provided for RSVP attendees.

Moderators
avatar for Ameeth Sankaran

Ameeth Sankaran

Investment Partner, 2M Companies
Ameeth joined 2M to advise portfolio companies, invest in early stage (primarily technology) companies, and help shape the future strategy for the office. Ameeth is from Texas originally and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. He recently spent over 8 years at The Boston Consulting Group, based in both the Dallas and Mumbai offices, consulting with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Johnner

Matt Johnner

CEO, Memory Science
Matt is CEO of Memory Science, a software company focused on measurably improving outcomes based on its patented technology primarily applicable in the education space. After growing up in the Adirondack Mountains, Matt graduated from Texas A&M University and then worked and lived in West Africa and the Middle East in the oil and gas sector. He later joined Perot Systems and has subsequently started and managed the growth of both companies... Read More →
avatar for Nick Selby

Nick Selby

Co-Founder & CEO, StreetCred
StreetCred co-founder and chief executive officer Nick Selby was sworn as a police officer in 2010, and currently serves as an investigator at a police agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He was an information security analyst and consultant for ten years, and has worked in physical security and intelligence consulting in various roles since 1993. He is co-author of Blackhatonomics: An Inside Look at the Economics of... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

1:00pm

Funding, When and How
Speakers
avatar for Drew Jones

Drew Jones

Founder, D. Jones Clothiers
After graduating from Texas A&M in 2006, Drew took his business degree and moved to Asia where he experienced his first custom suit.  The business minded entrepreneur became intrigued and traveled to various cities across the United States, Europe, and Asia to learn about the inner workings of the custom clothing industry. To his surprise, he discovered that the industry was being taken over by companies using inferior fabrics and... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lavelle

Kevin Lavelle

Founder & CEO, Mizzen+Main
Kevin Lavelle is the Founder and CEO of Mizzen+Main, an innovative company changing the landscape of the apparel industry with its moisture wicking, wrinkle free, American made professional apparel. |   | After spending a year overseas during college in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia, the international life continued its call. While working for international consulting firm Oliver Wyman, Kevin spent a... Read More →
avatar for Imran Sheikh

Imran Sheikh

Chief Operating Officer, Need
Imran Sheikh serves as Foremost and Need's Chief Operating Officer. Imran brings a wealth of retail experience with him, most notably as the Managing Partner of Aftershock London, overseeing the retailer’s expansion into North America. He is also a seasoned investor in the retail, real estate, and hospitality sectors. Today, Imran resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children.  


Monday March 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

1:00pm

Shooting for A Line: The Photography How-To
Speakers
avatar for Tyler Sharp

Tyler Sharp

Tyler Sharp is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker based out of Dallas, Texas. Specializing in environmental portraiture, americana & western lifestyle, travel, and adventure documentary, he has sojourned extensively on assignment, and slept under the stars in some of the most remote regions of the world.  A Texas native, Tyler attended USC in Los Angeles, where he studied photography, film, psychology and Italian. Pursuing his... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

1:00pm

JPMorgan Chase Financial Solutions Lab
Are you a social entrepreneur focused on helping consumers improve their financial health? Come learn more about the first competition in the Financial Solution Lab to support products and services that help consumers manage household finances on a tight budget.  The Lab is a $30 million initiative managed by CFSI with founding partner JPMorgan Chase to provide capital and technical assistance to an elite group of innovators to help increase the reach and impact of their products.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Lajewski

Maria Lajewski

Manager, Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)
Maria is a Manager at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) where she manages initiatives designed to power the next-generation of solutions to improve consumer financial health, most notably the Financial Solutions Lab. Maria shares CFSI’s vision of a financially-healthy America where people’s day-to-day financial system functions well and increases the likelihood of long-term resilience and opportunity.   ... Read More →
avatar for Yvette Ruiz

Yvette Ruiz

Community Relations Manager, Chase
Yvette Ruiz is the Community Relations Manager for JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Nonprofit Engagement in the Southwest region. Since joining JPMC in 2013, she has managed the strategic engagement with nonprofit partners that focus on serving the needs of the low-and-moderate income populations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Yvette is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds a professional certification in Corporate... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

2:00pm

Financing Your Restaurant
1975 Founded Chili’s Inc. Managed concept’s growth and development as its president. Responsible for development of all aspects of Chili’s concept including menu, service system, décor, building design, operations, POS systems. In addition, managed site and market selection, market planning and joint venture/franchising deals.
1983 As president, led in the Chili’s IPO in 1983. Served As Chili’s CEO from 1983-1985.
Created casual dining seafood concept: Charley’s Seafood Grill. Developed concept to two units, then  sold it to S&A restaurants (renamed to Baystreet Seafood Restaurants).
1985 Left Chili’s to pursue development and real estate opportunities.
1987 Bought an interest in Tia’s and began developing the concept for expansion.
1987-1995 Expanded the concept to 12 Tia’s .Served as President/CEO and was responsible for the overall strategic direction.
1995 Sold Tia’s to Morrison Restaurants, Inc., ( Ruby Tuesday) Mobile Alabama.
1998 to Present: Formed Turtle Creek Restaurants for development of casual dining concepts 
2004-06 President- of the North Texas Food Bank.
2014 Developed TEN50BBQ in Richardson, Tx.

Speakers
avatar for David T. Denney

David T. Denney

Principal, The Law Offices of David T. Denney, PC
David is an attorney whose practice focuses of food, beverage and hospitality law.  He earned his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and is a member of both the Texas and Tennessee State Bars.  His firm counsels both startups and small and emerging businesses around the nation on such matters as the formation, purchase and sale of business entities, private equity funding, commercial real estate... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

2:00pm

Health Startups 101: Secrets to Launching in DFW
Moderators
avatar for Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Web Developer
I have a passion for building things for the internet. I feel I have a keen understanding of what makes something great. I love taking a project from an idea, and building that idea into something. I love learning about new ideas/technologies, I love teaching others about the web, and how, I feel, best to use it to build businesses, brands, or that funny joke you turned into a website. I'm always building something (most of the time it's a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for JC Adams

JC Adams

Founder & CEO, Cloud 9
J.C. Adams is a serial entrepreneur applying his skills of technology design, strategy, marketing and team building. He launched his first tech company from Baylor’s entrepreneurship program in 1994 and four more since in digital marketing, real estate and healthcare. Having a lifelong interest in psychology and after witnessing years of untreated mental illness impact community, friends and family, JC launched Cloud 9 in 2013 to help improve... Read More →
avatar for Justin Dickstein

Justin Dickstein

Founder and CEO, Virtual Visit
avatar for Matt Schwartz

Matt Schwartz

CTO, EasyEye
Co-Founder of EasyEye: Instant Custom Readers


Monday March 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

2:00pm

Inside Out: An Up Close Look Corporate Entrepreneurship
Speakers
avatar for Mark McSpadden

Mark McSpadden

Director of Technology, Sabre Labs, Sabre Holdings
Director of Technology, Sabre Labs


Monday March 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

3:00pm

Balancing a Double Bottom Line
Speakers
avatar for Hayden Blackburn

Hayden Blackburn

Founder and Director, IDEA Works Fort Worth
Hayden is responsible for developing and establishing IDEA Works FW, as well as overseeing the operations, delivery of services, and facility management. This includes planning, organizing and marketing all activities at IDEA Works FW. Hayden handles all client leases, vendor agreements and contracts. Hayden is also responsible for managing and operating the building and its facilities, conference and meeting rooms, common areas, and parking... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

3:30pm

Prove Your Concept
Limited Capacity full

You have a great idea. The next question is, will the dogs eat the dog food?  Is your idea viable?  How do you find out without spending your life savings (or that of your family and friends), or worse yet, giving away most of the company to an angel investor?  

 

This interactive workshop is designed to help you open your mind to creative possibilities, as well as locate the necessary resources to prove your concept and create cash flow.

 


Speakers
avatar for Yvette Grove

Yvette Grove

Catalyst Connector Cheerleader Coach, Womanars
Yvette is a dynamic catalyst for companies and entrepreneurs assisting them with business development, strategic partnerships, program development, creative planning, training, networking and fundraising. Yvette is a connector, networker, and speaker. Using her background and strong relationships has enabled her to help connect a business’ possibilities to the resources, companies, and networks to get their project in motion. Yvette has... Read More →
avatar for Uno Immanivong

Uno Immanivong

Chef and Owner, Chino Chinatown
Chef Uno was recently seen on “ABC’s The Taste” competing on Anthony Bourdain’s team. She started her cooking career when she founded Foodie Couture, a cooking entertainment and catering company. Uno is currently the chef and owner of Chino Chinatown in Trinity Groves. Ultimately Uno’s food journey was inspired by her mother who catered as she was growing up.  She observed the art of creating every... Read More →
avatar for Maria Smith-Brackenridge

Maria Smith-Brackenridge

Co-Founder and Client Manager, Two Peppers Sales & Marketing
Professional executive with 18+ years experience specializing in Executive Operations, Client Relations, Program Management and Business Development for start-up ventures, corporations and not-for-profits. Over my career, I have invested in building a solid executive network to develop business opportunities that generate profit, innovative products and engages top talent. Experienced building a brand, leading professional teams, creating... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

4:00pm

My Unexpected Journey into Social Entrepreneurship
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Chad Houser

Chad Houser

Executive Director/Chef, Cafe Momentum
Always one to add a little levity to the conversation, Chad often describes Café Momentum as “taking kids out of jail and teaching them to play with knives and fire.” But levity aside, it’s this charisma and passion to teach life, social and employment skills to Dallas’ most at-risk youth that makes Houser a hit with everyone from philanthropists and dinner-goers to the young men participating in the program... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Cafe Momentum 1510 Pacific

5:00pm

Health Startups 201: Tips to Landing Your Next Investment Dollars
Moderators
avatar for Sean Schantzen

Sean Schantzen

Co- Founder and COO, HealthFundr
Before joining Healthfundr, Sean was a securities attorney representing boards of directors, corporations, and others in complex securities and business litigation. He was a trial team member in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit defending a broker dealer. Sean has also worked at startup software companies developing and managing marketing programs, field/channel sales strategies, and products. Sean received his B.A. from BYU and his J.D. from the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Curtis

Stephen Curtis

Life Science Investments, 2M Companies, Inc.
2M Companies (“2M”), a Dallas-based family office and investment company focused on life science and technology companies and oil and gas mineral resources. The life science team at 2M invests in innovative, early-stage technologies that can dramatically improve people’s health and well-being. 2M partners with research groups, universities, inventors, and early-stage biotech companies, investing money, time, and expertise to accelerate... Read More →
avatar for JR Garcia

JR Garcia

Principal, Green Park and Golf Ventures
avatar for Kevin Vela

Kevin Vela

Founder, Vela Keller, P.C.
Kevin Vela is a founding partner at Vela | Keller P.C. He focuses his practice in the areas of startups, corporate law, capital raises, and real estate investment activities. Kevin serves as general counsel for a number of small and mid-sized businesses, providing representation for business transactions, as well as day-to-day guidance on legal and operational issues. Kevin has performed hundreds of corporate formations and regularly handles... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

5:30pm

Startup Grind (Ticket Required)
This is paid event.  Be sure to RSVP here. 

Sunny Vanderbeck has a track record of high achievement in all of his endeavors, including as an entrepreneur, CEO, investor, board member, and military leader. Prior to co-founding Satori Capital, Sunny co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Data Return, a leading provider of managed services and utility computing. As CEO for eleven years, Sunny led the company through all phases of growth and transformation. The company sustained 40% quarter-over-quarter growth and reached $50 million in revenue after only three years.
With such rapid growth, an impressive customer base, and an innovative and capital-efficient business model, the company attracted strategic investments from Compaq, Level 3, and Microsoft. After a successful IPO, the company achieved a market capitalization in excess of $3 billion, and Sunny was one of the youngest CEOs ever to lead a NASDAQ company. In recognition of Data Return’s industry leadership, Microsoft named Data Return Global Hosting Partner of the Year, while Sunny received numerous individual honors including being named “Top 25 Technology Executives” and Entrepreneur of the Year finalist by Ernst and Young. In addition, Sunny is a sought-after speaker at financial and sustainability conferences. Prior to co-founding Data Return, Sunny served as a Team Leader at Microsoft, where he focused on supporting Microsoft’s largest clients and partners. Through his experience at Microsoft, Sunny identified a compelling market opportunity that served as the springboard for the launch of Data Return.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Sunny served as a Section Leader of the 2nd Ranger Battalion (U.S. Special Operations Command). Through this experience, he learned how to succeed under challenging circumstances while leading others to new levels of performance.

Leveraging his expertise in strategy, operations, and capital allocation, Sunny is actively engaged with several private businesses as an investor, advisor, and board member. Additionally, he is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) where he served as the North American Co-Chair of the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility Network. In this role, his charter was to develop awareness and support for more sustainable business models among YPO companies. Sunny currently serves alongside Randy Eisenman, also of Satori Capital, as co-chair of the YPO Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network, launched in 2014, to help members accelerate the growth of their businesses.


Monday March 2, 2015 5:30pm - 8:30pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

6:00pm

DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Game Night
Limited Capacity seats available

An educational event celebrating the DART Rail Line
Sponsored by DART, IDA Ireland Whiskey, and ZeroLogic

Attendees will play party games to learn the following DART Rail Line essentials:
  • How to identify their own home station and the home station of others. 
  • The route lines, where they go, and how to plan a route
  • How to buy and activate a ticket via GoPass
  • Compare DART fares to fares around the world
Also in attendance will be 6 DART Ambassadors who will be there to listen to your feedback about how to improve DART. They'll also share teasers of what's ahead as DART continues to expand the DART light rail.

The event's first hour (6-7) will include free samples of IDA Ireland Irish Whiskey. In conjunction with the North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park this weekend, the line for drinks will be named the Green Line. The Green Line on the DART Rail services Fair Park...the more you know!

For more interesting take-aways like that one and a grand ole time, come out tonight to DART Game Night.

Moderators
OS

Oren Salomon

Founder, The Compass Church
Coworking, Travel, Bees, Beards, and Coffee

Speakers
avatar for Michael Sitarzewski

Michael Sitarzewski

Publisher, LAUNCH DFW
Michael Sitarzewski is co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc. He is a veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Michael considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.In addition to creating companies and running Epic Playground, Michael is heavily involved in the Dallas, Texas startup community, building on the lessons from the Boulder and Denver community – where he... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Gerard Hayes

Gerard Hayes

VP Business Development - Southeast, IDA Ireland
Ireland is one of the best places in the world to do business | | Your business has found its new international home. Join over 1,150 companies, from global giants to the hottest high-growth brands, who have already chosen Ireland as their strategic European base.


Monday March 2, 2015 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

6:00pm

RealTech Dallas: Startup Week Edition, powered by Ascendix
Limited Capacity filling up

With Elie Finegold, SVP of Global Innovation for CBRE
“Why Dallas for Real Estate Startups?"

Dallas startups innovating for real estate all over D/FW:

Moderators
avatar for John Backes

John Backes

Founder, RealTech Dallas
Dallas is the #4 economy in the nation; real estate is our #2 industry; tech is our #1 industry, and Texas is the biggest exporter of technology in the nation; 60,000 sf of coworking space downtown; top 20 for VC money in the nation, and urban office rents of $15 per square foot. In San Francisco they are $60. Dallas offers unparallelled access to decision makers in our key industries, and the cohesiveness of our startup community is... Read More →
avatar for Elie Finegold

Elie Finegold

SVP, Global Innovation and Business Intelligence, CBRE
Elie combines strategy, technology and knowledge at CBRE, the world's leading property services company. He develops innovative opportunities across global business lines and shared services groups. Elie specifically leads CBRE in the identification, introduction, and development of innovations that support the continued growth of existing businesses, and seed the future by identifying and exploring options for the company to develop new... Read More →
avatar for Wesley D. Snow

Wesley D. Snow

President, Ascendix Technologies, Inc.
Co-founder, President and CEO of Ascendix Technologies since 1996. Grown the firm from 2 people to 27 people and are looked at as one of the best in the field for deploying CRM solutions for the mid-enterprise marketplace. | | Specialties:Known to the marketplace as CRM or SFA solutions, Ascendix has been delivering world class solutions to mid market organizations since 1997. We have recently focused our efforts a bit moving from a generalist... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shawn R. Bouley

Shawn R. Bouley

Founder/CEO, THE ROLLICK HOTELS COMPANY
Almost 20 years of sports & entertainment event experience with events & facilities such as Winter Olympic Games, NFL Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, NRG Stadium/Park, Houston Astrodome, BBVA Compass Stadium. Rollick Hotels takes the ‘NO’ out of ‘NO VACANCY’ by providing a convenient & portable temporary lodging solution for sports & entertainment events, conferences, and conventions.
avatar for Saurabh Gupta

Saurabh Gupta

Founder/CEO, Cohopping
Saurabh is founder of Cohopping and currently focusing on Product Management at Cohopping. He has been involved with many startups in the past and founded few of his own. He is an engineer by training and holds Master of Science in Technology Commercialization Degree from McCombs Scool of Business at UT Austin. When he is not working, he is either reading or writing about tech, startups, or shared economy, or doing something outdoor.
avatar for Philip Odette

Philip Odette

CEO, Integris
Philip Odette is the CEO and President of Integris Solutions. He is also the President of Global Supply Chain Solutions(GSCS). Philip has spent the last decade innovating supply chain solutions for complex value streams. Under Philip’s leadership, GSCS has been able to provide millions of dollars in savings to high-tech companies and was recognized by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Noticing... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Ricks

Tiffany Ricks

Co-Founder and CEO, Gurrate
Tiffany Ricks is the co-founder and CEO of Gurrate. Gurrate is a free application for travelers to sell empty seats in their Carshare, Rideshare, Taxi, or TNC vehicle.  It’s like StubHub.com but for ground transportation services.   We make it easy to generate cash while riding to your destination. | | Tiffany is a serial entrepreneur and has worked in the software industry for 10 years. She loves to... Read More →
avatar for Cat Smith

Cat Smith

Director of Digital Strategy, OpenKey
Cat Smith is the Director of Digital Strategy of OpenKey. Prior to her time at OpenKey, she was the Director of Marketing for V-Rooms Virtual Data Rooms. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and meetings and is especially enthusiastic about the startups and the growing scene in Dallas. OpenKey has reinvented the room key to empower hotels and give guests the access they deserve, all in one smart app.  OpenKey introduces a whole new... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 6:00pm - 9:15pm
Common Desk 2919 Commerce Street

6:30pm

Mobile Monday (Meetup Registration Required)

This event is managed by Meetup.  Be sure to RSVP here. 

Join us to hear from local entrepreneurs behind Dallas-based mobile tech startups to learn about their journey and lessons learned along the way. 

Light food and drinks provided.

Presenters:  

Vinli - Connected Car platform 
Blake Burris and Chris Scott George will present how Vinli will bring autos into the smartphone age and how developers can use the platform. https://developer.vin.li/

Need/Foremost 
Matt Alexander will present on how his latest venture Foremost came to be. Foremost provides small-batch, American-made clothing for men and women.  
Connect:@foremostedition @mattalexand

Rollout AEC 
Matt Hinson will present on how he went from the construction industry to startup venture and lessons learned along the way. 
Connect: @RolloutAEC

BLOWNAWAY 
Smoot Carter will present BlownAway the Dallas based on-demand beauty service. The app that allows you to book your next blowout, makeup, or spray tan appointment with local highly-trained stylists. 
Connect: @Blownawayapp

ReferMe 
Abrahim Nadimi will present how ReferMe came to be and what it offers. ReferMe is a mobile based peer-to-peer referral system that instantly connects friends together so they can privately share and search for trusted businesses. Connect:@TheReferMeApp 


Monday March 2, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm
The Grove 501 Elm Street, #450

6:45pm

Spotlight Session: Secret Sauce - Tips on Launching a Successful Startup from Serial Entrepreneur Phil Romano
Limited Capacity full

Moderators
avatar for Karen Robinson-Jacobs

Karen Robinson-Jacobs

Hospitality Industry Reporter, Dallas Morning News
Karen Robinson-Jacobs hails from the Windy City. It’s there, in a town that once had 11 daily newspapers, that she developed her love of journalism. Beginning with her high school newspaper on the South Side of Chicago, Robinson-Jacobs launched a career in print media that has spanned more than 35 years. She began working full time for the Champaign News Gazette in the middle of her junior year of college,  was the first... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phil Romano

Phil Romano

Philip J. Romano an investor, entrepreneur and nationally-renowned restaurateur. Involved in the restaurant business for over 40 years, Romano has created over 25 concepts and received numerous honors, including one of the top 20 restaurateurs in 2000. He currently owns and operates eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House, Nick & Sam’s Grill, and Coal Vines Pizza. From 1989 through 2002, Romano... Read More →


Monday March 2, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor
 
Tuesday, March 3
 

8:00am

BigDOCC
Please meet on the concourse level.

From the former host of Boulder Open Coffee Club (BOCC, 2010 - 2013) comes a weekly moderated chat about the latest in technology, startups, digital lifestyle, and business. It's a simple event format built around community, jobs, and fostering relationships across a variety of disciplines.


 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Sitarzewski

Michael Sitarzewski

Publisher, LAUNCH DFW
Michael Sitarzewski is co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc. He is a veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Michael considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.In addition to creating companies and running Epic Playground, Michael is heavily involved in the Dallas, Texas startup community, building on the lessons from the Boulder and Denver community – where he... Read More →

Tuesday March 3, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

8:30am

ULI presents FlashTalks: The Future of Work
7 minute talks from the Dallas startup community about innovating for real estate.

ULI presents FlashTalks: The Future of Work (in order of speaking)
  • Taffie Poston (Living Office): How We Work is Changing
  • Aasiya Haroon Haq (Guidrr): 7 Key Things to Know about Future of Work
  • Katie Jo Whisenant (Alt+Co Launch): Creative Spaces
  • Jeffrey Eiting (CBRE Media & Technology Group): The Real Estate Needs of Startups
  • Chirag Gupta (NoD): Collaborative Space Design

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Eiting

Jeffrey Eiting

Co-Leader Tech/Media Practice, CBRE
Ask me about: | 1. Why should startups and entrepreneurs care about real estate? | 2. What is happening at the intersection of innovation and real estate? | 3. CBRE Labs and CBRE TMP.
avatar for Chirag Gupta

Chirag Gupta

CEO, NoD Coworking
Founder @TexasCode + @nodDFW Author/Director of Controlled Chaos (aka CTRL+C)
avatar for Aassia Haroon Haq

Aassia Haroon Haq

CEO, Guidrr
Aassia Haroon Haq is a serial entrepreneur with a background in brand management and marketing. She is Founder and CEO of Guidrr - a way to create share and discover on-demand travel experiences. She is a global thought leader speaking on the concept of #newtravel and the #experienceeconomy, sharing the data and insights that are leading to a world in which peer influencers take a bigger role inside the industry. | | Aassia began her... Read More →
avatar for Taffie Poston

Taffie Poston

Consultant, Herman Miller
I am passionate about great interiors, fabrics, coordinating colors, textures, and design. I have been rearranging, decorating, and coordinating interiors since I was five years old in my backyard playhouse. I specialized in residential design and custom soft goods after I completed my degree in Art and Business at Texas Woman's University, and grew a small business of my own. I learned the art of consulting and collaborating with clients to come... Read More →
avatar for Katie Jo Whisenant

Katie Jo Whisenant

Co-Founder, Alt + Co Launch
Katie Jo has worked in commercial real estate, representing tenants from all walks of life, for five years. Her love of the entrepreneurial game started at the co-working space, Common Desk. Once she developed a business plan to focus on start-up and technology companies she approached Jon Altschuler and together they developed LAUNCH. Katie Jo was a Kilgore College Rangerette and then graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

9:00am

Aaron Terwey (Vela Keller) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Terwey

Aaron Terwey

Transactional Attorney and Startup Advisor, Vela Keller
I am an associate in the transactional section at Vela Keller PC. I advise and counsel startups, entrepreneurs, established businesses, and investors with an emphasis on crowdfunding, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, general business transactions, entity formation, and real estate transactions. | | Prior to joining VK, I was a corporate associate at Locke Lord and a member of the inaugural class of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 9:00am - 11:15am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

10:00am

Game Based Learning to Teach 21st Century Life Skills
Limited Capacity full

This session will cover the use of game based learning approach in education to  inspire, challenge and engage all young people, equipping them with the essential life skills and attitudes for life, learning and work in the 21st Century. The session will cover the following topics:

  • What is Game Based Learning?
  • Benefits of Game Based Learning
  • Impact of Game Based Learning on learner's engagement and performance
  • Best practices for using Game Based Learning in classrooms
  • Intro to Clay Piggy -  A game based learning tool to prepare kids for financial capability

Speakers
avatar for Devaraj Sundaram

Devaraj Sundaram

Co-Founder and COO, Clay Piggy
Devaraj is the co-founder and COO of Clay Piggy, an online game based learning resource that prepares kids for financial capability.  Devaraj believes the way the educators teach and the children learn will change dramatically with the onset of digital revolution in the educational system. Prior to founding Clay Piggy, Devaraj held various product management leadership positions at startups and established companies like Match.com and Sabre... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

10:00am

Startup Families
Limited Capacity full

Can you have a family and a startup business?  Does work/life balance exist?  Amber Backes, wife of RealTech founder, John Backes, will host a discussion group on these questions and more.  She will share a portion of their journey from DINKS (dual income no kids) living in Chicago to raising their toddler & preschooler in Deep Ellum.  Children are welcome - Amber will have her youngest with her.  


Moderators
avatar for Amber Backes

Amber Backes

blogger, Home on the Silicon Prairie
wife of an John Backes, raising 2 #innovative girls, Risking it all 2 make a difference, do something new, build a #legacy and blogging about it all

Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Urban Blend Coffee 805 Elm Street

10:00am

Creative Business Models: Good Returns
Speakers
avatar for Salah Boukadoum

Salah Boukadoum

Good Returns
Salah Boukadoum is the inventor of the Good Returns model. If you meet Salah, he is likely to ask you, "What is the biggest problem in the world today? OK, how are you using your resources to solve it?" Through Good Returns, Salah helps business leaders structure their organizations to increase their positive impact in our world. Originally an internationally touring concert pianist, Salah is a lifelong entrepreneur who has been building and... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

10:00am

A Conversation with 3 Travel Tech CEO’s and Venture Capital
Moderators
avatar for Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson

Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
In addition to a large reservoir of solid business skills and judgment, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections in the transportation and distribution space where he spent the bulk of his career. Located in Dallas, Jeff spent 14 years with American Airlines, managed the legal separation of Sabre, Inc. from AA and left to become EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the stand-alone company in 1998. Over his 13 years at... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andres Fabris

Andres Fabris

Director, Traxo
Adventure taker, globetrotter, husband, father, sailor, skier, online travel guy, entrepreneur and founder of Traxo.com, Travel Organized.
avatar for Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds

President, tripBAM, Inc.
President and Founder of tripBAM, a new hotel shopping service. tripBAM allows individuals, companies, and agencies to shop across multiple hotels over several days to take advantage of prices changes. Based upon historical results, the system finds savings over 80% of the time and the average savings is $50 per night. Based upon tripBAM's success, I was recently named one of the top 25 most influential executives within corporate travel. | | As... Read More →
avatar for Mike Stacy

Mike Stacy

CEO, ID90 Travel
Mike Stacy is CEO of ID90 Travel, whose web-based SaaS platform fully automates airline employee space-available travel for carriers across the globe. In addition to automating the shopping and booking process for space-available travel, ID90 Travel is the first company in the space to provide airline employees the ability to easily purchase discounted hotels, rental cars, and cruises, along with a travel insurance policy tailored specifically to... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

10:00am

ULI presents FlashTalks: Innovating for Real Estate
7 minute talks from the Dallas startup community about innovating for real estate

ULI presents FlashTalks: Innovating for Real Estate (in order of speaking)
  • John Adolph (Parqer): Selling into the Retail Vertical
  • Saruabh Gupta (CoHopping.com): The Sharing Economy
  • Brandon Castillo (ASH+LIME Strategies)
  • Christopher Haley (Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project)
  • Matt Alexander (Need)
  • Daniel Black (Glass Media): Innovating for Real Estate and Retail


Moderators
avatar for John Backes

John Backes

Founder, RealTech Dallas
Dallas is the #4 economy in the nation; real estate is our #2 industry; tech is our #1 industry, and Texas is the biggest exporter of technology in the nation; 60,000 sf of coworking space downtown; top 20 for VC money in the nation, and urban office rents of $15 per square foot. In San Francisco they are $60. Dallas offers unparallelled access to decision makers in our key industries, and the cohesiveness of our startup community is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Adolph

John Adolph

Founder, Parqer
In 2013, John created Parqer to bring PCI-compliant mobile payments to the parking industry, initially focused on valet providers. Parqer's software-based solution, which requires no hardware, allows valet companies to seamlessly accept credit cards without slowing their existing curbside processes, capture valuable customer history, and securely and effectively account for collected revenue.
avatar for Matt Alexander

Matt Alexander

President, Q Fifty One
Matt is the President and CEO of Q Fifty One Digital. He was previously the founder of Edition Collective (Imprint/Need/Foremost), which was acquired by Q Fifty One. He is also an advisor to a number of startups, incubators, and accelerators, as well as the host of a popular podcast, Bonanza, on Relay FM.
avatar for Daniel Black

Daniel Black

Founder & CEO, Glass Media
Daniel is an entrepreneurial, analytics-oriented, digital marketer with a passion for technology; his professional career in its entirety has focused in and around digital marketing.  | | His entrepreneurial spirit is the direct result of the time he spent growing up in Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley). Over the years, his passion for entrepreneurship has fostered itself and he has been successful in his transformation from creative... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Castillo

Brandon Castillo

Partner and Chief Financial Officer, ASH+LIME Strategies
ASH+LIME Strategies is an economic development consulting firm focused on incremental improvements at the neighborhood level. We leverage the community, entrepreneurs and design of the street to enhance the social fabric and help generate stable economic growth.
avatar for Saurabh Gupta

Saurabh Gupta

Founder/CEO, Cohopping
Saurabh is founder of Cohopping and currently focusing on Product Management at Cohopping. He has been involved with many startups in the past and founded few of his own. He is an engineer by training and holds Master of Science in Technology Commercialization Degree from McCombs Scool of Business at UT Austin. When he is not working, he is either reading or writing about tech, startups, or shared economy, or doing something outdoor.
avatar for Christopher Haley

Christopher Haley

Director of Publications and Marketing, Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project
Rhetoric is the art of identifying in any given situation the available means of persuasion. -Aristotle  | | This classical understanding of rhetoric is at the heart of my professional life, whether I am developing an innovative business plan, writing compelling copy, or giving a lecture to college students.  | | In my current employment, I specialize in creating innovative programming, managing an independent publishing division... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

11:00am

Fashion Promotion
Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Founder, RSC Show Productions
Rhonda Sargent Chambers has been a respected figure in the modeling industry, event production and fundraising community for over 30 years in the North Texas area. She produces experiential events and fashion shows for prominent clients, assisting greatly in fund-raising events for many organizations through her company, RSC Show Productions, established in 2001. Some of Rhonda’s current production commitments include Children's Cancer... Read More →
avatar for Leah Frazier

Leah Frazier

Editor / Co-Owner, DFW Style Daily
Born and raised in Dallas, Leah Frazier is a multi-licensed attorney, fashion journalist, and certified personal shopper. Her work has been featured in diverse publications, spanning legal contributions to the Oxford Press and fashion and lifestyle reporting for CBS Local, Examiner, and her personal blog, Beauty4Ashes. Stepping into the role of Editor of DFW Style Daily, she takes her industry acumen and keen eye for fashion to a new... Read More →
avatar for Amy Power

Amy Power

Founder, The Power Group
Amy Power is the founder and president of The Power Group LLC headquartered in Dallas TX. She works hand-in-hand with CEOs and marketing directors of nationally known brands as well as entrepreneurial ventures. Amy has been a publicist for more than 20 years. She has public relations and marketing experience that spans the following industries: consumer packaged goods, commercial real estate, franchising, outsourcing, telecommunications... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

11:00am

A Riot of Color: Tanagrams, Light Painting, and Robotic Art
Limited Capacity seats available

For young kids and adults who want to attend. The DMA hosts  Dallas startup Tech EdVentures.  They are bringing a dozen robots to the foyer of the DMA’s Center for Creative Connections.  Kids will get to interact with the robots while helping them create amazing art that’s a mash up of Spirograph and R2D2.  In addition to robotic art, the DMA will have storytelling and hands on activities for young kids and their adult friends.

Click here for more info on the DMA and the Center for Creative Connections

Click here for more info on Tech EdVentures

 


Tuesday March 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
DMA Center for Creative Connections 1717 N. Harwood Street

12:00pm

Corporate Innovation
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Elie Finegold

Elie Finegold

SVP, Global Innovation and Business Intelligence, CBRE
Elie combines strategy, technology and knowledge at CBRE, the world's leading property services company. He develops innovative opportunities across global business lines and shared services groups. Elie specifically leads CBRE in the identification, introduction, and development of innovations that support the continued growth of existing businesses, and seed the future by identifying and exploring options for the company to develop new... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CBRE Dallas 2100 Ross, 2nd Floor

1:00pm

The Real Deal with Hiring, Firing, & Building the Best Team for Your Business
We'll talk about the difficulties entrepreneurs face when building a team including:
  • How to hire the right people
  • How to fire the wrong ones
  • How to know when you need to hire someone for a role
  • Making tradeoffs - money v. options v. ping pong tables 
  • What a good startup employee looks like
  • When to hire friends or family
  • And more

Speakers
avatar for Ray Grieselhuber

Ray Grieselhuber

Ray is the Founder & CEO of GinzaMetrics, a Y Combinator and 500 Startups backed marketing analytics platform.
avatar for Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

COO, GinzaMetrics
Erin Robbins O'Brien has been working in the startup field for the last eight years, with more than 13 years of experience in technology, marketing, and analytics. She is currently the COO of GinzaMetrics, a Y Combinator company that also has funding from 500 Startups as well as other angel investors. When she's not working, she can be found at the gym, the bar, or with her bulldogs.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

1:00pm

The Journey from Food Truck to Brick and Mortar
Speakers
avatar for Teena Nguyen

Teena Nguyen

Co-founder, Nammi Food Truck
avatar for Gary Torres

Gary Torres

Co-owner, Nammi Food Truck


Tuesday March 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

1:00pm

Global Impact with Local Ties
Speakers
avatar for Brittany Merrill Underwood

Brittany Merrill Underwood

President & Founder, Akola Project
Brittany grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned her BA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. In 2004, Brittany spent the summer in Uganda and met Sarah, a Ugandan woman with a vision for orphans in her country. In 2006, Brittany founded an organization to build an orphanage with the capacity for 180 children to house the orphans that slept on Sarah’s floor. Once the orphanage was completed, in 2007 Brittany launched the Akola... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

2:00pm

Five Ingredients for Fostering a Thriving Startup Ecosystem
Join community leaders, experts, and collaborators for a very interesting discussion that stems from a whitepaper by Up Global and Google, and why Dallas is ripe for a thriving startup ecosystem. 

Moderators
avatar for David Betz

David Betz

VP of Storytelling, UP Global
David Betz is VP of Storytelling at UP Global, the world’s largest nonprofit focused on building grassroots startup communities. | | David has experience leading creative teams in strategic, design, branding, and editorial development for integrated print, Web, and new media programs. Before joining UP Global, he was Global Creative Director for the award winning Lexus magazine program and Creative Director at Story Worldwide... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hayden Blackburn

Hayden Blackburn

Founder and Director, IDEA Works Fort Worth
Hayden is responsible for developing and establishing IDEA Works FW, as well as overseeing the operations, delivery of services, and facility management. This includes planning, organizing and marketing all activities at IDEA Works FW. Hayden handles all client leases, vendor agreements and contracts. Hayden is also responsible for managing and operating the building and its facilities, conference and meeting rooms, common areas, and parking... Read More →
avatar for Paula Gean

Paula Gean

Director, Addison TreeHouse
Hailing from the piney woods of East Texas, Paula is an avid yogi, intermittent writer and lover of all things tech, marketing or diversity related. She currently serves as the Director of the Addison TreeHouse, a coworking space that is committed to helping North Dallas entrepreneurs and startups grow by offering mentorship, events & direct access to local government. Paula also belongs to the Global Shapers, an initiative of the World... Read More →
avatar for Bradley Joyce

Bradley Joyce

Founder, Socialyzer
Bradley is the founder for Velocis, a web & mobile app studio, and LAUNCH DFW, a community-driven media company that covers startups and technology in North Texas. | | http://about.me/bradleyjoyce
avatar for Pete Nardo

Pete Nardo

SVP, Business Bank Region Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Regional Executive for the South Region Business Banking Group covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The South Region Business Banking group services clients with revenues up to $20 million and serving 400,000 customers, with $15 billion in deposits, $4 billion in credit outstanding, and generates $500 million in revenue. Pete has over 30 years of management experience with Chase, including credit (commercial and consumer), sales... Read More →
avatar for Michael Sitarzewski

Michael Sitarzewski

Publisher, LAUNCH DFW
Michael Sitarzewski is co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc. He is a veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Michael considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.In addition to creating companies and running Epic Playground, Michael is heavily involved in the Dallas, Texas startup community, building on the lessons from the Boulder and Denver community – where he... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Taylor

Kyle Taylor

CoFounder, DrawAttention
I'm a web (Drupal) developer, Coffee Enthusiast, Startup Evangelist, and Startup Weekend Facilitator. I love whiteboards so much I started drawattention.co. | | I love being involved in the local tech and startup community and helping out any way I can. I'm a Startup Weekend organizer and the curator for Startup Digest Dallas.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

2:00pm

Startup Marketing: What Few Will Tell You
Have you heard and / or read a lot of startup marketing advice? Probably. Does it mean that advice is relevant to your success? No. Is it true that marketing can significantly impact your startup’s growth? Absolutely. 

Join this session to hear what few are sharing about startup marketing and how to use it to your advantage.  

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Dollar

Katherine Dollar

Katherine Dollar is a digital marketing strategist sharing the latest in marketing technology, strategy, and leadership. Her specialty is helping others create successful marketing environments so their business can thrive. | | Katherine works with a variety of marketing and technology companies focused on strategy, big data, omnichannel personalization & e-commerce intelligence. | | Connect with Katherine on Twitter @KRDollar.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

2:00pm

Health 3.0 Part 1: The Future of My Health
Moderators
avatar for Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper

Co-Founder, Best Bike Split
Best Bike Split was created by Chief Scientist, Ryan Cooper. Ryan is an avid cyclist and triathlete, is currently completing his Ph.D. in mathematics with a specialization in mathematical optimization. During the 2013 Tour de France, Cooper was inspired to predict the times of several top contenders for the Stage 11 time trial. His model was amazingly accurate, coming within 3 seconds of Alberto Contador’s finish time, 9 seconds of Chris... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Bricker

Eric Bricker

Chief Medical Officer, Compass Professional Health
avatar for Lamarque Palvado

Lamarque Palvado

Founder and CEO, CareStarter
I am a high energy individual with a well diversified set of experiences in high growth, fast paced companies, including non-profit organizations, publishing, audio visual, and media companies, with tremendous exposure in the hospitality, special event, & tradeshow industry. I am consistently looking for unique companies, which are growth oriented and have a solid vision for the future. | | Specialties:Macro & Micro Entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Nake Sekander

Nake Sekander

Founder and CEO, Physmodo


Tuesday March 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

2:30pm

Private Sector Tactics for Social Good

Developing a long term sustainability strategy can ensure your initiatives transition from one-time events to ongoing social enterprises are vibrant and impacting lives year after year.

Facilitated by Social Venture Partners Dallas CEO Tony Fleo – SVP Dallas Partners Jonathan Blum and Keith Thode will share their practical experiences from actually developing sustainable social enterprises.

Participants are invited to bring their specific social sector sustainability challenges to the session and have experts and other participants help them develop sustainability plans for their ventures.

 


Moderators
avatar for Tony Fleo

Tony Fleo

CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas
Tony is a proven leader in the area of organizational development with twenty five years’ experience in helping communities, organizations and individuals in leadership development, effective communication, and establishing mission within a company, community, or family environment. His training clients include several Fortune 500 companies. He is a respected community leader able to build coalitions, and has served as a lecturer, teacher... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Blum

Jonathan Blum

Counsel- Nonprofit Practice Group, Polsinelli
Jonathan Blum lectures on small business and non-profit law and supervises law students that provide free legal services to small businesses and non-profit organizations as an Adjunct Professor at SMU's Dedman School of Law, in addition to holding the position of Counsel. Polsinelli is one of the nation’s leading providers of legal services to nonprofit organizations. Polsinelli has built its team of nonprofit attorneys... Read More →
KT

Keith Thode

CEO & Chief Scientist, AdvanceNet Labs
Keith is the lead founder at AdvanceNet Labs. He is an accomplished social entrepreneur, having been a founding force in The Aidmatrix Foundation, and for over a decade led the daily operations as its Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technology Officer. | He helped launch Aidmatrix after serving in consulting and leadership roles in major technology firms such as Accenture and i2 Technologies. His career focus was enterprise systems and supply chain... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

3:00pm

5 Digital Marketing Ideas to Consider when Marketing Your Startup
In this session, Cory will outline five digital tactics to use for your startup or emerging business to accomplish your goals. You'll learn how to drive traffic, generate awareness, and grow your company with minimal time and budget. He'll also answer questions about digital and social marketing issues and trends.

Speakers
avatar for Cory OBrien

Cory OBrien

Digital Marketing Manager, Clean Energy Experts
Marketer, Podcaster, Blogger, Photographer, T-Shirt Collector, Bourbon Drinker, Home Brewer.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

3:00pm

Transformational Leadership

What is a transformational leader?  What is the difference between being a transformational leader vs. a transactional leader?  Do we have to be strictly one or the other? During this session we will answer these questions and more regarding leadership styles and how to lead your business or organization to success. 



Speakers
avatar for Andrea Bednar

Andrea Bednar

CEO & Chief Scientist, PoP Associates
PoP Associates is a consulting firm specializing in connecting values and behaviors. We provide the Values Profile assessment to determine what people actually value and then work together with our clients to design structures and practices the generate resonance and harmony between what our clients value and what they “do”. This resonance and harmony produces sustainable results consistent with our client’s highest... Read More →
avatar for Froswa Booker-Drew

Froswa Booker-Drew

National Community Engagement Director, World Vision, US Programs
Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew has an extensive background in nonprofit management, partnership development, training and education. She is currently National Community Engagement Director for World Vision, serving as a catalyst, partnership broker, and builder of the capacity of local partners, facilitating the emergence and strengthening of community-led initiatives to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families. She supervises... Read More →
avatar for Tilde Guajardo

Tilde Guajardo

Founder, Womanars
Tilde Guajardo is the Founder, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Visionary Officer of Womanars. Her passion to inspire and educate women and girls throughout the world is what drives her. She believes the future belongs to those of us who are true collaborators in business and in life.  Her latest endeavor is the launch of "The Kaleidoscope for Her" powered by Womanars, a local collaborative and co-working space for... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

3:30pm

Power of Social Media & Food
Speakers
avatar for Steven Doyle

Steven Doyle

Co-founder, CraveDFW
Steven Doyle is a local freelance writer who appreciates good food and spirits. He has an affinity for all types of cuisine and often spends time in his own kitchen preparing dinner parties with family and friends. Steven is the founding partner of Crave that examines restaurants, art and music and champions the local farmer. He also leads city-wide food tours each week. Steven is a contributor to Edible Dallas & Fort... Read More →
avatar for Farah Fleurima

Farah Fleurima

Freelance Writer
I have the best of both worlds, when it comes to writing: the ability to turn a phrase, thanks to a master's in creative writing, and the discipline to turn it in on deadline, thanks to years spent working at daily newspapers.  | | Since leaving the newsroom, I've piled on the experience in the online realm, blogging, writing for the online space and managing the site and social media presences of TheDallasDiva.com. In addition, my... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Schulz

Andrew Schulz

Co-Founder and CEO, JoinMe@
Solving problems one elegant solution at a time.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

4:00pm

Health 3.0 Part 2: The Next Generation of HC
Moderators
avatar for Sean Schantzen

Sean Schantzen

Co- Founder and COO, HealthFundr
Before joining Healthfundr, Sean was a securities attorney representing boards of directors, corporations, and others in complex securities and business litigation. He was a trial team member in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit defending a broker dealer. Sean has also worked at startup software companies developing and managing marketing programs, field/channel sales strategies, and products. Sean received his B.A. from BYU and his J.D. from the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mel Gunawardena

Mel Gunawardena

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SYNERGEN Health
avatar for Doug Hires

Doug Hires

Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, Santa Rosa Consulting
avatar for Alberto Lin

Alberto Lin

Medical Director


Tuesday March 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fidelity Commercial Real Estate at Founders Square 900 Jackson Street

4:30pm

Getting the First $1-5MM: The View From Both Sides of the Table
Speakers
avatar for Lee Blaylock

Lee Blaylock

Founder and CEO, Who@
Lee Blaylock is the founder and CEO of Who@. Starting his career at Dell (badge #244) for 7 years he was their 2nd ex-pat and worked two years in Dell Germany then to Oracle, where he left as a practice director in the high technology consulting group. His first company, ServiceLane, was funded by Austin Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank and sold to Owens Corning (NYSE: OC). He later co-founded Annandale Capital, an investment advisor managing... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

4:30pm

The Kaleidoscope for Her Happy Hour
Limited Capacity full

Tuesday March 3, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

4:45pm

Chase Basecamp Happy Hour
Need to unwind after a full day of sessions or want to network with other attendees? Come join the fun at Basecamp at the end of the day. We will providing limited beverage and food service.

Tuesday March 3, 2015 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

5:00pm

Fashion Industry Trends
Speakers
avatar for Edo Popken

Edo Popken

Edo Popken of Switzerland
Edo Popken is a Swiss International Designer known for his limited edition dress shirts, colorful fashion approach, love for detail and eco-friendly and ethically correct craftsmanship. Edo Popken started his catalog and online store in 2009 in order to cover the increasing demand from the US and its international clientele spread all over the world. Today he is heavily investing in the research and launch of his first brick and mortar store in... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fidelity Commercial Real Estate at Founders Square 900 Jackson Street

6:45pm

Spotlight Session: Baxter Box
Moderators
avatar for Danielle Abril

Danielle Abril

Tech Reporter, Dallas Business Journal

Speakers
avatar for Baxter Box

Baxter Box

Co-Founder & CEO, rewardStyle
Dallas-based rewardStyle is the first and only monetization solution that empowers the world’s influential content creators and retailers to achieve maximum economic success by providing an ecosystem of innovative technology and strategic consulting. This is the collective ambition of a results-driven team committed to shaping and leading the digital-style industry. In March 2014, Baxter co-founded LIKEtoKNOW.it... Read More →


Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

9:30pm

Werewolf
Speakers
avatar for Aziz Gilani

Aziz Gilani

Partner, Mercury Fund
Partner at Mercury Fund, an early stage venture capital firm investing in the middle of the US. Mentor at Tech Wildcatters.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 9:30pm - Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:00am
Tech Wildcatters 211 N. Ervay, 2nd Floor
 
Wednesday, March 4
 

8:00am

Wednesday Pop Up Shop

UIMAGNETS

If you design apps for a living you’ve had your share of whiteboard sessions.  Boxes, circles, and rectangles everywhere. You get the idea of what you need to do, but it always seems to be lacking something. That’s why we created UI Magnets. Now you can take your typical whiteboard session up a notch with these to-scale iPhone whiteboard magnets (also available in vinyl) .

My Blue Avenue

Modern, custom gold foil prints - they got em' in gold, silver, and rose gold. My Blue Avenue offers modern & custom prints that are a wonderful decorative piece to add to your home or office. 

Beauty Glam 

Beauty Glam is a mobile beauty service provider that allows clients to book monthly in-home beauty services. Top-beauty professionals come to your home, office, gym or hotel. We're available on your time. at your convenient location! "We integrate beauty routines into your hectic schedule” 


Wednesday March 4, 2015 8:00am - 1:00pm
Chase Basecamp Concourse Level 1700 Pacific Avenue (Lower Level)

9:00am

1Million Cups
We have another great program ahead of us during this special week! Join us at 9am on Wednesday at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center for 1 Million Cups, Dallas Startup Week edition, and hear from 2 startups pitching and listening to feedback that will help grow their business or venture. 

This week we will hear from Foremost, a fashion platform that releases a limited-edition collection of clothing (3-5 items per gender) with an interview series with some of the world's most prominent, interesting, and creative personalities. We will also be hearing from Gurrate, a peer-to-peer online marketplace for selling empty seats in rideshare vehicles like Uber, Lyft and Zipcar.

 

Speakers
avatar for Kara Brown

Kara Brown

Sports Analytics Specialist, MVPindex
Kara is the Sports Analytics Specialist for MVPindex, specializing in social media analytics and business development. As a Michigan native and University of Michigan graduate, Kara is a dedicated Wolverine fan and loves everything maize and blue! She is active in both the Dallas start-up community and local non-profit scene.
avatar for Jennifer Conley

Jennifer Conley

VP of Communications, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Co-Founder, VP of Programming @theDECtx | City Coordinator @1MillionCupsDAL | Board @digital_dallas | Co-Founder @iliveindallas
avatar for Tara Vornkahl

Tara Vornkahl

Manager of Innovation, Dallas Regional Chamber
Tara Vornkahl is Manager of Innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber. In this role, Tara manages elements of the innovation program of work with an emphasis on events, networking and external communications. Her passion is helping local entrepreneurs and university students get better plugged into the startup scene in DFW.


Wednesday March 4, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

9:00am

Funding in Today's Environment
Moderators
avatar for Jeff  Williams

Jeff Williams

Managing Director, Covera Ventures
Jeff Williams has over 15 years of venture capital and private equity experience as well as operational experience managing several companies early in his career.  Throughout his career Jeff has managed, advised and invested in over $500 million worth of transactions.  Jeff remains very active in the local entrepreneurial community while serving as a mentor/coach and active angel investor to several technology companies in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dayakar Puskoor

Dayakar Puskoor

General Partner, Naya Ventures
Dayakar's distinguished career is showcased by an impressive record of achievement in building high value mobile, wireless and telecommunications businesses. He was recognized by the US White House as a mobile technology visionary and has been a keynote speaker for numerous industry events. | | Dayakar is a Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early-stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies.  Apart... Read More →
avatar for Venu Shamapant

Venu Shamapant

Co-founder, Live Oak Ventures
Venu Shamapant is a co-founder of LiveOak Venture Partners. Venu focuses on investments across a wide variety of sectors including Mobile, Software, Tech-enabled services and Systems.  His current investments include Veros Systems and NSS Labs. | | Prior to LiveOak, Venu was a General Partner at Austin Ventures where he invested in companies producing more than $1B in exit values to date.  He was an early investor in and sat on the... Read More →
avatar for Stan Woodward

Stan Woodward

President & COO, MVPindex
A seasoned entrepreneur, Stan Woodward has been an investor and key executive in several technology startups and fast-growing companies such as Reflect, Yahoo!, broadcast.com, and Ascend, specializing in digital media creation, management, distribution, and collaboration for large brands. Stan has helped raise over $20M for his own ventures and has participated in several successful IPO’s that had well over $30B in market... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

9:00am

Joel Fontenot (Traliblazer Capital) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Fontenot

Joel Fontenot

Managing Partner, Trailblazer Capital
Joel has brought to Trailblazer Capital unique insights built on his many years of banking, investing and early-stage technology company operating experience. Prior to joining Trailblazer Capital, Mr. Fontenot worked for Cisco Systems, Inc. He joined Cisco through the acquisition of Metreos Corporation in June 2006. Joel was a Director of Business Development in the Voice Technology Group and managed the partnerships and strategic alliances... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 9:00am - 11:15am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

9:00am

Free Cowork Wednesday
This is a free event but registration is required. Click here to register.

Free Cowork Wednesday is open to entrepreneurs, freelancers and students. Get inspired at 1 Million Cups Dallas at 9am and then stay for the coworking, community and mentorship around your startup or idea. The details:

Coworking hours for Free Cowork Wednesday are from 9am-5pm. We highly encourage you to attend the 1 Million Cups program at 9am to take advantage of this offer.


Wednesday March 4, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

9:30am

Waffle Wednesday
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for the DSW edition of our monthly event Waffle Wednesday 

Come enjoy free waffles and coffee courtesy of the Fort Work community.

Feel free to stay afterwards for a free day of coworking.  

Moderators
OS

Oren Salomon

Founder, The Compass Church
Coworking, Travel, Bees, Beards, and Coffee

Wednesday March 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

10:00am

The Challenges of Leaving An Industry
As a successful specialist in industry, accustomed to the predictability and stability of corporate life, you may find yourself dreaming about startup possibilities from time to time. Is startup life right for you?  There are no easy answers.  Join us to learn about some of the challenges of leaving industry.

Speakers
avatar for John Adolph

John Adolph

Founder, Parqer
In 2013, John created Parqer to bring PCI-compliant mobile payments to the parking industry, initially focused on valet providers. Parqer's software-based solution, which requires no hardware, allows valet companies to seamlessly accept credit cards without slowing their existing curbside processes, capture valuable customer history, and securely and effectively account for collected revenue.
avatar for Ross Bates

Ross Bates

Co-Founder & CTO, Key Ring
Ross Bates is the Co-Founder and CTO of Key Ring, one of the most popular mobile shopping apps on both iOS and Android. In 2009 he left his position as a Technical Architect at AT&T to pursue the dream of building something from the ground up. In the following years he helped build product, hire a team, raise VC money, scale the company, and ultimately had a successful exit in 2012. Ross made the leap from industry to startup and survived to... Read More →
avatar for David Hess

David Hess

Founder, The Well Community Church
David K. Hess (Dave) brings 20 years of executive management, software development, computer security, computer administration, networking and entrepreneurial experience and expertise to the founding of Data Bakery – delivering turn-key custom software services and solutions. Over the past 15 years, Dave has worked at four startups – founding two and being among the first five employees in the others. With his experience as a CTO, Dave has... Read More →
avatar for Ed Lopategui

Ed Lopategui

Founder/CEO, RevVision
Technology evangelist, entrepreneur, and aerospace engineer specialized in the software tools and technology which enable engineering, design, and product development, specifically Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Data Management (PDM), Knowledge Management, and Computer Aided Design (CAD/CAE/CAM).With 8 years of experience with PLM and 18 years of experience with CAD I have had the fortune of understanding the challenges of enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Marta Soncodi

Marta Soncodi

Co-founder, Latticera
I am a cofounder of Latticera, a company specialized in custom business applications. I started Latticera in late 2013, after spending most of my work life in corporate telecom - as a software developer, software development manager and project manager. My current interests are in applications for business process automation, including sensing devices (IoT) and data collection and visualization. I am also investigating technology to... Read More →
avatar for Freddy Vaca

Freddy Vaca

SVP IT & Strategy, The Pinnacle Group
As the Senior Vice President of Strategy for The Pinnacle Group, Freddy Vaca leads the Pinnacle family of companies’ business strategy and IT service operations throughout the United States and Canada. Vaca is responsible for many key areas of Pinnacle’s operation including IT strategy, vendor management system, payrolling services and strategic initiatives. As one of the longest-tenured employees in the company’s history... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

10:00am

Legal Structures for Social Enterprises
Speakers
avatar for Adam Connatser

Adam Connatser

Co-founder, Wright Connatser PLLC
Adam is proud to be at the forefront of attorneys in the country practicing in the converging worlds of business and social impact. In addition to traditional business transactions and service to non-profits, his unique professional expertise includes: social entrepreneurship/innovation/enterprise, impact investing, pay-for-success financing, and the practices of conscious capitalism. | He is building the first sustainable social impact law... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

10:00am

Inc 5000 Panel
Moderators
avatar for Ed Mello

Ed Mello

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Cypress Growth Capital
Ed has thirty years of leadership and executive experience in successful start-ups, major corporations and venture investing. Prior to co-founding Cypress Growth Capital in 2010, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of CSC Consulting, a $700M, 3000-employee division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Ed was also an early employee and senior executive of Viant, a pioneering Internet services company that had a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bernadette Coleman

Bernadette Coleman

CEO, Advice Interactive Group
Local Internet Marketing Queen | | Bernadette Coleman is the CEO of Advice Interactive Group, an award winning digital agency focused on improving visibility for local clients across the digital universe. Bernadette is an industry expert and skilled in local search optimization and local search engine marketing. | | Her digital agency is one of the fastest growing interactive agencies in the U.S. by Inc. 500 for 2012, 2013 and again in 2014... Read More →
avatar for Hemant Elhence

Hemant Elhence

CEO, Synerzip
Hemant founded Synerzip in 2004 to address the R&D expansion challenges faced by venture backed software companies, specifically in their growth stage. He identified the need to create a dedicated tailored software development team with cutting edge software skills that could significantly enhance the capacity and capabilities of each client’s in-house team. He recognized that dovetailing the client’s team with Synerzip’s... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Schultz

Bruce Schultz

CEO and Founder, The Boardroom Salon for Men
Mr. Schultz is an experienced, results oriented leader with entrepreneurial drive and excellent  | strategic, analytical, interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills.  He has 28 years of  | corporate experience leading business development and sales initiatives, negotiating strategic  | investments, alliances and commercial agreements, being an integral player on  | acquisitions/divestitures and developing and... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

10:30am

What Does Innovation Look Like in K12 Education?
Limited Capacity seats available

Our innovation space is called SPARQ (Solving Problems, Asking Real-world Questions). We will begin our session with an overview video that the students created to introduce the participants to SPARQ. Our SPARQ Coordinator and Director of Technology will then share a bit about the purpose of the space and how it is being used. We have 8th grade students who have been in an elective class all year in SPARQ. Those students will each present on the projects that they have created. We will invite the adults to mingle with the students briefly to engage more deeply in a project that interests them. Then we will come back together to do a Skype virtual tour of our space. Finally, the SPARQ coordinator and the Director of Technology will share our reflections of the year in SPARQ and the impact this type of environment can have on innovation and entrepreneurship. 


Speakers
avatar for Julie McLeod-Good, Ph.D.

Julie McLeod-Good, Ph.D.

Director of Technology, Good Shepherd Episcopal School


Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

11:00am

How to Create Mobile Apps—From Ideas to Design, Development and Beyond
Speakers
avatar for Greg Flory

Greg Flory

Senior Lead Strategist, Bottle Rocket
Greg’s approach to mobile strategy is simple: create things that people want. He works with clients and the Bottle Rocket team to craft platforms that are grounded in business goals, the brand vision and user desire—all within the context of enabling technology. During his time at Bottle Rocket, Greg has led strategy on Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Food Network, ooVoo, Baker Hughes, US Bank, Nationwide Insurance and DuPont, among... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

11:00am

Becoming an Item: What Start-Ups Should Know About Corporate Partnerships
Speakers
avatar for Clinton Anderson

Clinton Anderson

SVP of Strategy and Business Development, Sabre
A global leader who combines operational expertise with top-tier consulting (Bain & Company) and private equity background (Bain Capital, Texas Pacific Group, etc.). Served clients in USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Extensive experience and passion in improving company performance by growing revenue, improving productivity and building effective teams. Proven record of leading Bain and client teams to deliver significant and... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

11:30am

Confused About Collaborative Consumption? "Oui" Can Help!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we launch a vibrant discussion about the sharing economy and 
collaborative consumption space to the Dallas startup community. How will these 
movements impact Dallas? What can each of us do to participate? We’ll hear 
from those already involved in the movement in our North Texas community as 
well as leaders in the international ecosystem. 

Started just a few years ago as a peer-to-peer blogger movement to discuss 
changes in our business landscape, Ouishare has mushroomed to 60 cities, 
in 32 countries with more than 12,000 in its international ecosystem. Hear 
firsthand from Francesa Pick, one of the leaders of the international movement, 
about the inspiring Ouishare story of how young people with passion and ideas 
have come together to impact our world. Participate in the discussion, debate 
around topics that drive the sharing and collaborative economy such as open 
source and maker movements; platform business models; open governance and 
open currency systems. You’ll also hear from San Francisco based sharing 
economy activist Chelsea Rustum about her new book, "A Shareable Life,” a 
story of how the idea underlying the collaborative consumption space can 
change how to think about our daily life and values. 

Local coworking leaders Chirag Gupta and Oren Salomon will discuss how 
coworking and sharing go together and local startup CEO Aassia Haq will 
discuss why the sharing economy space in Texas – and around the world – is 
poised for explosive growth.

Moderators
avatar for Aassia Haroon Haq

Aassia Haroon Haq

CEO, Guidrr
Aassia Haroon Haq is a serial entrepreneur with a background in brand management and marketing. She is Founder and CEO of Guidrr - a way to create share and discover on-demand travel experiences. She is a global thought leader speaking on the concept of #newtravel and the #experienceeconomy, sharing the data and insights that are leading to a world in which peer influencers take a bigger role inside the industry. | | Aassia began her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chirag Gupta

Chirag Gupta

CEO, NoD Coworking
Founder @TexasCode + @nodDFW Author/Director of Controlled Chaos (aka CTRL+C)
avatar for Francesca Pick

Francesca Pick

OuiShare Fest, Chair
Francesca is international community leader at the non-profit OuiShare and is chair of the collaborative economy conference OuiShare Fest. She speaks, writes and consults about how the collaborative economy is disrupting industries, the power of community and collaboration. Before joining OuiShare, she worked for the online reputation startup TrustCloud. She graduated with a... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Rustrum

Chelsea Rustrum

Chelsea Rustrum is the co-author of It’s a Shareable Life, a practical guide to the sharing economy, as well as a consultant, speaker, connector, and practitioner in the space. She both lives and works in the sharing economy, with specific interests in how the sharing economy can evolve into being a part of every day life through housing and peer-to-peer platforms.  She also founded several local event series, including the... Read More →
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Oren Salomon

Founder, The Compass Church
Coworking, Travel, Bees, Beards, and Coffee


Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

12:00pm

Chase Mentor Hours
Stop into Tech Wildcatters for expert coaching by some of the community's most seasoned professionals for all disciplines. Limited spots are available. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR TIME THROUGH SLOTTED (Link below)

Pete Nardo: https://www.slotted.co/qctehhri
SVP, Business Banking Regional Manager
Areas of Expertise: Product Management, Operations, Sales, Mergers, International Operations

Susie Leinbaugh: https://www.slotted.co/jwz31mlp
SVP, Business Banking Market Manager
Areas of Expertise: Strategy, Team Building, B2B, Sales, Leadership and Development 

Frank Medrano: https://www.slotted.co/dlvxwuph
Executive Director, Middle Market Technology
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Business Growth and Management, Team Building, Ledaership
 

Speakers
avatar for Susie  Leinbaugh

Susie Leinbaugh

Market Manager, Chase Business Banking Group, JP Morgan Chase
Susie Leinbaugh is the Market Manager for Chase Business Banking Group in Dallas, managing a team of Relationship Managers who address the financial needs of owner-managed businesses ranging from credit to depository and treasury needs. She has been in Dallas banking for 31 years, 25 of those years with JP Morgan Chase. After 5 years as a commercial banker, Susie ran the commercial credit training program for Chase and has been leading the... Read More →
avatar for Frank Medrano

Frank Medrano

Executive Director, Middle Market Technology, JP Morgan Chase
Frank Medrano is an Executive Director in the Middle Market Technology Banking group in Dallas, Texas. Prior to his move to the Technology Group in April of 2014, Frank served as a Senior Banker in the Core Middle Market beginning in August of 2013.  | | From June 2010 to August 2013, Frank worked at Amegy Bank as a Senior Vice President in Corporate and Commercial Banking.  Prior to Amegy, Frank served as Senior Vice President at JP... Read More →
avatar for Pete Nardo

Pete Nardo

SVP, Business Bank Region Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Regional Executive for the South Region Business Banking Group covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The South Region Business Banking group services clients with revenues up to $20 million and serving 400,000 customers, with $15 billion in deposits, $4 billion in credit outstanding, and generates $500 million in revenue. Pete has over 30 years of management experience with Chase, including credit (commercial and consumer), sales... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tech Wildcatters 211 N. Ervay, 2nd Floor

12:00pm

How Investors Think
Speakers
avatar for Joel Fontenot

Joel Fontenot

Managing Partner, Trailblazer Capital
Joel has brought to Trailblazer Capital unique insights built on his many years of banking, investing and early-stage technology company operating experience. Prior to joining Trailblazer Capital, Mr. Fontenot worked for Cisco Systems, Inc. He joined Cisco through the acquisition of Metreos Corporation in June 2006. Joel was a Director of Business Development in the Voice Technology Group and managed the partnerships and strategic alliances... Read More →
avatar for Paul Singh

Paul Singh

Founder, Disruption Corporation
Paul is the founder of Disruption Corporation which provides tools, research and advisory services to corporations, angel investors and venture capital firms. Paul is also an investor via Crystal Tech Fund. Previously, he was a Partner at 500 Startups, a 4 year old "super angel" fund headquartered in Mountain View, CA and has overseen the investments in 525+ companies across 35+ countries. He is currently serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

12:00pm

Andrea Perez (Kessler Collins) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:00pm - 2:15pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

12:45pm

Developing for Startups: the Creative Space Bus Tour
Limited Capacity full

12:45 - Meet at Common Desk (2919 Commerce)
1:00 - Depart for Downtown
1:10 - Tour east downtown buildings (2203/2109 Commerce)
1:50 - Depart for West End
2:00 - Tour The Grove (501 Elm St)
2:30 - Depart for Design District
2:40 - Tour live/work space 
3:05 - Depart for downtown
3:15 - Tour the Joule (1530 Main St)
3:55 - Depart for Deep Ellum
4:00 - Arrive at Common Desk - Tour and Happy Hour
 

Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey Eiting

Jeffrey Eiting

Co-Leader Tech/Media Practice, CBRE
Ask me about: | 1. Why should startups and entrepreneurs care about real estate? | 2. What is happening at the intersection of innovation and real estate? | 3. CBRE Labs and CBRE TMP.
avatar for Katie Jo Whisenant

Katie Jo Whisenant

Co-Founder, Alt + Co Launch
Katie Jo has worked in commercial real estate, representing tenants from all walks of life, for five years. Her love of the entrepreneurial game started at the co-working space, Common Desk. Once she developed a business plan to focus on start-up and technology companies she approached Jon Altschuler and together they developed LAUNCH. Katie Jo was a Kilgore College Rangerette and then graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree... Read More →

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:45pm - 4:00pm
Common Desk 2919 Commerce Street

1:00pm

Do Accelerators Really Help Accelerate Startups?
Speakers
avatar for Molly Cain

Molly Cain

Executive Director, Tech Wildcatters
Prior to joining Tech Wildcatters, Molly co-founded The Haul Company, a video-focused e-commerce startup that connects social personalities with brands, advertisers and networks for syndication. She is a regular contributor to Forbes, where her leadership column receives nearly half a million views a month, and on GlassHeel.com a career, lifestyle and networking site for professional women, which she founded in 2011.Molly... Read More →
avatar for Tahir Hussain

Tahir Hussain

CEO & Managing Partner, Collide Village
Tahir is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, inventor and a technologist. As a founder and managing partner of Collide Village, a milestone driven technology accelerator, Tahir has a deep passion to change the local technology startup landscape by investing and coaching entrepreneurs on how to build a successful, repeatable and scalable business model through data-driven entrepreneurial .Tahir serves as General Partner of an investment firm... Read More →
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

Co-Founder & CEO, Health Wildcatters
Dr. Hubert Zajicek is co-founder, partner and executive director of Health Wildcatters. Prior to forming Health Wildcatters he was managing director of medical technology at NTEC (North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology – www.ntec-inc.org). At NTEC he was responsible for the medical technology program where he reviewed, evaluated and advised hundreds of startup companies. He oversaw the construction of NTEC’s... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

1:00pm

Fashion Blogging As a Career
Speakers
avatar for Lauren Sims

Lauren Sims

Editor, LOLO Magazine
Born & raised in Dallas, Texas; Baylor bear, newlywed, and lover of all things fashion. Interned for Pink Tartan showroom in NYC, worked in the Fine Apparel buying office for Neiman Marcus Direct. I am passionate about helping girls find security and beauty in their true identity and live every day to the fullest. Follow me on Instagram.


Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

1:00pm

Getting to Market
Speakers
avatar for Lucy Dang

Lucy Dang

Founder, Lucy Dang
Lucy Dang is a Dallas-based designer, has been recognized as the 2013 winner of both Texas Next Top Designer and Belk's Southern Designer Showcase. Her passion and skills were realized and nurtured at the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design, where she earned a BFA in Fashion Design.  After graduation, Lucy moved to New York City, where she worked with renowned brands such as Nicole Miller, Rebecca... Read More →
avatar for Britt Harless

Britt Harless

Founder, Bohèm Unique Gems
Britt Harless was born and raised in a creative environment in Dallas, Texas. This unconventional yet traditional woman grew up traveling extensively. She trained with industry mentors in workshops, hands on over the years, and learned from her artistic family members. She started out selling her own designs mixed with wholesale pieces from around the world. She soon turned to designing her own lines exclusively and is ever evolving in the... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Reynolds

Brooke Reynolds

Founder and Chief Giving Officer, Socialite Pink
Brooke Reynolds is the founder and Chief Giving Officer of Socialite Pink. After an 8-year career as a commercial real estate attorney, Brooke knew it was time to live life with passion and purpose. She designed Socialite Pink around one simple idea: to create a women-powered company that chose to give. With no experience in jewelry design, she took classes at a local bead shop and watched YouTube videos before launching Socialite... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

1:00pm

Inserting Value and Mission into For-Profits
Speakers
avatar for Brad Hancock

Brad Hancock

Director, Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, TCU


Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

2:00pm

Getting Your Designs into Full Production
Speakers
avatar for Reham Choudhury

Reham Choudhury

Creative Director, VERUM


Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

2:00pm

Biz Dev in Health: Accelerating Through the Different Stages of Revenue
Moderators
avatar for Robert Brownd

Robert Brownd

VP, Sales, Simple Admit
SMU MBA, VP Sales of Simple Admit, Founder of Model Sales Group.  Over 10 years of experience in the healthcare landscape and a successful track record of taking medical software and service concepts to market.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Rock

Eric Rock

CEO and Managing Partner, Vivify Health
Eric Rock is a serial innovator and successful entrepreneur, applying advanced technologies and human computer interaction to improve operational efficiencies in vertical markets. Rock has launched, grown and exited two highly successful software companies. | | Rock's third and recent venture, Vivify Health (formerly Intuitive Health), the first eHealth platform based upon cloud computing. The solution delivers an... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

3:00pm

Jibran Malek (MassChallenge) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:00pm - 5:15pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

4:30pm

VGOCC

Meet others in the Video Game industry and those interested in Game Development to talk Video Game news and discuss current trends and issues facing the industry.



Wednesday March 4, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Stupid Good Coffee 1910 Pacific Ave, 2nd Floor

4:45pm

Chase Basecamp Happy Hour
Need to unwind after a full day of sessions or want to network with other attendees? Come join the fun at Basecamp at the end of the day. We will providing limited beverage and food service.

Wednesday March 4, 2015 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

5:00pm

CoFoundersLab Dallas (Meetup Registration Required)

This event is managed by Meetup.  Be sure to RSVP here. 

CoFoundersLab Matchup: Dallas Startup Week Edition is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns. 

Get ready for this event - create a free profile at CoFoundersLab.com now!


Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

5:00pm

The Accelerating Role of Health Innovation in the DFW Economy
Moderators
avatar for Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

CEO, Cariloop
Purdue University Grad, Co-Founder and CEO of Cariloop (Health Wildcatters graduate of 2013), Founder of Health 2.0 Dallas, and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.

Speakers
avatar for Elyse Dickerson

Elyse Dickerson

Founder and CEO, Eosera
Set near and long-term global strategic vision for the Anti-Infective, Otic, Dry Eye and Ocular Nutrition franchises ($1.7B). Created new market segments to clearly differentiate our products from the competition. Launched new products globally, driving the positioning, messaging, and campaign development for all products. Developed Target Product Profiles to drive product development. Consistently grew sales more than 20% year over year and... Read More →
avatar for Reid Rasmussen

Reid Rasmussen

Co-Founder and President, freshbenies
Raised in Canada, where he earned a Health Administration degree, Reid escaped to the US where he worked for 2 health insurance carriers & 2 general agencies for 2 decades. CoFounder & President of freshbenies: a telehealth, advocacy & health discount program– all rolled into one easy-to-use card. Passionate speaker. Strategist. Writer. Free-market health reform advocate. Coffee addict. Now a proud American!
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

Co-Founder & CEO, Health Wildcatters
Dr. Hubert Zajicek is co-founder, partner and executive director of Health Wildcatters. Prior to forming Health Wildcatters he was managing director of medical technology at NTEC (North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology – www.ntec-inc.org). At NTEC he was responsible for the medical technology program where he reviewed, evaluated and advised hundreds of startup companies. He oversaw the construction of NTEC’s... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

5:00pm

GeekMeet
Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Green Door Public House 600 S. Harwood

5:00pm

Refresh Dallas
Speakers
avatar for John Weiss

John Weiss

Chief Design Officer / Co-Founder, Human Design
John’s work is guided by purpose, passion, simplicity, beauty, innovation and surprise. With over sixteen years experience in interactive and experience design, John has built and led high performing design teams as the Executive Creative Director at WebMD, Director, Experience Design at Waggener Edstrom and Experience Director at Ascentium. He has designed compelling work for clients such as Starbucks, Subaru, Microsoft, US Airforce... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

6:00pm

Startup Sticker Party
Limited Capacity seats available

The Startup Sticker Party is a celebration of swag. 

We will be coating the entire facade of our 9th floor bar with stickers from startups. 

We invite our guests to bring stickers, t-shirts, hoodies, whatever swag you got to give away. 

Immediately following the event is Product Hunt Dallas Happy Hour #1

Both are free events open to the public. 

Speakers
OS

Oren Salomon

Founder, The Compass Church
Coworking, Travel, Bees, Beards, and Coffee


Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

6:00pm

Salesforce for Startups Happy Hour (Eventbrite Registration Required)

This event is managed by Eventbrite.  Be sure to RSVP here. 

The future of business is cloud-based, low cost, low risk, and creates fast results. It's about no hardware, no headaches and scaling effortlessly. It's about closing more deals and growing your business.

Come learn more about our products and network with peers, partners and Salesforce experts to share pointers on growing your business.

 


Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Woolworth (Library Room) 1520 Elm Street, Suite 201

6:00pm

Dallas New Tech (Ticket Required)
This is paid event. Be sure to register here! FREE PARKING

Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
3015 at Trinity Groves 3015 Gulden Lane

6:45pm

Spotlight Session: Nick Kennedy / What I've Learned So Far: 2 Million Miles, Multiple Startups and 1 Billionaire
Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Conley

Jennifer Conley

VP of Communications, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Co-Founder, VP of Programming @theDECtx | City Coordinator @1MillionCupsDAL | Board @digital_dallas | Co-Founder @iliveindallas

Speakers
avatar for Nick Kennedy

Nick Kennedy

Founder & CEO, RISE
Nick Kennedy founded Rise with a laser focus on transforming the air travel experience for frequent travelers. In a very short time he assembled a world-class team and leveraged his technology and client service background to develop an accessible, high-touch and highly scalable business model that has positioned the company to lead the next generation of air travel. | | Nick’s career started with EDS, and then shifted to helping build... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

7:00pm

Product Hunt Dallas Happy Hour #1
Limited Capacity seats available

Product Hunt Dallas #1 kicks off on March 4th at Fort Work, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. Join us for a fun night discussing what you're working on and new products in the wild. 

Dallas Fort Work -- 8th Floor at Alto 211 (211 North Ervay St. Dallas, TX) is the spot for a night of product talk and demos. Product Hunt Dallas has arrived!

Seating is limited, so RSVP now and don't miss out!


Moderators
avatar for Jared Schaffer

Jared Schaffer

Founder and CEO, The Tribe App
Now: Product Manager & Founder of The Tribe App. Past: Tech Wildcatters - 2013, and SMU. I enjoy discussing product & design. Specifically mobile, marketplace, and social products.

Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor
 
Thursday, March 5
 

9:00am

Jeff Eiting (CBRE) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Thursday March 5, 2015 9:00am - 11:15am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

10:00am

Lean Impact: Lean Startup for Mission-Driven Companies

Most social good organizations are already “lean” by the traditional definition, but being Lean while doing social good takes on a different role. During this session, we will provide a behind the scenes look into building a Mission Driven Start-up, the lean way

This session is ideally suited for individuals interested in social entrepreneurship, including starting, joining or scaling a social enterprise. If you're curious about social entrepreneurship, you'll hear from a team of Dallas-based entrepreneurs what it takes to conceptualize and grow an idea.

Lean conscious start-ups aim to reduce waste: wasted time, wasted energy, and wasted money in order to maximize social impact.


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Coburn

Rachel Coburn

Senior, University of North Texas
Rachel Coburn is a senior at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both Digital Retail and Merchandising, prospecting to graduate in May 2015. Rachel holds the position of the Fashion Merchandising and Social Media Marketing Specialist for 9HappyPeople.com, an apparel lifestyle brand based in Dallas, Texas geared towards helping the surrounding community by creating... Read More →
avatar for Amrit Kirpalani

Amrit Kirpalani

Founder & CEO, NectarOM
Amrit is a father, husband, entrepreneur, and community citizen. He serves on international committees and believes business has the ability to create tremendous social impact.  | Based on his business and community experiences, Amrit conceptualized 9HappyPeople, a social enterprise with the goal of creating jobs in local, under-served communities. | Currently, Amrit is the Founder & CEO of nectarOM, an omnichannel marketing... Read More →
avatar for Candice Quarles

Candice Quarles

Co-Founder and CEO, 9HappyPeople
Candice Quarles is the Co-Founder and CEO of 9HappyPeople headquartered in Dallas TX. 9HappyPeople is a lifestyle fashion brand that shares positive messages is made of the finest materials. Each purchase helps to create jobs in local, under-served communities like East and South Dallas. When you buy 9HappyPeople you are helping to combat poverty, unemployment and underemployment in your city. When you buy 9HappyPeople, you feel good. | Candice... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

10:00am

The Changing Face of America - Huge Growth Opportunity
Moderators
avatar for Pablo Schneider

Pablo Schneider

CEO, The Wider Net
In business, he is CEO of The Wider Net, a firm dedicated to advancing diverse leaders in top leadership. He also serves as a Special Advisor to AP Capital Holdings. In media, he has been published in NACD Directorship, FOX News Latino, Latino Leaders, and PODER. In leadership, he is Chairman of the Renaissance Dinners, a member of the Thunderbird Global Council, and serves on the advisory boards of HITEC and the Latino Donor Collaborative. He is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Taj Clayton

Taj Clayton

Principal, Fish & Richardson, P.C
Taj Clayton is a highly-regarded Principal at the international law firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. where he focuses on complex business, intellectual property, and mass tort litigation. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers magazine and has successfully represented a wide-range of clients from award-winning filmmakers to one of the world’s largest financial institutions. He is a former Law Clerk... Read More →
avatar for Richard Powell

Richard Powell

Co-Founder and Sr. Managing Director, APC Holdings and AP Capital Partners
Richard M. Powell is the Co-Founder and Sr. Managing Director of APC Holdings and AP Capital Partners. APCP’s portfolio companies grew to generate annual revenues in excess of US $2.0 billion and employ over 10,000 people around the globe. One company in particular grew from $70 million in revenue upon acquisition in 2004 to $1.4 billion in 2010 making it the fastest growing billion-dollar MBE built by minority owners and... Read More →
avatar for Evelyn Torres

Evelyn Torres

Founder and CEO, Solaris Technologies, Inc
Evelyn Torres is the Founder and chief executive officer of Solaris Technologies, Inc. Founded in Irving, Texas in 2010 with its Headquarters in Irving Texas . | | Solaris Technologies is an award winning global telecommunications equipment company that provides innovative ToughTower™ product platforms (site-on-wheels, quick deploy, and fixed towers), fiber optics, transceivers, multi-vendor new and refurbished equipment, and... Read More →
avatar for Freddy Vaca

Freddy Vaca

SVP IT & Strategy, The Pinnacle Group
As the Senior Vice President of Strategy for The Pinnacle Group, Freddy Vaca leads the Pinnacle family of companies’ business strategy and IT service operations throughout the United States and Canada. Vaca is responsible for many key areas of Pinnacle’s operation including IT strategy, vendor management system, payrolling services and strategic initiatives. As one of the longest-tenured employees in the company’s history... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

11:00am

Growing Up Together: How Business & Tech Can Work Together in Times of Growth
Speakers
avatar for Ben Newell

Ben Newell

Director Product Management, Trip Case
Within Sabre, the Traveler Solutions team is focused on the needs of our travelers. TripCase™, our primary product, is a traveler’s key to better trips. It’s an intelligent mobile and web app that guides you through every stage of your trip, making you the savviest traveler out there. TripCase organizes travelers’ trip details in one place and keeps them in the know with travel updates, free flight alerts and helpful tools... Read More →
avatar for Ken Tabor

Ken Tabor

Principal Product Engineer, Sabre
Heya, my name is Ken Tabor and I wake up to learn, solve interesting problems, and share. My interests are mobile, JavaScript, CSS, UX, Ruby on Rails, analytics, painting, coffee, and chocolate. I'm a speaker, author, and proud dad.  | Currently I serve as a product engineer at Sabre, working on the mobile travel app TripCase.  | Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @KenTabor


Thursday March 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

11:30am

Startups Creating Culture: Underground Tunnel Tour
Limited Capacity full

Moderators
avatar for Michael Sitarzewski

Michael Sitarzewski

Publisher, LAUNCH DFW
Michael Sitarzewski is co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc. He is a veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Michael considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.In addition to creating companies and running Epic Playground, Michael is heavily involved in the Dallas, Texas startup community, building on the lessons from the Boulder and Denver community – where he... Read More →

Thursday March 5, 2015 11:30am - 2:30pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

12:00pm

Cultivate: Creating the Next Big Thing in Real Estate (Kickoff)
Limited Capacity seats available

Presented by ROAM
Cultivate is the intersection of real estate + technology + culture
Business Case / Hackathon style competition

Real world opportunities solved by Dallas Startup Week participants 
3 mentors per team - Real Estate, Startup Technology, Urban Planner / Designer
Less than 24 hours to come up with solutions

Thursday March 5 - Kickoff
Introduction and Inspirational Speaker - The changing face of real estate and opportunities to create companies around it
Meet and greet of teams and mentors 
Teams let loose to work

Friday March 6 - Presentations and Judging
10 minute presentations by each team
Judging - 3 Big Brand Names

Prize for winning team:
• $2,500 - sponsored by Ascendix
• Private pitch event with movers in real estate

Moderators:
John Backes
Grant English
Dennis Smolek

Mentors:
Duke Long
Stephen Hopkins
Marc J. Grens
Bradley Joyce
Sean Caho

Contact John Ross Gramentine at jr@dxzmedia.com for details. 

Moderators
avatar for John Backes

John Backes

Founder, RealTech Dallas
Dallas is the #4 economy in the nation; real estate is our #2 industry; tech is our #1 industry, and Texas is the biggest exporter of technology in the nation; 60,000 sf of coworking space downtown; top 20 for VC money in the nation, and urban office rents of $15 per square foot. In San Francisco they are $60. Dallas offers unparallelled access to decision makers in our key industries, and the cohesiveness of our startup community is... Read More →
avatar for Marc J. Grens

Marc J. Grens

Megalytic
Marc J. Grens is the Director of Analytics at Megalytics, “Marc has over 13 years of financial services and business experience including sales and marketing, executive management, business strategy, product development and entrepreneurship."
avatar for Bradley Joyce

Bradley Joyce

Founder, Socialyzer
Bradley is the founder for Velocis, a web & mobile app studio, and LAUNCH DFW, a community-driven media company that covers startups and technology in North Texas. | | http://about.me/bradleyjoyce
avatar for Dennis Smolek

Dennis Smolek

CTO and Founder, ROAM Directories
CTO and Founder of ROAM directories, Dennis has worked in the interactive space for the past 10 years starting his own creative agency and developing high end interactive solutions.

Thursday March 5, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

2:00pm

Why Beautiful Design Matters to Health, Software, and Application Development
Moderators
avatar for John Weiss

John Weiss

Chief Design Officer / Co-Founder, Human Design
John’s work is guided by purpose, passion, simplicity, beauty, innovation and surprise. With over sixteen years experience in interactive and experience design, John has built and led high performing design teams as the Executive Creative Director at WebMD, Director, Experience Design at Waggener Edstrom and Experience Director at Ascentium. He has designed compelling work for clients such as Starbucks, Subaru, Microsoft, US Airforce... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Web Developer
I have a passion for building things for the internet. I feel I have a keen understanding of what makes something great. I love taking a project from an idea, and building that idea into something. I love learning about new ideas/technologies, I love teaching others about the web, and how, I feel, best to use it to build businesses, brands, or that funny joke you turned into a website. I'm always building something (most of the time it's a... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter

Senior UX Designer, projekt202
Charlie loves to make things and talk to people about the things they make. He helps individuals and organizations find the root of what they are really trying to say, and get to the bottom of what has them stuck. He is currently helping projekt202 and their clients solve problems as a UX Designer. He is also a father of 4 girls, and repeats himself a lot. Follow him on Twitter - @Chaztoo
avatar for Raquel Vincent

Raquel Vincent

Marketing Manager, Health Wildcatters
As the marketing manager for Health Wildcatters, I help oversee the marketing, branding, and communications efforts for the accelerator. From managing the website and crafting tweets, to designing collateral and copywriting, I do a little bit of everything. | | When not working with Health Wildcatters, I work freelance, providing creative communications strategies and solutions for busy entrepreneurs, startups, and nonprofits. Emerging... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

2:30pm

The Journey of a Social Entrepreneur: Don't Stop Believin'
Speakers
avatar for Lisa Walter

Lisa Walter

Lisa Walter grew up near Dallas and attended Texas A&M to study Computer Visualization. After serving time in assorted cubicles in assorted corporations making computers do assorted things, Lisa decided to free herself from corporate life. In 2004, she sold the bulk of her worldly possessions and moved herself and her dog to Alaska for a 9-month-long mountain adventure during which she reset her life goal to "make a living creatively, doing... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

3:00pm

Brewing up a Business (literally) - Making your passion your job
Speakers
avatar for Michael Peticolas

Michael Peticolas

How many people can trace their brewing roots back to their mom? Well, Michael Peticolas’s mom, Jacque Peticolas, started brewing a Mexican styled beer at her El Paso home in the mid 1990s. Poured from big brown 22 ounce bomber bottles, those copper colored light ales with a hint of apricot hit the spot, especially during the long hot Texas summers. That’s when we first experienced the satisfaction of drinking and sharing beer... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

3:00pm

David Kirkpatrick (MECLABS) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Speakers
avatar for David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick

David is currently the Manager of Editorial Content for MarketingSherpa, a MECLABS company. During 25-plus years of freelance writing David has engaged in journalism, corporate content/communications, and published fiction.


Thursday March 5, 2015 3:00pm - 5:15pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

3:30pm

Financing New Technologies
Moderators
avatar for David Matthews

David Matthews

Owner, Trailblazer Capital
David Matthews has a background as an entrepreneur, a lead investor in emerging alternative investment funds, a venture capitalist, and as a venture philanthropist. As an entrepreneur, David launched several successful start-ups including Intelecon, Green Mountain Dallas, and The Exchange. Intelecon was a Dallas-based audio-visual services company that he and two co-founders grew from $0 to $22 million of annual revenue between 1991 and 1998. In... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Raja Doddala

Raja Doddala

VP, Omnichannel & Ventures, 7-Eleven
Retailer, Business strategist and Corporate VC | | Current areas of focus: Mobile/Digital, Payments, On Demand Economy, Financial Services for the Underbanked. | | Successfully started new lines of multi-channel businesses by putting together compelling customer experience through powerful partnerships. | | Leader of the digital products and omnichannel teams at 7-Eleven, Inc and founder of 7-Ventures, LLC, 7-Eleven's Corporate Ventures... Read More →
avatar for Joel Fontenot

Joel Fontenot

Managing Partner, Trailblazer Capital
Joel has brought to Trailblazer Capital unique insights built on his many years of banking, investing and early-stage technology company operating experience. Prior to joining Trailblazer Capital, Mr. Fontenot worked for Cisco Systems, Inc. He joined Cisco through the acquisition of Metreos Corporation in June 2006. Joel was a Director of Business Development in the Voice Technology Group and managed the partnerships and strategic alliances... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Vela

Kevin Vela

Founder, Vela Keller, P.C.
Kevin Vela is a founding partner at Vela | Keller P.C. He focuses his practice in the areas of startups, corporate law, capital raises, and real estate investment activities. Kevin serves as general counsel for a number of small and mid-sized businesses, providing representation for business transactions, as well as day-to-day guidance on legal and operational issues. Kevin has performed hundreds of corporate formations and regularly handles... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

4:00pm

The Future of Urban Mobility
Speakers
avatar for Chad Edwards

Chad Edwards

Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning, DART
Chad is transportation planner with over fifteen years of experience in Dallas-Fort Worth. He is DART’s Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning where he directs the Capital Planning activities for the agency which include transit system planning, travel demand modeling, corridor development, and feasibility assessments. Current work includes project development for the extensions and level boarding of station platforms along the Red... Read More →
avatar for Chris George

Chris George

Director of Evangelism, Vinli
Chris has extensive experience organizing global movements and events from the ground up. He has become an expert in organizing community events, hackathons, developer competitions and has been instrumental in growing the Cleanweb movement from a blog post into a global movement of thousands. Now, as Vinli's evangelist, he has set his site on enabling legions of developers to create solutions for connected, autonomous, electric and shared... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

Partner, Space Between Design Studio
Patrick Kennedy is an urban planner and designer with 15 years of professional experience.  He is a partner of Space Between Design Studio where he leads Planning and Development consulting practice.  He is currently working with Uptown Dallas, Inc., leading their 20-year vision plan towards a safer, more walkable and bikeable uptown.  He is also president of the North Texas Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism, which is... Read More →
avatar for Josh Komenda

Josh Komenda

Principal & CEO, 2pointb
Josh has boundless optimism, loves to problem solve, and believes that the right technology can conquer any obstacle. Creative, innovative thinkers that can affect positive change in the marketplace inspire him. Before coming to 2pointb, Josh was president and co-founder of GoFastCab (Acquired by Total Transit), the creator of one of the first mobile ordering solutions for the taxicab industry. Prior to that, he led a worldwide engineering team... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

4:45pm

Chase Basecamp Happy Hour
Need to unwind after a full day of sessions or want to network with other attendees? Come join the fun at Basecamp at the end of the day. We will providing limited beverage and food service.

Thursday March 5, 2015 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

5:00pm

Customer Discover/Empathy Bootcamp
Limited Capacity full

Discover and practice techniques for understanding your user’s needs. Hear from local educators and entrepreneurs in the process. Learn why empathy is the secret weapon of successful entrepreneurs.

Learning Goals:By the end of this session, you will be able to...

● Explain the importance of understanding your user’s needs

● Gather insights from observations

● Conduct an interview for empathy

● Create and utilize an empathy map

Target Audience: Entrepreneurs exploring an education-related idea or problem.

Questions to Be Answered: How can I talk to teachers about my idea? Where can I find potential users in education?


Speakers
avatar for Susanna Foote

Susanna Foote

Susanna Foote is a strong believer that great ideas can come from anywhere to change the world. Susanna began her career in public policy in Washington, DC and began her work in education as a teacher at an Oak Cliff public charter school. While completing her master's in education, Susanna was a fellow at an international education startup in Cambridge, MA. Susanna is the organizer of Startup Weekend Education and the EdTech DFW meetup... Read More →
avatar for Binu Thayamkery

Binu Thayamkery

Co-Founder & CTO, Nepris Inc.
There is only one way to do it - Lean and Agile!  Binu Thayamkery, education entrepreneur. Binu is the co-founder of Nepris, a company that partners with teachers and districts to allow industry professionals to bring the real world into the classroom. A seasoned technologist who is passionate about ed-tech, entrepreneurship and agile/lean practices. Prior to co-founding Nepris, he held software architecture and management... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

6:00pm

Dallas Pitch Prize
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-work-presents-dallas-pitch-prize-tickets-15746738920

This is the first event of its kind.  

Free money for startups.  

A fresh look for investors, a deeper engagement for fans and a fun time for all.  

Event Details  

1. Application is open until February 26, 2015 to all North Texas Startups  
2. $2,000 winner-take-all cash prize (gift of Seed Sumo)  
3. 5 teams will be invited to a finals event held at: 
Fort Work [8th Floor, 211 N Ervay St, DALLAS, TX 75201]
THURSDAY March 5, 2015: 6-9 PM  
(part of Dallas Startup Week)

 

Competition Rules  

1. Each team will pitch once in three successive rounds of increasing duration:15 seconds, 60 seconds, 240 seconds 

2. Each pitch round will be scored as the average of the three highest judges' scores on a scale of 1-10. [Ex: Pitch Score: 9.0, Judge 1 Score: 3.5, Judge 2 Score: 8.0, Judge 3 Score: 9.0, Judge 4 Score: 10.0] 

3. The four event judges are: Molly Cain (Tech Wildcatters), Mike Sarimsakci (Alto Tech Fund), Steve Tinkle (Seed Sumo) and Trey Gibson (Spotio)

4. After the final pitch and judge scoring for each team, the audience will be allowed 300 seconds of Q&A 

5.  The Q&A will then be scored by the audience, accepting votes from the public via Twitter on a scale of 1-10, one vote per user by tweeting with the following format:  "@fortwork @seedsumo @startup_handle #DPP 10.0" for 180 seconds 

6. Whichever teams scores the highest total between the 3 pitches and Q&A (all four weighted equally) wins the $2,000 cash prize. 

 ALL ATTENDESS: PLEASE PURCHSE A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-work-presents-dallas-pitch-prize-tickets-15746738920


ALL STARTUP APPLICANTS: PLEASE APPLY HERE: 
https://oren2.typeform.com/to/QjVtOT 



Thursday March 5, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor
 
Friday, March 6
 

8:00am

Friday Pop Up Shop


Blaine Bowen Jewelry

Blaine Bowen Jewelry was created out of a love for art, fashion and philanthropy. Based in Dallas, Blaine Bowen Jewelry is a unique jewelry line, where each piece is handcrafted from high quality materials and authentic gemstones found around the world. 

Don’t miss Ms. Bowen’s talk on Thursday March 5th, 3-4pm: Creating and Sourcing a Successful Business.


Mad Leaf Eco-Forward Apparel 


Fashionable clothing and apparel options made of sustainable materials (like recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton). Mad Leaf proves you can proactively care for our planet and look damn good while doing it!

Lord Nut Levington

If you think that a peanut is just a peanut, then let us introduce you to the founder of the Taste Resistance, Lord Nut Levington. While he may be fictional (shhh…don’t tell him that) he is on what he believes to be a life threatening mission—to lead the Taste Resistance and take a stand against bland. Join Lord Nut in the quest to liberate our taste buds from a flavorless existence. 


Friday March 6, 2015 8:00am - 1:00pm
Chase Basecamp Concourse Level 1700 Pacific Avenue (Lower Level)

9:00am

Hiring Rockstars

Bringing another person onto your team can be one of the most impactful moves you make toward achieving success—IF they are the right match for your company. If you start by understanding your company’s culture and intrinsic values, you can then identify the qualities in a potential candidate that will maximize the success of the hire. This session will help you understand and navigate the hiring process, so that your next hire is a Rock Star.

 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Mark Demos

Mark Demos

CEO & Chief Scientist, Corp-DNA
I am the creative mind and CEO of Corp-DNA, Life Scene Investigation and MyLifeScene.  I am the author of "The DNA Code: The Forensics of Purpose, Passion and Performance" which received endorsements from some of the world's most prominent psychologists including Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Dr. Christopher Peterson.  I am a contributing author in "Psychology in Everyday Life". My clients have... Read More →
avatar for Denise Gee

Denise Gee

Human Capital Executive, Starting Point Human Capital Advisors
Denise is the founder of Starting Point Human Capital Advisors and the spouse of a disabled Army Veteran.  In 2010, her husband was medically retired from the Army, diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other physical injuries.  In 2014, she left a 12 year corporate career in Human Resources behind to focus on her family & entrepreneurship.   In her corporate... Read More →
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Tilde Guajardo

Founder, Womanars
Tilde Guajardo is the Founder, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Visionary Officer of Womanars. Her passion to inspire and educate women and girls throughout the world is what drives her. She believes the future belongs to those of us who are true collaborators in business and in life.  Her latest endeavor is the launch of "The Kaleidoscope for Her" powered by Womanars, a local collaborative and co-working space for... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

9:00am

Rick Jackson (Market Makers Group) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Speakers
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Rick Jackson

Rick successfully pioneered and commercialized new technology into Fortune 1000 and emerging marketplaces. Designed and deployed direct and indirect distribution strategies. Aggregate total contract value exceeds $300 million. Expertise in value based selling and complex licensing and services agreements including systems integration, outsourcing, perpetual licensing, cloud services, subscriptions, professional services, and strategic... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 9:00am - 11:15am
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

10:00am

A Day in the Life of a Social Entrepreneur
Speakers
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Mike Baughman

Community Curator / Executive Director, Union Coffee
Rev. Mike Baughman is the Community Curator / Executive Director of Union Coffee, a non-profit coffee shop in Dallas that takes the typical coffee shop model and converts it into a hub of generosity with outstanding coffee, robust community and engaging causes. . A member of the Mayor's Star Council and active volunteer with The Family Place, Baughman will share stories of how Union has leveraged a community meeting space to mobilize... Read More →
UW

United Way GroundFloor Fellows

United Way
The GroundFloor is a social impact accelerator fund and program that provides investment, mentorship, and other resources to innovative organizations focused on making an impact in North Texas in the areas of education, income, or health. Chosen through a business plan & pitch competition, United Way GroundFloor Fellows show great promise in their ability to be both socially impactful and financially sustainable. In their first year... Read More →
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Andrew Miller

CEO and Cofounder, Compost Denton
Andrew Miller is passionate about bridging technology and sustainability through socio-technical design. He is Cofounder and CEO of Compost Denton, a sustainable waste management company which diverts organic material from the landfill to compost into nutrient rich soil. He has been featured in the TEDxUNT series, holds a Masters in Information Science, and was recently awarded 'Best Smart City Design' by Microsoft Research, 'Outstanding... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

10:00am

Building Travel Apps & Getting Started with Travel APIs
Speakers
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Stephanie Lee

Manager of Commerce and Emerging Ventures, Sabre
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Julian Macagno

Director of Developer Experience, Sabre


Friday March 6, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

10:30am

Retail Tech Showcase
Moderators
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David Matthews

Owner, Trailblazer Capital
David Matthews has a background as an entrepreneur, a lead investor in emerging alternative investment funds, a venture capitalist, and as a venture philanthropist. As an entrepreneur, David launched several successful start-ups including Intelecon, Green Mountain Dallas, and The Exchange. Intelecon was a Dallas-based audio-visual services company that he and two co-founders grew from $0 to $22 million of annual revenue between 1991 and 1998. In... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeff Abney

Co-founder, Brandfitters
Brandfitters is a mobile app that connects consumers with brands when, how and where they want-giving the consumer a voice and control of the relationship and engagement level.
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Daniel Black

Founder & CEO, Glass Media
Daniel is an entrepreneurial, analytics-oriented, digital marketer with a passion for technology; his professional career in its entirety has focused in and around digital marketing.  | | His entrepreneurial spirit is the direct result of the time he spent growing up in Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley). Over the years, his passion for entrepreneurship has fostered itself and he has been successful in his transformation from creative... Read More →
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Abraham Cornejo

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, HostSpot


Friday March 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

12:00pm

House of Genius
House of Genius is a volunteer-based community service for entrepreneurs in 20+ cities around the world that provides help in overcoming key challenges. Each month House of Genius brings together entrepreneurs and a diverse hand-selected mix of business leaders from the community for an evening of disruptive thinking, collaboration, and creative new ideas. The session is held with the panelists on a first name basis without bios to encourage an open dialogue. The 'genius' is in the conversation which follows and the reveal at the end of the session.

This is usually an invitation-only event but will include an audience for this special session with Front Door Fashion during Dallas Startup Week. Front Door Fashion is a personal styling service, delivering custom-created looks to fashion-seeking and time-starved women across the US. We combine an unmatched selection of designer inventory and professional stylists to deliver the highest level of service and convenience. What makes us different? We are not a subscription service and your outfits are hand-selected by professional full-time stylists,not computer algorithms.

Speakers
avatar for Nina Lowe

Nina Lowe

Co-Founder, Head of Operations and Analytics, Front Door Fashion


Friday March 6, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

12:00pm

Sheryl Chamberlain (Capgemini Global) Whiteboard Session
This session requires Splashthat registration so be sure to RSVP here.

During Whiteboard Sessions, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. They are open give advice and answer any questions.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Chamberlain

Sheryl Chamberlain

Capgemini
Sheryl has broad experience in leading strategy and operations with Fortune 1000 companies with a goal to accelerate revenue generation while improving performance. Moving easily between strategic planning and execution, she energizes and inspires others with a vision of what is possible. Sheryl thrives on tackling challenges of difficult, complicated problems.s.


Friday March 6, 2015 12:00pm - 2:15pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

1:00pm

Technology in Fashion
Moderators
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Aimee Bentson

Founder & CEO, Avyn, Inc.
Aimee is the founder and CEO of Avyn, a women's made-to-measure brand using patent-pending body-scanning and 3D imaging technology to make custom clothing a global business. Avyn seeks to address all of these issues simultaneously by creating both a brand and a platform, to revolutionize the industry from the back end to the front. Using three dimensional (3D) body scanning and patent-pending pattern-adjusting technology Avyn will improve... Read More →

Speakers
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Bryan DeLuca

Co-Founder/CEO/Beard Grower, Foot Cardigan
Born on a backyard ranch in the hinterlands of Oklahoma City, Bryan is both the face of and brains behind Foot Cardigan. A Europhile at heart, he possesses a charisma that puts others at ease while simultaneously inviting them to join in the fun. Bryan attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he majored in music business, which is convenient because now he owns a sock company. | Reach Bryan on Twitter: @bryandeluca 
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Scott Emmons

Enterprise Architect, Neiman Marcus Group Innovation Lab
As Enterprise Architect, Scott is focused on IS innovation for the Neiman Marcus Group (NMG). He built the NMG innovation lab (iLab) and is responsible for leading the organization in evaluating, designing, testing and piloting cutting-edge technologies and applications for luxury retail. Scott is also working on BYOD initiatives, Wi-Fi/LAN/WAN infrastructure, mobility and digital signage initiatives. Specific projects include a complete Wi-Fi... Read More →
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Chris Hite

Managing Partner, J. Hilburn
Chris Hite’s seasoned ability to think beyond the current boundaries of a brand and engage diverse creative perspectives that deliver tailored solutions. Chris’ passion for branding and the customer experience was refined in his decade at Neiman Marcus stores, practicing excellence in all aspects of sales promotion. A natural connector both professionally and personally, linking organizations and people for business and social... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

1:00pm

Growing the Next Generation of Makers: Minecraft and the Demystification of Geek Culture

This is the story of why gaming--and Minecraft specifically—is important to the future of technology. Do you have a hard time finding engineering talent for your startup? Do you wish you had been introduced sooner to the computer science concepts required to successfully start a technology-centered business? Do you see those concepts as increasingly important to many professional pursuits, not just software engineering? Do you have kids? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might find something of interest in this talk.

The session will conclude with a hands-on workshop for anyone interested in actually playing with Minecraft and ComputerCraft, getting on Minecraft U's servers, or simply having further discussions with the MCU staff. Bring a laptop if you are interested in playing and coding!

 


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

Founder, Minecraft U
About me: | I've been working in technology since 1998. I've done a little bit of everything. I've been in Dallas since 2003, when I founded a non-profit art and technology incubator. I am currently CTO at Modern Message, a startup in the multi-family industry. | | About Minecraft U: | Minecraft game mechanics are incredibly analogous to engineering. Our program focuses on teaching problem solving and programming techniques through... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor

2:00pm

From University Research to Real World Innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

UT Dallas has a wide range of talented inventors in science and technology. Join us to learn more about how the cutting edge resarch of UT Dallas faculty and students is being turned into commercially viable innovations, bringing benefit, economic activity and jbos to our region. As UT Dallas pushes toward Tier 1, this workshop will explain how inventions and technologies developed by the UTD community can be accessed by those outside of the university. Inventors, business leaders and investors all benefit when partnerships are formed. This workshop will provide and opportunity for community members, investors and entrepreneurs to:
  • Collaborate with UTD in connection with its start-up activity
  • Learn how to access technologies available for licensing
  • Hear from several faculty and PhD students as they share their experiences with venture development
Questions? Contact Melissa Palmer, Program Manager, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UT Dallas, melissa.palmer@utdallas.edu

Click here for more info on UTD and UTD's E-Club 

Speakers
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Emiola Banwo

Student, UT Dallas
My area of interest lies at the intersection of the Psychology, Technology, and Business strategy that go into creating new product and service experiences that are consumer usable, technologically feasible and financially viable. | | I extend my general scientific approach of understanding the world to Product Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Observing and Questioning the way things are, Identifying problems, Conducting Research, followed by an... Read More →
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Melissa Palmer

Program Manager, Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Texas at Dallas


Friday March 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fort Work, 9th Floor 211 N. Ervay, 9th Floor

2:00pm

The Road to Exit Roundtable
Moderators
avatar for Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

CEO, Cariloop
Purdue University Grad, Co-Founder and CEO of Cariloop (Health Wildcatters graduate of 2013), Founder of Health 2.0 Dallas, and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.

Speakers
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Ray Larson

President, PRISM Media Group
Entrepreneurial executive leading our business by capitalizing on opportunities in electronic and traditional communications, and attracting strong business executives, managers and employees. For our media business, our goal is to be a market leader in key segments for traditional and digital customer engagement products, that are both advertising and non-ad supported. | | Specialties: New business acquisition, product enhancement and... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp 1700 Pacific

2:00pm

Cultivate: Creating the Next Big Thing in Real Estate (Presentations)
Limited Capacity seats available

Cultivate is the intersection of real estate + technology + culture
Business Case / Hackathon style competition

Real world opportunities solved by Dallas Startup Week participants 
3 mentors per team - Real Estate, Startup Technology, Urban Planner / Designer
Less than 24 hours to come up with solutions

Thursday March 5 - Kickoff
Introduction and Inspirational Speaker - The changing face of real estate and opportunities to create 
companies around it
Meet and greet of teams and mentors 
Teams let loose to work

Friday March 6 - Presentations and Judging
10 minute presentations by each team
Judging - 3 Big Brand Names

Prize for winning team:
• $2,500 - sponsored by Ascendix
• Private pitch event with movers in real estate

Moderators:
John Backes
Grant English
Dennis Smolek

Mentors:
Duke Long
Stephen Hopkins
Marc J. Grens
Bradley Joyce
Sean Caho

Contact John Ross Gramentine at jr@dxzmedia.com for details.

Moderators
avatar for John Backes

John Backes

Founder, RealTech Dallas
Dallas is the #4 economy in the nation; real estate is our #2 industry; tech is our #1 industry, and Texas is the biggest exporter of technology in the nation; 60,000 sf of coworking space downtown; top 20 for VC money in the nation, and urban office rents of $15 per square foot. In San Francisco they are $60. Dallas offers unparallelled access to decision makers in our key industries, and the cohesiveness of our startup community is... Read More →
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Elie Finegold

SVP, Global Innovation and Business Intelligence, CBRE
Elie combines strategy, technology and knowledge at CBRE, the world's leading property services company. He develops innovative opportunities across global business lines and shared services groups. Elie specifically leads CBRE in the identification, introduction, and development of innovations that support the continued growth of existing businesses, and seed the future by identifying and exploring options for the company to develop new... Read More →
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Marc J. Grens

Megalytic
Marc J. Grens is the Director of Analytics at Megalytics, “Marc has over 13 years of financial services and business experience including sales and marketing, executive management, business strategy, product development and entrepreneurship."
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Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins is the founder of Cresource, producer at DisruptCRE, and idea engineer at Core Net New England, IFMA Boston, and NAIOP Massachusetts.
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Bradley Joyce

Founder, Socialyzer
Bradley is the founder for Velocis, a web & mobile app studio, and LAUNCH DFW, a community-driven media company that covers startups and technology in North Texas. | | http://about.me/bradleyjoyce
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Dennis Smolek

CTO and Founder, ROAM Directories
CTO and Founder of ROAM directories, Dennis has worked in the interactive space for the past 10 years starting his own creative agency and developing high end interactive solutions.

Friday March 6, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N. Market Street, Suite 200

3:30pm

From Crowdfunding to Shark Tank, An Entrepreneurial Pursuit
Speakers
avatar for Corey Egan

Corey Egan

Founder & CEO, ilumi
Mr. Egan is the Co-founder and CEO of Plano based, ilumi solutions, where he is responsible for the strategic vision and execution of the company. At ilumi, Mr. Egan has led the startup in launching the company’s first product, the ilumi LED Smartbulb, from ideation to market entry.  Under Mr. Egan’s leadership, the company received numerous awards and recognition, successfully raised over $200,000 in crowdfunding, and appeared... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

4:30pm

5:00pm

Friday Wine Entrepreneurs: Local Vineyard & Tasting
Speakers
avatar for Daniel Kelada

Daniel Kelada

Sommelier & Vice President, Vinovium Partners
Entrepreneur- First and foremost. The mind set, the work ethic and the ability to know how and when to think in or out side the box is a characteristic I carry with me in all me endeavors. I believe in leadership based on empowerment and clear communication. | | Biochemist- I was an instructor for interns. My role was to instruct students through a series of set lab procedures laid out for the academic year that involved RNA and the... Read More →
avatar for Lymon Liu

Lymon Liu

Wine Sommelier, Restaurant Consultant


Friday March 6, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
ALT+CO at Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3110 1601 Elm Street, Suite 3110

5:00pm

Happy Hour: Meet the Next Wave of Health Startups in DFW
Moderators
avatar for Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

CEO, Cariloop
Purdue University Grad, Co-Founder and CEO of Cariloop (Health Wildcatters graduate of 2013), Founder of Health 2.0 Dallas, and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.

Friday March 6, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
HOSTING 1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 300

7:00pm

Ignite DFW
Ignite DFW is a night of short presentations on a variety of topics – with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides, that automatically advance after 15 seconds. The talks are funny, interesting, nerdy, quick and from the heart. It is not a place to pitch your business or yourself.

Jasmin Brand: Pretty Girls Have Options: Building the Hottest Brand Ever
Erin O'Brien: Falling in Love With Your Job Again: Avoiding Entrepreneur Burnout
Winston Edmonson: How to Use the 20% Rule to Live a More Meaningful Life
Lauren Zeien: Running In Stilettos: How I Entered Into and Built Up a Community

If you must park, please use the Elm Street Parking Garage across from The Majestic Theatre.

 

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Campos

Stephanie Campos

Co-Founder & Publicist, Social Revolt Marketing
When I was in 7th grade I decided that I wanted to talk for a living, simple enough right? Fast forward 12 or so years and I haven’t stopped living the dream. I’m a woman of my word. More importantly, I understand the value of the thought out phrase, the catchy slogan, and the art of speech. I have cultivated the habit of listening to those I meet. Never afraid to ask questions, evaluate, debate, and weigh out all angles of a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jasmin Brand

Jasmin Brand

Co-Founder and CEO, BrandPointe
Jasmin Brand is the Chief Executive Officer for Brandpointe, a branding company she launched in 2007 that specializes in strategic planning, innovative branding concepts, diversity marketing and strategic events. Some of Brandpointe’s diverse clients have included: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Dallas, YMCA, Mockingbird Station, Watters Creek , Elfa, The Greek Food Festival of Dallas, U.S. Conference of Mayors, UNT... Read More →
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Winston Edmondson

Host, SiliconANGLE
As an Innovation Specialist, I teach individuals and businesses how to unlock the power of innovation. The creative ideas that solve so many of the problems that we face are often bottled up within us. All I have to do is teach you how to pop the cork. | | The Innovation@Work radio program can be heard every day of the week on CNN Radio 1190 at 3pm. As the host, I'm able to put the collective genius of Dallas/Ft. Worth to work. It's all about... Read More →
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Erin O'Brien

COO, GinzaMetrics
Erin Robbins O'Brien has been working in the startup field for the last eight years, with more than 13 years of experience in technology, marketing, and analytics. She is currently the COO of GinzaMetrics, a Y Combinator company that also has funding from 500 Startups as well as other angel investors. When she's not working, she can be found at the gym, the bar, or with her bulldogs.
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Lauren Zeien

Executive Director, Launch DFW
I am a highly motivated and innovative thinker with a robust seven-years of experience in building business development and creating brand strategy for consumer brands. | | I'm the Executive Director of LaunchDFW, contribute to E! & Tech Cocktail, and grow start-ups business through marketing & business development at Velocis.  | | The highlights:  | -Highly experienced in brand & event sponsorship  | -Thrive in... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2015 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor

7:00pm

Wrap Party
Limited Capacity filling up

Friday March 6, 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Boxer Property at Pacific Place 1910 Pacific, 20th Floor
 
Thursday, March 26
 

4:30pm

Attracting Early Stage Capital
Limited Capacity seats available

  • Overview from the Venture Investment Process (Jerry White)
  • Lessons from Pitching to Venture Capitalists (Simon Mak)
  • Raising Capital for Arts Ventures (Jim Hart)
  • Attracting Capital as a University Student (Meleah Harris)
  • Q&A 
*Please note: This is session is a make up from the event previously scheduled during Dallas Startup Week on Thursday 3/5. If you signed up for the original event, you must re-register for this event.*

Speakers
avatar for Meleah Harris

Meleah Harris

Assistant Director of SMU Engaged Learning, SMU
Assistant Director of SMU Engaged Learning, which provides opportunities and funding to undergraduate students to be creative, innovative and entrepreneurial.
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James Hart

Director of Arts Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Practice, SMU
Director of Arts Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Practice. James Hart is an award-winning Director of Arts Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Practice at Meadows School of the Arts, where he manages two minors, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship.
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Simon Mak

Assoc. Assoc. Director, Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, SMU
Entrepreneurship activist - promoting entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset.
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Jerry White

Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, SMU
Adjunct and Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship. Jerry White specializes in entrepreneurial strategy and finance. Over the last 25 years, he has taught more than 10,000 promising or established entrepreneurs, many of whom have gone on to great success. White is co-founder of the Dallas 100 Awards, an annual event that identifies and honors the 100 fastest growing, privately held companies in Dallas. He co-authored The... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
SMU-Cox School of Business (Room 175 Crow-Georges Auditorium) 6212 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, TX 75275
 
Thursday, April 16
 

2:00pm

STEM in the City-Make-up Session
Limited Capacity seats available

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • STEM Program at El Centro College
    • Vision
    • Matching Industry Needs
  • STEM Internships
    • Industry Partners
    • Testimonials
  • STEM K-12 and Community Outreach
    • Outreach Modules
  • Student Services
    • Advising
    • Transferring
  • What’s next in STEM
  • Questions & Comments

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Lawson

Cristina Lawson

STEM Center Director, El Centro College
Manage and coordinate grant paid internship opportunities for students within STEM fields. Seek partnerships with companies to provide growth opportunities for higher education students. Serve as a liaison between El Centro College, business & industry, and our booming workforce to help generate job opportunities. Maintaining focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


Thursday April 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
El Centro Performance Hall 801 Main Street