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A week-long showcase of innovation and entrepreneurship for students to challenge  their minds to think more broadly in whatever career path they choose.
April 7 - 11, 2014

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Friday, April 4
 

8:00pm

Hackathon Begins (IST Building)
HackPSU is a 36-hour hackathon at Penn State that gives students the chance to collaborate on building a mobile app, website or piece of hardware technology.

To learn more about hackathon, visit: Hack PSU

Friday April 4, 2014 8:00pm - Saturday April 5, 2014 6:00am
IST Building
 
Sunday, April 6
 

10:00am

Hackathon Concludes (Judging & award presentation) (IST Building)
HackPSU is a 36-hour hackathon at Penn State that gives students the chance to collaborate on building a mobile app, website or piece of hardware technology.

Sunday April 6, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
IST Building

1:00pm

 
Monday, April 7
 

10:00am

Verizon Wireless Innovation Center Demos (2nd floor hallway, IST Building)
  • VGo - The VGo Robotic Telepresence unit lets users go where they need to be even when they can't be there physically. The robot is independently operated by a person in a distant location and enables them to see, hear, talk, and move around as if they were actually there.
  • Invensys - Centeron Wireless Tanks Monitors use a wide array of sensor technologies to wirelessly and remotely measure tank inventory levels for propane, fuels, lubricants, and chemicals. Information is sent to the Centeron WebView data center and can be analyzed using available tools and reports. Alerts can be customer programmed for specific fill level requirements or alert situations. Connective solutions include 3G CDMA via the Verizon Network, as well as cellular, ethernet and satellite gateway options for multi-tank sites.
  • Golden-i -The new Gen 3.8 headset computer has been designed to improve productivity, efficiency and safety in the light industrial sector. Now with built-in camera and more processing power, Gen 3.8 is leading the way for mobile headset computing.
  • Connected Athlete - Connected Athlete leverages the Cisco Intelligent Network and ACM Systems’ smart-insole wireless sensor technology, to help enable trainers to improve their athlete’s performance and reduce the chance of injury by providing real-time and historical analytics of motion and pressure data. Read More

Monday April 7, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm
IST Building

10:10am

"Driving innovation through technology" with keynote Dan Mead '75g (Verizon Wireless), Chris Creager '86 (Verizon), Nicola Palmer '90 (Verizon Wireless), Yaopeng Zhou (Smart Vision Labs) (113 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Yaopeng Zhou

Yaopeng Zhou

Co-founder and CEO, Smart Vision Labs
Dr. Yaopeng Zhou is the co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs, a digital health start-up that is developing a smartphone-based portable vision-examination device to dramatically improve the way people get their vision evaluated in every corner of the world. Prior to founding Smart Vision Labs, Yaopeng worked at GE Healthcare and Abbott Labs. He earned a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Boston University and is currently pursuing an MBA at NYU... Read More →
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Dan Mead ’75g

President and CEO, Verizon Wireless
Dan Mead is president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, with responsibility for the company’s operations, financial performance, and advocating public policy issues on behalf of Verizon Wireless and its customers. | | Under his leadership, the company built the nation’s first wide-area 4G LTE network, introduced Share Everything plans, became the first to allow customers to share wireless data among multiple... Read More →
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Chris Creager ’86

Senior Vice President, Corporate Product Management and Development, Verizon
Chris Creager is senior vice president of corporate product management and development for Verizon. | | His most recent leadership positions include president of National Operations for Verizon's Consumer and Mass Business Markets group, and president of the East Coast Area responsible for all consumer and mass business wire line operations from Massachusetts south to Virginia. | | Creager has held a broad range of senior manager assignments... Read More →
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Nicola Palmer ’90

Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer, Verizon Wireless
Nicola (Nicki) Palmer is senior vice president and chief network officer for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States, with responsibility for planning, engineering, building, and operating Verizon Wireless' industry-leading voice and data networks, including its growing 4G LTE network. A premier technology company, Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. | | Prior to her... Read More →


Monday April 7, 2014 10:10am - 11:00am
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

12:20pm

"From concept through acquisition: Life of a security analytics company" with Rod Murchison '91 (Tripwire), Kurt Baker (Tripwire) (113 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Kurt Baker

Kurt Baker

Director Product Management, Reporting and Analytics, Tripwire
Kurt has over 20 years experience in senior leadership positions with early stage software companies.  He has served in co-founder, executive, and product management roles for companies in markets ranging from enterprise software solutions to mobile devices.    Kurt is a recognized expert in security analytics, reporting and database architectures.  Before joining Tripwire, he co-architected and designed the first cloud... Read More →
avatar for Rod Murchison ’89

Rod Murchison ’89

Vice President, Product Management & Technology Alliances, Tripwire
Rod is a pioneer in the field of data security, cyber analytics, networking, and identity and fraud protection, and has more than 20 years of experience in product development and go-to-market strategies for innovative IT security and networking solutions.  | | Before joining Tripwire, Rod was the senior vice president of engineering and product management for Narus, a wholly-owned subsidiary for The Boeing Company.  At Narus... Read More →


Monday April 7, 2014 12:20pm - 1:10pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

2:30pm

"Starting a company in a Taco Bell parking lot" with Taro Fukuyama (AnyPerk) (202 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Taro Fukuyama

Taro Fukuyama

Co-founder and CEO, AnyPerk
Taro Fukuyama is a co-founder and CEO of AnyPerk, an online platform that allows businesses, no matter how small, to attract and retain top talent while providing a rewarding work environment through access to high-quality employee perks. Over 2500 startups and small businesses have joined together to offer their employees AnyPerk. Taro is a Y-combinator graduate who was part of the first Japanese team ever admitted into the YC. He started his... Read More →


Monday April 7, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
202 IST Building

4:00pm

"Partnering and finding the right resources in the early stages of building your business" with Matt Miller '01 (CyberCoders) (201A IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller ’01

Matt Miller ’01

Chief Technology Officer, CyberCoders, Co-founder and CTO, CareerBliss
Since 2004, Matt has served as the chief technology officer for CyberCoders, headquartered in Orange County, California.  Founded in 1999, CyberCoders recruits professionals for all job types across all industries. Miller's approach to developing innovative recruiting software solutions resulted in making CyberCoders the most efficient permanent placement recruiting firm in the United States.  In December 2013 CyberCoders was... Read More →


Monday April 7, 2014 4:00pm - 6:40pm
201A IST Building

4:15pm

"Talent in the start-up age: Attracting & keeping talent by leveraging the right tools" with C.J. Reuter '91 (Work4) (206 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for C.J. Reuter ’91

C.J. Reuter ’91

Director, Enterprise Accounts and Client Success, Work4
C.J. Reuter is a 17 veteran of the online recruitment market. He is currently the director of enterprise accounts and client success at Work4, the leading social recruiting solution provider, which leverages Facebook and other social websites to target relevant candidates and match them to employer's open positions. | | C.J. has global experience in technology sales, sales leadership, and client success delivery in the Internet and technology... Read More →


Monday April 7, 2014 4:15pm - 5:30pm
206 IST Building

6:00pm

mHealth Pitch Competition with Todd Erdley '86 (Videon Central), John Kim '97 (Five9, DoctorBase) (113 IST Building)

mHealth Pitch Competition

Judged by various special guests, including:

Todd Erdley, Videon Central, Mary Good, President of Good Advice LC, and

John Kim, Five9 and CEO, DoctorBase


Speakers
avatar for Todd Erdley '86

Todd Erdley '86

President and CEO, Videon Central, Inc.
Todd Erdley is the president and CEO of Videon Central, Inc. Todd founded Videon in 1997 with a focus on the optical disc market and positioned the company to provide key software to major silicon vendors. Videon quickly became the industry leader for DVD and Blu-ray software, and has expanded to become a leader in playback and management of personal media on smart devices. Videon recently released an application in the Google Play store with... Read More →
avatar for John Kim ’97

John Kim ’97

Founder, Five9 and CEO, DoctorBase
John Sung Kim is the founder of the cloud software company Five9, which raised over $80 million in venture capital and is widely recognized as the leading company in that space.   | | He has also acted as an advisor to numerous venture-capital funded start-ups such as Odesk, RingCentral, Qualys, 6connect, and LGC Wireless. John currently serves as the CEO of the mobile healthcare company DoctorBase.com.


Monday April 7, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)
 
Tuesday, April 8
 

9:45am

"No free lunch: One million misconceptions about start-ups" with Zac Pappis '10 (DuckDuckGo) (206 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Zac Pappis ’10

Zac Pappis ’10

Director of Marketing and Community, DuckDuckGo
Zac Pappis is the director of marketing and community for DuckDuckGo, the anonymous search engine.  | | Zac graduated from Penn State in 2010 and, after working at SEI Investments, founded his first company, A-1 Line Painting. From this brick-and-mortar startup, Zac began working on aspects of the web. After a few entrepreneurial ventures, Zac joined DuckDuckGo in 2012 and has since focused mainly on strategy, marketing, community, user... Read More →


Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
206 IST Building

1:00pm

"Driving change with technology: Disrupting new markets" with Jayme Goldberg '92 (SilverLine Athletics), Holden Comeau '00 (SilverLine Athletics) (202 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Holden Comeau '00

Holden Comeau '00

Co-founder, SilverLine Athletics
Holden Comeau leads technology development and implementation at SilverLine. Holden is a former professional triathlete with deep endurance sports industry expertise. Prior to co-founding SilverLine, Holden was a nationally recognized triathlon coach for the Cadence Cycling Foundation & Multisport in Philadelphia, PA. | | Comeau has been a contributor in multiple sports industry publications including: Triathlete, Outside,, and USA Triathlon... Read More →
avatar for Jayme Goldberg ’92

Jayme Goldberg ’92

Co-founder, SilverLine Athletics
Jayme Anne Goldberg leads strategic planning and business development initiatives at SilverLine. Jayme is an expert at finding opportunities within niche, fragmented industries and has 20 years of experience in the institutional investment management industry. | | Prior to co-founding SilverLine, Jayme was the chief strategy officer at BNY Mellon – Urdang in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for the... Read More →


Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
202 IST Building

2:30pm

"Market research...so what?" with Keith Deaven '90 (Mediabarn), Heather Gay (Mediabarn) (113 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Heather Gay

Heather Gay

Director of Usability Research, Mediabarn
Heather Gay leads research initiatives for the Mediabarn UX Lab.  She possesses an in-depth knowledge of user experience and industry research initiatives and has over 16 years of extensive knowledge managing a variety of user research projects.  By performing a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, Heather has informed the creative process for new product development, website, and package design; uncovered trends; and... Read More →
avatar for Keith Deaven ’90

Keith Deaven ’90

Co-founder and CEO, Mediabarn
Keith is responsible for co-founding Mediabarn, a company that specializes in UX research, design, and staff augmentation.  As CEO and co-founder, he has led Mediabarn through ten successful years.  Mediabarn's longevity can be attributed to the fine-tuning of an innovative business model which combines the benefits of a user experience research practice, creative agency, and placement services firm under one roof. Keith has built the... Read More →


Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

4:00pm

Open Student Consulting Sessions with Nittany Consulting Group and Penn State Small Business Development Center (Kunkle Lounge - Hammond Building)

Open Student Consulting Sessions with Nittany Consulting Group and Penn State Small Business Development Center

Student consultants from the Nittany Consulting Group will partner with consultants from the Penn State Small Business Development Center and make themselves  available for short 15 minutes sessions to consult with Penn State students and offer advice to them regarding their ideas, small businesses or clubs.

Learm more about:

Penn State Small Business Development Center and Nittany Consulting Group


Tuesday April 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kunkle Lounge (Hammond Building)

4:15pm

"Happy Valley success" hosted by Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) with Todd Erdley '86 (Videon Central), Serena Fulton (New Leaf Initiative) Jack Zerby (Flavors.me, Goodsie.com), Eli Kariv '15 (Innoblue, CrossedClouds) (206 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Serena Fulton '13

Serena Fulton '13

Co-director, New Leaf Initiative
Serena is passionate about hosting intentional spaces to facilitate connections and collaboration around common interests and ambitions.  Serena came to State College, Pa, to pursue a degree in Psychology from Penn State and graduated in May 2013. During the fall of 2011, Serena became involved with New Leaf Initiative as an intern, which catalyzed her interest in the Centre region community.  She is now a co-director at New Leaf, which... Read More →
avatar for Eli Kariv '15

Eli Kariv '15

President, Innoblue and co-founder/CEO CrossedClouds
Eli is the President of Innoblue, a student organization dedicated to being the community for entrepreneurs at Penn State. Innoblue exposes, educates, and empowers students to pursue their passions and ideas through entrepreneurship.  Innoblue proudly hosts events such as 1000Pitches, the Innoblue Accelerator, Learn To Code, and Penn State's Hackathon--HackPSU. In it's past semester, Innoblue has grown from 200 to 2,000 unique... Read More →
avatar for Todd Erdley '86

Todd Erdley '86

President and CEO, Videon Central, Inc.
Todd Erdley is the president and CEO of Videon Central, Inc. Todd founded Videon in 1997 with a focus on the optical disc market and positioned the company to provide key software to major silicon vendors. Videon quickly became the industry leader for DVD and Blu-ray software, and has expanded to become a leader in playback and management of personal media on smart devices. Videon recently released an application in the Google Play store with... Read More →
avatar for Jack Zerby

Jack Zerby

Co-founder, Goodsie, Flavors.me
Jack Zerby is co-founder of Goodsie and Flavors.me. Goodsie is dubbed as, “modern e-commerce software with style,” which allows users to create a professional commerce presence online without knowing HTML. Flavors.me enables the easy and quick creation of a free website that integrates social media updates, photos, videos, and more into a unified web presence.  Before founding these two companies, Jack served as the director... Read More →


Tuesday April 8, 2014 4:15pm - 5:30pm
206 IST Building

6:00pm

State College community resources available to Penn State student entrepreneurs, hosted by New Leaf Initiative (Municipal Building Suite 337)

New Leaf is a newly relocated co-working space in downtown State College.  Co-working is a new way to work that involves a shared office with independent activity. Individuals and groups from different sectors can focus on their respective work, but together in a shared space. The global movement has been growing rapidly and there are currently over 3,000 co-working offices worldwide.

For more information about New Leaf Initiative, visit: http://newleafinitiative.org

Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Municipal Building Suite 337, Downtown State College

6:00pm

The First Step of Starting a Business Workshop with Penn State Small Business Development Center (101 Walker Building)

The First Step of Starting a Business

Cost: FREE to Penn State students and faculty

To register for this workshop: www.sbdc.psu.edu/seminars

 

The First Step of Starting a Business

Date/Time: April 8, 2014 – 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

101 Walker BuildingDirections

Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to start?  This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

This is a special night addition of First Step for the Penn State IST Start-up week.

Learn from a business consultant about:

  • lifestyle requirements of business owners
  • how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
  • the legal and tax implications of owning a business
  • how to develop a business plan
  • how to compile a bank-ready financial package
  • how to market your product or service
  • the health and safety regulations that may apply to your business
  • why both a marketing and financial plan are needed
  • where to find other resources that may help you succeed
Parking: For seminars held in the Technology Center in Innovation Park, free parking is available in the rear of building. Please park on the right side of lot; do not park on the Penn State parking side.

 


Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
101 Walker Building

6:30pm

"Building a brand that matters" with Jamie Naughton (Zappos) (remote via Skype) (201A IST Building)
(remote via Skype)

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Naughton

Jamie Naughton

Speaker of the House, Zappos
Jamie Naughton joined Zappos.com, Inc. in 2004, right after the company relocated from the bay area to Las Vegas. As Speaker of the House, Jamie works directly with CEO Tony Hsieh, focusing on the culture for which the company has become known.  Her role is essential in creating and driving the architecture of the dynamic culture as well as focusing on culture R&D to ensure Zappos.com remains relevant to both the employees and their... Read More →


Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
201A IST Building
 
Wednesday, April 9
 

10:10am

"Dissecting social media" with Matt Miller '01 (CyberCoders) (208 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller ’01

Matt Miller ’01

Chief Technology Officer, CyberCoders, Co-founder and CTO, CareerBliss
Since 2004, Matt has served as the chief technology officer for CyberCoders, headquartered in Orange County, California.  Founded in 1999, CyberCoders recruits professionals for all job types across all industries. Miller's approach to developing innovative recruiting software solutions resulted in making CyberCoders the most efficient permanent placement recruiting firm in the United States.  In December 2013 CyberCoders was... Read More →


Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:10am - 11:00am
208 IST Building

11:15am

"Lessons learned from a failed social entrepreneur" with Mike McGlade '00 (Endeavors) (113 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Mike McGlade ’00

Mike McGlade ’00

Founder, Endeavors
Mike McGlade is a lifelong entrepreneur with extensive technology, entertainment, and digital media experience. He has led business development, financial planning, marketing, and sales efforts for multiple companies at various development stages. | | Mike is currently the founder of Endeavors, an entrepreneurial consulting and advisory firm. Endeavors helps companies prove and scale their business model, launch new products in the US... Read More →


Wednesday April 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:05pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

1:00pm

"How to raise money for your idea: The language of investors" with John Kim '97 (Five9, DoctorBase) (208 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for John Kim ’97

John Kim ’97

Founder, Five9 and CEO, DoctorBase
John Sung Kim is the founder of the cloud software company Five9, which raised over $80 million in venture capital and is widely recognized as the leading company in that space.   | | He has also acted as an advisor to numerous venture-capital funded start-ups such as Odesk, RingCentral, Qualys, 6connect, and LGC Wireless. John currently serves as the CEO of the mobile healthcare company DoctorBase.com.


Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
208 IST Building

1:25pm

"Game studio start-up playthrough" with Lucas Blair (Little Bird Games) (202 IST Building) Watch Live Stream
Watch the live stream:

http://ustre.am/1ceiq


Speakers
avatar for Lucas Blair

Lucas Blair

Founder, Little Bird Games LLC
Dr. Lucas Blair is the founder of Little Bird Games LLC, a serious game development company, which specializes in educational and therapeutic games. He received an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and a Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida.  | | Blair’s doctoral research explored the use of video game achievements to enhance player performance, self-efficacy, and... Read More →


Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:25pm - 2:15pm
202 IST Building

2:30pm

"Becoming an entrepreneur: Fake it 'til you make it" wtih Rob Schutz '05 (BarkBox, What's the Deal) (202 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Rob Schutz ’05

Rob Schutz ’05

Head of Marketing and User Acquisition, BarkBox, Founder, What's the Deal
Rob Schutz joined BarkBox -- a monthly subscription service that sends treats, toys and fun products to over 130,000 lucky dogs across the US and Canada - as an early employee in December 2012. He currently serves as head of marketing and user acquisition for the company, which is launching BarkCare, an at-home vet service that will be live in 10 cities across the US by the end of 2014. | | Prior to BarkBox, Rob founded the daily deal and... Read More →


Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
202 IST Building

2:30pm

"Social responsibility in entrepreneurship" with Keith Deaven '90 (Mediabarn), John Galanti (Galanti Holdings), Chuck Russell (Collective Intelligence), Scott Shirley '03 (Uplifting Athletes) (113 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for John Galanti '80

John Galanti '80

Managing Director, Galanti Holdings
John R. Galanti is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and business mentor. He is the managing director of Galanti Holdings, LLC., an early-stage technology investment company. John was the founder and CEO of DataNet Communications Group, Inc., a fiber-optic based broadband provider to the education, healthcare, government, and commercial sectors in markets throughout the Northeast. With more than 30 years’ experience in the innovation... Read More →
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Chuck Russell

Co-founder and Senior Partner, Collective Intelligence Inc,
Born in Central Pennsylvania, Chuck Russell is a serial entrepreneur with operational and product development expertise focusing on Enterprise Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Enterprise Social Computing. He is currently co-Founder and serves as Senior Partner ofCollective Intelligence Inc, an information technology consulting firm located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. | | Prior to Collective Intelligence, Russell co-founded... Read More →
avatar for Scott Shirley ’03

Scott Shirley ’03

Co-founder and executive director, Uplifting Athletes
Since 2007, Scott Shirley has served as the executive director of Uplifting Athletes. Scott was a co-founder of this organization. Uplifting Athletes is a national non-profit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education, and advocacy. Uplifting Athletes is unique in that its chapter networks are run by current football student-athletes, who have the... Read More →
avatar for Keith Deaven ’90

Keith Deaven ’90

Co-founder and CEO, Mediabarn
Keith is responsible for co-founding Mediabarn, a company that specializes in UX research, design, and staff augmentation.  As CEO and co-founder, he has led Mediabarn through ten successful years.  Mediabarn's longevity can be attributed to the fine-tuning of an innovative business model which combines the benefits of a user experience research practice, creative agency, and placement services firm under one roof. Keith has built the... Read More →


Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

4:15pm

"Intrapreneurship: Taking a lead role in the digital entertainment market" with Steve Heeb '85 (Comcast) (113 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Steve Heeb ’85

Steve Heeb ’85

President & General Manager, RDK Management, LLC; Vice President, Licensing & Strategic Development, Comcast
As president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC, Steve is responsible for managing all aspects of this joint venture, including leading faster development/innovation cycles and managing relationships between a diverse set of licensees such as OEMs, MVPDs, and other key vendors/suppliers. | | In his role at Comcast, Steve manages key Comcast licensing initiatives including the DTA technology, RDK software, VOD technology, and the EBIF... Read More →


Wednesday April 9, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

4:15pm

Fireside Chat with Mike McGlade '00 (Endeavors) & Rob Schutz '05 (BarkBox, What's the Deal) (Kunkle Lounge - Hammond Building)
Hosted by the College of Engineering.
contact Jennifer Theiss (jtheiss@engr.psu.edu)

Speakers
avatar for Mike McGlade ’00

Mike McGlade ’00

Founder, Endeavors
Mike McGlade is a lifelong entrepreneur with extensive technology, entertainment, and digital media experience. He has led business development, financial planning, marketing, and sales efforts for multiple companies at various development stages. | | Mike is currently the founder of Endeavors, an entrepreneurial consulting and advisory firm. Endeavors helps companies prove and scale their business model, launch new products in the US... Read More →
avatar for Rob Schutz ’05

Rob Schutz ’05

Head of Marketing and User Acquisition, BarkBox, Founder, What's the Deal
Rob Schutz joined BarkBox -- a monthly subscription service that sends treats, toys and fun products to over 130,000 lucky dogs across the US and Canada - as an early employee in December 2012. He currently serves as head of marketing and user acquisition for the company, which is launching BarkCare, an at-home vet service that will be live in 10 cities across the US by the end of 2014. | | Prior to BarkBox, Rob founded the daily deal and... Read More →


Wednesday April 9, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Kunkle Lounge (Hammond Building)

5:30pm

IST's IdeaMaker Pitch Competition (113 IST Building)
The IST IdeaMaker Challenge is a University-wide idea pitch competition
that allows undergraduates to explore entrepreneurship and innovation
related to solving a "big" problem.

Cross-college teams work to identify a problem and conceptualize a
solution that leverages information technology as a core component. This
year's competition focuses on three broad areas: the mobile enterprise,
green technology, and social entrepreneurship.

Judges: Bob Morgan, Gene Riechers, Steve Heeb

Wednesday April 9, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

6:30pm

IST's IdeaMaker Pitch Competition Reception (Registration requested) (113 IST Building)

Location: Outside the Cybertorium, in atrium

Refreshments will be served.


Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)
 
Thursday, April 10
 

9:45am

"Show me the money" with Paul Cianciolo '07 (FirstMark Capital), John Kim '97 (Five9, DoctorBase), Bob Morgan '89 (MorganFranklin), Gene Riechers '77 (EverFi), Dan Veltri '07 (Weebly) (208 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Gene Riechers '77

Gene Riechers '77

Vice Chairman, EverFi
Gene has been involved in building great technology companies in the DC area as both an operating executive and as a venture capitalist for longer than he’ll admit to.  He is now the vice-chairman of EverFi, a fast-growing education technology company that has taught critical life skills to millions of young people through its online courses. Previously, Gene was a general partner of Valhalla Partners, one of the leading venture... Read More →
avatar for Bob Morgan '89

Bob Morgan '89

Co-founder and CEO, MorganFranklin
Bob Morgan is co-founder and chief executive officer of MorganFranklin. Since MorganFranklin was founded, Morgan has been responsible for directing corporate strategies and leading the company from a startup to a mature organization with global reach. | | Bob's primary focus is developing strategies to grow and improve the company while ensuring that the MorganFranklin team is aligned with the vision of surpassing clients' expectations... Read More →
avatar for Dan Veltri ’07

Dan Veltri ’07

Chief Product Officerand Co-founder, Weebly
As Chief Product Officer, Dan Veltri defines the Weebly experience and focuses his efforts to simplify the complex. Working hands on with his design team, Dan strives to create interfaces that are clean, intuitive, and surprisingly easy. Dan prefers to build wireframes with pen and paper and has an uncanny knack for spotting when something is off by 1 pixel. Before Weebly, Dan graduated from the Honors College of Penn State University with a... Read More →
avatar for Paul Cianciolo ’07

Paul Cianciolo ’07

Vice President, FirstMark Capital
Paul is a vice president at FirstMark Capital, an early stage, tech-focused venture capital firm based in New York City.  Paul joined FirstMark in 2009 and focuses on Seed and Series A investments in the digital media, education, enterprise, and healthcare IT sectors. Paul currently holds five Board Observer seats at FirstMark portfolio companies, and also leads efforts on the investment origination and execution teams. Outside of FirstMark... Read More →
avatar for John Kim ’97

John Kim ’97

Founder, Five9 and CEO, DoctorBase
John Sung Kim is the founder of the cloud software company Five9, which raised over $80 million in venture capital and is widely recognized as the leading company in that space.   | | He has also acted as an advisor to numerous venture-capital funded start-ups such as Odesk, RingCentral, Qualys, 6connect, and LGC Wireless. John currently serves as the CEO of the mobile healthcare company DoctorBase.com.


Thursday April 10, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
208 IST Building

11:15am

"Bootstrapping a successful startup without venture capital" with JT Marino '10 (Tuft and Needle), Daehee Park, IST '09 (Tuft and Needle) (208 IST Building)
Speakers
avatar for Daehee Park, IST '09

Daehee Park, IST '09

Co-founder, Tuft and Needle
Daehee Park is a co-founder of Tuft & Needle, leading business operations and marketing strategies for the company. With a background in ecommerce platforms and monetization, Daehee has successfully launched scalable business models for over six years. During the early part of his career he created data-driven marketing platforms helping brands as diverse as Macy's, Visa, American Family, and Shell adapt to emerging media channels. Daehee... Read More →
avatar for JT Marino '10

JT Marino '10

Co-founder, Tuft and Needle
As a co-founder at Tuft & Needle, John-Thomas ("JT") Marino crafts the product experience and leads the team. With a passion for disruptive business models and thoughtfully designed products, JT began his career with over seven years of success helping software startups build just that. With roots in northeastern Pennsylvania, JT studied computer science at Penn State. He is actively involved with the start-up community in Silicon Valley... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
208 IST Building

11:15am

"Creating a start-up on the side" with Ryan Glynn, SRA '12 (mhoto/CinemaRama) (202 IST Building) Watch Live Stream
Watch the live stream:

http://ustre.am/1ceiq


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Ryan Glynn, SRA ’12

Founder, mhoto/CinemaRama
Ryan Glynn is a 2012 graduate of  Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). He majored in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) with a focus in intelligence analysis and modeling as well as cyber security. While in college, he did research for Penn State's International Center for the Study of Terrorism and held a top-secret full-scope and poly-security clearance until graduation. He also worked as a lab assistant... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
202 IST Building

12:00pm

“From metallurgy to entrepreneurship in the Silicon Valley” with Fred Rosenzweig '78 (Coursera) (Adobe Connect Video Stream)

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Fred Rosenzweig '78

Executive Consultant, Acting Head of Operations, Coursera
Fred Rosenzweig is working as an executive consultant, after spending over 25 years working for high technology companies in Silicon Valley.  Today, he is acting Head of Operations for Coursera, an online educational organization that delivers elite university education worldwide for free. Prior to becoming an executive consultant, Fred was president and a member of the board of directors for Electronics for Imaging (EFI), which has... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Adobe Connect Video Stream

1:00pm

"Make social media work for you" with Pamela Sorensen '94 (Pamela's Punch) (206 IST Building) Watch Live Stream
Watch the live stream:

http://ustre.am/1ceiq


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Pamela Sorensen '94

Founder, Pamela’s Punch LLC
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch LLC, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene. Pamela’s current leadership positions in the nation’s capital include: Artists and Athletes Alliance Corporate Advisory Board member, Refugees International’s Young Humanitarian Circle co-Chair, ColorComm... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
206 IST Building

1:00pm

"Startups in a mobile-first world" with Tikhon Bernstam (Scribd, Parse) (113 IST Building)
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Tikhon Bernstam

Co-founder, Scribd and Parse
Tikhon is the co-founder of Scribd. Scribd is the world's largest document sharing site. It is a Top 100 most visited site on the Internet. Scribd is sometimes called the "Youtube for Documents" and lets you upload, share, and embed documents of almost any format. Companies like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Techcrunch use Scribd to embed documents into their websites. With over 50 employees, Scribd is profitable and growing... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

1:30pm

How to pitch an early-stage venture capital with Paul Cianciolo '07 (FirstMark Capital) (Registration required) (209 IST Building)
Space is limited, please choose a session time and click register.

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Paul Cianciolo ’07

Vice President, FirstMark Capital
Paul is a vice president at FirstMark Capital, an early stage, tech-focused venture capital firm based in New York City.  Paul joined FirstMark in 2009 and focuses on Seed and Series A investments in the digital media, education, enterprise, and healthcare IT sectors. Paul currently holds five Board Observer seats at FirstMark portfolio companies, and also leads efforts on the investment origination and execution teams. Outside of FirstMark... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
209 IST Building

2:30pm

"Family and friends as part of your start-up team" with Matt Brezina '03 (Sincerely, Xobni), Theresa Brezina (Lia Sophia), David Hua '04 (Sincerely) (113 IST Building)
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David Hua '04

Head of Platform, Sincerely
David Hua is an entrepreneur, marketer, problem solver, and team builder.   Currently he is the head of platform at Sincerely, Inc., a start-up helping the world become more thoughtful. Sincerely creates apps that allow users to send physical gifts, ranging from personalized postcards and greeting cards to themed gift sets, to the people they care about most. Hua was instrumental in creating the Postagram Engage app, a service that allows... Read More →
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Theresa Brezina

Region Manager, Lia Sophia
A sales and marketing professional, Theresa Brezina has served as a Lia Sophia Advisor since 2005. Through extensive networking, she has built a profitable high-end costume jewelry business, and now, in her role as Region Manager, oversees a team of more than 200 sales consultants who averaged $2.5 million in annual sales.   | | Her diverse background also includes serving in administrative and fundraising positions... Read More →
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Matt Brezina ’03

Co-founder and CEO, Sincerely, Xobni
Matt Brezina is co-founder and CEO of Sincerely, a mobile gifting startup whose mission is to help the world be more thoughtful. Postagram, Sincerely’s first product, enables users to send real postcards made from photos taken with Instagram. Sincerely's Ink Cards application offers hundreds of greeting card designs that easily can be personalized and mailed from a mobile phone. Sesame, Sincerely's newest service, makes it easy... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

4:15pm

"Building and securing your business on the Web" with Chris Fanini, IST '12 (Weebly) (113 IST Building)
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Chris Fanini, IST ’12

Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Weebly
Fanini is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Weebly, a tech start-up based out of San Francisco. Weebly is an extremely simple and powerful way for anyone to create a website, blog or online store. More than 20 million people have created a website with Weebly, and 12 percent of the U.S. population visits a Weebly website every month. | | Chris grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and attended Pennsbury High School. While in high... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 4:15pm - 5:30pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

4:30pm

Fireside Chat with Gene Riechers '77 (EverFi) host by The Schreyer Honors College (Atherton Hall - C9)

Hosted by Penn State's Schreyer Honors College

For more information, contact:  Donna Meyer - dlh15@psu.edu


Speakers
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Gene Riechers '77

Vice Chairman, EverFi
Gene has been involved in building great technology companies in the DC area as both an operating executive and as a venture capitalist for longer than he’ll admit to.  He is now the vice-chairman of EverFi, a fast-growing education technology company that has taught critical life skills to millions of young people through its online courses. Previously, Gene was a general partner of Valhalla Partners, one of the leading venture... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Atherton Hall - C9

6:00pm

Student/Entrepreneur Networking & Poster Session Reception at Pegula Ice Arena (Registration required)
Meet the 2014 Start-up Week speakers during a public networking reception at Pegula Ice Arena. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
  • Student Poster session - judging and awards
  • The awarding of the following scholarships:

          - Entrepreneur-in-Residence
          - Emerging Entrepreneur

  • Closing comments – David Rusenko, Founder and CEO, Weebly


Thursday April 10, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Pegula Ice Arena

7:30pm

Fireside Chat with Matt Miller '01 (CyberCoders) hosted by The Schreyer Honors College (Atherton Hall - C9)

Hosted by Penn State's Schreyer Honors College

For mor information, contact: Donna Meyer - dlh15@psu.edu


Speakers
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Matt Miller ’01

Chief Technology Officer, CyberCoders, Co-founder and CTO, CareerBliss
Since 2004, Matt has served as the chief technology officer for CyberCoders, headquartered in Orange County, California.  Founded in 1999, CyberCoders recruits professionals for all job types across all industries. Miller's approach to developing innovative recruiting software solutions resulted in making CyberCoders the most efficient permanent placement recruiting firm in the United States.  In December 2013 CyberCoders was... Read More →


Thursday April 10, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Atherton Hall - C9
 
Friday, April 11
 

9:05am

"A pixel is worth a thousand words: Start-up innovation inside a public company" with Todd Bacastow '05 (DigitalGlobe) (202 IST Building)
Speakers
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Todd Bacastow, IST ’05

Director, Product Management, DigitalGlobe
Todd Bacastow is director of product management for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of geospatial information and insight. In this role, he works to incubate, launch, and grow products for DigitalGlobe’s Insight line of business, which brings together satellite imagery, geospatial data, and analytic technologies to answer critical questions for decision makers. Prior to his current role, he joined DigitalGlobe through the acquisitions of... Read More →


Friday April 11, 2014 9:05am - 9:55am
202 IST Building

10:10am

"Ten types of innovation" with Phil Ayoub, IST '12g (Doblin) (202 IST Building)
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Phil Ayoub, IST ’12g

Senior consultant and innovation strategist, Doblin
Dr. Phillip Ayoub is a senior consultant at Doblin, the innovation strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. At Doblin, he guides clients in setting their innovation strategy, creating breakthrough businesses, and building effective innovation capabilities.  Prior to Doblin, Phil worked in advanced concept and strategy groups at Boeing, Steelcase, and Intel.  He holds a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology and an M.S. in... Read More →


Friday April 11, 2014 10:10am - 11:00am
202 IST Building

11:15am

"Make social media work for you" with Pamela Sorensen '94 (Pamela's Punch) (317 Willard Building)
Hosted by the College of Communications
Contact: Pam Monk - pamelapolis@gmail.com

Speakers
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Pamela Sorensen '94

Founder, Pamela’s Punch LLC
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch LLC, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene. Pamela’s current leadership positions in the nation’s capital include: Artists and Athletes Alliance Corporate Advisory Board member, Refugees International’s Young Humanitarian Circle co-Chair, ColorComm... Read More →


Friday April 11, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
317 Willard Building

12:20pm

"How to start a start-up the Y-Combinator way" with Michael Seibel (Socialcam, Justin.tv) (113 IST Building)
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Michael Seibel

Co-founder, Socialcam/Justin.tv and Part-time Partner, Y Combinator
Michael is 30 years old and has lived and worked in the Bay Area in California for the past 7 years.  During this time, he has co-founded three start-up companies, including Justin.tv and Socialcam.  During 2012, Socialcam participated in Y Combinator and raised early stage financing from a group of angel investors.  Later the same year, Michael sold Socialcam to Autodesk.  Michael currently works for Autodesk and is a... Read More →


Friday April 11, 2014 12:20pm - 1:10pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

1:25pm

"Evaluating success and recognizing the best time to sell" with Steve Huffman (Reddit, Hipmunk) (113 IST Building)
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Steve Huffman

Co-founder, Reddit and Hipmunk
Steve Huffman is co-founder of reddit.com, a social news site and one of the largest communities online. Steve created Reddit with his college roommate, Alexis Ohanian. Reddit was initially funded by Y-Combinator in 2005 and has grown to over 5 billion page-views and 100  million visitors per month. In October of 2006, Reddit was acquired by Conde Nast Publications. | | In 2010, Huffman co-founded Hipmunk, a travel search site... Read More →


Friday April 11, 2014 1:25pm - 2:15pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)

2:30pm

"The Weebly Story - from Happy Valley to Silicon Valley" with David Rusenko, IST '07 (Weebly) (113 IST Building)
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David Rusenko, IST ’07

Co-founder and CEO, Weebly
David Rusenko is the CEO and co-founder of Weebly, a tech start-up based out of San Francisco, California. Weebly enables anyone to create a unique, high quality site with no HTML experience. Today, over 100 million people a month visit one of the 20 million sites created on Weebly-60% of people starting a site on Weebly are entrepreneurs. Rusenko was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list in 2011 and 2012. He is also the... Read More →


Friday April 11, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
113 IST Building (Cybertorium)