Surbhi Sarna
Lessons from building nVision
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At age 13, Sarna suffered from ovarian cysts so painful they made her faint. Doctors couldn’t tell her if they were cancerous. She vowed to create a technology to detect ovarian cancer quickly and early. The company she now runs aims to do just that, and has raised $4.5 million from Catalyst Health Ventures, Draper Associates, and Astia, a group that assists female entrepreneurs.

Guy Kawasaki
Lessons in evangelism and entrepreneurship
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Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, a brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz USA, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Tim Draper
A vision for Draper University
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Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv, and hundreds of others. As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances. To further encourage entrepreneurship, Tim started BizWorld.org, a non-profit for children to learn entrepreneurship and Draper University of Heroes, a school for entrepreneurs 18-28.

Pascal Finette
The field guide to exponential thinking
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Pascal heads up the Startup Program at Singularity University where he grows startups tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

He loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship; the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated The Heretic newsletter.

Ben Parr
Gain the attention of your marketplace
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Ben Parr is an American journalist, author, venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is the author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, a book on the science and psychology of attention and how to capture the attention of others. He is Co-founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a seed-stage venture capital fund. He was previously the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable and a Columnist and Commentator for CNET. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30.

Lisa Fetterman
Building a community around Nomiku
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LISA Q. FETTERMAN is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Lisa has been featured in Wired, Make, and Forbes, and was named on both Forbes and Zagat Survey’s 30 Under 30 lists for her pioneering work in the food space. Lisa has worked at some of the top restaurants in the country including Babbo and Jean-Georges in New York and Saison in San Francisco.

Lisa Fetterman
Building a community around Nomiku
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LISA Q. FETTERMAN is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Lisa has been featured in Wired, Make, and Forbes, and was named on both Forbes and Zagat Survey’s 30 Under 30 lists for her pioneering work in the food space. Lisa has worked at some of the top restaurants in the country including Babbo and Jean-Georges in New York and Saison in San Francisco.

Alyssa Simpson & Laura Meyer
The era of cognitive computing
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Alyssa Simpson is an experienced product leader. Proven SME in offering and product management, cognitive/AI, business development, rapid prototyping, big data analytics, channel marketing, mobile app design/development/launch best practices, and customer engagement.

Laura Meyer is currently managing IBM’s sales relationship with Apple Inc., focusing on lines of business (retail, customer service, human resources, marketing and procurement).

She is a leader in sales and business development, specializing in fostering partnerships in the tech industry. She has also managed IT and communication projects to streamline the execution of electronic invoicing at Colgate-Palmolive.

Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM's DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM's first CEO and industrialist Thomas J. Watson. The computer system was specifically developed to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy!. In 2011, Watson competed on Jeopardy! against former winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. Watson received the first place prize of $1 million.

Ron Ploof
Communicating through story
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Ron is a professional communications strategist with specialties in technical communications, business storytelling, and social media distribution. During his career in high-tech electronics, he’s designed control systems, provided pre-sales support as an EDA applications engineer and AE manager, and was responsible for over $30 million in engineering services sales as a business development manager.

But his first love has always been to communicate through story structure. He once used a Hula Hoop to demonstrate a hemispherical resonating gyroscope to a large audience, explained mixed-signal simulation techniques using Lego® bricks and Velcro®, and sold professional services by telling stories rather than spraying prospects with bullet points.

Ron is the creator of The StoryHow™ PitchDeck, a deck of playing cards that helps business communicators convert their ideas, messages, and presentations into memorable narratives.

Dave McClure
Evolving in Silicon Valley
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Dave McClure is the founding partner of 500 Startups (http://500.co), a global venture capital firm with ~$250M under management. They have invested in over 1,500 companies across 50+ countries including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), SendGrid, Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot (acq SSYS for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq GOOG for $350M), and Viki (acq Rakuten for $200M).

Previously, he was at Founders Fund (2008-2010), where he led seed-stage investments in 3 future unicorns: Twilio, Credit Karma, and Lyft (aka ZimRide), and also ran the Facebook fbFund incubator (2009). He was Director of Marketing at PayPal (2001-2004) before IPO and after acquisition by eBay. After leaving PayPal in 2004, he was an investor/advisor in ~15 startups including Bix.com (acq YHOO), Mint.com (acq INTU), Jambool (acq GOOG), TeachStreet (acq AMZN), SlideShare (acq LNKD), and Mashery (acq INTC). Before PayPal, he founded Aslan Computing, acquired by Servinet in 1998.

31 days ago
Draper University Pitch Day
Fall 2016
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After 7 intense weeks in the Draper University program, students pitch their startups and business ideas to a panel of notable Silicon Valley VC judges. They will be scrutinized on their presentation, business model, product, potential, and grit. Let us know on Twitter your favourite pitches!

Disclaimer: Students are presenting and pitching to the panel of VC judges present at the event. This video is not a general solicitation for funds to online viewers, and is produced for educational and personal purposes only.

45 days ago
Women in Tech Panel
Angie Chang, Caroline Ghosn, Jory De Jarnis, Sabeen Ali
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Draper University will feature trailblazing women in tech. We'll hear the stories of highly successful women from different fields within the tech industry, all finding solutions that work for getting more women into tech. Afterwards, we'll open up the floor for Q&A with the panelists and attendees.

The panel includes:
Angie Chang - Angie is the VP of Partnerships at Hackbright Academy and also runs their mentorship program.

Caroline Ghosn - Caroline is the founder and CEO of Levo, a network for millennials in the workplace.

Jory Des Jardinsm - Jory co-founded BlogHer, a category-defining women’s digital media company that was acquired by SheKnows Media in 2014.

Sabeen Ali - Sabeen is the founder and CEO of Angelhack, the world's largest and most diverse hacker community.

45 days ago
Dave McClure
Founder Partner at 500 Startups
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Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, a venture capital firm & startup incubator headquartered in Silicon Valley founded by PayPal and Google alumni, with over $200 in assets under management. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd.
Dave is a frequent speaker at technology & entrepreneurship conferences and has invested in hundreds of companies around the world including: Credit Karma (valued >$1B in 2014), Twilio (raised >$100M as of 2013), MakerBot (acq $400M Stratasys), Wildfire Interactive (acq $350M Google), Viki (acq $200M Rakuten), Mashery (acq by Intel ~$200M), SendGrid (raised >$45M as of 2014), Mint.com (acq $170M Intuit), SlideShare (acq $119M LinkedIn), among others.
From 2008 thru 2010, Dave managed the FF Angel seed investment program for Founders Fund, and ran the 2009 fbFund incubator program on behalf of Facebook, Accel Partners, & Founders Fund. From 2006 thru 2008 Dave was an advisor & consultant to several startups and helped teach the nation's first-ever class on Facebook and social networking platforms at Stanford University in 2007. From 2005 thru 2006 Dave ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired. From 2001 thru 2004, Dave was Director of Marketing at PayPal (acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal, Dave was a database consultant & programmer for several companies, including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing, an internet & e-commerce consulting group later acquired by Servinet / Panurgy in 1998.
Before coming to Silicon Valley, Dave barely graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BS Engineering in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in frisbee, billiards, & foosball. His interests include microfinance and economic innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital, ultimate frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of funny-looking hats.

137 days ago
Draper University Pitch Day
Summer 2016 (AM)
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The morning session of the Draper University Summer 2016 class Pitch Day. After 7 intense weeks in the Draper University program, students pitch their startups and business ideas to a panel of notable Silicon Valley VC judges. They will be scrutinized on their presentation, business model, product, potential, and grit. Let us know on Twitter your favourite pitches!

Disclaimer: Students are presenting and pitching to the panel of VC judges present at the event. This video is not a general solicitation for funds to online viewers, and is produced for educational and personal purposes only.

137 days ago
Draper University Pitch Day
Summer 2016 (PM)
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The afternoon session of the Draper University Summer 2016 class Pitch Day. After 7 intense weeks in the Draper University program, students pitch their startups and business ideas to a panel of notable Silicon Valley VC judges. They will be scrutinized on their presentation, business model, product, potential, and grit. Let us know on Twitter your favourite pitches!

Disclaimer: Students are presenting and pitching to the panel of VC judges present at the event. This video is not a general solicitation for funds to online viewers, and is produced for educational and personal purposes only.