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StartX, STVP, the GSB E-Club,   StartX, STVP, the GSB E-Club,SWIB, AIS, and the SLS E-club are all coming together to bring you Startup Weekend Stanford; Stanford Athletics is hosting us up in the Stanford Stadium Skybox; Keith Rabois himself will kick off the event with an inspiring keynote; we have some of the most amazing sponsors in the valley backing us; there will be 3D printing; and more.  What’s left? You.  Take the jump and build your idea today.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!





Nov 1
  • Gate 4 Open, Registration Starts
  • Kickoff
  • Keynote: Keith Rabois
  • Welcome from staff and sponsors
  • Pitches Begin (60 seconds per person)
  • Voting
  • Team forming - then start working!
  • Midnight meal!


Nov 2
  • Gate 4 Open, Breakfast served
  • Mentors arrive
  • Lunch
  • Mentor session concludes
  • Team check-in
  • Dinner
  • Midnight coffee


Nov 3
  • Gate 4 Open, breakfast served
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap up and celebratory mixer
  • Go home, declare victory!
Premium Sponsors

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois joined Khosla Ventures in March 2013. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Square from August 2010 until January 2013 where he lead the company’s business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs.
An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube and currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp (NYSE: YELP) and Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM).

Keith holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University.

Resource Sponsors

Lew Moorman

President - Rackspace

Lew Moorman is instrumental in driving strategic planning, product development and new business initiatives for Rackspace, including cloud computing technologies. He is also responsible for Rackspace sales and support segments globally. Lew joined the company in April of 2000 and has served in a variety of strategy and marketing roles throughout the company's growth. Before joining Rackspace, he held several positions at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, advising high technology clients on critical strategic issues. Lew received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

John Lee

Vice President, Entrepreneur Services Group SVB Accelerator

John Lee is a vice president in SVB's Entrepreneur Services Group. He establishes banking relationships with early stage technology companies. He also assists early and growth-stage technology companies with raising capital through review of investment materials and introductions to investors including angels, venture capital firms, and corporate venture funds. In addition, he provides market insights and connections to strategic partners including corporate development and IT groups.

John focuses on enterprise and infrastructure software sectors including cloud computing and SaaS, big data and analytics, security, mobile platforms and applications, and advertising technology, and hardware sectors including semiconductors, mobile computing and consumer electronic devices, and data center systems, storage, and networks.

Previously, John served as a relationship manager for SVB's Emerging Technologies Practice, providing commercial banking services to early stage technology, life sciences, and cleantech companies, angel groups, and venture capital firms.

Before joining SVB, John worked at Societe Generale, Union Bank of California, and Bank of America, focusing on technology, communications, and media companies.

While completing his undergraduate studies, John worked at Intel, conducting research and analysis of competitive semiconductor design and manufacturing technologies.

John holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Will Tschumy

Principal User Experience Advisor, Microsoft

Will is a Director with Microsoft’s Developer Platform Evangelism division. Will, has been at Microsoft for 7 years and runs the Windows 8 & Start-up Evangelism businesses for the West coast of the United States.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Will led experience design teams to successful launches for more than a decade. In each of his roles, he’s focused on fostering innovation through finding the intersection of the needs of experience (“What is desirable to users?”), business (“What is viable in the marketplace?”), and technology (“What is possible?”).

He’s worked in a variety of different consulting environments from his own, to large management consulting organizations. As a Director of Experience Strategy, Will led the experience design portion of some of Scient’s largest projects. Will also helped in redesigning Scient’s delivery processes.

Will created and led the User Experience group at GTECH. While there, he led the redesign of GTECH’s industry leading lottery services applications. Today, these applications are used to run lotteries across the United States and Europe.

Following his experiences at GTECH, Will was a Lead Information Architect at group at, focusing on Digital Music, Photos and Videos. While at Walmart, Will led the induction of AJAX into the site, yielding a significant improvement in conversion and average order size.

Most recently, Will was the Director of Experience at Flock. The 0.7, 0.9, through 2.5 releases were largely based on Will’s work.

Will has a BA in the History of Art from Vassar College. He enjoys photography, cooking and travel.

Pejman Nozad

Angel Investor

Pejman is one of the most successful angel investors in Silicon Valley, whose steady rise and involvement in building some of high tech’s most notable startups was praised by Forbes Magazine as “the Silicon Valley Cinderella” story.
Pejman started his Silicon Valley career in sales and business development by joining the Amidi Group in 1994. In the span of few years, he became a top grossing salesman and launched a number of successful initiatives for the Amidi Group. Amidzad was one of those initiatives, created to seize on the early stage investment opportunities that Pejman would source in his activities.
Some of Pejman’s notable investments include Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Bix (acquired by Yahoo!), Powerset (acquired by Microsoft), Sabio Labs (acquired by Magma), Vudu (acquired by Walmart), ( acquired by VistaPrint), Clever Sense (acquired by Google), Milo (acquired by eBay), Sendori (acquired by IAC/, Extreme DA (acquired by Synopsys), ParAllele (acquired by Affymetrix), Dropbox, Path, Lending Club, Zoosk, Causes, Addepar, Badgeville, Backplane, Soundhound, Peek, Zenpayroll, Fundersclub, Ark ,,, Rolepoint, InDinero,, Wedding Party App, Delphi Solutions, Nou Data, Contapps, Social Gaming Network (SGN), Qwiki, Clearspring (Addthis), TokBox, Graphdive, Jaxtr, Optrip, InMage, Quantenna and Picaboo.
In addition to investing, Pejman has had founding and advisory roles with numerous startups including Clever Sense (subsequently acquired by Google), Swapmeback, a financial social network for college students founded by Stanford students, Social Stock, and Pejman has also been instrumental in creating “Plug and Play Tech Center,” the world’s most successful technology community center which has been home to more than 500 tech start-ups.
Pejman is an avid sports enthusiast and an athlete. He is a member of the prestigious International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Toop Magazine (an annual international soccer magazine), covering two FIFA World Cups (1998 and 2006) as an accredited reporter for his own website ( He sits on the executive board of International Children Games in San Francisco 2008. He played professional soccer for 3 years in Iran.

Cameron Teitelman

Founder and CEO, StartX

Cameron Teitelman is the founder and CEO of StartX, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that runs a startup accelerator program for Stanford affiliated entrepreneurs. Under his management, StartX has supported more than 330 founders building 136 companies. In September of this year, Teitelman secured a $3.6 million grant for StartX and launched the Stanford-StartX Fund with the university and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. To date, he has raised close to $6 million in funding for the organization, which he began as an undergrad in 2009. Prior to StartX, Teitelman also founded am $80M private equity firm called Accelon Capital and a startup called the Essential Card, a campus discount card. Teitelman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Warren Hogarth

Sequoia Capital

Warren Hogarth is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Warren’s current areas of interest include cloud computing, bioinformatics and energy.

Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2008, Warren completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering, where he developed fuel cell technology. During this time, he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar to Princeton University and a Guest Scientist at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.

Warren has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland.


Matthew Brookby

Sr. Associate, SVB Growth, Silicon Valley Bank

Matthew works with growth stage software companies in SVB’s venture lending practice in Palo Alto. As a veteran member of the deal team, he drives all aspects of due diligence for prospective deals including structuring and term sheet preparation, financial and industry analysis, liquidation scenario/exit analysis, and communication with venture capital investors. Matthew is also responsible for ongoing portfolio management of the team’s book of business.

At SVB, Matthew particularly enjoys providing growth capital financing because it helps companies extend their cash runway—and thereby increase their valuation—as they prepare for follow-on equity financing, M&A, or IPO.

Prior to SVB, Matthew worked at a boutique market research consulting firm in New York City.

Matthew received a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

JC Simbana

Director, SVB Accelerator, Silicon Valley Bank

My role is to deliver SVB’s insights, programs and connections to help life science entrepreneurs succeed.

With more than ten years of experience in venture banking and equity research, I have the experience and network to provide feedback on investment materials and provide targeted introductions to venture capital firms/partners, based on sector, stage, and geography.

I work with life science companies across all sectors, including biotech, medical devices, diagnostics and HCIT, to connect them with strategic, corporate and venture capital.

Timothy Harris

Partner, Morrison Foerster

Timothy J. Harris represents public and private companies and venture capital firms in corporate and securities matters.
In his private company practice, Mr. Harris advises start-up and emerging growth technology enterprises from formation through acquisition or initial public offering in matters including venture capital financing, debt financing, equity incentive compensation, and technology development (including licensing, joint development, distribution, and other technology transfer matters). He also represents venture capital firms, strategic corporate investors, and angel investors in their investments in start-up companies.

In his public company practice, Mr. Harris advises on both registered and unregistered securities offerings, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, corporate governance, periodic reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 16 compliance, Regulation FD compliance, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Mr. Harris specializes in modeling complex capital structures, financing scenarios and liquidity events. Mr. Harris represents companies and investors in a variety of technology sectors with an emphasis on Internet- and software-based businesses. He has also represented companies and investors in the semiconductor, renewable energy, medical device and financial services industries.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Harris designed, programmed, and implemented software systems for clients in the financial services industry.

Mr. Harris was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif at Northwestern University School of Law.

John Alioto

CTO of West Region Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft

John Alioto is a software architect currently serving as the CTO of West Region Developer & Platform Evangelism. Before taking on the role of CTO, John ran the startup business for DPE in Silicon Valley. John works with decision makers from startups and large enterprises alike to help define architectural strategies and develop innovative approaches for the use of technology. Before joining Microsoft, John served as a co-founder and CTO of a defense startup as well as a director and architect at Avanade. John has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry and a degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Dan Olsen

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Dan Olsen is an entrepreneur with deep expertise in product management, UX design, analytics, and product development for web and mobile applications. Dan worked at Intuit where he led product management for personal finance leader Quicken. Dan also led product management at social networking pioneer Friendster. He was CEO and cofounder of YourVersion, a personalized news startup that won the People’s Choice Award at TechCrunch50. Dan consults to startups, usually as interim VP of Product. His client list includes Box, Hightail (YouSendIt), Chartboost, Epocrates, and Medallia. Dan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Stanford. Find Dan on LinkedIn at

Tim Lee

Sequoia Capital

Tim Lee is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Tim works with mobile, cloud and software companies.
Previously, Tim worked at Google where he managed European marketing and product launch strategy. While at Google, he also conceived the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Google, Tim worked at McKinsey & Company in London and at microprocessor IP company, ARM, in Cambridge UK. Tim has a Masters in Electrical and Information Engineering from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mar Hershenson

Managing Partner at Pejman Mar Management LLC

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