Aaron Hirschhorn


Founder & CEO

Aaron is the founder & CEO of DogVacay. He’s an active member of the Santa Monica startup community. Aaron was previously with Monitor Ventures and Upfront Ventures.

Amanda Coolong

Context & Narrative


Amanda Coolong is a founding partner and COO at and the founder of  Context & Narrative. She’s a digital media strategist with deep expertise engaging audiences across multiple platforms. She is skilled at adapting and extending content to second and third screens, and…

Ben McCann



I’m currently a Co-founder at Connectifier, a talent sourcing startup backed by top VCs. I created and launched Realtime Google Analytics together with three other software engineers. In my 20% time at Google, I created the Google Spreadsheets formula bar and formula highlighting. In…

Brad Brooks


Founder & CEO

Brad previously ran DIC Entertainment as President for 6 years after working for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette as an Investment Banker. After acquiring the company with Bain Capital from the Walt Disney Company in 2000, he helped grow the company from less than $10mm…

Brad Seraphin


Brad Seraphin is a technology startup veteran, advisor, and entrepreneur with a background in online marketing, project management, and product development. Brad has spent the past 10 years launching venture backed companies. His data-driven approach to directing CM’s Lean Lab guides founders through market…

Howard Marks

Start Engine


Howard Marks is a technologist and co-founder of ATVI (11B+ market cap) and other successful games companies. He started his first company in his of University of Michigan dorm room selling software for the Apple II. He understands how hard it is to start…

James Williams


VP Advanced Technology

I am battled tested head of technology with many successes under my belt. I am an expert at building practical and scalable software that meets the demands of real world customers. My passion is building impactful software that people use. As CTO of Teletrac,…

Jason Lawrence Nazar


Co-founder & CEO

Jason Lawrence Nazar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc (Acquired by INTUIT), the premier online destination to start, grow and manage small businesses. Docstoc hosts the best quality and widest selection of professional documents (over 20 million), and resources including articles, videos, &…

Jenn Theaker



Jenn Theaker is the co-founder and COO of social enterprise, Givelocity. She is a savvy social maven and agency veteran with NPO experience, has a deep background in interactive advertising, relationship marketing, web and mobile applications, and startups. Jenn worked with ad industry pioneer Flycast…

Mark Suster

Upfront Ventures


Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at following its acquisition of…

Rey Pasinli

Total-Apps Inc.

Executive Director

Rey Pasinli is one of the credit card processing industry’s foremost experts on emerging internet trends and evolving technologies. With nearly fifteen years of industry experience, he has successfully collaborated with over 10,000 internet merchants. As Executive Director of Total Apps Inc., Mr. Pasinli…

Scott Sebelius


Director of Engineering

Software development polyglot and jack of many trades. I spent 10 years making games and joined Originate to build and mentor a great team working on cutting edge technologies.

Shanon Marks


Chief Innovation Officer

Shanon Marks, chief innovation officer of MU/DAI, has been defining the experience in digital and physical product design for more than 15 years. He creates groundbreaking experiences that synthesize digital products into the physical world. His work focuses on the application of emerging technology…

Shelon Douglas

TurnKey Partners, Inc.

Managing Partner

Shelon Douglas, based out of Greater Los Angeles, is known as the Innovation Strategist, Businesspreneur of Influence, Author of ‘Turnkey Your Business Model™ Book Series, and the Creator of the Ownership Circa Model™! Shelon’s previous experience spans a variety of industries and roles with…

Steve Beauregard


Co-founder & CEO

For two plus decades, Steve has been a pillar of the LA startup community leading innovations in Internet, mobile, social media, app development, eCommerce, and now, digital currency technologies. Now the co-founder and CEO of GoCoin named by Entrepreneur Mag 3/2014 LA’s Silicon Beach…

Susan Cooney


Founder & CEO

Susan is a startup coach and the founder of Givelocity, a social network for giving that offers a new spin on crowdfunding for good. A serial entrepreneur, Susan has a record of building value and community across several genre-defining companies. She’s been on the…