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Tech Cocktail Week: Sessions Speaker Series Downtown Vegas | January 2014

Jan 8, 2014 6:00 pm - Jan 8, 2014 8:00 pm

Tech Cocktail & Downtown Project cordially invite you to join us for Sessions, a monthly speaker series part of Tech Cocktail Week.

Sessions brings the experiences of successful entrepreneurs, investors and other industry experts directly to you. Hear their stories in their own words and ask them your questions in an intimate setting.

Past speakers brought to Downtown Vegas have included Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Blip Co-founder Dina Kaplan, Moon Express founder Naveen Jain, Heidi Sieck from and many others. Sessions events happen in Downtown Vegas, Chicago and Washington DC – watch videos from past Tech Cocktail Sessions events around the country.


Jeff Clavier
Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC

 Jeff Clavier

Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most established seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 150 investments since 2004.  An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll, Milo (eBay), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Fitbit, Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Fab, Poshmark and Class Dojo. The portfolio has also seen acquisitions by Groupon, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. The firm is currently investing out of its $55M Fund III, making 20 commitments of $500K per year in mobile/cloud saas, monetization infrastructure, marketplaces and e-commerce.


Bruno Bowden
Engineer, Entrepreneur and Venture Investor
Bruno Bowden

Currently involved with Data Collective Venture Capital. Prior to that was an engineer on Enterprise Gmail, making it competitive with Microsoft Exchange.Also worked on Google Earth, guiding it from a startup through its acquisition by Google (it’s now crossed 1 billion installs). Bowden has a patent pending for a Browser Size – a tool that illustrates how websites lose important traffic by requiring scrolling. Bruno was part of the team at Keyhole, the company that built EarthViewer — a groundbreaking (and addictive) piece of software that lets you fly smoothly over an image of the globe assembled from satellite photos, and then zoom in on your own house. When Google bought Keyhole, Bowden helped turn the software into the indispensable Google Earth. Recently, he’s moved over to the Google Gadgets side, helping to build more gotta-have-it technology.


Stuart Gannes
Maker Media
Stuart Gannes Photo

Stuart Gannes brings a lifelong focus on innovation and leadership to his work. His career spans education, publishing, software development, corporate research, and journalism. Most recently Gannes served as CEO of, Inc., a start-up focused on online learning and collaboration. Gannes has long been active with the Maker movement and has a close association with Maker Media. He coordinates the speaker programs at Maker Faire in Silicon Valley and New York City. He was the founder of the Fab Foundation, which has supported the creation of some 125 “Fab Labs” globally to bring digital fabrication tools to underserved communities.


Jim Salzano
Data Point Capital

jim salzano

Prior to his current role, Jim was most recently President of Clarks Americas and member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team. He joined Clarks in 1995 and was part of the team that led the footwear company from just over $40M in revenues to over $1.1B in 2013 in North America. Today, over 22M pairs of Clarks shoes are sold throughout North America in 13,000 retail locations, as well as over 300 company-owned stores

Jerri Chou
Founder of The Feast

Jerri Chou

Jerri Chou lives social innovation as the Co-Founder of The Feast Social Innovation Conference, All Day Buffet, and TBD. Named one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business, she is also the head strategist at Lovely Day and works to make innovative social solutions the new standard for “business as usual.”