20 More Mentors Imparting Wisdom at Innovate Celebrate 2017

A little mentorship can go a long way when your building a startup. Sure, failure is the best teacher, but doesn’t it sound a little less soul crushing to learn about the mistakes you might make from someone that’s already been there? Fortunately, TechCo understands the importance of solid mentors, which is why we’re holding a wide range of sessions at Innovate Celebrate 2017.

The Sessions

There are two types of sessions available at our annual conference this year. Mentor Circles Presented by Revelry are 30 minute group sessions designed for attendees who want the opportunity to gain insight into specific challenges they are having within their business and receive valuable targeted advice for those issues.

Mentor Sessions Presented by Revelry are 30 minutes private sessions designed for attendees who wish to take a deep dive into challenges facing their startup or business and gain valuable insight and advice to help build their business.

Learn more about the Mentor Sessions Presented by Revelry and sign up here

The Mentors

There are going to be dozens of impressive mentors available for advice at Innovate Celebrate 2017. Take a look at the founders, investors, and partners below and check out the first list here:

David Wu, General Partner, Maveron

David has invested in over 50 consumer product startups, with a long focus on investing in mobile companies. Chat with David about product development, business models, strategy, negotiation, financing, deal structure, marketing, and business development.

Cheryl Delgreco, Founding Partner, Media Strategies, Inc

Meet with Cheryl to learn from her passion in delivering your company’s story and message. She has driven programs that set benchmarks in the consumer, automotive, B2B, media and event sectors.

Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant, Values Partnerships, and Casting Lead, Shark Tank

Brandon can share with you his extensive experience assisting disruptive and social impact organizations with digital strategy, online advocacy, and navigating the federal system.

Erica Duignan Minnihan, Cofounder and Managing Partner, CoFounders Lab

Meet with Erica to help demystify venture capital and get guidance on the process of creating a disruptive product including the in-depth planning, market research, and flexibility required by startup founders.

Greg Borchardt, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Caerus Ventures

Greg has nearly 20 years of experience running and investing in early stage technology companies. Meet with Greg to tap into his extensive experience with consumer and enterprise technology.

Eric Mathews, Founder and CEO, Start Co.

Meet with Eric to get inspired on ways to build entrepreneurial ecosystem components as well as building startups. Eric has particular experience with the use and influence of innovation in business, business development, and strategic business relationships.

Jessica Alter, Cofounder, Tech for Campaigns

Jessica has extensive experience launching, scaling, and exiting startups and creating business development plans. Additional specialties include ideation, strategic partner development, (social) product strategy, gamification, competitive analysis, and financial analysis.

Kate Drane, Senior Director of Tech Outreach, Indiegogo

Kate is a self-defined VC of the people. She Loves to execute great ideas as the Senior Director of Hardware Outreach for Indiegogo, and is the founder of The Can Van.

Bambi Francisco, CEO & Founder, Vator

Bambi is responsible for one of the largest communities dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs and investors. She is an entrepreneurial advocate who is is an expert in media, journalism and social networking.

Robert Heiblim, Chairman of the Audio Division, Consumer Technology Association

Meet with Robert to get advice from a technologist who loves to help innovators and entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life. He is an expert in consultancy, consumer electronics and market strategy.

Ximena Hartsock, Cofounder, Phone2Action

Meet with Ximena to get the perspective of a woman in technology who is an expert in mobile technology, venture capital, team recruitment and company culture.

Eric Hsia, Venture Partner and Advisor, Translink Capital

Eric is interested in companies at the intersection of health and information technology, finance and technology, and consumer services. He also leads TransLink’s activities supporting portfolio companies with their customers and partners, primarily in Greater China.

Cyrus Radfar, Founding Partner, V1

Meet with Cyrus to gain insight into what it takes to build great products from the ground up. He focuses on finding solutions that level the playing field and provide equal access to knowledge, capital, and work.

Mara Lewis, CEO and Cofounder, ID8 Innovation

Mara Lewis is a serial entrepreneur and champion for diversity in tech. She helps organizations connect on innovation strategy and startup engagement. She is an expert in venture capital, being a successful woman in technology, and accelerators, and traction.

Jason Putorti, UX Designer, AngelList

Meet with Jason and get inspiration for how technology can empower community action. He is an expert in UX Design, funding civic tech, and creative problem solving.

Josh Scherman, Vice President, SurePath Capital Partners

Meet with Josh to gather his expert advice specific to B2B and SaaS ecosystems. Josh has years of experience developing and scaling revenue generating programs for growing SaaS businesses.

Basit Mustafa, Founder & CEO, Voltaire, Inc.

Basit is a serial founder, insanely brilliant technologist, and a wonderful mentor to startup founders of all experience levels.

Mike Macadaan, CEO, Ground Control

Meet with Mike to learn from his nearly two decades experience in product design and UX. He has lead design and branding initiatives for major companies and has been integral to the acquisitions of half a dozen companies.

Susan Cooney, CEO, Givelocity

Susan works with early stage entrepreneurs to drive next level results and has passion for creating better products through inclusion and using tech for good. She is a social entrepreneur who is an expert in startup coaching, strategy and funding.

Frank Parrotto, COO, Matrix Advisors, LLC and Chairman of the CTA’s mentor program

Frank has strong experience across multiple businesses verticals covering domestic and international markets; with proven results in corporate governance, supply chain realignment, change management and enhanced profitability.

Register Now to Attend Innovate Celebrate 2017

Make sure to join us at the Innovate Celebrate conference in San Francisco, CA. The event will take place October 9-11, and it is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

This year, we are proud to offer the Mentor Sessions and Mentor Circles Presented by Revelry thanks to support from the team at Revelry. Revelry builds digital products to help companies scale, automate workflows, and deliver on innovation faster than their competitors. 

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