Here’s Your Chance to Meet with Some of the Best Mentors at SXSW

March 10, 2016

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Going to SXSWi 2016? Consider coming out to one of Tech.Co’s many events!

Are you heading to SXSW in the next couple days? Do you already have your “must do” list of events, panels, speakers, and parties? Well you should probably revisit that list and make some adjustments because we have another “must do” to add to your schedule.

For the third year in a row, Tech.Co is giving you the rare opportunity to book one-on-one sessions with some of the top mentors that are going to be at SXSW this year. These sessions will take place during the Mobile Future & Tech.Co Startup Lunch: The Wireless Meetup. So, not only will you get to pick the brains of some super smart, talented, and successful people who have “been there and done that,” we'll also be providing a buffet lunch to re-fuel you for the rest of your busy day.

Let me introduce you to all of the incredible mentors with whom you can schedule a one-on-one session. Check them out, then RSVP for a mentor session here.

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Andrew Der joined Verizon Ventures in 2013 and focuses on strategic marketing and business development for the firm. Andrew has 15 years of experience in innovation, strategy, digital marketing, and emerging technologies, focusing primarily on consumer products and web / mobile products. Before coming to Verizon Ventures, he was the Senior Manager of Digital Strategy & Innovation at American Express and worked at futurethink, Coty, EffectiveBrands, and Aon Hewitt.

Say hi to Andrew at @ndrewder and RSVP for a mentor session.

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Caroline Waxler is one of the country’s leading authorities on live content and had held a number of high-profile positions at startups with successful exits, including Business Insider and LearnVest.

Say hi to Caroline at @cwaxler and RSVP for a mentor session.


Clarence Wooten is a serial Internet entrepreneur whose been creating and building Web startups since 1998. Back then, he was cofounder and CEO of, the World's first online superstore of pre-fabricated websites for small businesses. ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign 7-months after they launched and just 6-months before the dot-com bubble popped -timing is everything ;-) He also founded, a self-serve SaaS platform for building private, branded communities of interest. At present, is profitable and powers more than 60,000 branded online communities.

Say hi to Clarence at @clarencewooten and RSVP for a mentor session.


Kate Gardiner is an audience engagement specialist working with media brands to redefine their digital futures. She is the founder of DSTL, a New York-based agency serving clients around the world. She is also the events director for, a platform for women in business, technology and media. Kate has advised more than fifty media companies, startups and foundations on their digital infrastructure, marketing and content strategy, leveraging a background in international reporting and media management to make the most of limited resources.

Say hi to Kate at @kategardiner and RSVP for a mentor session.

Meghan Asha

Meghan Asha works closely with CCP’s portfolio companies and retained search clientele. Originally from Silicon Valley, Meghan’s passion for technology is deeply ingrained in her DNA. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs who taught her that an idea is nothing without proper execution and the right team. Prior to joining CCP, and with an investment from a lead angel investor at Sequoia, Meghan built a digital media platform. After selling the platform in 2008, she then partnered with Next New Networks and NBC’s New York NonStop to produce and co-host a popular Internet chat show, TMI weekly. Meghan led the technology segments, interviewing hundreds of technology companies. Before starting her own company, she advised and worked with other web-based technology startups. Meghan began her career as an analyst at one of the largest technology-focused hedge funds, after graduating from the University of Southern California. She also has her MBA from Columbia University. In Meghan’s spare time, she hosts invite-only FounderMade events to help connect early-stage entrepreneurs to inspirational leaders and mentors.

RSVP for a mentor session with Meghan Asha.

Phyllis Dealy

Phyllis Dealy is the founder and CEO of Reinvent The World ®, a new force for collective good at the intersection of leadership development, corporate philanthropy & creative collaboration. Reinvent The World connects business, government, philanthropy and communities to create and fund positive change in the world. Phyllis is a three time entrepreneur and creative strategist with 24+ years experience bringing creative ideas to life for top tier brands like Duracell, Pirelli, Sony, Hewlett-Packard and Hickory Farms to name just a few. Her diverse background includes developing multi-platform advertising campaigns, improvisational theater, brand strategy & group facilitation. Prior to launching Reinvent The World, she was founder and partner at Woods Witt Dealy & Sons, a boutique creative advertising agency based in Manhattan.

Say hi to Phyllis at @ShinyGirl and RSVP for a mentor session.

Philip Petersen

Philip Petersen is a partner in venture development studio Prehype, which builds startups in partnership with the world's finest corporations and VCs. He has spent 15+ years as a product developer – and advises entrepreneurs and corporations on how to define their product or service – and get it off the ground. Startups that Philip has been directly involved in include Barkbox, Managed By Q, Nutrimom, Alba's Post and Newsmart.

Say hi to Philip at @pippipsi and RSVP for a mentor session.


Rodney Sampson is a veteran tech entrepreneur, angel investor, selective advisor and experienced authority on the diversification of the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem for all. He currently serves as Chairman at Opportunity Hub; Chief of Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives at TechSquare Labs; and CEO of Kingonomics. Sampson previously served as the 1st Head of Diversity at Mark Burnett Productions, executive producers of the hit ABC show, ABC's Sharktank.

Say hi to Rodney at @rodneysampson and RSVP for a mentor session.

Thomas Knoll

Thomas Knoll provides Executive Advising & Business Coaching services through He has been building online communities for 19 years, working as community architect, product designer, social marketer, founder and advisor for companies including Primeloop, 500Startups, LaunchRock, Zappos, UserVoice, and Seesmic.

Say hi to Thomas at @thomasknoll and RSVP for a mentor session.


Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne has 20+ years of finance, philanthropy, global lobbying and marketing experience to amplify social change. She is CEO of The Prometheus Exchange, a collective of social changemakers who think, learn, invest and engage differently to drive social impact. Previously, Jennings-O’Byrne was Vice President at JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy.

RSVP for a mentor session with Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne.


This article was brought to you in partnership with Mobile Future, whose expertise in wireless innovations is helping to inform and connect tech innovators, mobile entrepreneurs, and policymakers.

Going to SXSW?

Join Mobile Future and Tech.Co for Startup Lunch: The Wireless Meetup, a private lunch for wireless startups, innovators, and leaders. Join us for food and drinks while some of the brightest minds in tech will serve as mentors for in-person, one-on-one sessions.

Can’t make it to SXSW this year?

Check out Mobile Future’s free webinar on March 24th for a look at ideas, ideas and startups that stood out at SXSW:

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy