One-on-One with Top Mentors at SXSW: Mobile, Design, Growth

If you’re headed to SXSW, it’s time to start setting up your calendar. We’re proud to announce our partnership with Mobile Future to bring you Mobile Future and Tech Cocktail Startup Lunch: The Wireless Meetup on Saturday, March 14 in Downtown Austin. In addition to the lunch, where attendees will mix and mingle with other mobile startups, we present lightning mentor chats by special reservation.

We are proud to announce these community influencers, growth hackers, and design experts who will be available for our lightning mentor chats. To sign up to meet with a mentor, carefully read the description of the event and select the mentor who most closely matches your needs. This is a great lineup, so even if you’re not going to SXSW, you can check out what these mentors are doing online and follow their work:


Jason Seats



Jason Seats: Jason is the Managing Director of Techstars Austin. Techstars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with programs in multiple cities. The Techstars Cloud program is a thematic accelerator to help promising cloud technology companies become the best in the world.

With a background in engineering, cloud and infrastructure, and a strong presence at the Techstars accelerator, startups of all kinds can benefit from a ten minute conversation with Jason. He has invested in almost a hundred startups of all types.

Say hello to Jason at @seats and RSVP for a mentor session.


Tammy Camp


Tammy Camp: Tammy is the CEO and Founder of Action Factory and has decades of experience in coding, hacking, and record growth. Tammy also serves as an advisor to numerous startups in the security, consumer Internet and executive research fields. She has collaborated with organizations such as Lloyds TSB,, Holiday Autos and eBay to scale their businesses on an international level.Tammy also managed media buys resulting in a capital performance track record of 60% return on investment, outperforming the world’s top hedge funds 3 to 1.

Tammy’s specialties lie in investing, marketing, business strategy, and distribution. She is your go-to for growth hacking, so be sure to get your ten minutes booked right away!

Say hello to Tammy at @TammyCamp and RSVP for a mentor session.



sean ellis

Sean Ellis: Sean has been an expert in growth marketing at Dropbox, Eventbrite, Lookout, LogMeIn, and Uproar. He is now the CEO/Founder at Qualaroo and GrowthHackers. He is also co-author of the book Startup Growth Engines: Case Studies of How Today’s Most Successful Startups Unlock Extraordinary Growth.

The competition to get attention to your product is fierce. Startups and founders who already are in market with a product are encouraged to sign up for a 10 minute session with Sean to answer specific questions to help get them guided through the growth hacking playbook for their product. Sean is ready to answer your questions about scaling customer acquisition specific to your in-market company.

Say hello to Sean at @SeanEllis and RSVP for a mentor session.



Joel Beukelman

Joel Beukelman: Joel is an Interaction Designer at Google and repeat speaker at SXSW who presents UI/UX workshops for web and mobile applications. He has also served as Senior Mobile User Experience Designer at Netflix and Director of Design at AppStack. Joel  hosts The Blnce podcast where he discusses balance & creative with leading designers, photographers, and musicians in the community.

Designing an interface that is informed by data is the challenge of creatives today. Mobile designers and developers who are in the media/entertainment space or mobile-centric startups will find the most value in this personal 10 minute conversation with Joel. Prepare to ask Joel about challenges in design that is free from bias and puts the end-user in mind.

Say hello to Joel at @_bklmn and RSVP for a mentor session.


Kristina Omari

Kristina OmariKristina is an angel investor and general partner in BuildUp. She has a passion supporting entrepreneurs with a vision for positively impacting our local and global community. Most recently, as Vice President of Corporate Development – M&A for Adobe Systems Inc., Kristina led a team focused on inorganic growth strategy, equity investments, M&A execution and post-merger integration.

Kristina’s background is in strategy, business development, and M&A in digital media, digital marketing, and enterprise SaaS. Smart startup founders know that planning for your acquisition strategy is a good idea at any stage. Come spend ten minutes with Kristina to strategize your exit plan!

Say hello to Kristina at @kkomari and RSVP for a mentor session.



Melinda Epler

Melinda Briana EplerMelinda Briana Epler: Melinda is the CEO of Change Catalyst, an online platform empowering women changemakers. Through its accelerator and investment platform, Change Catalyst helps entrepreneurs develop, scale and fund world-changing ideas. Melinda has over 20 years of experience working with social entrepreneurs, social enterprises, international NGOs, and Fortune 500 companies to develop innovative solutions to large-scale social and environmental change. Melinda is also a writer, speaker and award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Strategic planning takes keen expertise. Melinda is a creative and skilled facilitator who can help you move through your grand ideas and important goals. Her expertise includes business model innovation, branding, storytelling, and social impact. Get set for ten minutes with Melinda by bringing her your big goals!

Say hello to Melinda at @changecatalysts and RSVP for a mentor session.



Wayne Sutton: Wayne is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at BUILDUP is designed to connect, mentor, and educate technology entrepreneurs. Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design, and business development. Wayne regularly speaks about harnessing the power of social media to foster creativity, empower communities, and build brands.

Startup founders at the seed stage should sign up for a 10 minute conversation with Wayne to discuss product, customer development, design UI/UX and business development. Wayne has a passion for all entrepreneurs with a mission to increase successful underrepresented tech founders.

Say hello to Wayne at @waynesutton and RSVP for a mentor session.


Serena Ehrlich

Serena Ehrlich: Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social and Evolving Media at Business Wire, is responsible for the internal and external content marketing, ranging from PR programming to social media updates to content development and amplification. With more than 20 years of experience in the content distribution industry, Serena understands both sides of the content and news industry – from creating compelling content that activates audiences, to understanding how distribution can amplify and impact news results.

Serena’s expertise is in social media, social media marketing, Google Glass news and content creation, consumption, and distribution. Startups looking to expand their brand voice and get noticed should definitely book their ten minute conversation with Serena!

Say hello to Serena at @Serena and RSVP for a mentor session.


matt galligan

Matt Galligan: Matt is a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Circa, the first media organization focused on producing news for mobile consumption. Previous to Circa, Matt was a co-founder of Socialthing (acquired by AOL in 2008), and SimpleGeo (acquired by Urban Airship in 2011). In addition to his role at Circa, he is also is an advisor to several startups including Memoir, Untappd, and ScoreStream and a mentor at TechStars, R/GA Accelerator, and Highway1 Accelerator.

Forcing content that lives in other media to fit on mobile is perhaps the backwards approach. Seed or Series A startups who want to better understand a “mobile first” design and implementation strategy will enjoy a 10 minute conversation with Matt.

Say hello to Matt at @mg and RSVP for a mentor session.


Marc Sullivan


Marc Sullivan: Marc is the Director of Design Research at AT&T in Austin, TX. He leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals including UX researchers, visual designers, and interaction designers to develop reliable interaction strategies for a variety of consumer and enterprise products and services. He has a strong track record of leading multidisciplinary design teams to improve the customer’s experience across multiple touch points including mobile and TV platforms.

Getting customer feedback on your product is one of the most important ways to plan for scale. Marc can help you identify key aspects of the user experience that are the most important. Bring your Lean UX and Usability questions and spend ten minutes benefiting from Marc’s expertise.

RSVP for a mentor session with Marc.


Check out the Mobile Future and Tech Cocktail Startup Lunch: The Wireless Meetup, and to request one ten-minute session with one of these mentors, visit the registration page.


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