2019 Bay Area Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference

The Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC), the alumni engagement arm of Princeton’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and Princeton Club of Northern California cordially invite you join fellow Princeton alumni and their guests at the second Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference to be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 11 through 13, in Sunnyvale and San Francisco, per schedule below. The conference objectives are to educate, inspire, and engage the vibrant Princeton entrepreneurial community.

The conference will feature a wide range of content:

  • Several Princeton professors teaching classes from the University's rich array of entrepreneurial curriculum

  • Keynote speakers and alumni panels addressing a range of topics from the perspectives of both founders and investors

  • Princeton entrepreneurs sharing insights from across technology, life sciences, consumer, social impact, and arts enterprises

  • A Startup Showcase

  • Evening receptions

  • Skills-based workshops

The Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference is part of a larger Princeton Entrepreneurship Week in the Bay Area. It kicks off on Wednesday evening with a separate event in San Francisco at which selected startups will present at the Princeton Alumni Angels Spring 2019 Pitch Night.



Day 1

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Thursday, April 11 from 8:00am to 8:30pm
X, Alphabet's moonshot factory (MP3 1170 Bordeaux Drive, Bldg. 3, Sunnyvale CA)

  • Corporate Innovation Models for Success
    • Brendon Kim '89, Executive Vice President, Samsung NEXT
    • Rick Waldron '84, former Vice President, Innovation Strategy, Nike
    • Pierre Theodore '90, Vice President, J&J Scientific Innovation
    • Karen Roter Davis '94, Leadership Team at X, the moonshot factory
    • Bill Wescott '85, CEO, BrainOxygen (moderator)
  • Keynote Speaker
    • Kathy Ireland P21, Founder and CEO, kathy ireland Worldwide
  • Professor Derek Lidow '73 teaching a class from his new course on the "History of Entrepreneurship"
  • Social Impact Entrepreneurs
    • Adriana De La Rosa '95, Chief Development Officer, 2-1-1 Orange County
    • Aoi Senju '16, Founder and CEO, Jumpstart
    • Sara Wallace Beatty '12, Head of Communications and Marketing, Global Development Incubator
    • Randy Wiggins '05, Manager, Tech & Society, Omidyar Network
    • Megan Martin Strickland '07, Senior Business Development Manager, ReBoot Accel (moderator)
  • Professor David Miller "How a Startup Can Succeed Without Selling Its Soul"
  • Capital Fundraising - Opportunities and Trends
    • Matt Quilter '74, Partner, Fenwick & West
    • Marcus Stroud '16, Partner, TXV
    • Laura Melahn '07, Partner, GV
    • Brad Paschke '90, Head, Equity Capital Markets, William Blair & Co. 
    • Ilya Kirnos '99, Founding Partner, SignalFire (moderator)
  • Exciting Initiatives in Ed Tech
    • Ellen Siminoff '89, CEO, Shmoop
    • Minerva Yeung *96, Founder, IvyCube
    • Bethany Coates '98, Co-Founder, BreakLine Education
    • Emily Glassberg Sands '09, Senior Director, Data Science, Coursera
    • How Alumni Can Engage with Princeton's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
      • Anne-Marie Maman '84, Executive Director, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
      • Cornelia Huellstrunk, Executive Director, Keller Center
      • Michelle Moon '99, Director, Princeton Alumni Angels
      • Kim Betz, Executive Director, Princeton University Career Services
      • Chip Hay, Princeton University Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations
    • Startup showcase, featuring the same companies presenting to the angel investors at the Princeton Alumni Angels pitch night event on Wednesday. Prize awards will be given to the top-judged presentation. The four judges represent each of the three Princeton-focused venture firms and PAA, all four of whom are co-sponsoring the showcase.
      • Luke Armour '13, Managing Director, Chaac Ventures
      • Mark Poag ’93, Managing Director, Fitz Gate Ventures
      • Tom Meyer '87, Managing Director, Nassau Street Ventures
      • Joelle Rauh '02, Director, Princeton Alumni Angels
    • Evening Networking reception co-sponsored by Princeton University Campus Life and Career Services, and Batiste Rhum
    Day 2

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    Friday, April 12 from 8:00am to 8:30pm
    Gap Inc. (2 Folsom Street, San Francisco CA)

    • Professor Marty Johnson '81 teaching from his "Social Entrepreneurship" course
    • Founder and Investor Insights in Consumer and Med Tech
      • Nikhil Basu Trivedi '11, Partner, Shasta Ventures
      • John Y. Chang '91, Founder and CEO, Willow
      • Karen Drexler '81, Founder and CEO, Sandstone Diagnostics
      • Erik Blachford '89, Partner, Technology Crossover Partners, former Founder, Expedia
      • Don Albert '79, former President, North America, AdsWizz (moderator)
    • Keynote speaker: Tom Siebel P11, Chief Executive Officer, C3
      • Life Sciences - Perspectives of Founders and Investors
        • Trevor Martin '11, Founder and CEO, Mammoth Biosciences
        • Anita Gupta Modi '08, Vice President of Product Strategy, Science 37
        • Alice Zhang '10, Co-Founder, Verge Genomics
        • Valerie Delva '06, Senior Director, R&D Strategy and Operations, Gilead
        • John Diekman '65, Founding Partner, 5AM Ventures (moderator)
      • Emerging Opportunities in Tech
        • Bryton Shang '12, Founder and CEO, Aquabyte
        • Abhinav Agrawal '04, Founder and CEO, Rocket
        • Amit Mukherjee '10, Partner, NEA
        • William McCalpin '12, Product Manager, Swoop
        • Brian Ascher '89, Partner, Venrock (moderator)
      • The Fast Lanes of Transit Tech
        • Jeff Russakow '90, Chief Executive Officer, Boosted Boards
        • Charity Allen '00, former Senior Product Counsel, Waymo
        • Kevin Weiss '79, Chief Executive Officer, Spireon
        • Jamie Lowrey '18, Business Development, Greenfield Labs/Ford
        • James Mister '10, Future Mobility and Smart Cities Adviser, Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development
        • Startup Experiences of Younger Alumni
          • Minqi Jiang '12, Co-Founder, Macro
          • Paul Dornier '17, Founder and former CEO, Meetingbird (acquired by Front)
          • Christine Marzano '07, Co-Founder, DNABlock
          • Jack Altman '11, Founder and CEO, Lattice
          • Max Greenwald '17, Product Manager, Google; Founder, IgniteSTEM (moderator)
          • Arts Entrepreneurship - The Intersection of Creativity and Innovation
            • Ted Gagliano '82, President, Feature Post-Production, Twentieth-Century Fox
            • Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen '90, food writer and critic
            • Khalil Sullivan '04, band manager and theatrical producer
            • Ruth Gerson '92, singer and vocal coach
            • Erik Blachford '89, arts entrepreneur and investor
          • Evening Networking Reception & Arts Party at Salesforce East (350 Mission Street, San Francisco) co-sponsored by Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts and Batiste Rhum
          Day 3

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          Saturday, April 13 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
          DLA Piper (555 Mission Street, San Francisco CA)

          Five content-rich workshops, co-sponsored by the Keller Center, will be offered to alumni and guests interested in diving deeper into a specific topic:

          • Capital Fundraising -- How to identify and target investors and venture firms, build an effective pitch deck, how best to connect with the investor community, and the process to raise seed capital. Workshop leaders:
            • Catherine "Cack" Wilhelm '06, Partner, Accomplice VC
            • Laura Melahn '07, Partner, GV
          • Discovering a Successful Product Strategy -- Learn how to run a successful product strategy discovery at your company. An effective discovery process leads to bold solutions to your product challenges, effective testing and validation of assumptions, identifying risks, and working in an agile fashion. By the end of the workshop, you will have a better understanding of how to build out your product or feature set in a way that promotes efficiency, creativity, and flexibility. Workshop leader: 
            • Julia Macalaster '12, Chief Operating Officer, Def Method
          • Arts Entrepreneurship in Film and Entertainment: Tigerwood 101 -- Hollywood insiders will provide an overview of how the entertainment industry works, discuss new and emerging technologies and business models, and work with attendees on their entrepreneurial dreams. Workshop leaders: 
            • Ted Gagliano '82, President, Post-Production, Twentieth-Century Fox
            • Bill Wescott '85, Chief Executive Officer, BrainOxygen, LLC
            • Loic Bailly, Owner, 2451 LLC
            • Ben Wolstenholme, CEO, Madefire
          • High-Performance Team-Building -- Discussions will focus on building a strong startup culture, mindset, and brand; attracting, recruiting and retaining key employees, and tapping outside resources and internal stakeholders to build effective teams. Workshop leaders:
            • Ed Zschau, Jr. '86, Director, Parker Remick
            • Ian Thomson '09, Executive Recruiter, Odgers Berndtson
          • Mindfulness-Based Wellness -- Honor Yourself, Take Time to Yourself, Meditate Yourself, Understand Yourself, Nurture Yourself, and You Will Have More of Yourself to Give.
            • Jaclyn Long ’98, Founder and Director, Mind Body Moms

          Conference Speakers


          Keynote Speakers

          Kathy Ireland, P21

          Kathy Ireland
          • Founder and CEO, kathy ireland Worldwide

          Tom Siebel, P11

          Tom Siebel
          • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C3