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San Diego Chapter


Founded in 2010 with 18 Fellows in the inaugural class, the San Diego Chapter has since grown in size and impact in San Diego's startup tech scene. Fellows from the San Diego Chapter are founders of high-potential tech startups including  Dealstruck, Syte Shirt and Rock My World and nPruv, as well as companies that have garnered national and international recognition, including Tomnod, Tap Hunter, and Dharma Express.

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Program Leaders: Adam Riggs-Zeigen(PL), Shelly Bowen, Russell McLoughlin, Raymond Chan

Advisors: David Karlman (Otologic Pharmaceutics), Nikki Zahl (SoCal EED), Merrilyn Datta (Definiens AG), Allison Long (Crescent Ridge Partners), Eric Otterson (Cooley)

2012-2013 San Diego Chapter Sponsor: Cooley, LLP


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Cooley, LLP Law Offices, 4401 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121

2013 – 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE: (Fellows must be able to attend all classes and workshops)

* ALL Classes on Wednesdays are held from 6-9 p.m., with optional sessions beginning at 5:30pm, and drinks after every class.

Weds, September 4, 2013 – Fellow Journeys
Weds, September 18, 2013 - Ideation
Weds, October 2, 2013 – Lean Startup *Req’d Reading due: The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries
Saturday, October 5, 2013 – Business Pitch Workshop – 8am – 4pm, with networking mixer afterwards
Weds, October 23, 2013 - Live VC Pitch & Analysis
Weds, November 6, 2013 – Go to Market
Weds, November 20, 2013 - Co-Founder Leadership and Conflict *Req’d Reading due: Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath
Weds, December 11, 2013 – Business and Financial Models * Req’d Reading due: Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder AND Venture Deals by Brad Feld
HOLIDAY PARTY – Friday, Dec 13, 2013
Weds, January 15, 2014 – Getting Funded Competition
Weds, January 29, 2014 – Negotiations, Valuations, and Exits
Weds, February 12, 2014 – Doing Deals and Negotiations Competition
WORKSHOP 2, Sat, February 22, 2014 – VC Competition
Weds, February 26, 2014 – DEMO Day, Fellow Pitches
Friday, March 14, 2014 – Graduation


Mike Krupp, Ph.D. CONNECT EIR and Biomedical Business Development Consultant
David Karlman, CEO of Otologic Pharmaceutics
Barbara Bry, Blackbird Ventures
Tim Rueth, Private Investor, Start-up Advisor & Coach
Terry Moore, M.B.A. Founder and Managing Partner of Moore Venture Partners
Larry Cox, Ph.D. Kauffman Fellow, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Pepperdine University
Chris Fugelsang, J.D., Ph.D. Vice President, Tavistock Life Sciences
Phil Baker, Inventor, Author of From Concept to Consumer, and Entrepreneur
Brant Cooper, Author of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development and Founder & Principal of Market By Numbers
Michael Lurie, M.B.A. Founder and CEO of Blue Mine Group
Scott Evans, Director of Inside Sales,
Michael Wood, M.B.A. is Senior Manager of Business Development & Marketing at Orexigen Therapeutics
David Turner, CEO and Co-founder, Parallel6
Jack DeFranco, M.B.A., President and CEO of Targeson Inc.
John Rodenrys, M.S., Senior Managing Director of Leading Ventures
Ricardo dos Santos, M.Eng. M.B.A. Sr. Director of Business Development at QUALCOMM’s Corporate New Business Development group
Val Popescu, CEO of VirtualMetrix
Dana McGowan, CPA, CFO of Ocera Therapeutics
Elizabeth Kane, J.D. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
Nick Tait, Barney & Barney
Matt Garrett, Founder of TGG Accounting
Ted Jacobs & Darren Morgan, Cushman Wakefield
Polly Murphy, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.B.A. VP Worldwide Business Development of Pfizer
Greg Horowitt, Founder of Global CONNECT, Co-founder and Managing Partner of T2 Venture Capital
Robin Toft, President of Sanford Rose Associates - San Diego
Michelle Youngers, CEO of Science Media
Lee Wills Irvine, Sr. Manager Human Resources, Qualcomm
Rick Cooper, Tech Coast Angels
Mike Yuen, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Zeebo Inc.
Neil Senturia, CEO of Blackbird Ventures
Tom Halle, VP, Strategic Alliances and Channels of Hitachi ID Systems
Steve Blank, 8-time Serial Entrepreneur, Author of Four Steps to the Epiphany, and Lecturer at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Columbia University
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