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Thursday, June 28 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
TOWN HALL MEETING: San Diego Startup Ecosystem- Where are we and where do we need to be? LIMITED SEATING

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Should San Diego strive to be the next Silicon Valley, or should we follow our own unique path?   This town hall meeting will address one of the most important questions facing this community:  the current state and future direction of the San Diego Startup Ecosystem.   What is working, and what isn’t in the region?  Who is being left out?  Can we be more inclusive?  How can we make sure all our residents have the opportunities and resources to give their startups a fighting chance?  Don’t miss this no-holds-barred meeting, where we will be tackling some of the toughest issues facing the San Diego startup community in a forum where diverse voices, opinions and ideas will be welcome.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We will have a special podium set up for brief “points of view” presentations where participants can voice their unfiltered opinions about the San Diego Startup Ecosystem.  This can include things that are missing from the ecosystem or things that are going well that should be expanded  - as well as current community initiatives and ideas for future initiatives.  These presentations will be just a few minutes at the microphone but don’t need to be structured as a question to the panel - you can address the audience directly.   

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Neal Bloom

Chairman, Startup San Diego
Serial entrepreneur, passionate about growing the San Diego tech ecosystem, angel investor
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Autumn Moody

Attorney | Mediator | Corporate Culture Consultant, The Moody Firm
Autumn Moody works with clients to align a company's organizational puzzle pieces with the current business landscape and vision for the future by focusing on human capital, corporate culture, executive leadership and risk management. Autumn is a CA licensed attorney, professional... Read More →

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Brant Cooper

CEO and Co-founder, Moves The Needle
Brant Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur and CEO of Moves the Needle. With over two decades of expertise helping companies bring innovative products to market, he blends agile, design thinking, and lean methodologies to ignite entrepreneurial... Read More →
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Silvia Mah

Executive Director, Hera Labs; Co-founder, Adastra Ventures, Hera Labs; Adastra Ventures
Dr. Silvia Mah is a leading advocate for empowering women-owned & diverse businesses on a global level. Her mission is to promote, nurture, and invest in transformational startups that allow women & diverse founders to excel around the world.
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Briana Weisinger

Startup Advocate, UC San Diego
Briana Weisenger focuses on growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem at UCSD, increasing transparency to make the ecosystem more accessible internally and externally, democratizing access to resources and launching and leading initiatives that scale across the 60,000+ person campus... Read More →
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Andy White

Startup Operations, Keshif Ventures
Andy White is an early investor in AngelList, 500 Startups and Buffer.He's currently heading up Startup Operations at Keshif Ventures in San Diego. This family office has a portfolio of over 90 companies primarily based in San Diego.He was a founding partner of the VegasTechFund... Read More →

Thursday June 28, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Golden Hall - Breakout A