PITCH SF Conference 2013 Judges

Women 2.0 Conference 2013

Consumers, Markets & Products

February 14, 2013 – Westin St. Francis – San Francisco, CA


PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition is a technology startup competition for early-stage ventures with at least one female on the founding team, from around the world. The PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition is closed – please stay tuned for future competitions, the next one is coming up in a few months!

By pitching onstage at Women 2.0 Conference on February 14, the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition finalists expose their startup to Silicon Valley influencers and investors!

Prizes include:

  • Meetings with angel investor Esther Dyson and an investment partner at Andreessen Horowitz
  • $3,000 gift certificate to turnstone, a company that believes everyone has the right to a great workplace, no matter the size of the organization or the size of the budget. Turnstone provides ideas, solutions and services that help small businesses create spaces that reflect their individuality and spirit, with a process that is easy and fast.
  • Business development services for fund raising and establishing relationships with large corporate partners from nestGSV. 4 desks with VIOP phone, WiFi, front desk support, use of conference rooms, boards rooms (upon availability), gym, participation in accelerator program, workshops and nestGSV conferences for 2 months (valued at $10,000).
  • START@DORSEY leverages the resources of one of the world’s largest law firms, a market leading pricing model and a cloud based interface for routine tasks. Dorsey is providing incorporation, organization and seed corporate related financing (valued at $5,500), $10,000 deferral and 10% across the board discount on other fees.
  • Sit better and stand taller using the LUMOback posture sensor and mobile app. The sensor provides a gentle vibration when you slouch to remind you to sit or stand straight. It is worn on your lower back and designed to be slim, sleek and so comfortable that you barely feel it when you have it on. The sensor connects wirelessly to an iPhone 5, 4S, new iPad app (3rd and 4th gen), or new iPod touch (5th gen) which tracks all of your movement data (requires iOS6).

The PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition is now closed – congratulations to our 10 finalists and we look forward to watching them pitch live onstage at the Women 2.0 Conference on February 14, 2013 in San Francisco!

Finalists For PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Angaza
Female Founder: Lesley Silverthorn Marincola

Location: Palo Alto, California

Removing the upfront cost barrier of room-scale solar energy systems sold in under-electrified emerging markets, Angaza Design CEO Lesley Silverthorn Marincola created metered solar energy for the off-grid developing world, where most consumers cannot afford to purchase a solar home system at upfront retail price. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Angaza Design CEO & co-founder Lesley Silverthorn Marincola.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Bia Sport
Female Founder: Cheryl Kellond

Location: Los Angeles, California

A fitness platform built by CEO Cheryl Kellond, Bia Sport turns workout data into actionable insights and drives motivation through a supportive community online and during the workout. The first wearable solution is a GPS training device combining wrist coach with one-touch SOS safety alert for solo workouts. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Bia Sport CEO & founder Cheryl Kellond.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Enplug
Female Founder: Nanxi Liu

Location: Los Angeles, California

Co-founded by CEO Nanxi Liu, Enplug is next generation advertising in the physical world via billboards. With over 10,000 venues nationwide signed up, Enplug billboards are integrated with social media and operate in realtime. Use existing apps on your mobile device such as Twitter to engage. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Enplug CEO & Co-Founder Nanxi Liu.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Fiestah
Female Founder: Nurul Yahya

Location: New York, New York

Founded by Nurul Yahya, Fiestah is a marketplace for event services working to eliminate the stresses of finding, booking, and managing vendors for your event. She wanted a way for vendors to know when event organizers were in their planning stage – both sides would benefit greatly. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Fiestah COO & Co-Founder Nurul Yahya.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Greengar
Female Founder: Thuy Truong

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pitching to raise funds for developing and marketing their flagship product, Smartboard, Greengar co-founder Thuy Truong raised nearly $400k by launching a chain of self-serve frozen yogurt shops in Ho Chi Minh City. She recruited and managed developers for Greengar, focusing on accessibility in mobile tech. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Greengar co-founder Thuy Truong.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: HealthyOut
Female Founder: Wendy Nguyen

Location: San Francisco, California

Healthy foodie Wendy Nguyen is CEO of HealthyOut, a mobile app that helps you find healthy dishes nearby that match your nutrition preferences. Why is this important? Two-thirds of American adults struggling with overweight and obesity issues. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be HealthyOut CEO & co-founder Wendy Nguyen.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Maker’s Row
Female Founder: Tanya Menendez

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Maker’s Row makes factory-sourcing easy for designers and manufacturers. Tanya Menendez started Maker’s Row to solve her previous business’s problem in sourcing factories. Maker’s Row holds the mission to make American manufacturing easy to access and simple to understand. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Maker’s Row co-founder Tanya Menendez.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Mavatar
Female Founder: Susan Akbarpour

Location: Menlo Park, California

Co-founded by CBDO Susan Akbarpour, Mavatar is a smart shopping cart that organizes online shopping and saves money. Users can shop from multiple retailers with one cart, compare items side-by-side for price and look and feel, create wishlists and store and share coupons. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Mavatar co-founder Susan Akbarpour.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Modalyst
Female Founder: Jill Sherman

Location: New York, New York

A wholesale, B2B marketplace connecting emerging designers and independent boutiques, Modalyst taps into changing needs of retailers and places collective orders through a vetted platform with other merchants for great efficiency, refashioning the way boutiques buy from designers.for greater efficiency. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Modalyst CEO and co-founder Jill Sherman.

PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: VirtualMob
Female Founder: Chaya Jadhav

Location: London, England

Co-founded by Chaya Jadhav, VirtualMob brings a new dimension to mobile experiences with augmented reality. Simply point your device at any digital print ad or landmark and experience engaging, interactive content – it comes to life, providing an entertaining experience to the user. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be VirtualMob CEO and co-founder Chaya Jadhav.

Meet the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Live Judges at Women 2.0 Conference

Andrea Zurek (Founding Partner, XG Ventures)
Andrea, founding partner of XG Ventures, (stands for X-Google) has been named one of the top 25 tech angels by Businessweek. She has been an active angel investor since 2006. XG Ventures has invested in over 40 companies with 14 exits, including such companies as Tapulous, Posterous and Aardvark. Andrea worked at Google for over 7 years as one of the first ad sales executives. Follow her on Twitter at @andreazurek.

Ann Miura-Ko (Partner, FLOODGATE)
Ann is a partner at FLOODGATE, where her investment interests include capitally efficient software and technology enabled services. She teaches several courses in Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program, including Technology Venture Formation, High-tech Entrepreneurship, and the Mayfield Fellows Program. Prior to joining FLOODGATE, Ann served as an analyst at Charles River Ventures. Follow her on Twitter at @annimaniac.

Charles Hudson (Partner, SoftTech VC)
Charles is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. He is focusing on mobile and gaming investments, and supporting SoftTech portfolio companies on business/corporate development matters. He was Co-Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games and VP of Business Development for Serious Business (acquired by Zynga in February 2010). Follow him on Twitter at @chudson.

Christine Herron (Director, Intel Capital)
Christine is a Director with Intel Capital. She is also a Venture Advisor at 500 Startups and an advisor to StartX. Previously, Christine was a Principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, where she worked with companies such as BillFloat, Double Verify, Get Satisfaction, Mint and Xobni. As a Director at Omidyar Network, she developed the Media practice strategy and led deals. Follow her on Twitter at @christine.

Jenny Fielding (Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide)
Jenny Fielding heads up New Digital Ventures for BBC Worldwide as well as BBCW Labs. Previously, she was CEO of fourforty Inc, which developed Wenzani for Lonely Planet. She co-founded startups such as Switch-Mobile, a VoIP mobile software company acquired in 2008. She sits on the Board and advises several companies and organizations including Founder Labs, Texting.ly and Astia. Follow her on Twitter at @jefielding.

Joy Marcus (Partner, DFJ Gotham Ventures)
Joy joined DFJ Gotham as a Venture Partner in May 2011. She led the firm’s seed investment in DailyWorth, Previously Joy was GM US for Dailymotion from its US launch through acquisition by Orange (France Telecom) in January 2011. Prior to Dailymotion, Joy was SVP Global Marketing at Time Warner and VP BD of Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public in 1999. Follow her on Twitter at @joymarcus.

Kevin Laws (Board Member & COO, AngelList)
Kevin is on the board of AngelList and serves as its COO. He has advised an invested in a number of startups, including Dulance (sold to Google), Krillion (sold to Local.com), FlightFox (YC), and many others. Previously, he founded Vast.com, where he was CEO until 2010. Prior to that, he was a Principal at PacRim Venture Partners.Follow him on Twitter at @AngelList.

Nikhil Kalghatgi (Venture Capitalist, SoftBank Capital)
Nikhil is an engineer, entrepreneur and product expert turned venture capitalist at SoftBank Capital. Nikhil is currently invested and/or actively involved in 40 companies. Nikhil previously launched a hedge fund, a mobile app analytics company, worked in the military intelligence, is a UX designer by trade, and is an alum from Harvard Business School. Follow him on Twitter at @NikhilKal.

Thomas Korte (Founder & Managing Partner, AngelPad)
Thomas is the Founder and Managing Partner of AngelPad, a startup mentorship program he launched in 2010 with a team of fellow ex-Googlers. Since then, AngelPad has helped to launch some 37 companies, 31 of which have raised over $25 million in additional funding. Prior, Thomas spent seven years at Google where he was the first international Product Manager and later their first Product Evangelist. Follow him on Twitter at @thomask.

Wesley Chan (Partner, Google Ventures)
Wesley joined Google Ventures in 2009. His investments focus on early stage  software and web services, mobile, biotech and cleantech. As an early employee at Google, he helped grow Google Analytics and Google Voice. Wesley is a recipient of Google’s founder award for leading the development of Google Toolbar and building out Google’s early client efforts. Follow him on Twitter at @weschan.

Thanks to the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition First Round Online Judges

  • Adam Quinton (Managing Director, Golden Seeds)
  • Brendan Baker (Director, Greylock Partners)
  • César Salazar (Venture Partner, 500 Startups)
  • Cindy Padnos (Founder & Managing Partner, Illuminate Ventures)
  • Dave Kochbeck (CEO, Embark Systems)
  • David Weekly (Founder, Oha.na)
  • Jenny Fielding (Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide)
  • Jacob Mullins (Senior Associate, Shasta Ventures)
  • Julie Chin (Co-Founder, The Angel Fund)
  • Nikhil Kalghatgi (Principal, SoftBank Capital)
  • Rachel Pike (Senior Associate, Draper Fisher Jurvetson)
  • Riddhi Mittal (Venture Investor, Mohr Davidow Ventures)
  • Roseanne Wincek (Associate, Canaan Partners)
  • Sara Lannin (Venture Investor, Accel Partners)
  • Scott Hartley (Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures)

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