Sponsored by: OPEN FORUM 2013, Saturday June 8. 

What: OPEN Forum 2013 – www.opensvforum.org – 20% Discount code: SS-OF13

Date:  Sat June 8, 2013
Time:  8:30am-6:00pm
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, CA

More info HERE | Register HERE

On Saturday, June 08th OPEN’s premiere event, the tenth in a highly successful series of annual national conferences, will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center CA.

OPEN Forum attracts hundreds of corporate professionals and entrepreneurs from top technology companies, exciting start-ups, global service providers and leading venture firms. This one day conference will give you the unique opportunity to network with and learn from seasoned CEOs, Venture Capitalists, Financial Market Experts, Government Policy Makers and Corporate Professionals from the Silicon Valley.

Check out the “Entrepreneurial Idol,” a contest between exciting startups or join MIT/Stanford VLAB + OPEN Pitch Fest by submitting a pitch by emailing us at Launchpad@opensiliconvalley.org.


  • Jeff Hoffman, Founder priceline.com
  • Tariq Farid, Founder Edible Arrangements
  • Navin Chadha, Managing Director Mayfield Fund

Keynote Fireside Chat: The Company You Keep: Supersized Corporates or Scrappy Startups?

  • Hasan Rizvi, EVP, Oracle
  • Zia Yusuf, CEO, Streetline, Former EVP SAP
  • Jeff Hoffman, Former founder priceline.com
  • Imran Sayeed, CTO NTT Data

With Friends Like These, Who Needs VCs: Crowd Funding & Other Alternatives to Sand Hill Road

  • Dave Girouard, Founder, Upstart
  • Eric Migicovsky, Founder, Pebble Technology
  • Tabreez Verjee, Board Member Kiva, Impact Investor & Entrepreneur
  • Saad Khan, Partner, CMEA Ventures
  • Umair Khan, Founder & CEO, SecretBuilders

The Authentic Brand YOU

  • Henna Inam, CEO, Transformational Leadership Inc
  • Profiles in Entrepreneurial Success
  • Waheed Qureshi, CTO, Mobile Platform Group – Citrix
  • Ursheet Parikh: Former Co-Founder, StorSimple, General Manager – Server & Tools Business, Microsoft
  • Immad Akhund, CEO & Co-founder, Heyzap
  • Moderator: Shahid Khan, Founder & Chairman, MediaMorph

Software Defined Infrastructure: Networking Just Got Exciting Again

  • Awais Nemat, Co-Founder & CEO, PLUMgrid
  • Howie Xu, VP of Engineering, Big Switch Networks
  • Luis Robles, Venture Capitalist, Sequoia Capital
  • Dominic Wilde, Vice President, Global Product Line Management, Hewlett-Packard
  • Moderator: Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Paths to Success

  • M. Salahuddin Khan: Ex-CTO Navteq, Founder, QMarket Corporation & Award-winning Author
  • Faran Tahir: Hollywod Actor, Iron Man and Star Trek
  • Malika Ameen: Top Chef Contestant, Pastry Chef and Owner, By M Desserts
  • Azhar Usman: American Comedian, Actor, Writer, and film producer, former lawyer
  • Aakif Ahmad: Co-founder and COO, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
  • Moderator: Dilawar Syed, CEO, Yonja Media

 Startup 101: Tips and Traps

  • Jill Dodd, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
  • Joel Yarmon, Partner, Draper Associates
  • Ramon Nunez, CEO, Live Hive Inc
  • Moderator: Naeem Zafar, CEO, Bitzer Mobile, Professor of Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

 OPEN + MIT/Stanford VLAB Entrepreneurial Idol & Pitch Fest

  • Rehan Jalil, Venture Advisor, Mayfield Fund
  • Ammar Hanafi, Venture Partner, Alloy Ventures
  • Will Bunker, Founder, Match.com
  • Umair Khan, The Entrepreneurs Fund III, Founder & CEO, SecretBuilders
  • Taimur Shaikh, Vice President, Trident Capital
  • Adil Syed, Redpoint Ventures
  • Riaz Karamali, Partner Sheppard Mullin
  • Alejandro Rivas-Micoud, CEO, Scaling Overseas Corp
  • Jerry Ku, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
  • Steve Clinton, Attorney, Bingham McCutchen

Youth Track

Gen Y Entrepreneurs: Start Early, Start Often

  • Mark Daniel, CEO & Co-founder, GoalHawk
  • Tanay Tandon, Founder & CEO, Clipped.me
  • Stacey Ferreira, Co-founder, MySocialCloud
  • Moderator: Daniel Brusilovsky, Founder, Teens in Tech Labs

College Admissions? There’s an “App” for that

  • Danny Byun, Director of College Counseling Programs
  • Sandra Sargent, Info Bank™ Specialist and College Counselor
  • Chris Williamson, Info Bank™ Transfer Specialist and College Counselor
  • Sandy Balakrishnan, Programs and Marketing Director & College Interview Specialist
  • Rahul Subramaniam, College Counselor, Star SAT Instructor

And the Crowd Goes Wild: The Art of Pubic Speaking

  • Taha Ziaee
  • Shahmir Shunaid
  • Laila Talpur
  • Mahnoor Rehman