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Thursday, March 30

How to Build an IoT Company with Mike Farley (Founder & CEO Tile)

Fireside Chat

Mike Farley is CEO and Co-Founder of San Mateo-based smart location company, Tile. An engineer by trade, Mike developed Tile to help his wife find the many items she often misplaced. Mike launched Tile on Selfstarter in 2011 where it quickly surpassed initial fundraising goals and became the most successful campaign in their history. Mike was recently named a 2016 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Tuesday, April 25

Growth Hacking with Rana Gujral (Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by HuffPo)

Fireside Chat

Rana is an Entrepreneur, Turnaround CEO and an Investor. Rana founded a leading enterprise SaaS startup TiZE. Rana serves as a contributing writer at TechCrunch and Forbes and advises several startups. Rana was recently listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post. Prior to TiZE, Rana was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc.

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Tuesday, June 20

How to become an Influencer? Learn PR Tips with Murray Newlands

Fireside Chat

Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. He is founder of a Sighted.com an online invoicing company based in Palo Alto. Few accolades Murray received in last 2 years- 50 Online Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2016 by Entrepreneur.com; 21 Thought Leaders Every Entrepreneur Should Follow in 2016 by Inc.com; The Top 10 People to Know in Silicon Valley by HuffPo.

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Past Events

Learn How to Build Your Startup Story with Ritika Puri (StoryHackers)

Learn How to Build Your Startup Story with Ritika Puri (StoryHackers)

Bastin Gerald (Apptivo)

Bastin Gerald (Apptivo)

Prashant Shah (TiE Launchpad)

Prashant Shah (TiE Launchpad)

Andrew Dickson (Acre Designs)

Andrew Dickson (Acre Designs)

Amit Kumar (Trimian)

Amit Kumar (Trimian)

Andy Pandharikar (Tall Idea Labs)

Andy Pandharikar (Tall Idea Labs)

Saylee R, Niousha B, Yukte O (Female Founders Month)

Saylee R, Niousha B, Yukte O (Female Founders Month)

Donna Novitsky (Yiftee)

Donna Novitsky (Yiftee)

Aaron Carpenter (Hubnami)

Aaron Carpenter (Hubnami)

Andrew Ponec (Dragonfly Systems)

Andrew Ponec (Dragonfly Systems)

Preetish Nijhawan (Cervin Ventures)

Preetish Nijhawan (Cervin Ventures)

Micah Yairi (Tactus Technology)

Micah Yairi (Tactus Technology)

Steve Basta (AlterG)

Steve Basta (AlterG)

Karl Mehta (EdCast)

Karl Mehta (EdCast)

Manish Chandra (Poshmark)

Manish Chandra (Poshmark)

Team

From the Blog

Q&A With Andrew Ponec, CEO of Dragonfly Systems

Andrew Ponec is the co-founder and CEO of Dragonfly Systems, a solar technology company spun out from Stanford’s electrical engineering department. Dragonfly Systems develops small electronics devices that improve efficiency and reduce installation costs for large commercial and utility-scale solar power installations. In 2014, Dragonfly Systems was acquired by SunPower Corporation, a US-based solar company with the world’s most efficient commercial solar cells. Andrew was also named in Forbes’ 2014 “30 under 30” list for his work in solar energy, and is currently focusing on building efficient energy use and affordable housing technologies. In this Q&A, we dive into Andrew’s background and the circumstances that enabled him to launch a startup at 19, sell it at 20 and continue to make progress thereafter:
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