Speakers

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Aniyia L. Williams | @operaqueenie Founder & CEO, Tinsel | Code2040 EIR 2016 Aniyia Williams founded Tinsel with the inspiration to create an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry. Aniyia has a unique background in music and tech, with experience as a singer and marketer. Alongside building Tinsel, she serves as Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs.

Aniyia L. Williams | @operaqueenie

Founder & CEO, Tinsel | Code2040 EIR 2016

Aniyia Williams founded Tinsel with the inspiration to create an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry. Aniyia has a unique background in music and tech, with experience as a singer and marketer. Alongside building Tinsel, she serves as Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs.

Arlan Hamilton | @arlanwashere Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital Arlan is an emerging venture capital fund manager, and tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine & The Mixtape. Having founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path.

Arlan Hamilton | @arlanwashere

Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Arlan is an emerging venture capital fund manager, and tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine & The Mixtape. Having founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path.

Danielle Leslie | @danielleleslie

Founder, Course Alchemy

Danielle is the Founder of Course Alchemy where she helps startup founders create & launch online courses. Previously, she worked as a course launch strategist at Udemy where she helped influencers including Guy Kawasaki earn millions of dollars by monetizing their expertise through online courses. She has created courses with over 50k people enrolled around the world. She currently supports startups and personal brands with product launches and growth consulting.

 
Deldelp Medina | @deldelp Director, Residency Program, Code2040 Deldelp Medina is a Latina technologist who has worked in the Bay Area as a DBA, Project Manager and Program Manager. She is a leader in the movement to diversify technology founders and workers to represent the U.S changing demographics. In 2011, Medina co-founded Avion Ventures, the only Latina-focused accelerator for mobile platforms in the U.S.

Deldelp Medina | @deldelp

Director, Residency Program, Code2040

Deldelp Medina is a Latina technologist who has worked in the Bay Area as a DBA, Project Manager and Program Manager. She is a leader in the movement to diversify technology founders and workers to represent the U.S changing demographics. In 2011, Medina co-founded Avion Ventures, the only Latina-focused accelerator for mobile platforms in the U.S.

Kevin Williams Founder & President, The Sales Sector Kevin leads teams in sales strategy and execution. He brings many years of experience working in sales and business development with a wide array of companies, including retailers Staples and CompUSA, as well as tech companies Tinsel, Voxer, Siteworx and Cognis IT. Kevin brings expertise in sales strategy and analysis, market profiling, relationship management and sales training.

Kevin Williams

Founder & President, The Sales Sector

Kevin leads teams in sales strategy and execution. He brings many years of experience working in sales and business development with a wide array of companies, including retailers Staples and CompUSA, as well as tech companies Tinsel, Voxer, Siteworx and Cognis IT. Kevin brings expertise in sales strategy and analysis, market profiling, relationship management and sales training.

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge | @mandelash Founder, Mandela SH | Founding Portfolio Services Manager, Kapor Capital In 2014, Mandela was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30 in Education” list, in 2015, she presented “Why Education Needs Entrepreneurs” at TEDx, and most recently, two of her publications about startups made the “Top 20 List on Medium.” Mandela has advised hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge | @mandelash

Founder, Mandela SH | Founding Portfolio Services Manager, Kapor Capital

In 2014, Mandela was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30 in Education” list, in 2015, she presented “Why Education Needs Entrepreneurs” at TEDx, and most recently, two of her publications about startups made the “Top 20 List on Medium.” Mandela has advised hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs.

 
Melanie Araujo | @melarauj0 Creative Director & Founder, Front & Center Melanie is a Visual and Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA passionate about mission driven companies in the personal care, health and education spaces. She has worked, collaborated and learned from some amazing design leaders, teams, and companies, like John Maeda, eero, Honor, CODE2040, Telenav and more. When not designing, you can find her working on Front & Center where she mentors design students and advocates for inclusion in tech.

Melanie Araujo | @melarauj0

Creative Director & Founder, Front & Center

Melanie is a Visual and Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA passionate about mission driven companies in the personal care, health and education spaces. She has worked, collaborated and learned from some amazing design leaders, teams, and companies, like John Maeda, eero, Honor, CODE2040, Telenav and more. When not designing, you can find her working on Front & Center where she mentors design students and advocates for inclusion in tech.

Ramona Ortega | @ramona_ortega CEO & Founder, My Money My Future Ramona Miranda Ortega is the founder and CEO of Mi Dinero Mi Futuro [My Money My Future], a  financial-tech company that empowers Latinas to manage their money with confidence. She is also the VP of Strategic Partnerships for the Latino Startup Alliance, which creates culturally relevant financial content that connects them to curated financial products.

Ramona Ortega | @ramona_ortega

CEO & Founder, My Money My Future

Ramona Miranda Ortega is the founder and CEO of Mi Dinero Mi Futuro [My Money My Future], a  financial-tech company that empowers Latinas to manage their money with confidence. She is also the VP of Strategic Partnerships for the Latino Startup Alliance, which creates culturally relevant financial content that connects them to curated financial products.

Tara Reed | @tarareed_ Founder & CEO, Apps Without Code | Code2040 EIR 2016 Tara Reed is a non-technical entrepreneur who creates software startups without using code. Before launching her business, Tara’s experience included running marketing initiatives for Google, Foursquare, and Microsoft. She isn’t an engineer or developer but she built her first app in 2014 in just a few months, without writing a single line of code. A couple of years, thousands of dollars in revenue, and a TED talk later, Tara realized that other non-technical entrepreneurs wanted to be able to do the same, so she began teaching them how to build apps without code. 

Tara Reed | @tarareed_

Founder & CEO, Apps Without Code | Code2040 EIR 2016

Tara Reed is a non-technical entrepreneur who creates software startups without using code. Before launching her business, Tara’s experience included running marketing initiatives for Google, Foursquare, and Microsoft. She isn’t an engineer or developer but she built her first app in 2014 in just a few months, without writing a single line of code. A couple of years, thousands of dollars in revenue, and a TED talk later, Tara realized that other non-technical entrepreneurs wanted to be able to do the same, so she began teaching them how to build apps without code. 

 
Uriridiakoghene (Ulili) Onovakpuri | @unolil Principal, Kapor Capital Ulili works on the Kapor Capital team, focused on sourcing investment opportunities, conducting diligence and supporting Kapor Capital’s portfolio companies particularly those in the digital health and medical technology industries. Previously, she served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, an accelerator program and venture capital firm which supports healthcare, education, agriculture, energy and FinTech businesses. 

Uriridiakoghene (Ulili) Onovakpuri | @unolil

Principal, Kapor Capital

Ulili works on the Kapor Capital team, focused on sourcing investment opportunities, conducting diligence and supporting Kapor Capital’s portfolio companies particularly those in the digital health and medical technology industries. Previously, she served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, an accelerator program and venture capital firm which supports healthcare, education, agriculture, energy and FinTech businesses. 

Yscaira Jimenez | @yscaira CEO, LaborX | Code2040 EIR 2017 Yscaira is a Dominican immigrant who grew up attending public schools in the Bronx, taught English to students in a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, and has spent most of her professional career working for high-impact tutoring. She founded and ran La Pregunta Arts Cafe, an arts cafe in Harlem, for five years. Yscaira also worked for three New York education startups bringing tutoring to more than 10,000 low-income students across the United States.

Yscaira Jimenez | @yscaira

CEO, LaborX | Code2040 EIR 2017

Yscaira is a Dominican immigrant who grew up attending public schools in the Bronx, taught English to students in a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, and has spent most of her professional career working for high-impact tutoring. She founded and ran La Pregunta Arts Cafe, an arts cafe in Harlem, for five years. Yscaira also worked for three New York education startups bringing tutoring to more than 10,000 low-income students across the United States.

 

Mentors

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Marc Hedlund | @marcprecipice Co-founder and CEO of Skyliner Specialties: Corporate Setup and Funding; Early sales tactics; anything related to software engineering. Marc is co-founder and CEO of Skyliner. He has worked as VP Engineering at Stripe, SVP Product Development & Engineering at Etsy, co-founder/CEO at Wesabe, EIR at O’Reilly Media, and General Manager of Lucas Online (a Lucasfilm subsidiary).

Marc Hedlund | @marcprecipice

Co-founder and CEO of Skyliner

Specialties: Corporate Setup and Funding; Early sales tactics; anything related to software engineering.

Marc is co-founder and CEO of Skyliner. He has worked as VP Engineering at Stripe, SVP Product Development & Engineering at Etsy, co-founder/CEO at Wesabe, EIR at O’Reilly Media, and General Manager of Lucas Online (a Lucasfilm subsidiary).

Nima Elyassi-Rad | @nima3rad Investor at indie.vc Specialties: Bootstrapping and scaling sales; Fundraising; Hiring. Nima is an investor at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focused on partnering with bootstrapped businesses and helping founders build independent and profitable businesses. He has over a decade of business development and operations experience, having helped scale businesses from $0 to $10M and $1B to $2B in annual revenues.

Nima Elyassi-Rad | @nima3rad

Investor at indie.vc

Specialties: Bootstrapping and scaling sales; Fundraising; Hiring.

Nima is an investor at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focused on partnering with bootstrapped businesses and helping founders build independent and profitable businesses. He has over a decade of business development and operations experience, having helped scale businesses from $0 to $10M and $1B to $2B in annual revenues.

Irv Remedios | @irv CEO of Voxer Specialties: Product and product-market fit; Fundraising; Team Building. Irv Remedios is the CEO of Voxer a messaging app which makes voice communication easy.  Before joining Voxer, Irv served as the vice president of product at Mr. Number a communication service (acquired by WhitePages). Prior to that he was vice president of product at Mozes, Inc. (acquired by ePrize) where he led product strategy for its SaaS based mobile marketing platform.

Irv Remedios | @irv

CEO of Voxer

Specialties: Product and product-market fit; Fundraising; Team Building.

Irv Remedios is the CEO of Voxer a messaging app which makes voice communication easy.  Before joining Voxer, Irv served as the vice president of product at Mr. Number a communication service (acquired by WhitePages). Prior to that he was vice president of product at Mozes, Inc. (acquired by ePrize) where he led product strategy for its SaaS based mobile marketing platform.

 
Doug Speight | @dougspeight CEO of Cathedral Leasing Specialties: Intellectual property and technology licensing; Alternative energy tech; 3D Printing and composite materials. Doug Speight is founder and CEO of Cathedral Leasing, and 2016 Entrepreneurs in Residence for CODE2040. Speight has served as co-founder and/or founder for four tech startups, and led technology transfer and commercialization divisions for NC A&T State University, NASA and the Department of Energy.  He has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the GIGTANK venture accelerator, the nation’s first 3D printing venture accelerator and holds several patents for 3D printing technology. 

Doug Speight | @dougspeight

CEO of Cathedral Leasing

Specialties: Intellectual property and technology licensing; Alternative energy tech; 3D Printing and composite materials.

Doug Speight is founder and CEO of Cathedral Leasing, and 2016 Entrepreneurs in Residence for CODE2040. Speight has served as co-founder and/or founder for four tech startups, and led technology transfer and commercialization divisions for NC A&T State University, NASA and the Department of Energy.  He has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the GIGTANK venture accelerator, the nation’s first 3D printing venture accelerator and holds several patents for 3D printing technology. 

Michelle Jun Of Counsel to Centric Legal Specialties: FinTech; Financial services policy/regulatory issues; Data privacy. Michelle Jun is Of Counsel to Centric Legal and an active member of the California Bar Association. She focuses on designing custom privacy programs to help clients set up information privacy and data security processes and policies. For over a decade, as Senior Attorney at Consumers Union, she led the Payments Project, creating regulatory and marketplace consumer protection policies. She worked closely with federal and state policymakers, financial services executives, industry, advocates and individual consumers.

Michelle Jun

Of Counsel to Centric Legal

Specialties: FinTech; Financial services policy/regulatory issues; Data privacy.

Michelle Jun is Of Counsel to Centric Legal and an active member of the California Bar Association. She focuses on designing custom privacy programs to help clients set up information privacy and data security processes and policies. For over a decade, as Senior Attorney at Consumers Union, she led the Payments Project, creating regulatory and marketplace consumer protection policies. She worked closely with federal and state policymakers, financial services executives, industry, advocates and individual consumers.

Kari Kelly Partner at Centric Legal Specialties: Technology Transactions; Intellectual Property Strategy; Data Privacy. Kari Kelly, Co-Founder of Centric Legal Services, is a tech transactions attorney focused on information privacy and data security issues. Her work is focused on helping HealthTech, AdTech,  FinTech and software, and mobile app companies navigate the regulatory environment surrounding privacy, cyber security and protection of customer data. She designs custom privacy programs and helps clients implement sustainable policies to meet the demands of their customers, regulators, business partners and employees.

Kari Kelly

Partner at Centric Legal

Specialties: Technology Transactions; Intellectual Property Strategy; Data Privacy.

Kari Kelly, Co-Founder of Centric Legal Services, is a tech transactions attorney focused on information privacy and data security issues. Her work is focused on helping HealthTech, AdTech,  FinTech and software, and mobile app companies navigate the regulatory environment surrounding privacy, cyber security and protection of customer data. She designs custom privacy programs and helps clients implement sustainable policies to meet the demands of their customers, regulators, business partners and employees.

 
Aylin Oncel Legal at Stripe Specialties: Entrepreneurship; Law; Startups. Aylin is a lawyer and an entrepreneur. Before working on the Legal and Atlas teams at Stripe, she had her own wine delivery company.

Aylin Oncel

Legal at Stripe

Specialties: Entrepreneurship; Law; Startups.

Aylin is a lawyer and an entrepreneur. Before working on the Legal and Atlas teams at Stripe, she had her own wine delivery company.

Chloe Wood User Operations at Stripe Specialties: Setting up a business; Payments; Human-centered design. Chloe works on Stripe Atlas, which gives entrepreneurs access to the basic building blocks for starting a global internet business. Previously, she was at Jump Associates, a growth and innovation strategy consultancy. She's excited about helping founders build and launch their dream companies. 

Chloe Wood

User Operations at Stripe

Specialties: Setting up a business; Payments; Human-centered design.

Chloe works on Stripe Atlas, which gives entrepreneurs access to the basic building blocks for starting a global internet business. Previously, she was at Jump Associates, a growth and innovation strategy consultancy. She's excited about helping founders build and launch their dream companies. 

Taylor Francis Atlas at Stripe Specialties: Partnerships, Operations, International Business. Taylor works at Stripe, where he helps to lead the team building Stripe Atlas, an easy way for entrepreneurs everywhere to start an Internet company. He previously worked on Stripe's International team launching Stripe in Latin America. Before Stripe, he worked at Facebook, Square and Coursera.

Taylor Francis

Atlas at Stripe

Specialties: Partnerships, Operations, International Business.

Taylor works at Stripe, where he helps to lead the team building Stripe Atlas, an easy way for entrepreneurs everywhere to start an Internet company. He previously worked on Stripe's International team launching Stripe in Latin America. Before Stripe, he worked at Facebook, Square and Coursera.

 
Karen Mok | @kmok88 New Markets at Stripe Specialties: Market Growth; Operations; User Experience. Karen currently works on the New Markets Team at Stripe. Prior, she was a VC focused on early-stage tech entrepreneurs in the emerging markets and a social entrepreneur.

Karen Mok | @kmok88

New Markets at Stripe

Specialties: Market Growth; Operations; User Experience.

Karen currently works on the New Markets Team at Stripe. Prior, she was a VC focused on early-stage tech entrepreneurs in the emerging markets and a social entrepreneur.

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza | @carohuaranca Principal at Kapor Capital Specialties: Enterprise sales; Business strategy; Fundraising. Carolina is a Principal at Kapor Capital with a focus on education, future work, and marketplaces. Prior to becoming a VC she founded an edtech company, Spriggle, a marketplace for parents to identify educational products. 

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza | @carohuaranca

Principal at Kapor Capital

Specialties: Enterprise sales; Business strategy; Fundraising.

Carolina is a Principal at Kapor Capital with a focus on education, future work, and marketplaces. Prior to becoming a VC she founded an edtech company, Spriggle, a marketplace for parents to identify educational products. 

Sarah Adeel | @sarah_adeel Lead at Kiva | Founder of Lettuce Bee Kids Specialties: Entrepreneurship; Strategy; Brand. Sarah is Kiva San Jose and Peninsula lead. She a Fulbright scholar, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and an Igniter from Stanford. Sarah is also an Acumen, iCats and Rajeev Circle fellow.

Sarah Adeel | @sarah_adeel

Lead at Kiva | Founder of Lettuce Bee Kids

Specialties: Entrepreneurship; Strategy; Brand.

Sarah is Kiva San Jose and Peninsula lead. She a Fulbright scholar, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and an Igniter from Stanford. Sarah is also an Acumen, iCats and Rajeev Circle fellow.

 
Lili Gangas | @lilsg31 Chief Technology Community Officer at Kapor Center for Social Impact Specialties: B2B Strategy; Software and Product Management. Lili is the CTCO at the Kapor Center focused on building tech skills, increasing diverse entrepreneurship, mobilizing tech sector for good. She looks forward sharing entrepreneurship resources the Oakland Startup Network offers.  Previous to the Kapor Center, she was an Associate Principal on the Open Innovation team at Accenture focused on B2B startups & Fortune 500 cross sector collaborations. 

Lili Gangas | @lilsg31

Chief Technology Community Officer at Kapor Center for Social Impact

Specialties: B2B Strategy; Software and Product Management.

Lili is the CTCO at the Kapor Center focused on building tech skills, increasing diverse entrepreneurship, mobilizing tech sector for good. She looks forward sharing entrepreneurship resources the Oakland Startup Network offers.  Previous to the Kapor Center, she was an Associate Principal on the Open Innovation team at Accenture focused on B2B startups & Fortune 500 cross sector collaborations. 

LeShane Greenhill | @LSGreenhill CEO & Co-Founder of Sagents Specialties: Sales; Business Development; Developing your personal brand. LeShane is CEO and Co-Founder of Sagents, a cloud B2B sales and procurement platform, and President of Pishon Sales Outsourcing. LeShane is also the leading voice of SalesCocktail.com, the leading blog dedicated to sales development for minority and women owned enterprises. Prior to branching out he worked as a sales development advisor to small and medium businesses. LeShane currently serves as a Google and Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence.

LeShane Greenhill | @LSGreenhill

CEO & Co-Founder of Sagents

Specialties: Sales; Business Development; Developing your personal brand.

LeShane is CEO and Co-Founder of Sagents, a cloud B2B sales and procurement platform, and President of Pishon Sales Outsourcing. LeShane is also the leading voice of SalesCocktail.com, the leading blog dedicated to sales development for minority and women owned enterprises. Prior to branching out he worked as a sales development advisor to small and medium businesses. LeShane currently serves as a Google and Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence.