9th Founder Showcase (Q1 2012)

Keynote Speakers


Mark Suster, General Partner at GRP Partners and Writer at Both Sides of the Table

Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Most recently he was a VP at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was the Founder & CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder & CEO of BuildOnline. Mark currently sits on the Boards of many companies, and writes the influential blog “Both Sides of the Table.”

Mike Maples, Jr., Managing Partner at FLOODGATE

Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of “8 Rising VC Stars” by Fortune Magazine. His early investments include Twitter, Digg, Chegg, ng:moco, IMVU, Formspring.me, Gowalla, Kno, YuMe Networks, TaskRabbit, Kongregate, BranchOut, and many more.

Dave McClure, Founding Partner at 500 Startups

Dave McClure is a greedy venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft.

Interviewers


Evelyn Rusli, Reporter, New York Times

Evelyn Rusli is a reporter at The New York Times. Previously she was an Anchor Reporter at TechCrunch and the Forbes Video Network, with nearly 200 television appearances, including on BBC, CNN and MSNBC. At Forbes, she interviewed top business leaders, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Carlos Slim, and filed reporting from the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland.

Ina Fried, Senior Editor, All Things Digital

Ina Fried is the Senior Editor for All Things Digital, where she authors the blog Mobilized. Prior to that, she was a senior staff writer for News.com. She is a frequent commenter on technology news on NPR and other print and broadcast outlets. In April of 2011, Ina scored an exclusive interview with CEO Steve Jobs and other Apple executives about the iPhone location tracking controversy.

Alexia Tsotsis, Writer, TechCrunch

Alexia Tsotsis is a writer for TechCrunch. Before TechCrunch, she ran the SFweekly.com website while covering the tech scene, and human behavior in the digital age. At TechCrunch, she covers early stage startups, and has interviewed everyone from Groupon’s Andrew Mason to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Most recently she made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.”

Founder Showcase Champion


Spinnakr is a service for displaying targeted messaging on your website based on the specific audience segments. Spinnakr graduated from the Washington D.C. Founder Institute, as well as 500 Startups.

Runner-Up


Kloudless is a service for managing all of your stuff across the cloud and devices.

Demo Table Winners


  • ClientMagnet - ClientMagnet enables you to easily predict your customers’ needs and respond with email marketing.
  • TagSeats - With TagSeats you can discover friends’ seats at concerts and sporting events – and share yours!
  • Breezy - Breezy enables you to print any document from any device to any printer.
  • Finalists


  • Appsperse – Appsperse is a cross promotion platform for mobile applications.
  • Gickup – An easy to use video chat gaming platform
  • IndustryGraph – A local sales & support channel for B2B cloud services
  • JetJaw – The proactive way to protect & promote your brand
  • PetHub – Award-winning technology to keep pets safe
  • Zoko - Kickstarter for parties