Who are our judges?
MC: Sue Kwon, reporter for CBS 5 Eyewitness News and host of Bay Sunday.
Kwon is a ConsumerWatch reporter for CBS 5 Eyewitness News and host of
Bay Sunday. She brings years of experience covering Bay Area technology
and business news for CBS 5 Eyewitness News. Prior to coming to CBS 5,
she served as the high-tech reporter for KRON. Sue covers emerging
technology, Silicon Valley companies, stock market developments, and
Sue is a Bay Area native and an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She has won three AAJA National Awards for News Reporting. The National Federation of Press Women honored Sue with First Place Reporting Awards in 2002-2005. She has also received a 2007 Emmy Award, 2005 Emmy Award, 2004 Peninsula Press Club Award, International Communicator Crystal Awards of Excellence, and recognition as an Association of Women Journalists Vivian Castelberry Finalist.
Kevin Hartz - CEO of Eventbrite
Kevin was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company providing services to over 30 countries worldwide. Xoom is backed by Sequoia Capital, NEA, Fidelity Ventures, Stanford University, and Peter Thiel.
Kevin began his career as a product manager at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and later co-founded ConnectGroup, a start-up providing high-speed Internet access to the hotel industry. ConnectGroup was acquired by Lodgenet (NASDAQ: LNET) in 1998. Kevin then joined Outlook Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on seed and early stage technology companies.
Mark O'leary- Regional Vice President of Comcast Business Class
Over the last 24 years, Mark has held various executive positions in the telecommunications, cable, software and networking industries. Mark’s career includes VP/GM roles in Fortune 500 companies and as CEO of venture-backed start-ups in the technology sector. In these roles, he has had a track record of successfully scaling companies and business units in high growth environments.
Mark is currently the Regional Vice President for Business Services for Comcast in Central California. In this capacity, Mark is responsible for building a B2B organization that will provide data, telecommunications and video products to the commercial market.
Prior to joining Comcast, Mark was Founder of Phi Performance Systems, a consulting firm that worked with technology companies in aligning overall execution with corporate strategy. Mark was also CEO of HCORP, a health care applications company that provided in-hospital patient and clinical applications via a broadband content network. After establishing early market leadership in their segment, Mark sold HCORP in 2002.
Prior to HCORP, Mark served as CEO of Euclid Inc. where he and his team in the US and India brought to market a suite of IT Operational Support System (OSS) software and services to provide large commercial IT departments visibility into their service delivery quality and true cost of IT resources by product, LOB or customer.
Mark also served as the Executive Vice President of Broadband Services at Excite@Home responsible for the $450 Million @Home and @Work business units. Mark’s responsibilities included, P&L, Operations, Sales and Marketing, Product Development and overall Service Delivery of consumer and commercial Internet products. In this capacity, Mark and his team scaled the Excite@Home’s consumer broadband Internet base from 1.8 to 3.6 Million subscribers, resulting in the largest broadband Internet network in existence.
Mark spent 19 years with AT&T in various executive and management positions including Vice President of Managed Network Services, Director of Global Technical Marketing and GM of National Accounts. In these capacities Mark was one of the principals of the transformational management of AT&T Business Services that led to it’s market leadership in the data services industry.
Former Google Angel Investor
Bill Gates calls her “super high bandwidth.” Bill Clinton has thanked her for “fostering American entrepreneurship.” Newsweek says “by reputation, Christine is the person you want to partner with.”
New York Times bestselling author Christine Comaford is CEO of Mighty Ventures, a business accelerator which helps businesses to massively increase sales, product offerings, and company value. She has built and sold 5 of her own businesses with an average 700% return on investment, served as a board director or in-the-trenches advisor to 36 startups, and has invested in over 200 startups (including Google) as a venture capitalist or angel investor. Christine has consulted to the White House (Clinton and Bush), 700 of the Fortune 1000, and over 300 small businesses. She has repeatedly identified and championed key trends and technologies years before market acceptance.
Christine has led many lives: Buddhist monk, Microsoft engineer, geisha trainee, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Her triumphs and disasters are revealed in her New York Times (and USA Today, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Amazon.com ) bestselling business book: Rules for Renegades: How to Make More Money, Rock Your Career, and Revel in Your Individuality. The book is available at all major retailers or via www.RulesForRenegades.com.
Christine has appeared on Good Morning America, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX Business Network, PBS, CNET and is frequently quoted in the business, technology and general press at large. Stanford Graduate School of Business has done two case studies on her and PBS has featured her in three specials (Triumph of the Nerds, Nerds 2.0.1, and Nerd TV ). CNET has broadcast two specials covering her unconventional rise to success as a woman with neither a high school diploma nor college degree. Christine believes we can do well and do good, using business as a path for personal development, wealth creation, and philanthropy.
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