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NEXT Bend, OR 12/2012

Techstars Startup Programs

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

NEXT Bend, OR 12/2012

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Startup Weekend is joining forces with Steve Blank and Udacity to bring you some the world’s most effective experiential entrepreneurship curriculum - Steve’s Lean Launch Pad curriculum (as taught at Stanford, Berkley, and Columbia) - customized and packaged into a 3-week in-person follow-on course to Startup Weekend. 

Is NEXT Right for YOU?

Listen to what Eric Koester of Zaarly has to say. 


NEXT in Bend

Bend is excited to be one of only a handful of cities worldwide to be offering this curriculum. Below is the schedule for our event, and an opportunity to meet the world-class Facilitator and Coaches that have already committed to being a part of our program

Your Facilitator

Dino Vendetti

Dino Vendetti

Dino Vendetti is an entrepreneur, mentor, and early stage investor in software, web, and mobile start-ups. He’s currently Managing Director Formative Ventures in Menlo Park and founder of Bend based tech accelerator Founders Pad. He is an experienced operating executive who spent the majority of his career in Marketing, Business Development, and Engineering roles at start up’s including Qualcomm. Prior to joining Formative, Dino was a General Partner at Bay Partners, and at Vulcan Ventures. His current investments include InboundWriter, Manzama, Capella, Vungle, Adept Cloud, Rally Cause, and Sonivate.  Dino earned his MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

The Coaches

James Gentes

James GentesJames is founder and CEO of The Social Business, a Bend-based firm that helps companies use social media to engage with their customers and measure the results. He's FoundersPad startup accelerator alumni and the founder of Good Peeple, a business referral app for Facebook. James previously spent 10 years at Symantec, where he managed a multi-million dollar product line and earned multiple awards for excellence in Product Management and Innovation. He later was Vice President at Source-N where he produced mobile apps for major brands, including MTV News and People Magazine apps for the iPhone. He holds a degree in Business & e-Business, several technology certifications, and also manages Techspace Bend, a co-working facility for startups and entrepreneurs in downtown Bend.


Michael Taus

Michael TausMichael is the principal of Aquo, a software design and development consultancy, and leads the charge with startup and high-growth client initiatives. His work with clients focuses on lean product development, which encompasses product-market fit, design usability and agile software development. A startup geek at heart, he thrives on moving interesting ideas from the whiteboard to the world. His passions include understanding business requirements, simplifying complexity, and building happy teams that deliver great software. Michael's experience includes cofounding, consulting and investing in numerous startups, including Rent.com, In-Sync Interactive, Flyfone, CiviData, GoMed, Internet Brands and others.

Roberto Aiello 

Roberto AielloRoberto's latest company is RallyCause. He also spends part of his time working on Smart Grid. He was previously Entrepreneur In Residence at Disney, working on web/mobile technologies to improve guest experience at the Parks. His extensive work includes secure mobile redemption products, social media, and virality in gaming. During his tenure, he authored patents for Disney, bringing his grand total to 18. Prior to that, he founded Staccato Communications, a VC backed company based in San Diego. His first venture was a spinout from Interval Research (Paul Allen's research laboratory) in Palo Alto. Roberto holds a Ph.D. in Physics.


Your Organizer

Chris Kraybill

Chris KraybillChris is the Chief Technology Officer of G5 and serves as G5's intrapaneur in residence. In that role, Chris is chartered with incubating new products that complement the G5 Digital Experience Management platform. Prior experiences include Founder and Principal Consultant at Sophiant (Bend, OR), Director at Blackstone Technology Group (San Francisco) and Lead Consultant at Proxicom (San Francisco). When not spending time with his family or running the trails of Central Oregon, Chris is a core team mentor at FoundersPad, a lean startup program for entrepreneurs. He can also be regularly found at Hack Night Bend, experimenting with his favorite language, Ruby. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, with degrees in Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science.

Bend Schedule

If you are an early-stage startup team looking for a structured program to help you build your business featuring an award-winning online curriculum mixed with in-person coaching and mentoring with a group of fellow entrepreneurs, then NEXT is for you.  This course features leading entrepreneurs, investors and startuppers (details below) beginning on November 28th. Class times and details are below.

All classes will be held at Founders Pad in beautfiul downtown Bend at 856 NW Bond St.

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012 -- 08:00 - 11:00
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 10:00 to 14:00
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 08:00 - 11:00
  • Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10:00 to 14:00
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 08:00 - 11:00
  • Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10:00 to 14:00

More About NEXT

NEXT 3-week long, in-person course which provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a scalable company. This is not a class about how to write a business plan. It’s not an exercise on how smart you are in a classroom, or how well you use the research library to size markets. And the end result is not a PowerPoint slide deck for a VC presentation. 

This is a practical class – essentially a lab, not a theory or “book” class - for teams of 2+ co-founders. Similar to Startup Weekend, NEXT creates an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage startup. Teams will be getting their hands dirty talking to customers, partners, competitors, as you encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a customer-driven startup actually works - all aimed towards answering the question of how to turn a great idea into a great company. Co-founders will learn how practically apply business modelling to their company, and customer development to get out of the classroom to effectively test whether/how customers would use your product. 

NEXT takes a ‘flipped classroom’ style of learning, where teams are expected to watch lectures and complete assignments between classes, while classtime itself takes a Facilitator-driven approach to sharing learnings and questioning results. 

More info can be found at swnext.co

You do not need to have attended a Startup Weekend event to attend this course. You must, however, be part of a team of at least two people working on a startup or startup idea.

Have questions about NEXT Bend, OR 12/2012? Contact Techstars Startup Programs

When & Where

Founders Pad
856 NW Bond St.
Suite 203
Bend, OR 97701

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Techstars Startup Programs

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week. 


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