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Tech Cocktail Week: Sessions Downtown Vegas | April 2013

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Friday, April 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Tech Cocktail & Downtown Project cordially invite you to Tech Cocktail's Sessions, a monthly speaker series where some special guests will give talks about projects or topics they are passionate about.  

Whether you are a technology enthusiast, inventor, creator, entrepreneur, investor, developer, or designer, we are all linked by a passion for technology, innovation and starting up - and that's what unites these talks. 


Dina Kaplan

"Living Without Fear"

Dina Kaplan


Dina Kaplan is co-founder of Blip, the place for the best original series of the web. Blip hosts and distributes thousands of original series, from scripted dramas and comedies to shows about fashion, sports, videogames and more.

At Blip, Dina ran company operations, including finance, business development and HR. She managed accounting, including overseeing the company P&L, and forged distribution partnerships with Google, Sony, NBC and Verizon. She also managed public relations and marketing.

Before Blip, Dina was an Emmy-award winning television news reporter for local NBC stations. Prior to reporting, Dina worked as an associate producer for MTV News and at the White House as Director of Research for the Office of the White House Counsel.

Dina was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women of Web 2.0. She is a member of the Producers Guild, the Paley Center’s Generator Board and the Advisory Board of the Women's Media Center. She sits on the National Board of Wesleyan University and is the founder of the Calliope Group, which brings together women executives in media and digital media to support women tech founders and help them scale their businesses. She has taught classes at Columbia Business School, Columbia Journalism School, NYU’s Stern School of Business and NYU’s ITP program for engineers and designers.

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Stephen Andrade 

"Perception of Self in Digital Space: A glimpse at why we do what we do online"

Stephen Andrade

Stephen Andrade, associate professor at Johnson & Wales University (JWU), has been active in the technology field for over 35 years. He has been affiliated with JWU for 16 years and has implemented several enrollment-leading degree programs in the field of computer graphics. Andrade has collaborated on issues of technology with various university departments and a number of highly regarded innovative “digital” organizations, including spending the past 4 years cultivating a special relationship with GTECH – the world’s leader in wager-based gaming and lottery systems.

His work includes ongoing research into visual metaphor and games of chance for the digital generation. His research is brought into the classroom and experiential education, providing JWU students, faculty and staff with unique ‘trusted partner’ status at GTECH. Prior to joining JWU, Andrade was a technology researcher at Brown University with IRIS – the Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. He has consulted with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce and the White House on issues of technology innovation and reform.  He is a practicing artist, who's work has been acquired by Paramount Picture for use in the Tom Cruise movie, "Jack Reacher", released December 2012.

Kanyi Maqubela 

"Building Marketplaces: The good, the bad and plenty of ugly"

Kanyi Maqubela 

Kanyi Maqubela is a Venture Partner at Collaborative Fund, a seed fund for creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Founded in 2011, Collaborative Fund has backed such startup companies as Kickstarter, TaskRabbit, BankSimple, and CodeAcademy. Before joining Collaborative Fund, Kanyi served as a founding executive at one Block Off the Grid, an online solar sales company that was acquired by Pure Energies Group. He has served as a consultant for IDEO, MINI, and GOOD Magazine, and started his career as an early employee at Doostang, an web-based career community acquired Universum Global. Kanyi is a contributor at the Atlantic and Fast Company on topics in technology. He lives in San Francisco, CA. Follow him on Twitter @KM.

Mark Rowland

"The Impact of Fear on Entrepreneurship

Mark Rowland 




Mark has had a varied career history to date from senior exec roles in large corporates in Europe, Asia and Australia to leading a business turnaround of global branded restaurant chain to launching a successful tech start-up, creating an amazing service culture, raising over $20m in capital and achieving an exit through a trade sale.  Throughout his career Mark has also spent a lot of time being coached himself and also coaching and mentoring others.  He is a chartered accountant and has also studied many additional fields including System Dynamics at MIT as well as NLP, Neuro Semantics and Meta Coaching, he is also a certified hypnotist!.  Mark is going to talk about 3 very important aspects of Self - Self Esteem, Self Confidence and Self Efficacy and how these can be used to ensure that a budding entrepreneur maintains a happy and productive state throughout early stage ventures and avoid getting trapped in a state of fear.  Entrepreneurs being fearful is one of the main reasons that some ventures never see the light of day which is really sad as your idea may well be amazing and is just waiting for you to launch it into the world for others to see it and participate with it. Follow him on Twitter @treadster_mark.

Amanda Slavin

"Being Open to Serendipity" Amanda Slavin

Amanda Slavin graduated Cum Laude from University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction writing her thesis on using the community/nature-based learning as a classroom and the impact this had on engagement and achievement.  

She used her knowledge of community engagement in building Paige Hospitality Group's Event and Marketing department, helping to build it from its 2 venue status in 2009 to its current 9 venue status, in which she is a partner in the Group. She started Charity Connector and has worked with over 200 nonprofits, supporting them on their fundraising efforts and connecting them to the a larger network as well as donating the Paige Management Venues on a weekly basis to a different charity. She was one of the producers for the Global Poverty Project’s Global Festival, the 60,000 person concert in Central Park, produced by AEG, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which partnered with 10 nonprofits and used an online community engagement platform where individuals had to “earn points” through engaging with nonprofits to attend. 

She is CEO and Founder of CatalystCreativ, a company funded by the Downtown Project/Tony Hsieh which advises clients and companies, (spearheading a speaker series in Downtown Las Vegas on a monthly basis as one client) on how to do good and make money to create more active participants in making the world a better place with the mission statement that doing good and making money are not mutually exclusive. Follow Amanda on Twitter @ajslavin.


And check out some of our impressive speakers from past Tech Cocktail Sessions events. 


Interested in sponsoring Tech Cocktail Las Vegas? Tech Cocktail offers a range of sponsorship options for every budget. Whether you're looking to just support the event so local startups can get more coverage, or leverage the event to get exposure for your product or company (or find people to hire!), we have affordable opportunities for you. Learn how your company can be a part of the event here.

Tech Cocktail (http://tech.cois a media company that covers the latest tech innovations across the globe. Tech Cocktail has been hosting mixer events and writing about technology start-ups and entrepreneurs across the country with the focus of helping to amplify the local technology signal since 2006. We have hosted large events in Chicago, D.C., NY, San Francisco, Boston, Boulder, San Diego, Detroit, Boise, Austin, Barcelona and more. Read more about Tech Cocktail.


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When & Where

The Downtown Project Construction Zone
102 South 7th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Friday, April 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Tech Cocktail events, produced by Tech.Co, are aimed at helping build and strengthen local tech start-up communities. During past mixer events we've had companies find employees, co-founders, funding and some start-ups have even been acquired. We love it when that happens.

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