Big Bang! Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony
Keynote Speaker: Anthony Soohoo | Founder and CEO | Dot & Bo
The five Big Bang! finalists will pitch their ventures before our panel of judges, who will award the 1st and 2nd place winners. Audience members will vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. In all, we will award $50,000 in prizes.
Our Keynote Speaker
Anthony Soohoo is founder and CEO of Dot & Bo, a furniture shopping startup that offers a story-centric experience that encourages product discovery and engagement.
A veteran of the media and technology industries, Soohoo launched Dot & Bo in 2013. The brand’s interplay of content and commerce replicates the offline window shopping experience which accounts for a massive 80%+ of retail shopping and has largely remained offline. Since its inception, Dot & Bo’s revenue has grown 17x and the brand has attracted over five million members.
Soohoo co-founded and led Rumpus, a health and wellness mobile company, from 2011 to 2012. From 2007 to 2011, he served as SVP and general manager of the Entertainment Division at CBS Interactive, which included CBS.com, CBS Audience Network, TV.com, The Insider.com, Chow, Chowhound, UrbanBaby, and CBS Interactive Web Original Studio. During his tenure, Soohoo helped grow the CBS Interactive Entertainment Division to become one of the leading entertainment networks on the web. He joined CBS with its acquisition of Dotspotter, one of the fastest growing community-powered entertainment properties on the Internet where he served as co-founder and CEO. Prior to Dotspotter, Soohoo held product and leadership roles at Yahoo!, Inktomi and Apple.
Soohoo earned his bachelor's degree at UC Davis and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been featured in TechCrunch's “40 Over 40” list and The Hollywood Reporter's “Digital Power” list as one of the top 50 executives leading the charge in new media. He is an advisor and investor to a number of consumer startups.
Networking: 5-6 p.m.
Keynote Address + Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony: 6-8 p.m.
Hosted by the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Big Bang! is the largest annual business competition in the Sacramento region.
This event is free but registration is requested.