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Pitch Night! Powered by Startup Weekend and Google Developer Groups

Techstars Startup Programs

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

Pitch Night! Powered by Startup Weekend and Google...

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Do you have a startup idea you want to get feedback on and you're using Google developer technologies? Or do you want to hear and learn from startup pitches made by others? Or simply network with fellow developers and entrepreneurs and vote for your favorite startup?


Come to the third annual Google I/O Pitch Night event on the evening of June 24, a collaboration between StartupWeekend, the Google Developers Group in San Francisco and Google. Please register now if you want to attend -- previous years we have sold out. There is no need to have a Google I/O ticket to attend this event.


Our all-star panel of judges include Angela Benton (NewME accelerator), Megan Quinn (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Trae Vassallo (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) and Parker Thompson (500 Startups). Mandela Schumacher-Hodge from StartupWeekend is our moderator.


Connect with Silicon Valley's community of entrepreneurs and Google Developers! Follow Startup Weekend and GDG San Francisco on G+ for latest event updates. 

Pitch Night is your opportunity to meet people from the valley and around the world, pitch your ideas, collaborate in teams, and take the first steps at making your idea viable. 

You'll spend the evening working with your teams and facilitators to refine an idea, and the top teams pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes.  Plus, you might just find the right co-founders to continue working on this with you!


Interested in volunteering? Volunteers will gain free admition to the event and will also have the opportunity to participate - be quick, there are limited spots available! Please inquire by contacting the email below. 

Please email us at iopitchnight@startupweekend.org with any questions.


Tentative Agenda:

  • 6:00-6:45 - Check in / mingling / snacks & beer/wine
  • 6:45-7:00pm - Opening, Introdcutions and find your vertical.
  • 7:00-7:40pm - Pitches round 1
  • 7:40-8:00pm - Networking / Q&A
  • 8:00-8:40pm - Pitches round 2
  • 8:40-9:00pm - Networking / Q&A
  • 9:00-9:30 - Top teams are selected to pitch to Judge Panel.
  • 9:30pm-11pm - Pitching and Judges select a winner.
  • 11pm - Wrap Up / Afterparty

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge


A former public school teacher, education administration and policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodgeco-founded Tioki, the "LinkedIn for Educators." Funded by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12, Tioki empowered educators in 28 countries around the world with the resources, tool and networks to affect change in schools and beyond.

After Tioki, Mandela was appointed as Director of Startup Education, the largest grassroots initiative dedicated to fostering education entrepreneurship around the world. In January 2014, Mandela was named to the 2014 Forbes “30 Under 30 in Education” list, a distinction that recognizes her influential accomplishments at the intersection of education, technology and entrepreneurship.


Angela Benton

Angela Benton is the Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator. Launched in 2011, NewME’s mission is to accelerate underrepresented entrepreneurs around the world. NewME has received critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Inc. Magazine, among others for the work they are doing to ensure the technology entrepreneurship is accessible to women and minorities.  Additionally, Angela and the inaugural class of NewME Accelerator were featured in CNN’s award winning documentary series Black in America: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley in 2011.  Since their launch NewME has accelerated over 200 startups through their 12 week program in San Francisco and their national 3 day program in cities around the country.    

Megan Quinn

Megan Quinn joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2012 and focuses on consumer Internet investments. Megan specializes in designing, building and scaling transformative consumer products and companies.

Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences.

Prior to that, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in communications, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and marketing of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products.

Harper Reed

Harper Reed is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the enormity of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at Threadless.com, or on his own projects. Harper and his team created Dashboard, a site that connects volunteer teams and acts as an online component of the field office. You can often find Harper playing with new technology, looking for something to hack, or enjoying life in Chicago with his amazing wife, Hiromi.

Trae Vassallo


Trae Vassallo joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2003 and focuses on investments in consumer, software, and digital energy ventures. A "design thinker" and engineer at heart, Trae thrives at the intersection of great products and big markets.

Trae led KPCB's investments in Aggregate Knowledge, Dropcam, Enlighted, OPOWER, and Recyclebank and was responsible for originating the firm's investments in Enphase and Silver Spring Networks. She also works closely with the management team of Nest.

Before joining KPCB, Trae was a co-founder of Good Technology, a KPCB portfolio company (acquired by Motorola) that provides end-to-end wireless e-mail services to the enterprise. Trae began her career at IDEO, where she developed ground breaking products for companies including Palm and Dell. Trae holds 13 patents across a broad array of technologies and disciplines.

Parker Thompson

Parker is a Venture Partner at 500 startups where he invests in early-stage startups and manages 500 Startups San Francisco accelerator program. Prior to 500 Startups, parker led Business Development efforts at Pivotal Labs, which was acquired by EMC in 2012. Parker has held senior engineering and CTO roles in a number of organizations and still occasionally pretends to be technical.

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When & Where

175 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

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