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Spider Oak

3330 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Startup Weekend Big Data

Startup Weekend Big Data is focused on startups that utilizes or creates data, the first Startup Weekend event in San Francisco focused on data sciences. Our collective goal is to unlock the actionable value in the vast amount of data collected to make our lives better – to make business processes more efficient, to help us learn faster, to allow better decision making.

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Jul 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Joel Horwitz

Director of Products & Marketing, Alpine   |   LinkedIn

Tier 2 Sponsors

Andy Sparks

Co-Founder & COO, Mattermark   |   LinkedIn

Andy is the Co-Founder & COO of Mattermark, a Silicon Valley company that builds tools for investors to research, prospect, and track the fastest growing private companies with deal intelligence. He was the former cofounder of LaunchGram (500 Startups), a product manager at Duet Health, and attempted to start a brewery when he was 19. Andy graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship.

Daniel Gwak

Senior Associate, In-Q-Tel   |   LinkedIn

Daniel is a Senior Associate at In-Q-Tel, which identifies, adapts, and delivers innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the Central Intelligence Agency and broader U.S. Intelligence Community.

Daniel focuses on data analytics, cloud infrastructure, field deployable technology, and mobility.

Sanjay Mathur

Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Data Science   |   LinkedIn

Passionate about driving business forward with emerging technology, Sanjay has built his career on innovating with data and analytics. With broad experience in industry, Sanjay has had customer-facing roles leading global teams in product development, R&D, management consulting and sales.

Cathy Han

Founder & CEO, 42 Technologies Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Cathy is founder & CEO of 42 Technologies, a predictive analytics platform that leverages point-of-sale data to provide customer insight for retailers.

Tier 3 Sponsors

Stephen O'Sullivan

VP of Engineering, Silicon Valley Data Science   |   LinkedIn

A leading expert on big data architecture and Hadoop, Stephen brings over 20 years of experience creating scalable, high-availability, data and applications solutions. A veteran of WalmartLabs, Sun and Yahoo!, Stephen leads data architecture and infrastructure.

Jonathan Doyle

Challenge Manager, Lab41 / In-Q-Tel   |   LinkedIn

Jonathan is a Challenge Manager at Lab41 (In-Q-Tel).

In-Q-Tel identifies, adapts, and delivers innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the Central Intelligence Agency and broader U.S. Intelligence Community.

Rachel Poulsen

Data Scientist, Silicon Valley Data Science   |   LinkedIn

Rachel has a background in math, communications, and statistics. She spent the last 3 years working on analytics and building data-driven products at TiVo. She enjoys working with complex data to find meaningful insights.

Edo Williams

Product Manager, Intel   |   LinkedIn

Edo is a product manager at Intel Corp. He is also the founder of The Sharp Solutions, a consulting firm that develops web and mobile applications for small and large businesses. In 2008 he developed real-time time-tracking management software, which he sold to restaurants and later scaled to a successful exit in 2010.

Nikita Mitchell


Nikita Mitchell is a 2015 MBA candidate at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. This summer she is interning at SY/Partners, a brand strategy and design consultancy. Nikita started her career in Strategy & Operations at Deloitte Consulting and later transitioned into the nonprofit sector, where she developed a love for digital marketing and branding. She's fascinated by consumer behavior and creative brands that have mastered the art of impactful storytelling.

Aaron Mendelson

Aaron Mendelson has 26 years of experience in wealth management. Specializing in a private banking career at Credit Suisse focused on delivering client solutions for the diverse needs of the venture capital and private equity communities. For the past 10 years, volunteering his time as board member and president at the Haas Alumni Network and the California Alumni Association.

Vincent Turner

Vincent Turner is the founder of Planwise and organizer for Built his first software company at 17, first map based real estate site in Australia (1997), then Pisces, designed & patented messaging technology, then shifted focus to enterprise lending platform used by > 90% banks in Australia processing close to $50bn year in applications. Now adviser to 6 other startups.

Craig Walker

Craig Walker is a communications entrepreneur in the Bay Area and have been an attorney, VC, founder and CEO at various companies throughout the Silicon Valley since over the past 18 years. Currently the CEO at Firespotter Labs, a telecom focused incubator that's launched UberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly since our founding in April 2011.

Manu Mukerji

Principal Architect, Silicon Valley Data Science   |   LinkedIn

Manu has a background in cloud computing and big data, handling billions of transactions per day in real time. He enjoys building and architecting scalable, highly available data solutions, and has extensive experience working in online advertising and social media.

Cody Smith

Sales Strategist, PositivityU   |   LinkedIn

Dvid Silva


Bob Samuels


Bob is a strategic financial executive with a focus on analytics, process improvement, and strategic alliances. Bob has extensive experience improving profitability and managing high-performing teams.

Ira Tittler

Digital Marketing Strategist   |   LinkedIn

Ira is a marketing ninja with work experiences of over three years in sales and two years in marketing and account management. A passion for startup concepts and an appetite for new adventures brought her from Hamburg, Germany to San Francisco.

Ben Gimpert

Ben Gimpert started his first business in high school, when he was voted most likely to succeed and simultaneously second most likely to start a revolution. With years of experience in working as a fullstack developer, he started his finance career trading in London. Now CTO of Quiverity, and a data scientist, he is a getter of things done.

Philip Thomas

Software Engineer, OpenDNS   |   LinkedIn

Tier 4 Sponsors
Brett Noyes
Sydney Lai
Li Jiang
Lan Nguyen
Heather Hargreaves

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