Silicon Beach Fest


Schedule Subject to Change

The Power of Live Video: Facebook Live, Periscope and More @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

A rock star panel of creators and influencers discuss case studies of businesses using live video and influencers.


– Ryan Bell, Summit.Live, Founder (Moderator)
– Lizza Morales, Actress, Reporter, Social Influencer
– Seth Shapiro, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Governor, Interactive Media
– Malia Probst, Reality Inspired, VR Producer
– Jon Burk, Al Roker Entertainment, Director – Content Marketing/Digital Strategy
– Veronica McGregor, NASA JPL, News and Social Media Manager

Women Funding Panel @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Women founders will discuss how they raised money to start their companies, and raised subsequent rounds of funding. We’ll discuss sources of funding, how to find and connect with VCs, investors, and angels, and more.

Justine Lassoff, Tuesdaynights, Co-Founder; LOVE GOODLY, Co-Founder
Melinda Moore, Tuesdaynights, Co-Founder; Moore Media Ventures, CEO

– Ariel Kaye, Parachute, CEO/Founder
– Amber J. Lawson, Good Amplified, CEO
– Nanxi Liu, Enplug, CEO
– Amanda Taylor, DanceOn, CEO

How Television Fits In The Digital Conversation To Fuel Growth @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Track: Women

Growing a brand with an increasingly fragmented media landscape creates the need for marketers to look at their business on a performance based model. Consumers are watching TV differently today and multi-tasking on mobile devices while doing it.  In this discussion, you’ll learn how to best navigate through the waters of the television and digital journey. Hear first-hand how successful auto disruptor TrueCar, along with innovative global CPG marketer Jarden Consumer Solutions, and International marketer Guthy-Renker, (who recently steered a cosmetic company to a $1.2B acquisition to L’Oreal) build and grow national brands through efficient, performance driven marketing and media strategies. Presented by Icon Media Direct.

– Nancy Lazkani, Icon Media Direct, Inc., CEO (Moderator)
– Neeraj Gunsagar, TrueCar, Inc., Chief Marketing Officer
– Kierie Courtney, Jarden Consumer Solutions, VP/GP Global Consumer Direct
– Boris Shimanovsky, Guthy-Renker, LLC, Chief Creative Officer at Guthy-Renker, President, GRM


Neeraj Gunsagar, TrueCar, Inc., Chief Marketing Officer
Neeraj Gunsagar is the Chief Marketing Officer of TrueCar, Inc. In this role, he oversees the company’s marketing strategy, which includes consumer brand marketing, partner and dealer marketing, corporate communications, business analytics and consumer acquisition. He is also responsible for helping the development team implement product improvements for both consumers and dealers. Previously Gunsagar was TrueCar’s Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing revenue growth for the company, including customer acquisition strategy, as well as optimizing integration and alignment between all profit-driving functions such as Dealer Operations and Affinity Partnerships. Prior to joining TrueCar, Gunsagar spent most of his career in Private Equity including positions at Matrix Partners’ India, Garnett & Helfrich Capital and Qualcomm Ventures. Gunsagar started his career on Wall Street at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), where he advised companies such as Worldcom and Iridium on complex restructurings and acquisitions. Gunsagar holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Keri Courtney, Jarden Consumer Solutions, VP/GP Global Consumer Direct
Kierie Courtney is VP/GM Global Direct to Consumer at Jarden Consumer Solutions, the division of Newell Brands that owns brands such as Crock-Pot®, Mr. Coffee®, FoodSaver®, Oster®, Sunbeam® and Margaritaville®. She leads global digital strategy for JCS and has great passion for consumer experiences with brands, leveraging technology to drive continuous improvement in those consumer experiences. Before joining JCS, Kierie established and built a direct to consumer business at Church & Dwight, Inc., introducing new brands to the power of consumer direct marketing while growing the existing direct businesses. Prior to her experience at Church & Dwight, she worked in the consulting industry, designing and implementing various corporate system solutions in the CPG space. She began her career at Accenture.

Boris Shimanovsky, Guthy-Renker, LLC, Chief Creative Officer at Guthy-Renker, President, GRM
Mr. Boris Shimanovsky serves as Chief Creative Officer at Guthy-Renker and President of GRM. Guthy-Renker is one of the largest and most respected direct marketing companies in the world. His creative insight helps lead Guthy-Renker’s aggressive growth plans and help implement marketing and brand strategies for IT Cosmetics, and Avadim Technologies. Mr. Shimanovsky helps develop the overall marketing and customer-experience strategy to grow Guthy-Renker’s sales through acquisition, multi-channel direct response marketing and brand management.

Nancy Lazkani, Icon Media Direct, Inc., CEO
Nancy founded Icon Media Direct in 2000 with a vision to innovate how media is purchased and analyzed, and to foster continual growth and success for her clients. Over the last 16 years she has been a pioneer of performance-driven advertising, and she remains in good company with clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies; including prestigious brands such as Tradesy, TrueCar, GoodRX,, OxiClean, Proactiv, and Nutrisystem. With over 30 years of media expertise, she’s played a pivotal role in disrupting industry norms for the benefit of advertisers and their return on investment. Nancy has been nationally recognized with honors such as CEO of the Year, Largest Women-Owned Business, Cynopsis’ Top Women in Digital and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Women Entrepreneur Program. Her passion and dedication for innovation has not only helped advance the industry, but continues to build some of the largest brands in the nation.


Maximize Your Digital Fundraising Campaign by Using Marketing & Social Media @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In February 2016, Javon Frazier, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Studio 71, LP and UCLA Extension Instructor, set out to raise $10,000 for their YouTube client’s project “Joking Hazard,” a card game that was developed to be the next “Cards Against Humanity.”  They started a global Kickstarter online fundraising campaign to gain awareness and raise funds for their project. In less than 6 weeks, Studio 71, LP surpassed their expectations raising over $3.2 million and garnered attention for their project that is still making headlines. They developed the campaign, oversaw all the marketing and will be handling the printing of the game they funded and the fulfillment.


– Javon Frazier, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Studio 71, LP and UCLA Extension Instructor

– Rob DenBleyker, Joking Hazard, Founder

– Bilal Kaiser, UCLA Extension. Bilal has been able to deliver tremendously impactful campaigns and business-driving results. Bilal’s class on Social Media Marketing is designed to help students think beyond a tweet or Instagram post, and instead connect the dots between social media and larger business objectives. While he currently works for a premium lifestyle brand under the L’Oreal umbrella, Bilal’s career includes experience in the entertainment, publishing, non-profit and travel industries.


Hiring for Startup Success @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This panel will discuss how to navigate the hiring process from the perspectives of an investor, a seasoned recruiter, and C-suite startup executives who have all accomplished the task of creating high powered teams and building a successful corporate culture. For entrepreneurs: how to find talent. For those wishing to work in a successful startup: what type of talent the team seeks.


– Margeaux Sullivan, Quest Complete Consulting, CEO (Moderator)
– Carmen Palafox, Make in LA, Partner. Make in LA is an accelerator and early stage investment firm that specializes in technology enabled hardware (e.g., internet of things, robotics, wearables)
– Marissa Peretz, Co-Founder at Silicon Beach Talent, alumni of Tesla
– Josh Lake, Evercar, COO. EV provider for Uber & Lyft drivers
– Omeed Dariani, President, Online Performers Group (Management agency for popular Twitch streamers)
– Justin Gary, CEO of Stone Blade Entertainment (video game developer and publisher)
– Lori Bowman, Ogletree Deakins, Attorney

Meet the New Accelerators @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Several new accelerators that focus on specific industries have launched over the past year. Meet the founders and directors of these new accelerators, who’ll discuss the rise of specialized industry focused accelerators, why they decided to launch in LA, and how they help startups. They will also describe some of the startups in their recent classes, their startups announcements, and plans for their next class.


– Matt Kozlov, Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, Managing Director
– Stephen Kane, Grid110 Accelerator, Chair
– Noramay Cadena, Make in LA (hardware accelerator), Co-Founder and General Partner

Healthcare Tech and IT @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The panel will discuss outlooks on the part of Silicon Beach with IT and technology in the healthcare space.


– Ryan Azlein, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Shareholder (Moderator)
– Len Brandt, Brandt Ventures, Executive Director
– Rick Adam, Stanson Health, Inc., President
– Brant Heise, Summation Health Ventures, Sr. Managing Director

Crowdfunding Your Startup @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Waterfront Room
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for a panel on Crowdfunding. We’ll discuss implications of the new legislation that allows equity crowdfunding, when should you do a campaign, legal and marketing strategies for Reg A+ or Reg CF, and overall key factors for success.


– Nimish Patel, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Partner (Moderator)
– Howard Marks, StartEngine, Founder
– Jason Gilbert, Armanino LLP, Partner
– Andrew Yakub, Rayton Solar, CEO

From Celebrities to YouTube Stars: The Power of Influence in a Digital World @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

From mainstream celebrities to Vine and YouTube stars, this panel will discuss how companies are using influencer marketing to break through in today’s crowded market. Topics to be discussed include how to find the right celebrity or influencer to meet your campaign objective, how to create authentic content that is welcomed by fans, and different strategies brands are taking to successfully leverage celebrities and influencers in their marketing mix.


– David Bloom, Tubefilter Columnist, Media Strategist and Writer (Moderator)
– Philiip Hickey, Seriously, VP Marketing & Communications
– Ty Jones, WhoSay, Senior Director of Celebrity Talent
– Agnes Kozera, FameBit, Co-Founder

Women In Tech: What’s Next? @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Yet another panel about women in tech. But, there’s a reason why this continues to be an interesting topic of conversation. This panel will be made up of vibrant, successful and wicked smart women in technology, discussing the role of women in technology and innovation, how it has evolved (or hasn’t) and what the future holds for females in the industry. Men on the panel will discuss what men can do to help increase women in tech.


– Mariena Quintanilla, Conversion Logic, Dir. Solutions Architecture (Moderator)
– Jason Lehmbeck, Criteo, GM for Search
– Maggie Shih,, Co-Founder
– Collette Dill-Lerner, Steel & Pepper, Managing Partner
– Margret Bell, Sizmek, AVP Migrations
– Christophe Louvion, Findout Media, Founder


 – Colette Lerner, Independent Consultant, Managing Partner at Steel & Pepper

Colette is an industry veteran of digital direct response and recognized industry leader in digital marketing and ad-tech. Working as a DTC consultant with brands and ad-tech companies alike, she works with her clients’ teams to translate strategy into meaningful deliverables (and tactical plans) that align with corporate KPIs and help create predictable outcomes for the business.

– Margret Bell, AVP, Migrations at Sizmek

A seasoned digital ops specialist, AVP of Migrations Margret Bell brings nearly two decades of interactive marketing experience to the ops team at Sizmek. Prior to Sizmek, Margret led teams at Simulmedia, Starcom Mediavest Group, Centro, and Omnicom, running ad ops teams and building business development and sales and analytics strategies. Currently, Margret is managing the roll out of Sizmek’s new open ad management platform, MDX-NXT, working across R&D, product, marketing, and sales & operations to ensure a seamless transformation.

– Maggie Shih, Co-Founder at

Maggie is currently at, a mobile software startup solving mobile performance and user experience issues. Former Head of Product Management & Technical Services at Datapop (acquired by Criteo in 2015) and RSSGraffiti (acquired by Demand Media 2011). She has over 16 years of experience in Product Management, Integrations and Technical Services and has 3 patents to her name.

– Jason Lehmbeck, GM for Search at Criteo

Jason is a former co-founder of Datapop (acquired by Criteo in 2015), now a GM for Search at Criteo. Under his leadership DataPop raised a total of $10mm from leading investors and delivered its solutions to world-class retail, travel, automotive marketers and their agencies. Jason has over 17 years of experience in the ad-tech industry.

– Christophe Louvion, Founder at Findout Media

Christophe is the Co-founder of Findout, a local discovery mobile app. He was previously, acting CEO of M-GO, a movie streaming service and joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, sold to Fandango. He has over 20 years of experience in information sciences and technology.

– Mariena Quintanilla, Director, Solutions Architecture at Conversion Logic (Moderator)

Mariena has spent the last ten years in technology and product management working for technology companies of various sizes and scales. She has successfully managed large and small teams focused on digital advertising, local, automation and quality assurance. She has significant experience launching products with a focus on data, machine learning and web services primarily in local and online advertising industries. She loves working with people who are passionate and motivated to do big things and innovate with technology just like her.

Technical Debt of Healthcare @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Waterfront Room
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Track: Women

How can healthcare companies innovate on top of outdated infrastructure and restrictive laws? How can data, design thinking, and new business models affect change within the industry?


– Aviv Grill, Soapbox.TV, CEO (Moderator)
– Joselle Ho, Blue Shield of California. Director of Product Design, Innovation Team
– Robert Page, MedToGo, CEO
– Charles Huang,, CEO
– Kyle Hill, HomeHero, CEO

Evolution of Online Content @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For the multiplatform networks, it’s not about just aggregating YouTubers any more. The audience and business models have evolved so that the MPNs are increasingly focused on creative and business partnerships with a relative handful of top talent.


– Jody Simon, Fox Rothschild LLP, Partner and Chair of the Entertainment Department Production Practice (Moderator)
– Amy Finnerty, Maker Studios, Head of Talent
– David Tochterman, Versatility Media, President
– Alec Shankman, Abrams Artists Agency, SVP Head of Alternative Programming, Licensing & Digital Media

Reinventing FinTech in LA @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Waterfront Room
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This overview of the FinTech Landscape will discuss the disruptive changes in banking, currency, real estate, and securities with a focus on LA.


– Jeff Martinez, LA FinTech, President; Founder of Trevor Capital (Moderator)
– Matt Cowan, FastPay, Senior Sales Executive
– Andrea Lamari, Nasdaq Private Market, Director of West Coast
– Timothy Li, Kuber Financial, CEO
– Joseph Roberts, MarketShift, CEO
– Quang Tran, Inventure, Senior Product Manager


– Moderator:  Jeff Martinez @jmar42 President of @LAFintech, Founder of @TreveriCapital, Co-Founder @OxfordBiochron and Director of @STALosAngeles.  A Los Angeles native, he’s been in the US financial markets for 20+ years, he is experienced in micro market structure, wealth management, cyber security, and ad tech.  He has a passion for disruptive technologies and trends in Finch.

– Matt Cowan Senior Sales Executive @GoFastPay.  Senior sales professional with experience in media and finance, working in Sales Finance at Hulu and Treasury/Liquidity Management at Goldman Sachs.

– Andrea Lamari Director of West Coast Nasdaq Private Market @NPM @DrDreSay dedicated to working with private companies in advance of an IPO to provide software and resources to manage company cap tables, stock plans, and shareholder liquidity in the form of private tender offers.

– Timothy Li CEO @KuberFinancial @SuddenlyTime has been working in the FinTech and Marketplace Lending industries for the past decade.  He has launched various marketplace lending platforms and was previously the CIO/CMO of; EVP, GM of; CRO at Quick Bridge Funding; SVP of Risk Management at Think Finance; and VP of Risk Management at JPMorgan Chase.  Timothy also co-founded, a FinTech Lending Operating System.  He also sits on various advisory boards such as Ziero Finance, Solar Mosaic, Blinker Inc., Docitt, and CreditExchange.

– Joseph Roberts CEO @MarketShift_io 10 years in Finance, CFA Charter Holder, Full Stack Hacker.

– Quang Tran Senior Product Manager @Inventure.  She is passionate about learning and making great products that improve people’s lives.  Her sweet spot is the intersection between strategy, technology, social mission, and leadership.   She is excited by technology and innovation, something I get to experience every day in my current work at InVenture.

Get More Users: Growth Hacking for Startups @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This talk intends to deliver, in real-time, real value to attendants; including how to quickly grow a community online, forming a substantial pre-launch strategy, how to ensure your emails and tweets get seen/answered, creating easy workflows, content marketing and user acquisition. Attendees will leave with many practical methods that will be useful in executing a growth strategy (free) applicable to many industries, actionable immediately. This session will uncover the tips and tricks the big startups have used, as well as secret hacks Vincent has used with clients he has worked with at his agency, Magnific.

What you’ll learn:

  1. An introduction to the “hacker mindset” and how you can use it to quadruple your company’s growth
  2. A step-by-step on how to rapidly grow your social media communities and get free traffic/users/feedback from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  3. Outlining a perfect pre-launch strategy to gather emails so you have users on day one
  4. A brief outline of how to hack PR coverage, and some tactics to quickly boost your SEO
  5. An overview of the most up-to-date tactics and software to enable efficient email marketing, sales, and productivity


– Vincent Dignan, Magnific, Founder CEO. Vincent is a growth hacking expert, who completed Techstars London. He has scaled two websites to over one million visitors a month. He will be giving an updated version of the talk which was voted best workshop at SXSW V2V in Las Vegas last summer. @vincentdignan

IoT: The Internet of Transportation @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Waterfront Room
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Inspired by the architecture of the Internet, the new way we map our world is fundamentally changing how people and things get around, on the ground and in the sky.


– Jillian Switzer, AirMap, Head of Communications (Moderator)
– Matt Kerbel, Lyft, LA Lead
– Mitch Malone, Google Express, L.A. Market Lead
– Marla Westervelt, LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation, Research and Policy Planner

Over the Top TV Apps @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

At this roundtable discussion, speakers will discuss how to develop Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and other TV Apps.


– Brian Rodda, Brian Rodda Consulting, Founder
– Dennis Dortch, Black and Sexy TV, Founder (using VHX)
– Damian Pelliccione, REVRY, Founder (using VHX)
– Doug D’Souza, Sony Playstation VUE, Entertainment Content (Linear)
– George Rausch, PLUTO.TV, Head of Development (Linear)

Employee Wellness: Tech Tools and Tips for Hiring and Retaining Talent @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This panel will discuss why employers should care about their employees’ wellness. Top employers in the LA tech industry discuss how they attract, hire and retain talent in a highly competitive atmosphere. Local benefits technology startup reports that an engaged workforce outperforms lower engaged companies by 22% in profitability and 21% in productivity. We will talk to a few LA tech companies who care and learn how they have developed a unique company culture that keeps employees both financially and emotionally well.


– Moderator: TBD
– Brendon McQueen,, CEO and Founder
– Mike Townsend, HomeHero, COO
– Kimberly Cassady, Cornerstone OnDemand, VP of Talent
– Mike Ganino, ChowNow, Head of People + Culture

Got Content? From Ideas to TV, Film, Gaming and Digital Platforms
Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This panel will discuss the intersection of gaming, tech and entertainment and how creative storytelling is utilized as content to marketing strategies to distribute to digital platforms.  We will explore how content is expanding to digital storytelling and new hybrid forms of entertainment.


– Kim Adelman, Indie Filmmaker and UCLA Extension Instructor (Moderator)
– Melinda Hill, Executive Producer/Writer and UCLA Extension Instructor
– Eric Matteson, Blizzard Entertainment, Group Program Manager


– Moderator Kim Adelman: Indie filmmaker & UCLA Extension instructor; She began her career as one of three producers of the 1996 independent feature Just Friends. Ms. Adelman then moved into short film, producing 19 shorts that played over 150 festivals and won over 30 awards. She has authored two film books, The Ultimate Filmmakers’ Guide to Short Films and The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks and currently writes for Indiewire, the leading news source on independent film.

–  Melinda Hill: Executive producer/writer and UCLA Extension instructor; WGA member whose credits include Disney’s Kickin’ It and truTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest. Ms. Hill created the Web series Romantic Encounters with Melinda Hill, All Growz Up, and The Program for Funny or Die. As an actor and comedian, she has appeared on shows such as Adventure Time, Reno 911!, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Comics Unleashed, among others.

– Eric Matteson, Blizzard; He is a lead game producer who works on Starcraft. This is his brief bio: Production lead for infrastructure team, a 50+ person cross functional team supporting StarCraft II and Heroes of the Storm.  Helped develop and implement team structure and production process to allow team to deliver on multiple games in parallel.


Improve Your Dating Life with Advice from Dating Startup Founders @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Waterfront Room
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Founders of dating apps give advice on how you can improve your online dating success, with practical tips from what to put in your online profile text, which photos to select, when to move from online to in person meeting, and more. Plus, an on-site photographer will take your photo so you can have a better profile pic, which always helps.


– Julie Spira, Cyber-Dating Expert, CEO and Founder (Moderator)
– Talia Goldstein, Three Day Rule, CEO and Founder
– Amanda Bradford, The League, CEO and Founder
– Jennifer Kelton, BOD Dating App, CEO and Founder


Julie Spira – CEO and Founder, Cyber-Dating Expert

Julie Spira is the CEO and founder of Cyber-Dating Expert, an online dating coaching, advice and consulting business in the dating industry. As an early adopter of Internet dating and online dating expert, Julie has been coaching singles for over two decades on finding love. Her dating advice has been featured in over 1000 media stories and she’s the author of the bestseller, “The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online,” which was re-released this year on Audible, where she narrated audio book version. Julie is the creator of “Mobile Dating BootCamp” and “Online Dating BootCamp.” Julie graduated from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where she received a B.S. in Television-Radio. She started her career in broadcasting as a media personality. Always on the leading edge of technology, become the first female executive at RKO Radio Networks, the country’s first digitally delivered satellite radio network. She ranks as the most influential person in “dating” and “online dating” on social media influence site, Klout.

Site: Twitter @JulieSpira

Talia Goldstein – CEO and Founder, Three Day Rule

Talia Goldstein is the CEO and founder of Three Day Rule. After studying communication at Tulane University, Talia worked as a TV producer at E! True Hollywood Story, where she quickly became the office dating expert, setting up many co-workers with matches and handing out insightful dating advice from her cubicle. Recognizing her hidden talent for matchmaking, Talia quit her full-time job and began hosting popular singles events and offering personalized matchmaking services. Three Day Rule was officially created in 2013, allowing Talia to turn her lifelong hobby of matchmaking into a thriving business. Leveraging her extensive network of successful, attractive singles, Talia has found matches for hundreds of clients, including top executives, entrepreneurs, and everyday young professionals. Among her clients, Talia has been recognized for her strong instinct for what drives lifelong connections between two people. She has made it her mission to help clients on their quest to find true love, and is thrilled that her work allows her to make a difference in people’s lives.

Web: Twitter: @ThreeDayRule

Amanda Bradford – CEO and Founder, The League

Amanda Bradford is the Founder & CEO of The League, a dating app that combines data and social graphs from both Facebook and LinkedIn to offer more privacy (coworkers and connections are blocked), more context (LinkedIn and Facebook information is displayed), and a curated community of ambitious singles who want a partner that shares a similar drive. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with an engineering degree, Amanda worked at both Salesforce and Google in a variety of technical and product roles before attending Stanford Graduate School of business, where the idea for The League was born. The League raised $2.1M in seed funding in January 2015 and is only available in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles at this time, but has over 100,000 people on their waitlist eagerly waiting for The League to launch in their city.

Web:  Twitter @TheLeague

Jennifer Kelton, CEO and Founder, BOD Dating App

Jennifer Kelton is a dating industry expert and Founder & CEO of the recently launched bod (Bad Online Dates) app. She is also author of the acclaimed dating book, Don’t Use My Sweater like a Towel and creator of  The bod (Bad Online Dates) app is a geo-location-based dating app where users can move on from a bad date and potentially meet someone new, in real-time.

Web:  Twitter: @BadOnlineDates

LGBTQ in the C-Suite: How Authentic Leadership Can Empower an Organization @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The unique perspectives of C-Level LGBT leaders and how their distinct approach empowers their organizations in this roundtable discussion. Panel presented by StartOut


– Mike Sington, Senior Executive at NBCUniversal (Ret.) (Moderator)
– Elizabeth Braman, CPO,
– Beth Tepper, Senior Vice President, Marketing Solutions West, iHeartMedia
– Serge Gojkovich, US CMO, Happn
– Jonathan Eppers, CEO, RadPad
– Patrick Gunn, VP of Marketing, Atlantis Events & RSVP Vacations
– Patrick Grosso, CTO, ConferenceDirect

Snapchat for Business @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Snapchat has over 10 billion daily views and this app has won over global brands such as Tarte Cosmetics, Taco Bell and Apple Music. Join us for an engaging panel about how to create a winning strategy for your business on Snapchat.


– Saba Sedighi, General Assembly Instructor (Moderator)
– Lauryn Evarts, The Skinny Confidential, LA Blogger who uses Snapchat
– Eric Willis, StartupTV Snapchat
– Danny Berk, Snapchat influencer

Internet of Things (IoT) to the future of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are smart systems that include interacting networks of physical components, computational components, and Internet of Things (IoT). The current IoT is one of the new, convergent technologies addressed by Open Platform 3.0. The Open Group IoT standards aim to do for the IoT what HTML/HTTP did for the Web, enabling everything to be connected on the fly. Vendors will be able to collect information from products in the field throughout their lifecycle. CPS will be service based. Components are available that may be combined into a system dynamically and the system architecture may be modified during runtime to address changing concerns.

The impacts of CPS will be revolutionary and pervasive; this is evident today in emerging autonomous vehicles/drone technology, military/weapon systems, intelligent buildings, smart energy systems, robots, smart sensors, GPS, and smart medical devices.


– Dr. Anne Lee, U.S. Federal Government, Chief Engineer (Moderator)
– Bob Marcus, ET-Strategies, CEO
– Dr. Craig Lee, Aerospace Corp. Senior Scientist, Computer Systems Research Department

What Does Brexit Mean for Tech in LA, UK, Europe? @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

What is the impact of Brexit on the London, UK, and Europe tech scene?  Will England have a more difficult time attracting talent, investors, business, and developers, or will it eventually be business as usual?  Will other countries in Europe see increase in tech activity, and how are they prepared to handle new investors, developers, if they look to move elsewhere beyond the UK? Speakers from UK, Ireland, France and other countries will discuss the impact of Brexit, both existing and future.


– Jeff Musson,, President and  CEO (Moderator)
– James Cummings, London & Partners, VP Business Development
– Wil Benton,, Co-Founder, UK DJ live-streaming community startup doing business in the US
– Michelle Loughran, IDA Ireland, VP of Business Development
– Mike Prasad, ventureLab, Managing Director
– Rebecca Fannin, Silicon Dragon News, Founder /Editor

Entrepreneurs, Startups and Creating Content @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This panel will discuss how entrepreneurs and startups founders can create content to help grow their business. We will also discuss how to monetize your content.


– Ever Gonzalez, Outlier Magazine, Co-Founder and CEO (Moderator)
– Sarah Heering, Nailsnaps, Founder, COO
– Abhilash Patel, Recovery Brands, Founder

Influencers, Big Brands and Startups @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Influencers, brands and startups will discuss how they work together to create compelling campaigns that engage consumers and fans, are authentic, and can result in increased awareness and calls to action.


– Jake Paul, Team 10, CEO. Team 10 provides a top tier label of social media influencers appointed to foster undeveloped talent, and direct them to the top. Jake started as a Vine influencer, and has more than 15M followers and 4B video views across social media. He has acted in Disney TV shows and has worked with several big brands.

– Danny Berk, Snapchat influencer. Danny grew his Snapchat following from his surfing fanbase and now works with brands including Jack in the Box, ESPN/ X Games, Cinnabon, Zillow, The World Surf League, Citadel Outlets and more. He has been featured in Business Insider as one of the Top 13 Snap Chat Stars to follow and was nominated for the 2015 Shorty Awards for Snapchatter of the Year.

– Kevin Gould, Kombo Ventures, Founder.  Consults, advises, and invests in early to mid-stage tech startups and consumer facing brands. Kombo is invested in: Laurel and Wolf, Jukin Media, Beautycon Media, Draft Kings, The Hunt, Rinse, Clutter and more.

Mindful-preneur @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Being in a startup is tough: long hours, no sleep, working weekends, presentations, travel, etc. How do you be mindful: balance work and life, deal with stress, avoid burnout, keep going, take personal time, know when to delegate, etc.? How do you meditate, de-stress, and keep your mindfulness, and manage your work, family, friends?


– Ash Kumra, Author (Moderator)
– Cam Kashani, CoAccel, CEO and Founder
– Peter Awad, Slow Hustle Podcast, Founder and Host


– Cam Kashani, CoAccel, CEO and Founder. CoAccel is a human accelerator with startup support services. Cam Kashani co-founded Coloft, the first coworking space in LA, and is often referred to as the “godmother of Silicon Beach.” She has spoken internationally about technology, startups, women in technology, and more. @camskashani

– Ash Kumra is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, public speaker and talk show host recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. He is author of “Confessions from an Entrepreneur”, and has been cited in articles including Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Startup America/Up Global, LA Times, OC Register, Tedx and The White House. Ash is currently helping run Youngry which inspires young & hungry minded entrepreneurs; Trade Kraft Media to help millennial entrepreneurs thrive, and social media agency Kolab with clients Pirelli and Olloclip. Ash is also Chairman of the board for the Tech Coast Venture Network (“TCVN”).

– Peter Awad, Slow Hustle Podcast, Founder and Host. Peter is challenging what it means to raise a family in the connected economy. He interviews founders to dissect how they are managing the responsibility of scaling a business while also incorporating slowness into their business and personal lives. He is also the Co-Founder of a mission based snack food company, Mission Meats, and the Founder of an eCommerce automotive parts business, Import Auto Performance. He is traveling around the country with his wife and kids.

VC FOMO for Early Stage Investment @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This panel focuses on social proof and the role FOMO plays in investment. Also, experts will discuss the “smell” of exciting startups; the different checkboxes that lead a VC to want to sign on the line.


– Aviv Grill, Soapbox.TV, Co-Founder and CEO (Moderator)
– Laurent Grill, Luma Ventures, Director
– Joseph Guzel, Crosscut Ventures, Associate
– Will Coffield, Saturn Partners, Venture Investor
– Kiel Berry, Machine Shop Ventures, EVP
– Arteen Arabshahi, formerly Karlin Ventures

Drones Take Flight @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Waterfront
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Drone experts discuss the growing drone market including the rise in drone startups, drone VCs and investors, and types of drone companies (photography, e-commerce, B2C and B2B). We’ll also discuss how to get started in drones, going from drone hobbyist to business, rules and legislation affecting drone flight, and drone resources in LA.


– Van Espahbodi, Starburst Accelerator, Partner (Moderator)
– Ben Marcus, AirMap, CEO
– Keith Kaplan, Tesla Foundation, CEO
– Dan Burton, DroneBase, CEO

Cannabis: State of the Industry @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Overview of how the cannabis industry is using digital tools, technology, and becoming increasingly mainstream.


– Evan Eneman, Casa Verde Capital / Flower Shop, Strategist / Advisor (Moderator)
– Lynne Lyman, Drug Policy Alliance, State Director, California
– Jim Baudino, MERRY JANE MEDIA, VP Marketing and Business Development
– Drake Sutton-Shearer, PROHBTD