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Shelley Janes


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Tell us about yourself:

Shelley Janes is a previous real estate agent and was voted a top Realtor in the Denver/Boulder area (and is also an excellent high-fiver!). After flipping homes on her own and having investment properties, she realized the real estate industry was incredibly inefficient and antiquated. She wanted to empower people to have a new choice to buy and sell homes without any agent involvement and to bring back the human connection through a very easy and streamlined process.
 

What is your innovation/idea?

We allow home buyers and sellers to complete their home sale completely online without any agents or their fees. By taking out the middle man, we streamline the real estate process and provide a platform to directly connect buyers and sellers in a straightforward and user-friendly way.

 

Why are you participating in this competition?

My grandpa was recently diagnosed with blood cancer and I've also had other families with a variety of cancers. I strongly believe we can find a cure for cancer in our lifetime. HackCancer has done a fantastic job of bringing awareness to LLS through the startup community. 

https://sidedoorinc.com/

Rune Hauge


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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Born and raised in a small town north of the Arctic Circle, I obtained a black belt in “remote” shopping at an early age. I founded my first enterprise at age 7, going door to door selling children’s books I had already read to other kids in my neighborhood. The business came to an abrupt end when my mom received a call from one of the other mothers saying the books were unreadable as they
were all in German, my mother’s native language. I argued that most of the other kids couldn’t read anyway and would just look at the pictures, but it didn’t help. I learned a valuable lesson in customer satisfaction and sales ethics that day.

I went on to study finance and economics in college before deciding to go to business school when the financial crisis came blasting with all its force. Shortly after graduating, I launched my first online apparel brand and have been a passionate e-commerce entrepreneur ever since.

An avid skier and outdoors enthusiast, I can often be found hitting the slopes in Tahoe or bicycling in the Marin Headlands.

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION/IDEA?

As the shift from physical to digital commerce continues, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out in a crowded space. Consumer-focused businesses need to captivate their audience on a personal level and provide an authentic experience for their customers in order to be successful.

Preplay is an interactive video solution that helps online retailers connect with their audiences and significantly improve conversion rates. Our clients can stream live or pre-recorded video events with integrated chat and customizable
calls to action.

The x-factor is our actionable, real-time analytics that allows Preplay clients to analyze every step of shoppers’ purchasing journey, enabling them to optimize events and create a more enjoyable shopping experience for their customers.

WHY ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMPETITION?

Seven years ago my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. At first, it seemed like the cancer was only at an early stage; however, it turned out that the cancer had spread. Sadly, there was not much her doctors could do asides from palliative treatment. Despite the challenging circumstances, my grandmother retained her sense of humor and love of life, something that remains an inspiration to me to this day. I’m honored to have the opportunity to help increase awareness and raise funds to battle this merciless disease.

https://www.preplay.no/

Crystal Brown


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https://www.healthiest.io/

Tell us about yourself:

Crystal has spent her career dedicated to working in healthcare, education, and social improvement or more than 15 years. First, leading Operations and IT at Brown & Toland, Stryker, and later as a management consultant with firms such as Schaffer&Combs. After founding Educate Our State, an advocacy organization that expanded to more than 250,000 supporters in just three years, she has explored the tech world and serves as an advisor to a variety of socially-conscious-based for and non profit start-ups, including Krystallize Technologies, Taproot, Netgym, Ribbon Labs, and Squish. Crystal co-founded Healthiest in late 2014 and has led the team as CEO & Founder. Crystal was named one of the "Forward Thinkers" by California Forward 2011 and awarded the "Women Making History 2011" by the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. When not immersed in reading about healthy choices, products, and technology, she is usually on a run, doing yoga, at the farmers market, listening to live music, or playing with her three daughters.

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed” - Cesar Chavez

What is your innovation/idea?

Healthiest is bringing healthcare directly to the consumer. Our platform delivers personalized natural medicine solutions for the growing number of people searching for medical and health alternatives. In other words, a modern day “alternative medicine WebMD.”

We have begun this big mission with our brand, Healthiest, and the products that meet our standards as the healthiest in the world. We curate, vet, and sell personal care and health products using a proprietary selection process. We have over 80 SKU's and recently acquired a small company 21bundles.com - a monthly subscription box of healthy products for pregnant moms and new parents. This is Healthiest 1.0. and demonstrates the need for a knowledge source dedicated to alternative health information and offerings.

Healthiest 2.0 involves the technology solution that integrates data about a patient and/or customer seeking health advice. This will include EMR, wearable data, blood and genomic testing, to name a few. We will offer solutions from both Western and Natural Medicine of products, content, telemedicine, and visits to practitioners, depending on the needs of the individual. This technology will be licensable to employers, consumers, and Medicare/Medicaid - creating a scalable model for the technology and the commerce. We will be able to bypass insurance and actually provide a way to cut costs and keep the US (and the globe) healthy.

Why are you participating in this competition?

Healthiest is on a mission to help consumers access natural healthcare to stay and be healthy. We want to make it easy to treat common and chronic conditions without the use of harmful chemicals and toxic ingredients. There is no reason we should have to use harmful chemicals linked to cancer or any other disease in order to find relief. Cancer is also referred to as the disease of toxicity and anything we can do to help people detoxify their environments, and avoid cancer, or assist them in treating cancer is why we exist. We are looking for supporters, advisors and investors to support our mission and what better platform than Hack Cancer?  

https://www.healthiest.io/

Maati Benmbarek


Maati Benmbarek


Tell us about yourself:

Born and raised in Rabat, Maati Benmbarek left Morocco as a teenager to go surf the pacific and finish his business studies. With a Baccalaureate in Business & Accountancy from Rabat, he left for San Francisco in the booming time of 2000.
After an internship in Deloitte Paris and a Degree in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California at Los Angeles – UCLA, Maati joined the audit practice of Deloitte – San Francisco and worked mostly in the Venture Capital/Private Equity Industry.
Maati Benmbarek is currently Director & Asset Manager for Klein Capital, a Palo alto based real estate investment firm specializing in multifamily residential and affordable housing. Prior to joining Klein, Maati worked at Stockbridge Capital Group (SCG) where he managed the finances of a multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio. Prior to SCG, he was the Finance Manager for multiple funds at AMB Capital Partners, an industrial real estate portfolio. Since he moved to California, Maati became member of Techwadi, Silicon Valley’s premier professional association for Arab-American, Silicon-French, a business network for Silicon Valley Francophiles and AMPA, Association of Moroccan Professionals in America.
He currently leads a non profit, "Morocco-Foundation.org", that helps fight poverty and illiteracy in Morocco, as President and Board Member; he is also involved as a Board Member in San Francisco-based Arab Film Festival, the largest showcase of Arab Film outside of the Arab world.
He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of California. Maati speaks four languages

What is your innovation/idea?

TeaCapp is a cloud-based solution for tenant income certification and compliance.
Everybody needs a home, and low income tenants usually have to wait for months on waiting lists, fill up a million form and meet so many requirements to be eligible to occupy an apartment (Below Market Rate) subsidized by Federal and/or State programs. TeaCapp help them by making that process seamless with a fun, easy to follow and engaging platform that helps them enter all the information required to qualify for an affordable unit and move in to their apartment quicker.
TeaCapp also helps Real Estate owners, who develop these affordable housing, protect their tax credit investments (over the compliance period of 15 years) associated with these affordable units/tenants. All back up is in the Cloud, and the Ts are crossed.

Why are you participating in this competition?

I have always admired all the work the Hack-Cancer team has done throughout the years (Anjou, Steve, etc.) and this is a great opportunity to join the wave and raise money for such a great cause. On a personal side, I just lost my aunt (the youngest aunt) last year for cancer and I have two friends that are fighting it as we speak, and I hope that we can help as many as we can that are dealing and challenging this powerful disease. I have been involved with Stem Cell research with my team who has helped raised funds to find cure for cancer through Stem Cell and it is exciting to join other groups to tackle the disease from every corner and help patients across the board.
 

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Josh Rasmussen


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Tell us about yourself:

I moved to San Francisco in 2008 and have been riding motorcycles ever since. I’ve always had a passion for technology and hardware and, over the years, I combined this passion with experience in managing sales teams for legal technology firms and auto dealer leaders, Dodge and Chevrolet. My experiences led me to strategically deploy teams to scale sales operations across major territories in the US. Since Co-Founding Bolt Motorbikes, my skill sets complete the foundation of our core team, bringing together business development, production, engineering and innovation.

What is your innovation/idea?

Bolt Motorbikes is an electric two wheeler that bridges the gap between motorcycle riders and bicycle riders in the most fun, thrilling and stylish way. It’s the ultimate urban transporter.
 

Why are you participating in this competition?

Cancer has affected all of us - Some more directly then other. Over the years, I found myself in a situation where my friend was diagnosed with brain cancer and it was then I realized there weren’t many options to fight it. Since then, I’ve been raising money for cancer research so that we can more effectively treat, and hopefully, cure cancer so no one has to deal with it again.

www.boltmotorbikes.com
 

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Artem Fedyaev / Daria Rebenok


Artem Fedyaev / Daria Rebenok


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Tell us about yourself:

I’m a San Francisco-based world traveler and product creator, originally from Russia. After graduating with an International Business degree from Bryant University in Rhode Island, I moved to Silicon Valley to build my first startup, myWebRoom. As a company, we raised 4.5M in funding, grew the team to 20+ members and acquired more than 2.3 million users. More recently, my wife, Daria Rebenok, and I launched Grabr, a peer-to-peer marketplace for shoppers and travelers. What started as a craving for gazpacho soup from Spain turned into a global community of tastemakers. My passion for travel has taken me to 65 countries, four of which I’ve called home and I’ve learned three languages along the way. I always say, “if there’s something you don’t know, go figure it out.” This attitude has helped me understand how startups really work and how to best approach challenges that come our way. 
 

What is your innovation/idea?

Grabr: Think of it as an Airbnb for shoppers and travelers. Our peer-to-peer community connects shoppers seeking unique, one-of-a-kind goods with travelers heading their way. So, whether craving fresh macarons from Paris, handmade leather sandals from Mykonos or even essential medicines from Moscow, Grabr makes it happen. Much of the time, it’s “common” items that are requested most, but not always. From Limited edition Yeezy Boots and Cuban cigars to a small jar of sand from Bora Bora where the couple had honeymooned ten years prior, we’ve learned to expect the unexpected. Grabr caters to just about everyone. Many users are expats seeking the comforts of home while others are everyday shoppers hoping to save money on shipping or simply gain access to items that aren’t available in their country. It’s a win-win all around. Shoppers get their hands on otherwise unavailable items and travelers get to see the world AND get paid.  
 

Why are you participating in this competition?

Cancer is something that we all face, whether it’s a close family member or a stranger on the street. My father died from Leukemia when I was young, so finding a cure has always been a priority of mine. We both have friends and acquaintances who are suffering from cancer, so we see firsthand how it affects both the patient and his or her family. It’s really important to us that we support everyone battling this disease, however big or small the contribution. Every little bit counts and we want to do our part.  

https://grabr.io

Nick Larson


Nick Larson


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Tell us about yourself:

As a Silicon Valley native, I've always been fascinated with how technology has the ability to transform and improve our lives. Bringing creative people together comes naturally to me. In fact, I started my first business in high school, a surf school.

At San Jose State University, I studied Marketing and Economics. This gave me an appreciation for understanding what motivates people, while also being data driven in my approach. I grew up in Los Gatos and have always been passionate about my community. I had the honor to serve as Chair of the Parks Commission, which was an awesome learning experience. I'm very fortunate to work with such a fun and dedicated team, on a product that is rooted in empowering local business. 

What is your innovation/idea?

Evlo (Everything Local) is a the easiest way to design and furnish your home.

A while ago, I purchased a piece of furniture online. When it finally arrived 6 weeks later, It was uncomfortable and poorly made, so I returned it. Unfortunately, there was a 30% restocking fee (and I had nowhere to relax while I watched Game of Thrones). It was a pretty frustrating experience, one that needed fixing.

Evlo is a platform to explore local art/furniture, and have it delivered to with no obligation to buy. Sometimes you know what you want, other times you don't— but that shouldn't stop you from finding your perfect piece. Users can connect live with interior designers or search everywhere at once; by color, price, style, location, and more. Have it brought to you, then decide if you want to purchase.

We are taking the process of designing and furnishing your home, and making it a delight for the user.

With Evlo, furniture comes to check you out. Download at www.evlo.co/app

Why are you participating in this competition?

Many people have been personally effected by cancer. When I was 11, my mother was diagnosed and I remember the constant fear. She was treated by amazing doctors at Stanford, and with their help (and lots of prayers) she made a full recovery. My mom is an incredibly warm and caring person. Seeing her struggle had a big impact on me, so I'm honored to be a part of this wonderful cause.

www.evlo.co/app

Thomas Houge


Thomas Houge


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Tell us about yourself:

I am a yachtie and a serial tech entrepreneur. I currently live on a yacht based in the San Francisco Bay Area and work onboard as a Mate.  
 

What is your innovation/idea?

Find is a social network for meeting new people. It allows you to find any type of person anywhere in the world. Unlike most social networks, Find has 0 degrees of separation between users and is a quantum network rather than a branching tree network. It is currently available for iOS in the App Store and will be launched on Android shortly. Find will eventually make money off of ads that improve the experience rather than detract from it. However, Find has an extremely unique revenue model in the works that I hope will catapult the company to unicorn status.
 

Why are you participating in this competition?

I am participating in this competition because I just moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and I am yet to attend a tech event. I think that the networking opportunity will be priceless.
 

https://appsto.re/us/zHzIdb.i

 

Jean Truelson


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Tell us about yourself:

Jean is a creator, a nerd, a resource wrangler, and a mom. Before creating Flower, Jean provided leadership and guidance in global market development, intercultural communication, product development, social networking, business and organizational development, and has consulted on digital strategy for international marketing, education, corporate training, and online community management. Her background spans taking Second Life global for Linden Lab, managing international operations for LucasArts, and financial analysis for Charles Schwab. Jean is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Foreign Service and holds a MS in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and MA in Global Communication from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication. Jean’s superpowers: bringing her worldwide network of friends and former colleagues together to solve important problems, matching their talents and dreams to business needs, and creating some of the most badass teams ever. 
 

What is your innovation/idea?

Have you ever wanted to help a friend? Maybe they just had a baby or are recovering from surgery? Or maybe they recently received a cancer diagnosis? When that happens, we all want to help, but it’s tough when you have your work, your family, and no time. We often say, "Let me know if I can help," but that rarely happens because it puts the burden on the person in need.

Flower is a support app to help you help the ones you love. In part, it is like a wedding registry but for support. People can list what they need help with or could use and get help from friends and family. The other part is like a volunteer board, where your friends and family can offer help (or offer their superpowers) before you need to ask. It can be tremendously difficult to ask for help (even when you need it), and very hard to know what kind of help to give (even when you really want to help!). With Flower, we are changing how we take care of each other - because life happens. 

 

Why are you participating in this competition?

Years ago my father was diagnosed with terminal gastric cancer, and I went from working in tech to caregiving. Not long after that, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I’m happy to say that she is currently cancer free. Three years ago, a dear friend passed from lymphoma. It is through these experiences that we decided to build Flower in the first place. Raising money to support cancer research so we can pitch our app to support those going through cancer is like aligning the stars for us. Together, let's find a cure.  

https://www.flowerapp.com/ 

Victor Chapela


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Tell us about yourself:

Victor Chapela has over 20 years of entrepreneurship experience. During this time, he has founded six technology companies, three of which have been successfully acquired. As part of his previous experience Victor founded and led Sm4rt Group, that included Sm4rt Security Services (Security Operation Centers), Sm4rt Predictive Systems (Card Fraud Prevention) and Sm4rt Game Studios (Videogames). The security company was acquired by Kio Networks and the fraud prevention technology was acquired by a bank consortium. Previously he also founded and served as CEO of TrueCentric, an Austin based consumer analytics company where he lead a development team of over 90 engineers in the creation of an AI customer relation software product for the financial industry.

Victor has served in 14 different boards of directors in the technology industry and has invested in several more. His main expertise lies within the area of artificial intelligence, machine learning, risk modelling, and information security. He is an active startup mentor and co-author and contributor of courseware, study material and papers for several organizations and media companies. He is a frequent speaker at international events and has been featured in business and trade magazines, television and radio.

 

What is your innovation/idea?

Poor dietary choices have led 55% of adults in the US to diabetes or pre-diabetes and over 70% to being overweight. Motivation is not the problem.Diets are hard to understand and even harder to follow. Choosing the right meal out of a menu, selecting the right groceries or cooking the right food is extremely hard when not familiar with a program or diet.
At Suggestic (www.suggestic.com), we have created an adaptive-learning chatbot that filters the world in real time to help people make better choices and adhere to their diets. Using artificial intelligence we suggest highly personalized choices for what to eat at over 500k restaurants, what to purchase at the grocery store, what to cook from over 1 million recipes or what to snack on right now.

 

Why are you participating in this competition?

I lost my father to diabetes a few months ago and sharing his life I've learned that our lifestyle choices and our diets are behind most heart attacks, cancers and diabetes worldwide. Almost nobody really knows how to eat healthier or that some of our activities or exercise choices can actually make us sick. Personalized nutrition and lifestyle guidance is broken and neither the food nor healthcare industries stand to benefit from preventing or curing these diseases. It is my mission as a person and it is our mission at Suggestic to help people lead healthier, happier and longer lives.

www.suggestic.com
 

Nick Pearson/ Jennifer Benbow


Nick Pearson/ Jennifer Benbow


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Tell us about yourself:

Nick is a 16 year Master Technician veteran and is currently ranked #1 Land Rover Technician in the country. He owned and operated 2 successful independent repair facilities which tripled in revenue in 4 years from acquisition to sale. If he is not working, he enjoys riding his road and mountain bikes around the beaches and mountains of Santa Monica. Jennifer built her career managing research projects aimed at finding the causes of cancers that affect women and children, including the California Childhood Leukemia Study at UC Berkeley and the California Teachers Study at the City of Hope, a top-rated National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center in Los Angeles. In 2014 her work with Cloud Sherpas to build a novel biobanking data collection and participant engagement system at City of Hope on Force.com platform was awarded Salesforce’s Partner Innovation Award for healthcare. It has since served as the model for similar solutions at research institutions across the country. When she is not working, she enjoys skiing, scuba diving, and managing her cats’ Instagram account.

What is your innovation/idea?

When getting your car repaired, have you ever…
… struggled to describe when the problem occurs or what it sounds like?
… been sold a service or part that you weren’t sure you needed?

… played phone tag with your service advisor trying to answer a question or
approve an estimate?
… waited all day to pick up your car, only to find out it was ready hours earlier?
… forgotten to get your oil changed, or found out that your partner or child forgot

to his or hers changed…for months?
Taking your car to the shop can be a real hassle. We fix that.
The same inefficiencies that cause those lousy customer experiences also reduce productivity among dealership staff, costing the average dealership $1M annually. Productivity suffers because communication is spread across various channels, which are often ineffective: phone calls, voicemails, online appointments, email marketing, dealer management systems—even printing out orders and physically walking them to the next employee in the workflow.
We fix that, too.
The FIXT web & mobile application delivers native messaging, workflow automation, and car maintenance convenience tools to automotive dealership service departments and their customers to reduce dealership costs, increase customer convenience, and improve communication for both.
As a customer:
Receive your repair estimate electronically in the app, giving you time to review it without being pressured to say yes to things you may not understand. Exchange photos and audio of service lights, engine noises that are hard to explain, and worn and damaged parts, to explain the problem and better understand your mechanic’s solution.

Store your car’s whole service history—and not in crumpled up invoices shoved
in your glove compartment. Get automated reminders for oil changes and manage your whole family’s fleet—even when your kid, who still forgets to fill the gas tank, drives his first car across the country to go to college. By integrating with a dealership’s existing data system, Fixt simplifies the communications process at multiple points—from making appointments, to specifying repairs, to car pickup—and allows for service reminders and outbound marketing to get customers back in the service department on a regular basis.

Why are you participating in this competition?

We are participating in this competition to maintain a socially responsible company from the beginning. Cancer is a topic that touches us all. Nick’s fiancé is a stage 2 breast cancer survivor. She has remained active in the cancer community and was a spokesperson for young survivors thru her blog. She has an unmistakable charisma and joy for life that effects everything she does. Out Living It is her mantra. Jennifer’s stepfather unfortunately lost his battle with brain cancer in 2011. Jennifer was witness to how cancer can devastate a family and has since dedicated much of her professional life to cancer research and prevention.

http://www.fixtbytwixt.com/

 

Gianni Maxemin


Gianni Maxemin


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Tell us about yourself:

I am someone that wakes up in the morning and tries to make positive changes in society, one step at a time. I believe that anything is possible given the correct mindset, ambition, and effort. I believe a fear that leads to inaction is the greatest blockade towards progress. I am constantly trying to find new ways to break out of the mold and solve problems everyone faces, and I never allow fear or the thought of failure to slow me down. I was born into a family of entrepreneurs. My biological father, who died of esophageal cancer, started his own business. The man who I now call father is also an entrepreneur and a pioneer in the medical device field. My mother, who worked at Stanford, raised me to be fiercely independent, outgoing, and ambitious. When I was young I was terrified of socializing and failure. My mother helped break me of these fears. As a kid she forced me to interact with adults, whether it was knocking on neighborhood doors, answering the phone calls, or always sitting at the grown up table. Years later the independence and maturity that I learned from her was extremely valuable in graduating college and starting my own profitable company. I had to pay my own way through college. I did this by waiting tables. After college I decided I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and start my own company. In order to do this I sold my car, paid myself nothing, and worked at a bar at night to help fund my company. Now I am proud to be CEO and founder of my own profitable online marketing company, A Family Friend Group (AFFG), and launching a new revolutionary tech company, Pied Parker. If anyone can learn anything from my story, I want it to be that they should never be afraid to talk to anyone or to go after anything. Do not approach projects fearfully and half-heartedly, and believe in yourself.

What is your innovation/idea?

Parking sucks. Even if you have a parking space, the general lack of parking spaces and the mismanagement of other parking spaces cause massive traffic congestion and environmental damage. Parking in big cities is inefficient and a waste of everybody’s time.  Pied Parker wants to change the way parking works, or currently does not work, in big cities. Pied Parker will revolutionize parking and create brand new parking spaces. We will do this by allowing homeowners to rent out their driveways when they are not home, creating revenue for the homeowners and additional parking spaces for drivers. In the future, we also aim to have free parking and garage parking on our app. We envision a world where no one has to drive around searching for parking because our app shows them exactly where to go. We strongly believe that Pied Parker will modernize the parking industry, decrease city congestion, and save everybody valuable time.   

Why are you participating in this competition?

Cancer is a topic that affects all of us. I lost my biological father to cancer, so the fight against cancer has always held a strong place in my heart. Beyond that, I have a great respect for those who have dedicated their lives to the daunting task of curing cancer, and I want to support them however I can.

Lee Mosbacker


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Tell us about yourself:

Lee worked as a software engineer at Nationwide Insurance, leaving the company in 2001 and founding Market Flex. Market Flex allowed mutual fund managers to transfer thousands of participants from one portfolio to another seconds before the market close. He sold that business in 2002. After that he returned to school for his PhD in physics at Ohio State. While there he spun a company out called Traycer. Traycer invented the world's first T-ray (like X-rays but non-harmful) camera and received $7M in angel and VC funding. During his time at Traycer he was awarded $1.5M in government product development dollars, co-created the $3.5M HELIOS lab at Ohio State, and sold over $1M in product. In 2014 Traycer was moved to the Bay Area by its new investors. After 8 years with the company, Lee left and started several projects before Fan Fund. These include Fleet Tracking product FieldHub, and sharable social maps app Locol. He has also been a participant in the entity wagering fund sportzhedge.com. Since June 2016 Lee has been focused on Fan Fund.

What is your innovation/idea?

Fan Fund is the first sports securities marketplace for investing and entity wagering. It connects professional sports analysts with sports enthusiasts for investment opportunities. Customers buy units in a fund, and similar to traditional stock investing, if their picks (games) win, the value of the fund goes up. This new market was created after entity wagering legalization in 2015, and passage of the JOBS Act. Studies have shown that sports investing outpaces traditional stock or bond investing due to high transparency and wealth of data analytics in sports. Fan Fund allows everyone to harness their love and knowledge of sports, for a superior, fun, investment return.

Why are you participating in this competition?

San Francisco is the epicenter of start-ups, innovation and disruption -- this competition keeps these qualities alive in a city that is ever changing. In addition, this competition enables a community that can make a difference everyday in peoples lives through technology. Being new to San Francisco, becoming part of this thriving community has been a dream since my youth and this competition provides another stepping stone. Furthermore, the addition of raising money to defeat cancer connects my passions for social and financial enterprise.

 

Charles Gascon


Charles Gascon


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Tell us about yourself:

Born in Montreal, Canada, I started 2 company prior to Spoil. Both being highly focused on providing amazing customer experience, I think great business are built first and foremost by strong relationships between all stakeholders. After exiting both, my passion for companies pushed me in technology when I met my co-founders and founded Spoil with the goal of using technology to strengthen relationships between people through giving. Quickly picked up by Y-Combinator, we decided to move the company to the bay area being the perfect birthplace for our movement to make the world a happier place through technology. I'm a big fan of playing sports more than watching them. No matter what it is, if you're up for a game Ill be next to you in no time! 

What is your innovation/idea?

A mobile marketplace that makes giving a fun, easy and ubiquitous act. 

Why are you participating in this competition?

I believe that Hack Cancer and Spoil share the same values of giving to others. Add to that the entrepreneurial side, it's the perfect mix of what Spoil stands for. Altruism and Innovation. 

Latisha Taylor


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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

Latisha Taylor left a successful career in pharmaceutical sales five years ago to start HCPN Alliance, which has become a multi-million dollar heathcare practice management firm.  Her clients include Alta Bates, Highland Hospital and the Golden State Warriors. She's a best-selling author and former professional cheerleader who has learned how to inspire teams who work together to bring thoughts into action.  She earned a B.S. in Communications from the University of Idaho. 

Through her pharmaceutical experience, and health practice management firm, Latisha has identified a gap in employee health awareness and disease prevention. In 2014 Latisha co-founded Health Measured, to fill this gap.  

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION/IDEA?

Health Measured is a Corporate Wellness platform Human Resources Executives are using to Assess, Coach and Incentivize healthy employee behavior. 

 How it Works

1.      Test employees for biomarkers to gain an individual health baseline against a minimum of (4) data points.

2.      Run data analytics against these data points coupled with trend analysis, population data, and medical reference across at least (5) data sets.

3.      Provide HIPAA compliant individual employee analysis for future chronic disease risk (report)

4.      Fitbit-like peer-to-peer application to encourage employee engagement, retention, healthy behavior modification and impact.

5.      Reach beyond employees to impact their family unit by extending the testing and wellness platform to them

Program participation impacts four critical issues plaguing the $6 billion Corporate Wellness industry:

·       Employee Productivity and Sick Leave

·       Employee Emotional Well-Being (Retention)

·       Corporate Insurance Cost Reduction

·       Predictive Health Analytics

Our reports present a comprehensive narrative, which better informs of nutrition, trends and behavior based upon science. The goal is to incorporate low-friction wellness into the workplace and begin health conversations, provide access to relevant health education, generate individual employee interest and commitment to increasing their quality of life - while reducing company health care costs. 

WHY ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMPETITION

My best friend, Holbrook Kohrt Stanford MD. Ph.D died on Wednesday, February 24. Holbrook had been battling a chronic blood disease all of his life, and in recent years had become resistant to standard therapy. He had been on investigational therapy for his disease and was by everyone's estimation, one of the most brilliant translational researchers of his generation - poised to make great contributions to the defeat of cancer. His innovative cancer immunotherapy preclinical work led directly to the development of clinical trials that may transform the care of cancer patients today. 

His loss is not only a personal one for those of us who knew him, but a tragic loss for cancer patients everywhere. Organizations, like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, donate funds to researchers like him.  We are doing our part to ensure his research moves forward. 

Together, we CAN HacCcancer. 

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2016 MMSV Judges


2016 MMSV Judges


2016 Mr/Ms Silicon Valley Pitch Competition Judges


Adeo Ressi | CEO, Founder Institute

Adeo Ressi is co-founder of Expansive Ventures, a next generation global venture firm with a network based venture capital model developed by an experienced team that leverages the collective intelligence of the largest incubator in the world. Adeo is also the CEO of the Founder Institute, an idea-stage incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs with chapters in over 85 cities worldwide. The Institute will launch over 1,000 companies worldwide in 2014, and the Institute's mission is to help create 1 million new jobs.

 


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Jonathan Teo | Co-Founder, Binary

Jonathan is the co-founder of Binary Capital, a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage investments in consumer technology.

Prior to Binary, Jonathan was Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners and Principal at Benchmark Capital, where he originated and led the rounds of investments in Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram. Jonathan also managed several engineering teams at Google and was an early member of its Strategy and Business Operations group, which focused on international expansion of research and development. Jonathan received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University, and earned a Master's Degree from Stanford University.

 


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Charles Michael Yim | Breathometer

Charles was one of the winners from our inaugural Mr/Ms Silicon Valley Competition where he pitched Breathometer, the world's first smartphone breathalyzer. He is also the founder of CMY Ventures, a stage agnostic venture firm. Charlies is a 3x serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, that is passionate about inventing and building innovative products that consistently delight customers. He is best known for being a Reality TV Star on ABC's Emmy Award winning show Shark Tank where he convinced all 5 celebrity Sharks to invest $1M together into Breathometer. Being the Founder and CEO of Breathometer, Charles is responsible for overall direction and product strategy. 

 


Christine Herron | Director at Intel Capital and Co-Lead, Intel Capital Diversity Fund

Christine earned an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Columbia University. She is a founding advisor to both 500 Startups and StartX, and currently serves on Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Board of Directors. Christine is active on social media at @christine and a frequent speaker.

In 2010, Christine joined Intel Capital, where she co-leads Intel Capital’s Diversity Fund, and leads investments in early-stage companies. She is responsible for diversity investing across Intel Capital sectors, to support technology companies founded or run by women and underrepresented minorities.

Previously, Christine was an investor with seed stage venture fund First Round Capital, working with Better Finance, Double Verify, Get Satisfaction (ACQ: Sprinklr), Mint (ACQ: INTU), and Xobni (ACQ: YHOO). At Omidyar Network, she developed the Media practice strategy and led deals such as Common Sense Media and Socialtext.


Monique Woodard | Venture Partner 500 Startups

Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and flying things. Monique frequently speaks on topics around diversity, consumer technology, and civic tech. She’s spoken at SXSW, Dreamforce, Women 2.0, and been a mentor or judge for several hackathons. She’s been interviewed around entrepreneurship and diversity for MSNBC, The Daily Beast, New York Times, Buzzfeed, NPR, TheRoot, and Essence Magazine.


Dave McClure | Founding Partner 500 Startups (http://500.co)

Dave’s a geek, investor, former coder & entrepreneur, occasional blogger and internet marketing nerd. He’s lived in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and is passionate about startups & entrepreneurship. He’s invested in hundreds of companies all over the world.

500 startups is a global venture capital firm with ~$250M under management. They’ve invested in over 1,500 companies across 50+ countries including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), SendGrid, Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot (acq SSYS for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq GOOG for $350M), and Viki (acq Rakuten for $200M).

Previously, he was on the investment team at Founders Fund (2008-2010), and led the Facebook fbFund incubator (2009). He was Director of Marketing at PayPal (2001-2004) before IPO and after acquisition by eBay.

500 Startups invests in companies building consumer and business internet services. Their headquarters are in Silicon Valley, & the team speaks 25 languages and is all over the world, including San Francisco, New York, Miami, LA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, UK, Norway, Germany, Turkey, and the Middle East. In addition to investment, we help startups with product and marketing, customer development, design and usability, online distribution, business metrics, and fundraising.