Ep15: Hannah Simon (Incubate Ventures) Side-Hustling Her Way From Nebraska Into the San Diego Startup Ecosystem

How does a young lady from Nebraska break into the Southern California startup scene? SIDE HUSTLES!

Hannah Simon is the Operations Manager at the Tech Coast Angels San Diego. While not only working with the Tech Coast Angels, Hannah also holds positions with Incubate Ventures, The Startup Garage, and Provision San Diego. Hannah is from the Midwest, graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in International and Global Studies.

Ep14: John Baez (The Behemoth) – Frustrated Architect Mortgages His Home to Start Videogame Company. As One Does.

Frustrated Architect Mortgages His Home to Start Videogame Company. As One Does. John Baez cofounded The Behemoth, a successful, profitable, San Diego video game company.

John Baez is the President and Co-Founder of The Behemoth, an award winning independent console development company that has been in business for over 14 years. Previously to co-founding The Behemoth, John worked at various video game studios in San Diego, so he is well versed in the gaming industry.

Ep13: Cheryl K. Goodman (Athena SD) #LetHerSpeak #WomeninSTEM #DudeIJustSaidThat

“Athena San Diego is the coolest group of badass [STEM and business] chicks out there…the founders did not actually say it like that…”

Cheryl K Goodman is Executive Director at Athena San Diego, which is is the premier leadership organization for women executives in the San Diego science, technology, healthcare, defense, energy and clean-tech sectors, and the services firms that serve these industries. As a seasoned, award-winning tech executive with solid operational skills and a keen sense of ROI marketing, Cheryl has a deep understanding of mobile ecosystems, SAAS, marketing (B2B, B2C) media networks, social media, STEM and how to build and motivate teams.

Ep12: Neal Bloom (Tacos and Tech) $1.5B = Cost to Send Astronauts on Space Shuttle. Priceless = Value of Helping Others Discover Their Calling. Dude’s Done Both.

Neal Bloom launched 84 astronauts into space on $150M Rocketdyne engines while working on the Space Shuttle program. He described NASA perks. Not to be outdone, Startup Talk gave Neal an 8oz water for talking with us. Along with his college buddy, he ideated his first startup, Portfolium, Inc., while they both worked on rockets

Today, Neal is SoCal lead for Hired, Inc., a software company that connects the right talent with the right opportunity. He also volunteers as an analyst at Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. As a board member of Startup San Diego, he is helping to scale the most impactful convener and catalyst of startup activity in the region.