Ep30: Quick Pitch 2017 Part 1

This podcast was recorded during the 2017 John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition held in Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall. We also captured real time post-pitch thoughts from the finalists to gain insights into the Quick Pitch and the process as a whole. It was an incredibly successful evening–a sold out crowd and ten great pitches.

Ep29: Gary Benitt (Social Leverage) Successful Exit as a Founder, Stays in the Ecosystem as an Investor

Gary Benitt is a General Partner at Social Leverage LLC, an established early stage venture capital firm specializing in web-scaled startups. Gary works with their portfolio companies to help them operationalize the business and find ways to scale faster and higher. Prior to his time at Social Leverage, Gary was the founder and COO of Assistly, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2011.

Ep27: Laura Brenner Kimes (Fresh Coast Capital) Business School Project –> Successful Women Owned Social Enterprise

What is an impact-driven investment and real estate development firm with an environmental and social mission? That’s Fresh Coast Capital, explains Laura Brenner Kimes, Co-Founder and Director of Ecosystem Services at FCC. Laura’s career has focused on strategy and market creation for environment and energy firms. She has previously worked at Southern California Edison, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)’s Biomass Coordinating Council.

Ep23: Real Talk on Startups, Funding, and San Diego Ecosystem Resources w/Brittany Meiling (San Diego Business Journal) & Ashok Kamal (Tech Coast Angels)

We sat down with Brittany and Ashok, two previous STMAP guests, to get an update on what they see happening in the San Diego Startup Ecosystem.

Brittany Meiling is the Biotech & Startup Reporter for the San Diego Business Journal and has been working at that local business magazine since 2014. You can catch her words of wisdom about “How to be Ready When the Press Calls” on episode 6 of Startup Talk.

Ashok Kamal is Executive Director of Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. You can hear all about Ashok’s origins as a hip hop label founder, social entrepreneur and investor, on Episode 10 of Startup Talk.

Ep:19 Monique Williamson (DeskHub) – Was: NFL Cheerleader; Now: Staunch Advocate and Connector of Startups in San Diego

Monique Williamson is Executive Director at DeskHub, which is the premier coworking destination for San Diego’s brightest entrepreneurs, VCs, corporations, non-profits, and social enterprises. She is one of San Diego’s most promising young leaders, renowned for her expertise in curating communities that operate at the intersection of technology, culture and social entrepreneurship. Previously, Ms. Williamson held business development and project management positions in the media, gaming, and technology sectors.

Ep17: Sabrina Martucci Johnson (DARÉ Bioscience) – Paving the Future of Women’s Healthcare

Women’s Reproductive Health Innovation does not make headlines. WHY NOT? The global market for contraception was over $19 billion in 2015. IT’S COMPLICATED. Sabrina Martucci Johnson, CEO & Founder of DARÉ Bioscience, pulls back the cover and explains why and what her healthcare company is doing about it. Hint: Perhaps it’s because contraception is believed to be a 3rd world problem. Or perhaps there’s not enough women with investment authority at VC funds.

Sabrina Martucci Johnson is a life sciences executive with a record of achievement in capital formation, business development, and commercial leadership. Sabrina’s unique background spans finance, global marketing, product development and bench research. Sabrina is committed to advancing innovations in women’s health. In 2015 she founded DARÉ Bioscience to bring novel technologies that clearly address unmet needs to the clinic so that the latest concepts in women’s health make it to market.

Ep16: Adam Arthur (inBrain LLC) – Startup Burnout…Failure…Litigation…Exit…and Book Deal?

Startup Failure. Founder Burnout. Litigation. These are difficult topics. Adam Arthur was bluntly open and so real with us on this episode of Startup Talk with Millard & Andrew Moss. Our podcast is generally light-hearted, but this episode shines a light on one entrepreneur’s negative startup experience. It isn’t a pity party and Adam is not terminally bitter. On the contrary, Adam currently mentors entrepreneurs, is writing a book on his experiences, and is the s/w development track co-captain for San Diego Startup Week in June.

Adam Arthur is founder of Revive Self Checkout, a new wave of vending machines that provides the solution to the vending location that wants a wider selection of items that just would not vend well out of a traditional vending machine. Not only the founder, Adam also coded and bootstrapped for the company for almost 3 years! Prior to his time at Revive Self Checkout, Adam was the president of Revolution Vending, which he sold in 2014. Adam is currently writing a book, “How Not To Run A Business,” giving entrepreneurs advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of running a startup.

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.

Ep11: Dr. Mona Kiani (BlackDot Education) The Future of Education is….Entrepreneurship?

Dr. Mona Kiani is a math teacher. BORED YET? Her kids at Preuss School UCSD are 100% low-income & will be 1st in their families to go to college. Troubled school, right? Preuss is ranked 54 out of 22,000 U.S. High Schools. She created the Pitch Competition to teach math principles via entrepreneurship. Dr. Kiani is #FIERCE.

Dr. Mona Kiani is a teacher of mathematics at the Preuss school, with multiple stops teaching along the way that includes teaching in Chile. Dr. Kiani started The Pitch Competition, a project where students create their own startup companies and pitch to a board of potential investors.