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.

Ep10: Ashok Kamal (Tech Coast Angels) From Indie Hip-Hop Label Founder To Angel Investor Group Director (That’s Tight AF!)

As co-founder of hip-hop label, Raptivism Records, in the late 1990’s, Ashok Kamal’s first album “No More Prisons” provided insight, reflection, and socio-political commentary on the national prison system. He went on the start other businesses dealing with social issues. Today, he is Executive Director of Tech Coast Angels – San Diego.

Ashok Kamal is Executive Director of Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. As an entrepreneur, Ashok founded Raptivism Records, a hip hop label and also Green Business Bureau, an online green business certification program for small and medium-sized businesses. As an angel, Ashok has invested in 3 companies, including Outsite, which is a network of co-living & co-working properties in beautiful places. Ashok’s latest venture, the School of Rap, is a platform to empower youth through creative freestyle. In his spare time he loves learning to surf, discovering weird vegetarian food and playing fantasy baseball.

Ep9: Amy Vavrunek (Jule Golf Couture) Startup Convener & Investor MVP

Amy Vavrunek KILLED IT as 2016 Chair of the John G. Watson Quick Pitch presented by the San Diego Tech Coast Angels, breaking records on attendance, media coverage, and cash prizes awarded to the winning entrepreneurs.

Amy Vavrunek is both a serial entrepreneur and investor. Currently, Amy is the Founder & CEO of Jule Golf Couture, President of Artemis Agency, and a Board Director and VP of Marketing & PR at Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. She also killed it as Chair of Quick Pitch 2016, breaking records on attendance, media coverage, and cash prizes awarded to the winning entrepreneurs.

Ep8: Cody Barbo (Industry) San Diego State University Grad Transforming the Service and Hospitality Industry

Authenticity. Teamwork. User/Customer Focus. That’s what Cody Barbo and his Industry co-founders have done to disrupt the networking and hiring process for the service and hospitality industry. Recently raising a $2.3M Seed round will help Industry scale.

Also, Cody Barbo is an elevator pitch extraordinaire and a  graduate of the San Diego State University Entrepreneurship program. He is working hard to transform the service and hospitality industry with his company, aptly named “Industry.”

Ep7: Dean Rosenberg (Venture SD) Started 3 companies, which one exited? Co.X (VC $32M), Co.Y (Angel $4M), or Co.Z (Self-Funded $0.25M)?

Decades before Dean’s venture was acquired by a public company in 2014,  he was a scrappy 2nd yr comp sci major at UCSD. He saw a posting on the job board, asking for students with experience. He applied, saying that he was a programming  expert, would take the job at a fixed price, and would not take any payment until he delivered the code.  After signing that first contract, he went and bought a book to learn how to be an expert for that project!!

Dean Rosenberg is CEO of Venture San Diego and on the Board of Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. Previously, Dean was the founder/CEO of AIRSIS, Inc. whose core offering is PortVision, a global ship tracking service with over 2,000 users including federal and state agencies and every major oil company. AIRSIS was acquired in 2014 by Oceaneering International, that’s OII on the NYSE. As CEO of AIRSIS, Dean also raised $2M, over two rounds of funding, led by TCA.


Ep6: Brittany Meiling (San Diego Business Journal) Millennial Reporter Gets Real or “How to be Ready When the Press Calls”

Are you like a deer in headlights when talking to reporters? Well this week on Startup Talk, we turn the tables on the Press. Brittany Meiling of the San Diego business journal gets real, telling us her perspective on the SD startup and biotech scene and gives advice on how best to talk with the Media.

Brittany Meiling is a journalist with the San Diego Business journal and focuses on the start up community, both high tech and bio tech, in San Diego. She has been covering startups here in San Diego since 2014.

Ep5: Tim Rout (Dyno Ventures) From Successful Entrepreneur to Angel Investor

Sound familiar? Successful serial telecom entrepreneur with an exit becomes angel investor and mentor? More of these please!

Tim Rout is the CEO and Founder of Dyno Ventures, which is dedicated to using innovative wireless technologies to bring affordable Internet to the world’s underserved rural areas. He is also on the Board of Directors of Tech Coast Angels – San Diego and Chair of the HiTech Screening Committee. Previously, Tim founded Endeka Group, a telecommunications firm that he sold to Boingo Wireless in 2013. However, Tim Rout is best known for organizing San Diego’s Startup Founders Social Club, which is a drinking club, really. All tech startup founders are invited to both attend and organize happy hours.

Ep4: Susie Harborth (BioLabs) Three-peater! 3x Life Sciences Co-Founder, 3x Exits, the last one for $110 million

So honored that this life sciences three-peater is now located in San Diego and nurturing the next generation of LS entrepreneurs at BioLabs San Diego. BioLabs has been officially open for 5 months and is now home to 20+ early stage life science companies, they have 2 graduating companies and their members are closing on funding, been awarded grants, and hitting serious milestones! Apply Today to be part of this amazing community of bioinnovators! www.biolabs.io/apply

Susie Harborth is Managing Director and Co-Founder of BioLabs San Diego and General Partner of BioInnovation Capital, an early-stage venture firm. From 2010-2014, Susie was CFO at GnuBIO, a sequencing start-up, which was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2014. She is a recipient of the Biocom Catalyst Award; nominated for the Athena Pinnacle Award in Life Sciences; and has been named a “Woman to Watch” by the Boston Business Journal.



Ep3: Eugene Cho (Echo Laboratories) The Revolutionary Microscope

How did Eugene Cho, CEO of Echo Laboratories, raise $2 million in 45 days through the Tech Coast Angels?

Eugene Cho is the CEO and founder of Echo Laboratories, which designs, develops, and sells microscopes. Their cornerstone product, the Revolve, combines the functionality of both Upright and Inverted microscopes. Eugene has 15 years of expertise in the microscope industry, working at both Nikon and Vala Sciences. Echo Laboratories also recently won Quick Pitch 2016, and raised $2M from the Tech Coast Angels in 45 days.



Ep2: Mindy Nguyen (Hologic) & Michele Maley (ScoreStream)

How do a former Shark Tank analyst for Barbara Corcoran at Columbia Business School and an EvoNexus Alum leverage their experiences for the benefit of the San Diego startup ecosystem?

Melinda (Mindy) Nguyen is Senior Manager, Business Analytics & Insights at Hologic, which is a large-cap life sciences company. She is also a Volunteer Analyst at Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. Fun fact: while at Columbia Business School, Mindy evaluated companies for potential investment by Barbara Corcoran for ABC’s Shark Tank. Previously, Mindy worked at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals and Merrill Lynch equity research and has experience across varied areas of the pharmaceutical industry including investment valuation, company strategy & analytics, product management, & marketing.

Michele (Yoshioka) Maley is an Account Manager at ScoreStream, which is a communication platform that allows fans to share information around sporting events with their family and friends. She is also a Volunteer Analyst at Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. Michele was previously Director of Programs & Operations at EvoNexus, which is San Diego’s premier technology incubator.