Boulder Startup Week 2022 Boulder Startup Week 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

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Machine Learning Models & Coffee
Nick Singstock
Nick Singstock
University of Colorado Boulder, PhD Candidate
Gerard Casas Saez
Gerard Casas Saez
Twitter, Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Join us for this welcome event to have some coffee and talk about Machine Learning. Get to know the community of people who are working on Machine Learning around Boulder.

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A biased take on platform tools for better Machine Learning
Gerard Casas Saez
Gerard Casas Saez
Twitter, Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Join for this biased presentation of state of the world of ML platform, how different OSS technologies are shaping the ML Infrastructure landscape, and wether it makes sense to use some of them earlier or later as your ML platform. This talk will be pretty biased on my own experiences, so take with a grain of salt, but come join as I introduce you to some of the technologies I have worked with and listen to some of my experience with them.

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Fireside Chat with Royce Haynes
Royce Haynes
Royce Haynes
Tilt, Chief Technology Officer

A discussion with Royce Haynes, the CTO of Tilt, about his experiences as a first time CTO in the Denver/Boulder (global) SaaS space. Dave Mayer of Technical Integrity will moderate.

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How to raise a pre-seed or seed round - open Q&A on fundraising for startups
Natty Zola
Natty Zola
Matchstick Ventures, Partner

Join us for a lively discussion on how to fundraise for your startup. You'll leave with a better understanding of what it means to fundraise for your startup, what investors are looking for, how to raise your first few rounds of capital and some special insider tips and tricks. I've helped over 100 companies raise collectively almost $1B in capital and I'll share many learnings and answer your questions in hopes of helping you navigate the VC world. 

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New To Boulder? Let's Welcome You.
Andrew Hyde
Andrew Hyde
Glider, Director
Rylan Bowers
Rylan Bowers
Benefix, Senior Software Engineer
Erika Helstrom
Erika Helstrom
Soulplay Festivals, Event Producer & Operations

Are you new to town? Want to meet others into startups and new as well? This hour session is focused on building community of the next members of our community. We will head out to dinner after the session and you are welcome! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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How CU Can Help Your Startup
Stan Hickory
Stan Hickory
University of Colorado Boulder, Director, New Venture Challenge
Chris Gustavson
Chris Gustavson
University of Colorado Boulder, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Director

Looking for ways to grow your startup and wish you could get more support from CU Boulder?  Look no further – CU Boulder has a myriad of resources no matter what your startup stage may be, and we will walk you through some options to get help.

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Digital Marketing 101
Zak Weinberg
Zak Weinberg
Echo Boomer Design, Founder + CEO

Zak Weinberg, Founder + CEO of Echo Boomer Design, will lead an interactive session around the building blocks of digital strategy for startups. Attendees will engage in a build-measure-learn process across essential marketing tools such as, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Media and Email Marketing, for startups of any size or industry. There will be breakfast burritos and coffee (limited to the first 75 attendees!).

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AI for Recycling
Joe Castagneri
Joe Castagneri
AMP Robotics, Engineering Manager of Team Brain

This is a talk about developing robotics, computer vision, software and artificial intelligence in the name of enabling a world without waste. 

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Protecting Your API with OAuth`
Dan Moore
Dan Moore
FusionAuth, Solutions Architect

OAuth is a well known standard and is useful for delegating authentication and authorization decisions to a central identity provider. As a developer, you’ve given a token when a grant completes.

But what happens then? This talk will discuss client and server side code and logic needed when calling an API after you have a token. This will include how to store a token in the API client and what your API code should examine when presented with a token.

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Montreal Entrepreneurs Meet SAGE Feedback
Théo Corboliou
Théo Corboliou
HEC Montréal, Coordonnateur du Parcours Rémi Marcoux
Susan Strong
Susan Strong
University of Colorado Boulder, Entrepreneur in Residence

3 of HEC Montreal's best entrepreneurial teams will pitch in front of a group of Boulder SAGE advisors and get live feedback. Pitching is hard enough in your first language, but these French speakers are pitching in English. This was a great event last BSW and they are back for more.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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1 Million Cups
Jim Sears
Jim Sears
Ascent Technology, Founder
Alex Kuklinski
Alex Kuklinski
fyiio, Co-founder

1 Million Cups Boulder! Every week, entrepreneurs present business ideas to the local community and learn how those around them can support their business in it's growth.


Presenting: fyiio - Product training/onboarding platform


fyiio, https://fyi.io - Alex Kuklinski presenting, is a how-to platform sold B2B empowering companies to create, place, and maintain accessible learning experiences that show the world how to do anything.

(Note: Event will be In-Person only and part of Boulder Startup Week)

Creating tutorials is complicated, expensive, and time-intensive to maintain for rapidly-evolving products. It requires that companies learn, use, and maintain several different platforms. Ones that might not be tailorable to an individual’s attention span, learning preference, and accessibility needs. Fyiio’s Tutorial Builder makes instructional design accessible, content distribution simple, and updating content painless by synchronizing changes across multiple distribution channels. Our Tutorial Player caters to the four primary types of learners, translates itself to a person's preferred language, and can be embedded nearly anywhere to be as accessible as possible.

We’re revenue-generating now and are being used in automotive, eCom, food safety, and AgTech. We have four granted U.S. Patents on our approach to creating, presenting, interacting with, and finding tutorials.

Our current target market is B2B SaaS companies with 10+ employees and a rapidly growing product and customer base. We're also planning an expansion to include Creators, maker spaces and co-working spaces.


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Buying and Selling Roca Robotics
Cornell Wright
Cornell Wright
TCGplayer, Director of Hardware

This talk is about the process of buying and selling Roca Robotics, a company that produces the Roca Sorter - a robotic card sorters for the Trading Card Game market.

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How to Make Giving Back Part of Your Brand's DNA
Carly Brantz
Carly Brantz
DigitalOcean, Chief Marketing Officer
Mario Molina
Mario Molina
Protect Our Winters, Executive Director
Bob Africa
Bob Africa
Suffer Better Foundation, Founder
Adam Mayer
Adam Mayer
Glider, Founding Board Member
Matt Zwiebel
Matt Zwiebel
Pledge1, Director

Startup and social impact veterans demystifies the give-back process and shows how everyone can harness the power to do good while supercharging their lives and drive business. This interactive session will discuss and share simple, flexible, and scaleable ways to integrate giving back into the DNA of all companies, especially startups. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

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Crypto and Coffee
Austin Virts
Austin Virts
Audius, Head of Crypto/Marketing

Join for a lively discussion on Crypto over some coffee. 

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Intro To Crypto: What, Wonder, Why, Where
Austin Virts
Austin Virts
Audius, Head of Crypto/Marketing
Ryan Shea
Ryan Shea
Solana
John Schnipkoweit
John Schnipkoweit
Outside Online

An introduction to the wild world of Crypto from those in it and beyond. This session will discuss the What (how does this work), Wonder (what dreams can be built in the industry), Why (purpose behind projects), and Where (what local companies are contributing to the success of the industry). 

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Fundraising in Robotics
Kira Noodleman
Kira Noodleman
Bee Partners, Principal
Nima Keivan
Nima Keivan
Xplorer Capital, Venture Partner
Brett Jackson
Brett Jackson
V1.VC, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Matanya Horowitz
Matanya Horowitz
AMP Robotics, Founder
Vanessa Clark
Vanessa Clark
Atomos Space, CEO

Learn about the challenges, successes and war stories surrounding VC fundraising in robotics over the last few years.

Moderator - Kira Noodleman https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiranoodleman/; Panelists: Nima Keivan https://www.linkedin.com/in/nkeivan/
Brett Jackson https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettrjackson/
Matanya Horowitz https://www.linkedin.com/in/matanya/
Vanessa Clark https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessajaneclark/

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This Crazy Real Estate Market - Beyond the Data
Osman Parvez
Osman Parvez
House Einstein, Founder and Managing Broker

What is going on in the Real Estate market? There is data, and then there is beyond the data where the real story forms. 

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Uncovering Relief - Finding rest where we are
Peter McEwen
Peter McEwen
Design Leadership

Global conditions have accelerated a pervasive sense of unease in our personal and professional lives. We are learning to acclimate to novel stressors in our society and at work. In this session, we will practice some straightforward methods that provide a sense of relief and help us cultivate resilience amidst uncertainty.


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Data-to-Dollars
Karl Hudson
Karl Hudson
Salesforce, Client Strategy Executive
Adam Mayer
Adam Mayer
Glider, Founding Board Member

This interactive session will include lessons from the battle field, and how to transform client intelligence into adoption, growth and revenue. You will leave with actionable insights on how to implement; 1. Capturing unique client and prospect identifiers, 2. Simplifying Marketing models, 3. Structuring data, 4. Enabling a single source of truth, and 5. Automating everything and everywhere. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

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Future of Fintech
Shamir Karkal
Shamir Karkal
Sila, Co-founder and CEO
Bo Jiang
Bo Jiang
Lithic, CEO
Shivaas Gulati
Shivaas Gulati
Remitly, Co-founder
Dan Rosen
Dan Rosen
Commerce Ventures, Founder & General Partner

This panel is focused on the infrastructure of Fintech deals and will be a discussion on what is coming in the next 5-10 years in the industry. 

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Fintech: Building to Scale
John Paasonen
John Paasonen
Maxwell, Co-Founder & CEO
Todd Ablowitz
Todd Ablowitz
Infinicept, Co-CEO and Co-Founder

A discussion on what it takes to build to scale in the Fintech industry. 

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Fintech Networking

Join the panelists from the past two sessions for networking and further discussion on the future of Fintech. 

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Manufacturing & Supply Chain for Robotics Panel
Ravi Shah
Ravi Shah
Occipital, GM Structure
Brian Merkel
Brian Merkel
Scythe Robotics, Head of Manufacturing
Hayley Cashdollar
Hayley Cashdollar
Lightship, Head of Manufacturing
Andre Neumann-Loreck
Andre Neumann-Loreck
On Tap Consulting, Founder and Managing Partner

Come learn about managing manufacturing & supply chain logistics in the time of Covid from local high growth Denver robotics startups and operators.

Moderator: Ravi Shah https://www.linkedin.com/in/ravi-shah-a6ba041/

Panelists: Brian Merkel https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-merkel-ba3b2760/

Haley Cashdollar https://www.linkedin.com/in/hayleycashdollar/

Andre Neumann-Loreck https://www.linkedin.com/in/andre-neumann-loreck-a9a6/