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Pitch Night (part of Night Out with Google+) is your opportunity to meet people from the valley and around the world, pitch your ideas, form teams, and take the first steps at making your idea viable. This is a one night event, unlike a typical Startup Weekend event that spans 54-hours.
You'll spend the evening working with your teams to refine the idea, and the top teams pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes. Plus, you might just find the right co-founders to continue working on this with you!
- 6:00-6:30 - Check in / mingling / snacks & beer/wine
- 6:30-7:00pm - Find teams based on interests
- 7:00-9:30pm - Refine idea
- 9:30-10:00 - Judges choose top 10 teams. Crowd chooses 2 crowd favorites.
- 10:00pm-11pm - Top 12 teams pitch to panel
Kevin Rose - Google Ventures Seed Stage Investor
Kevin Rose is a Venture Partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on early-stage and seed investments. He has deep roots as a founder and serial entrepreneur, and brings this experience to advise Google Ventures' portfolio companies. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Kevin co-founded Milk, a mobile application development company in San Francisco. Previously Kevin was the founder of Digg, and co-founder of Revision3 and Pownce (now Six Apart). Kevin currently serves on the board of directors of the Tony Hawk Foundation and Digg.
Kevin has been named on Bloomberg's list of “Top 25 Angel Investors,” Time's and BusinessWeek's lists of “Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web,” and MIT's list of “Top 35 Innovators under 35.”
Stacy Brown-Philpot - Google Ventures Entrepreneur in Residence
Stacy joined Google Ventures in May 2012 as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Previously she was director of consumer operations for Google, where she led operations for more than 40 products, including Google Search, Chrome and Google+. She is passionate about the way operational, analytical and strategic execution can turn great technology ideas into successful businesses.
Don Dodge - Google Developer Advocate
Don Dodge is a Developer Advocate at Google helping developers build new applications on Google platforms and technologies. Prior to joining Google Don was a startup evangelist at Microsoft. Don is also a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks.
Chris Messina - Google+ UX Designer
Chris Messina is a San Francisco-based advocate of the open web, known for advancing such communities as Spread Firefox, BarCamp, coworking, and technology initiatives such as OpenID, OAuth, Activity Streams, hashtags, and microformats. He is on the board of the OpenID and Open Web Foundations. He and currently works on Google+ as a UX Designer.
Prize for 1st place team
- 1 hour of 1:1 mentor time with Don Dodge
- 1 hour of 1:1 mentor time with Chris Messina
- 1 hour of 1:1 mentor time with Stacy Brown-Philpot, Google Ventures' Entrepreneur in Residence.