In August 2014, The BMoE Bootcamp was pleased to include the following speakers, in order of appearance:

Ikhlaq Sidhu,Founding Director & Chief Scientist, Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology and IEOR Emerging Area Professor in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, Faculty Director and founding Director of UC Berkeley’s highly successful Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, now a cornerstone of the Fung Institute. He is an advisor to the venture capital ONSET ventures and holder of 61 engineering patents.

Ken Singer, Managing Director, Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the US and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry, Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cellphones first connected to the Internet at a whopping 28 kbps. Most recently, Ken was the co-founder and CEO of AppCentral, the first enterprise app store to let companies distribute mobile applications to their employees’ iPhones, iPads and Android devices. He is a UC Berkeley graduate and since 2008, Ken has been teaching the Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship course and Challenge Lab in the College of Engineering.

Charles Huang, founder and CEO Indigo 7, Singtrix, Green Throttle Games, he studied economics and Asian studies at the University of California at Berkeley, then worked for his family’s auto-parts business after graduating in 1992. Experience with tools came in handy when he and his younger brother, Kai, got the startup itch during the late-1990s tech boom. The Huang brothers struck gold when they published Guitar Hero in partnership with Harmonix Music Systems. Green Throttle’s current focus is on a gaming system that allows a consumer to plug an Android phone or tablet into the TV using an adapter. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stephen Pieraldi, a Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology instructor and entrepreneur, has had a career spanning a broad range of industries including Internet, healthcare, online gaming, and manufacturing, to name a few. He has worked in and with venture backed and privately funded start-ups, raising millions in operating capital. He has taken a company from seed to IPO. Stephen is an Entrepreneur in Residence and Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley.

 Andrew Laffoon is the co-founder and CEO of Mixbook, a venture-backed startup founded in 2006. Previously, Andrew worked in marketing, development and support for a venture-backed software startup. At age 15, Andrew founded his first startup – a web consulting business, which he ran for 8 years. Andrew received a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and a certificate from the Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Nathan Gold is the founder of The Demo Coach, and has worked with thousands on business pitches. He has consulted with larger companies like SanDisk, Nokia and IBM and is a sought after coach in the Silicon Valley Incubator and Accelerator network.

Mark Coopersmith is an educator and teaches the sought after Workshop for Startups course at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and co-teaches the course “The Other “F” Word”. He is an entrepreneur and spent his career at the nexus of technology, media and brands building high growth companies and helping shape the next generation of business leaders.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mark is an advisor to businesses ranging from VC-backed ventures through global corporations such as Intel and DirecTV. Mark is UC Berkeley grad with a BA and an MBA.

Thibault Duchemin and Pieter Doevendans, cofounders of Transcense.

Jason Huertas is the co-founder and CEO of Critica. He’s a UC Berkeley Economics grad, frontend developer, and former Market Research Analyst.

Atta Pilram recently started tebiaMED to focus on practical tools ( to help “people” with chronic diseases get their health on track and reduce hospital readmissions. From 2008 to 2012, he mentored various cross-functional teams at UCSF’s Idea-To-IPO program ranging from MBA attendees to physician specialists, high-tech professionals and post-doc researchers to formulate their product and service ideas into sound business strategies.

He previously founded companies focused on digital content delivery.

Saad Enam. Saad is a Managing Director and co-founder at Nventi, a startup focused intellectual property practice based in Berkeley, CA. His expertise lies in building patent portfolios that enable startups to attract funding and avoid patent infringement. His previous experience includes working for the corporate development and IP arms of F500 companies including Canon, Apple, and Marvell Semiconductors. He currently advices several companies that have emerged out of Cal’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Saad studied law (J.D.) at Santa Clara University and earned his undergraduate degrees in Engineering (B.S.) and Economics (B.A.) at the University of California, Irvine.

Clark Kellogg, is a UC Berkeley Haas lecturer on design thinking and innovation practices. Beyond teaching, Kellogg is a partner in the innovation consultancy, Collective Invention, a business and social innovation consultancy. Clark has delivered innovation and design thinking workshops in China, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Poland, and across the US to corporations, start-ups and universities.

Paul Nerger is a 30-year computer industry veteran, working in software development, product management, architecture consulting, sales, and marketing. He has worked in and with many industries, including aerospace, defense, telecommunications, IT, and media. His previous positions have included general management and executive positions at a number of mobile startups, including AppCentral, dotMobi, and Argogroup. Prior to working with startups, he held executive positions at Informix Software, Silicon Graphics, Sequent Computer Systems, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Kris Duggan, founder and CEO, BetterWorks andcofounder and Board Member, Badgeville. Kris is a published author and sought-after thought leader on gamification, social business and cloud computing. He led Badgeville from its bootstrap phase to a high-growth venture-backed company with hundreds of global customers in under three years, raising three rounds of funding as one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies. Duggan holds an MBA from the UC Irvine. 

Jeff Burton, former Executive Director, SkyDeck Berkeley. Jeff was a member of the founding team of video game maker Electronic Arts. Throughout his more than 30-year career in the startup world, Burton has served as a founder, CEO, and owner of a variety of consumer-facing software technology companies. At Electronic Arts, he was responsible for the company’s early entry and success in international markets.

Eugene Noh, Venture Lab Manager at Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, cultivates an innovative and collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs, provides hands-on mentoring for startup teams and manages international partnerships with universities and startup incubators. He has over a decade of experience mentoring students at UC Berkeley and Stanford University and designed and managed a new undergraduate research program (UROP) within the College of Engineering. During a 2-year stint in South Korea, Eugene hosted a weekly radio program on positive psychology. He holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary California.

Olivier Younès, PhD, an Affiliate Professor at Paris’s prestigious HEC, is an entrepreneur, mentor and advisor to VC funds and to international start-up incubators. The company he founded, EXPEN ( is ranked Top 15 in France in due diligence and fairness opinions dedicated to VC and PE funds. EXPEN is also a respected fundraiser for innovative companies in IT and life science. Olivier is a CPA and in his work has collaborated with some of the world’s top institutions. Prior to launching his company, Olivier had over a decade of VC experience – 18 SMEs financed, 14 exited incl. 2 IPOs yielding a positive track-record.

Richard Przybyla, PhD is a cofounder of Chirp Microsystems, which is commercializing low-power ultrasonic sensor systems. Dr. Przybyla is interested in circuits and systems which interface to the physical world. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Professor Bernhard Boser’s group at University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Mitchellis a partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) and has been involved with crowd finance since its inception. He helped create the framework used in the JOBS Act, signed by President Obama in 2012 legalizing equity and debt crowdfunding in the US. He earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kiran Lingam, is General Counsel for SeedInvest, a leader in equity crowdfunding, recently partnering with 500 Startups on their $100 million third fund. Formerly at Jones Day LLP and DLA Piper LLP, Kiran served as outside legal counsel to venture capital and private equity funds, angel groups and technology startups. Since passage of the JOBS Act, Kiran has been an active speaker, writer and commentator on crowdfunding and the related legal issues. Kiran received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Georgia. 

Shomit Ghose, Partner, ONSET Ventures, is an Industry Fellow and lead venture coach at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, and serves on the entrepreneurship advisory board at the University of San Francisco. He joined ONSET Ventures in 2001 after 19 years of working at high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. During his career he participated in several successful IPOs, including those of Sun Microsystems and Broadvision. At ONSET Ventures, he focuses on software, networking and infrastructure companies. He also mentors and provides management resources to portfolio companies to help maximize their success.

Ravi Belani, Managing Director and cofounder at Alchemist Accelerator, has experience in both established firms and new ventures. He has been a product manager at Zaplet, a management consultant with McKinsey and currently serves as boardmember or advisor for Mighty Hive, AdaptiveAds Inc., Redux, Inc., Personiva Inc. and has been active with TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He was a Kauffman Fellow and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a B.S. with Distinction and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.

 Prasanna Sundararajan (Sundar),the founder and CEO, rENIAC is an experienced architect and innovator with a track record of taking new and early stage technology concepts from inception to production.
 He holds 26 patents in the areas of computing and cache architectures, security, fault tolerance & reliability, and design tools
. His current venture helps rethink cloud infrastructure, in response to organization’s need to capture, classify, analyze and manage large volumes of data. He holds an MS in Engineering from University of Toledo, OH and MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Lisa Oshima is a consultant and angel investor, as well as an early adopter of emerging technologies. She has worked with technology companies on executive level strategy, business development and marketing. For more on her work, visit her blog

Ricardo San Martinis a Visiting Scholar with CET at UC Berkeley. He is Associated Professor, Faculty of Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  He has Master´s Degree in Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Biotechnology from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, UK. He is co-founder and member of the board of directors of Natural Response and has published more than 30 scientific articles in international journals.

Nehal Mehta is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Symantec. She is an influential speaker and leader, with repeated success of building, structuring, and mentoring high functioning teams of 100+ engineers. Additionally, Nehal has worked at multiple high-tech companies, including NetApp, LiveOffice, Veritas, and Unisys. Nehal holds extensive technical and global management experience in software quality assurance and product delivery in the cloud, storage, and security markets. She is passionate about girls in STEM and achieving work-life integration, and in honor of all her accomplishments, she was named the 2011 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Chuck Ng is a partner at Suma Ventures, a cross boarder venture fund affiliated with Acorn Campus Ventures of Silicon Valley. Previously, Chuck was a founding member of Eureka Therapeutics and helped grew it to be a leading oncology therapeutic platform company in ADCC technology space. Prior to investing/startups, Chuck also worked at eBay PayPal and led its financial strategy and global expansion to Singapore (APAC HQ), China and the creation of PayPal Bank where he won the “PayPalian” Award, the highest award at PayPal. Chuck is a graduate of UC Berkeley and President of the Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association.

Kamran Saddique, CEO of, is responsible for creating a global ecosystem for entrepreneurs, mentors and startups. He is leading an event under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai in aiding to understand the complexities of building a Smart City. In turn this has led to a partnership with the Mayors Office of San Francisco to host in conjunction with the Foundation the first Global Innovation Summit in 2015 to be held in San Francisco where 10 global cities get to host their best civic startups and open their data to their citizens. He holds a Masters in International Business from Aston Business School and has been judging competitions on startups in Asia and the Middle East for the past year.

Mehdi Maghsoodnia, a serial entrepreneur and sought-after advisor/boardmember, is the founder of Combustion Ventures. Mehdi has over 20 years of experience building great teams and operating both startups and public companies. Before Rafter, Mehdi was SVP of products and services at CafePress, a company he joined in the early days and grew the company to over $130M in revenues. Prior to CafePress, Mehdi was SVP of products at Intellisync which held 90% ownership of the mobile sync market before being bought by Nokia for $450M. Mehdi has held a number of executive positions at other Silicon Valley companies and currently sits on the board of FaceTime, Pbworks and Fotomoto. He has done graduate level studies in computer science at Stanford University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.

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