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Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Why should you attend?

  • Build your network
  • Co-founder dating
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get face time with thought leaders
  • Join a global community
  • Actually launch a business!
Details for next Startup Weekend (Check schedule below for details):
  • Date                      April 27th-29th
  • Time                     Friday: 6 -10pm, Saturday: 9 -11pm, Sunday 9 -9pm
  • Place                    Portland State Business Accelerator: 2828 Corbett Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR

For those who want to know what Startup Weekend is all about, we offer a Bootcamp that will give you a better sense of what to expect at Startup Weekend, how to get the most out of it, and help you increase your chances of success during the weekend. Details for Bootcamp:

  • Date                    Saturday, April 21st
  • Time                    12pm-5pm
  • Place                   TIE Westside Incubator: Suite 165, 19075 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro, OR

 

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Friday

Apr 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Apr 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Speaker Panel
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Apr 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Judges

Carolynn Duncan

CEO of Portland Ten   |   LinkedIn

Carolynn Duncan is the CEO and Marathon Program Facilitator for Portland Ten, an education company which runs and licenses financial literacy programs for high performance entrepreneurs & business leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. Under Carolynn’s direction, Portland Ten alumni have generated more than $18MM in revenues and funding since 2009.

Prior to Portland Ten, Carolynn sourced deals for EPIC Ventures, a Salt Lake City-based venture capital firm, developed an entrepreneurial finance program and ran LivePitch events for FundingUniverse (now Lendio), assisted in launching the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center in partnership with BYU-Idaho and EPIC Ventures, founded the Hundred Dollar Business, was a founding employee of TagJungle, and worked at $3MM seed fund Provo Labs.

Favorite App: Spincam
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Rimsky Korsacoffeehouse

Monica Enand

CEO, Chairman, Founder of Zapproved   |   LinkedIn

Monica brings extensive management experience and software expertise to the Zapproved team as chief executive officer. She has grown Zapproved into a leading software provider with a compliance platform making it easier and more economical for businesses facing increasing rules and regulations. Prior to founding Zapproved, Monica had over 15 years with blue-chip companies such as Intel and IBM. Monica holds an M.B.A. from University of Portland and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Monica is a speaker and active member in the entrepreneurial community in Portland, and she is also a member of the board of the Software Association of Oregon. She was recognized by the Portland Business Journal in 2010 as an Orchid Award winner for achievement for women in business.

Favorite App: Maps
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Urban Farmer

Jenn Lynch

Co-founder, Director of Product Development of Upstart Labs   |   LinkedIn

Jenn has ten years of software product management, product marketing and user experience design experience. Most recently, she was a director of professional services at StepChange Group, now Dachis Group, developing social media marketing initiatives for large enterprises. Prior to Dachis Group, Jenn was a product manager and product marketing manager in the enterprise talent management space at Unicru (now Kronos), Yahoo! HotJobs and BrassRing (now Kenexa). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Favorite App: Chirpify
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Paley's Place

Henry Harbury

VP of Engineering Act-On Sofware

Henry manages the 0's and 1's. He impresses his friends and family by claiming that he does "cross-platform software engineering and object oriented application design blah blah blah". He impresses the rest of us by getting clean releases out every 2 weeks, and by keeping the Act-Onplatform humming along smoothly in spite of Act-On's breakneck growth in customers and traffic.

Previously, Henry was the founder of TeamTek, a software engineering consulting firm. Before that, he was at Responsys, where he led the analytics development effort. Prior to Responsys, he was the product suite architect for the ADM business unit of Merant, where his responsibilities included the PVCS products.
Henry has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, with expertise in software engineering and numerical modeling. He has published refereed academic research. He has also contributed to the IETF WebDAV Delta-V working group specification.

Favorite App: Map My Ride
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Andina

Jim Huston

Founder and Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund

Jim Huston is a Founder and Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund. Portland Seed Fund is an early stage venture firm focused on small, “first capital in” seed deals in the Portland Metro and greater Oregon region. Jim brings more than 25 years of technology industry experience, having worked with and invested in early stage technology companies throughout the world. From 2004-2010 Jim was a Managing Director with Blueprint Ventures, a Bay Area technology growth capital firm. From 1995-2004, Jim served in numerous positions within Intel Capital, the world’s largest corporate venture organization. While at Intel Capital, Jim served as the Director of Strategic Investments and led investments in 16 companies and nine acquisitions

Mat Ellis

Founder, CEO - Cloudability

Mat Ellis is CEO and Founder of Cloudability, a cloud service management company helping businesses to manage and monitor all of their cloud accounts and reduce waste. As a hands-on executive with over 20 years experience scaling and designing fast growing web products, Ellis spent the 90s working with companies including Goldman Sachs and Pepsi-Cola. He has held executive positions with four startups since 2000, three of which were acquired. The fourth, Adknowledge, now bills itself as the largest privately held ad network in the world. More recently, he founded the cloud-computing consultancy Tecnh in 2009, where his main focus was to help companies effectively move to the cloud, and served as VP of Technology for Connexus Corp. Originally hailing from the UK, Ellis now resides in Portland, OR.

Favorite App: Uber
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Beast

Speakers

Scott Kveton

CEO of Urban Airship   |   LinkedIn

Scott Kveton is the CEO of Urban Airship, a mobile services platform provider in Portland, Oregon. He is widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure. He speaks frequently on app monetization, engagement and the developer ecosystems around the various mobile platforms.
Prior to co-founding Urban Airship, Kveton had more than a dozen years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies including Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and Vidoop. He also co-founded the Open Source Lab (OSL) at Oregon State University.

Favorite App: Uber
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Andina

Jerry Carleton

Founder and Principal, Immix Law Group

Jerry Carleton, founder and principal of the Immix Law Group, is a corporate and securities attorney who counsels private emerging and growth-stage companies on corporate, finance and securities issues.

In 2001, Jerry co-founded Keen Healthcare (formerly Keen Mobility), a company that develops, produces and distributes innovative, functional and attractive assistive medical devices intended to enhance mobility. From its humble beginnings in a dining room in North Portland with nothing more than an idea and tons of passion, Keen Healthcare is now a multimillion dollar company with 35 employees in 5 states. Keen has been on the Fortune 5000 list 5 years in a row and on Oregon’s fastest growing list 6 years in row. Continuing as a board member and corporate officer of Keen, he assists with business development, legal, and shareholder relations.

Jerry is also a principal in local venture fund Revenue Capital Management, which invests growth capital in companies in exchange for a temporary percentage of the company’s gross receipts. He also sits on 10 boards in the local community. He has co-founded not-for-profit companies Incight and the Hope Squared Foundation, and has helped to invigorate other existing not-for-profit companies, such as Saint Child. He is blessed by the calling to help in such a wide array of opportunities. Most importantly, Jerry is the husband of Heather and father of two precious girls, who are God’s daily reminder about the most important parts of life.

Favorite app: tie between Air Sharing by Avatron, and the Geoloqi app for Geonotes.

Favorite Portland Restaurant: Urban Farmer, hands down (incredible service and food).

Sheetal Dube

Founder, Audioname

Sheetal is a seasoned user experience professional turned entrepreneur. She has a passion to transform ideas into sustainable businesses. After winning Startup Weekend Portland in 2011, Sheetal quit her day job to launch her first startup Audioname. In just a few months she mastered the art of quick iterations to launch Audioname Pro, a freemium subscription based product for professionals. During this time she successfully also raised $25K in seed capital from Portland Seed Fund and won a $10K grant from the Bend Venture Conference.
Recently, Sheetal was honored with the 2012 Orchid Award by Portland Business Journal for being a Women of Influence in Portland, Oregon.

Favorite App: Facebook - It does what it is supposed to do

Favorite Portland Restaurant: Dar Essalam (Moroccan Cuisine), they serve the best Tajine in this world.

Eli Rubel

Co-founder of Superb.ly   |   LinkedIn

Eli Rubel is the CEO of Superb.ly, a venture funded Portland startup that provides a streamlined communication platform for entrepreneurs, investors and legal firms. Prior to moving to Portland last August, Eli was an art director and photographer living and dying slowly in Los Angeles. His hobbies include cycling, tech, and writing bio's in the third person.

Favorite App: Path
Favorite Restaurant: Santeria

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Amber Case

Co-founder of Geoloqi.com   |   LinkedIn

Amber Case is a user experience designer and co-founder of Geoloqi.com. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding.

Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and was featured in Fast Company 2010 as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. She’s worked with Fortune 500 companies at Wieden+Kennedy and on major applications at Vertigo Software.

Favorite App: Geoloqi
Favorite Portland Restaurant: PK Thai

Chris Chong

Marketing Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Chris Chong is marketing consultant specializing in online lead generation and direct marketing for small and micro-businesses. He started his internet marketing career in 2002 and has since founded or helped launch over a dozen start-ups. As an entrepreneur, his passion is to grow companies by applying direct marketing techniques in new ways.

Favorite App: LaunchSide
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Clarklewis

Abhijeet Kunte

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Abhi attended PDXSW April 2011 and has been involved with SW and the Portland startup scene since then. Abhi has extensive experience in taking products from concept all the way to launch. Find Abhi for questions related to startup company creation, product strategy, market evaluation, agile execution and anything in between.

Favorite App: Instalook
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Nicholas and Charthouse

Luke Ordway

Founder of My Replay Live

Luke Ordway is a first time entrepreneur preparing his company, MyReplayLive, to be investment ready. He graduated from Warner Pacific College with a degree in Health and Human Kinetics and worked as a sport facility manager when he came up with the idea for MRL. Following success at April's Startup Weekend 2011, MRL has made significant strides reaching valuable milestones. Two years and three iterations later MRL continues to gain momentum and has it's first taste of revenue. He also started and runs a seasonal soccer camp(Champion Soccer Academy) and helped launch The Black Cypress, a fine dining bistro in Pullman Wa.

Favorite App: Geo Loqi
Favorite Portland Restaurant: East India Co Bar and Grill.

Aaron Parecki

Co-founder of Geoloqi.com   |   LinkedIn

Aaron Parecki is a Portland-based iPhone and PHP developer interested in solving practical problems with technology. For the past 3 years, he has been tracking and visualizing his location every 6 seconds. He created Geoloqi with Amber Case in an effort to help people connect in the real world. He has 12 years experience in web app development, database design, and server administration.

Favorite App: Spincam
Favorite Portland Restaurant: PK Thai

Nathan Taggart

CEO of Launchside   |   LinkedIn

Nathan is the CEO of Launchside, a Portland Seed Fund company. In addition to his role with PSF, Nathan currently works with Upstart Labs advising on SEM and SEO for their upstarts.

Favorite App: Dropbox
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Clarklewis

Christine Uri

Attorney   |   LinkedIn

Christine Uri is an attorney and a trusted business advisor specializing in corporate governance, compliance, finance, commercial law and intellectual property. She helps companies ranging from start-ups to mature international enterprises develop and implement plans that align strategy, business purpose and core values with applicable legal requirements.

"I believe that acting with authenticity and transparency is a prerequisite for success in the modern world, and that to live these values, a business must infuse them across all levels and functions. She is a team-player who values the power of networks - both virtual and physical. I am comfortable reaching out to develop new contacts, and I enjoy building unexpected strategic relationships. When problem solving, my goal is to design solutions that keep business initiatives moving forward while also ensuring that they are supported by a strong legal structure."

Favorite Portland Restaurant: Andina

Matthew Wallington

Co-Founder & VP Engineering at CPUsage   |   LinkedIn

Matthew has over ten years of experience in software architecture/engineering and technical sales and marketing including seven years at Intel. He is a graduate of Oregon State University with a BS in Computer Science. In his limited free time you will find him on the slopes of Mt Hood, playing his guitar, hiking at the Oregon coast, or enjoying a local Pacific Northwest micro brew.

Favorite Restaurant: Papa Haydn

Nitin Rai

President & CEO of First Insight Corporation

Nitin Rai has over 25 years of experience in the high tech industry. He is currently President & CEO of First Insight Corporation, a Hillsboro, Oregon based software company which he founded in 1994. First Insight leads the eye-care industry in electronic medical records, practice management and e-commerce products for independent optometrists and ophthalmologists with its flagship product - Maximeyes.

Nitin has Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Prior to founding First Insight, he worked as a Sr. Software Engineer at Mentor Graphics and two software startups in Silicon Valley and Seattle.

Nitin is a visionary and an entrepreneurial leader. His broad range of experience includes technology development, capital raising, sales, marketing, and finance and operations management. Nitin has raised over $20 million in both angel and venture investment for First Insight.

Nitin is incoming president of TIE Oregon, a not for profit entrepreneurship organization. He is a founding charter and board member of TIE Oregon since 2007 and has chaired its mentorship program since its inception. He has mentored entrepreneurs who have launched their companies, developed products and raised capital. He is very supportive of entrepreneurs and believes early mentoring is critical to their overall success in all stages of the development of their business. Nitin has also recently started angel investing along with other TIE charter members, a recent focus at TIE Oregon. His interest in the entrepreneur eco system is not just limited to mentoring/advising and investment but extends to becoming a user and customer of some of the entrepreneurs he has mentored or invested in.

Michael Coates

Founder, PUSH Business Consultants

Michael’s business career began in 1975 with EDS as a data systems analyst in San Francisco. Moving back to Portland, Oregon with his wife in 1979, they opened a graphic design firm which evolved into advertising and public relations agency, still operating today. After fifteen years in advertising, Michael purchased a business in the Portland area and later went to work with a mid-cap business brokerage firm, The Piper Group LLC. It is there he began his career in mergers and acquisitions. Michael left in 2000 to start Cascade Business Partners, LLC, a virtual M&A company. In 2006, he and an acquaintance formed Columbia Business Advisors, LLC. Moving to the acquisition side, he joined two partners to form Synergy Capital, LLC in 2007. After a year and a half of “dry holes”, Michael moved on to form PUSH Business Consultants, advising business owners on growing the value of their business and exiting with their wealth.
He has been a member/investor of the Portland Venture Group, a 12-year old organization. He also has participated in Angel Oregon, including the investment committee for 2006. Michael was Organizer for Startup Weekend Portland (OR) November, 2010 and October, 2011. In 2011 he Co-Founded Startup Weekly, a blog devoted to inspiring and educating business founders of all industries.

Brad Heller

Co-Founder of Revisu

After graduating from Oregon State University in 2009 with a degree in Computer Science, worked as a developer at various PDX companies (WebMD, Jive Software, AboutUs) before being accepted to the inaugural class of the Portland Incubator Experiment. Took Revisu, the easiest way for designers to share their work and collect feedback from team members, clients, and project stakeholders, from concept to launch during PIE, and Revisu has been excelling in the marketplace since.

Favorite App: iReddit!

Favorite Portland Restaurant: Santeria

Angela Jackson

Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund

Angela brings a decade’s experience placing 30+ angel investments (multiple sectors) and a serial entrepreneur family history to Portland Seed Fund. She has advised hundreds of entrepreneurs and seed‐stage companies across a broad spectrum of industries at AB Jackson Group, and also oversees the Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 25+ resident bio-tech, technology and clean-tech companies. She is current President of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel network in the world, and was Chair of the state’s premier angel investment event, Angel Oregon, in 2010. Prior, she served as a principal at Emergent, an incubator/investment fund for emerging technology and consumer products. Earlier in her career, she started and operated several small companies and drove key partner relationships and sales channels at Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments: GPN) during a period of explosive growth. Very early, she trained for a career in ballet and spent three years sailing globally as a professional tall ships sailor. She holds a B.A. in English and History (Boston University) and a M.A. in Environmental Studies (University of Oregon).

Angela can’t turn off the switch that sniffs out and grows potential, whether scouting entrepreneurs, raising her kids, locating the next hotspot or collecting emerging artists. When not thus engaged, she is usually home enjoying great dinners with her husband and kids.

Favorite App: Gliph
Favorite Restaurant: Savoy

Ravi Sinha

Professor, Oregon State University

Ravi is an Entrepreneur, having started 4 companies, He has a proven track record of identifying market opportunities, engaging stellar talent required to start up entire operations and closing investments. Ravi’s career has been focused on developing high quality products and services while simultaneously providing unequalled customer satisfaction & delight. Ravi founded Choice Solar in 2008 a company that distributes simple solar solutions in India. In 2006 Ravi co-founded a Solar Electric Design and Installation business in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. He advised a privately funded thin films solar business, and in this capacity he was instrumental in the launch of the company in both the US and India. Ravi has been and engineer and marketing professional and new business developer at HP. He has closed capital for startups and been a CEO several times . He led and facilitated a highly successful turn-around of a publicly traded company which later was sold for $250 Million. Ravi is the founding Chair of Oregon’s TiE Clean Energy Special Interest Group and a mentor and coach for TiE Oregon, Cleantech Open, OEN, and Start-Up Weekend (Corvallis and Portland). Ravi teaches Entrepreneurship at the College of Business at Oregon State University. He received MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a cyclist, swimmer and enjoys hiking and traveling!

Favorite Restaurant: Andina

Justin Thiele

Co-founder of Superb.ly

Justin Thiele is co-founder of Superb.ly, a Portland Seed Fund company. Previously he co-founded Mugasha (Winner of Portland Startup Weekend 2008) and CameraTrace. He was also an early employee at GadgetTrak and AppSumo.

Justin has a passion for creating new products. He specializes in development, user experience, and community management.

Favorite App: The Hacker News App
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Nicholas Restaurant


Matthew Rotter

Hired Gun   |  

Matt is no stranger to startups. He moved to Portland after college in search of a good job and hooked up with Cybersight -- one of the first Web development shops -- in 1995. After a short stint there he moved back to his native San Francisco and jumped in with then startup CNET. He worked on his chops by day and at night partook in the opulence of the first dotcom boom. After that dried up he was ready to head back to Portland to settle down a bit. He jumped in with a young Chockstone and helped with their growth. His last Startup Weekend project was successful in getting funded and he continues to work with venture-backed startups in Portland. In his free time Matt enjoys playing in a band, taking advantage of Portland's food and drink culture, and traveling.

Favorite App: Draw Something
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Ping

Bill Horton

Founder, BizFix   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Bill began BizFix inspired by his dedication for helping the small business owner. Moving from a career in corporate Sales Education Training and Customer Engagement Improvement to owning a successful speciality market for over 12 years, Bill realized his true passion while offering business advice to neighboring retailers and consultations with customers ready to start their own ventures. These were the conversations that drove him to sell his shop and start BizFix.

Bill runs BizFix with the firm belief that every business owner has the opportunity to improve their process. To grow their capacity. To reignite the passion that drove them to start their business in the first place, and using it to improve their bottom-line and ultimately their lives.

Bill is ever honing his craft while helping as many business owners as he can. He develops curriculum and teaches at Mercy Corps NW, preparing entrepreneurs to operate their own businesses. He provides advising for Portland Ten, a company that runs and licenses capacity-building business programs, and he volunteers with community outreach programs at the University of Portland’s Center of Entrepreneurship.

Favorite App: Dropbox

Balki Kodarapu

IT Pro and Founder of returnguru

Balki is an internet technology professional with more than 15 years of technical and leadership successes. He is a hands-on technologist known for identifying, recruiting, and retaining top talent in the fast-paced software industry.
Balki has been involved in a variety of businesses ranging from a 8-person startup small business to Fortune 500 companies.
He has been working for his current employer through various stages of maturity right since a young startup went public back in 2001.
Within the larger corporation, Balki has always led his teams in a truly entrepreneurial fashion, thinking about ROI, metrics, and customer engagement.

Balki recently participated in two business plan competitions at the University of Washington placing in the finals at the state-wide competition and 2nd place within the school competition.
He also won the Portland Startup Weekend in October 2011 with his innovative startup idea, returnguru. He spends all of his waking hours building the products for this new company and strategizing the next marketing moves.
Balki has a Bachelor’s degree Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from University of Washington's Foster School of Business.

Favorite App: Evernote for iPad
Favorite Portland restaurant: Siam Thai

Jonathan Correa

I’m proud to be a Portland product. I started out my career in the Pacific Northwest representing my father a well known metal sculptor at the age of 18, shortly thereafter embarking on a career for myself in Visual Design. I eat sleep and breathe form and function and knew at a very young age that the movement of design itself is where my passion lies. I have a degree in Visual Communication and have worked in the field for over 13 years for various PDX companies such as Intel, Tripwire and Stumptown Game Design to name a few. I have worked in various mediums and platforms from animation to game design, from FX to advertising and every kind of motion in between.
I have watched the art and design community in Portland grow and blossom to become self sufficient over the last few years and am proud to be a part of what Portland Startup is doing.

Favorite App: Angry Birds
Favorite Restaurant: Nicholas

Davie Uslan

In 2004, this very accomplished Gator ended his westward migration at
Perkins & Co. David probably has more University of Florida memorabilia -
much of it displayed in his office - than anyone else in Portland! David
preys on tax and accounting issues by sinking his teeth into his clients'
business needs. He has a particular appetite for high tech clients.

A BA and a Masters in accounting from his Gainesville alma mater set Dave up
for the illustrious career he has already had, including a stint with a
national accounting firm on both coasts. He also worked extensively in
private industry in financial management roles.

Easy-going and smart, David runs on the Perkins Hood to Coast relay team
each year. It's amazing that he has the stamina to run at all, since he has
five adorable daughters (all under the age of 9!) to keep up with at home.
No matter how he keeps going, we're grateful that David decided to trade the
swamp land for a bright future in Bridge Town.

Sanjay Vankudre

Sanjay is an Entrepreneur and experienced information technology professional with 20+ years experience in enterprise applications, internet applications and B2B integration. Sanjay has program management and Marketing experience with companies like Intel, Kronos, IBM and GTE. He continues to stay current with latest technologies while consulting and advising tech startups and mid size companies.

Currently engaged in business development and taking innovative education software to market.

Previously Responsible for Software Product Delivery , Offshoring, Process Improvement, Driving the innovation cycle within the organization, and Ensuring technology excellence across the various delivery units.

Favorite App: mqVibe
Favorite Restaurant :Meriwethers

Aaron Kaffen

Marketing & Community Lead, Cloudability

Aaron Kaffen spearheads the Marketing and Community Engagement efforts at Cloudability, a company that helps companies manage their spending on the cloud. For over 15 years, Aaron has worked with companies to define and refine their message, their mission and their voice in the context of the evolving online landscape.

Favorite App: Google Analytics (whenever they finally make one)
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Circa 33

Mike Lyman

UX Engineer, SoftSource Consulting

Mike Lyman is a UX Engineer for SoftSource consulting. His professional experience includes graphic design, web design and development, user interface and interaction design for desktop, the web, and mobile devices. He has worked for brand name corporate clients including Nike, Intel, Eid Passport, Microsoft, Therapeutic Associates, and others. He earned an Eagle Scout award and served a volunteer mission for two years in France. He also enjoyed working with children in various programs including the M.A.R.S program in Riverside County where he helped organize and lead recreational activities for children in the community. He has a B.A. in Art Education and minor in French Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Favorite App (at this moment): Cut the Rope
Favorite Portland Restaurant: Trebol

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