The first ever Startup Weekend Orange County is coming to Chapman University from November 18-20. This is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend's attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Friday Night Speaker: Jason Lucash
Jason Lucash graduated from UC Davis in 2006 with a degree in managerial economics, he launched his first business as a third-grader in the San Francisco suburb of Danville, California and has had the same entrepreneurial spirit since then. Jason gained early marketing and promotions experience while working for Major League Soccer and later JanSport. Lucash has traveled more than 600,000 miles in the past four years, it was in his travels that the idea for OrigAudio came about as an eco-friendly, portable solution, for listening to music. In August 2009 himself and Mike Szymczak decided to form the company and it hasn’t stopped growing since. Their first product was named to Time Magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2009″ list, he recently starred on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank”, and his product is in more than 2000 stores across the globe. Lucash continues to travel for fun as he continues to expand the business and also heads up OrigAudio’s office in Costa Mesa.
Saturday Night Speaker: Eric Jackson
Eric ran the marketing team at PayPal, where he oversaw the campaign to monetize the online payment service and spearheaded product marketing efforts from 1999-2003. He served as PayPal’s interim Vice President of Marketing following the company’s acquisition by eBay in 2002, before leaving the next year to found World Ahead Media, a publishing venture.
During Eric’s tenure as CEO, World Ahead achieved national prominence and reached profitability in its third year of operations before being acquired. His book, The PayPal Wars, won the Writers Notes Book Award and was hailed by Tom Peters as “the best description of business strategy unfolding in a world changing at warp speed.”
Sunday Night Speaker: Paul Darbee
Paul Darbee has been a serial entrepreneur all his life. Paul’s current venture, DarbeeVision, adds depth and realism to digital images in real time for consumer electronics. Previously Paul was a cofounder of Universal Electronics, the leading manufacturer of universal remote controls and a successful public company (NASDAQ- UEIC). Paul invented the preprogrammed universal remote control and holds dozens of patents on remote control and other technologies. He became interested in how the brain processes images over forty years ago, when he founded his first company, Optonics. Paul umpires youth baseball and is a big fan of physics and math.
Regular Admission = $99.00 Chapman University Student Price = $49.00
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