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California State University San Marcos 333 S.Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096


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Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design 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.

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Nov 16
  • Gimbal SDK Boot Camp by Qualcomm Labs
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Michael E. Gerber
  • 15 minute break
  • 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


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • 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


Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Michael E Gerber


Michael E. Gerber is a true legend of entrepreneurship. INC. Magazine calls him “The World’s #1 Small Business Guru.”

He started working with business owners more than 40 years
 ago in order to address a significant need in the small business market: businesses owned primarily by people with technical skills but few business skills, and no place to get meaningful help.

Over the years, Michael E. Gerber’s
companies have helped tens of thousands of small business owners successfully transform their businesses into world-class operations.

Michael is the author of the mega-bestseller “The E-Myth Revisited” and 13 other business coaching books.

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Jim Hamerly

Director of Business Community Relations, CSU San Marcos

Jim is currently Director of Business Community Relations at Cal State San Marcos, where he is responsible for the Senior Experience Program. Jim also teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship. Jim also serves on numerous Boards of community service organizations, new ventures, and business incubators.

Prior to joining CSUSM, Jim has 30 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur as well as an intrapreneur.

Jim holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (from MIT, IC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University).

Mike Alfred

Co-Founder and CEO at BrightScope   |  

Mike is a big believer of open data, a huge driving force behind Brightscope and what should be on the minds of all companies, governments and individuals because of its infinite possibilities to better lives. What's more, Mike embraces innovation and never hesitates to connect like minds.

Robert Reyes

Founder, Startup Circle San Diego   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Robert Reyes has Founded, Invested and/or Advised over 25 statups world wide. has over 15 years of experience in the fields of Sales, Marketing and Supply Network Management. He co-founded StartupCircle San Diego in 2007 as an Entrepreneur community focused on collaboration and contribution by following an Architecture of Trust. StartupCircle is a 1500+ member organization dedicated to bringing together Entrepreneurs, Resources and Investors under a System of Trust. Robert is on a mission to make San Diego a recognized city for Collaborative Entrepreneurship. The vision is to evolve San Diego into a Collaborative Entrepreneurial hub as Silicon Valley has become for technology companies. He has been involved with companies worldwide in a diverse number of industries

Erik Groset

Co-Founder, Zipbuds

As the co-founder of Zipbuds, Erik Groset, 28, has co-created a multi-million dollar solution to tangled earphone and headphone cables. Since debuting on the market two years year ago, Zipbuds continues to turn heads worldwide as an innovative product. It has received rave reviews from ABC World News, New York Times, CNET, InStyle, and Real Simple, among others. Zipbuds even caught the attention of television host, Ellen DeGeneres, who showcased the product on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as part of her “12 Days of Giveaways”. In addition to his success with Zipbuds, Groset has produced an award winning “Top 25 iPhone and Android” application, Funny Status, which has over 100,000 monthly users. Groset has also authored a companion book, Funny Status Updates for Facebook: Get more Likes. Groset is named on 9 patents world-wide and has recently been recognized at The White House with the Empact100 under 30 award.


Brian Levine

Support Engineer, Twilio   |  

Brian Levine is a Startup Weekend enthusiast whose passions include software development, entrepreneurship and his family. Brian currently works as support engineer at, and prior was a software architect at The Active Network and has led development at several startups. He enjoys helping entrepreneurs succeed and learns something new from them every day.

Brina Bujkovsky

CEO and Founder of StokeBox

Brina is an experienced business leader with solid experience solving complex issues and strategically growing a brand. Brina has been serving as CEO of The Younique Boutique, inc. for over a decade. Her passion for art and design coupled with a love of technology made an ecommerce gift boutique the perfect fit for her diverse skill set. Prior to founding The Younique Boutique, she worked as a software interface designer for Shea Homes, and iVillage.

Brina's current company is a consumer web startup called StokeBox where members trade up boxes of their best, gently used and outgrown stuff. StokeBox won 3rd Place at Startup Weekend San Diego 4. As a mom of two kids, she is passionate about helping families use their outgrown stuff as collateral towards the things they need.

Brina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State, University. She is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in San Diego.

Chris Corriveau

CTO at StockTwits

Chris Corriveau is a Web Developer in a wide variety of industries. He is a co-founder of Genevate Corporation a Web Development firm creating web aplications and websites in all industries. Our focus is content management, and database projects.

Read more about Chris at his website,

Jeanine Jacobson

Partner, Founder Institute Los Angeles/San Diego

Jeanine is the co-founder of FounderList, a community of Founders that share and exchange information about resources for Founders in San Diego and around the globe. She was formerly the co-founder of StatupCircle and she was also with Athena, the premier organization for executive women in technology and life sciences, where she served as executive director/President for seven years. Prior to Athena Jeanine worked in business development for a healthcare system, and for the wireless company Wind Systems. She is active in the Corporate Directors Forum and a number of other industry and professional societies in the San Diego area. Jeanine is a graduate of the University of San Diego, where she earned MBA and MSN degrees.

Rodney Rumford

Founder, Snaply   |   LinkedIn

Co founder of formerly

Rodney Rumford has 21 years of experience in helping brands engage online and is the Author of the Book: “Twitter as a Business Tool”. His agency Gravitational Media has extensive experience in ideation, strategy and technology build for facebook applications, twitter apps, widgets and digital communication technologies for brands. They can help you make an impact and reach your target demographic.

He helped companies such as Mountain Dew, Vivendi Mobile, Pfizer, DOW and hundreds of others with digital initiatives. Rodney sits on the boards of several technology companies and startups.

He is a true early adopter of all new digital technologies and have built many leading edge web2.0 solutions such as the very first DIY podcasting service on the internet (, He is also the producer of which helps educate, inform and empower business to leverage social media technologies.

Roland Ligtenberg

Mobile Product & Business Development Entrepreneur in Qualcomm Labs   |   LinkedInGoogle+

An entrepreneur at heart, Roland leveraged his passion and knowledge of technology to become a founder of several startups in his young career. Coupled with a sense of adventure, love for all aquatic-sports, an international upbringing, and a diverse appreciation of music, lead to the founding & creation of: a scuba diving center in Los Cabos, Mexico – San Diego’s first Music & Technology Conference featuring panels & DJ events – a strategic consulting firm aiding proprietors grow their small businesses - and a hybrid factoring/VC business that backs upcoming musicians cleverly named the First Bank of Rock. Roland is currently developing and doing business development for a SDK that allows mobile applications (iOS & Android) to become contextually aware through mobile heuristics & sensor fusion in Qualcomm Labs.

Sean Callahan

Entrepreneur   |  

Entrepreneur, moviegoer, music lover, photographer, runner, technology enthusiast, and world traveler.

Sales, negotiation, raising capital, recruiting, managing people, competitive analysis, product ideation, product management

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Wesley Quach
Jennifer Newell
Erwin Solis
Jayrell Ringpis
Tim Ryan
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