Silicon Valley Ecobator nestGSV Kicks Off Inaugural nestCON: Mobilizing the Connected World

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nestCON Winter 2013 Assembles Leading Corporate, VC & Startup Execs to See What’s Hot in Mobile Innovation and Explore the Best Models for Mobile Innovation, Collaboration, and Investment

nestCON Winter 2013 is presented by nestGSV in Silicon Valley, the worlds newest startup 'ecobator'

For our inaugural nestCON event, nestGSV has assembled leading minds throughout Silicon Valley to explore the intersection of startup and corporate America in the mobile industry.

nestGSV, the world’s newest ‘ecobator’ (ecosystem + incubator), today announced the names of startups and panelists participating in nestCON Winter 2013: Mobilizing the Connected World, beginning today at nestGSV in Redwood City, CA at 7:30 a.m. nestGVS's quarterly nestCON events, the premier Silicon Valley showcase for introducing "best of breed" emerging technology companies, occur on a quarterly basis with a unique, industry-specific focus that informs the conference.

Today’s event, nestCON Winter 2013 will be livecast at:

The nestCON Winter 2013: Mobilizing the Connected World agenda, 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., will rotate between keynote speeches, panels and pitch sessions. Pitch sessions will feature pre-qualified companies presenting in front of venture capital and industry expert panelists, followed by the opportunity for deeper conversation during networking sessions. The speakers for this event are industry leaders from the startup, corporate and VC communities who are immersed in innovation and investment. nestCON Winter2013 sponsors include: HansonBrigett, Melita Group, Pillsbury, Qualcomm Labs, Samsung Electronics, SC Palo Alto.

“nestCON is designed to bring together Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and multiple media channels, and to promote networking in a highly interactive, intimate and relaxed environment to explore specific facets of innovation,” said Kayvan Baroumand, Founder and CEO, nestGSV. “For our inaugural nestCON event, nestGSV has assembled leading minds throughout Silicon Valley to explore the intersection of startup and corporate America in the mobile industry. Keynote addresses and panel discussions will examine the role of corporate involvement in the success of startups working to "Mobilize the Connected World, and startup pitches will demo some of the most innovative early- and growth-stage startups in mobile.”

nesstCON Winter 2013 event schedule is as follows:

Welcome & Opening Remarks will be given by Kayvan Baroumand, Founder & CEO, nestGSV

nestCON’s Keynote Address: ‘Adventures in Innovation’ will be presented by Liz Gasser, VP Business Operations, Qualcomm Labs

Growth-stage company morning presentations include:
Peter Mullen, Evangelist, Bizzabo
Moe Motamedi, CTO, Phizzle
Lee Blaylock, Founder & CEO, Who@
Mikael Berner, CEO, EasilyDo

The morning corporate-startup engagement panel will explore the whys and hows of corporate engagement with the startup ecosystem, exploring all facets of engagement - from corporate incubators, R&D labs, outbound developer evangelism, 3rd party "Open Innovation" platforms, and, of course, investment and acquisition.

Moderated by Eric Savitz, San Francisco Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine. Panelists include:
Mark Nagel, Executive Director, Marketing, AT&T Foundry
Kaustav Mitra, Vice President and Global Program Lead, SAP Startup Focus, SAP
Brendon Kim, Senior Director, Samsung Open Innovation Fund
Amir Sarhangi, Founder & CEO, Jibe Mobile

The afternoon investment panel discussion will focus on comparing and contrasting traditional VCs with strategic (corporate) venture arms to uncover and address friction points as well as opportunities for the two investment entities to collaborate.

Moderated by Eric Savitz, San Francisco Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine. Panelists include:
Rob Trice, Venture Partner, Swisscom Ventures
Ajit Deshpande, Senior Associate, Opus Capital
Jack Leeney, Portfolio Manager, Telefonica Ventures
Clint Chao, Managing Director and Founder, Formative Ventures
Venu Pemmaraju, Senior Investment Manager, Intel Capital

Early stage companies presenting in the afternoon include:
Li Hong, CEO, LemonCrate
Pedro Valdeolmillos, CEO, BlooSee
Chris Drew, CEO, Parent University
Oliver Leung, CEO, Qoture
Evan Wray, CEO, TextPride
Anand Jagannathan, CEO, NewzSocial
Cary Cole, CEO, YouDazzle
Robert Cole, CEO, SurvCast
Sandra Persing, CEO, Blueprint Fit

Startup demos and a networking reception will begin following the nestCON Winter 2013 panels and presentations.

NestGSV holds private and public events throughout the year, including:

  • Nest Invest, a private pitch event directed at the investment community and strategy partners
  • NestCON, open to the entire community, will provide thought leadership, expert panels and presentations by emerging technology companies throughout the day.
  • NestEDU, weekly education courses for entrepreneurs
  • Nest International Investment Forums

nestGSV is more than just a place; it’s a way of doing business. As the world’s first “ecobator”, nestGSV furnishes a rich ecosystem of services essential to the success of emerging technology companies. We bring together entrepreneurs, investors, large corporations, professional service providers, governments and educational institutions to drive collaborative innovation, successful market adoption and growth. Our ecobator model fosters supportive relationships between players in the innovation economy that create mutual benefit for all involved parties.

For further information, visit the nestGSV website at

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Media Contact:
Global Media Strategy Communications/nestGSV PR-Communications
Jeff Lettes, (408) 406-1161


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