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TechZulus 2013 Startup Forecast

1/24/2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 AM

TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2013 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Thursday Jan. 24 7pm at The ROC in Santa Monica. We have a line up of amazing speakers who will share their insights and forecast for startup trends in 2013. Topics of discussion will be Saas, Cloud, Mobile, Gaming, Social Markets, what surprises are coming for 2013, creating value with your company, hiring problem solvers, and building sensible businesses.

There will be plenty of FREE food and drinks!

We have an amazing treat for all you out there. The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders.

Our Panelist Include:

Erik Rannala, Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ MuckerLab

Prior to founding MuckerLab, Erik was most recently at Harrison Metal Capital where he helped lead one of the most successful seed-stage venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Since 2008, Harrison Metal has invested in over 40 companies, including Aardvark (GOOG), DocVerse (GOOG), Heroku (CRM), Manymoon (CRM), MixerLab (Twitter) and ZipZapPlay (ERTS).

Before Harrison Metal, Erik was most recently vice president of product management and strategy at TripAdvisor, the largest travel community site on the Web. In that role, he led product strategy and development for TripAdvisor sites in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, as well distributed applications and syndicated content on partner sites like Facebook.

Prior to TripAdvisor, Erik spent over four years at eBay, where he held a variety of positions, including leadership of eBay’s premium features business, which grew during his tenure from $124 million in revenue in 2002 to $410 million in 2005, significantly outpacing overall eBay revenue and listings growth.

Previously, Erik held leadership roles at, where he was the online sporting goods retailer’s first marketing employee, and at Accenture, where he advised Fortune 500 retail, communications, and consumer products clients on strategy, operations and technology engagements. He was also an early member of Accenture’s first practice group dedicated to Internet strategy and development in the mid-1990’s.

Erik earlier served at the Domestic Policy Council in the White House, where he worked on issues such as equal employment opportunity and Native American affairs. Erik holds a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Duke University.

Howard Marks, Founder and Co-Chair @ StartEngine

Howard Marks is the founder and co-chair of StartEngine, Los Angeles' largest startup accelerator, determined to make LA a top tech entrepreneurial city. Marks was the founder and CEO of Acclaim Games (now owned by Disney), and the co-Founder of Activision and Chairman of Activision Studios (1991-1997). In 1991, Marks and a partner transformed ailing video game giant Activision into a $14B market cap video game industry leader. Marks has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, is bilingual and is a triple national of the U.S., United Kingdom, and France, and has over 30 years of experience as a veteran of the technology industry.

TX Zhuo, Managing Partner @ Karlin Ventures

TX is the Managing Partner of Karlin Ventures and has been involved in the startup space since his college days. He started an online textbook retail company while in college, served as the CFO for an electric vehicle startup, Lit Motors, and worked for Innovation Endeavors, a seed stage venture fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Prior to Innovation Endeavors, TX worked for McKinsey & Co in their London office where he was part of their financial institutions and consumer goods practices. TX received a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Wesleyan University. TX is also an Associate of Chartered Accountants (U.K.) affiliate.


Amanda Coolong, COO/Executive Producer/Chief Correspondent at TechZulu

Amanda Coolong has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and influencers at every major industry conference, and is an active beta tester for many of the products she encounters.

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Diane Pechenick, Healing Dives, Inc.


Twitter Handle (Ex. @TechZulu): @healingdives

Jason Wilson, NDMS Corp, Inc

Twitter Handle (Ex. @TechZulu): @startuppayments

ziliang Tan

Jennifer Chang, Perfect Market, Inc.


Twitter Handle (Ex. @TechZulu): @jenhchang

Corey Crossfield, The Collective

Matt Lovett

Twitter Handle (Ex. @TechZulu): MattLovett

Kerry Quinn

Justin Tanner

Brian Allman

W Adam Hunt, Wikkit LLC


Twitter Handle (Ex. @TechZulu): WikkitWikkit

Scott Kerfoot

Anat Baron


Jeff Vertun

Weigang Sun

Peter Bonfante

Benjamin Cheetham

Michael Morgan

Walter Yuan

Dan Klos

Boris Sokolsky

Anthony Karrer

Stephanie Cheng

Scott Friedman

Jon Vidar

Ashirwaad Badami

Gilbert Szeto

Ari Zandman-Zeman

Josh Greenbaum

Brandon Deroche

Steve Kleiman

zahava stroud

Melanie Nichols

Lawrence Ham

Jorge Zamora

Philippe Lewicki

Greg Mueller

Yung Seoul Kim

Benjamin Katz

Stuart Halperin

kresimir peharda

Rebecca W. Ramgren

Alejandro Marin

Alexander Reinlieb

Jeffery Harrold

Bryan Koch

david kessler

David Resnick

Douglas Hunter

Bobby Carter

Daniel Jung

Tas Dienes

James Jordan

Graham Gelwicks

Alexander Staikos

Aaron George

Varoujan Bedirian

Jeff Weinberger

Laura Siderman

Bree Nguyen

sherman wong

Ardavan Homayounfar

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