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Founder Showcase with Phil Libin

7/17/2013 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

14th Founder Showcase: July 17th, 2013

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading seed-stage startup event, gathering top technology founders and investors to hear and learn from leading experts, and help launch promising new companies to greatness.

The 14th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17th in Mountain View, and will feature a series of practical, “How-To” workshop talks designed to help seed-stage entrepreneurs. Confirmed to speak are Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote, Nir Eyal, an acclaimed business writer and advisor, and Joe Abraham, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of BOSI Global.

Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 6 promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares for a chance to present on stage in the Demo Table Competition.

Are you looking for exposure to investors and press? Applications to the free Pitch Competition have ended, but you still have a chance to get on stage with the Demo Table Competition. Learn more here.


Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote

Phil Libin the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world, and Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000. Follow him @plibin.

Nir Eyal, Business Writer and Advisor

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and today is a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nir is also an advisor to several Bay Area start-ups and incubators. Nir’s last company received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and was acquired in 2011. In addition to blogging at, Nir is a contributing writer for Forbes, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

Joe Abraham, Entrepreneur, Author, Founder of BOSI Global

Joe is founder of BOSI Global which operates, recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for its assessment technology for startups, and BOSIFast50 – a portfolio of high-growth entrepreneurial companies. Joe has started and exited three companies, invested in over 20 early stage companies, wrote Entrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery That Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths (McGraw Hill 2011), and has been featured on FoxNews, CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC for his expertise on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Pitch Judges

Leading venture capitalists and angel investors participate in a judging panel onstage to review, and provide feedback for startups at the Founder Showcase event.

Judges for the 14th Founder Showcase will be announced shortly. To see a past past judging panel, see our last event page.

Startup Mentor Awards

Founder Institute Mentors provide the support, feedback, and guidance that has helped our early-stage founders launch over 800 businesses since the Institute was founded in 2009.

While all of our 2500+ Mentors help our companies, among these great individuals, there are some that stand out. At the 14th Founder Showcase, we will celebrate those who unselfishly give back to the startup community with a special Startup Mentor Awards Ceremony.

Click here to see the nominees and current winners.


2:30pm – 3:00pm: Welcoming Reception with Appetizers

3:00pm – 3:15pm: Opening Remarks by the Emcee, Adeo Ressi

3:15pm – 3:55pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 1 Pitches & Voting

3:55pm – 4:35pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 2 Pitches & Voting

4:35pm – 4:45pm: Showcase Showdown and Grand Prize Winner

4:45pm – 6:15pm: Intermission Reception with Appetizers and Drinks

6:15pm – 6:45pm: 2012 Startup Mentor Awards – Celebrating Those Who Give Back

6:45pm – 7:00pm: Expert Pitch Feedback, with the Audience Choice & CrowdPitch Award Winners

7:00pm – 7:30pm: Workshop by Phil Libin – Topic TBA..

7:30pm – 8:00pm: Workshop by Joe Abraham – “The Founder Matching Workshop: How to Decode Someone’s Entrepreneurial DNA to Find the Ideal Co-Founder Match”

8:00pm – 8:45pm: Workshop by Nir Eyal - “Hooked: How to Create Addictive Products, and the Psychology Behind How Products Form User Habits”

8:45pm – 9:00pm: Conclusion

9:00pm – ???: After Party, details TBA

Apply to the Showcase Competition

Applications to the free pitch competition have ended, but you still have a chance to get on stage through the Demo Table Competition. Click here for more information.

Tickets & Demo Tables

Tickets and Demo Tables are very limited and sell out quickly, so please RSVP today.

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1065 La Avenida, Building 1

Mountain View, CA, 94043

Free parking available

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