Next week, I will be attending a week long workshop in Silicon Valley California sponsored by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During the course of the week, about 34 UIUC students, including myself, will be visiting startups, venture capitalists, service providers, large companies, and alumni from UIUC.
We will be working our way from Santa Clara to San Francisco, visiting the companies shown above and have the opportunity to speak directly to the CEO’s and the founders of many of them. During the course of the week we will be hearing presentations from Tom Siebel, CEO of C3 Energy, K.R. Sridhar, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomenergy, Kelly Berger, CEO and Founder of Obseshen, Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes Corporation, Roshan Choxi, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloc, Pete Koomen, Co-founder and President of Optimizely, Jeremy Stoppleman, Co-Founder and CEO of Yelp, Eric Klinker, CEO of BitTorrent, and many more. We will also have the opportunity to speak to a past UIUC Computer Science graduate, Roger Dickey, who has invested in companies such as Facebook, Zynga, Wanelo, and more . He has served as an advisor for many of them and was a GM at Zynga.
I’m looking forward to the event. I’ve been interested in the field of entrepreneurship since middle school, and I would love the opportunity to network with the individuals that have grown their companies from the ground up and truly understand their thought process. I will be posting more updates on this site as the week progresses. If you have any comments, or questions you would like brought up, ask below.