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Google for Entrepreneurs is teaming up with Startup Weekend to host a unique Startup Weekend at the new Google Ventures Startup Lab. The weekend will be filled with incredible mentors, judges and speakers from Google and Google Ventures.  Everyone is welcome to apply to participate but only the first 100 candidates will be accepted.  Food, drinks and snacks will be provided for the weekend. 



Sep 21
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Formalize teams and begin working!
  • Wrap up for the night


Sep 22
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams continue working
  • Mentors arrive and coach teams one-on-one
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Wrap up for the night


Sep 23
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Working time
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Final Presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Cocktails

Mike Cassidy: Keynote Speaker

Director of Product Management at Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Prior to joining Google, Mike Cassidy was the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. Ruba helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc. and was acquired by for $500 million. Stylus Innovation’s flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice. Artisoft acquired Stylus for $13M. Mike has a BS/MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He graduated from Harvard Business School.

Rick Klau

Partner, Startup Lab at Google Ventures   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Rick is a Partner at Google Ventures where he is responsible for leading Startup Lab. Rick was previously a Product Manager at Google where he led product initiatives on Blogger, Google+, and YouTube.

Rick’s earlier professional experience includes leadership roles at several software and Internet startups. He was an early employee at FeedBurner, where he ran the publisher services team until Google acquired the company in 2007. Rick received dual degrees from Lafayette College, and while a student at the University of Richmond School of Law, he founded the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the world’s first student-edited law journal to publish exclusively online. He serves on Richmond Law’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Mike Cassidy

Director of Product Management at Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Dr. Frederik G. Pferdt

Global Program Manager for Innovation & Creativity at Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Steven Kan

Business Development Manager at Google. Vice President of Business Operations for Apture (acquired by Google)   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Braden Kowitz

Design Partner, Google Ventures   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Jeson Patel

Engineering Manager at Google. Founder of SocialDeck (Acquired by Google)   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Xander Pollock

Visual Designer at Google. Cofounding Designer of Punchd (Acquired by Google)   |   LinkedInGoogle+


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