Tech Titans of Tomorrow: Teens Plugged In



    "Tech Titans of Tomorrow: Teens Plugged In"
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    Please enjoy the following articles and video covering our event:

    Article by Adam Jackson

    CBS Article


    Teen Tech Review


    VentureBeat Article


    Wall Street Journal Article


    YPulse Article

    ContentNOW Article

    Following up on an exceptional conference last year with over 180 attendees, SDForum is pleased to announce 2009 Teens Plugged In! This event highlights the teenagers of a generation that has influenced and adopted technologies like never before.

    Teenagers are in constant contact through multiple means of technologies, including Facebook, Twitter, email, IM, MySpace and cell phones. We will be joined by corporate executives, not-for-profits, venture capitalists and teenage entrepreneurs in discussing how teens are using technology and encouraging them to undertake new projects and enterprises.

    Speaker Bios:

    Anika Ayyar. Anika Ayyar is a seventh grader at the Harker School. She enjoys swimming, track and field, dance, Indian classical music, debate, and piano. Her favorite subjects are science and english, and Anika really enjoys learning and competing in Latin.

    Jennifer Carole, President, Listen2Youth, Inc. Jennifer has been working in strategic marketing in high technology for over twenty years. She has experience working with large, Fortune 100 companies (Sun, Cisco, HP) as well as start-ups (Second Life, Collation, Telespree), helping them with brand development, messaging, research and marketing programs. Prior to running her own marketing consultancy, Jennifer was the Director of Brand Marketing at Adobe Systems where she was responsible for naming, the web, packaging, customer marketing and consumer research. She has also worked for Lucent, Octel, Borland and agencies including Siegel+Gale and Catchword Branding. Jennifer has a B.A. from UC Davis and a M.A. in strategic marketing from CSU Sacramento.

    Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners. Tim brings a combination of operational, technical and international business experience to Norwest Venture Partners. Tim focuses on investments in wireless and digital media as well as business development initiatives in Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining NVP in 2006, Tim was a principal at Gabriel Venture Partners where he was actively involved in over a
    dozen wireless-related deals and built Gabriel's wireless sector practice. Tim spent more than five years working in Japan as a product manager for Gateway Inc., where he successfully launched direct-marketed PC servers in the Japanese market and led project teams in the development, testing and sales of advanced chassis control systems for clients such as Toyota and Daewoo.

    Tim currently serves on the advisory boards of the Silicon Valley Telecom Council, Dealmaker Media, Digital Hollywood, TiE Wireless SIG, MIT/Stanford VLAB, VC Task Force, and Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an MS in electrical engineering/system engineering as well as a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

    Catherine Cook, Founder, MyYearbook. Talk to Catherine Cook for any length of time and you get the distinct feeling you don't need to remember this girl's name because you'll be hearing it often in the years to come. After all, any sixteen-year-old who can convince her older brother to write a $250,000 check must have even more up her sleeve.

    As a teen, Catherine is a self-declared "nerd" and proud of it. She's a varsity gymnast with a boyfriend and a 4.0 GPA who, in her dwindling spare time, attends events like the National Youth Leadership Forum in Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy.

    As a "super member," Catherine logs onto the site as much as possible in order to have the true user experience. She works more than 25 hours
    per week generating and testing ideas to improve the site. Oh, and Catherine's also the one who always knows where Geoff or Dave has parked the car. Today, Tomorrow, the world.

    Tim Draper, Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim serves on the boards of Glam, Tagworld, SocialText,, Chroma Graphics, Meebo, Increo, and Wigix. Previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and others.

    As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances. He was #7 on Forbes Midas List and #52 on the list of the most influential Harvard Alumni. He was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker for 2008. And DFJ was honored as #1 Dealmaking Venture Capital firm for 2008. Tim is also the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Tim launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. He is a member of Singapore's Economic Advisory Council and Ukraine's Orange Circle. He is on the Board of U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Lara Druyan, General Partner, Allegis Capital. Prior to joining Allegis Capital, Lara Druyan had responsibility for Silicon Graphics' desktop software business, identifying market opportunities, and overseeing the successful development, execution and deployment of the SGI NetMeeting collaborative software. As a product manager, Ms. Druyan was also part of the team that launched the O2 and
    Octane desktop machines worldwide.

    Previously, Ms. Druyan worked at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker where she advised global media and telecommunications companies on corporate finance and merger and acquisition strategies. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Apprion, SonicSwap and Rosum Corporation; she represents Allegis on the Board of Directors of Packet Design; and she serves on the Board of Advisors to the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, an organization that supports and encourages the development of women-run businesses. She holds a bachelor's degree with Honors in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

    Conrad Egusa. Conrad Egusa is a senior at Santa Clara University. Born in Tokyo, he spent his adolescence in Connecticut where he excelled at rugby, being invited to try out for the U19 national rugby team, before heading out to California. He has been recognized as one of the top students at Santa Clara and enjoys reading, training for marathons, and fostering his entrepreneurial spirit.

    Nathan Evans. Nathan Evans graduated from Stanford university in 2008 with a BA in international relations and is currently completing a MA in Chinese. After spending last fall abroad and working during the summer in Beijing he is committed to working in Asia in the foreseeable future. His investment and entreprenurial experience started at a young age while working for a family owned hedge fund. After gaining experience analysing business plans and financial statements he initiated his own startup called Citizens of Wine. Citizens of Wine seeks to educate the growing millenial generation how to best discover and learn about wine.

    Rich Friedrich, Director, Open Innovation Office, HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard Company. Rich Friedrich heads the Open Innovation Office, which was established to deepen HP Labs’ strategic collaborations with those in academia, government and the commercial sector. Friedrich’s accomplishments span his 20-plus-year career at HP. He led the system performance team that optimized the first commercial PA-RISC based systems in the mid-1980s and the first online transaction processor called, Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), in the late 1980s. He also was responsible for the
    architecture and design of a large-scale, distributed measurement system for the Open Systems Foundation Distributed Computing Environment in the early 1990s. More recently, he led the teams that invented WebQoS, the novel technology for providing predictable and stable performance for Internet-based applications, rearchitected Linux for IA-64 and contributed key technologies to HP’s Utility Data Center, OpenView automation products and StorageWorks data grid products. Friedrich’s team also worked with DreamWorks to provide a remote 1,000-processor utility rendering service that was critical to the production of the feature films, Shrek 2 and Madagascar.

    Friedrich has participated on many scientific program committees, published extensively and is a co-inventor on 15 patents. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

    Tomio Geron, Reporter, Dow Jones & Co. Tomio Geron is a reporter at Dow Jones & Co. He primarily writes for VentureWire, covering consumer Internet startups and the venture capital industry. His writing also appears in other Dow Jones publications, including the blog Venture Capital Dispatch on and Private Equity Analyst, a monthly magazine.

    Adam Jackson. Adam Jackson is a 14 year veteran on The Web and began experimenting with social networking in 1999 via LiveJournal when he was 12 years old. Today, he helps companies find their voice online with social media and he is heavily involved with 5 large scale projects including a literary style-guide for Twitter and Microblogging.

    Kelley Kaufman. Kelley Kaufman is a senior business student at the University of San Francisco majoring in business administration and minoring in graphic design. She has interned in various marketing positions with Capitol Records in Los Angeles as well as one of San Francisco's leading hospitality groups, Plumpjack. Outside of school she enjoys traveling, running and art. Upon graduation Kelley hopes to teach English abroad before returning to the US for graduate school.

    Victoria Leon, Co-Founder, Victoria Leon is a 15-year-old junior at Deer Valley High School. She is a co-founder of, which is a service that provides online study halls with peer tutoring and networking. She is a scholar athlete who plays on the varsity golf team. Victoria is also a mentor to young golfers through The First Tee program.

    Rick Lewis, Principal, USVP. Rick led USVP's investments in and Hooked Media Group, and serves on the Board of Directors at both companies. Rick was also involved with USVP's investments in Intermolecular and Redwood Systems, and is a board observer at both companies. Prior to joining USVP, Rick spent six years in leadership roles spanning engineering, product development, operations, and strategy for companies like Autodesk and Walt Disney Imagineering. Rick co-founded and managed product development at Design Variations, a 3D design software startup that was funded by Parametric Technology Corporation. Rick has also held positions at Sun Microsystems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and McKinsey & Company's high-tech practice. Rick has been published for his research in computer graphics at UC Berkeley, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. Rick holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at Davis (with Highest Honors), an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction.

    Kimber Lockhart, Co-Founder, Increo Solutions. Kimber is CEO and Co-founder of Increo Solutions, Inc. Before Increo, she spent summers at McKinsey & Company and Infosys. Always interested in entrepreneurship, Kimber has developed and taught two courses on the subject and served as co-coordinator of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar. Kimber was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar and is an award-winning writer. She received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

    Josh Lowensohn, Associate Editor, Josh Lowensohn is an associate editor for, CNET's blog about cool and otherwise useful Web applications and services. Josh covers tools that help people browse and share their lives with others, and loves any service with an oversized upload button. Prior to writing for CNET Josh reviewed video games and covered breaking news for In his spare time he’s an avid photographer.

    Laurie Lumenti Garty, Managing Director, SVB Capital. Laurie Lumenti Garty is a Managing Director in the Entrepreneur Services Group at SVB Capital where she is leading the Bank’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with universities, incubators, angel and seed stage investors. Garty has significant experience working with entrepreneurs and has an extensive network of angels, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and CXOs.

    With more than a decade of experience in financial services, working for the FDIC, Capital Crossing Bank and Bank of America, Garty employs a unique combination of practical operational experience and financial engineering in working with clients and investors. She is involved in many civic and industry organizations and serves on many of their board of directors and advisory boards. Some of the organizations she is involved with are: The Enterprise Network (TEN), Astia, the Technology Ventures Corporation, The National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). She is also chair of the Angels Breakfast Club.

    Garty holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Framingham State College and a certificate of special studies in management and administration from Harvard University Extension School.

    Larry Magid, Technology Analyst, CBS News & CNET News. Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He presently serves as Technology Analyst for CBS News & CNET News. His technology reports can be heard several times a week on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment for KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s made several appearances on CBS News network TV programs, CNET webcasts and local TV news stations and his columns and podcasts can be found on and He is also a weekly columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and the Palo Alto Daily News and an occasional contributor to the New York Times.

    One of Larry’s newest books is MySpace Unraveled: A parents guide to teen social networking, coauthored with Anne Collier. He also wrote The Little PC Book, a critically acclaimed best seller. Other books include The Little Quicken Book, Cruising Online: Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways, The Fully Powered PCElectronic Link: Using the IBM PC to Communicate. Magid is also codirector of and host of three popular websites:, and

    Max Marmer. Max is a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School. He was born and raised in the city of San Francisco, and attributes a lot his mindset and interests to his formative surroundings. In his sophomore year he founded the Technology Club as a vehicle to push the school into the 21st century, to organize like-minded peers, and to create a platform to visit and explore the vast network of people and ideas in the Bay Area. Last summer he was an intern at the Institute for the Future where he was inspired to create Force For the Future, an entrepreneurial network that aims to accelerate the learning curve and impact of ambitious young people by providing foresight, skills, connections and a support network of peers and mentors. He plans to launch Force For the Future during his upcoming gap year in between high school and college. Recently, Max joined the youth leadership council at Youth Noise, a national youth organization, and is excited to be working on Youth Noise’s online platform to enhance young people’s ability to pursue their passions and make an impact.

    Arjun Mehta, Co-Founder, PlaySpan. Arjun is a multi-player gaming enthusiast and is 7th grade student in Fremont, CA. He started playing online games and trading of virtual items in games when he was 8 and enjoys building websites, participating in game forums and testing game software.

    Karl Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO, PlaySpan. Karl Mehta brings over 16 years of experience to PlaySpan in founding and building high-tech businesses in the US and international markets. Prior to co-founding PlaySpan Inc., Karl was part of the founding team at MobileAria Inc. (acquired by Wireless Matrix) and co-founder/ CEO of OmniLabs Inc.. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Hughes leading new business and technology development. Karl is Charter member of TiE-Silicon Valley and board member of Ecosystem Ventures.

    Sergio Monsalve,Principal, Norwest Venture Partners. Sergio brings to NVP over 12 years of operational experience in marketing, product management, business development, sales and finance from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on investments in the consumer internet, media and software sectors. His current investments and board seats include Adzilla and Fatdoor.

    Prior to NVP, Sergio was Vice President of Product Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp in May for a reported $300 Million. At Photobucket, Sergio drove product marketing, public awareness and user experience, which helped accelerate Photobucket’s growth to more than 40 million unique visitors per month.

    Jack Montgomery. Jack Montgomery is a sophomore at Los Altos High School and is in the midst of starting a non-profit organization called Silicon for Society with Tyler Stout. The program helps underprivileged students, after completing a 6-week hands on educational program students receive a functional computer for their home use. Silicon for Society hopes to help at least 200 students throughout the Bay Area by 2011, and to guide each student towards a more fulfilling future. Jack Montgomery is an ambitious kid who loves to be busy. He is a 4.0 student, the Vice President of his school and the Chairman of the local Humane Society’s Youth Advisory Board. Jack also enjoys running track and playing tennis. He does all of this by cutting back on the non essentials such a television and sleep and drinks more caffeinated tea than is probably healthy. Jack enjoys balancing his ever busy life by spending time with his family at dinner each and every night. Jack loves his family, his school, and his community and likes to do what he can to give back to all of them.

    Ben Narasin, Seed Stage Group, TriplePoint Capital. Ben Narasin started his first business when he was twelve and didn’t stop until he was 37. Early into the Internet space, he started in 1993 which became one of the first ecommerce companies in the world and the first cost-per-click portal. After taking public in 1999 Narasin spent much of the early 2000s acquiring companies in the space, including the infamous, and providing liquidity back to his shareholders.

    Narasin joined TriplePoint Capital in 2007 to oversee the firm’s Seed Equity investment activities and to support the company’s continuing growth as a preeminent specialty debt financing firm to the venture capital community and venture-backed companies. Narasin’s focus on seed stage investing leverages TriplePoint’s significant financial strength and liquidity in whatever form is most appropriate, whether equity, debt or a blend of the two.

    Anika Radiya-Dixit. Anika Radiya-Dixit is currently in 8th grade at Challenger School. She has always had a keen intrest in science and mathematics. She enjoys exploring entreprenural ideas related to science. When she grows up, Anika desires to pursue the study of neuroscience.

    Her pastime activities include playing piano, singing, tennis, and reading. She undertakes leadership roles in organizations such as Girls Helping Girls, whose aim is to increase access to education in developing countries. Anika looks forward to her high school education at Harker.

    Osvaldo Ruelas. Osvaldo Ruelas is a senior at the Latino College Preparatory Academy in San Jose, California. He has been a member of a group of 60 students who, for the past two years, have been engaged in applying science as a means of learning science. The program is called Extreme Science and is funded by the National Science Foundation. Osvaldo has an ongoing interest in the use of alternative energy production modes to get at solving world energy problems. His entry, in partnership with fellow student Veronica Acevedo who will accompany him to the presentation, won the top honors at the high school's 2008 Science Fair. They designed and built a solar oven that utilizes a Fresnel lens to concentrate heat in a chamber insulated by adobe. Ruelas, Acevedo and three other team members offered an earlier version of the solar concentrator-photo voltaic prototype they are going to be presenting to you at the Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Competition. Against a national field of competitors, they were finalists. Their entry did not win, but the intention of Ruelas and his team is to continue refining their idea until it meets the features they believe will make it marketable: It must be effective, affordable, simple, aesthetically pleasing, and durable. Ruelas plans to enter college in the fall and to major in environmental science.

    Jeff Seibert Jr. is a current Senior at Stanford University where he is studying Computer Science and Economics. Seibert is Co-Founder and President of Increo Solutions, Inc., a startup focused on creating the next generation of tools to help companies address the most important and difficult aspect of business communication: innovation. Increo recently raised a Seed Round of financing from
    Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Prior to Increo, Seibert served as President of Arios Software, a Macintosh software company he founded during high-school in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked in both engineering and marketing for Apple, Inc., as well as independently as a freelance designer. Favorite pastimes include surfing and playing tennis.

    Kenny Spade, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft. Kenny graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2008. While at university, Kenny was very active in a number of student organizations, and served as the Events Coordinator, bringing guest speakers in from the Silicon Valley and giving technical presentations to his classmates. Before attending CSU, Chico, Kenny worked for four years as a software developer, maintaining legacy applications in Visual Basic 6, and writing new applications in C#.

    He currently works as an Academic Developer Evangelist at Microsoft for the Northern California region. His hobbies include digital photography, free diving, game development, and writing applications to solve simple problems in complex ways.

    Mirjana Spasojevic, Senior Principal Scientist and Team Lead of the IDEA, Nokia. In her role as a user research evangelist and a passionate advocate for very human mobile experiences, she focuses on ethnographic and lab based studies of mobile technologies. In the last several years she has been investigating how and why people use camera phones and has been conducting international studies of mobile web services. Prior to Nokia, Mirjana has worked as a senior design researcher at Yahoo! Mobile business unit, and a senior research scientist and project manager at HP Labs where she was a member of the Cooltown program.

    She also has experience from the startup world, as a technical member of Transarc Corp. and academia as an assistant professor at Washington State University.

    Tyler Stout. Tyler Stout is a sophomore at Los Altos High School and is in the midst of starting a non-profit organization called Silicon for Society with Jack Montgomery. The program helps underprivileged students, after completing a 6-week hands on educational program students receive a functional computer for their home use. Silicon for Society hopes to help at least 200 students throughout the Bay Area by 2011, and to guide each student towards a more fulfilling future. Tyler is a member of ASB, Vice President of his class and is involved in E 3Youth Philanthropy. In his free
    time, Tyler enjoys playing the Tenor Sax, football, baseball, wakeboarding and spending time with his family.

    Ricky Yean. Ricky is a Junior at Stanford and co-President of the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), the largest student-run entrepreneurship organization in the nation. He is heavily involved in entrepreneurship education at Stanford and have had experience working on startups and smaller projects together with other students.

    Jocelyn Zona, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM. She is responsible for government affairs, community relations, volunteer engagement, philanthropy, and for the management of ongoing community programs in the Silicon Valley. Improving public schools around the world continues to be IBM’s top social priority, and Jocelyn is responsible for the implementation of those solutions which draw on advanced information technologies and the best minds IBM can apply.

    Before joining IBM in 2002, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in Human Resources for two and a half years and worked as a K-5 school principal in San Jose, California (the heart of Silicon Valley) for 10 years. In addition to her IBM duties, Jocelyn currently serves on several boards, including a just-completed term as co-President of Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME) in San Jose; the Springboard Schools (formerly Bay Area School Reform Collaborative); the Silicon Valley Education Foundation; and the education committees for both the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in the central valley of California, Jocelyn completed her MS degree in psychology at San Jose State University.





    8:30AM-9:00AM Registration and Networking Breakfast                                  
    9:00AM-9:15AM Welcome Remarks
    9:15AM-9:45AM Profile in Teen Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat
    Catherine Cook, MyYearbook
    Sergio Monsalve, Norwest Venture Partners
    9:45AM-10:30AM Panel Discussion with College Students
    A panel of college students discusses how they use technology and their personal interest in technology, entrepreneurship.
    Moderator: Josh Lowensohn, Webware (CNET)
    10:30AM-10:45AM Break
    10:45AM-11:45AM Panel Discussion: "Understanding the Teen Market"
    Jennifer Carole, Listen2Youth, Inc.
    Adam Jackson 
    Marjana Spasojevic, Nokia
    Moderated by: Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop
    11:45AM-12:30PM Afternoon Keynote
    Tim Draper, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
    12:30PM-1:15PM Lunch Break, visit the demo stands and network!
    1:15PM-1:30PM Call to Action: Teens Reach Out
    Teen entrepreneurs and developers give their 30 second pitch on their projects.
    1:30PM-1:45PM Profile in Teen Entrepreneurship
    Jeff Siebert and Kimber Lockhardt, Increo Solutions
    1:45PM-2:30PM Panel Discussion with High School Students 
    A panel of high school students from local Bay Area high schools discusses how they use technology and their personal interest in technology, entrepreneurship.
    Moderator: Larry Magid, CBS News

    Panel Discussion: "Teen Outreach: What the Tech Companies have to Offer"
    Rich Friedrich , Hewlett-Packard
    Dana Nguyen, Google
    Kenny Spade, Microsoft
    Jocelyn Zona, IBM
    Moderated by: Laurie Lumenti Garty, Silicon Valley Bank

    3:15PM-3:30PM Break

    Profile in Teen Entrepreneurship
    Arjun Mehta, Playspan 
    Karl Mehta, Playspan

    3:45PM-4:45PM Panel Discussion: Teens Pitch, Investors Listen
    This is an opportunity for a selection of teen entrepreneurs to pitch to investors and experienced entrepreneurs and obtain advice, input on their projects. Investors include:
    Tim Chang, Norwest Venture Partners
    Lara Druyan, Allegis Capital
    Rick Lewis, USVP
    Ben Narasin, TriplePoint Capital
    Moderator: Tomio Geron, VentureWire
    4:45PM-5:00PM Closing Remarks