Several mentors are joining us for our Spring 2015 bootcamp taking places March 27th – 31st! Read about them below!
Magnus Petersen-Paaske is an autodidact web developer and the founder of the Kairos Society in the Nordics. He started his first startup at 19 and has since then taught a coding class, organized (and won) StartupBus competitions, co-organized a startup weekend in the Danish Parliament, co-founded StartupBus Africa (now Ampion), managed a student startup incubation program and most recently started working in an Indiegogo-funded hardware startup in Copenhagen.
Magnus has been recognized for his results by organizations like the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School in Munich, the World Business Dialogue in Cologne, the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Program, Nacue 50, the Singularity University Denmark Danske Ideer competition, as well as personally by President Bill Clinton as part of Clinton Global Initiative University 2013.
Angie is a Vice President at Hackbright Academy, where she focuses on Strategic Partnerships. Hackbright Academy runs a 10-week accelerated engineering fellowship exclusively for women in San Francisco, and night classes for working professional women to level up their coding skills. In 2008, she started Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners to network women in technology, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once to a tech event. Dinners are sponsored by companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and Palantir. Prior to that, she co-founded Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. She was named in Fast Company’s 2010 “Most Influential Women in Technology” and more recently Business Insider named her one of “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech”. Angie has held positions in product management and web/UI production at various Silicon Valley startups. She holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter @thisgirlangie.
Fadi is the Founder & CEO of BlackBox VC. He is recognized for his deep knowledge and experience in building successful startups in Silicon Valley and across the world. For over 15 years, he has been successfully matching human capital and venture capital needs across the globe, guiding talented technology entrepreneurs in their path. Prior to founding Blackbox, Fadi was the founder and CEO of techVenture. Having firsthand experience with building teams for over 100 early stage startups in Silicon Valley, and an angel investor in both US based and international startups, he is a frequent speaker at more than 30 entrepreneurial conferences and academic programs. Since founding Blackbox and collaborating with several global startup accelerators and innovation initiatives, he’s enjoyed an active advisory role to thriving startups and entrepreneurs in every continent across the world.
Thomas K. Running
Thomas started his first company at age 17, and is currently the founder and curator of Startup Letters. He travels the world to meet, help and learn from entrepreneurs everywhere. He can provide guidance on early validation and how to build habit forming products.
Lauren was interim COO of Jamalon, a startup in Jordan that sells Arabic and English books online
Her current work focuses on barriers to female startup founders in the Middle East. Previously, she was a consultant with Bain & Co. in San Francisco for several years and did work in Morocco to provide job training to female survivors of violence and research how economic access impacted their lives.
Lauren is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s in Economics and minors in Arabic and Human Biology.