First Ever Startup Weekend Orange County Live!

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Startup Weekend Orange County Part 2

As you all know TechZulu is a huge supporter of Startup Weekend, and when we had the chance to be part of the very first Orange County (my home town) Startup Weekend we jumped on board.  We are going to do what we do best and bring you all the awesome presentation action live tonight at 5PM PST.

Tonights Startup Weekend presentations are being judged by the following:

Amir Banifatemi

His career spans more than 28 years in Europe and the US in the development and growth of high technology ventures. He has held senior executive positions with numerous large companies including Matra Space, AP-HP, and the European Commission Information Society. Amir is founder of Bayspring Group, an innovation think tank that specializes in defining market opportunities and the launch of new products and services to meet market needs.


Sean Ellis

He is the founder and CEO of CatchFree, an online service that makes it easy to find and compare the best free online solutions for your specific need. Based in Newport Beach, CatchFree has raised $5.5m in venture capital and publicly launched in May 2011.

Before founding CatchFree, Sean ran marketing at LogMeIn and Uproar from launch to NASDAQ IPO filings & helped bring Dropbox, Lookout, and Xobni to market in interim marketing leadership roles. He also helped accelerate growth at Eventbrite, Socialcast, Webs, World Golf Tour, and Songkick in hands-on marketing advisory roles.  He blogs at

Dr. Richard Sudeck

Director of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ph.D. in Management from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Dr. Sudek’s primary research interests are in the area of entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial leadership, and team leadership.

Dr. Sudek has taught at INSEAD in France, the Rotterdam School of Management in Holland, and at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management of CGU.

In 1982 he founded Nadek Computer Systems, a computer consulting firm, and in 1999, sold the company to SAIC. He has served on advisory committees for Microsoft, IBM, Novell, and Cisco. In addition, he currently consults extensively with startup companies on matters related to strategy, financing, operations, and executive coaching.

Currently an active angel investor (venture capital) with over 20 investments in startup companies, Mr. Sudek sits on the Tech Coast Angels board of governors (the largest angel investment organization in the US). In addition, he is on the board of directors for the Angel Capital Association, a national angel trade association. Through Tech Coast Angels, he has screened in excess of four hundred start-up companies.

Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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