Tuesday, October 21st

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

ThinkTank I, Poolside Tent I

Silicon Beach Strategies: Accelerate, Incubate, Crowdfunding, Start-ups & Angels

William Hsu, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, MuckerLab

Brian Mac Mahon, founder and community maker, Pay It Forward Labs

John Shiple, founder, FreelanceCTO.com

Roger Pavane, Managing Partner, Fractionality

Addison McCaleb, Founder and CEO, MediaHound

Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., Chair of Global LAVA, Los Angeles Venture Association, Moderator

William has led product teams at eBay, Green Dot (GDOT), and Spot Runner. William has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Terman School of Engineering at Stanford University and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Brian Mac Mahon, founder and community maker, Pay It Forward Labs; In the last 15 years Brian has been a global leader in the realm of on-demand workspace, helping companies align their workspace and their business plans. Although, Brian is a commercial broker by trade, he has a unique ability to help companies take less space by educating companies on lean workspace tactics. Brian's focus initially has been on the expansion of Silicon Beach and its many thriving startups, incubators and angels. These smart space tactics improve their efficiencies internally and help them outsource externally. Brian has worked in over 20 countries all over the world and is respected as a thought leader on officing in the future. His vision and implementation of new technologies will revolutionize the way people office and it all starts in Silicon Beach.


John Shiple, FreelanceCTO.com is an acclaimed technology consultant to CEOs throughout the U.S. John creates success for his clients by building companies and products for businesses and investors. He architects award-winning technologies that scale businesses while concurrently building, training, and mentoring development teams. John's work brings forth new products, optimizes business processes, lowers operating costs, and enables operational scalability. He has a special expertise in working with emerging and disruptive technologies. John has founded, raised capital for, and launched multiple companies and products. His successes include: A recent startup secured two Fortune 50 contracts within the first year of operation while another gained traction as a Tech Crunch 50 Finalist. At Bigstep.com, John enabled Business Development to sign 50+ co-branded partnerships including AOL Time Warner, Compaq, NBCi, and Office Depot. There he patented a product that won the majority of industry awards for customer satisfaction and quality of service offering within the first year of launch. BigStep.com went on to be acquired by a leading hosting company within 5 years of launching the company. John also redesigned GeoCities, the 4th largest site on the Internet, increased ad inventory by more than 10,000 times, and enabled a purchase by Yahoo! for $3.57 billion in stock. John's clients include Fortune 50 (like Samsung and NTT) and Fortune 500 companies (like Hilton). His startup clients have included GeoCities, Bigstep.com, Mota Motors, MindMixer, and HotWired/Wired Digital.


Roger Pavane, Managing Partner, Fractionality; Roger Pavane is an enterprise wireless mobile technology/hardware/software/platform business development veteran with over 20 years’ experience working with C level executives across multiple vertical markets. Roger’s background sits at the crossroads of mobile technology both B-to-B and B-to-B-C, IT, infrastructure, messaging, iOS/Android apps, e-commerce, mobile content, loyalty, m-commerce, security platforms, cellular mobile wireless infrastructure, and location based services serving many diverse corporate environments.   Roger is currently managing director and executive business development & marketing consultant for Fractionality a New Breed Consulting, Business Development, Revenue and Advisory Firm that works with both large enterprise and early-stage start-ups generating over $2billion in revenue, creating strategies, identifying new opportunities, opening new markets that target and garner results. Roger’s career includes working with emerging media and technology start-ups as well as established enterprise companies. Throughout his career Roger has worked with many C level executives and founders to help drive revenue from product realization though to new business development.   Roger is a key evangelizer of leveraging both technology and outsourcing of emerging media and technology companies and has been instrumental in working for such prestigious clients as AT&T, T-Mobile, Payone, Jabil, Liberty Media, JP Morgan, Sony, PayPal, Netflix, SiriusXM, ClearWire, Nintendo, Blizzard Entertainment, Facebook, Time Inc, Spark Networks and many other high tech companies.  Roger is a graduate of CUNY, New York, and holds a BSEE. Active board member of many industry organizations including CTIA, MMA, MEF, iMedia, Digital Hollywood, and many others.


Addison McCaleb is Founder and CEO of MediaHound, Inc. The Los Angeles based startup’s data platform, The Entertainment Graph, powers apps that enable search, sharing, and discovery across all entertainment content. At MediaHound, Addison oversees product development as well as general management. An alumni of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and native of San Antonio, Texas, Addison previously founded and managed a successful commercial and video production company.


Victoria Silchenko,Ph.D., Chair of Global LAVA, Los Angeles Venture Association; is an economist turned entrepreneur who devotes much of her time to helping other entrepreneurs succeed. She is the founder & CEO of Metropole Capital Group (www.metropolecapital.com) which she launched in 2004 in Los Angeles, CA to provide strategic and capital formation advisory services to venture capital-backed startups and other emerging growth and innovative companies in a broad range of industries throughout the U.S. and Russia/BRIC. Victoria strongly believes in ethical conduct of any business and actively supports solving market needs in the most intelligent, innovative and socially responsible way. She is also a writer and contributes to the Huffington Post and Los Angeles Business Journal on the subjects of entrepreneurship, venture capital, angel investing and crowdfunding. Most recently she organized and produced the first annual Next Generation Entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding Forum which was an unprecedented and exclusive gathering of world class entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, accelerators, and crowdfunding experts and advocates from the United States and all over the globe. Victoria is also the chair of Global LAVA group, a strategic interest group of the Los Angeles Venture Association (www.lava.org), the oldest LA based non-profit that supports entrepreneurship and innovations. Victoria initiated and launched Global LAVA group in 2011 on a mission to unite entrepreneurs, business executives, and capital providers interested in leveraging the existing global marketplace's opportunities and capital sources for companies based in Southern California and came up with the group's motto “Think Outside The States”. Under her leadership over a short period of time, Global LAVA has evolved into a preeminent monthly forum of international entrepreneurship and foreign direct investment for the entire greater Los Angeles area and beyond. Dr. Silchenko is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and financing & growth strategies for early stage companies at numerous seminars and international conferences including the Association of Corporate Growth (United States), LAVA (United States), Horasis: The Global Visions Community (Luxemburg) and other events. Victoria formerly held an analytical position at the Milken Institute, a leading Southern California economic “think - tank” managed by Michael Milken. Previously, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher directly with Dr. Arthur Laffer, (former economic advisor to President Reagan) at Laffer Investments, an economic research and consulting firm. Dr. Silchenko holds degrees in Economics and Finance from the State University of Demidov (1997) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (2000). Additionally, she completed her coursework in Financial Modeling, Business Valuation, and Business Strategies at the University of California San Diego, and she holds a Certificate in Recognition of Satisfying the Requirements for the Advanced Management and Business Program from San Diego State University. In her spare time Victoria likes to read philosophy, play piano, paint and write poetry. Her recently published poetry book, “No Limits: Modern Poetry For Modern People,” is available now on Amazon.




Day Two - SuperSession Day

William Hsu, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, MuckerLab ; William has spent his career as both a startup entrepreneur as well as a senior executive of a Fortune 100 company. Prior to Mucker Capital and MuckerLab, William was the SVP and Chief Product Officer of AT&T Interactive where he owned P&L, Product Management, Product Marketing, and UX responsibilities for all digital advertising initiatives for greater AT&T. In 3 years at AT&T Interactive, he doubled revenue to over $1B and helped established AT&T Interactive as the 9th largest digital media company (ahead of Facebook), the largest digital local advertising company (ahead of Groupon), and the 2nd largest mobile advertising company (behind Google) in the U.S. In 1999, as a 23-year old, he was the founder and EVP of Product Development for BuildPoint – the leader in providing bidding management & marketplace services to the commercial construction industry.  William helped the company grow to over 250 employees and raised over $50M in venture capital. The company was acquired in 2004. In between,