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9/16: SSE Labs Demo Day

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Congratulations to our first class of graduates: Accevia, Black Swan Solar, fountainhop, Loki Studios, Motion Math, Naquatic, & Tixxme. Their presentations and progress impressed our mentors and attendees, and set the bar high for future classes. We are pleased with how the event turned out, from Brad Garlinghouse‘s keynote to our panel on Incubators & Accelerators featuring Cameron Teitelman, George Zachary, Harj Taggar, Ryan Spoon, and Tim Lee.

You can check out photos of the event here and here.

Thank you to all who attended and were involved. Special thanks to AOL for hosting our Demo Day, and our sponsors and mentors who helped make our first summer session a success.


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September 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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8/26 Milestone Event: VC Panel

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Today was a major milestone for our teams at SSE Labs. We hit the three-quarters mark of the summer and held our last event at our offices in Mountain View. Each team presented to a stellar panel of our VC mentors. The panelists gave a lot of great feedback on our teams’ pitches, ideas, and products, which have developed a good deal over the summer. Participating on our panel was:

George Zachary joined Charles River Ventures in 2004. He brings more than 17 years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. George’s focus is on building great services and software technology companies. George led CRV’s investments in Areae,, GoTV, Millennial Media, Skyrider, Twitter and is a board member at Twitter.
Ben Choi joined Maveron as a principal in 2009 and focuses on investments in the mobile and Web enabled consumer services sectors. Ben joins Maveron from Storm Ventures where his board involvement included Ad Infuse, Adgregate Markets, Boorah, DeviceVM, Marketo, Mobio, and YieldBuild.

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For more than a decade, David Hornik has worked with technology startups throughout the software sector. In 2000, David joined August Capital to invest broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software, as well as consumer facing software and services.

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Rebecca Lynn joined Morgenthaler’s Menlo Park office in 2007, and she focuses on early-stage investments in mobile, health 2.0, Internet services and financial services. She serves on the boards of Lending Club and Practice Fusion, and she is a second on the boards of OpinMind and Autonet.

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Thank you to everyone who came in on Thursday, especially our mentors. It was a great way to close out our time at the offices at 401 Ellis; we’re looking forward to working closely with AOL at Page Mill! (You can read more about the move here.) It’s an exciting time as we ramp up for our Demo Day, which is less than three weeks away.

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August 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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8/5: Midway Evaluation at SSE Labs

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The teams have been working hard since the beginning of the summer, so it is exciting for us to be reaching the halfway point. It was great to see our mentors in the office, and also Brad Garlinghouse, Trent Herren, and Greg Castro of AOL. Thanks for stopping by!

The teams were able to demo their products and talk about their ideas one-on-one with experienced entrepreneurs. It was a valuable experience and a great time to get feedback, especially for those who are launching in the near future (Accevia, Fountainhop, etc.).

We’d like to take this chance to thank our mentors for all that they have contributed to the program. Mentorship is one of the core values of SSE Labs; without our mentors, the program would be entirely different and the teams would get significantly less value out of their summers. Our mentors are vital to the program, and we really appreciate all the time and help that they give.

Thank you for your continued support at these events – we look forward to seeing you next time!

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August 6, 2010 at 3:18 am

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7/10: First Milestone Event

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With a great groups of panelists, our teams presented on their progress in the first few weeks of the program, and were able to receive feedback from multiple perspectives. We appreciate your involvement and commitment to SSE Labs;  a big thank you goes out from us to our great panelists!

Andrew Smolik, Co-founder & VP of Marketing at CourseRank

Clifford Nass, Thomas M. Storke Professor at Stanford

(Thank you for introducing us to Ginger Bamford and her son as well)

Christine Herron, Principal at First Round Capital

Christopher McCann, Founder of The Startup Digest

Jatinder Singh, VP of Research at Deutsche Telekom Inc., Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford

Supreet Oberoi, VP of Engineering, RTI Inc

(Thank you for inviting your wife Angel and adorable daughter)

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July 15, 2010 at 3:11 am