From Mobile Apps to Startups #4 – Speaker Highlight

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We have a great lineup of speakers for the our Aug 22 event. Here is the highlight.

Carl Showalter, General Partner, Opus Capital

Herman A. White, Jr. – Senior Vice President, Business Banking, Technology Credit Union

Shawn Shen, Developer Advocate, Google

Zvika, Founder, Mobile App Loader

Scott Schwarzhoff, VP – Marketing, AppCelerator

Panel Moderator: Mark F. Radcliffe, Partner, DLA Piper

7:40 Panel Discussion





Carl Showalter, General Partner, Opus Capital

Carl Showalter is investing in Internet and data communications startups and brings more than 12 years of operating experience to Opus. Previously, Carl was a General Partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Prior to this Carl served as Vice President of Marketing at Juniper Networks, where he built and led a global marketing and product management organization. Before Juniper, Carl was Vice President of Dial and Broadband Services for UUNET, overseeing the 300-person, $1B revenue division.

He also held various sales and management positions at ANS, an AOL company, where he helped build AOL’s modem access network and then helped launch hardware-based firewalls and IP VPNs in the mid 1990’s. Carl began his career at Bellcore, focusing on network security and data service delivery. At Bellcore, Carl performed logical and physical attacks on phone company infrastructure, helping them fix these vulnerabilities.

Carl holds a BS degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MS degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.





Herman A. White, Jr. – Senior Vice President, Business Banking, Technology Credit Union

Herman White has been working with technology companies and startups throughout
Silicon Valley, the US and Asia for over 20 years. Prior to joining Tech CU, he
was a co-founder and Partner at CrossBridge Venture Partners, where he invested in
such companies as Good Technology (acquired by Motorola), eSilicon, Bytemobile,
Orchestria, and HedgeStreet (acquired by IG Group). Before founding CrossBridge,
Herman worked in a variety of positions at Silicon Valley Bank, and was also involved in venture debt and venture lending to early stage companies. Earlier in his career, Herman
worked in technology lending, project finance, public finance, trade finance, real estate finance, and international banking at The Sumitomo Bank, Limited and Mercantile Bank, N.A.

Herman holds a BA in Economics from The University of Utah and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was  formerly a Director of Thunderbird’s North America Alumni Council. Herman is a frequent speaker to groups on such topics as startups and entrepreneurship.

Along with his passion for working with entrepreneurs and making early stage investments, Herman enjoys spending time with his family.











Shawn Shen, Developer Advocate, Google

Shawn is a Developer Advocate at Google. His current focus is to cultivate killer apps and help developers build viable business on Google TV, which is an Android-based Smart TV platform. Previously he worked Geo and OpenSocial APIs at Google.  Prior to Google, he worked at Yahoo, Ariba, eBay, plus a few start-ups in Silicon Valley.  While he is not coding or helping developers, he enjoys music, physics, and random philosophical musing.





Zvika, Founder, Mobile App Loader

Zvika has been in the forefront of the mobile industry for the last decade. From launching mobile games in Europe as early as 2001 to bringing mobile e-mail to millions of users at Yahoo!, Zvika’s life mission is to innovate and create.  Having generated several patents in the mobile space, he has embarked on a new mission to change how mobile applications are built, traded, and deployed. His professional achievements in the fields of marketing and product management span three continents and involve planning, positioning, and writing specifications for the next generation of products and solutions, based on direct contact with customers and a strong understanding of market trends.  Zvika has a M.Sc. degree from Tel-Aviv University in Biomedical Engineering.  His Masters thesis was implemented to save lives during car crashes.








Scott Schwarzhoff, VP – Marketing, AppCelerator

Scott leads marketing strategy and go-to-market execution at Appcelerator. Prior to joining the company, Scott was VP of Marketing at Adeze, a leading online rich media advertising platform for small and medium-sized businesses and he led the launch of ISV and reseller partner marketing at SpikeSource. Scott started his career at Hewlett-Packard and later Microsoft, where he drove the launch of Windows Server 2003 to the enterprise and was awarded Microsoft’s Circle of Excellence award for top 1% performance. Scott holds an MBA with honors from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a BA from UC San Diego. Appcelerator is the leading enterprise-grade, cross-platform mobile development solution on the market today. More than 1.5 million developers worldwide have launched 20,000+ cloud-connected mobile  apps developed on Appcelerator software. The company’s flagship offering, Appcelerator Titanium, is the only platform to enable fully native, cross-device development from a single codebase for iOS, Android, Blackberry, PC, Mac, and Linux applications. The platform outputs native code to provide full access to any available device feature, unique capability, or modular extension by accessing over 3,600 features through Appcelerator’s SDK. Appcelerator’s customers include NBC, PayPal, eBay, Merck, Medtronic, Harrah’s, ZipCar, LA Times, and Cisco. Try Titanium for free at<>.


Mark F. Radcliffe

Mark F. Radcliffe concentrates in strategic intellectual property advice, private financing, corporate partnering, software licensing, Internet licensing and copyright and trademark.

Leading international legal publishers consistently rank Mr. Radcliffe among the top lawyers in his profession. The respected English publishers Chambers and Partners has repeatedly named him in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and has described him as “outstanding” and “a leader in open source-related matters.” Legal 500 also recognizes him, commenting: “His expertise in providing strategic IP advice, with particular specialism in open-source matters, has won him plaudits. Indeed, one client describes him as ‘probably the best lawyer in his field.'”

Additionally, Mr. Radcliffe is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2004, he was named one of Northern California’s Top 100 intellectual property Super Lawyers, in a joint project of Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines.

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