Judges and Mentors attending the Silicon Valley Start-up Weekend


Feedback is a fundamental component, that’s why at Silicon Valley Startup Weekend we always host the best experts in the field!

Regardless of the career you’ve chosen so far, feedback is something we all need in order to growth. Furthermore, good feedback helps us focus on the right things and by doing so, save the time and energy we would normally waste when we make a mistake due to a lack of expertise.

Therefore we’re happy to introduce you to the experts who will help you achieve a quick growth in this productive 3-day event:




Bill Reichert – Garage (Keynote speaker)

reichert_bill_photo1_large Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.


Xiao Wang

xw Dr. Xiao Wang is the Venture Partner at InnoSpring Inc., the first US-China cross border technology incubator since 2012. She currently leads business development and cross-border partnership team. Dr. Wang is also the Project Lead at Entels, a pharmaceutical consulting company where she advises global Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology companies for drug development decisions, including target evaluation/ prioritization, translational medicine, biomarker analysis, and clinical trial design.

Dr. Wang Co-Founded China America Innovation Network (CHAIN), a professional non-profit organization envisioned to help transform innovation into value through fostering entrepreneurship in 2011. She is an honored associate member of Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club (TEEC) and the president of Tsinghua Alumni Association of Northern California (THAA-NC).

Dr. Wang earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio and her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Tsinghua University in Beijing China.


Mario Tapia – Momentum

mario-150x150  Mario Tapia is a founder of Momentum, a mobile focused accelerator. Momentum recruits mobile startups from around the globe and brings them to Silicon Valley. It is a 12 week program to help the startups in the program grow and form partnerships with Brands, Companies, Investors and Mentors. Mario has been a volunteer community leader of mobile industry groups for 14 years. He is a founder of the MobileMonday groups in Seattle and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of MobileMonday Silicon Valley chapter with over 12,000 members. Mario has more than 20 years of experience across mobile, Internet and leading edge technologies.

He is recognized as a subject matter expert in developer relations, the app economy, emerging markets, mobile advertising, and brand engagement. Prior to Momentum, Mario was director of product and then business development for GetJar. Mario also launched products for Yahoo! Latin America, Danger, Disney Mobile, T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless, and pioneered the first SMS voting for AmericanIdol.

Additionally, Mario served as a consultant for companies like SK Telecom Intl., Cell Japan, and Nokia. He holds two patents for Location Based Services. Mario holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Fresno and completed post-graduate work in Engineering at the University of Washington. He currently resides in San Francisco California, and enjoys bike riding and sailing.


Rodolfo Gonzalez – Foundation Capital

gonzalez Passionate about technology and extending financial services innovation to promote economic growth, Rodolfo is fascinated by financial disintermediation, peer-to-peer funding, and bringing transparency and simplicity to the consumer experience. Rodolfo brings experience in financial services, management consulting, having spent several years at McKinsey & Co, and on impact investing, having recently completed a summer fellowship with Open Capital Advisors. As part of McKinsey’s Latin America Financial Institutions Group, Rodolfo was actively engaged with clients across a spectrum of financial institutions, including banks, insurers, asset managers, and payments processors across Latin America. Rodolfo also participated in economic development projects and financial literacy promotion, and developed cross-country methodologies to measure financial inclusion for SME’s and individuals in Latin America.

Rodolfo is the coauthor of several different knowledge perspectives on retail banking, payments, and SME banking in Latin America.
During the summer of 2012, Rodolfo worked with Open Capital Advisors in Nairobi, Kenya. This impact investing advisory firm helps social enterprises in East Africa to raise capital. Over the summer, Rodolfo worked with clients in renewable energy, agribusiness, and private health care delivery. Rodolfo recently completed his MBA at MIT Sloan with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He also holds degrees in Marketing from ITESM, and International Relations from UNAM in his homeland of Mexico.


Yuri Rabinovich

yuri Yuri is an accomplished information systems architect, a research scientist, and an entrepreneur with experience in advanced research in information systems, event-based systems, scalability and distributed data processing. Yuri’s leadership and past experience enabled him to build a global network of 10,000+ entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and partners who provide their ecosystem, expertise and support to the StartupMonthly ecosystem.

Yuri has an extensive experience in incubating ideas, mentoring early stage startups by providing constructive feedback, helping identify viable business ideas, business models and product roadmaps. Yuri is one of the connectors in Silicon Valley ecosystem and can provide valuable introductions to startups and companies who want to start operating in the US market. Most importantly, Yuri has the passion and ability to evolve the startup ecosystem and promote innovative entrepreneurship in teams and young companies. Yuri served as the Captain and Information Systems Engineer in the Israeli Defense Forces and led the effort to build, and integrate knowledge management systems within the army.




Hendrik Pretorius, Pretorius Law (Immigration Lawyer)

Pretorius  Attorney Hendrik Pretorius of Pretorius Law, is an immigrant himself, focused on assisting foreign-born entrepreneurs, small to mid-sized U.S. businesses, and foreign investors develop and implement immigration strategies aimed at enabling you to reach your goals without immigration impediments. Hendrik has successfully worked with many start-ups, professional workers, and investors, who are now lawfully in the U.S. operating their businesses and following their life goals.


Jackie Hernandez, Plug & Play Tech Center (Entrepreneur)

hernandez  Jackie V.  Hernandez is the Vice President of Operations and Customer Engagement at Plug and Play Tech Center, the largest business accelerator in Silicon Valley.  In this role, Jackie has been instrumental in creating the extraordinary business-accelerator concept for high-tech, high-growth companies valued in over US$2 billion.  Her strategic expertise serves as the filter at the point-of-entry and guidance to more than 1000 companies per year. Customer-service oriented, Jackie delivers exemplary account management and seamless operations processes across multiple departments. With more than 20 years of customer service, international trade, and logistics experience Ms. Hernandez has helped the Amidi Group give birth to three other operations in Southern California that service the entertainment industry.  While in Mexico, Jackie established and developed the first nationwide plastics bulk distribution system for Chemtex International that linked cross-border, multimodal truck-rail routes to move over US$100M worth plastic raw materials per year. Under her tenure the company grew 10-fold to what is today one of the largest food and packaging plastics distribution channels of ExxonMobile in Mexico. Prior to Chemtex, Jackie cut her teeth on international trade, serving as imports manager of commodity raw materials in the automotive industry working for  Bujias Champion de Mexico, later acquired by Cooper Industries.  Ms. Hernandez graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a major in chemistry and specialty in pharmacobiology and immunology.  Her passion for education has taken her from teaching high school biology and physics to entrepreneurship lectures at TEDx, Instituto Technologico de Monterrey and with Stanford Prof. Tom Kosnik for the National University of Singapore. Jackie lives in Mountain View, CA with her daughter; enjoys giving inspirational talks to women and young entrepreneurs and translating children’s books about globalization.


Niranjan Singh – Wipiway

Singh  Niranjan is the founder of Wipiway, he was previously developer for Healthcare System Connections, Penn State Graduate and winner of Penn State Hackathon, 2012. Active member of the Innoblue entrepreneurial community he was a Microsoft Imagine Cup Alumni, has experience in variety of Tech projects and expertise in Android App development.


Russell Beattie (Technical Evangelist, Amazon)

beattie  Russell Beattie grew up in New England, went to school in New Hampshire, he has lived in or around Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Madrid (Spain), and currently resides in the gorgeous Los Altos, California. He traveled throughout Europe, visited Egypt, Mexico, Canada and a variety of Caribbean islands. He went to college for Graphic Design and Journalism and became a programmer and consultant in the mid-1990s; he speaks Spanish fluently and defines himself a die-hard total geek.


James ( Jim) F. Jensen

jensen James Jensen, a partner in the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice and a leader of the firm’s China Emerging Company and the Investment Fund Formation practices in Silicon Valley, represents emerging companies, accelerator/incubators and venture capital funds in diverse industries, including clean technology (e.g., biofuels, LEDs, smart meters and solar), digital media, Internet, medical devices, mobile, security and software. He is a technology entrepreneur and has formed and ran multiple e-commerce and other Internet companies, which gives him a unique understanding of legal issues as viewed through the eyes of entrepreneurs. He also represents traditional brick and mortar businesses that produce profits and cash flow, anathemas to Silicon Valley startup companies.


Chris Klein

image  Chris is a co-founder at Rachio where he leads UX and product development. He has successfully designed, developed and delivered valuable products, simple and complex. He believes that great products come from passion and everyday use and that if we love what we build and use it to solve real problems in our own day-to-day lives, others will too. He focuses on simple, clean designs. This is everything from look and feel to the underlying architecture.