SpartupsA joint venture where anyone can innovate. By Saif Akhtar
Background• Graduated from SJSU, Spring ’11 with a BS-Mechanical Engineering• Passion for startups and building things.• Pursued my first idea in April 2011 with a fraternity brother from UCLA.• Dec 2011 – July 2012: Project Manager at the Nerditorium • Easy Time Lapse • Boss.ly / Wiki Vizi • People in Motion• Current • Business/Product Development @ Pinfluence • Consultant • Constellation CK • Nanigans • Shahjee Solar • AJURIS International
Vision• Lost and confused.• Similar concept currently in place for Senior Projects.• Need advice!• Common theme at networking events.• Have ideas, but nobody in my current network to execute with.• Search for talent.• Starting a venture. Now what?• Mentors? Advisors? Anybody?
Goals• Provide an entity where students, faculty, alumni and other locals from any background can come together to collaborate on ideas.• Provide an entrepreneurial lecture series (similar to Stanford’s ETL program) where alumni and other local entrepreneurs can share their stories.• Utilize existing alumni network to participate in project incubation.• Provide student members with the opportunity to work for and network with startups and other companies before they graduate.
What’s Next?• Coordinate with current SJSU entrepreneurial team consisting of: • David Steele (Dean, College of Business) • Dan Doles (SJSU EiR; Co-Founder/BoD, Connexive) • Anu Basu (Director, Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship) • Joe Giglierano (BoD, Marketing & Entrepreneurship Interest Group)• Collaborate with all interested parties on logistics of the incubator.• Create a team of students/alumni/others to set up organization.• Network with other students/faculty/alumni/entrepreneurs/others to take part.• Start building!
Still Interested?• Collaborator Database • Ideas • Talent • Work Opportunities • Speakers• Spread the word! • Friends • Family • Professors • Co-Workers • Other clubs/groups/organizations.• Keep in touch! • Phone: (408) 806-1986 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thanks• Dan Doles• Anu Basu • Steve Blank speaking on Monday, September 10th, 6-7:30pm, MLK 225/229 • www.cob.sjsu.edu/svce• Jannice Tu – International Business Association• E-Society• CSU Alumni San Jose - LinkedIn