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Eventbrite - SARTA's TechEdge Celebration                                       

Accelerating our innovation economy
Celebrating our technology sector
Succeeding in Sacramento

2014 marks the 11th annual TechEdge Celebration, the region's largest gathering in honor of our technology sector! As always, TechEdge promises – and will deliver -- Andy Miller, a thought-provoking and inspirational keynote speaker, motivational stories of accomplishment from regional tech CEOs, and will also provide the most current and comprehensive view of our region’s entire tech sector.

Are you looking for like-minded innovative tech sector entrepreneurs and executives? Look no further! TechEdge brings together early-stage entrepreneurs and the region's most successful technology executives, as well as investors and all those who see the value of a thriving technology sector in the Sacramento region.

TechEdge ticket rates rise after February 21, and this event will sell out, so register early so you don’t miss out!

Keynote: Andy Miller of Leap Motion and the Sacramento Kings

Andy Miller

Regarded as a mobile expert and visionary entrepreneur, Miller started his first company, WatchPoint Media, out of the famed MIT Media Lab. He went on to found and sell m-Qube and Quattro Wireless to Verisign and Apple, Inc. respectively. At Apple, Andy served as Vice President of Mobile Advertising reporting directly to Steve Jobs, overseeing the development of iAd, the mobile advertising network for the iPhone, iPod and iPad.
At Leap MotionTM , Miller is leading the launch of the Leap Motion™ Controller, which provides a revolutionary new way for people to play, create and explore with their computers. Leap Motion's proprietary technology can track the in-air movement of both hands and all 10 fingers with incredible accuracy and no visible latency. The small USB device was voted a Top 10 Gadget in 2013 by Time Magazine. Since its launch six months ago, over 100,000 developers have downloaded the Leap SDK to build applications on the Leap platform.
Miller is also playing a central role in advancing the NBA 3.0 concept advocated by Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, which involves establishing basketball as the sport of the 21st century through technology, globalization and community service. The Kings' NBA 3.0 philosophy includes fully integrating the latest technologies into the organization and its basketball operations, as well as building the most state-of-the-art arena in the world. 


Siemny ChhuonSiemny Chhuon joined News10 in November 2012, where she anchors the 5, 6, and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts, and also reports the weekly “Inventures” series that focuses on the region’s innovators. Siemny came to News10 following two years in New Orleans at WDSU, and was previously at KBAK/KBFX (Bakersfield) and KIDK (Idaho Falls), following a degree from UC Berkeley. Siemny grew up in the Los Angeles area, after having been born in a refugee camp in Thailand after her family fled the Cambodian Khmer Rouge regime, and this background is a source of her driving passion for journalism.

Succeeding in Sacramento

Every year, TechEdge invites the leaders of local tech companies to share their company's own inspiring story of success. From pre-revenue to post-profitability, and from self-funded to kick-started to VC-invested -- the pathways to success are as varied as the markets these companies serve.  At the 2014 TechEdge Celebration, we'll hear from three motivating CEO speakers, each of whose company is following a different path to success and is at a different stage of development – truly something to speak to everyone in our TechEdge audience! 

Cate Dyer 
 Rob Winkler
Cate Dyer
Founder and CEO
Michael Miille
Head of
Strategic &

Bayer CropScience
Robert Winkler
CEO and Co-Founder
5th Planet Games

Date:  Friday, March 7, 2014

Time:  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

     11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration, Networking and Exhibits
     11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Luncheon Program


Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, California, USA 95814


By February 21:
General Admission: $90; SARTA Members: $45

February 22 – March 2:
General Admission: $100; SARTA Members: $50

March 3 – March 7:
General Admission: $120; SARTA Members: $60              











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Succeeding in Sacramento: Speaker Bios

Cate Dyer

Cate Dyer, Founder and CEO, StemExpress

Cate Dyer is the Chief Executive Officer, founder and sole proprietor of StemExpress, a multi-million dollar company located in Placerville, CA that specializes in the procurement of whole tissues and the isolation of primary cells to fuel regenerative medicine and translational research. She has been featured in the Mountain Democrat, Sacramento Bee and El Dorado Business Journal. Speaking engagements and clients include: speaker on Economic Development Committee, County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors; Symposium Speaker University of California, Davis School of Management: Managing Your Workforce For Growth Symposium; Harvard, Stanford, Yale University, Johns Hopkins and many more.

In 2010, Ms. Dyer struck a balance between her natural business acumen and love of medicine. With $9000 cash and three procurement sites located in Northern California, she founded StemExpress. Within her first year of operation, Ms. Dyer relocated StemExpress, which she was operating from her home, to a 1500sf building and opened a laboratory. Growing at an ever-increasing rate, the company was relocated to a 9,000sf facility in 2012. In just over two years, Ms. Dyer now manages 20 employees and operates 30 procurement sites throughout Northern California and on the East Coast. More recently, Ms. Dyer has opened a Donation Center, located in the new building, which focuses on the collection of blood, leukapheresis and bone marrow.

StemExpress provides hundreds of researchers with thousands of specimens each year. Ms. Dyer’s fourteen years of experience continues to inspire her passion to advance translational medicine through her companies ability to provide researchers with the critical specimens they need to make paradigm shifts in the practice.


Michael MiilleMichael Miille, Head of Strategic and Business Management, Biologics 
Bayer CropScience

Michael Miille is currently the Head of Strategic and Business Management, Biologics, at Bayer CropScience. Prior to its acquisition by Bayer, Mike spent 8 years with AgraQuest, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer and as President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he was co-founder & COO of Sagres Discovery, a cancer therapeutics discovery company, where he was responsible for all aspects of operations and finance. Before Sagres, Mike was President and CEO of Zoogen, Inc. and Director and General Manager of Celera AgGen, after Applied Biosystems acquired Zoogen. At Zoogen, PE Zoogen and Celera AgGen, he led efforts to develop new markets which increased revenues by 300%. He expanded the company into the animal forensic market and into plant genomics, which was spearheaded by the acquisition of Linkage Genetics and capped by a major collaboration with RhoBio.

Before AgGen and Zoogen, Dr. Miille was General Manager, Commercial Business, Quanterra (formed by merger of Enseco and IT) where he was responsible for 16 laboratories across the US. Prior to that he worked in various management positions for Cal Analytical Labs, which later became Enseco, one of largest analytical labs in the world.

Dr. Miille received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California at Davis, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford.


Rob WinklerRobert Winkler, CEO and Co-Founder, 5th Planet Games

The co-founder and CEO of 5th Planet Games, Robert oversees all game design for the company, including development of such hits as Dawn of the Dragons, Legacy of a Thousand Suns, and more. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys playing video games and planning world domination.




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