Advancing our innovation economy
The 2013 TechEdge Celebration is the tenth year that SARTA has hosted the region’s largest celebration of our technology sector! TechEdge promises – and delivers -- thought-provoking and inspirational keynote speakers, motivating stories of accomplishment from regional tech CEOs, and the only comprehensive map 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, the region's most successful technology executives, and all those who see the value of a thriving technology sector in the Sacramento region.
This event will sell out (and rates will rise after February 22), so register early so you don't miss out!
Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Pandora
Do you listen to Pandora Radio at home, on the road, or (we won’t tell!) while you’re working? Then come listen to the man who helped to create Pandora itself – co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren, whose only speaking commitment in the Sacramento region is at SARTA’s TechEdge Celebration on Friday, March 8 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento! Tim will inspire us with stories of the company’s growth from its early days, the challenges and rewards of seeing a company from founding to launch to market dominance, and what skills and abilities Pandora required of him and his fellow executives.
Pandora Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren started the popular personalized radio service in 2000 with the Music Genome Project. Tim is an award-winning composer and accomplished musician with 20 years of experience in the music industry – spanning production, audio engineering, film scoring and live performance. Trained as a jazz pianist, his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.
Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. A musician's musician, he is dedicated to helping talented emerging artists find an audience. In addition to guiding Pandora's overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist - traveling the country to connect with some of the tens of millions of people who listen to Pandora. He also works extensively with technology partners, distribution partners, advertisers and investors to help shape the future of Pandora and personalized radio.
Succeeding in Sacramento
Every year, TechEdge provides the inspiring stories of local tech companies from pre-revenue to post-profitability. At the 2013 TechEdge Celebration, we're pleased to continue this tradition of shining a spotlight on tech success stories with three motivating CEO speakers. Each is following a different path to his or her company’s success, and each company is at a different stage of development – truly something to speak to everyone in our TechEdge audience!
Chief Executive Officer
President & CEO
Friday, March 8, 2013
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Registration, Networking and Exhibits - 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Luncheon - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street,
Sacramento, California, USA 95814
By February 22nd
General Admission: $90; SARTA Members: $45
February 23 – March 3:
General Admission: $100; SARTA Members: $50
March 4 – March 8:
General Admission: $120; SARTA Members: $60
Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity
Steve Baker, president, oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including business growth, strategic planning, and product development.
Prior to 2000, Steve managed a team of technology experts within GTECH Corporation, a global high-tech firm, commanding a 70% market share in its industry. His responsibilities included defining and overseeing the development of cutting-edge products to bring rapid industry growth. In addition, he leveraged emerging technologies to enhance the company's competitive position in the marketplace.
Previously, Steve served as a senior developer and software team leader at a think-tank company, specializing in rapid prototyping of unique solutions, which consistently featured new and emerging technologies in customer solutions and ergonomic design. During his time there, the company grew from $3M to $120M in 5 years.
Steve holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge, with a concentration in systems design and mathematics.
Steve enjoys most anything outdoors and is an avid cycling fan.
Jeff Gray, Chief Executive Officer, Glue Networks
Jeff Gray is a thought leader in the field of Next-Gen Cloud Based Networking. His mission is to help customers do more with less while positively touching the lives of others around him. Jeff has helped numerous companies develop and execute their strategic vision. Jeff has worked closely with Cisco Systems, VMware, HP, and Panduit on next-generation data center and cloud computing initiatives. Jeff was the former VP Business Development of Yelofin Networks, a hybrid Virtual Network Operator where he was responsible for US operations. A former executive of networking and telecom spin-offs of Cisco Systems and E.ON Energie, he also worked on strategic network initiatives of power utilities throughout the US and Europe developing network and smart grid strategies and architectures. Jeff developed Deutsche Bank’s global e-Commerce strategy for the transaction bank and helped design and build several Deutsche Bank funded technology companies. Jeff has lived and worked in California, New York, Germany, Sweden, Norway, the UK, and holds a BA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Leaders of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership of John F. Kennedy University. Jeff enjoys ski racing Far West Masters on weekends, surfing, golf, weight lifting, running, and backpacking.
Lisa Klinkhammer, President & CEO, SargesList, Inc.
Lisa Klinkhammer, CEO of SargesList, Inc., trusted military classifieds, has been in marketing and product development / management for web technology for 15 years. Prior to launching SargesList.com, she led the development, sale and launch of a housing referral system (AHRN.com) that serves the Department of Defense which now receives nearly 1,000,000 visitors a month and helps military members find housing worldwide. Her team at SargesList’s parent company R&B Communications still manages and hosts the system after eight (8) years.
For three years prior to becoming CEO of SargesList, Lisa was the Vice President of Marketing for R&B Communications, a technology firm that provides application, networking and support solutions in Grass Valley, California.
Previous to that, she spent 10 years working in various positions at PRIDE Industries, whom some call "the best company on the planet!" due to it being the largest nationwide employer of people with disabilities. Her position when she left was Director of Marketing.
Lisa comes from a long line of family members who served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; from Grandfathers serving in the Navy in World War II to Father serving in the Army in the Vietnam War to Nephews currently serving in both the Air Force and Army today (both having served in Afghanistan). Many of her close friends have retired after serving 20+ years in the Armed Forces. She has a passion for making the world a better place and while not working, she enjoys traveling, the Great Northwest and the close company of her beloved husband Shane, three teen children and their spunky four legged family member.
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