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Wednesday, September 7 • 9:45am - 12:45pm
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Is there a place for entrepreneurship in government? In 2014, San Francisco launched the Startup in Residence (STIR) program which embeds entrepreneurs directly into city departments for 16-weeks; instead of vendors pitching solutions to cities, cities pitch challenges to entrepreneurs while providing a platform for product co-development and mentorship.  

What have we learned, where are we going, and how can similar approaches be taken in cities worldwide?  This program will feature participants from the Startup in Residence 2016 cohort including: 

STIR 2016 Cohort:

  • Felicia Curcuru, CEO, Binti and part of the STIR 2016 Cohort

  • Peter Akman, CEO, Raxar and Ali Sadat, SVP, Raxar

STIR 2016 Education Program Curators:

  • Lawrence Grodeska, Civic Makers

  • Judi Brown, Civic Makers

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Judi Brown

Co-founder, CivicMakers
Judi Brown is a social impact strategist with 10+ years experience working with mission-driven for-profits, nonprofits, and local governments. She brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to strategic planning and organizational development with a lens toward equity and inclusion. She holds a master’s in sustainable public administration and policy from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California.
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Jeremy Goldberg

Director, Startup In Residence (STIR), SF Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation
Jeremy has worked globally across the public and private sectors on innovative partnerships. He’s particularly well-versed on innovation strategy tied to civic pro-bono and engaging startups in helping to solve civic challenges. Jeremy is a graduate of the Masters in Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco and received his BA in Government from the University of Texas-Austin. He is an alumni of Aspen’s Socrates Program, Fuse Corps... Read More →
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Lawrence Grodeska

Co-founder & CEO, CivicMakers
Lawrence Grodeska is a maker, communicator and civic geek who uses technology to help civic leaders in the public and private sector engage key audiences. Over 15 years, Lawrence has built programs and products to transform how citizens interact with their communities and governments. Lawrence regularly speaks about civic innovation at events such as SXSW Interactive, The Nonprofit Technology Conference, and Code for America Summit.

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Peter Akman

CEO/CoFounder, Raxar Technology Corporation
Peter Akman is Co-Founder and President of Raxar. As President, it is Peter’s vision which drives Raxar’s advances in technology and inspires the company’s expert team. Mr. Akman has a long history of running multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of industries. Prior to founding Raxar Technology Corporation, Peter held multiple VP positions with Citi Group, Board Membership with Digital Panorama and Technology Fellowship with... Read More →
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Herman Chandi

Co-founder, Community Logiq
Herman is an all-around startup growth veteran and tech entrepreneur. He was the former VP Business Development of Procurify and has experience in business development, product and marketing. He is also a designed CPA and has served on boards of non-profits and volunteered on several political campaigns.
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Felicia Curcuru

CEO, Binti
Felicia Curcuru is the CEO of Binti. Felicia became passionate about adoption and foster care through the personal experience of having a number of adoptions in her family. Felicia is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth and represents the best interests of abused and neglected youth in San Francisco. She is also a guest blogger on Huffington Post, SF Globe and Adoption.net. | | Prior to starting Binti, Felicia had a career in... Read More →
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Susan Ma

Industrial Business Development Manager, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)
Susan has experience working with government on the local, state, and Federal level. She is currently working with OEWD to support industrial businesses in San Francisco, which are also known as production, distribution, and repair (PDR) businesses. Both her parents worked in manufacturing and she is extremely committed to helping these businesses start, stay, and grow in the City. Susan holds a Masters in Public Policy from Mills College.
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Mark Masongsong

CEO & Co-founder, Community Logiq
Mark is a software entrepreneur and has served as a political aide to two BC Ministers of Health and as a political consultant at federal, provincial and municipal levels of government in Canada. He has also advised the Mayor of Surrey British Columbia and brings insider knowledge of government operations.
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Ali Sadat

Senior Vice President, Raxar Technology
Dr. Ali Sadat currently serves as the Senior Vice President at Raxar Technology.  In his role, Ali is responsible for orchestrating Raxar’s roadmap and strategy through maximizing customer satisfaction, collaboration, sales growth and profitability.  Prior to joining Raxar as a founding member, Ali maintained clinical and research appointments at the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital... Read More →

Wednesday September 7, 2016 9:45am - 12:45pm
Sutardja Dai Hall - Banatao Auditorium UC Berkeley