UPDATE: Uber and Google Ventures teamed up to make life-changing moments available on-demand.
Entrepreneurs, dreamers and visionaries — your big break is arriving now.
Tomorrow, we’re teaming up with Google Ventures for #UberPITCH, and anyone with 15 minutes and a good idea can request a ride. From 11am – 3 pm, distinguished investors will listen to your ideas in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park… and the rides don’t cost a thing.
GOOGLE VENTURES INVESTORS ARE ON-DEMAND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9!
Whether you spend your weekends hacking together a product or are still plotting out your perfect pitch deck — UberPITCH is your chance to get in front of some of Silicon Valley’s most accomplished investors.
HOW IT WORKS
- Download the Uber app for iPhone, Android, or Blackberry
- Between 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday, request the UberPITCH option via your app
- If connected, you’ll have a 7 minutes to pitch and 7 minutes for feedback
- Rides are free and will start and end at your pickup location
- UberPITCH is only available in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park
There are thousands of strong ideas, but just six investors for UberPITCH, so demand will be high. If you don’t secure a pitch on your first attempt, keep trying! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Google Ventures starting lineup:
David is a general partner at Google Ventures, where he invests in a wide range of technology companies including Uber, Nest Labs, HomeAway, CircleUp, and Backplane. David’s Google career began 13.5 years ago, as director of Global Communications and Public Affairs. In this role, David oversaw the company’s strategic communications programs worldwide, and worked as a member of the senior leadership team to grow Google from a small startup to a multi-billion dollar global enterprise.
David’s prior professional experience spanned both startup and public companies, including Apple Computer, QUALCOMM, Four11 (now Yahoo! Mail), and two computer security software developers.
David received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University Bloomington. As a proud Hoosier alumnus, he currently serves on the Dean’s advisory board for the IU School of Informatics and Computer Science. David is also a trustee of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum of Art, a Menlo/Atherton Little League baseball coach, and past board member of the Palo Alto Vista Center for the Blind. David resides in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.
Shanna is a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. Her career has focused on the intersection between design and technology, especially in the realm of 3D technology platforms. Shanna was the founder and CEO of of Sim Ops Studios (Wild Pockets), a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University that focused on democratizing 3D game development. Sim Ops was acquired by Autodesk in 2010, and Shanna worked there as a product line manager responsible for launching the cloud platform and Autodesk 360 applications. Shanna holds a BFA and a master’s degree in entertainment technology from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2009 she was named one of BusinessWeek’s best young entrepreneurs, and in 2012 she was featured in the book “Creating Innovators” by Harvard education expert Tony Wagner.
Andy brings over a decade of startup experience to his role, most recently serving as chief technology officer of Adura, where he led the company’s development of energy management systems for commercial buildings. Prior to joining Adura, Andy served as chief technology officer for Tendril Networks, helping consumers better understand and manage their energy usage. He co-founded Ember Corporation, the leading provider of ZigBee network software and system-on-chip devices. Under Andy’s leadership, the company delivered multiple industry firsts, including shipping the first ZigBee system-on-chip, which is now in millions of the smart meters being deployed around the world. He began his startup career at Zipcar. Anyone who has used the car-sharing service has used the embedded wireless in-car technology that Andy developed.
Andy got his start in wireless and embedded technologies at the MIT Media Lab where he deployed large scale sensor networks under a DARPA grant. He was selected for the Technology Review 100 Top Innovators Under 35 award in 2003, and has multiple granted and pending patents in the fields of wireless networking and energy management.
Dave is a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. His background is in building and leading fast-growing, highly technical organizations under pressure in ambiguous environments.Dave joins Google Ventures from the executive leadership team of Kiva Systems where he helped grow the eCommerce-enabling robotics company to ultimately sell to Amazon for $775 million. Dave’s four years at Kiva were spent launching, leading, and growing several client-facing organizations. He established a reputation for consistently recruiting top talent and both building and leading high-performing teams. Dave played a key role at Kiva through its first year of integration with Amazon as the two companies partnered to maximize Kiva’s impact and shape Amazon’s perspective on industrial automation.
Dave’s career prior to Kiva included management consulting for The Boston Consulting Group and leading teams as a Captain in the U.S. military’s most elite units. His military leadership roles ranged from running a high-tech organization in Europe; to serving as an Aide de Camp to the Four Star General responsible for U.S. forces in Europe, Africa, and Afghanistan; to deploying with elite special operations teams worldwide, ensuring they were enabled by the world’s most advanced technologies. Dave holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Emory University in math and computer science.
Rick is a partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Rick was previously a product manager at Google where he led product initiatives on Blogger, Google+, and YouTube.
Rick’s earlier professional experience includes leadership roles at several software and Internet startups. He was an early employee at FeedBurner, where he ran the publisher services team until Google acquired the company in 2007. Rick received dual degrees from Lafayette College, and while a student at the University of Richmond School of Law, he founded the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the world’s first student-edited law journal to publish exclusively online. He serves on Richmond Law’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Outside of his love of technology, Rick is also a political junkie. He has lent technology advice to three US Presidential campaigns, ran the campaign weblog for President Barack Obama in his 2004 Senate race, and ran product strategy for and managed Google’s presence at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Blake is a general partner at Google Ventures and continues to direct research at Stanford University in optogenetics and stem cell biology.Blake has a background in engineering and investing and helped start two companies out of his house: Womply and Transcriptic. He began doing biomedical research at Stanford as a high school student and has continued to conduct research since then — with topics spanning antibiotic mechanisms of action, Parkinson’s disease modeling, and fMRI imaging of xenogeneic brain grafts. Outside of the lab, he has worked at Electronic Arts, Morgan Stanley, and as an angel investor.
Blake received a Ph.D. and master’s in bioengineering from Stanford University and holds a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering and Bachelor of Science in economics from Duke University.
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