Presented by: Capital Factory
Austin's Best Hardware Startups
Friday, March 11
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
In 60 minutes you'll learn about 5 of Austin's Best Hardware Startups in a fun and fast-paced pitch session. Each entrepreneur will get 5 minutes to demo their solution and then they will get grilled by a panel of Hardware CEO's. Already recognized as one of the top cities for entrepreneurs in the U.S., Austin has a hardware history and lots of raw talent producing IoT and wearable startups. Come see what everyone's so excited about! These startups are all part of the Capital Factory Accelerator. Capital Factory is Austin's center of gravity for entrepreneurs with coworking, events, classes, mentors and a unique matching investment fund.
PCH Lime Lab
Andre Yousefi is co-founder of Lime Lab, acquired in 2012 by the custom product design company, PCH. Today, PCH Lime Lab is the product design and engineering division of PCH, and is headquartered ...Show the rest
Andre Yousefi is co-founder of Lime Lab, acquired in 2012 by the custom product design company, PCH. Today, PCH Lime Lab is the product design and engineering division of PCH, and is headquartered at the PCH Innovation Hub in San Francisco, with additional design for manufacturing capabilities in Shenzhen, China. Employing over 100 mechanical and electrical engineers, and product managers, PCH Lime Lab works with the world’s most innovative brands, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. With a strong expertise in product design engineering and development, PCH Lime Lab guides companies large and small through all phases of product creation: from opportunity, to concept, to design engineering and development, to packaging, manufacturing and the customer out-of-box experience.Hide the rest
Dir of the Accelerator
After spending the first ten years of his career in brand name companies like IBM and Compaq, Gordon progressively gravitated towards early stage and high growth companies. He spent eight years in...Show the rest
After spending the first ten years of his career in brand name companies like IBM and Compaq, Gordon progressively gravitated towards early stage and high growth companies. He spent eight years in the videoconferencing industry, including four years as President of an Israeli-based company that grew from $5M to $36M in a short few years and went public on the Euronext stock market.
Gordon has served in an executive capacity over most company functions, but with emphasis on marketing, sales, business development and M&A. He ran corporate development and strategy for Austin-based NetQoS, who grew rapidly to more than $55M in revenue before being acquired by CA Technologies for $200M and was a founding advisor for digital advertising pioneer MediaMind, who reached $65M in revenue and a NASDAQ IPO in 2010. Through his advisory practice, Shockwave Innovations, and as Managing Director for Austin’s Capital Factory startup accelerator, Gordon is an active angel investor, VC and startup advisor.
Gordon is currently a Managing Director at SoftMatch and a board member for Austin-based technology companies SwimTopia, Riskpulse and Chiron Health. He received his Computer Science degree from Baylor University and now having raised three daughters he enjoys competitive swimming and spending time with his wife at their Galveston Island beach house or some global destination they’ve never been before.Hide the rest
Jean Anne Booth
New Enterprise Associates Inc
Rick Yang joined NEA as an associate in 2007 and is focused on information and financial technology investments. He also co-manages NEA's seed practice. Rick is currently on the board of mNectar, O...Show the rest
Rick Yang joined NEA as an associate in 2007 and is focused on information and financial technology investments. He also co-manages NEA's seed practice. Rick is currently on the board of mNectar, Olio Devices, and TabbedOut, and he works closely with BlockCypher, Euclid, Fyusion, GoEuro, Plaid, Robinhood, Soraa, and Stride Health. He was historically involved with Braintree (acquired by PayPal), Gaikai (acquired by Sony), and Pure Energies (acquired by NRG). Prior to joining NEA, Rick advised on and executed a number of strategic financing initiatives for leading public and private tech companies as part of the Credit Suisse Technology Group. He is currently a member of the Startup Showcase Advisory Board for SXSW and a mentor at Plug and Play Startup Camp. Rick earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was also a varsity swimmer.Hide the rest